[Review]How 'Bloodhounds' Will Change the Korean Drama Landscape

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            Korean dramas, or K-dramas, have been captivating audiences around the world for decades with their unique stories, genres, and cultural insights. However, in recent years, K-dramas have also been evolving and experimenting with new formats, themes, and platforms. One of the most anticipated examples of this trend is Bloodhounds, a noir action drama that will premiere on Netflix on June 9, 2023.


            Bloodhounds is adapted from a popular webtoon of the same name by Jeong Chan, which has over 2 million subscribers and 300 million views. The webtoon tells the story of four men who are entangled in a dangerous game of debt and betrayal. They are Kim Geon-woo (Woo Do-hwan), a former boxer who works for a ruthless loan shark; Hong Woo-jin (Lee Sang-yi), his childhood friend who is also in debt; Kim Myung-gil (Park Sung-Woong), a powerful crime boss who wants to take down his rival; and President Choi (Huh Joon-ho), the cunning loan shark who manipulates them all.

            Bloodhounds is expected to change the Korean drama landscape in several ways. First of all, it is one of the first K-dramas to be produced by Netflix as an original series, which means it will have more creative freedom and global reach than traditional broadcast dramas. Netflix has been investing heavily in Korean content, especially after the success of Squid Game, which became the most-watched show on the platform in 2021. Bloodhounds is part of Netflix’s lineup of 23 new Korean titles for 2023, which include dramas, movies, documentaries, and variety shows.



            Secondly, Bloodhounds is a rare example of a noir action drama in the K-drama scene, which is dominated by romance, comedy, fantasy, and historical genres. Noir action dramas are known for their dark and gritty tone, complex plots, moral ambiguity, and stylized violence. Bloodhounds promises to deliver all of these elements with a fast-paced and suspenseful story that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The drama will also showcase impressive action scenes and stunts that will highlight the skills and charisma of the main cast.

            Thirdly, Bloodhounds is a showcase of some of the best talents in the Korean entertainment industry. The drama is directed by Kim Joo-hwan, who has helmed hit movies such as Midnight Runners and The Divine Fury. The script is written by Jason Kim, who has worked on acclaimed dramas such as Signal and Kingdom. The main cast consists of four versatile and charismatic actors who have proven their acting chops in various roles. Woo Do-hwan is making his comeback after completing his mandatory military service in 2022. 



            Lee Sang-yi is rising in popularity after his breakout role in Once Again. Park Sung-Woong is a veteran actor who has starred in many movies and dramas such as New World and Life on Mars. Huh Joon-ho is a respected senior actor who has won several awards for his performances in films such as The Merciless and Default.

            Bloodhounds is a drama that will not only entertain but also challenge viewers with its thrilling and thought-provoking story. It will also introduce a new genre and style to the Korean drama landscape that will appeal to both domestic and international audiences. Bloodhounds is a drama that you don’t want to miss this year.


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