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Netflix Korea to roll out fan favorites, sequels in 2024

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A scene from the second season of Netflix original series ″Squid Game,″ starring actor Lee Jung-jae as Gi-hun [NETFLIX]
A scene from the second season of Netflix original series ″Squid Game,″ starring actor Lee Jung-jae as Gi-hun [NETFLIX]

Netflix Korea aims to mesmerize fans around the world again this year with super-rich influencers, live-action adaptations of webtoons and, notably, the second season of 2021 hit “Squid Game.”

The online streaming service laid out its plans for 2024 on Tuesday. The Netflix lineup for the year is filled with adaptations of webtoons, or online Korean cartoons, which already have established fanbases from their readers. Drama series “Chicken Nugget” and “The Eight Show” will follow “The Bequeathed” and “A Killer Paradox.”

The global streaming platform started the new year with January releases “The Bequeathed” and the film “Badland Hunters.”

Next on Netflix Korea’s roster is “A Killer Paradox,” which stars actors Choi Woo-shik as a college student who accidentally murders a serial killer, and Son Suk-ku, a detective who chases him.

“My Name is Loh Kiwan,” a movie adaption of the novel “I Met Loh Kiwan,” will be released on March 1. Actor Song Joong-ki will return to the silver screen as a North Korean defector struggling to obtain refugee status in Belgium.

Viewers this year can also expect sequels of fan favorites, including the long-awaited second season of the global hit “Squid Game.” A specific date for the release has not been announced, but screenshots of the action thriller drama were released this week.

“Sweet Home” (2020), an apocalyptic horror fantasy of humans battling for survival in a monster-ridden world, will be back with a third season in the summer. Second seasons for physical challenge competition “Physical: 100” (2023) and historical thriller drama “Gyeongseong Creature” were also confirmed, and will be released in the second and third quarters, respectively.

Dating show “Singles Inferno” (2021) will return with a fourth season in the fourth quarter, promising more intriguing romance and drama on the deserted island Inferno.

New reality shows “The Influencer,” a competition looking to find Korea’s top social media influencer, and “Super Rich in Korea,” which follows the lives of billionaires staying in Korea, will also hit Netflix. Celebrity chef Paek Jong-won will oversee a cooking competition reality show “Unknown Chefs,” which will be released in the third quarter.

Netflix original content produced overseas such as “Bridgerton” Season 3, “Arcane” Season 2 and “Emily in Paris” Season 4 will also be available for viewing in Korea.

“A variety of rich stories exclusive to Netflix will be released this year,” Kang Dong-han, head of Netflix Korea’s content division, said. “Netflix productions will continuously screen entertaining, moving and thrilling stories to all viewers who love entertainment.”

BY KIM JU-YEON [kim.juyeon2@joongang.co.kr]