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Shown above is a scene from Shuroop, a South Korean historical series that makes it into the Netflix top 10 list. At left is actress Kim Hye-soo, who stars as the queen. Photo courtesy of tvN

Korean drama top the chart in 6 countries

South Korean television series “Shuroop” made it to the top 10 list of Netflix for the first time since its release midway through last month, according to Flixpatrol that tracks streaming data on Nov. 15.

The historical drama, otherwise known as Under “the Queen’s Umbrella,” ranked No. 10, topping the list in six countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It failed to join the top 10 list in Western countries, including the United States, though.

Shuroop, which is directed by Kim Hyung-shik, is about educating troublemaking princes, who continue to cause headaches for the royal family.

Korean actress Kim Hye-soo stars as the queen, who struggles to change the troublemakers into proper crown princes. She sometimes abandons her pride and is even known to swear.

Kim also played a leading character in “Juvenile Justice,” which was the most-watched Netflix TV show in late February and early March among non-English content.

The 16-part Shuroop airs every Saturday and Sunday. Thus far, 10 episodes have been disclosed. Shuroop means umbrella in traditional Korean.

“Shuroop depicts the competition to become an heir apparent at a palace. At the same time, it is about a queen, who vies to protect her children and people,” director Kim told a press conference just before the show’s first premiere.

“Through the historical drama, we are attempting to show the social landscape of today. We hope that many people will enjoy it.”

Studio Dragon, which made such a successful series as “Sweet Home,” produced Shuroop.

The apocalyptic horror television drama was released in late 2020 on Netflix to become the first South Korean series to enter the Netflix top 10 list in the United States, reaching No. 3.

Currently, the second season is in the works.

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