The year is coming to an end in a few months, and we’ve seen a lot of Korean drama series that gave thrills and excitement as they premiered. These K-dramas are no doubt; relaxing, relatable, gingered with blends of genres, and constructed with strings and twists to shake off your anticipations in the plots.
Several Korean dramas have stirred various reactions from fans and viewers; most deserve to be as highly rated and mostly recommended. Keep scrolling to relive a couple of familiar k-dramas that have made your days this year up and running.
10. Forecasting Love And Weather
Forecasting Love and Weather, released earlier this year, is a South Korean series with great directing from Cha Young-hoon and features actors in lead characters as Jin Ha-Kyung(Park Min-young), Lee Shi-woo(Song Kang), Han Ki-Joon(Yoon Park), and Chea Yoo-jin(Yura). They premiered from February 12-April 3 for 16 episodes.
The plot reveals the unusual love story between Jin Ha-Kyung and Lee Shi-woo, both in a meteorological workspace detecting and forecasting weather. While they had messed-up love lives, Jin Ha-Kyung, a diligent senior forecaster, and her free-spirited co-worker Lee Shi-woo tried to solve the sudden change in the Korean peninsula temperature. Their challenges, however, paced the love budding between them.
9. Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Justice is a South Korean television series premiered on Netflix on February 25 and ran for 10 episodes. The series was directed by Hong Jong-chan and featured Kim Hye-soo as Shim Eun-Seok, Kim Mu-yeol as Cha Tae-Joo, and Lee Sung-min as Kang Won-Joong playing intense lawyer characters with thrills for justice.
The story focused on an impenetrable Shim Eun-Seok as she was appointed to be a judge at a juvenile court. Having a brutal history with juvenile criminals sounded like payback time which was counter-balanced with Cha Tae-Joo a judge who thinks juveniles can be redeemed. Shim Eun-Seok didn’t have it all her way as the succeeding Chief of Juvenile Justice; Kang Won-Joong has, in contrast, her belief in sentencing juvenile criminals. The courtroom is stirred with the discovery of what becoming an adult means.
8. Our Blues
Our Blues premiered on April 9 on tvN to 12 of June, a South Korean series with directing role of Kim Kyu-tae over the characters of Lee Byung-hun as Lee Dong-Seok, Shin Min-a as Min Seon-ah, Cha Seung-won as Choi Han-soo, Lee Jung-Eun as Jeong Eun-hee, Uhm Jung-Hwa as Go Mi-ran, Han Ji-min as Lee Young-ok, and Kim Woo-bin as Park Jeong-Joon. The series has 20 episodes in total.
The story revolves around the people of Jeju Island with challenges and sweet-sour life that blossomed, love notwithstanding. Lee Dong-Seok, a truck owner and merchant on the island, as unsophisticated as he was, gets involved with Min Seon-ah, a single parent that moved to the island and worked under him. Also, the twist with Choi Han-soo, who came back to Jeju after he moved to the mainland and also appeared to be the first love of Jeong Eun-hee, running a fish store on the island. There is Lee Young-ok, who moved to the island and became a hanyeo female diver, who fatedly met the boat captain Park Jeong-Joon who’s warm at heart in search of a woman that will not leave Jeju Island.
Panchiko is a Korean but cited as American television series due to its settings based on the 2017 novel by Min Jin Lee. The actors featured as main characters are; Youn Yuh-Jung as Kim Sun-JA, Lee Min-ho as Koh Han-Su, Soji Arai as Baek Mozasu, and Jin Ha as Solomon Baek. Directors that perfected the actors’ role delivery were Kogonada and Justin Chon. The first part premiered on March 25 and was slated for a second season in April; the first part has eight episodes only.
Kim Sun-JA, while Korea was under Japanese rule, was born and raised in Busan. However, she fell in love with Koh Han-su, a powerful person with a different social class from her. Kim Sun-ja married a pastor instead to save her honor; she later moved to Japan and experienced the ups and downs of immigrants in the country of the unknown. Meanwhile, for years more, Kim Sun-JA’s grand son Solomon Beak who had schooled at Yale University, always peered himself with westerners. He soon went to his land, Tokyo, to pursue a Korean woman that refused to give up her land for a hotel group’s construction.
6. Business Proposal
Business Proposal is a south Korean series featuring actors Ahn Hyo-seop Ahn Hyo-seop as Kang Tae-moo, Kim Se-Jeong as Shin Ha-ri, Kim Min-kyu as Cha Sung-hoon, and Seol In-ah as Jin Young-SEO. The series premiered on February 28 to April 5 and streamed on Netflix; Park Seon-ho directed it. A business proposal is a romantic comedy series based on the series self-named webtoon, and it was run for 12 episodes.
