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K-Dramas of the Month: May 2018

It’s that time again! We have delved through the list of brand new dramas this month to bring you our picks for the best of the lot. ^-^ So whether you prefer high suspense thrillers, tearful and tragic melodramas, sidesplitting romantic comedies, sweeping love stories, or supernatural mysteries, we’ve got you completely covered!

~Coming Soon~

About Time

© About Time Poster, tvN Korea, 17.05.2018, http://program.tving.com/tvn/abouttime

Premieres On – May 21.

Summary: Musical Actress Choi Michaela has the strange ability to see the lifespan clocks of other people. When she meets Lee Do ha she finds that he has the ability to stop her lifespan clock. The two fall in love! WWhat will be the consequences of their love? Will they be able to stay together? You’ll have to watch to find out! ^-^

Main Cast: Lee Sang-Yoon, Lee Sung-Kyung, Im Se-Mi, Han Seung-Yeon, Ro Woon, Kim Hae-Sook, Na Young-Hee, Jeong Dong-Hwan.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Fantasy.

The Undateables

© The Undateables Poster, SBS Korea, 17.05.2018, http://programs.sbs.co.kr

Premieres On – May 23.

Summary: Hoon-Nam knows everything there is to know about love theoretically…but chooses to reject it. Jung-Eum is desperate to find love but has given up all hope. When the two meet and start to develop feelings for one another their entire lives are turned upside down!

Main cast: Namgung Min, Hwang Jung-Eum, Oh Yoon-Ah, Jo Dal-Hwan, Jung Moon-Sung, Choi Tae-Joon.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy.

Sketch

© (Left) Sketch Poster, (Right) Sketch Special Poster, JTBC Korea, 17.05.2018, http://tv.jtbc.joins.com

Premieres On – May 25.

Summary: When detective Kang Dong-Soo’s fiance is mysteriously murdered, he teams up with detective Yoo Shi-Hyun who has the remarkable ability to see 3 days into the future and sketches what she sees. The two team up to try and catch the murderer and perhaps find love at the same time? Meanwhile, Kim Do-Jin who’s pregnant wife was also killed plots revenge on the murderer.

Suspected to potentially be one of the biggest dramas this year this supernatural thriller not only has some big name actors but also stars the legendary Kpop icon Rain!

Main Cast: Rain, Lee Dong-Gun, Lee Sun-Bin, Jung Jin-Young, Kang Shin-Il, Lim Hwa-Young, Lee Seung-Joo.

Genre: Supernatural, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Action.

~Recently Premiered~

Sunny Again Tomorrow

© Sunny Again Tomorrow Site photo, KBS Korea, 17.05.2018, http://www.kbs.co.kr

Premiered On – May 7.

Summary: After Ha-Nee graduated from high school she has worked many part-time jobs, not managing to hold on to them for very long. She gets a job at a TV home shopping channel, but as usual, get’s fired rather quickly. Refusing to let life get her down she decides to start her own fashion company, through which she becomes involved with Han-Kyul, who works as a merchandiser for the same TV home shopping channel. Will they perhaps fall in love? Will Ha-Nee’s, never give up, attitude bring her success? You’ll have to watch the show to find out!

Main Cast: Seol In-A, Ha Seung-Ri, Jin Ju-Hyeong, Lee Chang-Wook, Yoon Bok-In, Yoo Hyun-Joo, Nam Neung-Mi, Shim Hye-Jin, Ji Su-Won, Kim Myung-Soo, Kim Tae Min, Seo Hyun-Chul, Choi Wan-Jung, Baek Seung-Hee, Robin Deiana, Choi Jae-Sung, Ahn Hong-Jin.

Genre: Family, Melodrama.

Wok of Love

© Wok of Love Poster, SBS Korea, 17.05.2018, http://programs.sbs.co.kr

Premiered On – May 7.

Summary: Seo Poong used to be a superstar Chinese cuisine chef working at one of the top restaurants…unfortunately, his popularity began to fade and now he works at a small, rundown, failing, Chinese restaurant. The owner of the building, Doo Chil-Seong, is a reformed gangster who spent five years in prison. The drama follows Seo Poong’s struggles, friendship, and romance.

Another big drama this month, starring some pretty big names, including the lead role, taken by veteran Kpop idol Junho of 2PM!

Main Cast: Lee Joon-Ho, Jang Hyuk, Jung Ryeo-Won, Cha Joo-Young, Tae Hang-Ho, Jo Jae-Yun, Kim Hyun-Joon, Choi Ki-Su,b Cha In-Ha, Choi Won-Myeong, Kim Sa-Kwon, Lim Won-Hee, Oh Eui-Sik, Hong Yoon-Hwa, Kang Rae-Yeon.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy.

