You know how the July Hallyu Wave was small but powerful? Yeah, August is gonna knock it out of the water. In between a big budget historical drama starring Namgoong Min to a romcom with Rowoon and Jo Bo Ah, we also have supernatural high school students, death penalty by popular vote, and Lee Min Ki as a detective who reluctantly partners with a veterinarian with psychometric powers (I know, I know, but the last psychometric drama was so good!). Come see what other kdramas you have to choose from this month!
Sing My Crush
August 2, iQIYI, starring Jang Do Yoon (Finland Papa), Son Hyun Woo (Trap)
Follow the story of acquaintances Ba Ram and Han Tae after an incident occurred during their school years. Now that they are adults, will Ba Ram be able to suppress the feelings for Han Tae that he has harbored for so long?
The First Responders
August 4, Disney+/Hulu, starring Kim Rae Won (LUCA: The Beginning), Son Ho Jun (Was It Love?), Gong Seung Yeon (Bulgasal)
The triple threat – triple takers down of threats??–are back for the next part!
August 4, Viki, starring Namkoong Min (One Dollar Lawyer), Ahn Eun Jin (The Good Bad Mother), Lee Hak Joo (Shadow Detective), Lee Da In (Alice), Kim Yoon Woo (Delightfully Deceitful)
A love-story between a noble woman and a mysterious man set in Joseon during the Qing invasion, known in Korean as Byeongja Horan. Yu Gil Chae is a well-bred woman from a good family, an arrogant person who believed that the love of all men in the world was also hers, but after going through the weather of war, she became a person who truly fell in love with a man. Lee Jang Hyun, a mysterious man, suddenly appears in the Neunggun-ri social scene one day. He is a complex character with a dark inside that he cannot reveal to anyone in his natural playfulness. He didn’t love anything, so he didn’t give his sincerity to anything, but after he got to know a woman, he opened the door to an unexpected fate.
August 9, Disney+/Hulu, starring Ryu Seung Ryong (Kingdom), Han Hyo Joo (Happiness), Zo In Sung (It’s Okay, That’s Love), Cha Tae Hyun (Brain Works), Ryu Seung Beom (Rays of Sunshine), Kim Sung Kyun (DP), Kim Hee Won (Big Issue), Moon Sung Geun (Mental Coach Jegal), Lee Jung Ha (Nevertheless), Go Youn Jung (Alchemy of Souls), Kim Do Hoon (The Law Cafe)
Kim Bong Seok, Jang Hee Soo and Lee Gang Hoon attend the same high school. They look like ordinary students, but they have special abilities that they inherited from their parents. Kim Bong Seok has the ability to fly, while Jang Hee Soo has excellent athletic abilities and is able to rapidly recover from injuries, like being shot or stabbed. Lee Gang Hoon has uncanny power and speed. These three students try to hide their special abilities from other people, while their parents struggle to protect them from being used by other people.
The Killing Vote
August 10, Amazon Prime, starring Park Hae Jin (From Now On, Showtime!), Park Sung Woong (Bloodhounds), Im Ji Yeon (The Glory)
When heinous criminals avoid punishment from the law, all citizens over 18 years old receive a text message polling them on whether that person should receive the death penalty. If more than 50% respond in favor of the capital punishment, that person is killed by “Dog Mask” – unknown, working in virtual world persona. Meanwhile, the police chase after “Dog Mask” and three people become involved because of it: Kim Moo Chan leader of the First Investigation Team at the Southern Police Agency, Kwon Seok Joo former famous legal scholar, who killed the rapist who attacked his young daughter and then turned himself in to the police and Joo Hyun – a police officer who has worked at the Cyber Safety Bureau at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for 5 years.
Cold Blooded Intern
August 11, Viu, starring Ra Mi Ran (The Good Bad Mother), Uhm Ji Won (Birthcare Center)
Go Hae Ra worked hard as a merchandiser, but after having a child, she quit her job. For the past 7 years, she put all of her energy into raising her child. She now wants to resume her working career, but she struggles to find a job. One day, she takes an interview for an entry level position at Market House. There, she meets Choi Ji Won, the director of the product planning team who holds the real power at Market House thanks to her charisma and leadership abilities. Go Hae Ra and Choi Ji Won once worked together at another company, so Choi Ji Won decides to hire Go Hae Ra for an intern position in the product planning team. She offers a sweet, but cruel suggestion to Go Hae Ra.
