The biggest surprise of the year on Netflix – or any other streaming service – was Squid game. Netflix says the South Korean thriller is now the most viewed original series in its history. There have been international crossover hits previously on Netflix, but none have reached as many viewers as Squid game. To celebrate the success of the show, Netflix announced Wednesday who added three films from Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk to the streaming service.
The first Hwang Dong-hyuk movie Netflix added to its US library this week is called muted. Released 2011, muted follows an art teacher named Kang In-ho (Gong Yoo) who works in a school for children with hearing problems. Over time, she discovers that the children have been horribly abused by the school teachers. So he tries to expose their crimes. muted it is based on real events and has prompted South Korean lawmakers to come up with bills to protect vulnerable groups.
And the second is Hwang Dong-hyuk’s 2014 romantic comedy miss grandma. Hwang’s first two feature films focused on dark and distressing stories, but the third was much lighter. miss grandma it is about an elderly widow who wanders in a mysterious photographic studio, gets photographed and emerges once again as a twenty year old. It was a great success and was eventually remade in several countries.
Finally, Netflix also adds Hwang’s most recent movie: The fortress. The historical drama takes place during the second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636. Choi Myung-kil (Lee Byung-hun) and Kim Sang-hun (Kim Yoon-seok) are the leaders of two ideological groups, one of which wants the king Injo (Park Hae-il) to resist and fight against the Qing dynasty of China, and the other wants the two sides to make peace. It was yet another success for Hwang.
If you are a fan of Squid game and I want to take a look at some of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s other works, now is the time. He has only directed four major feature films so far, and now three of those are streaming on Netflix. Hopefully viewers will connect to Hwang’s work in the same way they did after Bong Joon-ho Parasite made a splash in 2019. Also, we’re not sure what Hwang will release next. The screenwriter-director said he will return to the cinema before I consider doing another season of Squid game. He also made it clear that he has no intention of writing and directing every episode, as he did with the first season.