Rich Man

© Rich Man Poster, MBN Korea, 17.05.2018, http://www.mbn.co.kr

Premiered On – May 9.

Summary: Lee Yoo-Chan is the CEO of popular IT company ‘Next In’ which is one of the most desirable places for young professionals to work. Yoo-Chan is arrogant and untrusting, he also has a problem recognizing peoples faces. Kim Bo Ra, a smalltown country girl from Jeju Island, is the pride of her family and famous in her hometown for how smart she is. She is currently in her last year of university in Seoul and having difficulty finding a job. Her dream is to work at ‘Next In.’ When these two polar opposites meet, things begin to change for both of them!

So many kpop stars in Drama lead roles this month, this time it is EXO’s Suho who takes the spotlight!

Main cast: Suho, Ha Yeon-Soo, Oh Chang-Suk, Kim Ye-Won, Park Sung-Hoon, Yoon Da-Young, Lee Jae-Jin, Park Hyun-Woo.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama.

Lawless Lawyer

© (Left) Lawless Lawyer Poster 1, (Right) Lawless Lawyer Poster 2, tvN korea, 17.05.2018, http://program.tving.com

Premiered On – May 12.

Summary: Bong Sang-Pil, an ex-gang member turned lawyer has one of the highest winning rates in Korea, almost never losing a case. His methods are unconventional and he isn’t afraid to exploit loopholes in the law. He takes to the court for his mother’s revenge, standing against the absolute power of the court.

Main Cast: Lee Joon-Gi, Seo Ye-Ji, Lee Hye-Young, Choi Min-Soo, Kim Byung-Hee, Yum Hye-Ran, Cha Jung-Won, Jeon Jin-Ki, Choi Dae-Hoon, Lee Dae-Yeon, Shin Eun-Jung, Ahn Nae-Sang, Lee Han-Wi.

Genre: Crime, Law, Action, Thriller, Drama.

Investigation Couple

© Investigation Couple Poster, MBC Korea, 17.05.2018, http://www.imbc.com

Premiered On – May 14.

Summary: Baek Bom is a forensic doctor who has worked in his position for ten years. He is excellent at his job, but due to his bad personality, he doesn’t open up to people at all. Eun-Sol is a warm-hearted rookie prosecutor, she maintains a bright personality and comes from a wealthy background. Circumstance throws them together to solve a difficult case.

Main Cast: Jung Jae-Young, Jung Yoo-Mi, Lee Yi-Kyung, Park Eun-Seok, Stephanie Lee, Kim Ho-Jung, Park Jun Gyu, Park Hee Jin, Kim Min-Ha, Ko Kyu-Pil, Noh Susanna, Kim Seo-Ra, Kang Sun-Sook.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama.

Come and Hug Me

© Come And Hug Me Poster, MBC Korea, 17.05.2018, http://www.imbc.com

Premiered On – May 16.

Summary: Two people with broken hearts due to a murder case in their past. When Do-Jin and Jae-Yi were high school students they were in love, both of them being the other’s first love. But when Do-Jin’s father is revealed to be a psychopath, he murders Jae-Yi’s parents the two were separated.

Now years later Do-Jin tries to redeem his family’s honor and atone for his father’s sins by catching criminals as a detective. He is renowned for how much gentle care he always treats the families of the victims with. Jae-Yi followed in her mother’s footsteps and became an actress. She has struggled with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) ever since her parents’ murder. When the two meet again the pain of their past and the love they once had for each other collide. Will the two be able to rekindle their love once again? Will their love be able to heal the wounds of their past and allow them both to move on? We certainly hope so!

Keep your tissues on hand everyone, this drama is set to be an absolute heartwrenching tear-jerker, but we remain hopeful that it will end happily. ^-^

Main Cast: Chang Ki-Yong, Jin Ki-Joo, Heo Jun-Ho, Nam Da-Reum, Ryoo Han-Bi.

Genre: Melodrama, Crime, Mystery, Romance.


That’s our list of the best dramas this month has to offer, we hope you enjoyed it! If you think we missed something that should be on this list. Or want to chat with us about dramas in general, just let us know! You can either comment here or find us on all our social media!

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Featured Image Source: © Wok of Love Poster, SBS Korea, 17.05.2018, http://programs.sbs.co.kr

Matthew Keeler

American-born Australian planning on making Korea my home. 4-Dimensional optimist :D Love life and live with no regrets. Be yourself, and treat everyone with kindness.^^

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