One thing very common about the Korean entertainment industry; once in, never out. They are that much addictive. With all the milestones of the dramas Koreans has given us, it is hard to imagine how amazing they would be in the following year.
Hence, K-Drama loving fans are happy that it is 2019, here’s why.
The mixture of action, thriller and romance is unique in its own way. Cha Gun (Lee Seung Gi) is a stuntman who dreams of becoming a world class action actor. He survives a plane crash that changes his life. Alongside with him will be Go Hae Ri (Suzy), who decided to become a level 7 civil servant following her father’s death in order to support her family. While she wanted to become a white agent, she ends up becoming a black agent through the series of complications. ‘Vagabond’ will mark these two actors’ first production together in five years, since ‘Gu family book’!
2. The Chronicles of Aseudal
‘The Chronicles of Aseudal’ is a fantasy period drama about conflict, harmony and love that takes place in the fictional land of Aseudal. Song Joong Ki (my favourite) will play Eun Sum, who was born with the energy of blue stars that would bring huge disaster to Aseudal. His mother loses her life to save him, and he goes through all sorts of adversities growing up. Years later he returns to Aseudal to fulfil his destiny. Meanwhile, Kim Ji Won will star as Tan Ya, who was born with the same fate a Eun Sum. She is also first love of Eun Sum, who later become the first crown princess of Aseudal.
3. Touch Your Heart/ Reach Your Sincerity
This drama is based on the novel with the same name written by Korean author Jager. Kwon Jung Rok (Lee Dong Wook) is a lawyer for a law firm. He is a perfect man who always wins his cases and has high credibility among his clients. Meanwhile, Oh Yoon Seo (Yoo In Na) is a popular actress. She was forced to retire from the industry after being involved in the dating scandal. Now Oh Yoon Seo is trying to find her way back by pretending to be Kwon Jung Rok’s secretary. It is because he has a close relationship with the director who can help her with her career. This drama marks Lee Dong Wook’s reunion with Yoo In Na after two years when they appeared as the couple in TvN’s drama ‘Goblin’. (Totally fangirling!)
‘Abyss’ is a fantasy romance about a beautiful female prosecution lawyer and a less attractive guy who is revived through a mystical abyss with completely different looks, and now she is reborn with the average looking woman and the man is reborn as a handsome man. Park Bo Young will play the prosecution lawyer who tries to find the secrets behind the revival and finds her true love in the process.
5. Love Alarm
This is a rather interesting concept. ‘Love Alarm’ is set in the world where a special mobile application has the ability to notify people that someone near them is in love with them. Kim Jojo (Kim So Hyun) is a high school student. She seems like a cheerful person, but her parents died when she was a child. Meanwhile, Hwang Sung Oh (Song Kang) is an extremely popular student at the same school Kim Jojo attends. He is the son of a wealthy family, but unfortunately, his parents do not show him love and affection. Yet, he goes on with his life thanks to the friendship he has with his best friend Lee Hee Young (Jung Ga Ram). One day, Hwang Sun Oh finds out that Lee Hee Young is in love with Kim Jojo. Due to an incident, Sun Oh ends up kissing Kim Jojo. What will happen to this love triangle? Can the ‘Love Alarm’ pp find the solution to all their problems?
6. Romance Supplement
Cha Eun Ho (Lee Jung Sook) is a genius writer and the youngest chief editor ever in his company. Kang Da Ni (Lee Na Young) used to be a popular copywriter, but she is not anymore. She is now broke and unemployed. Even though she tries to find a job with her impressive career and excellent educational background, she is unable to find a job. Kang Da Ni ultimately decides to lie about her educational background in order to get employed on Cha Eun Ho’s publishing company. The two begin to develop romantic feelings for each other. Sadly, this drama would likely to be Lee Jun Sook’s last project before serving his military serving. (Sinffs)
7. When The Camellia Blooms
‘When The Camilla Bloom’ is a romantic comedy thriller revolving around a single mother and three men. Gong Hyo Jin has been offered a role of a protagonist Dong Baek. She is an orphan and a single mother and runs a bar named Camellia. The drama will follow her story and shows her life tangled up with a good man, a bad man and a cheap man. Dong Baek is described as the character who is warm and knows how to show love for others. If Gong Hyo decides to take the role, it will be her first time acting in drama since ‘Jealousy Incarnate in 2016.
