October is shaping up to be an interesting month in drama land, drama fans. From idol-led webtoons to gender-bender historicals to an actress gracing the small screen again for the first time in years, there is a LOT going on. What will you be watching to kick off your fall drama season?
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October 6 starring Chani, Eunseo
Kyu Han, a seemingly ordinary student, is cursed with an unlucky jinx. Every time he sneezes, things go exactly the opposite of what he hopes, forcing him into all sorts of unfortunate situations in his daily life. However, despite his supernatural bad luck, he still romantically chooses to pursue his one-sided crush, believing that if he just tries his hardest, there’s nothing he can’t achieve.
October 7, Viki, starring Yoon So Hee (Witch’s Love)
“PENG” is about a woman entering her 30s as four different men become entangled in her life.
30-year-old Go Sa Ri who is trying to start fresh as she says goodbye to her 20s. She faces a difficult situation when her ex-boyfriend, a younger guy, her best friend, and her boss simultaneously try to win her over.
Pi Jung Won, a talented media artist who also own his own gallery and cafe. He develops feelings for Go Sa Ri, who he has been close friends with since they were young.
Ki Sun Jae, the CEO of the fashion brand that Go Sa Ri works for. A nearly perfect guy with both looks and skills, he shows warmth in his actions although he appears cold at times.
Yeon Ha Rim, a younger guy who isn’t afraid to express his feelings.
Doo Ru Mi is a model who is always straightforward and confident, always willing to show interest when a handsome guy appears. She is an affectionate character who is very loyal to her friends.
The King’s Affection
October 11, Netflix, starring Park Eun Bin (Do You Like Brahms?), RoWoon (She Would Never Know)
When the Crown Prince’s consort gives birth to twins, the twins are considered an ominous sign, and the order is sent to kill the daughter. To save her, she is secretly sent out of the palace.
A few years later, the twin son Lee Hwi dies due to a disease. To hide her twin son’s death, the mother brings back the daughter and raises her as Prince Lee Hwi. Lee Hwi eventually becomes a crown prince. Fearing that her real identity will be revealed, Lee Hwi is unable to have anyone close to her and hides her emotions from others, making biting remarks. Although she distances herself, she starts developing feels for Jung Ji Woon, her teacher who comes from a noble family. Jung Ji Woon is a teacher from the Crown Prince sikangwon, a government office for the sole purpose of educating crown princes. He is described as a handsome man who is bold, persevering, and tenacious, but also tends to take life as it comes and lives free from worldly concerns as an optimist who enjoys life. As the son of a government official in the Saheonbu (an investigative government office), his future seemed clearly set out for him. However, there was a reason that he chose to go his own path and leave the easy road behind.
Reflection of You
October 13, Netflix, starring Go Hyun Jung (Dear My Friends), Shin Hyun Bin (Hospital Playlist)
The story of the love, betrayal, corruption, and revenge that takes place through the life of a woman who has been faithful to her desire and another woman who has lost the light of life by meeting with her woman.
Hee Joo had a poor and fierce time during her youthful days. She is now a successful painter and essayist. Her husband is the successor of a hospital and they have two children. Her family life seems enviable, but Hee Joo feels like she spends her time meaninglessly. At that time, Hee Joo meets a woman. The woman is poor, just like Hee Joo in her younger days, but she still shines.
October 15, Netflix, starring Han So Hee (Nevertheless), Ahn Bo Hyun (Yumi’s Cells)
Following her father’s murder, a revenge-driven woman puts her trust in a powerful crime boss — and enters the police force under his direction.
Yoon Ji Woo, a member of the organized crime ring, goes undercover as a police officer and harbors cold revenge in her heart. Helping Yoon Ji Woo go undercover is Choi Moo Jin, the boss of the biggest drug ring in Korea, whose true motives are not easy to read.
Jeon Pil Do, a police detective in the Drug Investigation Unit. He is a stickler for rules who becomes Yoon Ji Woo’s partner when she joins the police. Cha Gi Ho, the team leader of the Drug Investigation Unit. He and Choi Moo Jin have long been enemies, with Cha Gi Ho vowing to take down his crime ring before he retires.
Jung Tae Joo, Choi Moo Jin’s subordinate in the drug ring. Because of his steadfast loyalty, he is Choi Moo Jin’s most trusted henchman. Do Kang Jae, a former member of the drug ring. After causing problems and getting kicked out of the gang, he vowed revenge against them.
Oct 15, Viki, starring Yoon San Ha (To Be Continued), Park Su Min (Phantom the Secret Agent)
Centered around a secret composer, fans, and friends.
My Sweet Dear
October 21, Viki, starring Jang Eui Soo (Where Your Eyes Linger), Lee Chan Hyung (Uncanny Counter)
Yoon Do Gun is a highly talented chef and is the culinary creative genius behind Laura Dining, a top, critically acclaimed restaurant. But although Yoon Do Gun’s hard work has won Laura Dining to the top of the South Korean restaurant scene, the eponymous restaurant owner and Yoon Do Gun are beginning to pull in very different directions. While she wants to ensure that the menu is always packed with crowd-pleasing dishes, Yoon Do Gun wants to challenge diners with creative and newer preparations.
The falling-out intensifies when the owner hires Choi Jung Woo to work in the same kitchen. The latter is a talented chef in his own right, but his real skills are in copying other people’s hit recipes, rather than developing his own. Although the two chefs begin on the wrong foot, adopting an adversarial stance to one another, after getting to know one another, the beginnings of an unlikely love story start to form. Could rivalry turn to romance as the heat intensifies in the kitchen?
October 23, Viki, Jun Ji Hyun (Kingdom: Ashin of the North), Joo Ji Hoon (Hyena)
Set against the backdrop of towering views of Mount Jiri, where rangers and other employees of the Jirisan National Park climb through the mysterious and unexplored regions of the mountain, trying to rescue the survivors and lost trekkers.
Seo Yi Kang is the park’s top ranger who has vast experience in navigation, making her knowledgeable when it comes to tracking down lost individuals. One day, she becomes the partner of Kang Hyun Jo, a rookie park ranger who is a military academy graduate and an ex-lieutenant who experienced a horrific incident on Mount Jiri which led him to become a ranger.
The drama is centered around a mystery surrounding the mountain’s many visitors; those who come to kill, and those who come to end their lives.
October 30, Lee Young Ae (Saimdang, Light’s Diary)
A hard-boiled investigative comedy drama that centers around the insurance investigator Koo Kyung Yi who investigates a murder case. Koo Kyung Yi, an intelligent woman who solves cold cases for the thrill of cracking the case rather than for bringing justice to the world. By hook or by crook, she ferociously chases the truth behind every case. A college student who is a serial killer plots an accidental murder case to defraud her insurance money.
There you have it, drama fans! Let us know what dramas will land on your plate!
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