With the popularity of Korean dramas and movies at an all-time high, Netflix is looking to cash in by doubling down on its offering of Korean content on the platform.
The streaming giant invested over half a billion dollars in Korean content in 2021, and that number has only increased this year. On January 19, Netflix announced the release of 25 original Korean dramas and movies, its biggest annual list ever.
Netflix Korea VP Don Kang recently said:
“We’re excited to continue collaborating with Korean storytellers to take K-wave to new heights.”
Some of the 2021 Korean movies and dramas that topped the charts on Netflix include global sensation Squid Game, a dark fantasy series Hell, sci-fi mystery The silent sea, and healing romance Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
Here Are The Upcoming Korean Movies Set To Take Over Netflix In 2022
1) Love and leashes
- Directed by: Park Hyun-jin
- With: Seo Ju-hyun, Lee Jun-Young, EL
Netflix’s 2022 collection of Korean movies kicks off with a movie that’s about to topple all expectations. In love and leashes, director Park Hyun-jin experiences a different type of relationship. Girls’ Generation member Seo Ju-hyun’s debut film explores a love story between a man with very particular tastes and a woman who stumbles upon his secret.
This racy romance, which is sure to leave audiences and characters alike, is an adaptation of a popular webtoon of the same name. Seo Ju-hyun takes on the role of a woman who agrees to enter into a “special” relationship with her colleague, despite having no previous experience. The colleague, a unique young man, is played by Lee Jun-young, who brings his trademark charm to the table. love and leashes is sure to be a memorable watch.
2) Yaksha: ruthless operations
- Directed by: Nahyu
- With: Sul Kyung-gu, Park Hae-soo, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Yang Dong-keun, EL, Song Jae-lim, Park Jin-young
Yaksha: Ruthless Operations marks the long-awaited return of director Na Hyun after his critically acclaimed 2017 film, Jail. The upcoming film is a gripping suspense thriller, which follows the actions of a man named “Yaksha”. He crosses paths with a virtuous prosecutor, on a special inspection mission in Shenyang, a city in China supposed to be a haven for spies. What ensues is a game of cat and mouse, with both sides thirsting for blood.
The bloodthirsty Yaksha, who leads the overseas spy team, is played by Sul Kang-gu, while squid gameStar Park Hae-soo plays Ji-hoon the prosecutor, whose propensity to play the book got him into trouble.
3) The atmosphere of Seoul
- Directed by: Moon Hyun-sung
- With: Yoo Ah-in, Ko Kyung-pyo, Lee kyoo-hyung, Park Ju-hyun, Ong Seong-wu
In the context of the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Seoul atmosphere takes viewers to the filthy underbelly of Seoul, full of corruption and chaos. Directed by Moon Hyun-sung, at the center of this Netflix production is a special operation led by the Sangedong Supreme team that sets out to unravel the corruption behind illegal fund transactions.
Seoul atmosphere features an all-star cast, which includes Yoo Ah-in, Ko Kyung-pyo, Lee Kyoo-hyung, Park Ju-hyun, and Ong Seong-wu. The film promises a glimpse of the city of Seoul in a never-before-seen avatar, complete with jaw-dropping action scenes.
4) 20th century girl
- Directed by: Bang Woo-ri
- Starring: Kim You-jung, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo, Roh Yoon-seo
Seventeen-year-old Bo-ra discovers her first love in 1999, the last year of the 20th century: a sweet, pure, but heartbreaking relationship. Years later, in the 21st century, news of her first love rekindled a teenage romance she thought she had forgotten.
Directed by Bang Woo-ri, 20th century girl is a heartwarming slice-of-life film that promises to make audiences laugh and cry over this love story lost and found. movie stars Clean with passion for now actor Kim You-jung as the inimitable Bo-ra.
- Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho
- Starring: Kang Soo-youn, Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo
Located on an Earth rendered uninhabitable by climate change, JUNG_E follows the lives of survivors, scavenging an unlivable planet. Amid the chaos, a civil war breaks out among the survivors. The only way to survive is to clone an elite soldier’s brain to create the ultimate mercenary.
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Done by Hellbound director Yeong Sang-ho, this Netflix production promises a unique look at dystopian cinema, blending technology and the struggle for survival.