My Name comes after Squid Game
Shown above is a scene from the South Korean thriller My Name, which caught popularity as soon as it debuted on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Korean hit dramas continue to attract global fans

South Korean original series “Squid Game” has dominated the global charts of Netflix since its release on Sept. 17. And the country’s other drama, dubbed “My Name,” strives to follow suit.

The eight-episode show made it to the top 10 list as soon as its first premier on the U.S.-based platform on Oct. 15. In the United States, it assumed the sixth slot, according to streaming content tracker Flixpatrol.

As of Oct. 18, its global ranking was No. 4, following Squid Game, You, and Maid. Another Korean drama, “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” was positioned at the seventh spot.

In My Name, which was directed by Kim Jin-min, a revenge-driven woman enters the police force under the direction of a crime boss who she trusts.

South Korean actress Han So-hee was starred in the series along with Park Hee-soon, Ahn Bo-hyun, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Hank-joo, and Chang Ryul.

In some countries, Korean content ticks up most of the top five list as amply demonstrated by Vietnam, where Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is No. 1, followed by My Name and Squid Game.

Thanks to the popularity of My Name, the share price of its producer Studio Santa Clause jumped to the daily limit of 30 percent on Oct. 18.

Other entertainment companies also saw their share prices jump as the expectations were high that Korean content would continue to attract international viewers.

Observers expect that more South Korean content will hit the market.

“Netflix has come up with many South Korean original series over the past few months ahead of the arrival of Disney+,” Daishin Securities analyst Kim Hoi-jae said.

“Netflix appears to prepare for stiffer competition in the South Korean market.”

Disney+ plans to launch its services in South Korea in November.

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The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at voc200@gmail.com or 82-2-6956-6698.