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Liam Yeon Kimin
Jun 30, 2022
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After the deluge in June, we've got a more manageable number of titles premiering this month. But don't let the relatively short list fool you: Highly anticipated titles such as Lee Jong-suk's Big Mouth, Kim Se-jeong's Today's Webtoon, and the second season of the hit series The Good Detective are coming to our screens soon. July 14: Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me What happens when a meek and insecure college girl finds a mysterious notebook of lyrics that makes love come true for her for one month? She suddenly finds herself with one new guy after another. But real love might be closer than she thinks. TVING bets on two newcomers — Han Ji-hyo (small roles in Business Proposal and Work Later, Drink Now) and Doyoung (from k-pop group NCT) — to bring this 10-episode fantasy romance to life. July 15: Remarriage and Desires Welcome to another peek into the lives of the top 1%. This time, we’ll be introduced to clients of an elite matchmaking company that serves those who are determined to marry into South Korea’s upper class. This eight-episode drama stars Kim Hee-seon (Tomorrow), Lee Hyun-wook (Mine), and Jung Yoo-jin (Snowdrop). Where to watch: Netflix July 27: Adamas Ji Sung (The Devil Judge, Doctor John) takes on a challenging job playing twin brothers in this 16-episode tvN series. The brothers — mystery novelist Ha Woo-shin and prosecutor Song Soo-hyun — will work together to clear the name of their biological father, who they believe was unjustly framed and sentenced to death for the murder of their stepfather. July 29: Today’s Webtoon Fresh from the success of Business Proposal, Kim Se-jeong is back in a new adaptation, this time of a manga series called "Jūhan Shuttai!" that was also turned into a Japanese drama called Sleepeeer Hit! in 2016. The 12-episode series will see her transform into On Ma-eum, a former judo athlete struggling in her first ever job in a webtoon editorial department. July 29: Big Mouth Lee Jong-suk’s highly anticipated comeback is finally here! In a departure from his usual romance roles, he stars in this 16-episode series as Park Chang-ho — a third-rate lawyer who finds himself in charge of a murder case that turns him overnight into a notorious conman known as “Big Mouse.” To survive, he and his wife, played by YoonA (“The K2”), will have to find a way to expose a huge conspiracy and clear his name. Where to watch: Disney+ July 30: The Good Detective 2 Son Hyun-joo and Jang Seung-jo are back as the unlikely but effective pair of detectives out to uncover hidden truths. This time, veteran detective Kang Do-chang, who relies on experience and connections, and elite detective Oh Ji-hyeok, who goes by evidence and insights into the criminal’s psyche, will “go all over the world of evil to catch bad guys until the bottoms of their feet sweat,” according to the producers.
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Liam Yeon Kimin
May 31, 2022
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If you have anything on your calendar this month, you're probably going to have to delete a few entries, or maybe even just throw out everything. With at least 17 titles scheduled to premiere over the next 30 days — including highly anticipated ones such as the Korean adaptation of Money Heist and the comebacks of So Ji-sub, Kang Ha-neul, and Seo Yea-ji — the life of a k-drama fan is booked and busy! June 1: Eve Seo Yea-ji (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) comes back to k-drama as the titular Eve who dedicates her life to avenging her slain father in this 16-episode tvN series. She sets her sights on seducing the chaebol Kang Yoon-gyeom (Park Byung-eun, Lost), but eventually divorces him. What ensues is an expensive lawsuit of makjang proportions. Will Eve’s carefully-plotted revenge plans come to fruition? Or will she cave in and be destroyed in the process? Where to watch: Viu, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 3: Doctor Lawyer So Ji-sub (Oh My Venus) is back in this 16-episode medical legal drama about a genius surgeon, Han Yi-han, who decides to become a medical malpractice lawyer after losing everything from a fabricated surgery. Lim Soo-hyang (ID: Gangnam Beauty) stars opposite him as a medical crime prosecutor who lost a family member due to a surgery Han Yi-han performed. Where to watch: Disney+, Fridays and Saturdays June 3: Why Her? We’ve got another noona romance, this time with a young Hwang In-yeop (True Beauty) playing a law student who falls in love with the much older Oh Soo-jae (Seo Hyun-jin, Beauty Inside) — a former hotshot lawyer who is now his professor. Where to watch: Viu, Fridays and Saturdays June 4: Cleaning Up Yum Jung-ah (SKY Castle), Jeon So-min (Show Window), and Kim Jae-hwa (Oh My Baby) star in this adaptation of the 2019 British series of the same name. The trio of cleaning ladies take advantage of their “invisibility” at the securities firm they work at to engage in insider trading — in what looks to be a fun and thrilling 16-episode comedy. Where to watch: TVING, Saturdays and Sundays June 5: To My Star Season 2: Our Untold Stories After becoming a huge hit in East Asia, the 2021 boys’ love (BL) web drama To My Star gets a Netflix movie remake and a second season. In the first season, actor Kang Seo-joon (Son Woo-hyun, Revolutionary Sisters) and chef Han Ji-woo (Kim Kang-min, Hospital Playlist 1 and 2) treat their individual pains, and eventually discover their love for each other. Season 2 will revolve around the pair's relationship and how they solve their problems together, but will their love last forever? Where to watch: Viki, Sundays June 6: Link: Eat, Love, Kill In this 16-episode romance fantasy from tvN, Chef Eun Gye-hoon (Yeo Jin-goo, Beyond Evil) opens a restaurant in the town where his twin sister disappeared two decades ago. There, he meets a stranger and is bemused to learn that he can feel what she feels, such as joy, sorrow, and pain. The stranger turns out to be Noh Da-hyun (Moon Ga-young, True Beauty), a woman who believes smiling will bring good fortune, but seems to have bad luck in both life and love. Where to watch: Disney+, Mondays and Tuesdays June 8: Insider In his first k-drama after his award-winning performance in When the Camellia Blooms, Kang Ha-neul transforms into a man out for revenge. In this 16-episode JTBC action-suspense thriller, he plays Kim Yo-han, a judicial trainee who finds himself in prison after getting involved in an insider operation to investigate a corrupt prosecutor played by Heo Sung-tae (Squid Game). Where to watch: TVING, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 10: Yumi’s Cells – Season 2 Yumi and her cells are back! The second season of the drama based on the eponymous slice-of-life webtoon will see Daehan Noodles Assistant Manager Kim Yumi (Kim Go-eun, Goblin) nursing her broken heart after a breakup — of course, with the help of her adorable cells. Over this season's 14 episodes, she grows closer to her charming coworker Bobby Yoo (GOT7’s Park Jin-young, The Devil Judge). Where to watch: TVING, Fridays and Saturdays June 10: New Normal Zine Cha Ji-Min (Jung Hye-sung, Good Manager) loves the slow, quiet life. After her previous company closed, she became an editor for the digital magazine New Normal Zine, reporting to the workaholic Chief Editor Song Ro-ji (Hwang Seung-un, Welcome to Wedding Hell). Will Ji-min survive her new company or will she find herself in constant conflict with her new boss? Where to watch: TVING, Fridays June 15: Jinxed at First We've got another fantasy romance this month, this time from KBS2. Adapted from a webcomic of the same name, this series revolves around the poor and unlucky Gong Soo-kwang (Na In-woo, Mr. Queen) and Lee Seul-bi (Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun, Private Lives), a woman who can see the near future of whomever she touches. Where