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20-year-old Korean actor’s convincing portrayal of elementary school student shocks viewers

  • A 20-year-old South Korean actor named Kim Yoon-hee has shocked netizens with her youthful appearance and convincing portrayal of an elementary school student.
  • The 10-minute pilot for the web drama “Bad Boy” was uploaded to popular YouTube channel CheezeFilm on June 18 and has since garnered over 300,000 views.
  • The show follows the life of impoverished elementary school student Yoon-hee, who lives with her abusive, alcoholic father and cannot afford to go to school.
  • Based on the first episode, “Bad Boy” will most likely follow the relationship between Yoon-hee and Jaehyuk, the boy who acts as her protector.

A 20-year-old South Korean actor has shocked netizens with her convincing portrayal of an elementary school student. 

The 10-minute pilot for the web drama “Bad Boy” was uploaded to the popular CheezeFilm YouTube channel on June 18, garnering over 300,000 views since. 

Korean apocalyptic series ‘Sweet Home’ renewed by Netflix for Seasons 2 and 3

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  • Netflix has announced that “Sweet Home” has been renewed for Seasons 2 and 3.
  • “Die as a human or live as a monster. They’re taking the fight outside,” the streaming giant captioned the video announcement.
  • The first season’s director, Lee Eung-bok, will also be directing the next two seasons. He announced, “Season 2 will include a new setting. I believe the technical details we couldn’t refine in Season 1 will be honed in Season 2.”
  • “Sweet Home” is only the latest in the lineup of shows within the Asian horror genre that have recently been renewed by Netflix.

Honey, we’re coming back home.

Netflix has announced that the hit Korean series “Sweet Home” will be back for two more rounds, with Seasons 2 and 3 simultaneously in the works.

‘Squid Game’ Season 2 confirmed; director teases Gong Yoo’s ‘suit man with ddakji’ might return

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  • Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk and Netflix have confirmed that “Squid Game” Season 2 is on the way.
  • The American streaming giant took to Instagram and Twitter on Monday to share the news. Accompanying the social media posts is a short video featuring the iconic robot doll Young-hee with a neon red “2” in her iris.
  • Hwang thanked “Squid Game” fans on Monday for watching the Korean series and making it a hit shortly after it was released in September 2021.
  • “It took 12 years to bring the first season of ‘Squid Game’ to life last year,” Hwang, 51, wrote in his recent letter to fans. “But it took 12 days for ‘Squid Game’ to become the most popular Netflix series ever.”
  • Hwang went on to tease that Gong Yoo’s mysterious “man in the suit with ddakji” might return and that the hit show’s latest season will introduce fans to Cheol-su, the boyfriend of iconic robotic doll Young-hee.

Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk and Netflix have confirmed that a second season of the hit Korean series “Squid Game” is on the way.

Although Hwang, 51, had already confirmed in November that he would be making a second season for the hit show, it was not until Monday when Netflix officially joined in to announce that “Squid Game” will return.

‘Someway’: John Oliver calls out ‘exploitative’ Subway with romantic K-drama parody

  • In yesterday’s segment of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver covered Subway’s controversial business practices and scandals through the use of his own romantic K-drama parody.
  • Oliver talked about Subway’s history with expansion and their inauspicious contracts while reviewing the franchise’s 2020 mini K-drama “Someway.”
  • The 45-year-old host pointed out the heavy presence of Subway in K-dramas and created his own parody with lines about the franchise’s questionable history.

British American host John Oliver discussed Subway’s controversial business practices and scandals before presenting a Subway K-drama parody in yesterday’s segment of “Last Week Tonight.”

Oliver began by shedding light on the various controversies that Subway has been involved in. A montage of news clips were shown, including a tuna lawsuit and the shocking discovery of the fast food company’s former spokesperson’s child sex tourism and pornography crimes. 

