Netflix Says We’re All Welcome For The New Korean Dramas & Films Slated For Holiday Season Release
Netflix just dropped early holiday treats for fans of Korean dramas and films!
Four Korean dramas and three movies featuring your favorite Korean artists are gearing up for Netflix global premieres!
Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, is currently servicing Start-Up, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol and Private Lives, which had their respective premieres in October and are continuously dropping two episodes weekly.
Now, Netflix is adding yet another entertainment joy for its fans around the world. Ready to stream soon are new must-watch Films and Series. That includes movies The Call, Space Sweepers and What Happened to Mr. Cha?. Eagerly-awaited dramas Sweet Home, The Uncanny Counter, Run On and Lovestruck in the City are also joining the parade.
New films to watch out for!
Since the release of Director Bong Joon-ho’s Netflix Film Okja in 2017, the relationship between Korea’s creative ecosystem and Netflix has been growing, and it is expected to grow further.
In April, Time to Hunt, premiered worldwide only on Netflix and received positive reviews. #Alive, which came to Netflix in September after its theatrical run in Korea, also earned rave reviews and praises, especially for its fresh take on the now-more-recognized K-zombie genre.
Starting from today’s announcement, Netflix plans to heighten the joy of entertainment with Korean Films by acquiring more Original shows as well as the creation of its own production of Netflix Film with Korean creators.
Minyoung Kim, Vice President of Content (Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand) at Netflix said, “This year marked an incredible milestone for Korean filmmakers with the triumphant of Director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite winning the Oscars, positive reviews around Netflix film Time to Hunt, and the global popularity of #Alive via Netflix across the world. Netflix is at the forefront of changing the way entertainment is enjoyed throughout the world. We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and travel everywhere. We’re bringing Korean storytelling with the goal to entertain our members around the world.”
Here are four new Korean dramas to include on your growing watch list.
The Uncanny Counter | November 28
- Creative Team: Director You Sun-dong | Writer Yeoh Gee-na
- Cast: Cho Byeong-gyu | Yu Jun-sang | Kim Se-jeong
Based on a popular webtoon of the same title, The Uncanny Counter is a satisfying tale of superheroes who, when not hunting down obstinate evil spirits, toil in a noodle shop.
The dynamic story depicts the struggle between the evil spirits who come down to Earth from the afterworld to become immortal and the Counters, each endowed with a special gift such as brute strength, psychometry and healing, who chase them down.
Jo Byung Gyu plays the uncanny So Mun, a Counter unlike any other in history. So Mun is a hero-in-training who musters the courage to combat evil spirits after seeing a friend suffer injustice.
Ga Mo-tak, a Counter with unrivaled brawn, is brought to life by Yu Jun Sang’s characteristic wit and well known acting skills.
Kim Se Jeong plays the role of Do Ha-na, the human radar among the Counters with an infallible record of evil spirit detection. Her character exudes chic and a detached vibe in abundance.
Run On | December 16
- Creative Team: Director Lee Jae-hun | Writer Park Si-hyeon
- Cast: Im Si Wan | Shin Se Kyung | Choi Sooyoung | Kang Tae Oh
Run On is a romantic drama about the intermingling of people who have trouble communicating, even while speaking in the same language. It features people from different backgrounds who nurture relationships using their own language.
Im Si Wan plays the lead role of Ki Seon-gyeom, a sprinter on the national team who is popular enough with the public to sell tickets to unpopular track events. His whole life, he never looked back while running to win, both literally and figuratively, until a fateful event turned his life upside down and forced him to retire.
After leaving the track and meeting Oh Mi-joo, he learns to open his eyes to what he never saw as a runner.
Portraying Oh Mi-joo who constantly has to retrace her steps is Shin Se Kyung. Functioning like a bridge between different languages as a translator, she first became aware of foreign languages at a theater.
While watching a movie she would not have understood without the subtitles, she began noticing errors in the subtitles. When the mistakes became too much to take, she became a translator without hesitation.
She finds herself drawn toward Ki Seon-gyeom, who has put her under a love spell the same way she felt the first time her name appeared in the movie credits.
Choi Soo-young takes on the role of a sports agency CEO Seo Dan-ah, who is the only true heir of the Seomyeong Group by birthright, but on the account of being female, is forced out of the picking order. She vows to regain what is rightfully hers.
