Shown above is a scene in the South Korean movie “Unlocked.” It joined the Netflix global charts on its debut. Photo courtesy of Netflix

‘Unlocked’ topping the podium in a dozen of countries

South Korean movie “Unlocked” joined the top three rank of the global Netflix charts, according to FlixPatrol that tracks streaming data on Feb. 23.

The thriller joined the global charts on its debut last week and remained in third place Thursday, topping the list in 13 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

However, the Netflix original film failed to make it to the top 10 in the United States and major European countries.

The film, which is directed by Kim Tae-joon, depicts a woman who gets in trouble after dropping her smartphone on a bus.

A dangerous man picks up the lost phone and uses it to track her every move.

The show was inspired by a Japanese novel with a similar plot. Director Kim reconstructed it to include a serial killer, who tries to find his next victim by hacking smartphones.

“Your smartphone knows everything about you because you stick to your phone around the clock,” Director Kim said in a press conference in Seoul just before the release.

“Our new movie is a thriller designed to show the worst-case scenario that can happen when all the smartphone information is disclosed to a villain.”

The movie stars Korean actors and actresses like Chun Woo-hee, Yim Si-wan, and Kim Hee-won.

“Because anybody can face the same situation, I thought that the movie could cause realistic fear,” Chun told the press event. She acted as the main character of the woman victim.

The country’s entertainment giant CJ ENM produced the film. The share price of CJ ENM went up 2.23 percent on Feb. 23.

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 or 82-2-6956-6698.