to watch: IQIYI, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 18: Alchemy of Souls Four souls entwined by fate come undone in this fantasy Joseon-era drama from the famed Hong sisters (Hotel del Luna). The 20-episode drama stars Lee Jae-wook (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol) as a nobleman and Jung So-min (Because This is My First Life) as an elite warrior, trapped in a woman’s body, who teaches him to fight. Where to watch: Netflix, Saturdays and Sundays June 24: Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area The long-awaited Korean franchise of the Spanish hit "Casa de Papel" (aka Money Heist) takes us to the Mint of a Unified Korea and how a gang of sophisticated thieves attempt to steal from it. But will they be able to pull off such a daring heist intact and unscathed? Driven by an intriguing storyline, this 12-episode series is led by some of the biggest names in Korean cinema: Yoo Ji-tae (Mad Dog) as the Professor, Jeon Jong-seo (The Call) as Tokyo, and Park Hae-soo (Squid Game) as Berlin. We can't wait to see how Korea spins a beloved heist show and makes it their own. Where to watch: Netflix June 24: Anna This intriguing 8-episode thriller revolves around the lies surrounding Lee Yu-mi (Bae Suzy, Start-Up), a woman suffering from a rare antisocial personality disorder. As someone with Ripley Syndrome, Yu-mi cannot distinguish between the truth and lies, and even believes lies about herself. But a simple lie leads her to live someone else's life — Anna. The cast of Anna also includes Kim Joon-han (Hospital Playlist), Jung Eun-chae (The King Eternal Monarch), and Park Ye-young (Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha). Where to watch: Coupang Play, Fridays June 24: Ultimate Weapon Alice This 8-episode teen action drama follows the lives of a mysterious student, Gyeo Woo (Park Se-wan, So Not Worth It), who transfers to a new school and meets Yeo Reum (Song Geon-hee, Snowdrop), who suffers from trauma. No one knows, though, that Gyeo Woo is a killer. The action begins when the pair is chased by a criminal organization. Where to watch: Watcha, Fridays June 25: The Witch is Alive Three women who all have different backgrounds and problems, but who all have reasons to want to murder someone come together in this 16-episode black comedy: A woman whose husband is having an affair (Lee Yu-ri, My Father Is Strange). The daughter-in-law of a chaebol family trapped in her marriage (Lee Min-young, Love ft. Marriage and Divorce). A widow who suddenly comes into money thanks to her late husband's life insurance policy (Yoon So-yi, The Last Empress). Where to watch: TBD, Saturdays and Sundays June 27: Cafe Minamdang Based on the web novel Minamdang: Case Note, this 16-episode mystery drama stars Seo In-guk (Doom At Your Service) as former criminal profiler Nam Han-joon, who now swindles people as a smooth-talking "shaman" in the fortune-telling shop Minamdang. Oh Yeon-seo (A Korean Odyssey) stars opposite him as Han Jae-hee, an enthusiastic detective who somehow gets tangled up with Nam Han-joon and his partners. Where to watch: Netflix, Mondays and Tuesdays June 29: Extraordinary Attorney Woo Park Eun-bin (The King's Affection) has signed up for another challenging role, this time as Woo Young-woo, a brilliant lawyer with Asperger's syndrome — she has an extremely high IQ, impressive memory and creative ideas, but she struggles with social interactions. The 16-episode series will also star Kang Tae-oh (Run On) and Kang Ki-young (What's Wrong With Secretary Kim). Where to watch: Netflix, Wednesdays and Thursdays
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Liam Yeon Kimin
May 01, 2022
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Ji Chang-wook, So Ji-sub, and Lee Joon are going to make May even hotter with new dramas premiering this month. Interested in a bloody political romance, a magical fantasy, or a medical legal drama? There's something for every kind of k-drama fan. The highly anticipated remake of the hit US rom-com Jane the Virgin, starring Lim Soo-hyang, and the much-awaited comeback of Seo Yea-ji in a revenge drama are also coming out this month. May 2: Bloody Heart The versatile Lee Joon (Bulgasal) will transform in this fictional historical drama into Lee Tae, a king who has to choose between the woman he loves and the absolute monarchy he needs to survive. Kang Han-na (Start-up) will star opposite him as the bold and free-spirited Yoo Jung, a woman who has to become the queen to survive. The 16-episode bloody political romance also stars Jang Hyuk (Wok of Love) as Park Gye Won, the real head of power in Joseon. Where to watch: Other streaming sites May 4: There Is No Goo Pil-Soo This 16-episode comedy features a bromance between Goo Pil-soo (Kwak Do-won, The Suspicious Housekeeper), a former boxer now struggling as small restaurant owner, and Jeong-seok (Yoon Doo-joon, Let's Eat series), a poor but smart and prospective start-up founder in his 20s. Where to watch: Other streaming sites May 6: The Sound of Magic This highly anticipated fantasy will feature Ji Chang-wook (Suspicious Partner) in one of his most fascinating roles to date: A mysterious magician who will change the life of a poor high school girl, Yoon A-yi (Choi Sung-eun, Beyond Evil), who has lost her dreams. The 6-episode series is based on a popular webcomic called “Annarasumanara.” Where to watch: Netflix May 9: Woori The Virgin Lim Soo-hyang (ID: Gangnam Beauty) takes on the titular role in the Korean remake of the hit US romantic comedy “Jane the Virgin”. She’ll play Oh Woo-ri, a TV drama writer who wants to keep her virginity until she marries—but ends up getting pregnant through artificial insemination due to a mix-up during a visit to the OB-GYN. What will happen when the baby’s father, Raphael (Sung Hoon, My Secret Romance), the seemingly cold CEO of a cosmetics company, enters the picture? Where to watch: Viu May 13: Rose Mansion This 12-episode mystery drama will search for the truth behind the disappearance of a woman in an apartment called Rose Mansion. Lim Ji-yeon (Welcome 2 Life) stars as Ji-Na, a hotel employee who will search for her missing sister with the help of of Detective Min-soo (Yoon Gyun-sang, Clean With Passion for Now) in an apartment full of suspicious residents. Where to watch: TVING May 23: Marriage White Paper / Welcome to Wedding Hell This 12-episode comedy drama will portray the realities of a regular couple in their 30s—Seo Joon-hyung (Lee Jin-wook) and Kim Na-eun (Lee Yeon-hee)—who are preparing for their wedding after being in a relationship for two years. Where to watch: Other streaming sites May 25: Eve Seo Yea-ji (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) is back and looking amazing in this revenge drama that revolves around a 2-trillion-won ($1.7 billion) divorce suit. She plays Lee La-el, a girl who spends 13 years preparing to take revenge for her father’s death against chaebol Kang Yoon-gyeom (Park Byung-eun, Lost), who runs the LY Group. She uses her fatal charms to marry Kang Yoon-Gyeom, and then files for divorce and asks for 2 trillion won. Where to watch: Viu May 25: Kiss Sixth Sense Hong Ye-sul (Seo Ji-hye, Crash Landing on You) has a unique special ability: When she kisses someone, she is able to see that person’s future. The story gets more interesting when she accidentally kisses the neck of her annoying boss, Cha Min-hoo (Yoon Kye-sang, Chocolate)—and sees a vision of his future in bed with her! The 10-episode rom-com is based on the popular web novel "Kiss Six Sense.” Where to watch: Disney+ May 27: Doctor Lawyer So Ji-sub (Oh My Venus) is back in this 16-episode medical legal drama about a genius surgeon, Han Yi-han, who decides to become a medical malpractice lawyer after losing everything from a fabricated surgery. Lim Soo-hyang (ID: Gangnam Beauty), in her second drama premiering this month, stars opposite him as a medical crime prosecutor who lost a family member due to a surgery Han Yi-han performed.
