Three Korean drama series to screen at Cannes International Series Festival in April

Poster for Korean streaming service platform Tving’s drama series “Work Later, Drink Now” (Tving)

Three Korean drama series, “Work Later, Drink Now”, “Monstrous” and “Damn Good Company”, will screen in the non-competitive South Korean Fiction section of Season 5 of the Cannes International Series Festival on 6 of April.

Established in 2018, the Cannes International Series Festival is an event that aims to highlight drama series from around the world and give them an international voice. The festival will take place from April 1 to 6 in Cannes, France this year.

First launched on local streaming service platform Tving in October last year, the 12-part hit series “Work Later, Drink Now” features the story of three single women in their 30s. They have different jobs and lives, but they are the best of friends who get together every night to share their life stories over a drink.

Drama Series Poster for Korean Streaming Service Platform Tving

Poster for Korean streaming service platform Tving’s drama series “Monstrous” (Tving)

The show stars young Korean actresses Lee Sun-bin, Han Sun-hwa, and Jung Eun-ji.

As a result of the show’s popularity, the sequel to “Work Later, Drink Now” will be released later this year.

“Monstrous” is one of the most awaited works of Tving this year, which will be released in April.

Director Yeon Sang-ho, the mastermind behind many successful movies and TV dramas, including “Train to Busan” (2016), “Peninsula” (2020), and Netflix’s “Hellbound” (2021), joined this project as screenwriter. The new series is also drawing attention for featuring Korean rookie actors Koo Kyo-hwan and Shin Hyun-bin.

In the six-part series “Monstrous”, an ancient Buddha statue, ‘Gwibul (The Haunted Buddha Statue)’, is discovered in a small village. At first, people are just excited, not realizing the calamity it would bring. After the statue goes out into the world, black rain and hail in the shape of a human face begin to attack the village, and the residents are deceived by an evil spirit. An archaeologist named Ki-hun fights to save the town.

“Damn Good Company” began as a web drama project by Korean YouTuber Pani Bottle, also known as Park Jae-han. The show went viral immediately after the first episode of the series was released on YouTube, reaching over 3 million views.

Seeing the success of the show, local streaming service startup Watcha invested in it. In March, Watcha began releasing an extended version of the drama.

Most recently, Watcha released the fifth season of “Damn Good Company.”

“Damn Good Company” by Korean streaming service startup Watcha invited to be screened in Season 5 of the Cannes International Series Festival (Watcha)

“Damn Good Company” by Korean streaming service startup Watcha invited to be screened in Season 5 of the Cannes International Series Festival (Watcha)

The drama series takes place in a small company called JS Network and shows the harsh reality of Korean office workers in great detail.

Watcha CEO Park Tae-hoon, co-directors Seo Joo-wan and Park Jae-han, and some of the show’s actors will participate in person at the festival in France.

According to Watcha, CEO Park will also participate in the MIPTV content market event, which takes place in parallel with the Cannes International Series Festival. He is scheduled to give a speech on Korean content.

By Song Seunghyunssh@heraldcorp.com)

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