Love Class Season 2
August 11, Viki, starring Han Hyun Jun (Love Class), Kim Tae Hwan (The Bride of Habaek), J-min, Lee Kwang Hee
Lee Hyun is a university freshman. He is cheerful, and optimistic, and has never really experienced any form of emotional hurt or heartbreak. His university days start with a bang when he sees and immediately falls for Kim An, a young tutor in the same department where Lee Hyun is studying. Lee Hyun starts following Kim An around like a puppy, pestering the cold and aloof young tutor with questions. Meanwhile, Joo Hyuk is a student who is returning to campus after a break. He meets and has a fling with a man named Sung Min after they meet by chance, but the latter vanishes without a trace the morning after. Joo Hyuk is shocked to later discover that Sung Min is actually his new class’s teaching assistant. And fellow student Min Woo is also stuck in a confusing romantic situation: He has a secret crush on his unemployed best friend Ma Roo. Will Cupid help sort out the love chaos as these six young men strive for academic – and romantic – success?
Behind Your Touch
August 12, Netflix, starring Han Ji Min (Our Blues), Lee Min Ki (My Liberation Notes), Suho (How Are You Bread)
“Hip” is a story about people who live in a rural farm village. It tells a story of a veterinarian called Ye Bun, who exhibits psychometric superpowers, and a passionate detective, Jang Yeol, who both become involved in solving minor crimes.
August 18, Netflix, starring Go Hyun Jung (Reflection of You), Nana (Glitch), Ahn Jae Hong (Be Melodramatic), Yeom Hye Ran (The Uncanny Counter 2)
Kim Mo Mi is an ordinary office woman with a severe sense of inferiority in appearance, and is caught up in various incidents while as an internet broadcast jockey with her face covered with a mask. Joo Oh Nam is Kim Mo Mi’s coworker. He harbors a one-sided crush on Kim Mo Mi. As a character who also feels inferior about his appearance and lacks presence in general, Joo Oh Nam’s only source of joy is watching internet broadcasts. He will get swept up in an unexpected incident with Kim Mo Mi.
My Lovely Boxer
August 21, KOCOWA, starring Lee Sang Yeob (Eve), Kim So Hye (Her Bucket List)
Kim Tae Young is a cold-blooded sports agent. He draws talented players into the sports field and makes as much money from them in a short period of time, before they burn out. One of his clients is Kim Hee Won. He is an excellent baseball pitcher and, unlike his other clients, he also means something to Kim Tae Young. For Kim Hee Won, who is in a difficult situation, Kim Tae Young receives a task to bring female boxer Lee Kwon Sook back to the boxing ring. 3 years ago, Lee Kwon Sook emerged as an elite boxer at the age of 17. She was undefeated in all of her matches and she brought popularity to the sport. Suddenly, Lee Kwon Sook disappeared. For Kim Hee Won, Kim Tae Young approaches Lee Kwon Sook, who has started a new life away from boxing.
Destined With You
August 23, Netflix, starring Jo Bo Ah (Military Prosecutor Doberman), Rowoon (Tomorrow), Ha Joon (Missing: The Other Side 2), Yura (Forecasting Love and Weather)
Lee Hong Jo is the lowest grade civil servant. She always does her best at work, even though she suffers from many civil complaints. In her personal life, she is used to being alone. One day, she happens to become the owner of an old wooden chest and the key to lift a curse from Jang Shin Yu. Jang Shin Yu is a competent lawyer who is smart and good-looking. He is usually in the spotlight wherever he goes, but he suffers from an unexplained disease. His condition gets progressively worse. He is desperate to lift the curse that has run through his family for generations. A lawyer bound by a centuries-old curse becomes entangled with a civil servant who holds the key to his freedom — igniting an unexpected romance.
What will you be watching, drama fans? Come help us choose — there are too many good options!
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi