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The Ghosts of K-drama: Part 3

We've reached the last part of our ghastly list. Join us one last time as we explore more shows with heartwarming farewells and lingering mysteries that the ghosts in K-drama have left in their wake.



"Catch the Ghost" (2019)

Yoo Ryung (Moon Geon-young)is a feisty heroine with a penchant for justice and a talent for solving mysteries. With her quick wit and sharp instincts, she takes on case after case, always leaping into danger without looking back. But despite her bravado, she often finds herself in hot water, thanks to her impulsive decisions.


Enter the calm and collected station constabulary chief Go Ji-suk (Kim Seon-ho), the perfect foil to Yoo Ryung's reckless abandon. He's a by-the-book kind of guy who avoids risk at all costs, preferring stability and order above all else. But when Yoo Ryung's antics inevitably lead to chaos, he's the one who must clean up the mess and put the pieces back together.


Together, the duo form an unlikely team, using their unique skills and strengths to take down criminals and solve cases. Will their differences tear them apart, or will their shared passion for justice bring them closer together?



"Ghost Doctor" (2022)

Two doctors, Cha Young-min (Rain) and Seung Tak (Kim Bum) are forced to swap bodies after a freak accident. But it won't be easy: Young Min is a brilliant surgeon with a dark side, while Seung Tak is a lazy, entitled rich kid who never wanted to be a doctor in the first place.


As their spirits become trapped in each other's bodies, the two doctors must learn to work together despite their vastly different personalities and medical styles. But as they delve deeper into the mysteries of the hospital where they work, they begin to uncover a sinister plot that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.




"From Now On, Showtime!" (2022)

Meet Cha Cha Woong (Park Hae-jin), a charismatic magician with a ghostly entourage who helps him dazzle audiences with his tricks. But when a fierce and dedicated police officer starts investigating one of his magic shows, Cha Cha Woong's two worlds collide. Despite initial resistance, he agrees to join forces with Go Seul-hae (Jin Ki-joo) to use his extraordinary abilities to catch criminals and bring justice to the city. As they work together, will their partnership blossom into something more?







"Chicago Typewriter" (2017)

In this time-crossing drama, three individuals from different walks of life navigate their paths across two distinct time periods: the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea and the present day.


Meet Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in), a successful author struggling with writer's block in the present, and Yu Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo), a talented ghostwriter with a mysterious condition attached to his services. Completing the trio is Jeon Seol (Im Soo-jung), a multi-talented individual with diverse experiences as a sniper, veterinarian, and book lover. Their lives intersect and unfold in unexpected ways, revealing surprising connections between the past and present.



"The Closet" (2020)

Widowed father Sang-won (Ha Jung-woo) and his daughter Ina (Yool Heo) move into a new home, where Ina claims to have made an imaginary friend. However, when Ina disappears, Sang-won discovers that she is one of several children who have gone missing in the area. As he searches for his daughter, he must confront a malevolent force lurking in the closet, and face the harsh reality of society's ills such as child abuse and neglect.









"49 Days" (2011)

Ji Hyun (Nam Gyu Ri) has it all: beauty, wealth, a loving family, and a dreamy fiancé. But her perfect life is turned upside down when she gets into a car accident and falls into a coma. But just when all hope seems lost, Ji Hyun is given a second chance at life by a mysterious supernatural being known as The Reaper. But there's a catch: she has to find three people outside of her family who will cry genuine tears for her.


Determined to fulfill the conditions of her second chance, Ji Hyun borrows the body of Yi Kyung (Lee Yo-won), a part-time employee at a convenience store. With her newfound freedom, Ji Hyun sets out on a mission to find the three people who will prove her worthiness for a second life. Will Ji Hyun be able to find the right people to shed tears for her?


"Whispering Corridors" movies (1999-2021)

There have been six "Whispering Corridors" movies, and "The Humming" (2021) is the latest addition.


In the 2021 movie, Noh Eun-hee (Kim Seo-young) is appointed as a vice principal and strange events begin to unfold in the abandoned washroom. Students Ha Young and So Yeon hear humming sounds coming from the empty washroom and suspect the presence of a ghost. Meanwhile, Eun Hee discovers a flowerpot on the stairs, leading her to believe that she may be connected to the mystery. After experiencing hallucinations during her inauguration, Eun Hee sees a grotesque figure in the washroom mirror and becomes convinced that the girl is responsible for bringing her back to school.


"Missing: The Other Side" (2020, 2022)

The spirits of the missing and deceased reside in the eerie town of Duon Village. Kim Wook (Go Soo), a charming scoundrel with a talent for fraud, stumbles upon the village and fi


nds himself embroiled in a web of mystery. With the help of Jang Pan-seok (Heo Joon-ho), a stranger with a penchant for solving missing persons cases, and Lee Jong-ah (Ahn So-hee), a tech-savvy hacker seeking social justice, Kim Wook sets out to unravel the secrets of the village and find the truth behind the disappearances.






"The Mimic" (2017)

This chilling movie revolves around a mother's twisted relationship with a child she treats as a replacement for her lost son.


This classic ghost story follows Hee-yeon (Yum Jung-ah), whose toddler disappeared five years ago, as she moves to the countryside seeking solace. There, she discovers a lost girl in the forest who bears an unsettling resemblance to her missing son. Despite red flags, Hee-yeon takes the girl in, only to realize that the child's voice eerily echoes her lost son's. As the story unfolds, we begin to question whether the little girl is truly human or something much more sinister.




"Who Are You?" (2016)

After awakening from a six-year coma, Detective Yang Shi-ohn (So Yi Hyun) is reassigned to the lost and found department at the police station. However, she soon discovers that she possesses the unique ability to see ghosts connected to the objects left behind there! Despite her newfound power, her skeptical partner, Rookie Cop Cha Gun-woo (Ok Taecyeon), initially dismisses her claims. Together, they work to solve mysteries and uncover the truth about the objects and their ghostly attachments.







"Hotel de Luna" (2019)

Hotel Del Luna is a luxurious hotel in the heart of Seoul -- with one caveat. It's invisible to mortal eyes during the day. This enchanting inn is home to countless restless spirits and ghosts, each seeking to resolve their unfinished business in the living world before moving on to the afterlife. At the helm of Hotel Del Luna is the enigmatic Jang Man-Wol (IU), a soul bound to the hotel for centuries due to a grave transgression she cannot recall. To finally rest in peace, Man-Wol must find a guest with an equally heinous past – a daunting challenge after a millennium of searching. But as the veil between the worlds grows thinner, Man-Wol's journey becomes fraught with danger and unexpected love. Can she find her way to the afterlife without sacrificing her newfound happiness?


"Revenant" (2023)

Gu San-young (Kim Tae-ri) is a young woman possessed by a powerful ghost. Helping her is Yeom Hae-sang (Oh Jung-se), a professor of Korean folklore who possesses the rare ability to see ghosts and demons. To exorcise the evil spirit in San-young, the pair needs to first find five sacred objects that created the spirit in the first place, but they'll have to survive malevolent forces first.


As the body count continues to rise, Detective Lee Hong-sae (Hong Kyung) finds himself entangled in the case. The trio then embarks on a dangerous journey to stop the evil spirit and finally unravels the dark secret surrounding the five artifacts.





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