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Liam Yeon Kimin
Mar 31, 2022
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We're not fooling you: This month's line-up of new k-dramas is excitingly diverse. We're getting the absolutely star-studded Jeju-based drama Our Blues, a new healing drama from the writer of My Mister, and a promising mystery thriller from TVING. We'll also have a legal fantasy series, a dramedy, a couple of rom-coms, and more. How spoiled are k-drama fans? April 1: Tomorrow Despite his prestigious background, Choi Joon-woong (Ro Woon, Extraordinary You) 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 out to prevent people from hurting themselves. Where to watch: Netflix, every Friday and Saturday April 6: Green Mothers’ Club Are they friends, co-workers, competitors, or a bit of all these? Five different types of mothers—ranging from the clueless new mom to the feared tiger mom—who meet at an elementary school parents association called “Green Mothers’ Club” navigate their complex relationships with each other in this 16-episode JTBC drama. Starring Lee Yo-won (The Great Queen Seondeok) as the new mom, Choo Ja-hyun (My Unfamiliar Family) as the tiger mom, Kim Gyu-ri (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) as the outsider mom, Jang Hye-jin (The Red Sleeve) as the woke mom, and Joo Min-kyung (Jirisan) as the alpha mom, the k-drama promises to explore the challenges and complexities of parenting today. Where to watch: Netflix, every Wednesday and Thursday April 8: Again My Life Rising prosecutor Kim Hee-woo (Lee Joon-Gi, Flower of Evil) is mysteriously killed while investigating Jo Tae-seob (Lee Kyoung-young, Hyena), a politician suspected of corruption. But in a perplexing twist, Hee-wo suddenly wakes up alive. What will he do with his second chance at life? Adapted from Lee Hae-nal’s eponymous web novel, the cast of this 16-episode legal fantasy series from SBS also includes Kim Ji-eun (Strangers from Hell) as the brilliant heir of a conglomerate family, and Jung Sang-hoon (The Lady in Dignity) as Hee-wo’s trusted friend. Where to watch: Viu, every Friday and Saturday April 9: Our Blues How do you spell star-studded? With the cast of Our Blues, of course, a 20-episode tvN/Netflix drama anthology about the bittersweet stories of people in Jeju Island. Some episodes will focus on a Jeju-born truck maker (Lee Byung-hyun, Mr. Sunshine), working with a Jeju newcomer (Shin Min-ah, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha). Other episodes will depict a city man who returns to his hometown Jeju (Cha Seung-won, Night in Paradise) and meets again his first love who is running a fishing store (Lee Jung-eun, Parasite). Her best friend (Uhm Jung-hwa, Montage) also comes back to her hometown. And the rest of the episodes are about a ship captain (Kim Woo-bin, Uncontrollably Fond), who falls in love with a diver (Han Ji-min, One Spring Night). One of the most highly anticipated shows this year, Our Blues marks the return of Kim Woo-bin after battling cancer, and is helmed by Baeksang awardees—director Kim Kyu-tae (That Winter, The Wind Blows) and screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung (Dear My Friends). Where to watch: Netflix, every Saturday and Sunday April 9: My Liberation Notes Three siblings who want to escape their dead-end lives in a small town. One mysterious stranger who disrupts their dreary existence. From the same writer as the brilliant drama My Mister, award-winning screenwriter Park Hae-young, this 16-episode JTBC series promises to be a healing and liberating journey. Kim Ji-won (Arthdal Chronicles) stars as the timid and lonely youngest sibling, Lee Min-ki (Because This Is My First Life) is the middle child lost with no direction in life, and Lee El (Black) is the eldest exhausted from working in Seoul. One day, Son Suk-ku (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) appears in their small village, an outsider who’s always drunk, and their days are suddenly no longer so mundane. Where to watch: Netflix, every Saturday and Sunday April 9: It’s Beautiful Now This new 50-episode weekend family drama from KBS has an interesting premise: To convince his three busy grandsons to get married, a grandfather makes an offer they can’t refuse—the first to get married will receive an apartment! Given the housing issues plaguing Korean youth today, this was the incentive needed by the three brothers—played by Yoon Si-yoon (Your Honor), Oh Min-suk (Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life) and Seo Bum-june (Rookie Cops)—to start looking for a woman to marry. Who will win the race? Where to watch: KBS April 22: Shooting Stars / Sh**ting Stars The head of a public relations (PR) team Oh Han-byul, played by Lee Sung-kyung (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo), is known in the industry for her excellent communications and crisis response skills. However, she has one weakness—she constantly bickers with the famous but short-tempered actor she manages, Gong Tae-sung, portrayed by Kim Young-dae (The Penthouse: War in Life). Amid the chaos, press releases, spins, and damage control, will love find its way between the PR star and the top celebrity? This 16-episode tvN rom-com shines a light on the PR professionals—like agency managers, lawyers, and reporters—that could make or break A-listers. The cast also includes Yoon Jong-hoon (The Penthouse: War in Life) and Kim Yoon-hye (Vincenzo) as agency managers, Lee Jung-shin of CNBLUE (My Sassy Girl TV series) as a corporate lawyer and agency consultant, and Park So-jin (The King: Eternal Monarch) as Han Byul’s close friend and entertainment reporter. Where to watch: Viu and iQIYI, starting April 23 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, every Saturday and Sunday April 27: The Killer’s Shopping List When a body is found near an apartment in Seoul, the key evidence turns out to be a receipt from MS Mart supermarket. Solving this mystery thus begins in the tvN eight-episode dramedy thriller The Killer’s Shopping List, a series based on a novel written by Kang Ji-young. Lee Kwang-soo (Live) portrays Ahn Dae-sung, a timid MS Mart cashier who has extraordinary memory. K-pop idol Seolhyun of AOA plays Do Ah-hee, a police officer and Dae-sung’s girlfriend. Portrayed by Jin Hee-kyung, Jeong Myeong-sook is the supermarket owner and Dae-sung’s mom. Where to watch: Viu and iQIYI, starting April 28 April 29: Monstrous An unexplained phenomenon surrounds Jinyang County, where a gwibul, a Buddhist statue believed to contain an evil spirit, is excavated. One of the visitors to the place is archaeologist Jung Ki-hoon (Koo Kyo-hwan, D.P.), who specializes in researching the supernatural and now runs an occult magazine and YouTube channel. His ex-wife, archaeologist Lee Soo-jin (Shin Hyun-bin, Hospital Playlist), is a cryptanalyst. When her daughter dies, she goes back to the county to look for answers. Directed by Jang Kun-jae (director, Eighteen and A Midsummer’s Fantasia), the TVING six-episode mystery thriller was written by Yeon Sang-ho (screenwriter and director, Train To Busan and Peninsula) and Ryo Yong-jae (screenwriter, Peninsula and Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area). The cast also includes Kim Ji-young as police substation chief, Nam Da-reum as the police chief’s son, Park Ho-san as governor, and Kwak Dong-yeon as troublemaker. Where to watch: TVING
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Liam Yeon Kimin
Feb 28, 2022
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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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Liam Yeon Kimin
Jan 31, 2022
