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Netflix Unveils Its Biggest-Ever Slate of Korean Content


Tue 17 Jan 2023 | 10:25 AM
Yara Sameh

Netflix unveiled Monday its largest-ever Korean TV and film slate.

The 34-slate features a hefty of previously announced and new content in both the scripted and non-scripted space.

Six Korean movies including the sci-fi thriller "JUNG-E" and "Kill Boksoon", which premieres at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival in February.

On the TV side, offerings include the likes of "Crash Course in Romance", which Deadline selected as one of its top international dramas to watch in 2023, "Behind Your Touch" (working title), and social commentary shows such as "Bloodhounds".

"The Glory", “Sweet Home”, and “D.P.” will return for its second seasons later this year.

The lineup also features new romance productions "A Time Called You", "Crash Course in Romance", "Destined With You, Doona!", "King the Land", "Love to Hate You", "See You In My 19th Life"), social commentary and intrigue "Celebrity" and "Mask Girl", drama "Daily Dose of Sunshine", "Queenmaker", "The Good Bad Mother", and apocalyptic "Goodbye Earth".

There are also a number of reality shows including the "Physical: 100 adventure" format and the zombie survival game "Zombieverse".

“Over the last year, Korean series and films have regularly featured in our Global Top 10 list in more than 90 countries, and three of Netflix’s most-watched shows ever are from Korea,” Don Kang, the company's vice president of Korean content, said in a statement on Monday.

“This year, we’re pushing the envelope even further with the stories we tell and how we tell them. With this lineup of Korean titles, Netflix will continue to be the ultimate destination for compelling, diverse and must-watch Korean storytelling.”

The streamer has been capitalizing on the runaway success of "Squid Game" since the series’ 2021 launch and another season is in the offing along with an entertainment format produced by UK indies Studio Lambert and The Garden.

Last year, hours of Korean content on the platform rose slightly to 93, although proportionally the rise was far smaller than the likes of Japan, the UK, and Spain. Japanese content hours doubled to overtake Korea with 123.

The new titles on the Korean slate are:

Movies 

  • JUNG-E (January 20)
  • Kill Boksoon 
  • Believer 2
  • Ballerina
  • The Match
  • Unlocked

Reality shows

  • Physical:100
  • Siren: Survive the Island
  • Zombieverse
  • Nineteen to Twenty
  • The Devil’s Plan

Documentary

  • Yellow Door: Looking for Director Bong’s Unreleased Short Film (working title)
  • In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal 

TV series

  • Sweet Home Season 2 
  • D.P. Season 2
  • The Glory Season 2  (March release date)
  • Gyeongseong Creature

  • Black Knight

  • Song of the Bandits

  • A Time Called You

  • Behind Your Touch (WT)
  • Crash Course in Romance
  • Destined With You
  • Doona!
  • King The Land
  • Love to Hate You

  • See You In My 19th Life

  • Bloodhounds

  • Celebrity

  • Mask Girl

  • Daily Dose of Sunshine

  • Queenmaker
  • The Good Bad Mother
  • Goodbye Earth