Netflix’s Korean Drama

(Pictured above: Park-Hae Jin)

Netflix continues to expand its library of Korean drama series with the debut of Max x Man on Friday, April 21. The series is a production of JTBC, a South Korean cable TV and broadcasting company.

Although the streaming service is touting the show as its first global simulcasts of a Korean drama (in more than 20 languages), US subscribers won’t see the simulcasts — as they will only be able to access the show in two parts, each comprising eight episodes.

Man x Man stars Park Hae Jin as Kim Seol Woo, “who becomes a ghost bodyguard for a top Hallyu star” (“Hallyu” aka “Korean culture wave,” is a term referring to Korean culture becoming popular internationally). It is directed by Chang-min Lee, who worked on such drama series as Giant and Remember: War of the Son.

Last month, Netflix announced its second original Korean production, an eight-episode series called Kingdom, which is to debut in 2018.

The Savvy Screener also recently reported about another Korean drama series, scheduled to premiere Monday, April 17. My Secret Romance, about fleeting romantic connections, will unfold in twelve 40-minute episodes on DramaFever, a streaming service for international TV shows, movies and concerts.

 

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