Thriller series 'The Glory' gains explosive popularity on Netflix

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : January 4, 2023, 16:18 Updated : December 15, 2023, 09:13

[Netflix's weekly chart]

SEOUL -- South Korean thriller TV series "The Glory" became the third most-watched content on Netflix's non-English chart. The series depicts a story of a woman who suffered from vicious bullying at high school taking revenge on bullies after becoming an adult.
The global streaming service giant said that the revenge series recorded some 25.4 million hours of viewing only three days after its release on December 30. The Glory was the third-most watched drama series on Netflix's weekly non-English series chart from December 26 to January 1. The most watched content was "Alice in Borderland: Season 2," a Japanese science fiction series. 
In The Glory, famous actress Song Hye-kyo, plays a character named Moon Dong-eun who was victimized by her wealthy peers during her teenage years. Although Moon's teachers were aware of the abuse, her friends were never punished properly. Moon later becomes an elementary school teacher and seeks revenge for her classmates. 
In a 2022 survey of some 3.2 million students between fourth to 12th graders, conducted by South Korea's education ministry, about 54,000 respondents said they experienced school violence. Among various types of violence, verbal abuse accounted for the largest portion with 41.8 percent, followed by physical abuse with 14.6 percent. 
The domestic entertainment community has been embroiled in a wave of school bullying scandals. Many young fans went ballistic over school bullying, urging labels to take action against artists who were found to have been perpetrators. K-pop girl band (G)I-DLE lost its sixth member after a 24-year-old singer was caught up in a school bullying scandal and dropped out.
Le Sserafim, initially a six-member girl group formed by Hybe's music label Source Music, has worked as a five-member group since May 2022 when its member Kim Ga-ram was allegedly embroiled in school bullying. Source Music terminated the contract with the troubled member in July 2022.
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