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Netflix Reveals New Korean Dramas and Movies For 2020

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Korean drama and movie fans on Netflix can expect more hits from Korea and more originals.

Review: Season 2 of “Kingdom” Continues Themes of Politics and Class Struggle

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Season two is as fast-paced as the previous season, with more focus on themes of survival and protecting what’s precious.

Review: “Time To Hunt” Blends Heist Thrills and Korean Economic Anxiety

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Yoon Sung-hyun's sophomore feature “Time to Hunt” blends capitalist apocalypse with classic heist thriller elements.

Review: “Itaewon Class” Is a Story About Second Chances and Reaching For Your Dreams

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Park Seo-joon and Kim Da-mi shine as part of an ensemble cast in a touching yet fun Korean drama.

Review: Ha Jung-woo’s “The Closet” Offers Surprisingly Heart-Warming Horror

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Starring Ha Jung-woo, Korean film “The Closet” blends horror with father-daughter bonding.

Review: K-Drama “My Holo Love” Highlights The Role Technology Plays in Loneliness 

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Mixing Korean drama tropes with sprinkles of social commentary, "My Holo Love" will delight both die-hard K-drama fans and those looking for light-hearted fare.

Review: “Beasts Clawing At Straws” Stars Jung Woo-sung In A Taut Tale of Chasing Money

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Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon headline Korean crime thriller “Beasts Clawing At Straws,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.

Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

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"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

Review: “Secret Zoo” Looks For Laughs With Humans Dressing Like Animals

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Korean comedy “Secret Zoo” elicits light laughter and offers slight social commentary in its heartwarming but forgettable story.

Review: “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” Shows How Korean Society Has Internalized Sexism

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Based on an eponymous novel, "Kim Ji-young" is a quiet but effective depiction of how thickly sexism permeates Korean society.

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