I experienced some sort of Korean drama hiatus for a couple of months. I thought that the drama titles produced in the last quarter of 2017 were forced, poorly produced, and seemingly the writers haven’t had enough time to thoroughly conceptualize a solid story line.
Although I noticed the lack of presence of popular Kdrama Oppa[s] (most of them are currently rending their mandatory military service) this year, the hope I saw in a few rising stars, who took the limelight and continued to bring in good stuff for Kdrama fans to enjoy, brought satisfaction *still* in some way.
Since this hope made me so excited to what it seems to be a pocketful of sunshine (in this particular drama realm, if I may say) I decided to briefly list down a few new Korean drama titles, highlighted by returning celebrities and promising rookies in brief summation.
IU and Lee Sun-Kyun in “My Ajeossi”
Just about to sprinkle more goodness this year, singer and actress IU is back as the lead in upcoming TvN drama “My Ajeossi” together with Lee Sun-kyun, who will be playing the (and for the second time, after playing one in The Coffee Prince) Ajeossi role. The story is about a May-December relationship that will help both characters to heal and surpass old wounds. The drama is slated to air in the first half of 2018. Nara of K-pop group Hello Venus will also join the cast.
When Jang Dong-gun “Suits” the remake
This iconic Oppa is back with a remake of the popular US drama series, “Suits”! Actor Jang Dong-gun will be playing the role of Harvey Spector, a successful but quite an unorthodox lawyer. Park Hyung-sik will also join Jang Dong-gun in the remake. The Korean version of the series will show current courtroom drama trend and will air in the first half of 2018 on KBS2.
Seo Kang-Joon in “Are You Human, Too?”
The drama realm is never falling short of common sci-fi/robot storylines but this drama stood out for me—and of course the eye-candy Seo Kang-Joon is in it.
Seo Kang-Joon will be a robot processed with artificial intelligence that will be a stand-in for the comatose son of a rich family and then falls in love (now that is uncanningly interesting!) with a human being. The actor will play both the role of the robot and the son. This pre-produced sci-fi drama will air on KBS2.
Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri Travel Back in Time in “Mister Sunshine”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actor Byung-hun Lee attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The rising actress Kim Tae-ri will highlight the upcoming TvN drama “Mister Sunshine” with actor Lee Byung-hun, to be aired in summer. Byung-hun will portray a character that went to America in the 1870s and surprisingly travels back in time to Joseon Era as a US soldier. The drama is the brainchild of Writer Kim Eun-sook and will be directed by Director Lee Eung-bok, who both had redefined success by giving us moving melodramas such as “Descendants of the Sun” and “The Goblin”.
Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han in “Great Temptation”
MBC’s new drama “Great Temptation” cast Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han as leads and scheduled to air in the first half of the year. In this drama, Woo will do everything to make Joy believe in love. The drama is based on the French novel, “Dangerous Liaisons”.
Bae Doo-na in Netflix Original drama “Kingdom”
International star Bae Doo-na will star in Netflix Original series “Kingdom” and will be released in the latter half of the year through the global streaming app. The first Netflix Original Korean drama is an eight-episode series about a unique story of Joseon Era zombies. Quite interesting, eh?