Prepare yourselves, because we're heading into heavier and darker territory this month. We've got thrillers and serial killers, with Jin Goo facing a hellish 24 hours to save his daughter and the live remake of the disturbing animated film King of Pigs, plus the much awaited epic drama Pachinko starring Oscar–winner Youn Yuh-jung and Lee Min-ho.
But, of course, k-dramaland is never short of romance and fantasy, and this month we've got a grim reaper tale led by Rowoon, Park Hae-jin as a magician who can summon ghosts, and a friends-to-lovers miniseries with Park Hyung-sik and Han So-hee. So many options!
March 7: Crazy Love
A sweet, vengeful, and crazy romantic drama? That’s what’s in store for us from this 16-episode rom-com offering from KBS.
Kim Jae-wook (Her Private Life) stars as an extremely intelligent yet narcissistic CEO who pretends to have amnesia in the face of a death threat, while Krystal takes on the role of his secretary who pretends to be his fiancée when she is told she doesn’t have much time to live. It does sound crazy, right?
March 10: Kill Heel
Three ambitious women running a home shopping network fight for their ambitions in this k-drama, in killer heels.
Lee Hye-young (Mother) stars as the vice president of the company whose success is legendary, Kung Sung-ryoung (Are You Human?) is a top host from a high-class family, and Kim Ha-neul (My Girlfriend Is an Agent) is struggling to make it to the top. Will they fight or help each other?
Where to watch: Viu, iQiyi
March 13: A Superior Day
Jin Goo (Descendants of the Sun) is a firefighter who will face his worst day yet in this OCN thriller: A professional hitman will give him just 24 hours to kill a serial killer in order to save his kidnapped daughter.
Based on a popular webtoon co-written by the writer of Sweet Home, the show will likely keep us on the edge of our seats for its entire 8-episode run.
Where to watch: Viu, from March 14
March 18: The King of Pigs
The 2011 animated psychological thriller King of Pigs by Yeon Sang-ho made history for being the first film of its kind to be screened at Cannes. Now, Kim Dong-wook (You Are My Spring) and Kim Sung-kyu (One Ordinary Day) take on the challenging task of bringing to life this disturbing tale. What happens to two victims of horrific school violence? Two decades later, one becomes a serial killer, while the other becomes a police officer.
March 23: Soundtrack #1
Will Park Hyung-sik (Happiness) and Han So-hee (My Name) go from friends to lovers within the span of a four-episode musical miniseries?
That's certainly the hope as we watch these close friends—he's a kind and quiet rookie photographer, she's a lyricist with a bright personality—find themselves in a two-week co-habitation situation. And we all know what happens when two people live under the same roof in k-dramaland, right?
Where to watch: Disney+
March 25: Pachinko
A project four years in the making, the much-awaited adaptation of Korean-American author Min Jin-lee's best-selling novel Pachinko is finally almost here. The epic tale follows Sunja—played by promising newcomer Kim Min-ha in her younger days, and by Oscar–winner Youn Yuh-jung when she gets older—as she struggles to survive across three countries and four generations.
The 8-episode series begins in the early 1900s in Korea, when a pregnant Sunja finds out that her lover Hansu—brought to life by Lee Min-ho (The King: Eternal Monarch)—is already married. To create a better life for her child, she chooses to marry another man and travel with him to Japan. The focus, as showrunner Soo Hugh said in an interview, "is the question of survival, but at what cost?"
Where to watch: Apple TV+. The first three episodes come out on March 25, followed by weekly installments each Friday.
April 1: Tomorrow
Despite his prestigious background, Choi Joon-woong (Rowoon) can’t seem to get a job—until he crosses paths with two grim reapers, Gu Ryeon and Im Ryoog Gu. Accidentally turned into a half-spirit, he now has to work for Jumadeung, a company in the underworld, as the youngest contractor in its special crisis management team.
Where to watch: Netflix
March: Why Her?
We've got another noona romance, this time set within the legal world. Oh Soo-jae (Seo Hyun-jin, The Beauty Inside) is a hotshot young lawyer whose aggressiveness leads to a demotion—she has to work as a professor at a law school. But there, she meets Gong Chan (Hwang In-yeop, True Beauty), a student who falls in love with the brilliant and gorgeous new professor.
Where to watch: Viu
April 23: From Now On, Showtime (Showtime Begins!)
Magic, ghosts, and crime come together in this new k-drama from MBC. Park Hae-jin (Kkondae Intern) stars as Cha Cha-woong, a mysterious magician who can see and summon spirits, who will team up with hot-blooded investigator Go Seul-hae (Jin Ki-joo, Homemade Love Story) to solve cases. Will this odd pair learn to trust each other—and even fall in love?
Where to watch: Viu
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