Korean actor Kim Sae-ron apologizes for drunk driving, steps down from upcoming SBS drama ‘Trolley’

  • Actor Kim Sae-ron released an apology letter on Thursday through her agency, Gold Medalist, stating that she is “deeply reflecting on her mistakes” and has stepped down from her role in the upcoming SBS K-drama “Trolley.”
  • On May 18, Kim was arrested by Gangnam police for driving under the influence after multiple people reported that her vehicle was “noticeably swerving.”
  • Kim purportedly requested to take a blood test at the hospital after refusing to have her blood alcohol content checked at the scene of the incident.
  • The 21-year-old actor may face lawsuits from production companies for possible losses if scenes involving Kim in “Trolley” are re-filmed with a new actor.

South Korean actor Kim Sae-ron, 21, apologized on Thursday for drunk driving the day before and will be withdrawing from her upcoming K-drama series “Trolley.”

At around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Kim was arrested by Gangnam police for driving under the influence after several citizens reported that her vehicle was “noticeably swerving on the road” in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, in Seoul. She also reportedly crashed into a structure.

Netflix drops trailer for romantic K-drama series ‘Welcome To Wedding Hell’ featuring Lee Jin-wook

  • Netflix has dropped a new trailer for the upcoming 12-episode romantic K-drama series “Welcome To Wedding Hell” on Sunday.
  • Featuring Lee Jin-wook of “Bulgasal: Immortal Souls” and Lee Yeon-hee of “East of Eden,” the upcoming show follows a couple who begin to face problems as they plan for their wedding and future life together.
  • The first episode of “Welcome To Wedding Hell” will be released on May 23 on Netflix and the South Korean streaming service platform KakaoTV.

A trailer for the upcoming romantic K-drama series “Welcome To Wedding Hell” has been released by Netflix. 

The 12-episode series features Lee Jin-wook of “Bulgasal: Immortal Souls” as Seo Joon-hyung and Lee Yeon-hee of “East of Eden” as Kim Na-eun. The two play a couple who begin to face several problems in their relationship as they prepare for their wedding and future life together.

Veteran actor Kang Soo-youn, Korea’s ‘first world star,’ dies at 55

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  • Veteran Korean movie star Kang Soo-youn died at the age of 55 from a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday.
  • Kang was taken to Gangnam Severance Hospital in southern Seoul on Thursday after her family found her unconscious in her home at around 5:40 p.m. She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.
  • A memorial altar was created for the late actor at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m., and the Korean Film Council will broadcast a livestream of it on YouTube.
  • Born in Seoul in 1966, Kang started her acting career as a child actor for South Korea’s Tongyang Broadcasting Company. She received several awards throughout her decades-long career, even bringing home South Korea’s first award from the Venice International Film Festival for her role in Im Kwon-taek's “The Surrogate Womb” in 1987.
  • Kang took a hiatus from acting in 2013 and was reportedly scheduled to make a comeback in the Netflix sci-fi movie “Jung_E” in the second half of 2022.

Veteran Korean movie star Kang Soo-youn has died at the age of 55.

Kang, dubbed Korea’s “first world star,” was taken to Gangnam Severance Hospital in southern Seoul on Thursday after her family found her unconscious in her home at around 5:40 p.m. She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.

Girls’ Generation member YoonA and 2PM’s Lee Jun-ho to co-star in new rom-com drama ‘King the Land’

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  • Girls’ Generation member YoonA and 2PM’s Lee Jun-ho will co-star in an upcoming rom-com drama called “King the land.”
  • Lee plays a business heir who is confident and intelligent in everything but dating. YoonA’s character is an always smiling hotelier who has fond childhood memories of growing up in one of the heir’s family hotels.
  • The film will be a reunion for YoonA and Lee, who co-hosted the 2021 MBC Gayo Daejeon music festival where they danced together to a cover of “Senorita” by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.
  • Cheon Sung-il of Netflix’s “All of Us Are Dead” is attached as a creator, and filming will begin in the fall, with the air date and platform details still to be announced.

YoonA of K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation (SNSD) and Lee Jun-ho of boy group 2PM will co-star in an upcoming rom-com K-drama called “King the Land.” 

