(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Show: Extracurricular

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: A poor but intelligent high school student (Kim Dong-hee from Itaewon Class) creates an app for prostitution services to try to escape his dead-end life. But when he’s caught by a fellow classmate (Park Joo-hyun) who blackmails him into making her a partner, things quickly get out of hand, and the pair of them find themselves caught in a web involving local gangs and a police investigation.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: If Risky Business dropped its ’80s comedy antics and became a gritty crime drama that actually leaned into the consequences of teen prostitution — with a healthy heaping of Korean cinema ultraviolence — you’d get Extracurricular. It’s hard for a lot of people to get into K-dramas, but Extracurricular is the best gateway series for those who have a liking for dark, hyperviolent Korean cinema that I’ve seen by far. It’s electric and current, with a dash of the social conscience that turned Parasite into the most relevant film of last year.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

Right now, in another life, the Cannes Film Festival would be showing hundreds of attendees the most prestigious arthouse films in the world. But since we’re not living that life, why not brush up on some international classics from the comfort of your home? Pop Culture Imports is here to provide you with all your subtitled needs, whether it’s a surreal French New Wave comedy or the latest Netflix K-drama. Or you might not even need subtitles at all, but just a love for cinema at its most nostalgic. Whatever you desire, let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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