Korean series “Narco-Saints” ranked eighth on Netflix’s global charts on Monday, according to FlixPatrol, which provides streaming rankings worldwide.
It is Netflix’s biggest-budget Korean series at W35 billion in production costs, W10 billion more than mega hit “Squid Game” (US$1=W1,384).
Starring veteran actors Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min, it topped Netflix’s TV show chart in Korea on Sunday and placed eighth globally a day after its release on Friday in time for Korea’s biggest holiday Chuseok.
It is director Yoon Jong-bin’s first drama series after hit films like “Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time” and “The Spy Gone North.”
The six-episode series revolves around a man who joins a secret mission to capture a Korean drug lord operating in the South American country of Suriname.
Most of Yoon’s work features strong male leads, and the onscreen chemistry between Ha and Hwang seems to have engrossed viewers.