As has happened with K-pop, the television series produced in South Korea known as K-dramas are being increasingly successful globally, one of the most recent tests was Squid Game, which since its premiere became Netflix’s most watched production with more than 142 million viewers worldwide.
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 short, of 16 chapters in general, and with themes that range from the classic story of the couple from different social classes who falls in love, passing through plots of doctors, schoolchildren, comics, action and fiction, such as mythological beings, among others, platforms such as Netflix have become a key factor in 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 from the week of October 10 to 16:
1. The sisters
6 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.
2 weeks in the ranking
A young woman joins forces with a UFO fanatic to investigate the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, only to stumble upon a strange conspiracy.
Starring: Yeon Yeo been, NANA and more
3. Narcos saints
6 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.
4. I am Alone: Part 9*
5. The flower of evil
2 weeks in the ranking
A man hides his twisted past behind the appearance of a detective’s perfect husband until his wife begins to investigate a series of murders.
Starring: Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin, and more.
6. The Good Detective (Season 2)
3 weeks in the ranking
Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, and West Incheon Police Violent Crime Team Two will resume their investigation.
Starring: Son Hyun-Joo, Jang Seung-Jo, Lee Elijah, and more.
7. Gone: The Other Side
1 week 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.
8. The best soccer*
9. Woo, an extraordinary lawyer
16 weeks in the ranking
Brilliant attorney Woo Young-woo, a woman on the autism spectrum, faces challenges in and out of court after starting a law practice.
Starring: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang Ki-young
12 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 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 24 countries.Missing: The Other Side
is also in the top 5 countries. Despite having come to an end a few weeks ago, Woo, an extraordinary lawyer
remains in the top 13 countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
Poster for the K-drama Oh My Venus (The Weight of Love). Netflix. To find out why series titles like Goblin, Boys Over Flowers, Moon Lovers, You Are Beautiful
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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