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Korean Talents and Star filmmakers Joins Hands With Global OTT

The recent rush of Korean filmmakers and talents to global OTT platforms came as the U.S. streaming behemoth has been expanding its lineup of South Korean TV series, which are popular around the world, especially Asia.

For many years, film has been regarded as a standard to evaluate the director’s artwork.

Unlike dramas that are strictly regulated by broadcast Acts, movies are allowed to work with a higher degree of freedom in expression. However, as the demand for drama series has increased recently and various plots have been attempted over the years, the boundary between the two fields is gradually becoming blurred.

South Korea's renowned movie directors and actors have been heading to global streaming platforms, boosting even more high-quality and various genres of original Korean content.

Director Yeon Sang-ho, who has made the blockbuster “Train to Busan,” is going to show the drama “Hellbound” on Netflix, and director Kim Ji-woon “The Age of Shadows” will come back with the drama “Mr. Robin” on Apple TV Plus.

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Director Lee Jae-kyoo will return with the Netflix original "All of Us Are Dead" about high school students trapped in their school during a zombie apocalypse, after his last film "Intimate Stranger". And it will be the second Korean zombie series ordered by Netflix following "Kingdom."

Director Lee Eung-bok, best known for his smash-hit TV series "Goblin: The Lonely and Great God" (2016) and "Mr. Sunshine" (2018), will take the helm of Netflix-funded horror series "Sweet Home."

Netflix has also partnered with award-winning director Hwang Dong-hyuk to create a fresh Korean original series, "Round Six," about a survival game whose winner gets $10 million.

He previously produced a number of hits, including “Miss Granny” and also won best screenwriter for the historical film "The Fortress"at the Blue Dragon Awards.

One of the main reasons behind this movement is because OTT offers content creation freedom to filmmakers. The best example can be Netflix’s fantasy series "The School Nurse Files", starring Jung Yu-mi and Nam Joo-hyuk, it is based on a novel about a high school nurse with supernatural abilities who faces mysterious incidents in her new school.

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It’s fresh and bizarre, most importantly it is not the typical show that we will normally see on Korean Public Broadcast channels. However, Netflix gave almost the full authority to its creative team and they have made every effort to live up to capture the essence of author Chung’s writing. In an interview, Director Lee even says, “It was fun to make, and I would have never tried to make this happen if it was targeted to be released as a commercial movie at the theater,” and “It is a very attractive and unique platform that can maximize your creativity while diversifying genres.”

Moreover, Netflix is relatively ​​free from regulations and restrictions. One production team who collaborated with Netflix said, “It took some time to decide which project to go, but once it is confirmed, they fully support us.

While on the talent side, Star actor Jung Woo-sung will participate in the Netflix original series "Silent Sea" as an executive producer. "Silent Sea" is a mystery sci-fi thriller about people struggling with a water shortage in the future.

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Lee Min Ho was confirmed for the cast of global drama “Pachinko”. The drama is based on Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel of the same name, which follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family, telling their saga that unfolds across Korea, Japan, and the United States

From the standpoint of actors, it is a good opportunity to join OTT’s projects, as they can not only showcase a wide range of acting but also grow their global presence. An industry official said, “The OTT platform is a great shortcut to promote the status and value of Korean actors overseas. As we are in a situation where it is not easy to go global due to the aftermath of Covid-19, it is a perfect chance to increase the global awareness by appearing in one well-made drama that will be distributed worldwide, therefore actors are also happy to appear in OTT dramas.”