It’s a no-brainer that global TV and movie audiences will keep being swept away by South Korean-produced content. With this reality, many international producers tap into the country’s creative potential.
This is the scene where filmmaker Takashi Miike finds himself. The Maverick Japanese filmmaker has spent three decades creating top-of-the-line movies. These range from “Ichi the killer” (2001) with its blood-splattered gangs to children’s favourites like “Ninja Kids!!!” (2011).
What’s Miike working on?
Miike recently completed his first Korean-language TV series. The crime fantasy thriller “Connect” is based on a unique Korean system and form experienced by the director. In the words of the 62-year-old, “A world no one has ever seen will unfold”.
Interestingly, the “Connect” series is inspired by a popular South Korean digital comic. This leaves little wonder why Disney is supporting the project. After all, they have a long history of supporting comic-inspired content with recurring success.
What to expect
The Korean drama is expected to be loaded with razor-sharp drama and violence. It’s the sort of global content fans anticipate from South Korea. This is coming off the back of successful shows like Parasite and Squid.
The show has actor Jung Hae-in ( Start-Up, Tune in for love) as the lead actor. He plays a man who has an eye removed by organ harvesters. The character wakes up with the vision of an infamous serial killer. He can now see visions of horrifying attacks on the citizens of Seoul. It’s a huge shift from shows like the Mouse with the close-up scenes of vibrations moving blood droplets.
The show’s antagonist is Ko Kyung Po (Decision to Leave, Seoul Vibe), who plays the serial killer terrorizing Seoul residents. There’s also a mysterious female lead named Irang, and we’re excited to see who fills the role. However, we’re not bothered about the show’s quality, seeing as it’s in the hands of capable writers like Heo Dam and Nakamura Masaru (Monstrum)
It will also be divided into six parts, with 45 minutes per episode.
Takashi’s “Connect” joins several Korean dramas released on Disney+. These include Grid, Rookie Cops and Snowdrop, which also stars Hae-in. The series was scheduled for filming in January and is part of Disney’s movement to add more Korean titles to its movie offers.
The show is expected to be available on Disney+ Korea, but announcements haven’t been made on its availability for other locations.