Netflix announced that it’s planning to spend US$500 million this 2021 on films and series produced in South Korea, reaffirming the streaming giant’s continued commitment to South Korea’s globally expanding entertainment industry.
The plans were announced during Netflix’s “See What’s Next Korea” event held in Seoul last February 25, where a number of Netflix creative executives and Korean directors gathered to discuss and promote Netflix’s current and future projects.
Kim Min-young, vice president of content for Netflix in Korea and Southeast Asia, said, “As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our expansion into Korea this year, we plan to invest US$500 million in presenting 13 new works of Korean content.”
In the event, Netflix also shared its upcoming 2021 lineup, consisting of series, movies, and stand-up comedies. Here’s a quick rundown of what hallyu fans can look forward to this year:
Move to Heaven revolves around the routine of a pair of trauma cleaners who uncover the messages of the deceased and relay them to their loved ones.
D.P. is based on the webtoon by Kim Bo-tong and follows the story of army private Joon-ho who suddenly ends up becoming a member of the “Deserter Pursuit” unit that tracks down military deserters and encounters the realities of confused young soldiers.
Squid Game depicts a story of people who decide to become the players of a mysterious survival game that has a whopping 40-million-dollar prize at stake.
Hellbound is a series about a smart, self-assured lawyer who goes up against the New Truth Church and its extremist Arrowhead devotees.
The Silent Sea follows members of a special team sent to an abandoned research facility on the moon. Set in a future earth that has undergone desertification, the series stars Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, and Lee Joon.
All of Us Are Dead follows a group of students trapped in a high school who find themselves in dire situations as they seek to be rescued from a zombie invasion of their school.
My Name follows a mobster’s daughter named Ji-u when she joins a cartel and becomes a mole in the police force to seek the truth behind her father’s death. The series is directed by Kim Jin-min of the acclaimed series Extracurricular.
So Not Worth It is a sitcom that follows the youthful adventures of students with multicultural backgrounds in a college dorm. Created by Kwon Ik-joon and stars Park Se-wan, Shin Hyeon-seung, Choi Young-jae of K-pop group GOT7, Minnie of the K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE, and Han Hyun-min.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North is a special standalone episode from the Kingdom universe shares the backstory of the mysterious character Lee Chang’s group encountered on their journey north to discover the origins of the infected.
Paik’s Spirit is a reality show on Korean drinking, food and culture made in collaboration with celebrity restaurateur Paik Jong-won.
Lee Soo-geun: The Sense Coach is a stand-up special featuring Lee Soo-geun.