March 2023 and the Hallyu Wave

Can you believe it’s nearly March? Me neither, but time keeps pushing forward. And with that push comes a bounty of new dramas, including a taxi driver for ghosts, three men who refuse to grow up, childhood friends who are forced to grow up, and more BLs than you can shake a stick at. (Ok, maybe you can shake a stick at them. Let’s not brag.) Come see what you have to choose from when the March Hallyu wave hits a streaming service near you!

NOTE: Instead of a weekly drama teaser post, I’ll be updating this roundup with new information as I get it. So keep coming back if you want to learn more about the dramas that are calling to you, because this is the place to find out where they’re streaming and watch trailers! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated:

(All information courtesy of MyDramaList and Asian Wiki. Information is subject to change due to the whims of the drama gods, advertisers, netizens, and the sun’s position relative to the rest of the galaxy. Or something like that.)

Delivery Man

March 1, Viki, starring Yoon Chan Young (All of Us Are Dead), Bang Min Ah (My Absolute Boyfriend), Kim Min Seok (Lovestruck in the City)

Seo Young Min works as a taxi driver to support himself. Somehow, he begins to take only ghosts as his passengers and ends up granting their wishes. He gets help from a ghost and an ER doctor. 

Kang Ji Hyun happens to get into Seo Young Min’s taxi. She has no memory of who she was when she was alive, and she discovers she can’t leave Young Min’s taxi. She decides to be Seo Young Min’s sales manager. 

Working together, Young Min and Ji Hyun grant ghosts’ wishes, including chasing after a serial killer. Workaholic ER Doctor Do Kyu Jin helps them out. He senses that something is going wrong in his ER. 

All the Liquors

March 2, Viki, starring Kim Joon Hyung (Love is for Suckers), Won Do Hyun, Jeong Ho Gyun (A Shoulder to Cry On)

Han Ji-yu is an employee on the marketing team of a liquor company. Park Ki-hoon, on the other hand, is a devilishly charming, skilful chef of a famous restaurant. When Ji-yu is asked to contact Ki-hoon’s restaurant in search of a potential collaboration, he runs up against a few walls—namely, Ki-hoon’s flat out refusal to sell any alcoholic drinks in his restaurant. But Ji-yu is not ready to just give up. What will he do to break the stubborn chef?

Two men from different walks of life learn to open up to each other through the intoxicating power of love.

In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal

March 3, Netflix documentary

This docuseries examining the chilling true stories of four Korean leaders claiming to be prophets exposes the dark side of unquestioning belief.

Divorce Attorney Shin

March 4, Netflix, starring Cho Seung Woo (Stranger), Han Hye Jin (Let’s Hold Hands Tightly and Watch the Sunset), Kim Sung Kyun (The Fiery Priest), Jung Moon Sung (Hospital Playlist)

The story of a talented divorce lawyer punnily named Shin Sung Han (the word “shinsunghan” means “sacred” in Korean). As an expert divorce lawyer, the incredibly sensitive Shin Sung Han must deal with clients who are wild beyond belief, but he finds solace in his two closest friends and fellow “40-year-old youths” Jang Hyung Geun and Jo Jung Sik. 


March 6, Viki, starring Jang Dong Yoon (The Tale of Nokdu/The King of the Desert), Seol In Ah (A Business Proposal/Record of Youth), Choo Young Woo (Once Upon a Small Town/School 2021/Police University)

“Oasis” is set in the turbulent times of South Korea between the ’80s and ’90s. It depicts the fierce life, revenge, and conflict of young people who have to pursue power and wealth by any means in an era filled with wrong social values. 

Lee Doo Hak is a young man who was born in a small city in Jeolla Province and grew up innocent with a clever brain. However, he fatefully becomes caught in a whirlpool of events and ends up in the middle of conflict. After going through a real estate fraud group, he becomes a “political gangster” and lives his life to avenge his father’s unjust death.

Our Dating Sim

March 9, Viki, starring Lee Seung Gyu (User Not Found), Lee Jong Hyuk (User Not Found)

A story about what happens when two men who have been friends since school days meet again at work and create a dating simulation game.

Pandora: Beneath the Paradise

March 11, Disney+/Hulu, starring Lee Ji Ah (The Penthouse), Lee Sang Yoon (One the Woman), Jang Hee Jin (The Red Sleeve), Park Ki Woong (You Raise Me Up), Bong Tae Kyu (The Penthouse)

In order to protect her beloved family, Hong Tae Ra must become the First Lady of Korea.

Hong Tae Ra has a perfect life with her beloved husband Pyo Jae Hyun and their loverly daughter, except for one thing. Hong Tae Ra has no recollection of her past. One day, she regains her memory and faces her harrowing past. Her perfect life is now broken and she finds herself in an uncontrollable situation. Hong Tae Ra struggles to take revenge on those responsible for her past.

Pyo Jae Hyun is married to Hong Tae Ra. He is an extremely smart developer, who developed new technology in the neural smart patch field. He runs his company with gentle leadership skills and a sensible personality. He is admired by those around him. People in the political world begin to talk about him as the next presidential candidate.

