As has happened with K-pop, the television series produced in South Korea known as K-dramas are becoming 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 amazing how despite the cultural differences, different languages and geographical distancethe hallyu (translated as Korean wave) has had such a robust impact on the western public, especially in Latin America.
Characterized by being very brief, of 16 chapters in general, and with themes ranging from the classic story of the couple from different social classes who fall in love, going through plots of doctors, schoolchildren, comics, action and fiction, like mythological beings, among others, Platforms like Netflix have become a key factor in its internationalization.
Given its good reception, it is not surprising that the platform for streaming 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 January 16 to 22:
1. The glory
4 weeks in the ranking
Years after surviving vicious bullying from several schoolmates, a woman concocts an elaborate revenge plan to bring them down one by one.
Starring: Song hye-kyo, Lee Do-hyun, Lim Ji-yeon, among others.
2. Crash Course in Love: Season 1
1 week in the ranking
A mother with a heart of gold is drawn into the cutthroat world of private education when her daughter tries to get into the class of a famous math teacher.
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Kyung-ho, Lee bong-ryeon, and more.
10 weeks in the ranking
Yoon Hyun Woo (Song Joong-ki) is a devoted, hard-working and loyal secretary to the Jin family, which runs the lucrative Soonyang Group business empire. But one day, he is brutally betrayed by the family, who falsely accuses him of embezzlement. He dies soon after, but miraculously “comes back to life” by waking up in the body of the youngest male in the family, Jin Do Joon.
Starring: Song Joong-ki, Shin Hyun-bin, Tiffany Young, Park Jin-young, among others.
4. The love interest
3 weeks in the ranking
Four men and women who work at the same bank find themselves embroiled in a complicated romance as they discover just how far they are willing to go for love.
Starring: Yoo Yeon-seok, Mun Ka-young, Keum Sae-rok, and more.
5. Red Balloon: Season 1
3 weeks in the ranking
Eun Kang appears ordinary and simple on the outside, but her true desire remains hidden within her heart. Since freshman year of high school, when she met Ba Da, she has been her best friend, despite the feelings of relative deprivation she experiences from her when Ba Da is around her. Watching her supposed best friend take her secret love away from her is hard enough, but things quickly take a turn for the worse when she’s dumped by her boyfriend she’s been together with for four years. With nothing else in her life, Eun Kang hatches a little plan involving Ba Da’s in-laws, with whom she has been on good terms for longer than Ba Da herself, but it backfires on her. Ba Da, on the other hand, trusts the fake version of Eun Kang enough to share all of her secrets, but her trust backfires on her. Eun Kang’s wish, hidden for so long, finally begins to materialize.
Starring: Seo Ji-Hye, Jung Yoo-Min, Lee Sung-Jaey, and more.
6. I am Alone*
7. Mr Sunshine
13 weeks in the ranking
A young Korean man who arrives in the United States after the 1871 expedition returns to his native country at a critical historical moment and falls in love with an aristocrat.
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, and more.
1 week in the ranking
Police officers investigate the dark connection between the murders taking place in the present and the strange incidents that took place in a town 28 years ago.
Starring: Namkoong Min, Kim Seol-hyun; Lee Chung-ah, and more.
9. The tram
2 weeks in the ranking
A sudden tragedy exposes the private life of the wife of a member of the National Assembly and forces her to confront family secrets and a troubled past.
Starring: Kim Hyun-joo, Park Hee-soo; Kim Moo-yeol, and more.
10. Alchemy of Souls: Part 2
6 weeks in the ranking
Uk becomes a hunter of invading souls, when a woman, who is a prisoner in her own home, seeks his help to regain her freedom.
Starring: Lee Jaewook, Go Younjung, Hwang Min-hyun, and more.
Some titles are marked with an asterisk
because they are not korean dramas or reality shows. Some of these titles have been placed in the top 10 of the most viewed productions in certain countries, such asThe glory which is in 26 countries, including some in America such as Bolivia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico
and Peru.As well as The love interest in six countries ,Alchemy of Souls: Part 2 , in 12 countries; Ylove crash course
Actress Song Hye Kyo stars in “The Glory.” (Netflix) To find out why series titles like Goblin, Boys Over Flowers, Moon Lovers, You Are Beautiful
and other titles have been so successful you can’t stop talking about the origin of hallyu.
This phenomenon was first called this way in the late 1990s when the Chinese newspaper The Peoples Daily 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 tv dramas, movies, kpop, 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 placed to the alien, as in
K-dramas are different from Hollywood productions, Arab soap operas or even Mexican soap operas, since after the war with Japan and North Korea they have provided an opportunity for Korean society to reconfigure itself in front of the world.
Last but not least, there is also the Korean pop industry (K-pop) which is intrinsically related to the television industry since the original soundtracks (OST) are likewise one of the bases for publicizing productions and gaining more viewers. .
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