Lee will play Goo Won, a chaebol heir expected to inherit the family company, King Group, a conglomerate that spans ownership of airlines, distribution companies and hotels. Goo Won is described as someone who dislikes fake smiles and is captivating and brilliant in everything except his dating life. 

K-drama ‘Business Proposal’ ends on high note as Netflix’s most-watched non-English show

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  • SBS K-drama “Business Proposal” is currently the third most-watched TV series on Netflix at 32.5 million hours viewed between March 28 and April 3.
  • “Business Proposal” has now ranked as Netflix’s top non-English show globally for three consecutive weeks.
  • Based on the webtoon “The Office Blind Date” written by Haehwa, the series follows Shin Ha-ri, an office employee who goes on a blind date with her company’s CEO in place of her friend, a rich heiress of another company.
  • “Business Proposal” features former I.O.I member Kim Se-jeong as the protagonist Shin Ha-ri and Ahn Hyo-seop of “Abyss” as the CEO.
  • The K-drama aired its 12th and final episode yesterday.

SBS K-drama series “Business Proposal” has continued its reign as Netflix’s most-watched non-English show globally for the third consecutive week.

“Business Proposal” clocked in with 32.5 million hours viewed between March 28 and April 3, also making it the third most-watched series overall for that week. This marks the K-drama’s third consecutive week as the most watched non-English series, with 30.9 million hours viewed in the second week.

Trailer: ‘Crash Landing on You’ star Son Ye-Jin returns to Netflix in new K-drama ‘Thirty-Nine’

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  • Korean actor Son Ye-jin, who previously starred in the hit series “Crash Landing on You,” will soon appear alongside Jeon Mi-do and Kim Ji-hyun as a group of best friends in the new Netflix K-drama “Thirty-Nine.”
  • Netflix released the trailer over the weekend for the 12-episode series scheduled to begin its release on Feb. 16.

After making the perilous escape from North Korea in the 2019 hit “Crash Landing on You,” Korean actress Son Ye-jin is returning to Netflix in the new K-drama “Thirty-Nine.”

Netflix recently released the official trailer for the show, which follows the lives of three 39-year-old best friends: Cha Mi-jo, who is played by Son, along with Jeong Chan-young (Jeon Mi-do) and Jang Joo-hee (Kim Ji-hyun).

K-drama ‘Snowdrop’ starring Blackpink’s Jisoo gets US release date on Disney Plus

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  • Disney Plus announced Monday that the K-drama “Snowdrop” will be available on its U.S. platform on Feb. 9.
  • All 16 episodes will be available to stream.
  • “Snowdrop” was previously only available in Asia-Pacific markets on Disney Plus.

Disney Plus has announced that Korean melodrama “Snowdrop,” which was previously only available to stream in Asia and Australia, will premiere on its U.S. platform on Feb. 9. 

Set in 1987, the 16-episode K-drama explores the dangerous love between a North Korean spy (played by “Tune in for Love” star Jung Hae-In) and a college student (played by Blackpink’s Jisoo) amid South Korea’s democracy movement. As the two fall into a romantic relationship, they must overcome obstacles that threaten to put everyone’s safety at risk. 

K-zombie takeover: Netflix’s ‘All of Us Are Dead’ ranks No. 1 in the world one day after release

All of Us Are Dead via Yang Hae-sung _ Netflix
  • “All of Us Are Dead” has become the third Korean series following “Squid Game” and “Hellbound” to reach the top position on Netflix’s global streaming charts.
  • The show currently holds the top two spots in 75 countries.

Korean zombie thriller series “All of Us Are Dead” became the top most-watched show on Netflix’s global streaming charts just one day after its release on Jan. 28. It is now the third Korean show to reach the top position on the platform after “Squid Game” broke the record in September 2021, followed by “Hellbound” in November. 

“All Of Us Are Dead” has been leading the global chart for three consecutive days, according to data from streaming analytics site FlixPatrol. As of this writing, the show takes the top spot in 46 countries including South Korea. In 29 other countries, including the U.S., it occupies the No. 2 spot.