A “gem” is a film or series that somehow slipped under my K-drama radar, and was discovered accidentally. ‘Swing Kids’ is a K-drama movie musical, released in 2018. Not sure why but ‘Swing Kids’ is not available in the USA via Netflix. However, it is available on Amazon Prime, Rakuten Viki, and YouTube. Plus you can watch it free on Tubi with ads, which is where I accidentally discovered it.
Webtoons are South Korean webcomics that have gained mainstream popularity in various countries. They cover many genres: horror, romance, comedy, historical, etc. Netflix has decided to ride the “Korean wave” by streaming K-drama series based on webtoons. These adaptations are enjoying tremendous success. One such series is “The King’s Affection”. Netflix made this series available worldwide on October 11, 2021, which is also the exact date it was aired on KBS2 (Korean Broadcasting System). The webtoon which has the same title was written and drawn by Lee SoYoung. “The King’s Affection” is a romance/historical fiction Korean drama with 20 episodes. As soon as you watch the first episode, it will be hard for you to say “Eh! I’m not interested.”
‘Alchemy of Souls’ is a historical fiction/romance/fantasy Korean drama series. All events take place in the country called Daeho, which can not be found in history or on any maps. Viewers like me who watched Season 1 could hardly wait for Season 2. At the end of Season 1, the two main characters, Jang Uk (played by Lee Jae-Wook) and Naksu/Mu-Deok (played by Jung So-min) had confessed their love for each other. However, one of the main characters, Jang Uk, died, and the other main character, Naksu/Mu-Deok, was trying to die, but in the last scene, it looked like two people dived into the lake and were attempting to rescue her.
‘Bad and Crazy’ is a Korean drama TV series. Season 1 was released in 2021; and it is an iQIYI Original that first aired from December 17, 2021 through January 28, 2022. Netflix USA started streaming the series on November 28, 2022. Clearly, it was well received by the viewers because as late as November 2022, people were still wondering if there would be a Season 2. Loyal viewers would love to see the cast team up again to continue fighting corruption and crime.
Hellbound is making waves at Netflix right now because of its fascinating lore. This Korean dark fantasy is making waves on social media right now. South Korea’s entertainment industry is becoming more mainstream than ever. Do you hate reading subtitles? Hellbound is available for the dub in multiple languages. People who love subs are more vocal online but people who watch dub are a silent majority. Hellbound is directed by the man behind Train to Busan .