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Netflix invests half a billion dollars in Korean content production

Netflix invests half a billion dollars in Korean content production

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After what feels like forever, the hit Netflix K-Drama “Love Alarm” is finally returning for a second season. But K-culture fans need to buckle up their seats as that’s not the only exciting content coming to the streaming giant in the coming months. Yep, a lot of things are in store for all of us!

As the K-wave continues to dominate the entertainment industry, Netflix also makes a fearless move to invest half a billion dollars to the Korean creative community. 

In a See What’s Next: Korea event held this month, various films, series, and stand-up comedy shows made in Korea were announced a few days ago. 

Netflix invests 500 million dollars in Korean content

Even before Netflix came, longtime K-Drama fans can attest to the quality of content Koreans produce for their audience. But due to the pandemic that forced everyone to stay indoors, the demand for Korean content even grew bigger. And proof of that is the surge in viewership in Korean shows available on Netflix such as “Crash Landing On You” and “Itaewon Class.” 

What’s Next in Korea: Shows, movies to watch out for

Move to Heaven will follow the story of two trauma cleaners. Kim Sung-ho, who helmed How to Steal a Dog, took on the said project. 

D.P. will revolve around an army private named Joon-ho who endes in a unit that tracks down military deserters. Han Jun-hee directed the project. Its stars include Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, and Son Seok-koo.

Squid Game will follow individuals who will become players of a mysterious survival game whose winner will get 40 million dollar.

Hellbound will follow a lawyer who will go against a Church with its extremist devotees.The director behind the films “Train to Busan” and “Peninsula” —  Yeon Sang-ho — took on the project.

The Silent Sea will follow a special team sent to an abandoned research facility on the moon following the desertification the future earth undergone. It stars Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, and Lee Joon.

All of Us Are Dead will follow high school students who get trapped inside a school following a zombie invasion. It stars Yoon Chan-yeong, Park Ji-hu, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, and Yoo In-soo.  

My Name will a daughter of a mobster who joins a cartel and becomes a mole in the police force to seek truth behind her father’s death. Kim Jin-min of the acclaimed series “Extracurricular” directed the series.

So Not Worth It will follow students from multicultural backgrounds who live in a college dorm. It stars Park Se-wan, Shin Hyeon-seung, Choi Young-jae of K-pop group GOT7, Minnie of the K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE, and Han Hyun-min. 

Kingdom: Ashin of the North:  A standalone episode in the Kingdom universe, the show is said to shed light on Lee Chang’s group on their journey north to discover the origins of the infected. 

Netflix has also announced two other projects namely Moral Sense and Carter directed by Park Hyun-jin and Jung Byung-gi, respectively. The first one will follow two co-workers who enter a BDSM relationship while the second one is an action film that will follow a man with no recollection of his identity who goes on a mission to save a kidnapped girl.

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