In November and December, we saw some very high profile comebacks for Korean actors and that means exciting shows to keep us entertained.
I personally usually watch shows for their cast because I feel that I appreciate their individual acting as it is what really set them apart from other actors or other drama.
Sharing my favourites in the last quarter of 2018 (in order of preference)
5. About My Strange Hero (복수가 돌아왔다) :
Synopsis : When Kang Bok Soo (유승호) was a high school student, he was falsely accused of committing violence and kicked out of school. This was caused by his first love Son Soo Jung (조보아) and a male student Oh Se Ho (곽동연). Kang Bok Soo is a now an adult, and his life is messed up. He returns to school as a teacher, intent to seek revenge. However, he encounters unexpected circumstances.
Louis : I like Yoo Seung-ho – partially because I disillusionally believe I also belong to the category of 국민남동생 (which means the nation’s younger brother) HAHA. Anyway, this really just started and it seems like Yoo Seung-ho name always mean high viewership.
4. Encounter (남자친구) :
Synopsis : Cha Soo Hyun (송혜교), a divorcee and the daughter of a prominent politician who seems to have everything, meets and falls in love with Kim Jin Hyuk (박보검), a free-spirited young man, who seems to have nothing. They have to decide if it is worth throwing their lives away for each other.
Louis : I am quite mixed on this one. I mean TVN drama is always shoot extremely cinematically. But as the internet has spoken, the script for this drama is a bit too cheesy – I didn’t realise it until I read the comments online. It’s filled with dramatic pauses and intense OTT (over the top) stares. But then its freaking Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo, I am definitely watching it to follow how the actors unravel the character’s storyline and loveline.
3. Top Star U-back ( 톱스타 유백이) :
Synopsis : Yoo Baek (김지석) is a former idol group member. He is now a popular singer and actor. Yoo Baek is self-centered and he is brutally honest to others even if it hurts them. He makes big trouble for himself and travels to a faraway island to getaway. There, he meets warm people on the island including Oh Kang-Soon (전소민) and Choi Ma-Dol (이상엽). Kang-Soon runs a small supermarket, dives to pick abalone and sea mustard, and is physically a very strong woman.
Louis : Due to the the strong island dialect and heavy korean accents, I find this drama more relatable and possibly popular amongst Koreans. I would say the cast here are experts of romantic comedy and thats why it deserves a watch! The fact that the setting is on an island with a small community of people, and touches a little on Haenyeo (Korean “mermaids’) add some spice to a very very flavourful cast and storyline.
2. Clean with Passion for now (일단 뜨겁게 청소하라) :
Synopsis : Clean with Passion For Now is based on the popular webtoon of the same title. Jang Sun Gyeol (윤균상) has mysophobia (fear of germs) and runs a cleaning company. He meets Gil Oh Sol (김유정). She has a bright personality and she does not mind getting dirty. With the help of Gil O-Sol, Jang Sun-Gyeol faces his mysophobia and also falls in love with Gil O-Sol.
Louis : Another long waited come back by Yoon Kyun-sang. I never quite see him in romantic comedy but paired with a powerhouse like Kim Yoo-jung, I am absolutely glued to my seat for this one. Its the kind of happy pill drama you go home after a long day to watch it with ice cream in your hands. Highly recommended.
1. Memories of the Alhambra (알함브라 궁전의 추억) :
Synopsis : Yoo Jin-Woo (현빈) is the CEO of an investment company. He has good sense at his work, a strong adventurous spirit and a strong desire for winning. Yoo Jin-Woo is going through a hard time emotionally due to things like betrayal from his friends. He visits Granada, Spain on business and stays at an old hostel run by Jung Hee-Joo (박신혜). There, Yoo Jin-Woo gets involved in a strange affair.
Louis : Finally, here comes my favourite. I am actually quite excited about this one (picked up by Netflix). Another set of power house actor pairing, this drama tops this list for its plot. The story is centralised on an evolutionary augmented reality game designed by a 17 year old boy (Yes girls, its Chanyeol from EXO), which means you get to see very interesting scenes on and transitions between reality and gameplay. Highly recommended because it has everything – interesting plot, amazing cast, good setting backdrop of Alhambra etc. Could possibly could be the successor of The Globin in the global media market.