Since Korean entertainment has become a global phenomenon, there have been an increasing number of dramas and movies to watch, characters to fall madly in love with, and publications urging you to check out the latest Korean hit. Fortunately for those who are up to date, Netflix already has released the first half of this year’s Korean TV line – up. Following the international accomplishment of shows such as Kingdom, Sweet Home, and Squid Game, Netflix is going to double down on the themes and stars that have catapulted Korean entertainment to new heights. From zombie thrillers to heartbreaking romances to the return of Song Joong-ki and Park Hae-soo, here are the new K-dramas premiering on Netflix this year.
The Silent Sea
Although this sci-fi drama was released in December last year, it’s worth mentioning in case it got lost in the festive frenzy. Bae Doona and Gong Yoo star in a space mission to a deserted lunar outpost, leading a crew of troops and scientists. When they make an emergency landing, the party must figure out the base’s mystery and struggle to stay alive.
Son Ye-jin returns to her first drama after Crash Landing on You, co-starring Jeon Mi-do from Hospital Playlist and Kim Ji-hyun from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. They portray a group of long-time friends, all approaching 40, who set out to attain their professional, family, and romantic aspirations.
Twenty Five Twenty One
This romance drama is also a bit of a time capsule, going to follow two individuals whose plans for the future were sidetracked by the real-life Korean Financial Crisis of 1997. When the couple, played by Mr. Sunshine’s Kim Tae-ri and Start-Up’s Nam Joo-hyuk, meet twice at the ages of 21 and 25, they encourage each other with companionship and affection as they grow into adults.
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
Several famous global shows have been adapted into breathtaking Korean dramas. The most recent Korean remake will take on Netflix’s Spanish hit Money Heist, which just finished its fifth season. Squid Games’s Park Hae-soo will play jewel thief Berlin in this new version, which will follow a story similar to the original but with several twists.
In our list of new K-dramas premiering on Netflix, Tomorrow is one of its kind. It is about a squad of grim reapers, so it must-see for fans of fantastical dramas like Goblin. The reapers of Tomorrow are members of a crisis management squad that saves those who desire to die, rather than leading spirits to the afterlife. Rowoon from SF9 and The King’s Affection, Alice’s Kim Hee-sun, and Lee Soo-hyuk from Doom at Your Service are among the cast members.
The Sound of Magic
Yoon A-yi (Choi Sung-eun), a high schooler whose parents abandoned her, stars Choi Sung-eun in this supernatural drama. She currently works part-time jobs to support herself and her sister while she studies. She meets a magician (Ji Chang-wook) one day who gives her request to travel back in time so she can grow up faster. Hwang In-yeop, the breakout star of True Beauty, will play Yoon A-love yi’s interest.
Remarriage & Desires
This intriguing workplace drama will delve into the inner workings of Rex, a matchmaking service for ambitious clients looking to marry into the ranks of the elite. Remarriage & Desires, starring Alice’s Kim Hee-seon and Strangers from Hell’s Lee Hyun-wook, will center on the competition between members who want to marry members of the company’s highest social ranking, the “Black.”
In this comic thriller, Jeon Yeo-bin, who starred in Vincenzo, will star. When Hong Ji-boyfriend hyo’s vanishes after an unexplained flash of light, she turns to participants of the UFO group for assistance in locating him.
The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate
Song Joong-ki will appear in a vengeance story with a fictional chaebol family, owners of a major business empire, in his next highly awaited drama after Vincenzo. The worker dies and is reincarnated as the youngest son after the family frames one of their faithful workers for embezzlement. For vengeance, the boy sets out to take over the entire chaebol family.
Park Hae-soo is scheduled to star in another suspense drama this year, with comparisons to Narcos already being made. Park will portray a businessman in Suriname who becomes embroiled in a mission by the National Intelligence Service (South Korea’s equivalent of the CIA) to apprehend a Korean drug kingpin in South America.
These 10 new K-dramas are all winners, but which one are you looking forward to watching the most? Share with us in the comments below!
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