Apple TV+ series ‘Dr. Brain’ to premiere Nov. 4 to coincide with South Korean Apple TV+ launch

“Dr. Brain,” a new six-episode Korean-language Apple Original series directed and executive produced by visionary filmmaker KIM Jee-woon, is set to premiere globally on Thursday, November 4 (Wednesday, November 3 in the US) on Apple TV+.

“Dr. Brain” premieres globally on Thursday, November 4 in South Korea (November 3 in the US), exclusively on Apple TV+
“Dr. Brain” premieres globally on Thursday, November 4 in South Korea (November 3 in the US), exclusively on Apple TV+

Based on the popular Korean webtoon of the same name by Hongjacga, “Dr. Brain” marks the first Korean-language series to debut on Apple TV+. The sci-fi drama series will premiere with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly through December 10, 2021.

The series follows a brilliant brain scientist Sewon (LEE Sun-kyun) who suffers a horrific personal tragedy when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. Desperate to uncover what happened, he goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the tragic mystery by conducting “brain syncs” with the dead to access their memories for clues.

“Dr. Brain” stars LEE Sun-kyun, best known to global audiences for his supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film “Parasite.” The series also stars LEE You-young, PARK Hee-soon, SEO Ji-hye and LEE Jae-won.

“Dr. Brain” is written, directed and executive produced by KIM Jee-woon. Executive producers also include Samuel Yeunju Ha and Jamie Yuan Lai for Bound Entertainment; HAM Jung Yeub and Daniel Han for StudioPlex; Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong for Kakao Entertainment; and Antonio H.W. Lee. KIM Jin A and KOH YoungJae also write. The series is produced for Apple TV+ by Bound Entertainment, Kakao Entertainment, StudioPlex and Dark Circle Pictures.

The complete first season of “Dr. Brain” is available to screen in the Apple TV+ screening room. If you need to activate an account, please email Reviews are embargoed until November 3 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET in the US (November 4 at 6 a.m. KST in South Korea).

Apple TV+ is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 155 wins and 537 awards nominations.

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  1. If you ever want to see spectacular war movies at a fraction of the production costs of Hollywood then you can’t go past Korean war movies. However there are cultural difference that you need to be aware of.

    First, the Koreans make fun of overweight people. They are often portrayed as bumbling and a little bit thick, but sweet in nature.

    Second, Koreans are very big on family linkages and it might even be a bit syrupy in its portrayal.

    Third, characterisation is huge in Korean films so back stories are important.

    Fourth, Korean cinema doesn’t shove religion down your throat and that’s often a difference from America movies as well.

    Fifth, Korean cinema is all about story telling (and flag waving) so the productions might be somewhat lengthy.

    Also, and as many of you know from Squid Games, Korean films don’t pull any punches when it comes to violence. If a limb needs to be severed then it will happen on screen. If the script calls for a head shot then don’t be surprised if the victim’s head explodes.

    However, if you can make allowances for these differences then you WILL be entertained with top notch, scripting, acting and special effects.

    If you’re into war movies (and the Korean war is a treasure trove of true stories) then I suggest you do an online search and you’ll be stunned at the available selection.

    As a veteran of Korean cinema there is no way I’ll be watching Squid games because I know what to expect but Dr. Brain does tickle my fancy so I’ll definitely give it a go.

  2. Nice info per Korean culture, but, “Korean cinema doesn’t shove religion down your throat and that’s often a difference from America movies as well.”

    Huh? I’m not a big TV watcher, but you seem to be stuck in the 1980’s on #4. American productions are currently FAR from advocating religion on the screens…at least per the traditional definition. Global Warming is a non-traditional religious paradigm…there’s A LOT of shoving down the throat of this religious thinking, but I presume that’s not the type proposed?

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