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Over 20 Korean movies and shows are on Netflix’s list for 2022

Buoyed by the stupendous success of its shows, such as Kingdom and Squid Game, Netflix is now going all-in on Korean content this year. The long list of Korean shows and films on Netflix for 2022 is proof of that.

In a statement, Don Kang, Netflix’s vice president of content (Korea), said that viewing hours of the Korean shows of the streaming platform grew six-fold in 2021 compared to 2019.

Leading the pack, Squid Game was the most viewed Korean show in 94 countries and 95 percent of the viewership came from outside Korea.

Kang said that Hellbound, which followed Squid Game last year, recorded 43.48 million viewing hours for its premiere.

Hellbound was among the Top 10 Netflix Shows in 93 countries and ranked number one in 34 countries. Sci-fi mystery The Silent Sea also made it to the number one spot on the weekly non-English Top 10 lists for its premiere,” Kang said.

“We believe this is a slate that showcases more of the inventive and gripping Korean storytelling that the world has come to love. To do that, we will continue to invest in Korea’s creative ecosystem and, together, we will keep on showing the world that ‘Made in Korea’ means ‘Well-Made’,” Kang said.

A look at the upcoming Korean shows and films on Netflix in 2022

Netflix released over 130 Korean titles from 2016 to 2021. In 2022, the American streaming platform is bringing in a gamut of shows and movies, expanding its library of K-content.

First on the list is All of Us Are Dead, which will premiere on 28 January. The show’s teaser was released on 31 December 2021, and it is about a zombie outbreak in a high school.

Then there is Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, a remake of Netflix’s acclaimed Spanish series Money Heist. It is one of the most anticipated shows in Korean entertainment.

Among the upcoming Netflix Korean films are action blockbuster Seoul Vibe, which stars the brilliant Yoo Ah-in of Hellboy fame, and romantic drama 20th Century Girl, starring Kim You-jung — one of the finest actresses in South Korea.

SERIES

All of Us Are Dead, 28 January

All of Us are Dead_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Lee JQ, Kim Nam-su

Starring: Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hu, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, Yoo In-soo, Lee You-mi, Lim Jae-hyeok

Overview: The series is about students trapped in a school amid a zombie virus outbreak who later join hands to fight for survival. All of Us Are Dead is based on a popular webtoon by Joo Dong-geun. The horrific visuals of students infected by the mysterious zombie virus and stunning action set in various parts of the school are a must-watch.

Twenty Five, Twenty One, 12 February

Twenty Five Twenty One_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Jung Jeehyun

Starring: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Ji Yeon, Choi Hyun Wook, Lee Ju Myung

Overview: A drama of youths who lost their dream to the zeitgeist of 1998. It revolves around five friends and their love, friendships, hardships and growth.

Forecasting Love and Weather, 12 February

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directed by: Cha Young Hun

Starring: Park Min Young, Song Kang, Yoon Bak, Yura

Overview: A cheerful romance drama of people at the Korea Meteorological Administration who break, fall and get back on their feet every day. The story follows Jin Ha-kyung (Park Min Young), who decides never to commit to an office romance after a brutal break-up. But Jin again enters a relationship with a newcomer in the team, Lee Si-woo (Song Kang), who is different but attractive in his own way.

Thirty Nine, 16 February

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directed by: Kim Sang-ho

Starring: Son Ye-jin, Jeon Mi-do, Kim Ji-hyun

Overview: Thirty Nine is a down-to-earth life and romance drama that delves into the friendship, love and life of three friends who are about to turn 40. A coincidence in their high school years brought the three together to become BFFs. One fine day, when they are all 39, life takes a turn for the worse and they have to get ready for goodbye.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Hong Jong-chan

Starring: Kim Hye-soo, Kim Moo-yeol, Lee Sung-min, Lee Jung-Eun.

