Hellbound (2021– )


Hellbound (TV Series 2021– )
Jiok (original title)

A story about otherworldly beings who appear out of nowhere to issue a decree and condemn individuals to hell. These supernatural events cause great mayhem and enable the religious group The New Truth to grow in influence. A few people, however, become suspicious about its activities and begin investigating its involvement in mysterious events.
South Korea
IMDb   7.6 /10
Creator Sang-ho Yeon
Creator Kyu-Seok Choi
Release Date2021-11-19
Runtime2h 30min
GenreCrime, Drama, Fantasy
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
CompanyClimax Studio
CountrySouth Korea
Jeong Jin-sooas Jeong Jin-soo
Bae Young-jaeas Bae Young-jae
Male Detectiveas Male Detective
Kim Hyun-joo
Kim Hyun-joo
Min Hye-jinas Min Hye-jin
Song So-hyunas Song So-hyun
Ryu Kyung-Soo
Ryu Kyung-Soo
(2021)as (2021)
Jin Hee-jeong (2021)as Jin Hee-jeong (2021)
(2021)as (2021)
Jin Kyung-hoon (2021)as Jin Kyung-hoon (2021)
Park Jeong-ja (2021)as Park Jeong-ja (2021)

Hellbound (TV series)

Hellbound (Korean: 지옥; Hanja: 地獄; RR: Jiok) is a South Korean streaming television series directed by Yeon Sang-ho, based on his own webtoon of the same name. The first work in the Jiok was an 11 minutes short animation directed by Yeon Sang-ho in 2002. The series is an original Netflix release about supernatural angels appearing out of nowhere to condemn people to hell, starring Yoo Ah-in, Park Jeong-min, Kim Hyun-joo and Won Jin-ah.

The pilot of series premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in the Primetime program of TV series on September 9, 2021 and became the first Korean drama to make it to the festival. It will be released on Netflix on November 19, 2021 for streaming in 190 countries.


Occurs in a fantasy version of Earth, wherein supernatural creatures suddenly materialize to drag humans to Hell.



  • Yoo Ah-in as Jeong Jin-soo, a cult leader, the head of the emerging religion 'New Truth Society'Park Sang-hoon as young Jeong Jin-soo
  • Park Sang-hoon as young Jeong Jin-soo
  • Park Jeong-min as Bae Young-jae, Broadcasting Station PD
  • Kim Hyun-joo as Min Hye-jin, an attorney
  • Won Jin-ah as Song So-hyun, Bae Young-jae's wife
  • Yang Ik-june as Jin Kyeong-hoon, detective


  • Kim Do-yoon
  • Kim Shin-rok as Park Jeong-ja
  • Ryu Kyung-soo as Yoo Ji, priest of the cult
  • Lee Re as Jin Hee-jeong, Jin Kyeong-hoon's daughter
  • Im Hyeong-guk as Gong Hyeong-joon, sociology professor


In April 2020, Netflix approved production of an original series based upon the webtoon Hellbound, written and drawn by Yeon Sang-ho. Yeon signed on direct the series.

In late July, Yoo Ah-in, Park Jeong-min, Kim Hyun-joo, Won Jin-ah, Yang Ik-jun, Kim Shin-rok, Ryu Kyung-soo and Lee Re were confirmed to play various roles in the series. On February 25, 2021, the director and the cast of the Hellbound introduced the TV series in Netflix content roadshow.


The series had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, when the first three episodes were screened in 'Primetime' section on September 9, 2021 and became the first Korean drama to make it to the festival. The first three episodes were also screened at the 26th Busan International Film Festival in newly created 'On Screen' section on October 7, 2021 and at the 65th BFI London Film Festival in 'Thrill' section on October 15, 2021. It will be released for streaming on Netflix on November 19, 2021.