I wanted to touch base on some of the new k-drama offerings. Time will tell if I watch these while they’re currently airing or whether or not I watch them at all. (Although, the last drama listed is already on my must-watch list.) Please note that these are not all of the new/upcoming dramas. These are just a few that I have formed some opinions.
A police redemption team consisting of a swindler, a fighter, an elite hacker and a talented driver is asked to take back property hidden away by criminals. The driver, Cha Ah Ryung, grew up on the streets after being abandoned by her parents. -credit MyDramaList
Andrea’s Thoughts: To be honest, I’m not 100% sure about this premise. OCN is notorious for action/crime/thriller style dramas, so I’m not surprised The Player ended up on this network. Lee Shi Eon is comedy gold for me. He had me in stitches while watching High End Crush and W -Two Worlds. IF I start this drama and that’s a big if, he would be the primary reason. Krystal is so-so for me. She is a much better idol than an actress in my opinion, so she’s not a selling point for me. As far as Song Seung Heon, I haven’t seen him act in anything yet. So, again, I don’t have any strong feelings about this one.
My heart is telling me to skip The Player, so I might just see what the general consensus is before I give this one a shot. Although, I am intrigued by the different skills this police team consists of, so it might just make a compelling, interesting story.
I can’t tell whether I want to try it or not. Share your thoughts below! I could use all the encouragement or warnings I can get.
Where Stars Land
Is it possible to do well in a job when you know it’s not exactly the job you had in mind? Lee Soo Yeon (Lee Je Hoon) dreamed of becoming a pilot, but his poor vision squashed that dream. He goes to work at Incheon International Airport in the general planning department but harbors a secret that makes him keep his distance from his coworkers.
Han Yeo Reum (Chae Soo Bin) is a bubbly new passenger service agent at the airport who is eager to do her best. But her clumsy nature makes her a threat to herself and the passengers. Can Soo Yeon clean up the messes that Yeo Reum creates on the job? – credit Viki
Andrea’s Thoughts: This is an SBS drama, and I have to admit that I’m actually excited about trying this one. Even though it is a workplace drama, it’s not in the typical office setting. The setting for Where Stars Land is an airport. And how chaotic that must be! It sounds like this will be a great character driven story, which are my favorite types of dramas.
I recently read an article by Soompi with the cast of this drama. They talk about what makes it fresh and unique. I’m really digging it. Be sure to click on that link. It feels like there may be this magical/fantasy/supernatural element. I’m mostly curious what the male lead is hiding about his body. Hmm. This stars Lee Je Hoon (Secret Door, Signal) and Chae Soo Bin (I Am Not a Robot).
The first two episodes are available on Viki (30 minutes a piece) and it looks like two more episodes will be available later today. This is a Monday-Tuesday drama, FYI.
This is a nice change of pace if you’re sick of doctor, lawyer, judge, police procedural, and office style dramas. I’m crossing my fingers that Where Stars Land is as compelling as it sounds.
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
An older brother will do anything to protect his younger sister.
Yoo Jin Kook (Park Sung Woong) is a veteran homicide detective who is getting weary of his job. The only light in his life is his younger sister, Yoo Jin Kang (Jung So Min). He dotes on her and is protective of her like a father figure ever since they lost their parents.
When Jin Kook starts investigating a suicide of a university student, he can’t help but feel that the dead student’s boyfriend, Kim Moo Young (Seo In Guk), may have been responsible for her death.
Moo Young seems like a nice guy who works at a Korean beer microbrewery, but there seems to be a dark side to him. When Moo Young meets Jin Kang and the two begin to develop a relationship, Jin Kook is determined to stop it. But can Jin Kook protect Jin Kang when she needs it the most?
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” is a 2018 South Korean drama series directed by Yoo Je Won. It is a remake of a 2002 Japanese drama series with the same title. – credit Viki
Andrea’s Thoughts: I’ve been anxiously awaiting this drama for a while. Seo In Guk is such a fantastic actor, and I generally enjoy all of his character portrayals I’ve seen. This one sounds like it’ll be darker in context, and I can’t wait to see a darker Seo In Guk. Plus, his leading lady is Jung So Min. I began my k-drama journey with her back in 2014 with Playful Kiss as it was my very first k-drama. To see two actors I adore starring in the same drama has me overly excited.
Yes, I may be biased. I’m most drawn to this drama on this list and can’t wait to watch it. The first episode is available and raw on Viki, so please be patient as we wait for it to be subbed. I don’t know anything about the Japanese drama and I will probably keep it that way for now. All I hope is that Kim Moo Young (Seo In Guk) is not the murderer that he’s painted out to be.