On Thursday, Netflix announced via Twitter that the service had directed three South Korean feature films Squid game Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk available for streaming in the US. This announcement comes in the wake of Squid game became the most popular original series on Netflix after its first season debut in September.
The 2011 crime drama is one of those films Silenced with Gong Yoo appearing in Squid game; the 2014 comedy drama Miss Grandma with Na Moon-hee and Shim Eun-kyung; and the 2017 historical drama The fortress with Kim Yoon-seok and Lee Byung-hun, the latter also in Squid game as a masked “front man” leading the games.
Before bringing the visually amazing and socially relevant Squid Game to life, Hwang Dong-hyuk made several acclaimed South Korean feature films – and now three of these films are available on Netflix in the US! pic.twitter.com/FV0nUQV91D
– Netflix (@netflix) November 3, 2021
Based on real events, Silenced follows Kang In-ho (Gong Yoo), a newly hired art teacher at a school for hearing impaired children, who uncovers a devastating sexual assault conspiracy among the school’s teaching staff. Miss Grandma revolves around the story of Oh Mal-soon (Na Moon-hee), a 74-year-old widow who has miraculously regained her 20-year-old looks. Plays 1636, 2017 The fortressest plays Lee Byung-hun as Choi Myung-kil, a retainer of King Injo (Park Hae-il) of the Joseon Kingdom, who collides with his counterpart Kim Sang-hun (Kim Yoon-seok) to surrender to the advance Qing troops or repel their invasion. In addition to directing, Hwang Dong-hyuk has a scriptwriter for all three films.
Squid game is one of several Korean shows and features, including Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning black comedy thriller parasite and Park Chan-wook’s erotic psychological thriller The maid, has seen exuberant commercial and critical success in the United States in recent years. The series has not yet been officially renewed for a second season by Netflix, and Hwang Dong-hyuk expressed in an interview with Variety that he may return to directing feature films before returning Squid game and that he hadn’t come up with any ideas for the second season.