Who else hasn’t seen the highly popular Crash Landing On You yet? Now that we’re on home quarantine, you really should give this series a try.
But if you’re like me, who has practically seen almost every KDrama on Netflix right now, the streaming service giant today announced its newest lineup of upcoming Korean shows and movies that will definitely make KDrama fans’ hearts flutter with delight.
“From K-pop and K-food, to K-zombie and K-content, we’ve seen how much people in different parts of the world love Korean cultures and stories. So we’re excited to announce these new best in class Korean stories for our members,” said Minyoung Kim, Vice President of Korean Content at Netflix.
“It’s amazing to see how these Korea films and TV resonate with audiences around the world – from Korea to South-East Asia and the Americas. By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world.”
Here’s what you can look forward to on Netflix very soon:
Korea/APAC/All English Speaking Countries/Latin America – 03/28/2020
Japan/Rest of the World – 05/24/2020
MAIN CAST: Choi Jin-hyuk, Park Sung-woong
Kang Gi-beom, once a promising police detective in the violent crimes unit, is suspected of murdering his own wife. His eyes are slashed with a razor after he witnesses her murder at the hands of the terrorist group ARGOS. Just when he thinks he has lost everything, he is approached by Choi Geun-cheol, the chief executive director of Rugal, a special organization dedicated to the sole purpose of eradicating ARGOS. Choi requests that Gi-beom receives an artificial eye transplant and joins Rugal. After miraculously surviving the risky transplant operation, Gi-beom is born again as a human weapon. He begins to take revenge on ARGOS for everything they have done to him.
Time to Hunt
PREMIERE DATE: 04/10/2020
MAIN CAST: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-soo
In a hopeless dystopian city, Jun-seok is released from prison and plans his next step in life in order to start anew with his friends Jang-ho, Ki-hoon and Sang-soo. But their excitement for the plan is short-lived as an unknown man chases after them. Can these best friends get away from the hunt?
Time to Hunt was invited to the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for a special gala screening. It is one of the most anticipated Korean films of 2020, and marks the return to the screen of Yoon Sung-hyun, winner for Best New Director at the 32nd Blue Dragon Awards for Bleak Night. The film also brings together some of the hottest actors of the Korean film industry, including Lee Je-hoon (Architecture 101, Signal), Ahn Jae-hong (Be Melodramatic, Reply 1988), Choi Woo-shik (Okja, Parasite), Park Jeong-min (Svaha: The Sixth Finger, Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet) and Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook, Persona).
PREMIERE DATE: 04/29/2020
MAIN CAST: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Joo-hyun
Extracurricular is a story of high school students who have chosen a life of crime – and extreme risk – to earn money. Oh Jisoo ends up committing a serious crime because of his desire to apy for his college tuition on his own, whatever the means. Seo Minhee gets caught up in Jisoo’s crime, while Jisoo’s schoolmate Bae Gyuri also becomes involved in the same crime. Their bad choices come with irreversible consequences. There is no turning back. A life of crime and violence awaits them.
The King: Eternal Monarch
PREMIERE DATE: April 2020
MAIN CAST: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae
The King: Eternal Monarch is a romantic fantasy drama that takes the genre to a whole new level. The series revolves around the relationships of people from two parallel universes. King Lee Gon seeks to seal the gateway between dimensions, while Jung Tae-eul, a police inspector, simply wants to protect other’s lives and their loves. The King: Eternal Monarch is written by Kim Eun-suk (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Mr. Sunshine, Descendants of the Sun), and directed by Baek Sang-hoon (Secret, Who Are You: School 2015, Descendants of the Sun) and Jeong Jee-hyun (Search: WWW).
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
PREMIERE DATE: June/2020
MAIN CAST: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is about an unusual romance between two people who end up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds. Moon Gang-tae, played by Kim Soo-hyun (My Love from the Star, The Moon Embracing the Sun), is a caretaker working at a psychiatric ward who does not even bother to believe in love. He seems to be carrying all the weight and pain in life, and devotes himself only to looking after his disabled older brother. Go Moon-young, played by Seo Ye-ji (Save Me, Lawless Lawyer), is a children’s book writer who is clueless about love. She is popular among all age groups, yet very antisocial and indifferent to others.
If you’re looking for something to watch right now besides CLOY, I recommend Kingdom and Itaewon Class. Actually, anything that stars Hyun Bin, Park Seo-jun (sometimes spelled as Seo Joon), or Ju Ji Hoon is good enough for me.