From historical match-making to doom at your door to irresponsible gumihos (what self-respecting nine-tailed fox would be so careless as to LOSE HIS BEAD? Just sayin’), the May dramas headed our way are determined to cover the entire storytelling spectrum. Come see what fate and/or the drama gods have in store for you!
May 1 – Bossam: Steal the Fate
Bossam – Stealing Fate tells the story of the man who accidentally kidnaps a princess. Ba Woo (Jung Il Woo, Sweet Munchies) was framed for conspiracy when he was young, leading him to hide his identity and live in poverty. Now older, Ba Woo connects widows who have no hope of getting remarried with new husbands. Set during the reign of King Gwang Hae, this drama about life and love revolves around Ba Woo, princess Soo Kyung (Yuri, Defendant), and the oppression that women and impoverished people experience.
May 3 – Youth of May (KOCOWA)
Youth of May is a drama about two young people who are swept up in the May 1980 Gwangju Uprising. Hwang Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun, Sweet Home) is a troublemaker who hates anything predictable. His life is described as “a war on prejudice,” and in order to break the prejudice against sons raised by single mothers, he earned top grades and even entered the Seoul National University College of Medicine. He also plays the guitar and enjoys going to music cafes. However, due to unexpected events, he ends up experiencing the harshest May of his life.
Kim Myung Hee (Go Min Si, Sweet Home) is a hard-working nurse who left home and is now living in Gwangju all by herself. Although she’s not friendly enough to comfort crying patients, she’s smart and skilful enough to do hard things, like find the proper blood vessel at once. She’s more like a warrior than an angel, and unlike her beautiful appearance, she has a cold exterior.
Lee Soo Ryun (Geum Sae Rok, Fiery Priest) is Kim Myung Hee’s best friend. She is easygoing, in spite of her preppy appearance, and feels that she has a responsibility to lead the charge for social justice, since she comes from a privileged background.
Lee Soo Chan (Lee Sang Yi, When the Camellia Blooms) is Soo Ryun’s older brother. He’s helping his father with the family business after returning from studying abroad in France.
May 8 – Mine
“Mine” is about strong and ambitious women who overcome the world’s prejudices in order to find their true selves.
Seo Hee Soo (Lee Bo Young, Mother) was a former top actress, but she gave up her career to marry the second son of Hyo Won Group. She does her best to fit in as the family’s daughter-in-law, and acts confidently all the time to stay true to herself.
Jung Seo Hyun (Kim Seo Hyung, Nobody Knows), on the other hand, is married to the first son of the same chaebol family. She is also the daughter of a chaebol family and is elegant, intelligent, and also very rational.
May 10 – Doom at Your Service (Viki)
Tak Dong Kyung (Park Bo Young, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) has been working hard ever since her parents passed away, and her life finally stabilized after she became a web novel editor. However, when Dong Kyung learns that she has brain cancer, she blames her unlucky life and casts a curse, wishing for everything to disappear. The curse unintentionally calls Myeol Mang (Seo In Guk, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes), a messenger between humans and gods, who says that he can grant her wishes. As her last hope, Dong Kyung contracts with Myeol Mang to live how she wants to live for one hundred days, risking everything.
May 14 – Move to Heaven (Netflix)
Geu Roo (Tang Jun Sang, Crash Landing on You) is a young man with Asperger syndrome who works with his father in their estate cleaning business, “Move To Heaven.” One day, Geu Roo’s own father dies, and Gue Roo is left alone. His cold uncle, Sang Koo (Lee Je Hoon, Taxi Driver), a martial artist and underground fighter and former prisoner, suddenly shows up in Geu Roo’s life, becoming Geu Roo’s guardian. Together, they run “Move To Heaven”.
May 17 – Racket Boy Band
Racket Boy Band tells the story of 16-year-old boys and girls from Haenam Middle School. The students have grown up with dreams of becoming badminton stars, but they’re not very good at the game. Fortunately for them, their charismatic badminton coach, Ra Young Ja (Oh Na Ra, SKY Castle), was a legendary badminton player. Together, coach and team grow as they prepare for a junior athletic competition. (This was the only trailer I could find, y’all. Good thing the writer is one of the co-writers from Prison Playbook, or it would be a hard pass from me. Rumor has it this drama will be on Netflix.)
May 26 – My Roommate is a Gumiho (iQIYI)
Handsome and intelligent professor Shin Woo Yeo (Jang Ki Yong, Search: WWW) is a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox who wants to become human. He’s been collecting human energy in a bead to do so, and he’s very, very close to achieving his goal. Meanwhile, Lee Dam (Hyeri, Reply 1988) is a university student. One day, her drunk friend falls asleep on top of an expensive car belonging to Shin Woo Yeo. Lee Dam apologizes to Shin Woo Yeo while struggling to take her friend away. Shin Woo Yeo steps in to help her, a fate-changing accident occurs, and Lee Dam ends up swallowing Shin Woo Yeo’s precious energy bead. They have one year before the bead breaks inside Lee Dam and kills her, so Shin Woo Yeo suggests that Lee Dam, who has never had a boyfriend before, should live with him until they figure out how to get the bead back where it belongs.
Where will your drama life take you this month, drama fans? Drop down in the comments below and let us know!
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