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Romance is definitely in k-dramaland's air this month, and we're not complaining. Of the nine titles on our watchlist this month, more than half are romances, or at least include a love story somewhere in the plot. But fans of thrillers need not be disappointed, as South Korea is never short of serial killers and revenge plots. Feb. 12: Twenty Five, Twenty One They met when they were 22 and 18, hurt each other when they were 23 and 19, reconnected at 24 and 20, and finally fell in love at 25 and 21. Nam Joo-hyuk (Start-up) and Kim Tae-ri (Mr. Sunshine) star in this 16-episode coming-of-age drama from tvN. Set in 1998, we fully expect to relive our youth through their stories about first love, dreams, and growing up (in 90's fashion!). Where to watch: Netflix, every Saturday and Sunday Feb. 12: Forecasting Love and Weather They can predict the way the wind blows, but can they forecast the matters of the heart? Song Kang (Nevertheless) and Park Min-young (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?) star in this 16-episode JTBC series about work life, secret office romances, and dealing with an ex in the workplace. We're tempted to flood this post with meteorological metaphors, but we'll restrain ourselves and just say we're looking forward to record high temperatures between Song Kang and Park Min-young. Where to watch: Netflix, every Saturday and Sunday Feb. 16: Thirty, Nine Noonas, this one’s for us. Son Ye-jin (Crash Landing On You), Jeon Mi-do (Hospital Playlist) and Kim Ji-hyun (Artificial City) turn into oh-so relatable women approaching their 40s in this slice-of-life drama from JTBC. We might not have their perfect skin and tiny waists, but we might be able to see ourselves in the stories of their careers, romances, and friendships. This is also Son Ye-jin's last drama before she gets married! Praising the cast, writer Yoo Young-ah said: "The actors are much more beautiful, outstanding, and cheerful than the characters I had in mind while writing.” Where to watch: Netflix, every Wednesday Feb. 16: Grid The folks over at Disney+ seem to know what they're doing, since they're already giving us Seo Kang-joon (Are You Human?) in a sci-fi mystery thriller for the streaming platform's second original k-drama. In 1997, “the Ghost” created the “Grid” to protect humanity from an existential crisis. Now, 24 years later, “the Ghost” re-emerges to help a serial killer escape. Tracking down the ghost—played by Lee Si-young (Sweet Home, No Mercy)—along with Seo Kang-joon is Kim Ah-joong (Live Up to Your Name) and Kim Mu-yul (Space Sweepers). Writer Lee Soo-yeon, who was also behind Stranger, said the show will tackle time-warp concepts and highlight environmental threats. Where to watch: Disney+ Feb 23: 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 Feb 23: Sponsor Ji E-Suu (When the Camelia Blooms) plays a rising star whose son suffers from a rare disease. Her husband, played by Koo Ja-sung (Misty), is a struggling model. Lee Ji-hoon (Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung) plays a successful magazine editor with a painful past, and Han Chae-young (Boys Over Flowers) portrays a cosmetics company CEO with big ambitions. In this romance thriller, all four are looking for a sponsor to satisfy their desires. Feb 25: Juvenile Justice Should juvenile offenders be treated with kid gloves? Or punished harshly to make sure they learn their lessons? The harsh new judge on the juvenile court bench—played by the incomparable Kim Hye-soo (Hyena)—does not like kids, and leans toward the latter. Tackling complex cases involving juvenile offenders with her in this highly anticipated legal drama is Kim Moo-yeol (Forgotten), Lee Sung-min (Misaeng), and Lee Jung-eun (Law School). Where to watch: Netflix Feb 26: Love ft. Marriage and Divorce 3 This gripping drama about marital affairs is back for a third season, with producers promising “an unimaginable twist that surpasses seasons 1 and 2”. While actors Sung Hoon and Lee Tae-gon are not going to be in the new season, Kang Shin-hyo (My Sassy Girl) and Ji Young-san will take over their respective roles. Park Joo-mi, Jeon Soo-kyeong, Kim Eung-soo, Lee Jong-nam, and Lee Hyo-chun are reprising their roles. Feb 28: Military Prosecutor Doberman After a big 2021, Ahn Bo-hyun (Yumi’s Cells, My Name) is back as the titular Do Bae-man in this drama about a military prosecutor who’s in it for the money. Opposite him is Jo Bo-ah (Tale Of The Nine-Tailed) who became a military prosecutor for revenge. Despite their differences, the two will have to find a way to work together to take on the corrupt forces within the military. Feb. 28: A Business Proposal She only agreed to go on a blind date to help out her best friend, but he’s dead set on marrying the next woman he meets to get his family off his back. To complicate things further, he’s the workaholic CEO of the company she works for. Starring Ahn Hyo-Seop (Lovers Of The Red Sky) and Kim Se-jeong (The Uncanny Counter), this 12-episode romantic comedy from SBS sounds like the delectable fluff our guilty pleasures are made of. Where to watch: Netflix, every Monday and Tuesday
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The new year seems off to a good start with new k-dramas premiering this month from Kim Nam-gil, Rain and Im Si-wan. We've got a good mix of medical comedies and crime-busting shows, plus a new zombie series to kick off what promises to be another great year for k-dramas. Jan. 3: Ghost Doctor Fantasy and comedy combine for this medical drama about two completely opposite doctors who somehow end up merging in one body. Rain (Full House) plays the genius but arrogant surgeon whose spirit somehow possesses the body of a silver-spoon doctor, played by Kim Beom (Law School). Where to watch: Viu and iQiyi, starting Jan. 4 Jan. 7: Tracer With revenge dramas flooding k-dramaland, Tracer introduces a unique but relatable setting — the National Tax Service. Hwang Dong-joo (Im Si-wan, Run On), a recently-promoted team manager of the Seoul Regional Office’s Investigation Bureau, chases money hidden from the tax bureau. His brave team member, Seo Hye-young (Go Ah-sung, Life on Mars), the corrupt Commissioner In Tae-joon (Son Hyun-joo, Itaewon Class), and the lazy section chief Oh Young (Park Yong-woo, Priest) join him to create a chaotic cast of nationally-certified experts. The revenge action drama is directed by Lee Seung-young (Special Affairs Team TEN, Voice 2) and written by Kim Hyun-jung (Who Are You: School 2015, Falsify). Where to watch: wavve.com Jan. 14: Through the Darkness This SBS crime thriller will take us back to the 1990s to follow the experiences of the first criminal profiler in South Korea. At a time when the term "profiling" did not yet exist, Song Ha-young (Kim Nam-gil, Fiery Priest) a member of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Criminal Behavior Analysis team, challenges norms by wanting to understand the hearts and minds of criminals. Where to watch: Viu, starting Jan. 15 Jan 14: Dr. Park's Clinic / Internal Medicine Director Park A popular webcomic — written by Jang Bong-soo based on his own experiences from working as a doctor for 18 years — makes for a realistic yet hilarious comedy from TVING about the "funny and sad" life of Dr. Park Won-jang (Lee Seo-jin, Times). He has big ambitions for his new internal medicine clinic, but finds few patients, struggles to keep it open, and even suffers from hair loss. Worse, his wife Sa Mo-rim (Ra Mi-ran, Honest Candidate), believes in medical TV programs more than him. Jan. 28: All of Us Are Dead What are you going to do if you're trapped in a school building that becomes ground zero for a zombie apocalypse? That's what the high school students in this new thriller face. Based on the popular webtoon Now at Our School, the series stars some of South Korea's brightest young actors, led by Yoon Chan-young (Doctor John), Park Ji-hoo (House of Hummingbird), Cho Yi-hyun (Hospital Playlist, School 2021), Park Solomon (Sweet Revenge), and Yoo In-soo (At a Distance, Spring is Green). Where to watch: Netflix
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South Korea is closing the year with a bang, giving us fans a diverse menu of distractions to keep our minds away from the reality of our second pandemic Christmas. Leading the pack is the highly anticipated space thriller The Silent Sea, led by no less than Hallyu heavyweights Gong Yoo and Bae Doona, followed by the maiden k-drama offering from Disney+, Snowdrop, with Jung Hae-in and Blackpink's Jisoo. But these two titles are just the tip of the giant stack of gifts Korean Santa has prepared for us. Dec 3: User Not Found The month kicks off with a high school web drama about two 17-year-old girls with the same name. Yoo Min-jae transfers to a new school and meets an unexpectedly warm welcome from the coolest kids. But it turns out she was mistaken for another transfer student also named Yoo Min-jae. Instead of arguing, the two girls — played by relatively new actresses Shin So-hyun and Han Ye-ji — agree to swap identities to get a fresh start. Where to watch: Episodes 1-10 will be available on KOK TV YouTube, and the rest will air exclusively on WATCHA. Dec. 6: Our Beloved Summer Choi Woo-shik (Parasite) and Kim Da-mi (Itaewon Class) star as bickering ex-lovers in this romantic comedy set to brighten up our Mondays and Tuesdays. A decade after they broke