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The K-Dramas of the Month: July 2018

Well, fellow K-drama enthusiasts, this is it! We are just about to crest the halfway point of 2018! So far the year has brought us so many wonderful stories. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve been on the edge of our seats, we’ve binged, and we’ve more than likely all fallen in love a couple times as well…we regret nothing XD And we will likely all continue to do the same as there is a whole six months worth of K-dramas still to come this year! Perhaps your new favourite drama will be among them? Only one way to find out, binge on everyone, binge on! ^-^

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty

© My ID is Gangnam Beauty Poster, JTBC Korea, 22.07.2018, http://tv.jtbc.joins.com

Premiers On: July 27th.

Summary: Due to her “ugly appearance” Kang Mi-Rae has developed a timid personality, enduring both teasing and bullying. After undergoing plastic surgery she is now considered “beautiful” though her timid personality remains. When she begins university, she endures teasing and bullying for having plastic surgery. Do Kyung-Seok is a fellow student who doesn’t judge people by their outward appearances, instead,  searching for inner beauty. He begins to fall in love with Mi-Rae. This drama attempts to provide an important lesson about the value of inner beauty over outward appearances! ^-^

Main Cast: Lim Soo-Hyang, Cha Eun-Woo, Jo Woo-Ri, Kwak Dong-Yeon, Park Joo-Mi, Park Sung-Geun, Kim Ji-Min, Lee Tae-Sun, Jung Myung-Hoon, Woo Hyeon, Kim Sun-Hwa, Min Do-Hee.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy.

Time

© Time Poster, MBC Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.imbc.com

Premiers On: July 25th.

Summary: Cheon Soo-Ho has very little time left to live. He is the CEO of a popular restaurant and the son of the family who owns the large W Company. He was the reason that Seol Ji-Hyun’s life was ruined. Ji-Hyun used to be a social person with a bright personality, but everything changed when her brother suddenly died, for her, time stopped at that moment. Soo-Ho out of a desire to right his past wrongs before it is too late wants nothing more than to turn the clock back for Ji-Hyun. He will give everything he has in order to help her. But what happens when he starts to fall in love with her?

Main Cast: Kim Jung-Hyun, Seohyun, Kim Joon-Han, Hwang Seung-Un, Choi Jong-Hwan, Jeon Su-Kyeong, Seo Hyun-Woo, Kim Hee-Jung, Yoon Ji-Won, Joe Byeong-Gyu, Joo In-Young, Kim Yong-Joon, Kang Min-Ah, An Ji-Hyun, Kim Jung-Tae, Heo Jung-Do, Choi Duk-Moon.

Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Romance.

Dear Judge

© Dear Judge Poster, SBS Korea, 22.07.2018, http://programs.sbs.co.kr

Premiers On: July 25th.

Summary: Although Han Soo-Ho and Han Kang-Ho were born as identical twins, they couldn’t be more different if they tried. Soo-Ho is a judge guided by a strong sense of morals and principles, while Kang-Ho has a criminal record with five separate arrests! When Soo-Ho suddenly disappears, Kang-Ho assumes his brother’s identity and position. Kang-Ho who was once treated like dirt by everyone fast becomes the respected and venerated “Dear Judge.”

Main Cast: Yoon Si-Yoon, Lee Yoo-Young, Park Byung-Eun, Nara, Kim Hye-Ok, Kwak Sun-Young, Sung Dong-Il, Heo Sung-Tae, Kim Myung-Gon, Yoon Na-Moo, Heo Ji-Won, Hwang Suk-Jung, Jung Min-Sung.

Genre: Law, Comedy, Drama, Romance.

Witch’s Love

© Witch’s Love Poster, MBN Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.mbn.co.kr

Premiers On: July 25th.

Summary: Kang Cho-Hong is a delivery girl with a big secret, she is also a witch! Cho-Hong has the propensity to always put her nose into other people’s business. When she starts finding herself interested in the young and attractive Hwang Jae-Wook (Played by VIXX’s Hongbin) will she find more than she expected? Perhaps love?

Main Cast: Hyun Woo, Yoon So-Hee, Hong Bin, Kim Young-Ok, Ko Su-Hee, Choi Jae-Sup.

Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Drama.

Still 17

© Still Seventeen Poster, SBS Korea, 22.07.2018, http://programs.sbs.co.kr

Premiers On: July 23rd.

Summary: Gong Woo-Jin is a 30-year-old set designer. Due to trauma in his past, he no longer has any interest in love or relationships. Woo Seo-Ri has been in a coma since she was seventeen, for a total of thirteen years. Now, at thirty years old she wakes up, still having the mind of a 17-year-old. The two meet and help each other, falling in love in the process!

Main Cast: Shin Hye-Sun, Yang Se-Jong, Ahn Hyo-Seop, Ye Ji-Won, Jo Hyun-Sik, Lee Do-Hyun, Jung Eugene, Ahn Seung-Kyoon, Yoon Sun-Woo, Wang Ji-Won, Jo Yoo-Jung, Lee Seung-Joon, Shim Yi-Young, Lee Seo-Yeon.

Genre: Romance.

Risky Romance

© Risky Romance Poster, MBC Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.imbc.com

Premiers On: July 23rd.

Summary: Han Seung-Joo is a neurosurgeon guided by his strong desire for winning. Joo In-A is an endocrinologist with a strange obsession for hormones. Hospital romance ensues between the two complete opposites. Will they overcome their differences and remain together?

