So you loved Misaeng, beginning to end. Maybe you saw My Lovely Girl (Rain’s comeback drama), Birth of a Beauty, or caught up with Gong Hyo Jin’s It’s Okay, That’s Love. And now there’s a huge hole in your kdrama-watching calendar.
It’s February and still below freezing outside, which makes me want to curl up in bed until the snow thaws and the sun’s rays are bright enough to burn a hole into my brain.
Don’t fret. It’s the perfect time to check out the latest crop of kdramas!
Having trouble sifting through it all? Here’s the best of what I’m watching now:
Top 3 Dramas: February 2015
Kill Me, Heal Me
Airs: Wednesday-Thursday, January 7 – March 12, 2015.
Writer: Jin Soo Wan (The Moon That Embraces The Sun)
Cast: Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Seo Joon, Oh Min Seok.
Premise: A rich illegitimate son’s (Ji Sung) dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personality disorder) surfaces as he returns home to begin his corporate life. Throw in a newbie psychiatrist (Hwang Jung Eum) and her bestselling novelist twin brother (Park Seo Joon), who is investigating his own birth ties to the beleaguered heir.
The gist: Ji Sung’s seven personalities are a scream. (And Hwang Jung Eum, ever the damsel in distress, does a bit of screaming indeed.) Park Seo Joon a welcome talent onscreen, a fun brother-sister chemistry adds to the dynamic.
From the first episode, you’ll be dying for more. (If you can get past the horrible overacting in English, you’re in for a real treat!) Ji Sung’s Shin Se Gi rocks out in guyliner and sexy scene-stealing lines – the bad boy look – looks good on him.
This one had an oddly likable blend: it was campy, ridiculous, creepy, sexy, and completely fun! Wastes no time getting us swept away into the story – you’ll be hooked from the very first two episodes. Can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard.
Heart To Heart
Airs: Friday-Saturday, Jan 9 – Feb 28, 2015.
Writer: Lee Jung Ah
Cast: Choi Gang Hee, Chun Jung Myung, Lee Jae Yoon, Ahn So Hee.
Premise: Psychiatrist treats a woman with anthrophobia, a particular illness which includes severe blushing. Psychiatrist encounters a mental block preventing him from treating patients. Throw in a cop in love with Miss Anthrophobia, a very dysfunctional family, and keeping your moonlighting jobs a secret from each other.
This was the biggest surprise of them all. It was, firstly, a refreshing storyline with unique characters. Cha Hong Do has a part-time gig as an assistant to a retired (but uneducated) aristocrat. Oh, yeah: she also disguises herself as an old grandma (pretty well, too) at this particular job, grey-haired wig, hunched posture and all. Lee Jae Yoon plays the cop (big surprise) super sweet on Hong Do.
The gist: great pacing, solid characters, and the drama offers insight and sensitivity surrounding mental illness. Bonus: watching men bicker in jealousy is devilishly adorable.
Hogu’s Love aka Fool’s Love
Airs: Monday-Tuesday. February 9 – March 31, 2015.
Writers: Yoo Hyun Sook (web comic), Yoon Nan Joong (Flower Boy Ramen Shop)
Cast: Choi Woo Sik, UEE, Lee Soo Kyung, Im Seul Ong, Lee Si Un.
Premise: Hopeless Poindexter Ho Gu (Choi Woo Sik) crosses paths with his crush from high school, who is now a professional swimmer (UEE).
I was skeptical of this one – the synopsis sounded too cheesy for my taste. Bumbling guy’s journey of love? Baby-faced Choi Woo Sik, whose credits include Fated To Love You and Pride and Prejudice, takes on his first leading role.
The gist: Pure fun. Nerdy, awkward guys can make the best onscreen characters.
Worth it to catch smart, sassy Kang Ho Kyung, Ho Gu’s sister (played by Lee Soo Kyung). She’s the one dropping knowledge on her brother and his knucklehead friends about girls and that whole dating game. Lee Si Un, as one of Ho Gu’s hopeless friends, you may know from the cherished drama Answer Me 1997.
Writer: Song Ji Na (Faith, What’s Up)
Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Kim Mi Kyung, Yoo Ji Tae, Oh Gwang Rok, Jo Han Chul.
The drama just wrapped (marathon alert!).
Premise: an elusive courier and brooding loner-type (Ji Chang Wook) gets framed for a crime and falls for a spirited entertainment reporter. Quest for unraveling his father’s death, old school revolutionaries, childhood crush, et cetera. A mix of spy/superhero/romance, all rolled into one.
The gist: cool, action-packed, and Ji Chang Wook never looked so good. (Apparently he was in The Bachelor’s Vegetable Store, where I barely noticed him. What with all those bachelors. And all those vegetables.)
Happy Kdrama watching, folks!