You’ve watched Crash Landing On You for the umpteenth time, you can practically recite the lines along with the characters…in Korean.
You’ve binged-watched Kingdom, finally finished Itaewon Class, and now there are only a few episodes of Hi Bye, Mama! left. Don’t panic. There’s a new slate of K-Dramas headed your way on Netflix. From romance fantasy to crime drama to variety show, there’s something for every fan.
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“We believe great stories from Korea help us build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world. From K-pop, K-food, to K-zombie, we see people in different parts of the world are connected through Korean styles they love and that’s why we are committed to investing in Korea’s talented creative community,” said Min-Young Kim, Vice President of Korean Content at Netflix.
Premiere date: March 28
Kang Ki-beom (Choi Jin-hyuk) is a top violent crimes detective investigating the terrorist group ARGOS. To get to him, the group kills his wife and slashes his eyes with a razor after he witnesses the murder. As if that wasn’t enough, he becomes the lead suspect in the crime.
To avenge her death and prove his innocence, he joins Rugal, a special organization dedicated to eradicating ARGOS. Rugal gives Ki-beom a high-tech artificial eye transplant, giving him a new lease on life and weaponizing him in the fight against the terrorist group.
Time to Hunt
Premiere date: April 10
Starring the hottest actors in Korea today: Lee Je-hoon (Architecture 101, Signal), Ahn Jae-hong (Be Melodramatic, Reply 1988), Choi Woo-shik (Okja, Parasite), Park Jeong-min (Svaha: The Sixth Finger, Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet) and Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook, Persona), and directed by 32nd Blue Dragon Awards Best New Director Yoon Sung-hyun, the movie is set in a dystopian society and tells the story of Jun-seok (Lee Je-hoon) who, fresh from his stint in prison, rounds up his friends Jang-ho, Ki-hoon, and Sang-soo to start life anew.
But things don’t go as planned when a mysterious stranger starts hunting them down.
Premiere date: April 29
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One of the shows that Netflix’s Vice President of Korean Content Minyoung Kim is excited about is Extracurricular. “The reasons were very excited about it is it’s from a brand new writer. This is his first series debut,” she says of screenwriter Jin Han-sae. “And his collaboration with the very respected director Kim Jin-min,” she adds.
The story revolves around a group of high school students who turn to a life of crime in order to earn money. When Oh Ji-soo (Sky Castle and Itaewon Class alum Kim Dong Hee) commits a serious crime in order to make enough money to pay for college, he goes from model student to criminal.
And when fellow students Seo Min-hee (Jung Da-bin) and Bae Gyu-ri (Park Joo-hyun) get involved, the group soon learns that crime doesn’t pay. But they’re in over their heads and before they know it, are faced with dangerous and irreversible consequences.
The King: Eternal Monarch
Premiere date: April 2020
Finally putting retirement rumors to rest, Lee Min-ho stars in this romantic fantasy drama alongside Goblin’s Kim Go-eun. Written by Kim Eun-suk (Goblin, Mr. Sunshine, Descendants of the Sun), and directed by Baek Sang-hoon (Secret, Who Are You: School 2015, and Descendants of the Sun) and Jeong Jee-hyun (Search: WWW), the story revolves around star-crossed lovers from parallel universes—Emperor Lee Got (Lee Min-ho), who is on a mission to close the doors between the two dimensions, and Detective Jung Tae-Eul (Kim Go-eun), who only wants to protect the lives of the people she serves and her loved ones.
Based on the trailer, it’s a little bit Goblin and a little bit WWW. But we hear it’s going to take the genre to a whole new level. We can’t wait to see how.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Premiere date: June 2020
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The second show Minyoung Kim is excited for K-Drama fans to see is It’s Okay to Not be Okay. “It’s about an unusual romance between two people who end up healing each other’s [emotional] and psychological wounds,” she says.
Fresh from his military service and his much talked about cameo on CLOY, My Love from the Star’s Kim Soo-hyun is back as Moon Gang-tae, a psych ward caretaker who is completely jaded when it comes to love. Kind, patient, and blessed with the ~perfect visuals~, he could be quite the catch, if only he believed in love. Enter Go Moon-young, a beautiful and popular children’s book author who, thanks to being antisocial, doesn’t even know what love is. Can a man who doesn’t believe in love and a woman who’s clueless about love actually fall in love? We’ll find out in June. But this being K-Drama land, our money’s on the two of them ending up together by the end of the series.
Premiere date: TBA
Korean actor Lee Seung-gi and Taiwanese celebrity Jasper Liu team up in this variety show where they travel to several cities in Asia to meet their fans, and form a friendship in the process.
“It’s about two men who don’t speak each other’s language, going on a trip together to meet their fans. It’s going to be our second variety show [on Netflix],” says Minyoung Kim. – Rappler.com
Maggie Adan is a storyteller at heart. She is a freelance editor, writer, and content creator.
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