Apple TV+ Adds First Korean Language Series Starring Lee Sun-Kyun

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Apple TV+ is making its presence known in the Korean content market with a new series Dr. Brain, which is based on the webtoon of the same name. The sci-fi thriller will be written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, who directed the films A Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw The Devil, as well as The Quiet Family and The Foul King.

The series will star actor Lee Sun-kyun, who appeared in the Academy-Award-winning film Parasite, as well as the popular Korean dramas Coffee Prince, Pasta, My Mister and recently Diary of a Prosecutor.

The series marks the first Korean-language project for Apple TV+. Apple TV+ is already producing Pachinko, based on the award-winning book Pachinko written by Min Jin Lee. That series focuses on the story of four generations of a Korean family living in Japan and the US. Pachinko is being filmed in Japanese, Korean and English and will star popular Korean actor Lee Min-ho.


Currently in production in Korea, Dr. Brain follows the emotional journey of a scientist who is obsessed with figuring out new technologies to access consciousness and memories. His life takes an unexpected turn when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. He uses his skills to access memories from his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why.

‘Dr. Brain’ is based on the webtoon of the same name.

Dr. Brain is being produced for Apple TV+ by Korea-based studio, Bound Entertainment, along with Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee-Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha, executive producer of Kim Jee-Woon’s Illang: The Wolf Brigade and Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja. Ham Jung-yeub and Daniel Han executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.

The series will join a growing slate of Apple Original international dramas hailing from global award-winning storytellers.

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