9 Facts About The Silent Sea, a New K-Drama in Netflix Starring Gong Yoo

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Not so long ago, Korean actor Gong Yoo created a fervent craze amongst fans and viewers alike when he graced the early stage of Netflix hit drama Squid Game. Charismatic and unbelievably suave, he understandably got viewers wanting more.

“We want to see more of that guy from Train to Busan!” some echoed.


“Gong Yoo, please sign on my dandruff-laden hair!” others pined.

Alas, we didn’t, spoiler alert, manage to see more of the handsome Korean actor after that (in Squid Game). Much to the chagrin of many, many fangirls. And the occasional fanboy.

“I want more Gong Yoooooooo,” our boss once burst out in the middle of an intense work meeting.

9 Facts About The Silent Sea, a New K-Drama in Netflix Starring Gong Yoo

But demand creates supply, and it’s only a matter of time before Gong Yoo emerges to please the public.

And fortunately, that time is nigh.

Lest you’re unaware, Gong Yoo stars in the Netflix drama The Silent Sea that dropped today (24 Dec). And to satiate your thirst for the actor, as well as the highly-anticipated drama, here are ten facts about the show that you must know.

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What Is The Silent Sea About?

Fortunately, the series is not just about calm pacific waters and minute silences.


Instead, the drama series will be set in a not-so-distant future (2075), whereby Earth will not do so well and will undergo a dry period: desertification.

And that’s where the specialist team will come in. In order to save mankind, they will have to head to the moon to retrieve a particular sample from the Balhae Base research station.

But with classified secrets all around them, the 24-hour mission may not be as simple as it seems.

For the record, the official series logline by Netflix reads as follows:

“During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets.”


Mystery fans will be stoked to know that the series has been classified under the following genres:

Korean, Mystery and Sci-Fi TV.

It has also been labelled as a suspenseful drama, so it should certainly be an intense ride.


Two trailers have been released thus far.

The first one, a 1:24 clip, was posted on Youtube channel The Swoon on 26 November 2021, and drew a respectable 1.1 million views.

A subsequent trailer, a longer 2:28 clip that’s believed to be the official one, was posted on Netflix’s main YouTube channel, and amassed nearly 4 million views in around ten to eleven days.

Reception has also been largely positive.

You can view them down below:


Notable Cast Members

Apart from Gong Yoo, the K-Drama series will also star the likes of Bae Doona and Lee Joon.

Heo Sung Tae, who played the villainous Jang Deok-su in Squid Game, will also be appearing in the film.

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Episode Count

Lest you’ve forgotten, Squid Game had a total of 9 episodes. And it looks like The Silent Sea will have a roughly similar episode count.


Apparently, the series will have a total of 8 episodes. Great for casual viewers, not so great for those who’re used to 758-episode dramas.


Filming reportedly began in August 2020, after the project was first announced in January 2020.

Lead casting was done earlier in 2020, with Gong Yoo and Bae Donna being tied down to the project in April.

Heo Sung Tae later joined in September 2020.


An original Sci-Fi K-Drama series, The Silent Sea was helmed by Choi Hang-yang, who serves as director for the show.


The series was adapted from Choi’s 2014 short film The Sea of Tranquility, and was written by screenwriter Park Eun-Kyo.

Big Budget

For the record, The Silent Sea is part of Netflix’s high-budget investment into South Korean content.

Since 2015, the streaming giant has pumped in $700 million into South Korean entertainment, and it has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

It’s also currently leasing a number of production facilities in the country, one of which is where the Korean adaptation of Money Heist will be filmed at.

Other Mentions

If you’ve completed this K-Drama and want more, you might want to check out Happiness, a Korean zombie series that has been captivating audiences recently.


Alternatively, you could also check out some of Gong Yoo and Bae Doo Na’s previous works, with the former starring in hit titles such as Goblin and Train to Busan and the latter in titles such as Kingdom.

And of course, there’s also the staple hit Squid Game, and the earlier Netflix hit Vincenzo.

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