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Unlocked 2023 (Crima, Drama, Mister, Thriller) ... 'LINK'

February is shaping up to be another good month for new k-dramas on Netflix. The new month will see the arrival of an exciting new thriller, a long-anticipated romantic comedy series, and the return of more weekly dramas. Here are the new k-dramas on Netflix in February 2023.

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It's time to meet You, your next guilty pleasure binge watch. A thrilling drama, You is the talk of social media these days thanks to how much the show plays with our own addictions to Instagram and other apps. It focuses on a bookstore manager named Joe, who falls in love with/stalks the heck out of Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a grad student. One of the best shows on Netflix, and one with a strong following, You season 4 is currently on break, as Part 1 arrived on February 10, 2023, and You season 4 part 2 arrives on March 10, 2023.

Netflix Takes K-Content to New Heights with 2023 SlateThe global fandom for K-content is continuing to grow, with over 60 percent of all Netflix members watching Korean titles last year. Looking ahead at 2023, Netflix is debuting a diverse array of Korean TV series, films and unscripted shows. Today, we're showcasing 34 upcoming titles, including eye-popping original productions alongside returning fan favorites, in our biggest-ever lineup of Korean films and series.New series and returning favoritesSurvival has become a recurring theme across some of the top series, whether it's battling monsters during the dark days of 1945 in Gyeongseong Creature, struggling to breathe in the dystopian future of sci-fi series Black Knight, or fighting to protect Joseon during Japanese colonial rule in action drama Song of the Bandits.Fans are set to rejoice with the return of highly anticipated series Sweet Home, D.P., and The Glory this year. Part 2 of revenge drama The Glory will be released in March, with Part 1 being the most-watched non-English TV show during the week of January 2 with 82.48 million viewing hours. Sweet Home, which set new benchmarks for the creature genre in Korea, will return with an expanded world and story while D.P. brings back the cast from the first season to continue chasing after deserters."The global popularity of K-content has continued apace over 2022, with Netflix bringing a wider variety of stories and genres to fans around the world. Over the last year, Korean series and films have regularly featured in our Global Top 10 list in more than 90 countries, and three of Netflix's most-watched shows ever are from Korea. This year, we're pushing the envelope even further with the stories we tell and how we tell them. With this lineup of Korean titles, Netflix will continue to be the ultimate destination for compelling, diverse and must-watch Korean storytelling," said Don Kang, VP of Content (Korea).Other new series this year run the gamut of romance (A Time Called You, Behind Your Touch (WT), Crash Course in Romance, Destined With You, Doona!, King the Land, Love to Hate You, See You In My 19th Life), social commentary and intrigue (Bloodhounds, Celebrity, Mask Girl), drama (Daily Dose of Sunshine, Queenmaker, The Good Bad Mother),and apocalyptic (Goodbye Earth).More films, more unscripted shows, more choiceThe past year has seen Korean movies and unscripted shows becoming increasingly popular with global audiences. Action thriller Carter was one of the top 10 most-watched non-English films last year, while dating reality show Singles Inferno is currently sitting in the Global Non-English Top 10.This year, Netflix is expanding its film offering with six Korean movies, kicking off with sci-fi thriller JUNG-E on January 20, followed by Kill Boksoon which depicts a professional killer with conflicting maternal instincts, and Believer 2, a sequel to a crime action thriller revolving around drug gangs. Other films explore the topics of revenge (Ballerina), teacher-student rivalry (The Match), and hacking (Unlocked).Meanwhile those who love living vicariously will be spoilt for choice with a dazzling lineup of reality shows, spanning endurance (Physical:100, Siren: Survive the Island), zombie survival (Zombieverse) coming of age (Nineteen to Twenty), and mind games (The Devil's Plan).There are also two new documentaries coming out. Yellow Door: Looking for Director Bong's Unreleased Short Film (working title) traces the quest for Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-Ho's debut film while true-crime documentary In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal explores the self-proclaimed 'messiahs' in modern Korean history."We are very excited over the variety of the titles that we're sharing with our members," said Kang. "There's truly a series, a film or an unscripted show for everyone, and we look forward to our Korean shows connecting to fans both overseas and at home."2023 Netflix Korean SlateSERIESLove