The story reveals the love blossom between Shin Ha-ri, who went on a blind date to replace her friend Jin Young-SEO to escape her father’s setup, and Kang Tae-moo, the CEO of the Go-food company where Ha-ri works. Tae-moo tempted Ha-ri with lots of money to play along with the blind date, which she accepted due to her needs. However, Young-SEO was head over heels for Sung-hoon, who happens to be the secretary for Go food’s CEO and the one who discovers the secret of the girl’s blind date exchange.
5. Ghost Doctor
Ghost Doctor is a South Korean series with director Boo Seong-Cheol and actors in; Rain as Cha Young-min, Kim Bum as Go Seung-tak, See as Jang Se-jin, and Son Na-Eun as Oh Soo-Jeong. The series was broadcasted for 16 episodes on tvN from January 3 to February 22. Ghost Doctor is a fantastic blend of medical drama.
The plot focuses on two genius doctors; Cha Young-min is an arrogant but genius cardiothoracic surgeon who has an accident that made his soul wander in the hospital. Young-min’s spirit possessed the 1st year thoracic surgeon, the knowledgeable grandson of the founder of the hospital, and has a fear of blood but is warm and graceless at work. So together, combining both talents solved many complicated surgeries.
4. All Of Us Are Dead
All Of Us Are Dead, released on January 28, is an interesting apocalyptic horror series with actors like Park Ji-hu as Nam On-jo, Yoon Chan-young as Lee Cheong-san, Cho Yi-Hyun as Choi Nam-era, Lomon as Lee Su-hook, Yoo In-soo as Yoon Gwi-Nam, Lee Yoo-mi as Lee Na-Yeon, Kim Byung-Chul as Lee Byeong-chan, Lee Kyu-Hyung as Song Jae-ik, and Jeon Bae-soo as Nam So-ju. The series was run for 12 episodes and is slated for season two.
The plot reveals how Lee Byeong-chan, a life science teacher at Hyeosan High school, creates a virus to perform an experiment that failed and killed his son. The virus, a zombie virus, got out and spread quickly when an infected person bites another average person. Students’ lives were endangered, and only a few groups tried to survive without communication, food, or other human comforts.
3. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
The South Korea Money Heist, a version of the original Spanish version, premiered on Netflix on June 24. They featured Yoo Ji-Tae as Professor / Park Sun-ho, Park Hae-soo as Berlin / Song Jung-ho, Jeon Jong-Seo as Tokyo / Lee Hong-dan, Lee Hyun-woo as Rio / Han Joseph, Lee Won-jong as Moscow / Oh Man-Sik, and Park Myung-hoon as Cho Young-min. The crime drama money heist was streamed for six episodes only and was directed by Kim Hong-sun.
The plot emphasized the gang of strategist Professor and his multi-talented members; with the plan of a money heist, they established a hostage crisis, and eventually, they all faced odd situations. The police tried their best to stop them, but there was a sneaky mastermind behind everything. The Korean peninsula was unrestrained, as the hostages had notable personalities among the others and few with dirty secrets.
Tomorrow is a fantasy South Korean series drama following the Naver webtoon released in 2017, directed by Kim Tae-Yoon and Sung Chi-wook featuring Kim Hee-sun as Koo Ryeon, Rowoon as Choi Joon-woong, Lee Soo-hyuk as Park Joong-Gil and Yoon Ji-on as Lim Ryung-gu. Streamed on Netflix and aired on MBC TV, run for 16 episodes.
The plot twists around Choi Jun-woong, a youthful job seeker who is helpless to attain a good job. Coincidentally, he came across the grim reapers Koo Ryeon and Lim Ryung Gu, who always handle the task of previewing suicide cases. He works with them as the youngest pact employee in the crisis administration team of death angels. The storyline depicts the dead’s role in preventing those who want to die.
1. Alchemy Of Souls
Alchemy Of Souls is a fictional fantasy love story directed by Park Joon-hwa and feature Lee Jae-Wook as Jang Uk, Jung So-min as Mu-deok/ Nak-su, and Hwang Min-Hyun as Seo Yul. The drama series was recently aired on tvN and Netflix on August 28, with the first part already concluded for 20 episodes.
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The plot surrounds a fictional city, the powerful Daheo, where young mages got their fate twisted, and Songrim was trying to get rid of soul shifters but was constantly hindered by the protagonist Jin Mu, who had used Nak-su for his killing spree plan to rid off mages so he could freely use the Ice stone, a stone with mystical energies that produce soul ejectors to allow souls to switch bodies by performing the forbidden spell ‘alchemy of souls’. However, Nak-su unknowingly shifted into Mu-deok’s body and met Jang Uk, the king star, and her old acquaintance, Seo Yul but endlessly fought their way through challenges to achieve greatness.
The most interesting K-drama series so far this year are on several numbers, but this countdown reigned in their time.
Tell us which you have watched, and on a scale of 10, which would you rate the highest as the one that did it so far.