JTBC’s 100 % pre-produced drama Man to Man becomes the first Korean drama to be aired simultaneously on a Korean cable channel and streaming giant Netflix. Netflix acquired the exclusive international rights to broadcast the drama series starting April 21, 2017.
The series will be available on Netflix one hour after its local airing. However, it will be released a bit later in the United States in two installments consisting of eight episodes each. With Netflix providing more than 20 languages for subtitles, fans from Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Spain, and the United Kingdom will be able to watch the drama without having to wait any longer for subtitles.
Netflix has been expanding its slate of Korean originals lately. About one month ago, it announced its second original Korean television series called Kingdom, which is set in a medieval Joseon period and features a zombie apocalypse that threatens the Joseon dynasty. Early this year, it officially announced Love Alarm as its first original Korean drama based on a popular web comic of the same name by Kye Young-chon. Both dramas will premiere exclusively on Netflix next year in over 190 countries.
Man to Man is directed by Lee Chang-Min, the director of Bride of the Sun and Birth of a Beauty. It is written by Kim Won-suk who co-wrote the phenomenal drama Descendants of the Sun with Kim Eun-sook. The drama features actor Park Hae-jin (Cheese in the Trap) as a secret agent who becomes a bodyguard for a longtime celebrity played by Park Sung-woong (Remember: War of the Sons). Meanwhile, Kim Min-jung (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015) plays the role of Park Sung-woo’s manager who started as the president of the actor’s fan club.
The drama will air every Fridays & Saturdays at 11 pm in South Korea, following the currently airing drama Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon.