Netflix announces its 2023 Korean slate

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This year, Netflix is expanding its film offering with six Korean movies, kicking off with sci-fi thriller ‘JUNG-E’ on January 20, followed by ‘Kill Boksoon…reports Asian Lite News

Streaming giant Netflix on Wednesday has announced its new K-content slate with titles like ‘Black Knight’, ‘Song of the Bandits’, ‘Sweet Home’, ‘D.P.’ and more.

Looking ahead at 2023, Netflix is debuting a diverse array of Korean TV series, films and unscripted shows.

After a global success with ‘Squid Game’, Netflix will launch a total of 34 Korean titles on its platform, including returning with the series ‘Sweet Home’, ‘D.P.’, and ‘The Glory’, a press release stated.

Survival has become a recurring theme across some of the top series, whether it’s battling monsters during the dark days of 1945 in ‘Gyeongseong Creature’, struggling to breathe in the dystopian future of sci-fi series Black Knight, or fighting to protect Joseon during Japanese colonial rule in action drama ‘Song of the Bandits’.

Other new series this year run the gamut of romance (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), social commentary and intrigue (Bloodhounds, Celebrity, Mask Girl), drama (Daily Dose of Sunshine, Queenmaker, The Good Bad Mother), and apocalyptic (Goodbye Earth).

Don Kang, VP of Content (Korea), said: “The global popularity of K-content has continued apace over 2022, with Netflix bringing a wider variety of stories and genres to fans around the world. 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.”

“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.”

This year, Netflix is expanding its film offering with six Korean movies, kicking off with sci-fi thriller ‘JUNG-E’ on January 20, followed by ‘Kill Boksoon’, which depicts a professional killer with conflicting maternal instincts, and ‘Believer 2’, a sequel to a crime action thriller revolving around drug gangs.

Other films explore the topics of revenge (Ballerina), teacher-student rivalry (The Match), and hacking (Unlocked).

Meanwhile those who love living vicariously will be spoilt for choice with a dazzling lineup of reality shows, spanning endurance (Physical:100, Siren: Survive the Island), zombie survival (Zombieverse) coming of age (Nineteen to Twenty), and mind games (The Devil’s Plan).

There are also two new documentaries coming out. Yellow Door: Looking for Director Bong’s Unreleased Short Film (working title) traces the quest for Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-Ho’s debut film while true-crime documentary In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal explores the self-proclaimed ‘messiahs’ in modern Korean history.

“We are very excited over the variety of the titles that we’re sharing with our members,” said Kang. “There’s truly a series, a film or an unscripted show for everyone, and we look forward to our Korean shows connecting to fans both overseas and at home.”

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