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A nerve-shredding new Korean action movie just hit Netflix

Published Apr 8th, 2022 8:44PM EDT
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I’m a simple man — I see streaming content that has anything at all to do with spies and espionage? I will click, every time. Slow Horses on Apple TV Plus? Yes, please. Snowdrop on Disney Plus? Don’t mind if I do. Netflix already has plenty of content along these lines, like the excellent Israel espionage series Fauda. And it’s also now streaming Yaksha: Ruthless Operations. A Korean-language movie (something, in my opinion, the streamer doesn’t have enough of, since Korean series get all the attention) that has spies and a black ops teams at its core.

Yaksha: Ruthless Operations Netflix

In this film, “Yaksha” refers to the ruthless leader of an overseas black ops team. He goes on a dangerous mission in a battleground of spies and agents. And as he tries to avoid myriad traps and betrayals? He ends up aligning himself with an upright special inspector who’s been sent from Seoul.

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Park Hae-soo as Han Ji-hoon in the Netflix movies “Yaksha: Ruthless Operations.” Image source: Jeong Kyung-hwa/Netflix

“With the highest spy density in the world,” Netflix’s official summary reads, “Shenyang is the geopolitical key point in Northeast Asia. Kang-in, team leader of the Black Team dedicated to overseas secret operations in South Korea, is active in Shenyang. He is a veteran who will do anything and everything he can to accomplish his mission, and he is commonly referred to as ‘Yaksha’.

The summary continues. One day, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service finds out that all of the report findings on local trends in Shenyang (sent by the Black Team) are actually fake. “Seriously troubled by this, the 4th Director of the NIS, Ms. Yeom Jeong-won, dispatches Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office Prosecutor Han Ji-hoon as a special inspector. Yaksha and the Black Team try to exclude/shake-off Ji-hoon (Special Inspector), but he persistently follows the Black Team’s operations.”

Korean movies on Netflix

I’m certainly glad to see more titles like Yaksha popping up on Netflix right now. Because thanks to hits like Squid Game, it’s Korean TV shows that thus far have been all the rage on Netflix. In fact, Squid Game (which is getting a second season) is currently the biggest Netflix release of all time.

Realizing how increasingly popular its Korean-language content is around the world, Netflix is nevertheless stepping up along these lines. Other newly released Korean movies from the streamer include Love and Leashes, starring former Kpop star Seohyun (below).

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Seo Hyun as Jung Ji-woo in the Netflix movie “Love and Leashes.” Image source: Jun Hae-sun/Netflix

Here, you’ll also find some other recent high-profile Netflix Korean releases worth checking out. Including my personal favorite at the bottom, Steel Rain. It’s essentially a buddy spy comedy, wherein spooks from the North and South team up to prevent a catastrophic war.

  • Love and Leashes: “Love never hurt so good for two co-workers who enter a contractual relationship as partners in consensual play, pleasure, and pain.”
  • Space Sweepers: “Chasing after space debris and faraway dreams in year 2092, four misfits unearth explosive secrets during the attempted trade of a wide-eyed humanoid.”
  • The Pirates — The Last Royal Treasure: “A gutsy crew of Joseon pirates and bandits battle stormy waters, puzzling clues and militant rivals in search of royal gold lost at sea.”
  • Steel Rain: “Amid a coup, a North Korean agent escapes south with the country’s injured leader in an attempt to keep him alive and prevent a Korean war.”

More Netflix coverage: For more Netflix news, check out our coverage of the latest new Netflix movies and series to watch.

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