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South Korean Filmmakers And Actors Advance To Netflix

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Netflix is one of the biggest content streaming platforms and there’s no denying that!

It comes as no surprise, therefore, that more South Korean creators are approaching the platform to reach a wider audience.

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South Korea’s notable film and television directors and actors have been steering towards Netflix which has already begun building up its domain through it’s distribution of original Korean content.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Netflix original All of Us Are Dead – an adaptation of a popular Korean webtoon “Now at Our School” is being helmed by director Lee Jae-kyoo. It is the second Korean zombie series on Netflix following Kingdom and showcases the story of high school students trapped at their school during a zombie apocalypse.

Netflix All of us are dead

Lee is a famed Korean director known for his work both on big and small screens. He has produced many hit TV series including Damo (2003) and Beethoven Virus (2008) and movies like The Fatal Encounter (2014) and Intimate Stranger (2018).

Round Six is an upcoming show on Netflix that revolves around a survival game whose winner gets $40 million. The literal translation of the show’s Korean title is ‘Squid Game’ (오징어게임), which is the street game the protagonists played together when they were young. In the game, the players draw geometric shapes on the ground, that combined together, look like a squid.

The show will be directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who won best screenwriter for the historical film The Fortress (2017) at the Blue Dragon Awards. He will be partnering with Netflix for the first time.

Lee Eung Bok

Netflix Sweet Home

Best known for his globally successful TV series Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016) and Mr. Sunshine (2018), director Lee Eung-bok, has partnered up with the platform as well and will be returning with a horror series titled Sweet Home which is a story of a student who faces scary experiences after moving into a new apartment after people start morphing into monsters that reflect their own individual desires. 

The show is based on a webtoon of the same name and will star actor Song Kang and is slated for a release later this year.

Additionally, actor Jung Woo-sung will be taking on the responsibility as an executive producer for a Netflix original series. The series titled, The Silent Sea is based on a short film directed by Choi Hang-yong (who will be directing the series as well) bearing the same title and is a mystery sci-fi thriller about people struggling with water shortage in the future.

Jung Woo Sung

A fantasy series, The School Nurse Files which is based on a novel about a high school nurse with supernatural abilities, will see actors Jung Yu-mi and Nam Joo-hyuk in the lead roles and will be available on Netflix in the coming months. Lee Young-mi who has made films like Crush and Blush (2008) and The Truth Beneath (2016) will be sitting in the director’s chair for the series. 

FUTURE PLANS

Netflix has been expanding in this genre of content after witnessing its growing popularity in many regions, especially in Asia after its launch of the “Made In Korea” collection last year.

The streaming giant has also struck strategic partnership deals with South Korean content creators including CJ ENM, an entertainment unit of CJ Group as well as its subsidiary Studio Dragon which is one of Korea’s leading TV series producers.


Source: The Korea Times

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