While summer can be the perfect time to catch up on all the finished K-Dramas you missed, you shouldn’t forget about the new and upcoming dramas either! With their captivating storylines, you’ll be able to find at least one (or all of them) to like and look forward to tuning in every week. Plus, who doesn’t like new things? With that said, here is your Summer 2012 K-Drama Preview to get a peek at which shows you should definitely give a chance this season.
Broadcast Date: May 26
Starring: Song Seung Hun, Kim Jaejoong, Park Min Young, Lee Bum Soo, and Lee So Yeon
Plot: Jin Hyuk (Song Seung Hun) is a genius neurosurgeon with a cold and severe attitude in his interactions with other people due to his personal pursuit of perfection. Through a mysterious power, Jin Hyuk finds himself transported back in time 150 years. He begins treating people there, but the lack of necessary implements and rudimentary medical knowledge of the period forces him to seek new ways to aid the sick. Through this challenging process, Jin Hyuk eventually becomes a genuine doctor.
I Love Lee Tae-Ri/I Love Italy
Broadcast Date: May 28
Starring: Kim Kibum, Park Ye Jin, Yang Jin Woo, JUB
Plot: 14 year old Min-Soo (Kim Kibum) is engaged to a woman 7 years older than him.. He discovers that the woman likes another man. Min-Soo is shocked and wishes that he could protect his love. After the wish, Min-Soo becomes a 25-year-old man.
Tae-Ri (Park Ye Jin) is an heiress from a wealthy family. She seems perfect, with an attractive appearance and a great educational background, but after being hurt by her first love she doesn’t believe in love anymore. Her family is also jealous of her and Tae-Ri now seems cold from a distance. But as Min-Soo suddenly appears before her, she begins to have feelings for him…
Broadcast Date (South Korea): May 30, 2012
Starring: Oh Ji Ho, Kim Hyojin, Toshiaki Karasawa, Masaya Kikawada, Bowie Lam, Xuan Liu
Plot: Three countries…one mission. The Korean-Chinese-Japanese collaborative drama series “Strangers 6″ is about a group of six experts from the police forces of Korea, China, and Japan who are secretly gathered to protect the countries’ economic futures.
I Do, I Do
Broadcast Date: May 30
Starring: Kim Sun Ah, Lee Jangwoo, Park Gunhyung, Lim Soohyang
Plot: A woman is the top shoe designer at a shoe company. The woman is called “Gold Miss,” because she is in her mid-30’s, single, and financially successful. One day, she mistakenly spends the night a new employee and becomes pregnant.
Broadcast Date: May 30
Starring: So Ji Sub, Lee Yeon Hee, Uhm Ki Joon, Song Ha Yoon, Daniel Choi, MBLAQ’s G.O
Plot: Kim Woo-Hyun (So Ji-Sub) is the only son of a high ranking police officer. Woo-Hyun entered the police academy ranked first and graduated from the academy ranked first. As a detective, he then joins the cyber investigation department. Woo-Hyun then works to reveal the secrets of those that hide within the cyber world.
Broadcast Date: June 4
Starring: Goo Yoo, Lee Minjung, Bae Suzy, Jang Heejin, Shin Won Ho
Plot: 18-year-old Kang Gyung-Joon’s (Gong Yoo) spirit suddenly becomes transplanted in the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae. Seo-Yon-Jae is a successful doctor and engaged to high school teacher Gil Da-Ran (Lee Min-Jung). Gil Da-Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18-year old Kang Gyung-Joon. More problems ensue when 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae falls in love with another woman (Bae Suzy).
While the appeal of getting to see Jaejoong in another acting role does have its own attraction, everything else about Dr. Jin seems headed for a miss. Though maybe it’s just me and it’s because this is mostly a period drama, which I can never find myself getting into (the rare exception being Sungkyunkwan Scandal…for Joong Ki…and the plot). This one however, stars someone else in the prime spot and it isn’t Jaejoong, making the moments to actually catch him in the drama less and you can only follow a show so long for the eye candy. And considering it’s a remake of a Japanese drama titled “JIN,” it’s not entirely original on its own, besides the translation of making it in to a Korean drama. Now I know that it’s not going to be exactly like the Japanese original, but it’s still taking its cues from somewhere and having to deal with the extra comparisons and criticism to something already out there. The plot also doesn’t help that I feel it’s also a bit drab as well. Skipping this one - sorry JJ.
With the Hong sisters (Hong Jeong Eun and Hong Mi Ran) being the screenwriting masterminds behind this comedy drama, Big is bound to be a hit. Or at least very lolzy and entertaining as their predecessors (You’re Beautiful, My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox, The Greatest Love, etc.) were before them. Starring some big-name actors like Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince memories!) and Lee Mingjung (who I mostly remember as Boys Over Flowers’ Ha Jaekyung), I’m especially looking forward to miss A’s Suzy role in this, for her growing acting abilities and…because it’s Suzy! (in the midst of a love triangle) Plot-wise, it’s definitely the type of drama that I find interesting and considering the Summer mood, laughs and mood relievers will be appreciated. Plus, I don’t think anything the Hong Sisters have penned has really ever flopped…definitely tuning into this one!
With more than enough dramas to keep you entertained - which one will you be checking out? Or hitting the skip button on?
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