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Watch: South Korean Sci-Fi Movie ‘Jung_E’ Tops Netflix Charts

The South Korean Netflix Original Movie “Jung_E” topped the global Netflix charts upon its premiere last week. Photo courtesy of Netflix

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (UPI) — South Korean Netflix Original Movie Jung_E topped international charts for four consecutive days upon its premiere, according to streaming data tracker FlixPatrol.

It was the most popular film in its home South Korea, as well as in nearly 30 other countries, including Brazil, France, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Jung_E it was also the most popular movie on Netflix in the US for four days in a row starting on Friday.

Set on the nearly uninhabitable Earth of the 22nd century, the film tells a dystopian story of a civil war whose outcome hinges on an ambitious project to create the perfect combat-adapted artificial intelligence.

The AI ​​is designed to clone the brain of an elite soldier to create the perfect mercenary robot.

The film, directed by Yeon Sang-ho, received 5.4 points out of 10 on IMDb, but despite the not-so-stellar rating, audiences continued to watch it.

“It’s a sci-fi movie with universal themes, themes that all audiences can appreciate,” Yeon said at a press event ahead of the film’s release. Jung_E.

“My intention was to bring together a science fiction story and a classic Korean melodrama, something that could bring people to tears,” said the 45-year-old director.

South Korean actors Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo, and Park So-yi star in the film. Kang Soo-youn, the internationally acclaimed actress who died in May, also appears in the film.

A subsidiary of a Korean entertainment company, Contenttree Joongang, the film was produced by Climax Studio, the same studio that made Hellbound two years earlier, also directed by Yeon.

Contenttree’s share price rose 2.25% on the South Korean stock exchange on Wednesday. Climax Studio is not listed.

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