A Shoulder to Cry On

March 14, Viki, starring Kim Jae Han (OmegaX), Shin Ye Chan (OmegaX)

At school, Lee Da Yeol spends most of his time living as an outsider. Not popular by any stretch of the imagination, Dae Yeol’s only real joy comes from his time spent with the archery club. A talented archer whose skills have earned him a scholarship to the school, Dae Yeol doesn’t mind being an outsider, so long as he’s free to pursue his greatest passion. But an ill-timed run-in with a devilishly handsome classmate lands him in trouble and places his precious scholarship in jeopardy.

One of the school’s most popular students, Jo Tae Hyun has always enjoyed a level of freedom that very few high school students have ever attained. Able to get away with practically anything, the entire school has no problem believing his side of the story when he’s caught fooling around in the nurse’s office with another student and Da Yeol. Claiming Da Yeol was trying to make out with him, Tae Hyun thoughtlessly puts the archer’s scholarship at risk. Desperate to correct the misunderstanding, Da Yeol does everything he can to try to quell the rumors but no matter how hard he tries, it’s just not enough.

Completely unremorseful about what he’s done, Tae Hyun seems to take a wicked sort of delight in doing everything he can to make Da Yeol’s life miserable; his favorite method being to follow Da Yeol everywhere. Unable to shake Tae Hyun, Da Yeol spends his days loathing his shadow but the more time he spends with him, the more conflicted his feelings become; leaving him to wonder, where exactly does the line between hate and love end?

Unintentional Love Story

March 17, iQIYI, starring Cha Seo Won (Second Husband), Gongchan (Mokkoji Kitchen)

When Ji Won Young’s direct superior at work is fired due to a corruption scandal, Won Young – in spite of being innocent of any wrongdoing – finds himself unceremoniously discharged from the company as well. Desperate to get his job back, Won Young tries to curry favor by tracking down the chairman’s favorite artist. He finds the missing man running a pottery shop in a remote town, but it’s clear that Yoon Tae Joon has no desire to be found. Won Young decides to hang around town and secretly report whatever he can learn about Tae Joon’s self-imposed exile; but when feelings begin to develop between the two, Won Young starts to question his sexuality, his motivations, and whether he even wants to go back to his old life in Seoul. But what will happen when Tae Joon learns Won Young has been spying on him this entire time?

The Secret Romantic Guest House

March 20, Viki, starring Shin Ye Eun (Revenge of Others), Ryeoun (Adult Trainee), Kang Hoon (Little Women), Jung Gun Joo (Extraordinary You)

Yoon Dan Oh had enjoyed a comfortable life as the beloved youngest daughter of a well-off family, but not anymore. She is now the breadwinner of her family and runs Ihwawon Inn, where many of the guests are scholars who came to Hanyang to take the civil servant entrance exam for becoming ranking officials. 

Among the scholars staying at Ihwawon Inn are Kang San, Kim Si Yeol, and Jeong Yoo Ha, all of whom have deep secrets. Yoon Dan Oh and the boarders combine their information and work together to find Lee Seol who disappeared 13 years ago.

Joseon Attorney

March 31, KOCOWA, starring Woo Do Hwan (The King: Eternal Monarch), Bona (Twenty Five Twenty One), Cha Hak Yeon (Tomorrow)

The story of the wicked lawyer Kang Han Su, who files lawsuits that are previously planned and uses the feelings of wronged victims to his advantage, as he unintentionally becomes revered as a hero and a problem solver among the common people. Eventually, he matures to become a truly just lawyer.

Kang Han Su is a skilled Joseon-era lawyer. Kang Han Su defends and completes the law in order to get revenge, but eventually becomes the people’s spokesperson and hero. Yi Yun Ju is a person who commissions a case in order to exact revenge.


Duty After School

March 31, Viki, starring Shin Hyun Soo (Bossam: Steal the Fate), Im Se Mi (True Beauty), Kim Ki Hae (Dalgona)

A sci-fi thriller that depicts the story of all students from all over the country conscripted and fighting to gain extra points by fighting unidentified objects ahead of the SAT.

Students in 3rd year 2nd class at a high school are supposed to study hard for their entrance exams. Instead, they must fight a war against bizarre alien creatures that appear in the sky.

Suddenly, strange alien creatures appear over the skies of Earth and cause heavy casualties. To increase the military power in Korea, the government announces that all universities and high schools will organize into reserve forces. Meanwhile, students in 3rd year 2nd class at the high school become confused by the situation they face. They studied hard for their university entrance exams, but those exams won’t be held this year. Instead, they are assigned to the reserve forces. Platoon Leader Lee Choon-Ho and Sergeant Kim Won-Bin come to the high school to train the students. Lee Choon-Ho is strict on the students, but he cares about them a lot. Park Eun-Young is the homeroom teacher of 3rd year 2nd class and places the students’ safety first.


The Glory part 2 – March 10, Netflix


Park Ha Kyung’s Journey

March, starring Lee Na Young (Romance is a Bonus Book)

Set in the 1990’s, Park Ha Kyung teaches Korean literature at a high school. To escape her ordinary days, Park Ha Kyung decides to take one day trips on Saturdays. During her one day trip, she walks around, eats different foods, and meets various people. She realizes she receives comfort and empathy through her travels.

EDIT: Still no promotional information as of March 17th. It’s not looking like it’ll air this month.

What will you be watching, drama fans? Joseon Attorney and Duty After School are on my watch list — hopefully I’ll have more information on them soon!

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