Cover Han So-hee as Jiwoo in 'My Name'. Photo: Netflix

The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) recently revealed its list of titles that are attracting a lot of buzz. In particular, upcoming Netflix K-drama series My Name and Hellbound have been selected as the first to be invited to the new On Screen programme this year.

All eyes are on Netflix shows of late for their history-breaking 44 wins at the recent 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards for acclaimed titles The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit

More Netflix shows continue to make a global impression and this time, it’s at the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) with the invitation of seven Netflix titles to be screened at one of the largest international film festivals in Asia and the largest in Korea. Some notable titles include upcoming K-dramas My Name and Hellbound that have been selected as the first to be invited to the new On Screen programme this year. 

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Check out the full list of shows that will be screened at the 26th BIFF below.

1. My Name

My Name is directed by Kim Jin-min who previously shocked the world with the Netflix series, Extracurricular

My Name centres on Jiwoo who joins a crime ring and becomes an undercover police officer to find her father’s killer. As she assumes a new identity, she faces the cold, hard truth and exacts her revenge. Fans can look forward to a 180-degree transformation from Nevertheless actress Han So-hee as she portrays the vengeful Jiwoo. Actors Park Hee-soon, Ahn Bo-hyun, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Hak-ju, and Jang Yull add on to the series’ suspense-filled story.

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My Name premieres on Netflix on October 15, 2021.

2. Hellbound

After being screened at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Hellbound has received much praise for director Yeon Sang-ho’s skilful directing, the explosive storyline, and the actors’ impressive performances. Through BIFF, the series will be unveiled in Korea for the first time.

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Hellbound tells the story of supernatural beings appearing and condemning people to hell, resulting in a new religious group gaining prominence while others investigate the truth behind this strange phenomenon. 

Director Yeon Sang-ho and writer Choi Gyu-seok reunite to work on the series as creators of the original webtoon on which the series is based. The top-notch cast includes Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jeong-min, Won Jin-a, Yang Ik-june, Kim Do-yoon, Kim Sin-rock, Ryu Kyung-soo, Lee Re, and more. Following TIFF and BIFF, Hellbound will also be screened at the BFI London Film Festival. 

Hellbound is coming soon to Netflix.

3. Space Sweepers

Space Sweepers, which received much love all over the world, will be featured in the Korean Cinema Today - Panorama section at BIFF. Directed by Jo Sung-hee and starring Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyu, and Yoo Hai-jin, Space Sweepers made the Netflix Top 10 chart in about 80 countries.

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Space Sweepers is set in 2092 where spaceship Victory is one of the many that live off of salvaging space debris. Crewed by genius space pilot Tae-ho (Song Joong-ki), mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang (Kim Tae-ri), spaceship engineer Tiger Park (Jin Sun-kyu), and reprogrammed military robot Bubs (Yoo Hai-jin), Spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers.

After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory’s crew find a seven-year-old girl inside. They realise that she’s the humanlike robot wanted by UTS Space Guards and decide to demand ransom in exchange.

Stream Space Sweepers on Netflix.

4. Night in Paradise

Night in Paradise will also be featured in the Korean Cinema Today - Panorama section at BIFF. The film tells the story of a man targeted by gangsters and a woman who has given up on life.

Night in Paradise, which is directed by Park Hoon-jung and starring Um Tae-goo, Jeon Yeo-been, and Cha Seoung-won, contrasts beautiful Jeju Island with a sad and gruesome story. The film received much attention for being invited to the 77th Venice International Film Festival’s out-of-competition section.

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Stream Night in Paradise on Netflix.

5. Passing

Applauded at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Passing will be a part of the World Cinema section at BIFF. Based on the 1929 book of the same name by Nella Larsen, the title refers to African-Americans pretending to be white, the practice of passing.

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Rebecca Hall, who is known for her performances in The Prestige, A Rainy Day in New York, and Godzilla vs. Kong, makes her directorial debut with this black-and-white film. Tessa Thompson of Thor: Ragnarok, and Ruth Negga of Loving and Ad Astra star as mixed-race childhood friends who have identified themselves differently as adults. The film examines the deep roots of racism in the US and takes a sharp look at skin colour prejudice.

Passing launches on Netflix on November 10, 2021.

6. The Hand of God

The Hand of God is another film that has been invited to the BIFF Icons programme and it depicts a coming-of-age tale of a teenager growing up in Naples in the 1980s.

Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino tells his most personal story interweaving fate, family, sports, film, love, and loss in The Hand of God, which bagged the runner-up Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the 78th Venice Film Festival and garnered a Best Young Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for Filippo Scotti, who plays the main character.

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The Hand of God premieres on Netflix on December 15, 2021.

7. The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog is a groundbreaking film that has been invited to the BIFF Icons programme. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and is based on a 1967 book of the same name. It tells the tale of sibling rivalry between two very different brothers who reside in Montana in the 1920s.

The Power of the Dog marks director Jane Campion’s return to film after 12 years. She was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 78th Venice Film Festival last week. Campion previously won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Piano.

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The Power of the Dog is coming soon to Netflix.

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