Index - Culture - The new South Korean series has also depressed the Squid Game

There is something special about South Korean dramas. Oldboy has entered cult status by now, but the zombie film Train to Busan has also impressed viewers. So much so that Train to New York is just developing its own version of it. Works from the Far Eastern country have always been popular in some circles, but the dam broke with the Parasites introduced in 2019. Bong Joon-ho’s work has taken home Oscar recognition for Best Film, and a serial version is also being made.

The TV industry has also found South Korea in recent years, with Netflix particularly pushing series made in the Far East, think of the Swordsman-Undead Kingdom, or just the biggest sensation of 2021, the Squid Game unveiled in September. Even at the streaming service provider, the production, which shows deadly challenges, was not expected to be so successful. The creator had no plans to continue, but with a record view of 142 million, it was almost unlikely that the second season would come, Hvang Donghjok himself announced in an interview.

It is often said that it is worth hitting the iron while it is hot. Barely two months after the premiere of Squid Game, Netflix is ​​trying out another series in South Korea. This time with a mystical drama centered on death. Presented on November 19th HellboundThe basic story of The Road to Hell is very exciting, but the realization is less.

In the first scene in the series, we see a man sitting in a cafe sweating and very nervous. You don’t even have to wait long to find out what caused the heartache. Out of nowhere, three large-scale demons emerge to chase the guy through the streets of Seoul. They are finally ripened, beaten to a pulp, and then sprayed with a ray of light coming out of their hands. The Road to Hell, noted by the maker of Train to Busan anyway, guides you into a world where an angel will appear to sinners who will tell them when they will be damned.

And the demons also arrive with clockwork precision to tangle and drag the damned souls to hell.

In the main roles, we get to know a religious fanatic, Jinsu (Ju Ain), who denies being a sect leader. In the first part of the Way to Hell, however, we get more indications that he is not as holy as he sets himself to be. On the other hand, it is true that he is the first to meet the detainees of hell in Tibet, and he knows most about them. Also an important character in the production is Kyeong-hoon (Jang Ikcsun), a detective whose wife was assassinated but the perpetrator escaped.

The Road to Hell is full of interesting suggestions and solutions. One of these is that if human justice fails and sinners escape prosecution, should they rejoice in the intervention of supernatural forces, or be horrified at it? The creators have simplified the series a lot by making the demons and the angel visible to everyone, so no one assumes they are fools and imagined to be doomed. Everyone treats it as a fact that there are those who are greeted by a frighteningly painting angel and then come even more unfriendly driveways from hell.

The creators of the production dispense the actions and the conversational scenes well, but the parts intended for shock are often smiley rather than scary due to the weaker visual solutions. Impact hunting also means that demons first smash “victims” well. The actors try to give it their all, but the characters drawn to the clichés don’t really work, and the drama doesn’t come through because of that either.

Even so, Netflix’s new South Korean series makes you think that in some places the implementation is rubbing against the track.

This can be considered a feat on some level.

But why are sinners dragged to hell? The point of free will would be that if one repents of his sins, he can be forgiven and even change his destiny. For this reason alone, it may be worthwhile to grind the production, which is only 6 parts long, but if it explains the issues raised meaningfully, it can smoothly become a guilty pleasure series.

Fans of the Far East series may rejoice because Netflix seems to have found a hen laying golden eggs in South Korea. And if they try hard, who knows, another success story like the Squid Game could explode out of nowhere.

After a few days, Hellbound has already ousted Squid Game, now the most watched series on Netlifx. THE FlixPatrol According to his analysis, he was already on the top list in 80 countries just 24 hours after the presentation.

The first 6-part season of The Road to Hell is available on Hungarian on Netflix.

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