Kang Tae-oh transforms into the role of Lee Yeong-hwa, a popular art student who likes movies and croquis drawings. He is charming, with the qualities one finds in sports drinks that are refreshing and revitalizing.
Sweet Home | December 18
- Creative Team: Director Lee Eung-bok | Writer Hong So-ri
- Cast: Song Kang | Lee Jin Wook | Lee Si Young | Lee Do Hyun
Adapted from a popular webtoon of the same name, Sweet Home is a 10-episode VFX/SFX filled thriller. It takes a riveting route based on the unique premise of a world where people turn into monsters that reflect their own individual desires.
After losing his family, reclusive high school student Cha Hyeon Su moves into a new apartment called Green Home, where he faces bizarre and shocking circumstances. He confronts a series of life changing situations that brings him out to the world to save others.
- Song Kang, Lee Do Hyun, Lee Si Young & Lee Jin Wook Are Ready To Welcome Netflix Fans In Their “Sweet Home”
Lovestruck in the City | December TBA
- Creative Team: Director Park Shin-woo | Writer Jung Hyun-jung
- Cast: Ji Chang Wook | Kim Ji Won
Billed to be an urban romance drama, it depicts real love stories of young people. The romance plot takes a fast-paced approach in the backdrop of fun and colorful city landscape.
Ji Chang Wook is set to portray Park Jae-won, an honest and passionate architect. He is a hopeless romantic who loves city alleys and enjoys collecting hobbies. Unable to forget a woman who stole his heart and disappeared like a midsummer night’s dream, his love journey begins.
Kim Ji Won, who has built her own color with an unrivaled charm, takes on the role of freelance marketer Lee Eun-oh. She is a person who fell in love with Park Jae-won in a different identity, from an unfamiliar place who left impulsively.
Promising a heart-fluttering saccharine story, Lovestruck in the City is a collaboration of two lauded K-Drama content creators. Director Park Shin Woo and writer Jung Hyun Jung team up for their first digital drama.
Boasting impeccable records with romance drama projects, their combined portfolio features widely-recognized romance series. That includes It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Encounter, Discovery of Love, Romance is a Bonus Book and I Need Romance drama franchise.
Next, save the dates for these upcoming movies!
The Call | November 27
- Creative Team: Director Lee Chung-hyun
- Cast: Park Shin Hye | Jeon Jong Seo
Living in 2019, Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) returns to her family home after a long time and connects the landline phone. After receiving a call from a stranger named Young-sook, Seo-yeon realizes that Young-sook is living in the same house, but 20 years ago. They decide to try to change their lives which leads to unexpected consequences.
Seo-yeon warns Young-sook that she might die, and this results in Young-sook changing drastically. Now the pair are at odds and must fight for their lives. What kind of butterfly effect will their decisions have on their survival?
- “The Call” Starring Park Shin Hye & Jeon Jong Seo Tells An Intriguing Thriller Story Not To Be Missed
What Happened To Mr. Cha? | January 01, 2021
- Creative Team: Director Kim Dong-kyu
- Cast: Cha In Pyo | Cho Dal Hwan
With the image of a gentle and perfect man Mr CHA enjoyed immense popularity in the 90s but he is now a has been who reminisces about his glory days and waits for someone to cast him again.
One day Mr CHA visits a gym to take a shower after a stroll but the building begins to crumble and he gets stuck in the pile. Can he get rescued while maintaining his gentle and perfect image?
Space Sweepers | Q1 2021 TBA
- Creative Team: Director Jo Sung-hee | Bidangil Pictures
- Cast: Song Joong Ki | Kim Tae Ri | Jin Sun Kyu | Yoo Hai Jin
Vividly depicting in detail the crew of a cosmic waste management spacecraft who discover a humanlike robot, named Dorothy; Space Sweepers revolves to an innovative concept, that viewers would be able to empathize.
Set in 2092, Earth has become a bleak planet which will soon be uninhabitable. Spaceship Victory is one of the many that live off salvaging space debris. Crewed with a genius space pilot Tae-ho, a mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang, an ex-con spaceship engineer Tiger Park, and a reprogrammed military robot Bubs, Spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers.
After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory’s crew find a 7-year-old girl inside. They realize that she’s the humanlike robot wanted by UTS Space Guards, and decide to demand ransom in exchange.