From “Squid Game” to “D.P.” the world’s eyes are on K-Dramas. In particular, Netflix’s original series took the lead in the K-Drama craze, killing two birds with one stone with its quality and box office success.
First of all, Netflix’s original series “Squid Game,” which was released in September, has turned the world upside down. “Squid Game” ranked first in Netflix’s worldwide rankings for 46 consecutive days from September 23 to November 7th, which is the longest record in Netflix history.
In addition to such amazing results, Korean culture has become so popular that people around the world started to wear green training suits, make Dalgona candy and enjoy the “Red Light Green Light” game.
Squid Game was selected as the winner of the Breakthrough Series-over 40 minutes category at the 31st Gotham Awards held on Cipriani Wall Street in New York on the 30th of last month (Korea Standard Time). People are also paying attention to how far the drama “Squid Game” will go in the future award race.
In addition, at the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards (hereinafter referred to as AAA), which reviews and awards the Asian content market, Netflix’s original series “Move to Heaven” won the Best Drama Series Award, Best Director Award (Lee Eung-bok), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lee Jae-hoon), while “Sweet Home” won Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Lee Do-hyun) and Best Direction for Fiction (Lee Eung-bok).
“Move to Heaven” is a drama about a trauma cleaning company, which conveys a deep consensus and warm healing story of life, death, and people. “Sweet Home,” on the other hand, is a fictional and shocking story about Hyun-soo, a lonely high school student who lost his family and moved to an apartment at which strange things happened. The drama wrote a chapter in the history of Korean fictional dramas, ranking first in 13 countries and making the top 10 in more than 70 countries on Netflix four days after its release.
Netflix’s original series “D.P.” starring Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan was named the top 10 best drama series of 2021 by the New York Times, the only Asian drama, as well as Korean dramas, do ever gain this achievement. “D.P.” is a Netflix original series in which Jun-ho (Jeong Hae-in) and Ho-yeol (Koo Kyo-hwan) team up into D.P. (Deserter Pursuit) to find the deserters, encounter their various stories.
As such, Netflix has not only achieved remarkable box office success around the world by supplying a number of exclusive Korean content so far but also has been recognized for its quality. “Hellbound,” which was released in November last month, also topped Netflix’s global top 10 TV series (non-English) category. Expectations are high on whether it will be able to continue its “global box office success” after the release of “The Silent Sea” starring Bae Doo-na and Gong Yoo on December 24th.