Netflix has confirmed the production of its new series Suriname (Working Title). Based on real-life events, the story is about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord operating in Suriname.
Director Yoon Jong-bin ventures into new territory with Suriname (WT), his first series and first collaboration with Netflix. Yoon Jong-bin received due attention as a top director in Korea through works such as The Spy Gone North, Kundo: Age of the Rampant, and Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time. He also established a strong foothold as a producer through works such as The Closet, Money, and A Violent Prosecutor.
Suriname (WT) features a star-studded lineup of cast members, and the synergy between these top actors and the director is very much anticipated.
Ha Jung-woo plays the role of Kang In-gu, who sets off to Suriname to make big bucks but ends up knee-deep in drug crimes instead. Ha reunites with director Yoon Jong-bin after seven years. The two men share a special working relationship that began with The Unforgiven, a stepping stone that established each man in his own field. As they rose through the ranks in their respective fields, they worked together on projects such as The Moonlight of Seoul and Kundo: Age of the Rampant.
Hwang Jung-min also reunites with Yoon Jong-bin as the director in The Spy Gone North and as a producer in A Violent Prosecutor, which had taken Korea and the Cannes Film Festival by storm. Hwang plays Jeon Yo-hwan, a powerful drug lord who has Suriname under his thumb. The series brings together veteran actors Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min for the very first time in a much-anticipated partnership.
Park Hae-soo plays Agent Choi, the National Intelligence Service agent who oversees operations in the Americas and enlists the help of Kang In-gu to capture Jeon Yo-hwan. Park proved his staying power as an actor with the films By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture, Time to Hunt, and the drama series Prison Playbook. He will also appear in Squid Game, which will be released later this year, and the new Korean remake of Money Heist (Original, La casa de Papel).
Jo Woo-jin plays Byun Ki-tae, an ethnic Korean from China and Jeon Yo-hwan’s right-hand man who carries out all his dirty work. Jo is known for his roles in the films The Battle: Roar to Victory, Money, and Default, and the drama series Mr. Sunshine.
Yoo Yeon-seok will transform himself into David Park, the lawyer and the brains behind Jeon Yo-hwan’s organization. From soft gentility to razor-sharp shrewdness, he showed a wide range in his acting in the film Steel Rain2: Summit and the drama series Hospital Playlist and Mr. Sunshine.
Based on true events, Suriname (WT) promises to deliver an astounding account of those mired in drug crimes in a country where law and order have little influence. This series marks Yoon Jong-bin’s first foray into a drama series and stars A-listers Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Jo Woo-jin. Suriname (WT) will be released only on Netflix.
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