Since drama releases come in waves, here at Dramas with a Side of Kimchi we thought we would put all of the month’s releases into one handy reference post. Come see what December has in store for our watch lists!
Dec 2 – “Cheat On Me If You Can”
Available on Kocowa. “If You Cheat, You Die” is a comic mystery thriller about a novelist wife (Cho Yeo Jung) who only thinks about how to kill people, and her husband, a divorce lawyer (Go Joon) who wrote a memorandum titled “If You Cheat, You Die”. It tells an unconventional and intense story about adults who do bad things with guilt.
Dec 8 – Lovestruck in the City/City Couple’s Way of Love
Available on Netflix. Lovestruck in the City is a realistic portrayal of young people who pursue romance and happiness while struggling to get by in a busy, competitive urban environment. Park Jae Won (Ji Chang Wook) is an honest man, a passionate architect and a lover of city alleyways. His hobby is collecting more hobbies. A romantic at heart, he cannot forget a certain woman. This thief of his heart and his camera had disappeared like a fleeting midsummer night’s dream. Lee Eun Oh (Kim Ji Won) is an ordinary woman who temporarily reinvents herself as the spontaneous and free spirited Yun Seon Ah. She takes off to a remote place on an impulse and falls in love with Jae-won under this new identity.
Dec 9 – “True Beauty”
Available on Viki. True Beauty is a romantic comedy about a high school girl Lim Ju Gyeong (Moon Ga Young), who rises to pretty girl fame after she masters the art of make-up from YouTube. She turns into a goddess because of her makeup skills, but would rather die than reveal her bare face to anyone. It tells her love story with the only boy that saw her without makeup, Lee Su Ho (Cha Eun Woo). Lee is an attractive and handsome boy who appears cold because of his dark past but is actually very caring. They grow when they meet each other sharing their secrets and finding love with each other, but can Su Ho make Ju Gyeong find her true beauty?
Dec 10 – “Alice in Borderland”
Available on Netflix. Arisu (Yamazaki Kento)—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi (Tsuchiya Tao), a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.
Dec 11 – “Hush”
“Hush” is an office drama about newspaper reporters and their everyday struggles, problems, and ethical dilemmas. Han Jun Hyeok (Hwang Jung Min) is a veteran reporter for a newspaper. He first became a reporter to pursue justice, but he is now conflicted between idealism and pragmatism. Han Jun Hyeok must also deal with personal issues as a husband and father. Lee Ji Su (Im Yoon Ah) is a bold intern reporter who isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said, even during a job interview. When she meets Han Jun Hyeok as her mentor, she begins to dream of becoming a true journalist.
Dec 12 – “Mr. Queen”/”No Touch Princess”
Available on Viki. In the present day, Jang Bong Hwan (Shin Hye Sun) works as a chef at the President’s Blue House. He has a free spirit, but his spirit somehow finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So Yong in the Joseon period. King Cheol Jong (Kim Jung Hyun) has secrets. He seems like a figurehead, who is gentle and easygoing. In fact, he hides his strong aspects. Queen Sunwon (Bae Jong Ok) is the late King Sunjo’s wife. She wields the true power in the country and, thus, relegates King Cheol Jong as just a figurehead. Kim Jwa Geun (Kim Tae Woo) is Queen Sunwon’s younger brother. He is extremely ambitious.
Dec 16 – “Run On”
Available on Netflix. A love story between Ki Sun Gyeom (Im Si Wan) and Oh Mi Joo (Shin Se Kyung). Ki Sun Gyeom was once a popular sprinter for the national team. Due to a case, he quit the sport. He then begins to work as a sports agent. Meanwhile, Oh Mi Joo writes subtitle translations for movies. She was thrilled when she first see her name as a translator during the end credits. She meets Ki Sun Gyeom, who just quit being a sprinter. She feels they were destined to meet. Seo Dan Ah (Choi Soo Young) is the CEO of a sports agency. She is the only child of a man who runs the Seomyung Group. Because of her gender, she is pushed back on the list of potential successors to the Seomyung Group. She lives fiercely to take back what originally belonged to her. Lee Young Hwa (Kang Tae Oh) then appears in her life. He is a university student, majoring in art. He likes movies and croquis drawing.
Dec 18 – “Sweet Home”
Available on Netflix. Hyun Soo (Song Kang), a loner high school student who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, moves to an old apartment complex called Green Home. Driven by despair, he gradually realizes the secret of the Green home. The fact that a monster trying to drive humanity out of various forms of distorted human desires surrounds the Green home, including himself, and that the residents of Green Homes are trapped in them.
Dec 21 – “Secret Royal Inspector”/”Royal Secret Agent”
Set towards the end of the Joseon era, Sung Yi Gyum (Kim Myung Soo) placed first in the state examination and he now works at the Hongmungwan (administrative and research department). He doesn’t have a goal or ambition for his life. One day, Sung Yi Gyum is caught gambling. As punishment, he is assigned to work as a secret royal inspector. His job is to eradicate illegal acts and corruption by public officers. He carries out his new job with the help of Hong Da In (Kwon Na Ra) and Park Chun Sam (Lee Yi Kyung). Hong Da-In is a female inspector and solves cases with Sung Yi Gyum. Park Chun Sam is Sung Yi Gyum’s servant. Park Chun Sam is talkative, affectionate, and tearful. Meanwhile, Sung Yi Bum (Lee Tae Hwan) is Sung Yi Gyum’s younger stepbrother. His father is a nobleman, but his mother is a slave. Due to his mother’s low social status, his father does not accept him as his real son and he is barred from having certain opportunities. He opposes his older stepbrother Sung Yi Gyum.