Shown above is a scene from Mask Girl, which has joined the global Netflix charts on its premiere last Friday. Photo courtesy of Netflix

‘Mask Girl’ joins the global charts on its premiere

A South Korean drama, dubbed “Mask Girl,” ranked No. 4 on the Netflix global charts on Aug. 22, according to Flixpatrol, which tracks streaming data across the world.

The seven-episode webtoon adaptation, which was directed by Kim Yong-hoon, premiered on Netflix Friday to instantly join the global best 10 list this week.

It topped the podium in a total of eight countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

But Mask Girl failed to make it to the top 10 list in the United States.

The show depicts a 20-something silent office worker who has given up her dream of dancing on a big stage because she is insecure about her looks.

Instead, she becomes a mask-wearing internet personality who is adored nightly by her many fans, and this completely changes her otherwise decent life.

She is eventually involved in a chain of ill-fated events, including plastic surgeries, murder, and imprisonment.

“I was attracted by the original webtoon because it described many social issues. In particular, various characters drew me most,” director Kim said at a press event in Seoul before the show’s launch.

“The point of this drama is the perspective. From the viewpoint of a different person, he or she can sympathize even with a villain,” he said.

The suspense thriller stars such Korean actors and actresses as Ko Hyun-jung, Nana, Ahn Jae-hong, and Yeom Hye-ran. Nana was a singer, who was a member of the Korean girl group After School.

Bon Factory, a subsidiary of Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM, has produced the series along with House of Impressions.

Dexter Studio in Seoul worked on visual effects.