The Netflix Original Korean Dramas Coming in 2021 – A Preview

As part of their commitment to bringing original Korean dramas to the world, Netflix has unveiled its latest list of upcoming projects, complete with stills. It comes as part of the service’s new $500 million investment that was unveiled today, in a bid to crack the Asian market and continue the global expansion of its Korean entertainment branches.

From religious cults to crime, there’s a real diversity across the streaming giant’s 2021 releases, with the cliched something for everyone really holding true. To get a taste of what they’re all about, here’s a complete list of what we know is coming so far.

Move To Heaven

Adapted from the professional trauma cleaner Kim Sae-byul’s non-fiction essay “Things Left Behind,” Move to Heaven fixates on Geu-roo, a young man with Asperger syndrome who works for his father’s business of the same name. Together, they arrange items left by deceased people, but when his father dies, Geu-roo is left alone. However, his ex-convict uncle assumes the role of his guardian in due time and together, the unlikely duo clear out the possessions of the deceased, unravelling the stories of those who have passed as they do it.

Starring: Lee Je-hoon (Signal), Tang Jun-sang (Crash Landing on You), Hong Seung-hee (Memorist).

My Name

Previously known as Undercover, My Name centres around Yoon Ji-woo, a woman who the police as part of an organised crime ring in a bid to find out about her father’s death. She has revenge on the brain but finds herself encountering numerous obstacles in her attempts to avenge what has happened in her tragic past.

Starring: Han So-hee (The World of the Married), Ahn Bo-hyun (Itaewon Class), Park Hee-soon (The Age of Shadows).

So Not Worth It

A sitcom revolving around a group of multicultural students who live together in a university dorm in Seoul, So Not Worth It is probably one of the more cookie-cutter offerings from Netflix. With little-known about the premise aside from what’s been said, it’s probably worth keeping an eye on how this one develops more than anything.

Starring: Park Se-wan (I’m Not a Robot), Shin Hyun-seung, Choi Young-jae (Dream Knight), Minnie, Han Hyun-min (Hip Hop King: Nassna Street).

Round Six

Also known as Squid Game, this drama depicts the story of people who become participants of a mysterious survival game after being enticed by its seismic $40million prize money. Only ending when there is a final winner, what surprises are in store for the desperate contenders?

Starring: Lee Jung-jae (New World), Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook), Heo Sung-tae (WATCHER), Wi Ha-joon (Romance Is a Bonus Book).

Love Alarm 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to Love Alarm, this light romance drama tells the story of Kim Jo-jo, a woman who fails to find love in the wake of a romance app – one which rings if someone who likes you is within 10 metres of you – as she cannot download it. Nevertheless, two men begin to become affectionate towards the college student, and a rom-com love triangle is dually formed. Looking to now find her true love, season two will see Kim download the app, in hope that it rings for her one true love.

Starring: Kim So-hyun (The Tale of Nokdu), Song Kang (Sweet Home), Jung Ga-ram (The Heirs).

Kingdom: Ashin of the North

A sidequel from the previous seasons of Kingdom, Ashin of the North aims to deliver a backstory for the mysterious Ashin, who was discovered by the Lee Chang group at the end of season two, and in turn, discover the origins of the infected. It’ll detail the enigmatic woman’s previous ongoings in the Northern region, as well as how her fate intertwined with Min Chi-rok, the head of the Royal Commandery.

Starring: Jun Ji-hyun (You Who Came from the Stars), Park Byung-eun (Arthdal Chronicles).

All Of Us Are Dead

Based on the webtoon Now at Our School, this thriller documents a group of high-school students faced with an extreme crisis when they are trapped in their school whilst a zombie virus spreads rapidly. Details again are vague, but based on its teaser image, if it’s anything as frantic as it looks, it will most certainly deliver.

Starring: Yoon Chan-young (Everything and Nothing), Park Ji-hoo (House of Hummingbird), Jo Yi-hyun (Hospital Playlist), Park Solomon (Sweet Revenge), Yoo In-soo (Moment at Eighteen).

Deserter Pursuit

Angled from the perspective of a solider who must pursue deserters, this emotional military drama tells the story of Jun-ho, a South-Korean Army private assigned to a unit tasked with arresting deserters. In his job he encounters many confused young adults, and discovers the hardships of those who choose to abandon their posts. It’s based on the webtoon D.P: Dog Days.

Starring: Jung Hae-in (Tune In For Love), Koo Kyo Hwan (Train To Busan: Peninsula), Kim Sung-kyun (Reply 1988), Son Seok-koo (Be Melodramatic).

The Silent Sea

Set in a post-apocalyptic earth which has undergone desertification, The Silent Sea tells the story of a special team sent to secure an unexplained sample from an abandoned research facility on the moon. It’s a dystopian thriller at heart and is loosely based on the 2014 short film The Sea of Tranquility.

Starring: Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Bae Doo-na (Stranger), Lee Joon (My Father Is Strange).

Hellbound

Adapted from Yeon Sang-ho’s webtoon of the same title, Hellbound is a multifaceted suspense drama based around a new religion, Saejinrihwe, which speaks about a phenomenon of death angels from Hell. These angels are dubbed a ‘revelation from God’, and kill people after they are allowed to hear a prediction on when they will die. However, the new religion’s charismatic leader comes under scrutiny from a television programme director, Bae Young, and soon the entire country becomes fixated on these new, horrifying occurrences, as well as the blind followers of the newborn religious group.

Starring: Yoo Ah-in (Burning), Park Jung-min (Time to Hunt), Kim Hyun-joo (WATCHER), Won Jin-ah (Life).

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