Main Cast: Ji Hyun-Woo, Lee Si-Young, Kim Jin-Yeop, Yoon Joo-Hee, Sun Woo-Sun, Jang Se-Hyun, Choi Ryung, Bae Seul-Ki, Shin Won-Ho, In A, Jeon No-Min.

Genre: Medical, Drama, Romance, Comedy.

Life

© Life Poster, JTBC Korea, 22.07.2018, http://tv.jtbc.joins.com

Premiers On: July 23rd.

Summary: Sangkook Universty Hospital, on the surface it may appear as if everything is normal, but underneath there is an intense rivalry playing out! The two rivals, Ye Jin-Woo, a warm-hearted and charismatic doctor in the emergency medical unit, and Koo Seung-Hyo, the cool-headed, ambitious president of the hospital. How far will the rivalry go? What will it do to the people around them? We are just as intrigued as you are!

Main Cast: Lee Dong-Wook, Cho Seung-Woo, Won Jin-A, Lee Kyu-Hyung, Yoo Jae-Myung, Moon So-Ri, Moon Sung-Geun, Cheon Ho-Jin, Tae In-Ho, Yum Hye-Ran, Choi Yu-Hwa, Eom Hyo-Seop, Kim Won-Hae.

Genre: Medical, Drama.

Recently Premiered

Your House Helper

© Your House Helper Poster, KBS Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.kbs.co.kr

Premiered On: July 4th.

Summary: Born to a successful parents, his father a lawmaker and his mother a doctor, Kim Ji-Woo grew up to work at a large company. Tired of that life he quit his job and stopped talking to his parents. After meeting a woman in need of a housekeeper he takes the position and starts working for her. During his time working, he listens to the problems of his employers and offers advice, helping them to solve these issues. Based on the popular webtoon “Dangshinui House Helper.”

Main Cast: Ha Seok-Jin, Bona, Lee Ji-Hoon, Go Won-Hee, Seo Eun-A, Jeon Soo-Jin, Jo Hee-Bong, Yeon Jun-Suk, Yun Ju-Sang, Jung Suk-Yong, Lee Min-Young, Im Ji-Kyu, Kim Min-Seok, Song Sang-Eun, Lee Noh-Ah, Lee Do-Gyeom.

Genre: Romance, Comedy.

Mr Sunshine

© Mr Sunshine Poster, tvN Korea, 22.07.2018, http://tvn.tving.com/tvn

Premiered On: July 7th.

Summary: A United States expedition to Korea in 1871 returns home with a stowaway, a small Korean boy, Eugene Choi. Many years later he returns to a war-torn Korea as an American soldier stationed in the country. What will he find among the mystery, intrigue, and plot surrounding the country? Perhaps love?

With an all-star cast and an impressive budget, this is touted as being one of the biggest K-dramas of the year!

Main Cast: Lee Byung-Hun, Kim Tae-Ri, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Kim Min-Jung, Byun Yo-Han, Choi Moo-Sung, Kim Eui-Sung, Kim Byung-Chul, Bae Jeong-Nam, Shin Jung-Keun, Lee Jung-Eun, Jo Woo-Jin, Kim Kap-Soo, Kim Eung-Soo, David McInnis, Lee Ho-Jae, Choi Jin-Ho, Lee Si-Hoon, Lee Seung-Joon, Kim Kang-Hoon, Jeon Jin-Seo, Sung Yoo-Bin, Lee Shi-A, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-Won, Ji Seung-Hyun, Im Se-Mi.

Genre: Historical, Melodrama, Romance.

This drama is also available on Netflix, and it looks amazing! We can’t wait to watch it!

 

To. Jenny

© To Jenny Poster, KBS Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.kbs.co.kr

Premiered On: July 10th.

Summary: Park Jung-Min falls deeply in love with Kwon Na-Ra, who is going through a difficult time and does not return his feelings. Na-Ra continues to chase her dreams of a musical career despite her situation, and Jung-Min puts his love for her into music. A tale of dreams, hopes, youth, music, and unrequited love…but will that love remain unrequited? Both episodes of this incredibly short drama are already out, and if you want to know what happens you’ll have to check it out because our lips are sealed! XD

Main Cast: Kim Sung-Cheol, Jung Chae-Yeon, Choi Yoo-Ri, Park Mi-Sun, Yang Ik-June, Lee Sang-Yi, Nam Tae-Boo, Jo Kwan-Woo, NC.A.

Genre: Music, Romance.

Let Me Introduce Her

© Let Me Introduce Her Poster, SBS Korea, 22.07.2018, http://www.sbs.co.kr/

Premiered On: July 14th.

Summary: Due to complications during her plastic surgery, Ji Eun-Han loses her memory. Her plastic surgeon Han Kang-Woo does his best to help her regain her lost memories. When Kang Chan-Ki, a seemingly warmhearted news anchor with a secret dark side enters the scene, things start to get even more interesting. Will Ji Eun-Han discover her past? Will she find love? Will Kang Chan-Ki’s dark side be revealed? Does it have something to do with Ji Eun-Han? These are all questions we can’t wait to have answered!

Main Cast: Nam Sang-Mi, Kim Jae-Won, Jo Hyun-Jae, Lee Mi-Sook, Han Eun-Jung, Yang Jin-Sung.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery.

Whatever your favourite style of K-drama, it is pretty clear July has something for you! There are so many and they all look so good! To get through all of them is quite the challenge, and will be a momentous achievement! We wish you all the best of luck! As always, keep watching, and binge responsibly! ^-^


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Featured Image Source: © Mr Sunshine Site Photo, tvN Korea, 22.07.2018, http://program.tving.com

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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