With the development of the Korean drama industry, production costs also increased.
There are a lot of Korean dramas from the past; filming, acting, and CGI are better, so they cost a lot of money. If 20 billion won was rare in the early 2000s, it is now the lowest cost of Korean drama production. The following is a Korean drama that will cost more to produce in 2022:
1. Extraordinary Attorney Woo (16 sessions): 20 billion won
In the second half of 2022, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” unexpectedly became the most popular Korean drama. In addition to its impressive character set, the show is loved for its excellent production quality. It, too. The heroine’s favorite CGI, photography, furniture, and style, are the pinnacle.
To film 16 episodes of such a high-quality episode, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” spent 20 billion won, a considerable amount that was once allotted for the box office drama. And surprisingly, it was not the most expensive episode of our time.
2. Alchemy of Souls (20 episodes): 40 billion won
The appearance of “Alchemy of Souls” is the return of the second series writer, Hong Sisters, in 2022. This series is full of magical elements and is very expensive to produce.
In particular, to bring magical effects and new world structures to life, “Alchemy of Souls” cost up to 40 billion won in 20 episodes. That is an understandable number, as the series contains CGI, martial arts activities, and movie scenes.
Unfortunately, the appearance in “Alchemy of Souls” was criticized. Some netizens even said that the production team had to spend all the money on CGI.
3. Bulgasal (16 episodes): 40 billion won
“Bulgasal” starring Lee Jin Wook, Kwon Nara, Lee Joon, Gong Seung Yeon tells the story of a woman who has repeatedly died and been reborn for 600 years. Of her memories. Life before and after becoming immortal for 600 years is the story of an eternal human being. With top quality, 16 episodes of “Bulgasal” cost 40 billion won to produce.
Bulgasal has movie quality with great CG. Unfortunately, its heavy storyline and dark plot make Bulgasal a lousy commercial.
However, Bulgasal is a series worth watching and anyone who sees it can’t stop praising it.
4. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (Part 1, Part 6): More than 40 billion won
“Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” is one of Netflix’s most important works in 2022, based on the popular drama “Money Heist”. Its production value exceeds 40 billion won.
So far, only 6 episodes have aired, and despite this, Money Heist is the most expensive Korean drama.
Even more surprising is that Netflix has invested in 15 original productions with an average cost of 35 billion won. Money Heist is a particular case because it is more expensive. Hopefully, the second part of the series will be more successful.
5. Moving (20 sessions): 50 billion won
Although not yet released, “Moving” is a highly anticipated Korean drama starring Jo In Sung, Han Hyo Joo, Ryu Seung Ryong, Cha Tae Hyun and More. According to the report, the film cost about 50 billion won, ranking first among “The Most Expensive Korean Drama of 2022”.
“Moving”, which tells the protagonist’s painful past, cost 50 billion won to make. Since “Moving” is a fantasy, CGI effects are inevitable, and there will also be epic scenes, leading to high production costs. “Moving” has finished filming and is currently in post-production and will be released on Disney + later this year.
With a huge budget and actors, “Moving” is set to become another popular OTT series in 2022.
6. The Accidental Narco (6 episodes): 40 billion won
The Korean drama worth producing No. 1 in 2022 is Netflix’s upcoming sequel, “The Accidental Narco”. 40 billion won is not the most significant amount in this ranking. However, “The Accidental Narco” is only 6 episodes, so the cost per episode is nearly 7 billion won.
“The Accidental Narco” also has all the actors, including Ha Jung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, Park Hae Soo, Yoo Yeon Seokc. The play tells the story of a private entrepreneur who must assist the National Intelligence Agency in a covert operation to capture a South Korean drug lord who mastered the South American’s Suriname risk.
Due to its context, the filming of The Accidental Narco is expected to take place in South America. With such vast size, it is unsurprising that Netflix has invested so much in this program.