April has come, and with it some very interesting-looking dramas. From a bank teller who changes her life by touching someone else’s money to a love coach’s journey towards romance to the female-led telling of a Seoul mayoral race, things are starting off with a bang! Come see what you’ll be adding to your watch list this month.
(As usual, all information comes from the very helpful MyDramaList.com. The fate of the dramas themselves are in the hands of the Powers That Be, and therefore are subject to change. We’ll keep this post updated as new information makes itself available.)
Rinza Noodle House
April 5, starring Lee Lu Da (The Secret of the Grand Mansion), Kim Jin Sung (The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won)
Rinza Noodle House is an out-of-body fantasy romance in which Da Na, a person with the ability to leave her body, travels between the world of the living and the world of the dead to protect her father’s legacy and keep the Rinza Noodle House from going out of business.
April 10, starring Kim Seo Hyung (Mine), Yoo Sun (Eve), Seo Young Hee (Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?), Lee Shi Woo (Here’s My Plan)
Tells the story of a bank contract employee who accidentally touches a customer’s money and irreversibly deviates from their normal daily life.
Bo Ra! Deborah
April 12, Prime, starring Yoo In Na (Snowdrop), Yoon Hyun Min (My Holo Love), Joo Sang Wook (King of Tears, Lee Bang Won), Hwang Chan Sung (Show Window: The Queen’s House), Park So Jin (Alchemy of Souls)
The series follows the romantic journey of Yeon Bo Ra, a celebrated love coach and successful author of romance novels, and Lee Soo Hyuk, a charming man who grapples with matters of the heart.
As a discerning publishing planner, Soo Hyuk is not easily impressed and initially has a negative impression of Bo Ra. However, their lives become entangled unexpectedly, and he becomes increasingly drawn to her.
Meanwhile, Han Sang Jin, Soo Hyuk’s friend and business associate, heads the Jinri book publishing company.
Stealer: The Treasure Keeper
April 12, starring Joo Won (Alice), Lee Joo Woo (Why Her?)
Hwang Dae Myung is an official with the Cultural Heritage Administration living a double life.
He’s a pathetic civil servant by day and a daring thief by night. When the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cultural property team recovers some of the country’s missing cultural assets, both of his lives start to unravel.
April 14, Netflix, starring Kim Hee Ae (The World of the Married), Moon So Ri (Life)
The “womance” drama tells the story of two women who used to lead starkly different lives, but leave everything they know behind to combine forces and create a just and truthful world.
Hwang Do Hee is a skilled career woman who hasn’t come down from her 12 centimeter (approximately 4.7 inch) high stilettos for the past 12 years. She’s the best in her field of President Identity (PI) consulting and is the leader of the Strategic Planning Office at Eunsung Group, the third best domestic business. By analyzing the appearance, voice tone, habits, preferences, rumors, and fatal weaknesses of the Eunsung Group’s owner’s family, she is able to perfectly present them in a way that reduces owner risk. Despite all her hard work in this field, she overcomes adversity to work towards making Oh Seung Sook the mayor of Seoul.
Oh Seung Sook is a labor rights lawyer nicknamed “crazy rhinoceros.” For the past 20 years, Oh Seung Sook has plowed through like a “rhino’s horn” for common people and workers and is a self-proclaimed Korean Lady of Justice. She is the president of the Women’s Worker Association, Korean Women’s Human Rights Wave, and leader of the Worker’s Solidarity with Rights foundation, proving her charm as a powerful female lead who stops at nothing to protect the weak. As a current labor rights lawyer and a popular YouTuber, Oh Seung Sook has no interest in authority, but thanks to the help of “Queen Maker” Hwang Do Hee, she becomes determined to become the mayor of Seoul.
April 15, Netflix, starring Uhm Jung Hwa (Our Blues), Kim Byung Chul (Sisyphus), Myung Se Bin (Avengers Social Club), Min Woo Hyuk (The Third Charm)
Cha Jung Sook is married to Seo In Ho, who works as a chief surgeon at a university hospital. He has a strict, sensitive and thoroughgoing personality. Cha Jung Sook has been a full time housewife for the past 20 years, giving up her career as a doctor during her medical resident years. After all those years, she decides to restart her medical resident course.
Family: The Unbreakable Bond
April 17, Disney+, starring Jang Hyuk (Bloody Heart), Jang Na Ra (Sell Your Haunted House), Chae Jung An (The King of Pigs), Kim Nam Hee (Reborn Rich)
Kwon Do Hoon is an expert sniper and a secret agent working for the National Intelligence Service. To conceal his true identity, he lives a double life as a regular trading company employee, keeping even his wife Kang Yoo Ra in the dark. Though he is occupied with his work, Kwon Do Hoon cherishes his wife deeply. Meanwhile, Kang Yoo Ra, a dedicated homemaker, harbors a secret. Their tranquil existence is thrown into turmoil when Tae Koo emerges, posing a threat to their carefully crafted façade.
Queen of Masks
April 24, Viki, starring Kim Sun Ah (The Empire), Oh Yoon Ah (Once Again), Shin Eun Jung (Dr. Park’s Clinic), Yoo Sun (Eve)
The war of jealousy and desire of four friends, one of them became a murderer due to lies of the others 10 years ago and appeared in front of the three successful friends.
The Good Bad Mother
April 26, Netflix, starring Ra Mi Ran (Dr. Park’s Clinic), Lee Do Hyun (The Glory), Ahn Eun Jin (Hospital Playlist), Yoo In Soo (Alchemy of Souls)
Young Soon is a single mother and pig farmer who raised her son Kang Ho alone. Despite her love for him, her strict parenting caused Kang Ho to view her as a bad mother. As an adult, Kang Ho became a cold-hearted prosecutor and kept his distance from his mother. However, an unexpected accident caused him to return to his hometown and start over with Young Soon. Kang Ho’s childhood friend Mi Joo, known for her warm heart and strong sense of justice, also reconnected with him after his accident, leading to a transformative experience for her.
Doctor Romantic 3
April 28, Disney+, starring Han Seok Kyu (WATCHER), Lee Sung Kyun (Call It Love), Ahn Hyo Seop (A Business Proposal), Kim Joo Heon (Ask the Stars)
The doctor returns!
What will you be watching, drama fans? I’ve got Family and Stealer and The Good Bad Mother on my list! Let us know your choices in the comments below.
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2 thoughts on “Riding the April Hallyu Wave”
For April, will check out The Stealer, True to Love, and Family.
My most anticipated April drama is Chinese drama “Love of Replica.” I really liked their last project “Mysterious Love,” and I can’t wait to see the same cast and production crew in their new drama.
Excellent choices! I’ll have to look into Love of Replica — it hasn’t come across my radar yet.