Netflix’s Korean Drama Series Impress Locsin E! News UK

“Koreans ‘own’ Netflix.”

That’s how Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. described Netflix’s Korean content after watching one of the latest shows “KDramaland” has to offer on the streaming platform.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (file photo MB) and the poster for ‘Bulgasal: Immortal Souls’ (tvN/Netflix)

Locsin made the statement after watching “Bulgasal: Immortal Souls,” a drama about how the life of an immortal man intertwines with that of a woman who lives with a cycle of death and reincarnation.

The 16-episode series, produced by drama production company Studio Dragon, entered Netflix in December last year, at the same time it aired in South Korea via broadcaster tvN.

In a tweet, the veteran reporter couldn’t help but express how much he loves the show.

“BULGASAL. Incredibly strong; inexpressibly beautiful; love, hate, murder through 600 years of reincarnations,” he said.

He then said that South Korea dominates Netflix and expressed his admiration for its filmmakers for being able to make quality releases despite strict pandemic restrictions.

“Koreans ‘own’ Netflix. And they can film it under the strictest pandemic constraints because everything is close-up of the protagonists’ eyes. No location needed,” he said.

This wasn’t the first time Locsin had praised Netflix’s Korean content. In April last year, he said he was ‘stunned by the breathtaking beauty’ of the Korean film ‘Night in Paradise’.

The 2020 film starring Uhm Tae-goo, Jeon Yeo-been, and Cha Seung-won tells the story of a gangster who meets a woman who gave up on her life while hiding on Jeju Island after a brutal tragedy.

“Jesus Christ. It’s another kind of standout movie like Goblin but with gutting,” he said of the film.

“Looks like I’m good for another year-long lockdown. Wow, love in the time of Korean carnage. Look at it,” he added.

Korean shows dominate the streaming platform not only in the Philippines but worldwide. Since February 12, the Korean zombie drama “All Of Us Are Dead” has been number 1 on Netflix Philippines. “Squid Game,” which is confirmed for another season, also sat in the same location for weeks.

Among the Korean shows that made the Top 1 in the Philippines were “Vincenzo” and “Hometown Cha-cha-cha,” both from Studio Dragon.