Overview: Juvenile Justice deals with a judge who dislikes juvenile delinquents, to only later realise the troubles children face in society and how society is circumventing them to become better people. Kim Hye-soo (Hyena, Signal) plays Sim Eun-seok — the charismatic judge newly appointed to a district with the highest juvenile delinquency — who makes unorthodox decisions to existing judgments. She later tries to send a message that society is also responsible for juveniles’ immoral and illicit acts.

Tomorrow

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directors: Kim Tae-Youn, Sung Chi-Wook

Starring: Kim Hee-seon, Rowoon, Lee Soo-hyuk

Overview: The grim reapers who used to escort the dead now save those who want to die. An afterlife fantasy drama, Tomorrow depicts how a long-time unemployed person accidentally bumps into grim reapers on a special mission and becomes a contract worker at their Crisis Management Team to help them on their mission.

The Sound of Magic

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directed by: Kim Sung-youn

Starring: Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, Hwang In-youp

Overview: The Sound of Magic is based on the popular webtoon Annarasumanara. It is a touching drama about Yoon Ah-yi (Choi Sung-eun), a girl who had to grow up too fast, and Rieul (Ji Chang-wook), a mysterious magician who — although grown-up — wants to remain as a kid.

Remarriage and Desires

Remarriage _ Desires_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Kim Jung-Min

Starring: Kim Hee-Seon, Lee Hyun-Wook, Jung Eugene, Park Hoon, Cha Ji-Yeon

Overview: Remarriage & Desires is a satire of Korean society governed by desire. Set at the exclusive matchmaking agency catering to the top echelons of society, ambitious souls hope to upgrade their status by marrying or remarrying into the ranks of the elite. They aspire to nab someone from the “Black” tier, the highest group, consisting of the top 0.001 percent of the population.

A Model Family

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Directed by: Kim Jin-woo

Starring: Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Jin-seo, Park Ji-yeon

Overview: A Model Family is about a man who is on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce, stumbling upon a car loaded with cash. The incident has him crossing paths with the second-in-command of a drug organisation.

Glitch

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directed by: Roh Deok

Starring: Jeon Yeo-been, NANA

Overview: Glitch tells the story of a girl who attempts to track down her missing boyfriend with the help of members of a UFO club. In the process, she comes face to face with a secret.

The Accidental Narco (WT)

The Accidental Narco_slate announcement_2022
Image credit: Netflix

Directed by: Yoon Jong-bin

Starring: Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin, Yoo Yeon-seok, Chang Chen

Overview: Based on real-life events, The Accidental Narco is about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord. The Accidental Narco marks director Yoon Jong-bin’s first foray into series and collaboration with Netflix.

The Fabulous

Directed by: Kim Jeong-hyeon

Starring: Chae Soo-bin, Choi Min-ho

Overview: A highly realistic romance that explores the dreams, love and friendship of young people who devote their lives to working in the fashion industry, where fashion often means passion.

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area

Money Heist_ Korea - Joint Economic Area_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Kim Hong-sun

Starring: Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Yunjin, Park Hae-soo, Jun Jong-seo, Lee Won-jong, Park Myung-hoon, Kim Seung-o, Kim Ji-hun, Jang Yoon-ju, Lee Joobeen, Lee Hyun-woo, Kim Ji-hoon, Lee Kyu-ho

Overview: Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area narrates a genius strategist and his talented crew composed of top-class thieves, attempting to pull off an unprecedented heist in the Korean Peninsula.

Love to Hate You

Directed by: Kim Jeong-kwon

Starring: Kim Ok-vin, Yoo Teo, Kim Ji-hun, Go Won-hee

Overview: Love to Hate You is about the warlike relationship between a woman who hates losing to men and a man frantically suspicious of women. Both later discover life remedies behind their opposite characteristics.

Somebody

Directed by: Jung Ji-woo

Starring: Kim Young-kwang, Kang Hae-lim, Kim Yong-ji, Kim Su-yeon

Overview: A murder case around a social dating app entangles the developer of the app and her friends. This marks director Jung Ji-woo’s first venture into series and collaboration with Netflix.

