The past few months have been such a treat for K-drama and hallyu fans, especially with some of the best titles becoming more accessible for us through Netflix. With Korean content getting so much love from viewers from all over the world, Netflix will surely fuel our love for the genre, even more, this 2021 with a variety of original stories you’d definitely want to watch out for!
In today’s See What’s Next Korea, Netflix Korea unveiled their lineup of K-drama and movie titles premiering this 2021. Attending the event are Netflix executives and guests like Kingdom writer Kim Eun Hee and director Park Hyun Jin, who talked about their upcoming projects. The cast of Hellbound, Squid Game, and The Silent Sea also appeared during the event.
Wondering about all the things you may have missed from the event? Here’s a quick rundown of all the announcements from See What’s Next Korea 2021:
Carter is a chase thriller about an agent, who finds himself working on a mysterious mission after waking up with his memories wiped out. The film comes from director Jung Byung Gil, who is the same person behind films like Confession of Murder and The Villainess.
Moral Sense comes from director Park Hyun Jin, who also directed rom-com films Like for Likes and Lovers of Six Years. It follows a man with unusual tastes in sex and a woman who tries to learn about them. The film is based on a hit webtoon of the same name featuring the main character as he tries to hide his “sexual proclivities” from the people around him.
Night in Paradise
Night in Paradise is a film centering on a man who’s a target of a criminal gang, and a woman who’s at a dead-end in life. This is the only Korean film to screen out of competition at the 77th Venice International film Festival. It comes from director Park Hoon Jung, who directed The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. It stars Uhm Tae Goo, Jeon Yeo Bin, and Cha Seung Won.
Release Date: April 12
Love Alarm 2
The story of Love Alarm concludes in the upcoming second and final season. It centers on Jo Jo, Sun Oh, and Hye Yeong who now have to work on resolving their feelings of first love. The upcoming season will also continue to capture the effects of the Love Alarm app on society as the number of hearts a user gains affect their social status.
Kim So Hyun, Jung Ga Ram, Song Kang, Go Min Si, and Kim Shi Eun star in this drama.
Release Date: March 12
Kingdom: Ashin of the North
Kingdom: Ashin of the North is the side episode to Kingdom. It tells the story of Jun Ji Hyun’s Ashin — the heiress of a northern tribe — who is known to be the clue to the mystery behind the resurrection plant. The episode will focus on what had happened in the past before her encounter with Lee Chang and his party.
Netflix confirmed during the event that Park Byeong Eun will also be appearing in the “sidequel.”
Hellbound is set in a world where people who are condemned to hell experience a supernatural phenomenon which are “neither a miracle nor a curse.” It centers on a new religious group who see these events as the “will of the divine” and the people who are trying to survive the society.
The series comes from director Yeon Sang Ho, who also co-created the webtoon Hell. It stars Yoo Ah In, Park Jeong Min, Kim Hyun Ju, Won Jin Ah, and Yang Ik Jun.
The Silent Sea
The story of The Silent Sea takes place in a future where Earth has undergone desertification. It follows the members of a special team that goes on a mission to secure a mysterious sample from a research base on the Moon.
Choi Hang Yok directs the series, which is based on his short film that received the spotlight at the 13th Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival. Starring in this drama are Bae Doo Na, Gong Yoo, and Lee Joon.
Move to Heaven
Lee Je Hoon and Tang Jun Sang star as trauma cleaners Sang Gu and Geu Roo in Move to Heaven. The drama follows the two characters as they uncover the messages of the deceased and relay them to their loved ones. It depicts the stories of those who left and those who were left behind.
Release Date: First half of 2021
D.P. is about army private Joon Ho, who encounters the realities of confused young soldiers after becoming a member of the “Deserter Pursuit” unit — a unit tasked on tracking down those who desert their military posts. The drama will show the balance between those chasing the deserters and the troubles that the young people face. It stars Jung Hae In, Koo Kyo Hwan, Kim Sung Kyun, Song Seok Koo.
It is based on a popular webtoon by Kim Bo tong which became a hit for showing a realistic portrayal of violence in the military.
The World of the Married‘s Han So Hee star in My Name as Ji Woo. Here, she joins the police force as an undercover for a crime organization to uncover the truth about her father’s death. The drama follows her journey for revenge while showing the truth that she uncovers in the process. Ahn Bo Hyun, Park Hee Soon, Kim Sang Ho, and more star in this drama.
Squid Game gives a new take on the popular Korean children’s game. It centers on people who participate in a survival game with a $40 million prize. At the center of the story are the jobless Ki Hoon and the embezzler Sang Woo — two men who are willing to risk their lives in the game just to win the coveted prize money.
All of Us are Dead
This zombie series centers on the people who are stuck in a school where a zombie virus is spreading and the people who are trying to save them. The drama is based on the webtoon Now at Our School and comes from director Lee JQ. It stars Yoon Chan Yeong, Park Ji Hoo, Cho Yi Hyun, Lomon, and Yoo In Soo.
So Not Worth It
So Not Worth It is a sitcom about students of different nationalities who are all living in a university’s international dormitory. The drama portrays their story of love, friends, and life adventures as they all reside in the building. Park Se Wan, Shin Hyeon Seung, GOT7’s Youngjae, ((G)I-DLES)’s Minnie, and Han Hyun Min star in this drama.
Lee Soo Geun: The Sense Coach
Comedian Lee Soo Geun takes the center stage with his ad-lib joke in Lee Soo Geun: The Sense Coach. This stand-up special features the famous comedian who uses his “acute sixth sense” or nunchi to coach audience who often worry about what others think of them. This is Lee Soo Geun’s first stand-up special since he made his debut 25 years ago.
The comedian also regularly appears in variety shows like Men on a Mission, New Journey to the West, and more.
Popular Korean chef Paik Jong Won hosts Netflix’s Paik’s Spirit. Here, he sits down with the famous Korean personalities where they talk about drinking and life. In this reality series, the chef also introduces Korean alcoholic beverages — from the more traditional liquors and rice wine to craft beers — with hopes of introducing uniquely Korean drinks to a global audience.
Homestream images are also courtesy of Netflix.