up, a documentary they filmed back in high school goes viral, forcing them to work together again. Where to watch: Netflix Dec. 8: Artificial City The dark ties between South Korea's chaebols and politics give us another mystery thriller from JTBC. Artificial City revolves around the ambitious Yoon Jae-hee, played by Soo Ae (Athena: Goddess of War), who wants her husband Jung Joon-hyuk (Kim Kang-woo), the second son of the Sung Jin Group, to become the country's president — even if it means going to war against her in-laws. Dec. 11: Uncle The incredibly talented Oh Jung-se (Jirisan, It's Okay to Not Be Okay) stars in this remake of the BBC sitcom Uncle as Joon Hyeok, an amateur musician whose life has hit rock bottom. But Joon Hyeok's life takes an interesting turn when his nephew, who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, shows up after the separation of his parents. This heartwarming musical drama from TV Chosun might just be the perfect show to watch this season. Dec. 11: Taejong Yi Bang Won In 1392, the almost 500-year rule of the Goryeo Dynasty came to an end and the Joseon era began. This sageuk from KBS will depict that historic time, focusing on Yi Bang-won, the fifth son of King Taejo, who was pivotal in making this happen. Portrayed by Joo Sang-wook (Touch), Yi Bang-won would eventually ascend to the throne as King Taejong, the third monarch of the Joseon Dynasty, and the father of King Sejong the Great. Dec. 13: Twists of Love This 100-episode comic family melodrama will turn on a lie that twists the lives of three families. The KBS weeknight drama will feature T-ara’s Hahm Eun-jung (Dream High), Kim Jin-yeop (High Class), Jang Se-Hyun (The King’s Affection), and Son Sung-yoon (My Roommate Is a Gumiho). Dec. 17: Bad and Crazy Our favorite grim reaper, Lee Dong-wook (Tail of the Nine Tailed, Goblin), plays the "bad" cop Ryu Soo-yeol in this k-drama, who crosses paths with the upright but "crazy" K (Wi Ha-joon, Squid Game). While Soo-yeol is willing to protect the corrupt for a promotion, injustice turns K into a crazy vigilante hero. Will K be able to change Soo-yeol? From the same director and writer as The Uncanny Counter, this hero action comedy is one to watch out for. Where to watch: iQiyi Dec. 18: Snowdrop Disney+ is betting big on the k-drama market, with the highly anticipated Snowdrop as its maiden offering. Led by Jung Hae-in (D.P., Something In The Rain) and Blackpink's Jisoo in her first lead role, this romance drama set in 1987 draws inspiration from the handwritten notes of a man who escaped a North Korean political prison. The story starts when a bloodied Im Su-ho (Jung Hae-In), a graduate from Germany, rushes into a women's university. Eun Young-ro (Jisoo), a freshman at the university, finds him and takes care of him, despite the dangerous situation. Where to watch: Disney+ Dec. 18: Bulgasal: Immortal Souls A fantasy drama spanning 600 years, this tvN series builds an epic revenge story around the "bulgasal" — a mythical creature that cannot die or age. Lee Jin-wook (Sweet Home, Voice 2 and 3) stars here as Dan Hwal, a bulgasal who has spent six centuries chasing Min Sang-woon (Kwon Nara, Itaewon Class), a woman who has been repeatedly reincarnated over hundreds of years while fleeing Dan Hwal, while remembering all of her past lives. Where to watch: Netflix Dec 20: When the Flower Blooms, I Think of The Moon The last sageuk of the year, also called Moonshine, stars Yoo Seung-ho (Memorist, I Am Not a Robot) and Hyeri (My Roommate Is a Gumiho, Reply 1988) in a romance set during a stringent alcohol prohibition period during the Joseon Dynasty. Yoo Seung-ho portrays a prosecutor out to enforce the alcohol prohibition, but gets confused when he meets Hyeri's character, who starts brewing alcohol to make money for her struggling family. Dec. 20: The One and Only The One and Only is a melodrama about three terminally ill patients: Pyo In-sook (Ahn Eun-jin, Hospital Playlist), a stubborn and insensitive woman, Kang Se-yeon (Kang Ye-won, Insane), a housewife sentenced to death, and Seong Mi-do (Park Soo-young or Red Velvet's Joy), a famous social media influencer. Mired in a murder case, the three women set out on a journey to meet their treasured "one person" after a challenge to take down the only bad "one person" — all before they die. The series also casts Min Woo-cheon (The King: Eternal Monarch) as the hitman Kim Kyung-nam. Dec 24: The Silent Sea One of the most highly-anticipated dramas of 2021, the eight-episode sci-fi series The Silent Sea is led by Gong Yoo (Train to Busan, Goblin) as exploration team leader Han Yoon-jae, Bae Doona (Kingdom) as astrologist Dr. Song Ji-an, and Lee Joon (My Father Is Strange) as head engineer Capt. Ryoo Tae-sok. Produced by Jung Woo-sung, The Silent Sea is set in a future where Earth’s survival depends on a team of elite scientists who must travel to the moon, the abandoned Balhae Lunar Research Station. Where to watch: Netflix December: Tracer With revenge dramas flooding k-dramaland, Tracer introduces a unique but relatable setting — the National Tax Service. Hwang Dong-joo (Im Si-wan, Run On), a recently-promoted team manager of the Seoul Regional Office’s Investigation Bureau, chases money hidden from the tax bureau. His brave team member, Seo Hye-young (Go Ah-sung, Life on Mars), the corrupt Commissioner In Tae-joon (Son Hyun-joo, Itaewon Class), and the lazy section chief Oh Young (Park Yong-woo, Priest) join him to create a chaotic cast of nationally-certified experts. The revenge action drama is directed by Lee Seung-young (Special Affairs Team TEN, Voice 2) and written by Kim Hyun-jung (Who Are You: School 2015, Falsify). Where to watch: wavve.com
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Apple TV’s first foray into k-dramaland. Comeback dramas for Hallyu stars Song Hye-kyo, Kim Soo-hyun, and Yoo Ah-in. The first Korean drama to premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. The first acting roles for Park Hyung-sik and Lee Joon-ho since they were discharged from the military. Two shows about k-pop idols, starring k-pop idols. This month’s k-drama list is more jam-packed than the MRT during rush hour. Nov. 4: Dr Brain Apple TV’s first foray into k-dramaland is a sci-fi thriller adapted from a popular webtoon. Watch our favorite ahjussi, Lee Sun-kyun (Parasite, My Ahjussi), take on the role of a brilliant brain scientist whose family falls victim to a mysterious accident. Desperate to uncover what happened, he goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the tragic mystery by accessing the memories of the dead to hunt for clues. The mind-bending 6-episode series is directed by Kim Jee-woon (The Age of Shadows, A Tale of Two Sisters) and also stars Park Hee-Soon (My Name) and Seo Ji-hye (Crash Landing on You). Where to watch: Apple TV Nov. 5: Happiness Don’t be fooled by the title. This show is about the desperate struggles for survival and psychological battles that ensue in a high-rise apartment that gets sealed off when a new infectious disease emerges in the city. Sounds familiar? The latest apocalyptic thriller from k-dramaland takes place in a new era where class discrimination is the norm, and will revolve primarily around law enforcers: Han Hyo-joo (W: Two Worlds Apart) is a special police squad member who moves into a new apartment in the building; Park Hyung-sik (Suits, Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon), in his first series after finishing his military duty, transforms into a police detective who will work with Han Hyo-joo to protect the residents; and Jo Woo-jin (Mr Sunshine) is the health service command leader tasked with stopping the spread of the disease. Where to watch: Viu and iQiyi, starting Nov. 6 Nov. 7: Let Me Be Your Knight Kpop fans, this is for you: A drama about kpop idols, starring kpop idols. Yoon Tae-in (U-KISS’s Lee Jun-young) is the leader and vocalist of idol group LUNA who suffers from sleepwalking. In Yoon-joo (Jung In-sun) is a tour guide, but gets involved in an incident and somehow finds herself living as fake doctor with the five members of LUNA to help cure Tae-in. NU’EST’s JR stars as the band's bassist, AB6IX’s Kim Dong-hyun as the keyboardist, former Wanna One member Yoon Ji-sung as the drummer, and Jang Dong-joo as a vocalist. Where to watch: iQiyi Nov. 8: Secret Royal Inspector Joy After impressing us with his amazing duality as the villain in Vincenzo, Taecyeon is now out to make us laugh as Ra Yi-eon, a young gourmand who is appointed a secret royal inspector against his will. Working alongside him