Shown above are the four crew of the garbage collecting spaceship, dubbed “The Victory.” Photo courtesy of Netflix

Korean science-fiction film is coming off a solid start

Upon its release on Netflix this week, Korea’s science-fiction film “Space Sweepers” has become the most-streamed movie in the globe on the streaming service, according to FlixPatrol.

The streaming analytics firm showed on Feb. 6 that “Space Sweepers” nudged past “Finding ‘Ohana” and “The Dig” to top the international Netflix movie chart.

The space blockbuster film also topped Netflix movie charts in more than 15 countries, including France, Finland, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea. In the United States, it ranked seventh.

“Space Sweepers” was originally supposed to hit a movie theater last summer after the disclosure of its trailer in May. But its distributor changed its plan due to the virus pandemic and opted to depend on Netflix.

Korean contents’ popularity on the over-the-top platform also seems to affect the decision. For example, the country’s dramas like “The Uncanny Counter” and “Sweet Home” attracted popularity through Netflix.

Directed by Jo Sung-hee, “Space Sweepers” is Korea’s first big-budget space adventure, which stars such prominent actors as Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri.

It is a story about four misfits aboard a spaceship dubbed “The Victory” in 2092 when the earth is almost destroyed by pollution. Their work is to collect dangerous space garbage like discarded satellites and deserted spaceships.

The junk collectors get embroiled in a risky business deal after they discover a humanoid robot, which the authority claims is a weapon of mass destruction.

Getting to trust the robot more than the authority, the quartet end up being involved in fights, which are aimed at saving the earth.