to Hate YouDirected by: Kim Jeong-kwonWritten by: Choi Soo-youngProduced by: Binge WorksStarring: Kim Ok-vin, Yoo Teo, Kim Ji-hun, Go Won-heeRelease Date: February 10, 2023Logline: Love to Hate You is a romantic comedy about a woman who really hates losing to men anda man who harbors a deep mistrust of women, experiencing a warlike love and finding themselveshealed through the experience. Kim Ok-vin plays Yeo Mi-ran, a rookie lawyer at the entertainmentlaw firm Gilmu who detests losing to men while Yoo Teo plays the character Nam Kang-ho, a KoreanA-list actor who deeply mistrusts women. From the hostile first encounter of the two maincharacters, shaped by a misunderstanding and suspicion due to biases, to the journey of these twocharacters who do not believe in love coming to understand each other, audiences will findthemselves immersed in their story. Anticipation runs high for the electrifying chemistry and fun,exciting romance thatLove to Hate You promises to bring.The Glory Part 2Directed by: An Gil-hoWritten by: Kim Eun-sookProduced by: Hwa&Dam Pictures, Studio DragonStarring: Song Hye-kyo, Lee Do-hyun, Lim Ji-yeon, Yeom Hye-ran, Park Sung-hoon, Jung Sung-ilRelease Date: March 2023Logline: The Glory is a Netflix series that tells the story of a woman broken by school violence, andwho has dedicated her life to a meticulous web of vengeance and those who are entangled in herplot. The series was announced to much fanfare as the project brought together writer KimEun-sook of countless hits, director An Gil-ho, a master of genre series, and a star-studded cast ledby Song Hye-kyo. Part 1 was highly praised for its dramatic developments and passionateperformances by the cast, even ranking first in the Global Top 10 (Non-English) TV charts in theweek of January 2, ramping up anticipation for Part 2. The Glory Part 2 is a beautiful, unrelentingportrayal of the destruction of the perpetrators of school violence led by Yeon-jin as they fall, one byone, into the trap designed by Dong-eun. The powerful message that elicits righteous fury,empathy, and solidarity, will leave audiences around the world with lasting emotional resonance.BloodhoundsDirected by: Kim Joo-hwanWritten by: Kim Joo-hwanProduced by: STUDIO NCo-produced by: Seed Film, Seven O SixBased on: WEBTOON original series 'Bloodhounds' Created by Jeong ChanStarring: Woo Do-hwan, Lee Sang-yi, Park Sung-woong, Heo Jun-hoRelease: Q2Logline: Bloodhounds is a story about two young people who step into the world of loan sharks inpursuit of money and get caught up in a web of much darker forces. After his perfect performancein a dual role inThe King: Eternal Monarch, Woo Do-hwan returns as Geon-woo, who jumps into theworld of loan sharks to pay off his debt. Having intrigued viewers with his multi-faceted charm inHometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Lee Sang-yi plays Woo-jin, who first meets Geon-woo as his opponentin boxing but ends up working with him. Meanwhile, actor Park Sung-woong plays vicious loanshark Myung-gil, who is driven solely by money in everything that he does while Heo Jun-ho playsMr. Choi, who was once considered a legend among loan sharks, but now helps out the sick bylending money with no interest, bringing gravitas with their on-screen presence. Based on a Naverwebtoon of the same title, the series is directed and written by director Kim Joo-hwan ofMidnightRunners, promising to showcase refreshing chemistry among the cast and uninhibited action.CelebrityDirected by: Kim Cheol-kyuWritten by: Kim Yi-youngProduced by: Studio DragonCo-produced by: KIMJONGHAK PRODUCTION Co., Ltd., HOW PICTURESStarring: Park Gyu-young, Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Dong-gun, Jun Hyo-seongRelease: Q2Logline: Celebrity is a Netflix series that depicts the true reality of the glamorous and competitivelife of celebrities encountered by Seo A-ri, who jumps into their world where fame will bring riches.The series is directed by Kim Cheol-kyu, who was nominated at the official competition of the firstCannes International Series Festival for Mother. Rising star Park Gyu-young from the Netflix seriesSweet Home as well as The Devil Judge and Dali and the Cocky Prince plays Seo A-ri, whobecomes a celebrity overnight with her bold moves that set her apart from all the other influencers.Kang Min-hyuk plays Han Jun-kyoung, the CEO of Korea's leading cosmetic brand while LeeChung-ah plays Yoon Si-hyeon, who has everything from elegance, class, and a reputablebackground. Through the story of A-ri, who threw herself into the life of a celebrity where thenumber of followers equals her competitive edge and the whirlwind of events that she brings thosearound her into,Celebrity will have viewers sending their "likes" for the series non-stop.QueenmakerDirected by: Oh Jin-seokWritten by: Moon Ji-youngProduced by: INSIGHT FILM Co., Ltd.Co-Produced by: Studio Focus x Co., Ltd., ASTORY Co., Ltd.Starring: Kim Hee-ae, Moon So-ri, Ryu Soo-young, Seo Yi-sookRelease: Q2Logline: Queenmaker is a Netflix series that follows the story of Hwang Do-hee, a PR genius whoused to oversee the Corporate Strategy Team in Eunsung Group, diving into an election campaignfor human rights lawyer Oh Kyung-sook, nicknamed Ms. Rhino for having survived countless upsand downs, to get her elected as the mayor of Seoul. Kim Hee-ae, celebrated undoubtedly as one ofthe greatest actors in Korea for her powerful performances, plays PR genius Hwang Do-hee, whileMoon So-ri, famed for her unparalleled presence through the diverse characters she has played,transforms herself into human rights lawyer Oh Kyung-sook in their historic first performancetogether in this Netflix series.Black KnightDirected by: Cho Ui-seokWritten by: Cho Ui-seokBased on: Toomics webtoon 'Delivery Knight' (written by Lee Yoon-gyun)Produced by: PROJECT318Starring: Kim Woo-bin, Song Seung-heon, Kang You-seok, EsomRelease: Q2Logline: Set in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breathe due to extreme airpollution, Black Knight is a Netflix series that follows the legendary deliveryman "5-8" withextraordinary battle skills, as he encounters refugee Sa-wol, who dreams of following in hisfootsteps, as becoming a deliveryman is the only hope for refugees in this world. Based on apopular webtoon, the series depicts a world where only one percent of the human race has survivedand strict social stratification has been established in the deserted lands of the Korean Peninsula,where deliverymen play critical roles in society that has stopped functioning properly. Actor KimWoo-bin plays 5-8, a legendary deliveryman who is unmatched by anyone, while Song Seung-heonplays Ryu Seok, the sole heir to Chun-myung Group, which controls the world by capitalizing onoxygen. Sa-wol, a refugee boy who aspires to become a deliveryman himself and looks up to 5-8, isplayed by Kang You-seok, who has been broadening his spectrum as an actor throughperformances in Start-up and Once Again, bringing fresh energy to the series. The series isdirected by Cho Ui-seok, famed for his tightly-knit stories, sophisticated cinematography, andcathartic action through his works including Master,Cold Eyes, andThe World of Silence.A Time Called YouDirected by: Kim Jin-wonWritten by: Choi Hyo-biProduced by: npio entertainment Co., Ltd., LIAN CONTENTS Co., Ltd., Studio Flow, Inc.Starring: Ahn Hyo-seop, Jeon Yeo-been, Kang HoonRelease: Q3Logline: A Time Called You is a time-slip romance where Jun-hee, missing her boyfriend whopassed away a year ago, goes back in time to 1998 to meet Si-heon, who looks identical to herboyfriend. The series made headlines instantly after its announcement as the remake of Somedayor One Day, a classic Taiwanese romance. Having starred in Business Proposal, Still 17, and Dr.Romantic 2, Ahn Hyo-seop plays the double role of Jun-hee's boyfriend Gu Yeon-jun and hislook-alike Nam Si-heon from 1998. Jeon Yeo-been of the Netflix series Glitch and the Netflix filmNight in Paradise as well as series such asVincenzo returns as Han Jun-hee and Kwon Min-ju. JeonYeo-been plays two characters that look the same but have completely opposite personalities,delivering delicate performances. Kang Hoon, a rising star from The Red Sleeve andLittle Women,plays Jung In-gyu, who struggles between friendship and love after finding out that his long-timecrush Min-ju likes his best friend Si-heon, depicting the young, pure love of an 18-year-old boy.Song of the BanditsDirected by: Hwang Jun-hyukWritten by: Han Jung-hoonDeveloped by: Studio DragonProduced by: Urban Works, Baram PicturesStarring: Kim Nam-gil, Seo hyun, Yoo Jae-myung, Lee Hyun-wook, Lee Ho-jungRelease: Q3Logline: An action adventure set in the tumultuous period of Japanese colonial rule over Koreaabout a group of people who, for various reasons, end up in the lawless land of Gando and becomeunited in protecting Joseon for the Korean people. Anticipation runs high for the intense drama thatwill unfold as different groups with their respective motives - including Japanese troops, theKorean Independence Army, hitmen, bandits, and Joseon migrants - face one another in theanarchic land of Gando during the 1920s. Writer Han Jung-hoon and director Hwang Jun-hyukteam up again for Song of the Bandits after having delivered spectacular, exhilarating action anddrama with their previous projects, includingBad Guys: Vile City andSquad 38.D.P. Season 2Directed by: Han Jun-heeWritten by: Kim Bo-tong, Han Jun-heeBased on:D.P. Dog Day (webtoon by Kim Bo-tong)Produced by: Climax StudioStarring: Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, Son Suk-ku, Ji Jin-hee , Kim Ji-hyunRelease: Q3Logline: D.P. is a Netflix series that follows Jun-ho and Ho-yeol of the Deserter Pursuit unit in theKorean military as they encounter the realities unknown to them until they chase after the deserterswith various backstories. The first season of D.P. was highly acclaimed for its social commentaryand resonated with many audiences. The highly anticipated season 2 of D.P. brings together yetagain director Han Jun-hee and the same main cast members from the first season, including JungHae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan, who respectively played An Jun-ho and Han Ho-yeol, the fantastic duofrom the D.P. unit, Kim Sung-kyun, who played D.P. Unit Chief Park Beom-gu, and Son Suk-ku, whoplayed Lieutenant Lim Ji-seop, bringing their teamwork and rock-solid chemistry back to the newseason.Mask GirlDirected by: Kim Yong-hoonWritten by: Kim Yong-hoonProduced by: House of Impression, Bon FactoryStarring: Go Hyun-jung, Ahn Jae-hong, Yeom Hye-ran, NanaRelease: Q3Logline: Mask Girl is a story about Kim Mo-mi, an ordinary office worker by day who is insecureabout her appearance and a live-streamer by night who covers up her face with a mask, as shebecomes embroiled in an unforeseen incident and undergoes a dramatic turn of events. The originalwebtoon of the same title that the series is based on was beloved by many readers for itsunpredictable twists, biting messages about lookism, and the effortless cross between thriller andblack comedy. Actors Go Hyun-jung and Nana play the character Kim Mo-mi on different timelineswhile Ahn Jae-hong plays Kim Mo-mi's colleague Ju Oh-nam, who has a crush on her, and YeomHye-ran plays Ju Oh-nam's mother. Director Kim Yong-hoon, who drew the attention of the worldwith his feature debut Beasts Clawing at Straws, which won the Special Jury Award at the 49thInternational Film Festival Rotterdam, directs the series to deliver refreshing plot developments anda shocking story.Gyeongseong CreatureDirected by: Chung Dong-yoonWritten by: Kang Eun KProduced by: STORY & PICTURES MEDIACo-produced by: kakao ENTERTAINMENT, Studio DragonStarring: Park Seo-jun, Han So-hee, Claudia Kim, Kim Hae-sook, Cho Han-cheul, Wi Ha-junRelease: Q4Logline: A creature thriller set in the spring of 1945 - one of the darkest times in Korean history - about two young people struggling to survive as they face a monster born out of human greed.Korea's top talents Park Seo-jun and Han So-hee team up for the first time through this series. ParkSeo-jun of Itaewon Class and What is Wrong with Secretary Kim returns as Jang Tae-sang, thewealthiest man in Seoul and owner of the Golden Treasure Pawnshop. Han So-hee who hasestablished a strong presence through Netflix series Nevertheless and My Name, transformsherself into Yoon Chae-ok, a sleuth infamous for her ability to track down anyone, even the dead.Writer Kang Eun K of Dr. Romantic & Director Chung Dong-yoon of Hot Stove League willspearhead this mega production.Sweet Home Season 2Directed by: Lee Eung-bok, Park So-hyunBased on: Webtoon by Kim Kang-bi, Hwang Young-chan (Published on Naver Webtoon)Produced by: Studio Dragon, STUDIO NStarring: Song Kang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Si-young, Ko Min-si, Park Gyu-young, Yoo Oh-seong, OhJung-se, Kim Mu-yeol, Jin-young etc.Release: Q4Logline: Song Kang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Si-young, Ko Min-si, and Park Gyu-young - the residents ofGreen Home who, in the previous season, delivered overwhelming tension as they risked their livesthrough bloody battles against their neighbors-turned-monsters - return again in season 2 to offerthrills and tension of a whole new different kind. Joining the cast in the new season are actors YooOh-seon, Oh Jung-se, Kim Mu-yeol, and Jin-young, portraying the various dimensions of humannature and desires as they find themselves at a crossroads for survival. Having opened newhorizons for K-content with its diverse creatures designed and built with a global dream team,Sweet Home Season 2 is ready to mesmerize audiences around the world once again with itsexpanded world and story.Doona!Directed by: Lee Jung-hyoWritten by: Jang Yu-haBased on: WEBTOON original series 'The Girl Downstairs' Created by MIN SONGAProduced by: Studio Dragon, Showrunners, STUDIO NStarring: Suzy, Yang Se-jongRelease: Q4Logline: Doona! portrays the romance between Won-joon, an ordinary university student, andDoona, a former K-pop idol, as they cross paths in a shared house for students. The series is basedon a webtoon beloved for the heart-pounding romance with a housemate who is a former K-popidol and the nuanced depiction of emotions that bring the story to life. Having been consistentlycited as the perfect cast for the role thanks to her background as a K-pop idol and beauty, Suzycreates amazing chemistry for a budding romance with Yang Se-jong, who has breathed life intoeach character he played.The series is directed by Lee Jung-hyo, who directed Crash Landing onYou and Romance is a Bonus Book. After the sensation of Crash Landing on You, Director LeeJung-hyo is now ready to present a beautiful, budding romance between those in their early 20s.Daily Dose of SunshineDirected by: Lee JQ, Kim Nam-suWritten by: Lee Nam-kyu, Oh Bo-hyun, Kim Da-heeBased on: Morning


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