is Kim Hye-yoon (Extraordinary You), who plays a divorced woman in her first historical drama. The trailers already promise a ton of comedy in store for us. Where to watch: Viu and iQiyi, starting Nov. 9 Nov. 8: Idol: The Coup Every year, dozens of kpop groups debut, but only a handful find success. What happens to those that don't make it? EXID’s Hani, LABOUM’s Solbin, WJSN’s Exy, Han So-eun, and Redsquare’s Green star in this drama as members of the unsuccessful girl group Cotton Candy, who aren't quite ready to let go of their dreams. Will they find a way to rebound? Where to watch: iQiyi Nov. 10: Melancholia Baek Seung-yoo (Lee Do-hyun, Youth of May, Sweet Home) is a student ranked last at a prestigious Gangnam high school. But he hides the fact that he is actually a math prodigy who got accepted to MIT. Ji Yoon-soo (Im Soo-jung, Search WWW) is a passionate math teacher who challenges the competitive culture of entrance exams, and who wants to help revive Seung-yoo’s unique talent. The drama has already stirred controversy for potentially depicting a teacher-student affair, even though it hasn’t been confirmed whether there will be romance in the show. Can they find the formula to overcoming social conventions and prejudices together? This was originally scheduled to premiere on Nov. 3, but it got delayed to Nov. 10 after production staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Where to watch: Viu and iQiyi, starting Nov. 11 Nov. 12: Now We Are Breaking Up The goddess Song Hye-kyo (Encounter, Descendants of the Sun) returns to the small screen in a drama that promises to paint a realistic romance, starting with a break-up. She plays a fashion designer with a pragmatic and realistic perspective, while Jang Ki-yong (My Roommate is a Gumiho) stars opposite her as a wealthy freelance photographer trying to sweep her off her feet. We're not sure if this drama will make us swoon or break our hearts—or maybe both—but we're looking forward to the chemistry already evident in the teasers. Where to watch: Viu Nov. 12: The Red Sleeve Based on a novel, this 18th-century romance starts between Crown Prince Lee San (2PM’s Junho or Lee Jun-ho, Wok of Love) and court lady Sung Deok-im (Lee Se-young, Memorist, Doctor John), but gets complicated when he becomes King Jeongjo. He wants her to become a royal concubine, but she wants to live her life freely. Will she sacrifice her freedom for love? Where to watch: Viu, starting Nov. 13 Nov. 17: School 2021 The KBS series on the lives of South Korean students returns for its 8th installment, this time focusing on 18-year-olds in a vocational high school who are trying to succeed outside the traditional expectations of the Korean education system. Gong Ki-joon (Wei's Kim Yo-han) is a former taekwondo player with an ankle injury who enters a vocational high school not knowing what he wants to do. Jin Ji-won (Cho Yi-hyun) wants to be a carpenter, Jung Young-joo (Chu Young-woo) is a mysterious transfer student, and Kang Seo-young (Hwang Bo-reum Byeol) is trying to get into one of Korea’s top universities. Will they make it? Nov. 19: Hellbound The first Korean drama to premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan). Starring the incomparable Yoo Ah-in (Burning, Alive). Need we say more? In this six-episode webtoon adaptation, Yoo Ah-in plays the role of a cult leader in a fantasy version of Earth where Angels prophesy the time of your death right down to the minute, and unearthly beasts will chase you down and condemn you to Hell when you’re due. Where to watch: Netflix Nov. 27: One Ordinary Day Kim Soo-hyun (It's Okay to Not Be Okay) promises to deliver another powerfully gripping performance in this eight-episode remake of BBC’s Criminal Justice. He transforms here into Kim Hyun-soo, a college student whose life is turned upside down when he suddenly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Cha Seung-won (A Korean Odyssey) will star as Shin Joong-han, a lawyer who barely passed the bar exam and who has no interest in the truth, but becomes the only hope for Hyun-soo. Where to watch: Viu
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We only have few new k-dramas premiering this month, but this women-powered list is by no means lightweight. From another major Netflix original featuring Han So-hee in her most bad-ass role to date, to what is being called the Korean version of the hit British thriller Killing Eve, and the highly anticipated comeback of queen Jun Ji-hyun to the small screen, we’re certain you’re going to have a hard time choosing which ones to watch. Oct 11: The King’s Affection What if one of Joseon’s kings was actually a woman pretending to be a man? The premise of this gender-bending sageuk was so appealing to Park Eun-bin (Do You Like Brahms?, Hot Stove League) that she said she set aside everything to accept the role. After all, it’s not often that Korean actresses receive an offer to play a king. Based on a manhwa, the k-drama will also star SF9’s Ro Woon (Extraordinary You) as a charming tutor who makes Park Eun-bin’s character have second thoughts about her decision to disguise herself as her dead twin brother. Premiering on Netflix on Oct. 11. Oct 13: Reflection of You Go Hyun-jung (Dear My Friends, The Great Queen Seondeok) and Shin Hyun-been (Hospital Playlist) lead this high drama about an affair, betrayal and revenge. Go Hyun-jung’s character, Jung Hee-joo, feels empty despite being a successful painter and essayist. Briefly abandoning her roles as a wife and mother in order to pursue her desires, she meets Shin Hyun-been’s character Goo Hae-won, a young art teacher who reminds her of her youthful self. Their encounter leaves Hae-won deeply hurt, however, and triggers the dark turn of events that will play out over 16 episodes. New episodes on Netflix every Wednesday and Thursday starting Oct. 13. Oct 15: My Name Meet a completely different Han So-hee (Nevertheless, The World of Married) in the latest Netflix original from k-dramaland. She’s no longer looking for love from problematic men; this time, she’s out to kill them. From the same director as Extracurricular, the show features Han So-hee as a bad-ass mobster's daughter who infiltrates the police to avenge her father's death. Ahn Bo-hyun (Itaewon Class) stars as the police detective assigned to work with her. The action starts on Netflix on Oct. 15, after screening at the 26th Busan International Film Festival. Oct 23: Jirisan Arguably the most highly anticipated title in this list, Jirisan marks the long awaited comeback of Jun Ji-hyun (Kingdom: Ashin of the North, Legend of the Blue Sea) to the world of k-dramas. She takes on the role of a seasoned ranger in Jiri Mountain National Park, working with a rookie ranger played by Ju Ji-hoon (Kingdom) to rescue climbers and solve a mountain mystery. Oh Jung-se (It's Okay to Not Be Okay) and Sung Dong-il (Prison Playbook, Reply 1988) also star here as rangers to complete the powerhouse cast. Penned by Kim Eun-hee, the same writer behind the Kingdom series, and directed by Lee Eung-bok (Goblin, Mr Sunshine), this show has all the makings of another major hit. Premieres on Oct. 23, exclusively on iQiyi. Oct 24: Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? KakaoTV is bringing us a sentimental drama this month adapted from a comic, this time centered on coffee. Former Wanna One member Ong Seong-wu stars here as Kang Go-bi, a rookie barista looking to learn from coffee master Park Seok (Park Ho-san, Penthouse 2 and 3, My Mister). but learns about life and people along the way. The series is scheduled to premiere on Oct. 24. Oct 30: Inspector Koo Veteran actress Lee Young-ae (Jewel in the Palace) star is making a small-screen comeback as well, this time in a mystery-comedy drama dubbed as the Asian version of the hit British series Killing Eve. She plays Koo Kyung-yi, an insurance investigator and former police officer who becomes a recluse following the death of her husband. She enjoys solving cold cases, though, and finds herself up against K (Kim Hey-jun, Kingdom), a female college student and serial killer. Streaming on Netflix. Oct. 30: Chimera Fresh from his Squid Game success, Park Hae-soo comes back to the small screen to solve a 35-year-old serial murder case known as Chimera. Soo-hyun (also known as Claudia Kim, The Avengers: Age of Ultron) plays a criminal profiler who grew up in the US with adoptive parents, and Lee Hee-jun (Mouse) plays a surgeon who grew up with adoptive parents in England. All three are chasing the truth behind the Chimera case. Streaming on Viu.
