It is a new year and there is a new batch of kdramas to start the year right! Come find out what your first drama of 2024 is going to be!
** I added what information was available on where they will be streaming. Many will probably get that info when they are closer to airing.**
Jan. 1st – Love Song for Illusion (Viki)
Synopsis: Love Song For Illusion tells the heart-fluttering love story and fierce obsession of a king with two opposite personalities and an assassin girl who wants to kill him but ends up falling in love with him.
Will I Watch? A drama with a hot king with multiple personalities and an assassin girl that kicks butt? I am so in for this premise. Now if it can just land with a solid story.
Jan 1st – Marry My Husband
Synopsis: Kang Ji-Won (Park Min-Young) is married to Park Min-Hwan (Lee Yi-Kyung). Her marriage life is not going well due to her selfish husband and his demanding mother. Kang Ji-Won is the breadwinner of the family, while her husband Park Min-Hwan is unemployed and in debt. Kang Ji-Won also does all of the housework herself. One day, Kang Ji-Won learns she has cancer and she doesn’t have much time left to live. Making things worse, she witnesses her husband and her close friend Jung Soo-Min (Song Ha-Yoon) having an affair. She gets into a physical struggle with the two of them and she is killed by her husband. The next moment, Kang Ji-Won opens her eyes and finds herself in the past, 10 years earlier, when she was dating Park Min-Hwan. She decides to change her fate.
Will I Watch? I am a sucker for this trope in webtoons, and it looks like they are all getting their live-action drama adaptation. Is this anything new? No. Will I be watching anyway? Yup, at least to see if I like the chemistry between the various characters. I do worry that the popularity of Perfect Marriage Revenge (which just finished airing) might deter people from checking this one out, since the plot is very very similar. Only time will tell.
Jan. 5th – Death’s Game Part 2 (Amazon Prime)
Synopsis: He’s perennially unemployed, his ex-girlfriend has moved on, and he’s just lost all his life savings to a bitcoin scam. Burdened by societal pressures, Choi Yi Jae decides to take his own life. Insulted by his flippant attitude towards dying, Death comes to punish him with her game: he must experience death over and over again through 13 other lives. But if he can find a way to survive the imminent death coming for these lives, he gets to live out their lifetime. His life was a bust, but what about the lives of others?
Will I Watch? Part 1 was released in December, with Part 2 coming on January 5th. At only eight episodes and with a ton of eye candy, this drama is an easy binge and well worth the effort.
Jan. 12th – Flower that Blooms at Night
Synopsis: Cho Yeo Hwa has been a widow for 15 years. Her in-laws are the most prestigious noble family in the area. During the day, she lives quietly at home and never goes outside. But, during the night, Yeo Hwa secretly jumps over the surrounding wall and takes care of people who need help. In the process, she gets involved with Park Soo Ho and begins to dream about her future. Meanwhile, Soo Ho is a senior officer. He is good at his job and has an attractive appearance.
Will I Watch? Honey Lee has just gotten better with age, especially when they let her be funny and not just another pretty face. This looks hilarious, and since I try all the dramas Honey Lee stars in, I will be checking this one out.
Jan 17th – Shop for Killers (Disney+)
Synopsis: Shortly after entering college, Jian receives a call from local police informing her of her uncle’s “suicide”. Her caretaker since the death of her parents, Uncle Jeong Jin Man had always been quiet and mysterious but never suicidal. Before Jian has a chance to think, her life is turned upside down by a flurry of gunfire, murder drones and more, as a medley of highly skilled assassins inexplicably turns their focus to killing her. Pinned down in her uncle’s home, Jian will be forced to revisit some of the bizarre training her uncle gave her throughout her formative years if she hopes to survive long enough to discover what is going on.
Will I Watch? I love Lee Dong Wook, and am a huge fan of anything assassin/killer. I am a bit concerned by the fact that I can’t tell you much about the scriptwriter’s previous works. I will give it a try and hope it is good. If nothing else, I can probably get through eight episodes of mediocre drama to watch Lee Dong Wook in action.
Jan 19th – The Bequeathed (Netflix)
Synopsis: A woman inherits a gravesite under mysterious circumstances, just as her family’s history begins to unravel.
Will I Watch? I do enjoy trying out stuff on Netflix because I like the ease of streaming off this site. That said, the trailer wasn’t grabbing my attention. I will probably wait and hear if there is any positive buzz before I try it.
Jan 21st – Captivating The King
Synopsis: When Kang Hee Soo was gaining fame as an unknown baduk player, she met Prince Lee In and fell in love with him. Through a vortex of fate, she becomes a spy. She approaches King Lee In to get her revenge.
Will I Watch? The same scriptwriter wrote The Crowned Clown, which was a very good sageuk. I am hoping some of that same magic happens with this drama. It is not that I think it is going to be meh, but these actors can be hit or miss depending on the strength of the script/director. Let’s all cross our fingers that this becomes a hit.
Jan 26th – Flex X Cop
Synopsis: Jin Yi Soo joins the violent investigative team at the Kangha Police Station that specializes in catching robbers. He aims to use his wealth and personal connections to his advantage. He works under Detective Lee Kang Hyun. Kang Hyun is dedicated and a smooth-talker and doesn’t care for Yi Soo’s presence when they begin working as partners.
Will I Watch? The basic premise seems similar to Good Detectives. I am not sure if this show will be able to be better than that one was. However, I did like the last drama from this scriptwriter (My Name) so there is a small chance I will be checking it out.
Jan 27th – Doctor Slump (Netflix)
Synopsis: During his school days, Yeo Jeong Woo always placed first in academics and he studied at the top medical school in the country. Jeong Woo is now a popular plastic surgeon. His life goes smoothly, but due to a mysterious medical accident, his life is pushed to the edge. At this time, he meets Nam Ha Neul. She was a rival in his past and he meets her at the lowest point in his life.
Ha Neul works as an anesthesiologist. When she was growing up, people called her a genius due to her extreme intelligence. She studied hard and became a doctor. Her life consists of only work and studying. She doesn’t have any time to experience fun. One day, Ha Neul realizes she isn’t happy with her life and she wants to make a change. At this time, she meets Jeong Woo during one of the worst moments in her life. They comfort each other and a romantic relationship blossoms between them.
Will I Watch? I am not big on medical dramas, but I am big on anything starring Park Hyung Sik. It also helps that he and Park Shin Hye look like they have some fun chemistry going on. I will check this one out and hope for more romantic hijinks than medical dramatics.
Jan 31st – Queen of Divorce (Netflix)
Synopsis: Kim Sa Ra was the daughter-in-law of the biggest law firm in South Korea, but she was betrayed by her husband and lost everything. After that, she began working as a divorce troubleshooter. She is now the team leader at the divorce settlement office Solution. She punishes bad spouses and provides help for those who find themselves in unfair divorce situations.
She works with Dong Ki Joon. He is Sa Ra’s business partner and an advisory lawyer at Solution. Before coming to Solution, he was an excellent prosecutor who had the nickname of “German Shepherd.” He picked up the nickname because of his persistence and keen intuition, but Ki Joon left the prosecutors’ office for an unknown reason. Sa Ra and Ki Joon work together for people who are suffering through difficult divorces.
Will I Watch? I am tempted to check this out and see how Kang Ki Young does as a romantic leading man. But I’m not sure I am invested enough to slog through the divorce lawyer plot. This is a wait and see for me.
So many dramas and so little time to watch them all. What shows will you be checking out this month? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check back as we share our thoughts on current airing dramas.
Til the next batch,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi