In September 2021, Squid Game, which was produced in South Korea, made a global sensation. Upon release, this brutal nine-part survival drama quickly took the top spot in more than eighty countries, including the US. Squid Game is now on track to become the most successful Netflix original series of all time. Squid Game is the latest example of Korean cultural content, which Netflix distributes globally. Netflix already invested in several Korean cultural products, including Bong Joon-ho’s Okja (2017), a fusion of benign monster films, action-comedy, and coming-of-age fable, and a historical epic Mr. Sunshine (2018). In 2019, Netflix released its first original Korean zombie drama series, Kingdom, which was set in the middle of the Chosun Dynasty, and followed by D.P. (2021), portraying the undesirable nature of the Korean military. Netflix has also circulated a number of Korean dramas and films, including Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021), Space Sweepers (2021), Vagabond (2019), Crash Landing on You (2019), and Itaewon Class (2019) which have … Continue reading Call for Conference Papers: Is Netflix Riding the Korean Wave or Vice Versa?
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