September has arrived, and there is a long list of k-dramas coming out soon!
The list was extensive, and a good chunk caught my attention. Whether the drama has a great cast and/or an eye-catching plot-line, it sparked my desire to keep up with recent shows again after a couple of months of a drama slump. As autumn is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to plop down on the couch or bed and give these dramas a watch.
Here are my picks of upcoming September k-dramas I’m looking forward to:
Record of Youth
How can we say no to a drama that has both Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam? Alongside these two, Byun Woo Seok also joins the lineup for this drama. ‘Record Of Youth’ is about the journey of young people who find love while struggling to achieve their dreams.
Park Bo Gum will play the aspiring actor and model, Sa Hye Yoon. Sa Hye Yoon has to take on various odd jobs to support his acting/modeling career. In the midst of this, he meets Park So Dam’s character, Ahn Jung Ha, an aspiring makeup artist who becomes his first fan and, eventually, his friend. Byun Woo Seok plays Won Hae Hyo, a model who wants to achieve success without the help of his family’s reputation.
I’ve always been interested in plots that revolve around the entertainment industry, so this is one of my higher anticipated dramas on my list. Additionally, this is one of Park Bo Gum’s last projects before he enlisted in the military. We might as well watch this as we begin our 2-year wait for the actor’s return.
Honestly, I didn’t think much of this drama and would only see glimpses of it. However, after seeing the behind-the-scenes of the most recent episode of Return of Superman, I definitely want to give this one a try.
‘Zombie Detective’ is a comedy about a zombie detective. Actor Choi Jinhyuk will play the zombie, Kim Moo Young, who desperately tries to figure out his past before he died. While trying to adapt to his new life as a zombie and live among humans, he meets Kong Sun Ji (played by Park Joo Hyun). Kong Sun Ji becomes a part-timer to his private detective office.
This drama seemed like it will be a lighthearted and funny drama that is very much needed between all the others.
More Than Friends
A good ole friends-to-lovers trope is such a guilty pleasure! And to add the cherry on top, this drama includes one of my favorite idols/actors, Ong Seong Wu!
As the leads, Shin Ye Eun plays Kyung Woo Yeon and, Ong Seong Wu plays Lee Soo. Kyung Woo Yeon and Lee Soo have been friends for the past 10 years and, with one misunderstanding after another, they are stuck in a one-sided love with each other. In the present time, Woo Yeon is a calligrapher and, Lee Soo becomes a photographer. While they both might live relaxed lives, the reality isn’t all what it seems as they reunite.
After watching Seong Wu in his last project, Moment At Eighteen, I promised myself that I will continue to follow his acting career. Seong Wu will be taking on a character in ‘More Then Friends’ that seems to be the complete opposite of his character in ‘Moment At Eighteen.’ I can’t wait to see his growth as an actor and tackle this different role.
The School Nurse Files
This one came by surprise! This Netflix drama stars Jung Yu Mi and Nam Joo Hyuk, and the plot is very unique, in my opinion.
Jung Yu Mi plays An Eun Young, a new nurse at a high school. She has this special ability to see jelly-like monsters made from human desires. As Eun Young is the only one who can see these monsters, she is the only one who can fend them off. Nam Joo Hyuk is the Chinese language teacher from the same school, Hong In Pyo. In Pyo has a special energy that could help Eun Young in defeating the jellies. To protect their students, the two must join forces to eradicate them all.
As someone who grew up loving modern-fantasy based stories such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, I can’t wait how they will be able to play this out. Plus, Nam Joo Hyuk leading the drama is a nice bonus!
I first got into the drama because of Lee Do Hyun, but the story itself seems like a fun one! Alongside him, Yoon Sang Hyun and Kim Ha Neul are the main leads of the drama.
Yoon Sang Hyun plays Hong Dae Young, a 37-year-old who is married and has two 18-year-old children. Dae Young couldn’t seem to get his life together as he recently gets fired. His wife, Jung Da Jung (played by Kim Ha Neul) gets fed, up with him and wants to file a divorce. At this point, Dae Young is filled with so many regrets in his life. In that moment, he becomes his 18-year-old self (played by Lee Do Hyun). Now that he regained his younger body, he sets out on a new life for himself.
I found out while researching for this drama that this is a remake of the American film, 17 Again, which is exactly the movie I was thinking of while I was reading about this drama! It will be interesting to see this Korean take on it.
This drama looks to be filled with a lot of mystery and suspense, I couldn’t help but take an interest in it.
This show follows a group of swindlers that must uncover the “private life’ of the nation. Lee Jung Hwan is played by Go Kyung Pyo, and he is a team leader for a major corporation. While he does look like a normal company employee, a veil of mystery surrounds him. Seohyun plays the innocent-looking swindler, Cha Joo Eun. Joo Eun is only trying to get by in life with her crimes. Kim Hyo Jin and Kim Young Min play the notorious swindler duo, Jung Bok Ki and Kim Jae Wook, respectively. These two are professionals in their job and usually cons other swindlers.
This drama is intense with the impressive lineup of actors they have. Additionally, this is Go Kyung Pyo’s first drama back from the military. It must be an entertaining one for him to accept it as his welcome back into acting.
For 18 Again and Private Lives, the release date is unclear as production has been halted due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Korea. Hopefully, these two will still be premiering sometime this month. My autumn will definitely be busy as I try to keep up with all of these dramas!
Which one of these dramas are you going to add to your watching list?