The holidays are coming, and with it we have a PLETHORA of dramas to watch! From fantasy to revenge to desire, there are stories for every drama fan. Which ones will have you making excuses to go hide and push play?
Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow
December 10, Netflix, starring Lee Jae Wook, GO Yoon Jung, Hwang Min Hyun, Shin Seung Ho, Yoo Joon Sang, Oh Na Ra
Jang Uk returns from death, and 3 years later, the story of the mages unfolds anew. Jang Uk becomes a hunter of the soul-shifters when a young woman, a prisoner in her own home, seeks his help to reclaim her freedom.
December 17, KOCOWA, starring Seo Ji Hye (Adamas), Lee Sung Jae (Diary of a Prosecutor), Lee Sang Woo (Uncle), Hong Soo Hyun (Police University), Jung Yoo Min (Red Shoes)
A story of four people attempting to quench their desires and appease their heartbreaks.
Jo Eun Gang wants to become a school teacher, but she has failed to pass her teaching examination. She now works as a private tutor. She appears calm, but she holds something hot within her heart. She is a person who will do anything to get what she wants.
Ji Nam Cheol comes from a poor family, but he is married to a woman from a rich family. He runs a business that is actually owned by his father-in-law. Ji Nam Cheol is powerless at the company.
Han Ba Da is a married woman. She works as a jewelry designer. Right before her wedding, her parents went bankrupt. She was about to give up on her wedding, but her fiance persuaded her to marry him. Her life is not easy due to her mother-in-law.
Go Cha Won works as a dermatologist. He became a doctor as his parents expected and is married to Han Ba Da. He doesn’t like his job and he knows his wife is having a hard time due to his mother, but he doesn’t know what to do. His brother-in-law is Ji Nam Cheol.
Missing: The Other Side (season 2)
December 19, starring Go Soo (Missing: The Other Side), Heo Joon Ho (Why Her?), Ahn So Hee (Missing: The Other Side)
3 Gongdan is a village where missing deceased people, including Kang Eun Sil and Oh Il Yong, stay. Meanwhile, Kim Wook, Jang Pan Seok, Lee Jong A, and Detective Shin Joon Ho try to find the bodies of missing people and chase after the truth behind their deaths.
December 19, Netflix, starring Kim Hyun Joo (Hellbound), Park Hee Soon (A Model Family), Kim Mu Yeol (Juvenile Justice)
“Trolley” will tell the story of a lawmaker’s wife who hides her past. It will showcase the dilemma and struggles that couples face as their secret is revealed to the world.
December 21, Disney+, starring Choi Min Shik (Oldboy), Son Seok Koo (My Liberation Notes), Lee Dong Hwi (Glitch), Ryu Hyun Kyung (Cheer Up), Heo Sung Tae (Insider)
A crime-action drama about a casino king who is taking risks and trying to get back into the game.
Interests of Love
December 21, Netflix, starring Yoo Yeon Seok (Narco-Saints), Moon Ga Young (Link: Eat, Love, Kill), Geum Sae Rok (Youth of May), Jung Ga Ram (Love Alarm)
Takes place at Nara Bank’s Yeongpo branch, which is celebrating the 99th anniversary of its foundation. The story focuses on the scandalous office romance between the characters Ha Sang Soo, Ahn Soo Young, Park Mi Kyung, and Jung Jong Hyun.
Ha Sang Soo is the senior head of the comprehensive consultation team at Nara Bank’s Yeongpo branch. Ha Sang Soo has had this position for three years already, and he is a handsome, intelligent, and sturdy person who will not waver in the face of life’s difficulties. Although he is an upright character, Ha Sang Soo is not cold or too formal but rather warm hearted with a humorous side. Not to mention, he has an athletic form fit for a national athlete rather than a bank employee. He entered his job as the top employee from Nara Bank’s training center, so he is very popular but also the source of envy for many others.
Ahn Soo Young is a fourth-year chief bank teller at Nara Bank’s Yeongpo branch. Known as the goddess of Yeongpo branch, she possesses gorgeous looks and a sweet voice. She started off as a part-time teller and is now a fourth-year chief, but she seems to be forever stuck at that level.
December 30, Amazon Prime, starring Kim Nam Gil (Through the Darkness), Lee Da Hee (Love is for Suckers), Cha Eun Woo (True Beauty), Sung Joon (Casting a Spell to You)
Won Mi Ho is the only daughter of her father who runs Daehan Group. Her arrogant and selfish attitude causes her to make a big mistake that eventually angers her father into banishing her to Jeju island. There, she is assigned to work as a high school ethics teacher. Unbeknownst to her, the island is where evil roams free. She meets other individuals on the island and together, the characters join forces to live.
December 30, Netflix, starring Song Hye Kyo (Now We Are Breaking Up), Lee Do Hyun (Melancholia), Im Jo Yeon (Rose Mansion), Park Sung Hoon (Into the Ring), Yeom Hye Ran (The Uncanny Counter), Jung Sung Il (Our Blues)
It’s a sad revenge story that begins with a high school student who dreamed of becoming an architect. However, she had to drop out of school after suffering from brutal school violence. Years later, the perpetrator gets married and has a kid. Once the kid is in elementary school, the former victim becomes their homeroom teacher and starts her thorough revenge towards the perpetrators and bystanders of her bullying days.
Which drama would you want to find among your gifts, drama fans? Drop down in the comments and let us know!
Until next year and all its shiny new dramas, we remain —
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi