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‘Hospital corridors’ and other popular Netflix K-dramas to start watching this weekThese original productions from South Korea have found the formula to break cultural barriers and enter the public’s taste in the West

Streaming platforms like Netflix have opted to incorporate various K-dramas titles into their content and even produce them. (Infobae/Anayeli Tapia)

As has happened with k pop, the television series produced in South Korea known as K-dramas are becoming more and more successful globally, one of the most recent tests was Squid Game, que since its premiere it became the most watched production on Netflix cWith more than 142 million viewers in the world.

And it is incredible how, despite cultural differences, different languages ​​and geographical distance, hallyu (translated as Korean wave) has had such a robust impact on Western audiences, especially in Latin America.

Characterized by being very brief, 16 chapters overall, and with themes ranging from the classic story of a couple from different social classes who falls in love, going through plots of doctors, schoolchildren, comics, action and fiction, such as mythological beings, among others, platforms like Netflix have become a factor key to its internationalization.

Given its good reception, it is not surprising that the streaming platform already has a ranking of the most watched K-dramas in South Korea; Here is the list of the most popular for the week of October 31 to November 6:

1. Under the queen’s umbrella

3 weeks in the ranking

An energetic queen tries to control her troublesome sons and make one of them the next king of Joseon, but her rivals seek to take the throne from her.

Starring: Kim Hye-soo, Kim Hae-sook, Choi won-yeong, and more.

2. I’m Alone*

3. Gone: The Other Side

4 weeks in the ranking

A con artist stumbles upon a supernatural town where the souls of missing people are trapped until the mystery of their disappearance is solved.

Starring: Ko Soo, Huh Joon-Ho, An So-Hee, and more.

4. Prison Playbook

6 weeks in the ranking (accumulated by re-entry)

His big league debut draws near, but this star pitcher lands in prison and must learn to deal with this new world.

Starring: Park Hae-soo; Jung Kyung-ho; Jung Soo-jung.

5. Hospital Corridors (Season 1)

17 weeks in the ranking accumulated after re-entry

Every day is extraordinary for five doctors and their patients in a hospital where life, death and everything in between coexist.

Starring: Cho Jung-seok, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jungs Kyung-ho.

6. The Sisters

9 weeks in the ranking

Three close-knit sisters who grew up alone and in poverty find themselves entangled in a conspiracy involving the rich and powerful.

Starring: Kim Go-Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun, Park Ji-Hu, and more.

7. Hospital Corridors: Season 2

19 weeks in the ranking (accumulated by re-entry)

Every day is extraordinary for five doctors and their patients in a hospital where life, death and everything in between coexist.

Starring: Choo Jung-seok, Yoo Yeon-sook, Jung Kyung-ho, and more.

8. Narcos Saints

9 weeks in the ranking

A businessman joins the government’s secret mission to capture a Korean drug lord operating in South America. Based on real events.

Starring: Han Jung-woo; Hwang Jung-min; Park Hae-Soo and more.

9. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities*

10. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

13 weeks in the ranking (accumulated after re-entry)

Kim Shin is an invincible warrior, a revered general in the kingdom. However, in a war he assassinates a king and the young prince, furious, makes him fall in revenge.

Starring: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun, Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na, and more.

Note: Titles marked with an asterisk

They are not K-dramas but foreign productions or domestic reality shows, but they enter the list of the most watched in South Korea. Some of these titles are also in the top 10 of the most viewed rankings in other regions, as is the case withThe sisters

which is in the first 10 preferences of 17 countries, including Bolivia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic. While, Under the queen’s umbrella

It is in the top 10 in 11 countries, although none from Latin America is listed as it will only be released on November 19.

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K-drama “The Sisters”. (Netflix)

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and other titles have been so successful that you can’t stop talking about the origin of hallyu. This phenomenon was first named in the late 1990s when the Chinese newspaper The People’s Daily

he used the term to refer to the good reception of Korean culture in countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. Hallyu is nothing more than the consolidation of television dramas, movies, K-pop, celebrities or idols, gastronomy, makeup

among other aspects that have increased its consumption globally. A wave that has jumped oceans and has touched the farthest corners of the planet, even in those nations where barriers have been put up against what is foreign, such as North Korea. K-dramas are different from Hollywood productions, Arab soap operas or even Mexican soap operas, because after the war with Japan and North Korea they have provided an opportunity for Korean society to

reconfigure itself before the eyes of the world. Last but not least, there is also the Korean pop (K-pop)which is intrinsically related to the television industry as the original soundtracks (OST

) are in the same way one of the bases to publicize the productions and gain more viewers.

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