Squid Game became an instant worldwide phenomenon since its premiere on Netflix last month, and the new Korean revenge thriller My Name is tipped to follow in its footsteps.
Regardless of the size of the rock you’ve been living under, at this point you’ve heard of Squid Game- it recently broke all records to become Netflix’s most popular original series in history.
Now My Name, another Korean action thriller is flying up the Netflix charts and after being added only on October 15, is currently ranked at number four worldwide.
My Name follows a young woman, Jiwoo, played by Han So-hee, who witnesses her father’s murder and is hell-bent on exacting revenge.
When she learns that a police officer was involved in the murder, Jiwoo joins forces with a powerful crime syndicate and goes undercover to infiltrate the police force, determined to identify and destroy her father’s killers.
Ranking at number six in the UK top 10 today, My Name has already got people talking- and looks set to only gain in popularity in the coming weeks.
The public is lavishing praise on the revenge thriller, with the series holding a hugely impressive 4.9/5 audience rating from Google users, and an incredible 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
To compare, Squid Game- likely the most popular show in the world right now- has a Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 85%.
The two shows are matched on IMDB, both ranked at 8.2/10.
On Twitter, fans are encouraging people to ‘drop everything and watch it’ like the sort of word-of-mouth recommendations that sparked Squid Game mania last month.
‘I can’t believe this isn’t hyped…’ one person wrote. ‘I was praying for it not to end.’
‘Watched it in one night,’ another impressed fan added. ‘It’s an incredible drama! I felt so many emotions!’
My Name’s Netflix debut is off to a strong start, but it remains to be seen whether it can match Squid Game’s unprecedented popularity, as the brutally violent and equally compelling show captured the imagination of millions around the world.
It follows a number of down-on-their-luck individuals, plagued by debt and threatened by loan sharks, who are offered the chance to win an eye-watering amount of money if they take part in a series of children’s games.
The twist is, of course, that if they lose, they die.
Korean movies and TV shows have reached stratospheric levels of popularity in recent years, with 2017’s Okja amassing a large cult following across the world.
Okja director Bong Joon Ho’s very next film was 2019’s Parasite, which famously won four Oscar Awards including for Best Picture, the first foreign-language film to do so.
My Name is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.