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We’ve got nine brand new dramas for the ninth month of the year! We've got comedies, romance, action, murder mysteries, and more. Can k-drama fans be more spoiled? Sept 4: Lost “Perhaps if we ever run into each other again, do you want to die with me?” The heart-wrenching line from Kang-Jae (Ryu Joon-yeol, Reply 1988), a 27-year-old guy who still feels lost, to Bu-Jung (Jeon Do-yeon, The Good Wife), a 40-year-old ghostwriter who feels like she hasn't achieved anything in her life, hints of a deep and thought-provoking dissection of this feeling of being lost — something many among us struggle with. Though it looks like a heavy show to plod through, producers promise it will be a healing drama that will be worth your while. Streaming on iQiyi. Sept 6: High Class After SKY Castle, Penthouse, and Mine comes another high drama revolving around the lives of Korea’s richest and most prestigious families. Starring Cho Yeo-jeong, Kim Ji-soo, Park Se-jin, and Gong Hyun-joo as mothers whose children attend an ultra-luxurious international school located on an island paradise, the show is premised on a murder mystery, promising to fill our need for high-class drama, suspense, and—of course — designer outfits and Hermes bags. Streaming on iQiyi and Viu. Sept 17: Yumi’s Cells Kim Go-eun (Goblin, The King: Eternal Monarch) is back, this time in a short bob to play the titular character in this rom-com — an ordinary office worker whose story is told through the animated cells in her brain controlling her every thought and feeling. Based on the hit webtoon that ran from April 2015 to November 2020, the k-drama premiering on Sept. 17 will just be the first of multiple seasons. With 14 episodes combining animation and real-life footage, the show also features Ahn Bo-yun (Itaewon Class, Her Private Life) as Yumi’s love interest, and Shinee's Minho in a special appearance. Streaming in iQiyi. Sept 17: One the Woman The talented Honey Lee (The Fiery Priest) takes center stage in this comedy drama about a corrupt prosecutor who gets amnesia after a case, and then finds herself living her doppelgänger — a chaebol daughter-in-law. Interestingly, the Korean title for this show, 원더우먼, is the hangeul spelling of Wonder Woman. Streaming on Viu. Sept. 17: Squid Game It's a survival game that can literally cost you your life, and you’re not allowed to stop playing. But at stake is a life-changing 45.6 billion won ($10 million). That's what Ki-Hoon (Lee Jung-jae), a desperate man who was fired from his job, gets himself into in this k-drama. Suspense, violence, and perhaps hints of Hunger Games are in store in this eight-episode show. Streaming on Netflix. Sept. 18: The Veil Namgoong Min (Hot Stove League) transforms into a top spy with revenge on his mind in what looks to be an action-packed 12-episode series. He reportedly gained about 10 kg of muscle to portray Han Ji-hyuk, an elite National Intelligence Service agent who suddenly disappears after cornering an organized crime syndicate. He reappears a year later to hunt down those responsible for his downfall. Streaming on Viu. Sept. 22: Hometown Yoo Jae-myung (Vincenzo, Itaewon Class) takes the lead in this mystery thriller as detective investigating strange murders in a rural town "where everything is upside down". Set in 1999, the show also stars Han Ye-Ri (Minari) as a woman searching for her missing niece, whose disappearance might be connected to the same terrorists responsible for the death of the detective's wife a decade ago. Streaming on iQiyi and Viu. Sept. 22: Dali and the Cocky Prince Kim Min-jae (Do You Like Brahms?) and Park Gyu-young (Sweet Home, It's Okay To Not Be Okay) star in this rom-com as an unlikely couple who first start liking each other without knowing each other's backgrounds. It turns out that while he comes from a rich family and has a knack for making money, he's not quite academically gifted. She, on the other hand, is the multilingual only chid of a prestigious family. Streaming on Viu. Sept. 25: A Gentleman and a Young Lady Lee Young-kook (Ji Hyun-woo) takes the lead role in the k-drama as a widower with three children, who hires Park Dan-dan (Lee Se-hee) as a live-in tutor for his kids. As The Sound of Music has trained us to expect, they will of course start falling for each other. But that doesn't mean we won't want to see the heart-fluttering scenes leading up to that, right? Which ones sound interesting?
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Aug 01, 2021
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The diverse line-up of shows premiering this month is sure to have something for almost every kind of k-drama fan. We’ve got a new high society drama, a police comedy, a military action comedy, a fantasy saeguk (historical drama), and — of course — a romance. Which ones look interesting? The Road: Tragedy of One We’ve got a new high-society drama from tvN, this time about the residents of "Royal the Hill" — a place reserved for only the top 1 percenters. Ji Jin-hee (Undercover, Move to Heaven) and Yoon Se-Ah (Sky Castle) lead the cast as a powerful married couple — he’s a famous news anchor and she’s a chaebol heir — alongside Kim Hye-eun (Itaewon Class), who plays a successful television announcer who isn’t satisfied with having everything she wants. Watch this on iQiyi starting Aug. 4. Police University Originally expected to premiere last month, this KBS drama stars Cha Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl) as Yoo Dong-man, a former detective turned instructor at the police university. His students include Kang Sun-ho (Jin Young), a smart hacker-turned-criminal student, and Oh Kang-hee (Krystal), a righteous freshman who sticks by the rules. The chaos begins when Yoo Dong-man’s analog ways clash with his students as they try to solve a case. The fun streams on Viu every Tuesday and Wednesday starting Aug. 10. Lovers of the Red Sky Based on the novel “Hong Chun Gi” — from the same author as the hit k-dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal and The Moon Embracing the Sun, this historical fantasy drama stars Kim Yoo-jung (Love in the Moonlight) as the titular character. The only female painter during the Joseon Dynasty, Hong Chun-gi was born blind but somehow regains vision and gets accepted to an art school. Along the way, she meets and falls for Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop), a blind man who can tell the future by reading the stars. The drama unfolds starting Aug. 26. D.P. Based on a popular webtoon, this new Netflix series features Jung Hae-in (Something In the Rain) as An Joon-ho, a quiet but highly observant new soldier who is recruited by Sergeant Park Beom-goo (Kim Sung-kyun, Reply 1988) to join the D.P. — or deserter pursuit — squad. Working with him to bring deserters back safe and sound is Corporal Han Ho-yeol (Koo Gyo-hwan). The pursuit begins on Aug. 27, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha One of the most anticipated releases this month, this romance drama pairs Shin Min-ah (Chief of Staff, Oh My Venus) with Kim Seon-ho (Start-up). She plays a dentist who abandons city life and moves to the seaside village of Gongjin, where she finds romance with the village chief and resident handyman. This tvN drama streams on Netflix starting Aug. 28.
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Jun 30, 2021
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A mysterious murder, witches, zombies, and a dystopian future… k-dramaland is full of fantastical stories for us to dive into this month. Which ones are you planning to watch? The Devil Judge The Devil Judge takes us to an alternate dystopian Korea, where trials are held with the entire nation participating via a live courtroom broadcast. The head judge, Kang Yo-han (Ji Sung, Doctor John), turns his trials into something like a reality show and punishes evil people mercilessly. Is he a hero or a devil judge? The drama also features GOT7’s Jinyoung as a rookie judge, Kim Min-jung as the head of a foundation and the head judge’s nemesis, and Park Gyu-young as a police detective suspicious of the titular judge. The trial begins on July 3 on Viu. You Are My Spring Mystery and romance come together in this k-drama, which starts from the story of a strange murder in an apartment building. The event brings two strangers — Kang Da-jung (Seo Hyun-jin, The Beauty Inside), a hotel concierge manager, and her neighbor Joo Young-Do (Kim Dong-wook, Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo), a psychiatrist who works with suicidal people — together at the center of what appears to be a larger scheme. Directed by Jung Ji-hyun (The King: Eternal Monarch, Search: WWW), You Are My Spring streams on Netflix starting July 5. The Witch’s Diner When Jung Jin (Nam Ji-hyun) gets dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job, she decides to open a restaurant. But that quickly fails too. So when a witch, Zo Hee-ra (Song Ji-hyo), entices her with incredible food and asks to borrow the restaurant to create a unique diner — one where the food has the power to grant a customer's wish, in return for something the witch wants — she agrees. The diner will open for just eight episodes, starting on July 16. Kingdom: Ashin of the North Arguably this month’s most anticipated release, this special 90-minute follow-up to the highly successful Kingdom series introduces us to Ashin (Jun Ji-hyun, My Love From the Star), a mysterious character encountered by Lee Chang (Joo Ji-hoon) at the end of season 2. The trailer hints of a revenge plot rooted in the death of Ashin’s mother when she was a young girl, around the time she learns of the existence of the resurrection plant. The special episode comes out July 23 on Netflix. Police University KBS brings us another police drama, this time starring Cha Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl) as Yoo Dong-man, a former detective turned instructor at the police university. His students include Kang Sun-ho (Jin Young), a smart hacker-turned-criminal student, and Oh Kang-hee (Krystal), a righteous freshman who sticks by the rules. This drama is expected to premiere on July 26. The trailer isn't out yet, but we'll update this page as more information becomes available.
