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Viu to showcase 11 new Korean dramas in February and March

Viu to showcase 11 new Korean dramas in February and March

Viu-ers can enjoy highly anticipated, simulcast and first-on-Viu Korean drama series in February and March, including River Where the Moon Rises, The Penthouse 2, Mouse, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning, Dear. M and Great Real Estate

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, presents its exciting Korean content lineup for February and March, featuring 11 drama series for Viu-ers to enjoy. New titles include River Where the Moon Rises, The Penthouse 2, Times, Mouse, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning, Dear. M, Great Real Estate, Summer Guys, Love Scene Number, Breakup Probation, A Week, and Beyond Evil.

Viu recently announced it hit 45 million MAU (monthly active users) and 5.3 million paid subscribers* and ranks No.1 for number of users in Southeast Asia according to MPA**. Core to achieving these milestones is providing premium content.

Set to premiere exclusively on Viu on February 15, the highly anticipated Viu Original River Where the Moon Rises is adapted from a Korean folktale recorded in The History of the Three Kingdoms and based on Princess Pyeonggang and her General, On Dal. Starring popular Hallyu artistes Kim So Hyun (A Tale of Nokdu) and Ji Soo (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), the story follows Pyeonggang’s quest to uncover dark and dangerous conspiracies in the kingdom.

First-on-Viu and back for a second season, Korean melodrama The Penthouse 2 will premiere on February 20. The series follows the journey of three moms, fueled by greed and desire, to elevate their lives. Su Ryeon will do anything to exact revenge on the adults that wrecked her child’s life. Seo Jin cultivated a successful career as a classical singer but her daughter seems to lack her talent. Yoon Hee refuses to live a life of poverty and tries everything she can to move into the Penthouse with her daughter. Due to the immense popularity of the first season, the series was renewed for a second and a third season. The Penthouse 2 stars Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yeon, Eugene, Uhm Ki Joon, Shim Eun Kyung and Bong Tae Gyu.

Mouse, premiering on March 4, tells the story of a justice-seeking rookie detective whose life changes after meeting a psychopathic serial killer. In this drama, humans can identify psychopaths through a DNA test of the fetus from the mother’s womb – posing the question, “would you give birth to the child knowing they will be a psychopath?” This drama features drama actor Lee Seung Gi, also known as a regular in variety shows including All the Butlers. Mouse also features rising star Park Joo Hyun (A Piece of Your Mind) and veteran actor Lee Hee Jun, marking his first leading drama role in six years.

Premiering this month is the sci-fi, action thriller L.U.C.A.: The Beginning. Penned by Chun Sung II who wrote the hit film The Pirates (2014) and won the best screenplay for The Slave Hunters, the series tells the story of a biological experimental subject named Z-O. Made by a corrupt priest and scientist, Z-O looks like an ordinary human but possesses special powers. Tired of living a life in hiding, Z-O returns to the lab where he was created to face reality and find a way to live as a human. L.U.C.A.: The Beginning features lead actor Kim Rae Won, who is known for playing an antagonistic, power hungry politician in Punch and a sweet and caring mentor in Doctors. Lead actress Lee Da Hee is known for her work in Mrs. Cop, The Beauty Inside, Search: WWW and Queendom.

In Dear. M, premiering February 27, an anonymous post in a university’s community board leads to a widespread commotion and curiosity about “M”, the author of the post. A spin-off of the popular web series Love Playlist, the drama revolves around college students and their budding romance on campus. Ma Joo Ah, a business student attends the same university as her childhood friend, Cha Min Ho, a computer science student. While she is not keen about pursuing a relationship, things do not always go as planned. The series marks the acting debut of K-pop idol Jung Jaehyun from NCT and also stars Park Hye Soo, Roh Jeong Eui and Bae Hyun Sung.

Another first-on-Viu, supernatural drama Great Real Estate follows Hong Ji Ah, the owner of a real estate agency who has a special ability. Not only does she have beauty and brains but she can see spirits and exorcise them. Hence, her agency focuses on acquiring troubled properties to flip a profit from them. She meets Oh In Bum, a quick-witted con-artist who does not believe in the existence of ghosts, but uses them to scam others out of their wealth. Jang Na Ra, known for An Empress’ Dignity and V.I.P. plays Hong Ji Ah. The series, directed by PD Park Jin Suk (School 2017), also stars lead singer of K-pop boy band CN Blue, Jung Yong Hwa.

Additional titles in February and March include romance dramas Love Scene Number and Breakup Probation, A Week, time travel thriller drama Times, musical drama Summer Guys, and crime thriller Beyond Evil. Be sure to catch these and many more thrilling shows coming up on Viu!

Viu-ers can watch these series and movies on the Viu app which can be downloaded for free on App Store, Google Play, and selected smart TVs,

*Note that shows may have different availability and release dates across markets.

* As of December 2020.

**Source: AMPD Research of Media Partners Asia (MPA), July-September 2020.  Amongst major video streaming platforms including iflix, iQiyi, Line TV, Netflix, TrueID, Vidio, WeTV, excluding YouTube, in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines).

About Viu

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service, is available in 16 markets across Asia, the Middle East and South Africa with 45 million monthly active users (MAU) as of December 2020.

The Viu service is available to consumers through a dual model with an ad-supported free tier and a premium subscription tier. Viu offers fresh premium TV series, movies and lifestyle programming in local and regional languages and subtitles in different genres from top content providers, as well as premium original productions under the brand “Viu Original”.

Viu also offers users streaming and download features, and localized user interfaces across a myriad of connected devices. Viu can provide the best viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.

The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, select smart TVs,

In addition, Viu International Limited operates MOOV, a popular digital music streaming and live music concerts service in Hong Kong.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority stake in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator of fixed-line, broadband, mobile communication and media entertainment services. HKT delivers end-to-end integrated solutions employing emerging technologies to assist enterprises in transforming their businesses. HKT has also built a digital ecosystem integrating its loyalty program, e-commerce, travel, insurance, FinTech and HealthTech services to deepen its relationship with customers.

PCCW owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong engaged in the provision of OTT video service locally and in other places in the region.

Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free TV service in Hong Kong.

Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading IT and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. In addition, PCCW holds a stake in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited and other overseas investments.

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