Sizzling on the heels of Netflix’s breakout South Korean hit Squid Sport, Apple has rolled out its first Korean-language unique sequence this month, to coincide with the launch of its Apple TV+ streaming service in South Korea.
Based mostly on a Korean Internet comedian of the identical identify, Dr. Mind is a six-episode sci-fi thriller a few cold-hearted neurologist Koh Sewon who tries to seek out clues to a mysterious household accident by means of mind experiments.
Apple’s foray into unique Korean content material comes because the nation’s leisure business reaches new international reputation, from k-pop superstars akin to BTS to the 2020 Oscar-winning South Korean movie Parasite, and now Squid Game, which turned Netflix’s greatest unique sequence launch.
Director Kim Jee-woon stated after the consecutive success of such Korean content material, international audiences started to know Korean tradition by means of creative works and that he had made an additional effort to get the translations proper.
“I hope Dr. Mind can show there are various works in South Korea that cowl all kinds of genres, sensibilities and supplies as a lot as earlier mega hit Korean sequence,” Kim stated in an interview with Reuters.
Lead actor Lee Solar-kyun, who can be acquainted to worldwide audiences from his position in Parasite, stated his position as Koh is one in every of a person dragged right into a “whirlpool of feelings” whose connections to different folks’s minds made him replicate on his personal faults.
“It’s a very deep science fiction mysterious thriller, however on the similar time it’s a drama about how a person who was destitute of emotions occurred to obtain others’ feelings on account of unintended effects of mind scanning,” Lee advised Reuters.
Dr. Mind debuted on November four as Apple TV+ launched in South Korea, with different unique content material accessible dubbed or with Korean subtitles. For now, it lags far behind rival Netflix in South Korea, which has been providing licensed and unique Korean content material for a number of years.
The launch of its TV service in South Korea comes as Apple is one in every of a number of American tech giants to face new laws within the nation forcing them to open their app shops to third-party funds.
The growing variety of over-the-top media service (OTT) platforms akin to Netflix, Apple TV+, and Disney Plus, that discovered new reputation within the pandemic period, have allowed actors to discover roles they might not have been in a position to on extra conventional broadcasters, Lee stated.
“The period of COVID-19 has include new age for drama manufacturing,” he stated.