Black Knight

Directed by: Cho Ui-seok

Starring: Kim woo-bin, Kang you-seok, Esom

Overview: The series is set in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breathe. Only one percent of the human race has survived, and a strict social stratification has been established in the deserted lands of the Korean Peninsula. Delivery drivers play a crucial role within this system. For refugees, becoming a delivery driver is their only hope for survival. 

Business Proposal (tentative)

Business Proposal_slate announcement_2022

Director: Park Seon Ho

Starring: Ahn Hyo-Seop, Kim Se Jeong, Seol In A, Kim Min Gue, Lee Duck Hwa

Overview: An office romance drama, Business Proposal, is based on a globally famous web novel and webtoon of the same name. An average employee Shin Ha-ri (Kim Se Jeong) goes on a blind date in her friend’s stead as a sassy girl, only to find the date to be the CEO of her company, Kang Tae-moo (Ahn Hyo-Seop). Following their encounter, they struggle to keep their emotions in check at the office.

FILMS

Love and Leashes, 11 February

Netflix Korean films and shows
Image credit: Netflix

Directed by: Park Hyun-jin

Starring: Seo Hyun, Lee Jun-Young, EL

Overview: A man with a unique taste and a woman who stumbles upon his secret get into a romantic relationship. This marks Seo Hyun’s first film.

Yaksha: Ruthless Operations

Netflix Korean films and shows
Image credit: Netflix

Directed by: Na Hyun

Starring: Sul Kyung-gu, Park Hae-soo, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Yang Dong-keun, EL, Song Jae-lim, Park Jin-young

Overview: A breathtaking spy action thriller, Yaksha: Ruthless Operations is a film about a merciless man known as “Yaksha” who crosses paths with a prosecutor on a special inspection mission in Shenyang, China.

Carter

Netflix Korean films and shows
Image credit: Netflix

Directed by: Jung Byung-gil

Starring: Joo Won

Overview: Carter is an original film about an agent suffering from memory loss who is thrown into the middle of a mysterious mission.

Seoul Vibe

Directed by: Moon Hyun-sung

Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Ko Kyung-Pyo, Lee kyoo-hyung, Park Ju-hyun, Ong Seong-wu

Overview: The action blockbuster movie Seoul Vibe revolves around a team known as Sangedong Supreme, which tries to unearth corruption while the world has its eyes on the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

20th Century Girl

20th Century Girl_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Bang Woo-ri

Starring: Kim You-jung, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo, Roh Yoon-seo

Overview: 20th Century Girl is a romantic film set in 1999. In the last year of the 20th century, a 17-year-old girl finds her first love — a sweet, pure but heartbreaking relationship. Years later, in the 21st century, news about her first love revives her teenage romance she thought she had forgotten.

JUNG_E

JUNG_E_slate announcement_2022

Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Starring: Kang Soo-youn, Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo

Overview: A desolate Earth in the 22nd century that is no longer inhabitable due to climate change is the setting for this film. Amid the chaos, an internal war breaks out in the shelter built for human survival. Victory — meaning the end of the war — now hinges on finding a way to clone the legendary mercenary JUNG_E into a scalable robot. The film is one of the most anticipated because of director Yeon Sang-ho, whose works include Train to Busan, Peninsula and Hellbound.

Unscripted Show

Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain

Netflix Korean films and shows

Directed by: Kim Joo-hyung, Go Min-seok

Starring: Celeb Five (Kim Shin-young, Song Eun-i, Shin Bong-seon, An Young-mi)

Overview: A fake documentary, Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain takes a peek into how Celeb Five (Kim Shin-young, Song Eun-yi, Shin Bong-sun and Ahn Young-mi) goes on marathons of ideation meetings to plan an amazing stage after being offered a solo show on Netflix. Their behind-the-stage work, more ingenious and hilarious than the on-stage show itself, provides incessant laughter and fun.

All images: Courtesy Netflix

This story was first published on Prestige Malaysia

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