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May 31, 2021
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June seems to be the season for bringing back well loved k-dramas! This month will see four popular titles return for new seasons, including one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year — the second season of Hospital Playlist. We’ve also got the third season of the ratings monster Penthouse, the second season of Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce), and the fourth season of the crime thriller Voice. Brand new romance and slice-of-life dramas are also in the line-up for this jam-packed month. So much to choose from! Which ones are you planning to watch? Penthouse 3 What happens to the Hera Palace Club now that our cast of colorful characters are behind bars? The third season of this makjang promises more unpredictable twists and turns, as Cheon Seo-jin (Kim So-yeon), Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene), and Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon) seek revenge. The “final war” begins on June 4. (Don't know what a makjang is? Read our awesome primer.) Sweet & Sour This isn't really a k-drama, but we know you won't mind. Love can be both sweet and bitter in this movie featuring some of our favorite actors. Chae Soo-bin (I’m Not a Robot) and Jang Ki-yong (Search: WWW) think they’re on their way to happily ever after, but they’re about to find out that with distractions, temptations, and an unexpected spark with someone new — Jung Soo-jung (Prison Playbook) — even the sweetest love can turn sour. Streaming on Netflix on June 4. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2 The first season of this makjang introduced us to three women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who had their marriages fall apart because of their husbands’ infidelity. Now in the second season, we’ll see Boo Hye- ryung (Lee Ga-ryung), Sa Pi-young (Park Joo-mi), and Lee Si-eun (Jeon Soo-kyeong) try to either save their marriage or seek revenge. The drama starts streaming on June 12. At a Distance, Spring is Green “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” This Charlie Chaplin quote opens the teaser for this coming-of-age drama, which will portray the real-life struggles of college students. Based on a popular webtoon, the story will follow wealthy and handsome freshman Yeo Joon (Park Ji-hoon), who hides his pain underneath a bright and cheerful personality; Nam Soo-hyun (Bae In-hyuk), a straight-A student and perfectionist who struggles with financial difficulties; and Kim So-bin (Kang Min-ah), a timid and mediocre student who befriends Yeo Joon. Get to know them starting June 14 through iQiyi. Monthly Magazine Home Jung So-min (Because This Is My First Life) is back in another rom-com that revolves around a house. In this k-drama, she plays Na Young-won, a lifestyle magazine editor who thinks houses are for living, as opposed to Yoo Ja-sung (Kim Ji-suk), an investment expert who thinks houses are for buying. Stream this on iQiyi starting June 16. Hospital Playlist Season 2 Our favorite gang of doctors is finally back! Jo Jung-suk, Jung Kyung-ho, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jeon Mi-do, and Kim Dae-myung are out to make us laugh and cry again in the second season of this well-loved k-drama. As with the first season, we can expect heartwarming stories, goofing around, enviable meals, jamming sessions — and maybe more romance? — as we follow the ordinary days of these not-so-ordinary doctors. Mark June 17th on your calendar! (If you're as excited as we are, get reacquainted with the gang here) Voice 4 Now on its fourth season, this crime thriller promises a new twist to keep viewers at the edge of their seats. Voice profiler Kang Kwon-joo (Lee Ha-na) and the Golden Time Team are back, but this time they will face a murderer with extraordinary hearing abilities that rival their own, and who can perfectly imitate Kwon-joo's voice. The chase begins on June 18. So Not Worth It If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to study in South Korea as a foreign student, then this one is for you. This Netflix sitcom will feature Park Se-wan, Shin Hyun-seung, GOT7’s Youngjae, (G)I-DLE’s Minnie, and Han Hyun-min as college students from around the world living together in the same dorm. What ensues is comedic chaos that you can watch starting on June 18. Nevertheless If you’re looking for romantic, heart-fluttering scenes, then mark your calendars for June 19. Based on the webtoon of the same name, this kdrama stars Han So-hee (The World of the Married) as Yoo Na-bi, a woman who doesn’t believe in love but still wants to date, and Song Kang (Navillera) as Park Jae-uhn, a man who doesn’t want to date but still wants to have flings.
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May 01, 2021
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Can you believe it's already May? K-dramaland is working hard to keep us entertained during this pandemic, with a variety of interesting shows set to premiere this month. Which ones do you plan to watch? Talk to us in the comments below. Bossam: Stealing Fate During the Joseon era, bossam referred to a custom where an old bachelor or widower would kidnap a widow by secretly wrapping her in a blanket to make her his wife. In this historical drama, Ba Woo (Jung Il-woo) mistakenly kidnaps a princess, Soo-kyung (Girls’ Generation’s Yuri), the widowed daughter of the king. Premieres on May 1. Youth of May Youth of May will take us back to the city of Gwangju during the politically charged month of May 1980, when a student-led uprising against the military regime at the time led to the killing of hundreds of citizens. The k-drama will follow Hwang Hee-tae (played by Lee Do-hyun) and Kim Myung-hee (played by Go Min-si) as they find love amid the turbulent times. This premieres in South Korea on May 3 and starts streaming on Viu on May 4. Mine Sky Castle’s Kim Seo-hyung is back in Mine, a new drama with Lee Bo-young about strong and ambitious high-society women. Jung Seo Hyun (Kim Seo-hyung) is a chaebol daughter married to the Hyowon Group family’s eldest son, while Seo Hee Soo (Lee Bo-young) is a top actress who gave up her career to marry the chaebol family’s second son. The secrets and lies start unraveling on Netflix on May 8. Doom at Your Service The lovely Park Bo-young (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) is back with a fantasy romance k-drama. She stars as Tak Dong-Kyeong, a highly unlucky web novel editor who seems destined for one tragic fate after another. After calling out to the heavens for an end to her misery, Myul Mang (Seo In Guk) — an intermediary between humans and the heavens — appears and offers her a 100-day contract for the life of her dreams, in exchange for the ultimate price. This premieres on May 10 and starts streaming on Viu on May 11. Move to Heaven Lee Je-hoon (Taxi Driver, Signal) must be one of the most hardworking actors in Korea this year. He’s back in this Netflix original series as Jo Sang-gu, an ex-convict who works with his nephew with Asperger’s syndrome, Han Gu-ru (Tang Jun-sang), as “trauma cleaners” — those who clean up crime scenes and organize the belongings of the deceased. Inspired by the essay “Things Left Behind” by Kim Sae Byul, the drama premieres on May 14. My Roommate Is a Gumiho Hyeri (Reply 1988) stars in this fantasy comedy as Lee Dam, a college student who accidentally swallows the mythical marble of a 999-year-old gumiho (nine-tailed fox) played by Jang Ki-yong (Search: WWW, Come and Hug Me). The problem is that the marble will break inside a human’s body after one year, killing her and preventing the gumiho from becoming human. Until they figure out how to solve their problem, the two decide to live under the same roof. This comedy starts streaming on iQiyi on May 26.
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Apr 09, 2021
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With March full of new k-drama premieres, April only has a handful on its calendar. But there might be a gem among these. Which one do you plan to watch? Taxi Driver Lee Je-hoon (Signal) stars as Kim Do-ki, an elite naval team member whose life is changed after his mother is murdered by a serial killer. He turns into a mysterious taxi driver who takes vengeance on behalf of other victims unable to get justice through the law in this new drama. Esom (Because This is My First Life) stars as the prosecutor suspicious of both Kim Do-ki and the unusual taxi service. It starts airing on Viu on April 10. Law School When a professor is found dead on campus, everyone becomes a suspect overnight. As a group of students unravel this unusual case, they discover a web of unsettling secrets where a main suspect emerges—their “devil” professor. Starring Kim Myung-min (Six Flying Dragons), Kim Bum (Tale of the Nine Tailed), and Ryu Hye-young (Reply 1988). Streaming on Netflix starting April 14. Sell Your Haunted House A real estate agent and a con artist team up to exorcise ghosts and evil auras from haunted properties in this k-drama. Jang Nara stars as Hong Ji-ah, a hot-tempered exorcist and the boss of Daebak Real Estate, while CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa stars as Oh In-bum, a scammer who doesn’t believe in ghosts but pretends to be an exorcist to make money. It starts airing on Viu on April 15. Undercover Ji Jin-Hee (Designated Survivor:60 Days) stars in another remake of a Western series, this time of a British series of the same name. He takes on the role of Han Jung-hyun, an agent of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who met his wife — a civil rights lawyer — while working on a top secret case. Things start to get complicated when his wife, Choi Yeon-Soo, gets nominated for a top government position. It starts streaming on April 23. Dark Hole In this horror-mystery k-drama, a city called Muji is enveloped by black smoke, turning the city’s inhabitants into dangerous monsters. Police detective Lee Hwa-sun (Kim Ok-vin) travels to Muji to investigate the strange phenomenon, and joins forces with a Muji local and ex-detective Yoo Tae Han (Lee Joon-hyuk) to fight the monsters and save the city's residents. Streaming on both iQiyi and Viu from April 25.
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