8. The Crowned Clown
The drama is a remake of the film ‘Masquerade’ which premiered in 2012, starring Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo and Ryu Seung Ryong. Joseon is in a state of disorder due to uprising and power struggle surrounding King Lee Hun (Yeo Gin Yoo). To avoid the assassination, a clown named Ha Sun (Yeo Gin Goo) is brought to the palace to take the place of King Lee Hun. Ha Sun looks almost identical to King Lee Hun. Now, he is nervous that no one in the palace finds out that he is the real king. He falls for the beautiful Queen Yoo So Woon ( Lee sung Young). A love triangle has also ensued between the two and the queen.
9. Voice 3
The third season of OCN’s ‘Voice’ has been committed! PD Lee Seung Young explained that the initial plot planned for season 2 planned couldn’t be wrapped up in just 16 episodes, so the third season was their preferred choice to finish the story, and season 2 was changed to 12 episodes. Lee Ha Na and Lee Jin Wook will reportedly return for season 3.
10. Because it’s my first love
‘Because it’s my first love’ is a coming-of-age story that explores university students’ experiences with first love. The story revolves around a gut and a girl that are just friends, and the guy’s best friend who falls in love with the girl. Ji Soo, DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon, and Jinyoung are committed to making up the main cast. With their youthful and lively energy, they would demonstrate their skills as they act out the heart-fluttering romance.
11. Laughter In Waikiki 2
JTBC’s ‘Laughter In Waikiki’ will be returning with the second season in 2019. The first season aired in February 2018 and gained popularity for portraying the realistic lives of youth living in a guest house called ‘Waikiki’. The main cast consists of Kim Jung Hyun, Lee Yi Kyung, Song Syung Won, Jung In Sun, Go Won Hee and Lee Joo Woo. The second season will feature an entirely new cast with actress Kang Han Na confirmed to be in the talk for the starring role. Other actors such as Ahn So Hee, Lee Yi Kyung, Kim Seon Ho, Shin Hyun Soo and Moon Ga Young are also in talks for the drama.
‘Haechi’ is a fusion sageuk drama inspired by ‘The myth of Haechi, the guardian of Justice’, who tells the story of the prince with a commoner mother who teams up with the ragtag band of people to stake his claim to the throne. Jung Il-woo has been cast as Lee Geum in his first drama after completing his mandatory military service. Lee Geum is a prince, even though he is smart, he is not recognized as the price due to his mother being born in the low class. Go Ara will play like a brilliant inspector who works for the government despite being discriminated against just because she is a woman.
The drama is about the battle of Ugeumchi that took place in 1894 during Donghak Peasant Revolution. Jo Jung Suk and Yoo Shi Yoon have been offered to play the roles of brothers who have different mothers. But share the same father, who is a notorious and wealthy government employee. If they accept their offers, Yoo Shi Yoon will play the role of the son of the wife, while Jo Jung Suk will be the son of the slave.
14. Dear Citizens
‘Dear Citizen’ is a crime drama with a comedic twist, as it revolves around a con man who gets married to a police officer, and how he gets swept up in the series of unplanned incidents; which includes him ending up running to become a member of National Assembly. Choi Siwon will play Yang Jung Kook, a con man from a family who commits fraud as the family business. He is trying to earn money to marry his girlfriend, so he approaches a loan shark to scam that person but unfortunately ends up being scammed instead.
‘Kingdom’ tells the story of a crown prince that is sent to a suicide mission to investigate the mysterious plague that is spreading across the country. The truth threatens the kingdom when he founds out that it is the atrocious epidemic in the form of zombies. The cast of Kingdom includes Joo Ji Hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung Ryoung and Hee Joon Ho.
‘Dazzling’ is a fantasy drama that follows the lives of two people who live at the same time but having two different outlooks on time. Kim Hye Ja and Han Ji Min will both be playing the role of Kim Hye Ja, a woman who finds herself with the ability to travel through time. Despite having the power to manipulate time, she finds herself caught in the complicated situation no matter what she does. Nam Joo Hyuk will take the role of aspiring reporter Lee Joon Ha who has been built in chasing his dreams, that ends up throwing his best days of life and living a lethargic life.