(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 Series: Itaewon Class

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: A Count of Monte Cristo revenge drama meets the boardroom politics of Succession in the K-drama Itaewon Class, which follows an ex-con who seeks to take down the biggest restaurant corporation in Korea, after the family running it put him away in prison.

Why It’s Essential ViewingItaewon Class has an electricity that pulses through its story of a young business owner whose group of ragtag employees try to hold down their bar in the hottest neighborhood in Seoul. Parasite‘s Park Seo-joon plays a different kind of K-drama protagonist in the series: Park Saeroyi, a young man with a bad haircut whose principles and strong sense of justice end up getting him in the worst trouble imaginable. His refusal to bow down (literally) to a CEO of a mega-corporation results in his dad getting fired, kicking off a series of events that ends with him in prison for attacking the CEO’s son in a fit of rage. It’s the stuff of an epic tragedy dialed up to 11, with an insanely watchable ensemble.

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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.)

As this quarantine wears on, I know you’re all bored enough that you will give a foreign film a try. And with studios releasing some of their biggest theatrical and festival hits on digital platforms early, now is never a better time. Neon’s romance for the ages, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, hit Hulu early last week, while Netflix has some word-of-mouth hits on its hands with the electric K-drama Itaewon Class and the Spanish dystopian thriller The Platform. Those films and more are in this week’s Pop Culture Imports.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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