Netflix Picks Up Korean TV Series ‘Man x Man’

Netflix Picks up Korean TV Series
Courtesy of JTBC

Global streaming giant Netflix has obtained exclusive international broadcasting right to JTBC’s new series, “Man x Man.” The deal makes “Man x Man” the first non-Netflix original South Korean drama to be aired internationally by the streaming giant. According to Netflix, the series will have subtitles in over 20 different languages.

Set to start airing on April 21 on JTBC, the fully-completed series will be simultaneously broadcast in the 190 countries that Netflix services, excluding South Korea and the U.S.

In South Korea, each episode will be made available on Netflix within an hour of JTBC’s local broadcast, while in the U.S., the 16 episodes will be available in two 8-episode instalments.

Written by Kim Won-suk, the scriptwriter behind 2015’s biggest hit “Descendants of the Sun,” “Man x Man” sees the story of a “ghost” bodyguard of famous celebrities. It stars Park Hae-jin (TV’s “My Love From the Star”,) Park Sung-woong (“New Word”,) and Kim Min-jung (“My Ordinary Love Story”.)

Netflix previously boarded “Kingdom,” a period zombie thriller series by Kim Seong-hun, director of last year’s Korean hit movie “Tunnel,” and series, “Love Alarm,” which is set for a 2018 premiere. The company’s first Korean movie production, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” will premiere in June.

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  1. Table122000 says:

    First, I think it’s great that Netflix is doing a silmulaneous broadcast of a Currently airing K Drama in all countries worldwide where Netflix has service and providing subtitles in 20 languages. However, why do US audiences/viewers have to be penalized to wait over a month to see even the first episode of this show? The Netflix model of “binge watching” really does not work for currently airing Korean dramas. (And I say this as a fan of Netflix) US Netflix subscribers deserve to be able to see each episode at the same time as the rest of the world, not forced to wait weeks to see the first 8 episodes, and then forced to wait another month to see the rest of the show while the rest of the world sees every episode as it broadcasts. This does not make sense to me and I think it very unfair. I’m not the only US K Drama fan to be upset by this delay.

    • Vianna Nolen-Peters says:

      I totally agree with you. I was waiting for Man to Man and I am very upset that I can’t watch it! I subscribe to Netflix and can’t watch this Korean drama. By the time Netflix air this drama to the US DramaFever and Vicki will have obtain the rights to show this drama. What a bummer. Park Hae Jin is one of my favorite Korean actors. Why is Netflix mistreating the US viewers? This is sad! ☹️☹️

  2. Thank you netfliv for keeping your service the mister exciting out there.
    What you guys release this april, and all that is to come, amazing.
    I am a big marvel fan. Thanks for bringing my hero’s to life.
    In this regard I’ve seen some of the movies mentioned and keep it coming the Diversity of the catalogue is key for the success that is jetfilx. But that’s just me.

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