Netflix is working non-stop in setting the bar high in telling South Korea’s well-crafted tales to its global audience. Apart from showcasing the best of Netflix Korean dramas and movies, acquiring these projects allows the streaming giant to grow what the fans have known as a cultural phenomenon and strengthen its ties with Korea’s creative minds.
The empowering move also gives life to the words of Kim Min-young, Netflix’s Vice President of Content in Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand: “We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and travel everywhere.” If you’re interested in knowing Korea’s latest stories, you’ve come to the right place! Below is an updated list of Netflix’s new additions to its Korean entertainment slate.
5 New Netflix Korean Dramas
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)—now streaming
If you live for the twists and shocking revelations that are often found in mature relationship slash family dramas, then Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) promises to give you your much-needed dose! The story follows three successful women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, respectively, who all work on the same local radio program.
It stars Lee Ga-ryeong (The Invincible Lady Cha) as Boo Hye-ryoung, the likeable host of the radio program; Park Joo-mi (ID: Gangnam Beauty) as Sa Pi-young, producer of the show; and Jeon Soo-kyeong (Cheat on Me If You Can) as Lee Si-eun, the main writer. With their seemingly perfect husbands, the three believe that their marriages can’t become any better. What they do not know is that a life-changing turn of events is about to hit their way and shake their relationships down to its core.
Featuring other fine actors such as Sung Hoon (Level Up), Lee Tae-gon (One Well-Raised Daughter), Lee Min-young (Doctor Prisoner), and Jeon No-min (Live On, Doctor John), Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) is penned by screenwriter Im Sung-han of the 2014–2015 series Apgujeong Midnight Sun. It is TV Chosun’s first Saturday-Sunday drama of the year.
Hello, Me!—now streaming
Of course, heavy and infuriating story lines aren’t for everyone, so if you’re one of those people who would rather laugh their hearts out or fall in love while chilling on the couch and enjoying their favorite snacks, definitely check out Hello, Me! on Netflix.
A fusion of the romance, comedy, and fantasy genres, Hello, Me! is headlined by Choi Kang-hee (Good Casting), who transforms into the 37-year-old single woman Ban Ha-ni. Despite being a diligent employee, Ha-ni is still walking the path towards an unlucky and dull life. Everything begins to change, however, when her 17-year-old self, portrayed by Lee Re (Start-Up), mysteriously appears before her and reminds her of the cheerful, passionate, and optimistic girl she once was. In her journey towards healing and rediscovering herself, Ha-ni gets involved with the easygoing and strikingly handsome chaebol heir Han Yoo-hyun, the character played by Kim Young-kwang (The Secret Life of My Secretary).
Based on the 2011 novel “Fantastic Girl” by Kim Hye-jung, Hello, Me! is KBS2’s newest drama on its Wednesday-Thursday prime-time slot.
Sisyphus: The Myth—now streaming
An individual with a genius mind meets a warrior from the future—if that concept alone woke up your K-drama-loving cells, then you wouldn’t want to miss Sisyphus: The Myth. Starring Cho Seung-woo (Stranger 2) as the brilliant engineer Han Tae-sul and Park Shin-hye (Memories of the Alhambra) as the elite fighter Kang Seo-hae, the Netflix Korean drama follows Tae-sul on his quest of uncovering the truth behind his older brother’s death, along with Seo-hae, who has traveled back in time to help him.
Helmed by Jin Hyuk, director of the hit dramas City Hunter (2011), The Master’s Sun (2013), and The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016–2017), this 16-episode series is labeled as “JTBC’s 10th Anniversary Special Drama.”
He’s back! Our favorite actor Song Joong-ki (Arthdal Chronicles) has returned to sweep us off our feet again in his new titular Netflix Korean drama Vincenzo. The story follows Vincenzo Cassano, a Korea-born Italian consigliere for the Cassano family. When betrayal and conflict arise within his organization, he is forced to fly back to South Korea, only to get involved with the sharp-tongued lawyer Hong Cha-young, played by Jeon Yeo-been (Be Melodramatic), and her clumsy yet hardworking intern Jang Jun-woo, portrayed by Ok Taec-yeon (The Game: Towards Zero). Together, they seek justice in the most unconventional ways, going against powerful people who think they are above the law.
Love Alarm Season 2—coming March 12, 2021
The highly anticipated second installment of the Netflix Korean drama Love Alarm is now around the corner. Finally!
The futuristic plot revolves around a cell phone app called Love Alarm, which rings when a person who likes you comes within the 10-meter radius of where you are. Kim So-hyun (River Where the Moon Rises) breathes life into Kim Jo-jo, a diligent student whose parents died when she was young. In the first season, best friends Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-young, played by Song Kang (Sweet Home) and Jung Ga-ram (Mistress), respectively, confessed their feelings for her. With the help of Love Alarm, Jo-jo and Sun-oh started a romantic relationship, but it also played a significant role in how it ended.
In Love Alarm Season 2, the ex-lovers are set to reunite after Jo-jo uninstalls the shield in Love Alarm to make the app ring for her one true love. Did you know? The Love Alarm mobile app exists, and it’s downloadable via Google Play Store! Now, does it work the same way as in the drama? Imagine the chaos if it did. But hey, it’s got free gifts and exclusive perks, so go ahead and tap that install button.
1 New Netflix Korean Movie
Space Sweepers—now streaming
If space adventures are more your cup of tea, getting a glimpse of what might happen to the rest of the planet in the year 2092 might tickle your fancy. Space Sweepers is set in the year when Earth has become bleak, and the human race has been divided unfairly between the privileged who can live life as usual in lavish habitats, while people belonging to the 95% are forced to struggle in the barely livable planet. The Netflix Korean movie tells the story of Spaceship Victory’s crew, whose oddly mixed members live off the danger of flying at immense speeds while salvaging and selling off space debris.
But when the unlikely team—composed of a genius, money-grubbing pilot (Song Joong-ki), an ex-space pirate captain (Kim Tae-ri), an ex-con space engineer (Jin Seon-kyu), and a reprogrammed robot (Yoo Hae-jin‘s voice)—comes across a 7-year-old weaponized humanoid and decides to strike a dicey deal, all hell breaks loose in space.
Jo Sung-hee, who helmed and co-wrote Space Sweepers, reportedly started writing the story 10 years ago, taking inspiration from a story, told by his friend, about the dangers of space junk.
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