There are so many amazing sounding Kdramas coming out this summer. So, I thought I’d share about those I’ve watched, dramas that have recently premiered, and a few I feel like I’ve been waiting all year to see.
First for some dramas that have already finished that you can binge-watch…
1| Beautiful Gong Shim – At first I didn’t know if this was going to be the sort of drama that I like to watch, but I’m glad that I stuck it out.
Love story of two sisters and two men. The older sister has everything, including a beautiful appearance, and the younger sister only has a warm heart. One of the men lives on a rooftop apartment and the other man comes from a wealthy family. – AsianWiki
There is so much more to this drama than the summary suggests, so you’ll have to check it out to see how the story plays out for yourself. The younger sister was by far my favorite character in this drama as she was so warm and genuine despite all the struggles that she went through. This is the first drama that I’ve seen Minah in. As for the male lead, Namgung Min, I’ve only seen dramas were he’s play a villain, so it was nice to see him playing ‘the good guy.’ I previously saw second lead actor On Joo-Wan in Surplus Princess and The Village: Achiara’s Secret.
2| Lucky Romance – There was a wonderful chemistry between the two main leads in this drama. I was frustrated for several episodes with the main lead character Bo-Nui who after dealing with so much loss in the past, and believing herself to be the cause, listened to the advance of a fortune teller. So, I was glad to see when she finally started listening to her boyfriend, Soo-Hoo and CEO of the gaming company she works for. This drama is available exclusively on Viki.
**I previously saw the lead actress Hwang Jung-Eum in the dramas She Was Pretty and Kill Me,Heal Me. This is the first drama I’ve seen starring Ryoo Joon-Yeol, but I found both his character and his acting to be engaging.
3| Mirror of the Witch – This is definitely a story of good versus evil, and you find yourself wondering which side is going to have the upper hand in the end. It’s a very excellent drama and is just the sort that I usually tend to watch (elements of history and fantasy intertwined) when I made the rare choice to watch a period drama. The acting, costume and set design are absolutely stunning.
4| Squad 38 – From the initial synopsis I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one. No one likes tax season so why would I want to watch a drama that focus on it? Well, I’m glad that I gave it a try. Seo In-Guk plays a con-man who after getting caught chooses to use his talents for ‘good.’
The task force chief of Seoul City Hall and a con man work together to collect taxes from those who avoid paying large amounts. – AsianWiki
5| Doctors or Doctors Crush – I’ve just started watching this drama, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s a different role than I’ve seen Park Shin-Hye play in the past, but she definitely pulls it off.
When Hye-Jung was young, her life was difficult. She was good at fighting, but also studied well. Overcoming her tough situation, she is now a doctor. – AsianWiki
6| Uncontrollably Fond – While this drama is already part way through it’s 20 episode run, it’s currently sitting on my must watch list. After all I can only watch so many dramas at a time. If you want to watch it for yourself it’s available exclusively on DramaFever.
When Shin Joon-Young (Kim Woo-Bin) and No Eul (Bae Suzy) were children, they were separated and became heartbroken. As adults they meet again. Shin Joon-Young is now a top actor and singer. He is intelligent and attractive. No Eul is the PD of documentaries. She values money over justice and kisses up to those with more power than her. – AsianWiki
7| Wanted – Another drama that’s on my must watch list. I’ve previously lead actor Ji Hun-Woo in Queen In-Hyun’s Man (if you haven’t seen this, you need to pronto!) and Angry Mom.
One of Korea’s top actresses has her son kidnapped. She struggles to carry out a mission on a live reality show following the kidnapper’s demands. – AsianWiki
8| Let’s Fight Ghost – The reason I decided to add this drama to the ‘must watch’ list is because of Kim So-Hyun. I’ve been impressed with her acting ever since I saw her in ‘I Miss You.’ If she’s this good an actress at her young age, I look forward to her dramas in future. So far I’ve seen the first 6 out of 16 episodes and I’m loving it.
Hyun-Ji (Kim So-Hyun) studied for her 19 years before she died in an accident. She is now a ghost and has wandered around the world for several years. Hyun-Ji then meets exorcist Park Bong-Pal (TaecYeon). Hyun-Ji and Bong-Pal listens to various stories from ghosts and sends them to the otherworld. – AsianWiki
9| W – This one is going to be interesting… I’ve only seen the first 4 episodes and I’m completely hooked. It has that time travel vibe, except it’s not another time, it’s another ‘world.’ Both the acting and the writing for this drama are amazing!
If you like actor Lee Jong-Suk and haven’t checked out some of his previous dramas you’ll want to look into the following: Doctor Stranger, Secret Garden, I Can Hear Your Voice & Pinocchio.
A romance takes place between Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk), who is super rich and exist in the webtoon “W,” and Oh Yeon-Joo (Han Hyo-Joo) who is a surgeon in the real world. – AsianWiki
10| Moonlight Drawn By Clouds – I have a feeling like this is going to be a fun little period drama. Really looking forward to checking it out. It premieres on August 15th.
Hong Ra-On disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Crown Prince Hyomyeong (Park Bo-Gum). Hong Ra-On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Hyomyeong is unaware that Hong Ra-On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Hong Ra-On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Hong Ra-On to become one of them. – AsianWiki
11| Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart: Ryeo – I have been literally waiting all year to see this drama, so I’m already counting down the days till it’s late August premiere. I was in dire need of a new Lee Joon-Gi drama after Scholar Who Walks the Night. Since the summary below doesn’t give the drama justice… I’ve included the teaser trailer too.
When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, Hae-Soo (IU) travels back in time to the Goryeo era. There, she falls in love with Wang So (Lee Joon-Gi) who makes other people tremble with fear. – AsianWiki
If you haven’t watched Kdrama’s before. I’d definitely recommend you watch one of these and see how you like it. Once you start watching Kdramas… you don’t go back!