Mumbai, November 28 - South Korean web shows are making a huge roar on Netflix's viewership charts at the global level. After "Squid Game" became Netflix's biggest blockbuster show ever, the latest on the list is the supernatural horror series "Hellbound".
The show, which is directed by Yeon Sang-Ho ("Train To Busan"), has taken Netflix's number 1 spot in the list of most-watched tv shows globally within a few days of release. Just like the viewers, the show has also taken the director Yeon by surprise as he is stunned by the response it is getting.
The show also topped Netflix's official weekly chart for non-English TV programs with 43.5 million hours of viewing for the week from November 15-21, despite having only three days to count views.
Speaking to media, Yeon said, "I was stunned after hearing the news that 'Hellbound' placed No. 1 on the global rankings table when I woke up the next morning. When I had discussed this project with Netflix, I thought I would be satisfied with a second-place finish on Korea's daily chart".
Based on the webtoon titled 'Hell', 'Hellbound', co-written and drawn by Yeon and Choi Kyu-sok, depicts social turmoil and unrest after a series of inexplicable supernatural phenomena. The smoky golem-like creatures believed to have come from hell, incinerate people who receive divine revelations about being punished, prompting an outbreak of public hysteria and religious zealotry.
The 6-episodes series features Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jeong-min, Won Jin-ah, and Yang Ik-june in key roles. The pilot of the series premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in the Primetime program of TV series on September 9, 2021, and became the first Korean drama to make it to the festival.