Netflix To Release A Huge Number Of Korean Shows In 2023

Netflix To Release A Huge Number Of Korean Shows In 2023

Netflix keeps K-drama fans happy with a huge number of Korean shows in a slate they recently unveiled for 2023. Vice President of Content in Korea, Don Kang, noted that Korean titles regularly occupy a spot in their Global Top 10 list.

Considering they serve more than 90 countries around the world; this achievement is not an easy feat. They may be cancelling some shows but when it comes to Korean content, Netflix seems to have a soft spot.

VP Don Kang states:

The global popularity of K-content has continued apace over 2022, with Netflix bringing a wider variety of stories and genres to fans around the world. Over the last year, Korean series and films have regularly featured in our Global Top 10 list in more than 90 countries, and three of Netflix’s most-watched shows ever are from Korea.

This proves that Korean content has a strong following in all countries where Netflix streams. He continues:

This year, we’re pushing the envelope even further with the stories we tell and how we tell them. With this lineup of Korean titles, Netflix will continue to be the ultimate destination for compelling, diverse and must-watch Korean storytelling.

Netflix Releases More Than 30 Korean Shows In 2023

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We took the liberty of jumping into the rabbit hole for tidbits of what is coming on the streaming giant.  Read on for snippets of what we’ve found.

Behind Your Touch (working title) stars Lee Min Ki and Han Ji Min in the romantic comedy-drama about a detective (Lee) who ends up getting a small-town girl with unique abilities to solve his cases.

Black Knight is a futuristic drama where the world is reduced to 1% of its population due to toxic air pollution. A strict social class exists as people depend on parcel deliveries to survive. The 6-episode series stars Kim Woo-Bin.

Bloodhounds explores the dark world of lending sharks through the lives of three daring youths. Woo Do Hwan and Lee Sang Yi return to Netflix as two of the lead roles in the 8-episode series.

Celebrity is a thriller mystery drama depicting the emerging class of celebrities and the people around them. From the director of Chicago Typewriter and Flower of Evil, Kim Cheol-Kyu, the series will give a peek into the fears and desires of the Celebrity class.

Crash Course in Romance belongs to the rom-com list that has just started streaming this week, featuring Jeon Do-Yeon and Jung Kyoung-Ho as the lead couple.

Daily Dose of Sunshine brings Park Bo-Young back to the small screen in the medical drama focusing on the world of mental health.

Destined with You brings something of a supernatural twist in a form of a ‘forbidden book’ to a romance drama.

Doona! is also a romcom based on a webtoon where the lead navigates his college life living with a former K-pop sensation.

Netflix’s Upcoming 30 Korean Shows In 2023 Include Sequels

Netflix To Release A Huge Number Of Korean Shows In 2023

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D.P., Season 2 is in a position to answer all the questions season one is left hanging. Will Jun-Ho truly evade capture by the military? Is Suk-Bong alive or dead?

Goodbye Earth is another series depicting a futuristic dystopian world where the Earth has 200 days until it collides with a huge asteroid.

The Glory, Part 2 comes on the 10th of March. Director Ahn Gil Ho promises excitement and satisfying moments. Soompi quotes him saying:

Dong Eun and Yeon Jin’s fight will officially begin, and the story of the perpetrators getting punished will be told dynamically in a way that will have your eyes glued to the screen. All the loose ends will be tied up.

The Good Bad Mother is a mother-son heartwarming comedy-drama about a woman going back to taking care of his son as if he were seven years old again. Her son suffers a type of amnesia after an accident, seemingly reverting his memories into his seven-year-old self.

Gyeongseong Creature is one of the most anticipated titles on the list, as it stars Park Seo-Joon and Han So-Hee. The series is a historical horror thriller bringing two people together to confront a strange creature and fight it for survival.

King the Land is another romantic comedy on the list, pitting an heir to a hotel chain against a hardworking optimistic hotelier.

Love to Hate You is coming this 10th of February. Obviously a romantic comedy about enemies to lovers starring Kim Ok-Vin and Yoo Teo.

Mask Girl is a suspenseful thriller based on a webtoon telling about a girl who becomes a masked internet personality overnight. She goes through ill-fated situations that soon take over her life.

Queenmaker is a political drama with a preliminary release date of April 14th but this is still subject to Netflix’s confirmation. The drama revolves around two women joining forces to secure Seoul’s mayoral seat.

See You In My 19th Life is a fantasy romance based on the webtoon of the same title. A girl keeps getting reincarnated while remembering all her past lives. After her 18th life, she decides to reach out to a man from that life in her 19th.

Song of the Bandits brings people back to the 1920s during the Japanese occupation. At the time, people banded together to protect the Korean homeland.

Sweet Home, Season 2 is a much-awaited sequel to the apocalyptic horror series.

A Time Called You is a romance time-travel series based on the Taiwanese television series Someday or One Day. A woman wakes up back in the year 1998 in the body of a different person and somehow meets a man who seems exactly like her boyfriend, who died in the year 2022.

Netflix Has More Korean Shows, Including Movies And Documentaries

Netflix To Release A Huge Number Of Korean Shows In 2023

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Here is what we quickly found about the list of films coming up.

Ballerina is a film of action and revenge about a female ex-bodyguard grieving the loss of her ballerina best friend. Using her skills and strength, she means to fulfil her best friend’s wish and confront the male antagonist.

Believer 2 is the sequel to the 2018 hit movie. Cha Seung Won returns as Brian Lee, who leads two other men in facing Asia’s biggest drug ring.

JUNG_E streams on Netflix in two days. The film is the final movie appearance of Kang Soo Yeon, who died in May 2022. In the movie, Kang is a research institute leader who develops brain cloning in a future where humans live in man-made shelters. The year is 2184 and the Earth is no longer habitable due to climate change.

Kill Boksoon is an action-packed film about the contract-killing industry.

The Match will feature a teacher-student rivalry, while Unlocked brings viewers into the world of hacking.

As for their unscripted series, Netflix also adds more than a handful of options.

Reality shows also cover different points of interest, as 19/20 (Nineteen to Twenty) features the coming-of-age concept. Meanwhile, Physical: 100 and Siren: Survive the Island showcases participants’ endurance.

Zombieverse brings zombies into the mix for a survival reality show. For those interested in puzzles and mysteries to solve, they have The Devil’s Plan for mind game features.

Korean documentaries are also coming up where In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal dives into the self-proclaimed “messiahs” of modern Korean history. Lastly, Yellow Door: Looking for Director Bong’s Unreleased Short Film (working title) means to trace director Bong Joon-Ho’s first-ever movie.

In absolute certainty, Vice President Kang states:

We are very excited over the variety of the titles that we’re sharing with our members. There’s truly a series, a film or an unscripted show for everyone, and we look forward to our Korean shows connecting to fans both overseas and at home.

Which titles from the above list caught your eye? Personally, I am looking forward to JUNG_E and Daily Dose of Sunshine.


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