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K-Dramas of the Month: January 2018

Suspense, mystery, melodrama, and romance, January has it all! We have a lot of rookie actors taking the lead this month, and we are loving seeing all this new talent! For the most part, the majority of dramas this month are on the heavier side and are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. So fair warning, there is much binge-worthy material…don’t worry though, because, on the flip side, there are a couple of sweet and light-hearted romances as well for those who prefer that style!

 

~Coming Soon~

 

Cross

크로스

© Cross Shooting Scene, tvN drama, tvN Co., 17.01.2018, http://tvn.tving.com

-Premiers on January 29

Summary: Driven by revenge, Kang In-Kyu (Ko Gyung-Pyo) studies medicine in order to learn how to heal and how to kill. He takes a job as a prison doctor, where the man who brutally murdered his father is held. Will he get the ultimate revenge? Or will he learn the true meaning of forgiveness and healing?

Main Cast: Ko Gyung-Pyo, Jeon So-Min, Cho Jae-Hyun, Kim Ji-Han, Yang Jin-Sung, Jang Gwang, Kim Jong-Goo, Heo Sung-Tae, Yoo Seung-Mok, Woo Hyeon, Seo Woo-Jin, Uhm Ji-Sung.

Genre: Medical, revenge, thriller, healing.

 

Radio Romance

라디오 로맨스

© Radio Romance Poster, KBS2 drama, KBS Co., 17.01.2018, http://www.kbs.co.kr

-Premiers on January 29

Summary: Untalented Song Geu-Rim (Kim So-Hyun) works as a radio program writer. Since she was little she always listened to the radio with her mother who is blind. When she learns that her precious radio show is about to be canceled she tries, and succeeds, in casting top actor Ji Soo-Ho (Yoon Doo-Joon) to hopefully keep the show on the air.

Main Cast: Yoon Doo-Joon, Kim So-Hyun, Yoon Park, Yura, Ha-Joon, Kwak Dong-Yeon, Oh Hyun-Kyung, Kim Byeong-Se, Yun Ju-Sang, Lee Won-Jong, Kim Ye-Ryeong, Jung Hee-Tae, Im Ji-Kyu, Park Hyo-Joo, Kim Hye-Ji, Joe Byeong-Gyu,  Ryoo Hye-Rin, Sim Eun-Woo, Jeon Yu-Lim, Lee Ui-Woong, Ahn Do-Kyu.

Genre: Drama, romance, comedy.

 

Mother

마더

© Mother Poster, tvN drama, tvN Co., 17.01.2018, http://tvn.tving.com

-Premiers on January 24

Summary: While temporarily working at an elementary school Soo-Jin (Lee Bo-Young) notices one of her students Hye-Na (Heo Yool) is being abused by her mother (Ko Sung-Hee). Soo-Jin decides to take matters into her own hands, she decides to become Hye-Na’s mother.

Main Cast: Lee Bo-Young, Heo Yool, Lee Hye-Young, Ko Sung-Hee, Lee Jae-Yoon, Kim Young-Jae, Son Seok-Koo, Jo Han-Chul, Jeon Hye-Jin, Ko Bo-Gyeol, Lee Jung-Yeol.

Genre: Human, drama, suspense.

 

~Recently Premiered~

 

Return

리턴

© Return Poster, SBS drama, SBS Co., 17.01.2018, http://www.sbs.co.kr/

Summary: How do you solve a murder case when the suspects are all children of the elite class? It’s going to take everything dedicated lawyer Choi Ja-Hye (Ko Hyun-Jung) and hot-tempered detective DokGo Young (Lee Jin-Wook) have got! Can they manage to bring the perpetrator to justice?

Main Cast: Ko Hyun-Jung, Lee Jin-Wook, Shin Sung-Rok, Bong Tae-Gyu, Park Ki-Woong, Jung Eun-Chae, Yoon Jong-Hoon, Oh Dae-Hwan, Kim Hee-Jung, Kim Dong-Young, Seo Hye-Rin, Son Jong-Hak.

Genre: Drama, comedy, romance, thriller, mystery.

 

Longing Heart

애간장

© Longing Heart Poster, OCN drama, OCN Co., 17.01.2018, http://ocn.tving.com

Summary: Handsome math teacher Kang Shin-Woo (Lee Jung-Shin) still holds on to the memory of his first love, Han Ji-Soo (Lee Yeol-Eum). Somehow he manages to travel 10 years back in time to when they were in high school. When he meets his younger self (Seo Ji-Hoon), he does everything he can to bring his younger self and his first love together.

Main Cast: Lee Jung-Shin, Seo Ji-Hoon, Lee Yeol-Eum.

Genre: Romance, time travel, fantasy, mystery, school.

 

Anthology

문집

© Anthology Poster, tvN drama, tvN Co., 17.01.2018, http://tvn.tving.com

Summary: English teacher So-Yi (Shin Eun-Soo) returns to her grandparent’s house where she spent some of her high school years 16 years ago. While there she finds an Anthology she created with Jin-Hyun (One), one of her classmates. Will they find each other again? Will a lost love be rekindled?

Main Cast: Shin Eun-Soo, One.

Genre: Drama, romance.


These are the dramas we are looking forward to watching the most! Which ones are you most excited about? Are they on this list? Let us know~

Featured Image Source: © Cross Shooting Scene, tvN drama, tvN Co., 17.01.2018, http://tvn.tving.com

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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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