With Squid Game continuing to dominate Netflix, we explore the most mentioned Korean dramas and movies on Twitter that you must check out.

It’s been almost three weeks since Netflix launched their latest addition to their already-vast library of Korean content, Squid Game.

The survival drama has taken the world by storm since making its streaming debut on September 17th, but the series is showing no signs of slowing down.

Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO of Netflix, recently stated that the K-drama was on track to be the platform’s most popular title in history, regardless of language.

However, with Squid Game bringing Korean content to an audience, many of whom may have never watched a K-drama before, many viewers will be wanting to continue their newfound K-addiction.  

Whilst you can research the ‘best Korean dramas out there’, most of these lists are subjective based on the opinion of the journalist in question.

Recently, a more objective watch-list has been revealed; the most talked-about K-drama and movies according to Twitter after Squid Game goes viral.

Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

The 20 most-mentioned K-dramas on Twitter…

At the recent MU:CON 2021 event, which showcases music, business and technology, Twitter’s Head of Global Korean pop and Korean content Partnership, Kim Yeonjeong revealed the 20 most-mentioned dramas.

“People consume Korean content through various channels, but in the end, they have conversations on Twitter. Korean content has limitless potential, as the fandom culture that started with K-pop has taken an interest in other forms of Korean content, prompting the dissemination of Korean culture.” – Kim Yeonjeong, via The Korea Times.

The survey ran from July 1st, 2018, to June 30th, 2021, so don’t expect the likes of Squid Game or Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha to appear on this list.

However, the rankings can be used as a ‘watch-list’ from many fans, many of whom may be turning their attention towards Korean titles following the global success of Squid Game.

  1. Kingdom (Netflix)
  2. Itaewon Class (Netflix)
  3. True Beauty (Viki and Apple TV)
  4. Vincenzo (Netflix)
  5. Sky Castle (Netflix, Viki and WeTV)
  6. Hotel Del Luna (Netflix, Viki, Apple TV and WeTV)
  7. Start-Up (Netflix)
  8. Hospital Playlist (Netflix)
  9. Goblin (Viki, Apple TV and Iflix)
  10. The Penthouse (Kocowa, WeTV, Viki and SBS World)
  11. Vagabond (Netflix)
  12. Sweet Home (Netflix)
  13. Crash Landing on You (Netflix)
  14. Voice (Netflix and Viki)
  15. Love Alarm (Netflix)
  16. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Netflix)
  17. Kairos (Apple TV, Kocowa and Viki)
  18. Arthdal Chronicles (Netflix)
  19. Extracurricular (Netflix)
  20. Forest of Secrets/Stranger (Netflix and K-DRAMA)

Interestingly, only four of these titles (Goblin, Hotel Del Luna, Crash Landing on You and It’s Okay to Not be Okay) appear on MyDramaList’s top 20 most-popular shows.  

The 10 most-mentioned Korea movies…

Alongside the top 20 most-mentioned television shows, Yeonjeong also revealed the most-mentioned movies from Korean productions:

  1. Parasite (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV)
  2. Minari (Apple TV and Amazon Prime)
  3. Snowpiercer (Amazon Prime)
  4. Oldboy (Amazon Prime and Apple TV)
  5. Space Sweepers (Netflix)
  6. Swing Kids (Viki)
  7. Okja (Netflix)
  8. Train to Busan: Peninsula (Netflix, Viki, Amazon Prime and Apple TV)
  9. Train to Busan (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Viki, Apple TV and Tubi)
  10. Mother (Viki and K-DRAMA)

How many of these titles have you watched and have any made their way onto your watch list? Will Twitter continue to be an open-space for K-drama conversations after Squid Game? Hopefully, it’s a yes to both!

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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