Netflix unveiled its largest annual list of Korean movies and series on Tuesday, while saying that more than 60% of its global subscribers watched Korean content in 2022. The company featured 34 titles in its 2023 list announcement, including 11 previously unknown projects.
The 2023 list includes a series of returning K-content hits, such as new seasons of sweet home, DPand Glory. Revenge drama part two Glory will be released in March, after the first part became Netflix’s most-watched non-English TV show in the first week of January with 82.48 million hours watched.
“Over the past year, Korean dramas and movies have consistently made our Global Top 10 list in over 90 countries, and three of Netflix’s most-watched shows are from Korea,” said Don Kang, Vice President of Content for Netflix Korea. “This year, we’re pushing even further with the stories we tell and how we tell them.”
The lineup of all-new shows announced on Tuesday is filled with love stories for fans of K-content – behind your contact (working title), Crash course in romance, king the earth, Aimed at you,and See you in my 19th life — as well as a non-romantic drama, The Good Bad Mother. The upcoming slate added a collection of reality series, covering an endurance show (Mermaid: Survive the Island), a coming-of-age concept (nineteen to twenty), a zombie survival challenge (Zombieverse) and a series of mind games The Devil’s Plan. Netflix also unveiled a new Korean true crime documentary, In the name of God: a holy betrayalwhich will explore self-proclaimed “messiahs” in modern Korean history.
Netflix pointed out that survival has become a recurring theme in some of its most anticipated series (and not only squid game), “whether it’s battling monsters during the dark days of 1945 in Gyeongseong Creature (a period monster thriller starring Park Seo-jun and Han So-hee), struggling to breathe the dystopian future of sci-fi series Black Knight (with Kim Woo-bin), or fighting to protect Joseon during Japanese colonial rule in an action drama bandit song (with Kim Nam-gil and Seo hyun).
Previously announced film highlights for 2023 include Kill Boksoon, starring Jeon Do-yeon as a single mother who is also a professional killer; and Yellow Door: In Search of Director Bong’s Unreleased Short Film (working title), which charts the quest for Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho’s first film. Kill Boson has just been selected to premiere next month at the Berlin International Film Festival.
“We are very happy with the variety of titles we share with our members,” Kang added. “There truly is a series, movie, or unscripted show for everyone, and we look forward to our Korean shows connecting with fans both overseas and at home.”
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