There are approximately 13,000,013 dramas that have started over the past few weeks, ready for your viewing with English subtitles online.
By Anna Kim
Why have Korean dramas gained such a wide following of non-Koreans? Eye candy, cultural appeal, squeaky clean content make people become fans of K-drama. A star-studded cast is common in K-dramas; the stars are very attractive and appear as eye candy to viewers. How about cultural appeal? Just watch even one Korean drama, and you will understand that shoes are taken off at the door without anyone needing to tell you. K-dramas are also squeaky clean. Foul language is rare, violence is minimal, and love scenes rarely progress past kissing.
Based on the aforementioned points, here’s a look at some new K-dramas that should reel you in for the second half of the year: Watcher, Hotel Del Luna, Doctor Detective, Justice, Mr. Temporary, Doctor John, Moments of 18, and When the Devil Calls Your Name.
In Watcher, leads have an old, ill-fated connection going back 15 years to the murder of Young Goon’s mom. The lives of Do Chi-Gwang (Han Suk Kyu), Kim Young-Koon (Seo Kang Joon) and Han Tae-Joo (Kim Hyun Joo) are destroyed by a tragic affair. They become members of an investigation team for the police and they try to dig up the truth on who is behind the tragic affair.
Do Chi Gwang is an thoughtful and smart elite detective while Kim Young Koon is a police officer and member of the mobile patrol team. Han Tae Joo is a popular lawyer. In her past, she worked as a prosecutor. She became entangled in a case unexpectedly and survived even though her life was in grave danger. As darkly enigmatic as Han Suk Kyu is, Kim Hyun Joo is the one who steals the show as Han Tae Joo.
Han Tae Joo is unpredictable in a way that is deeply intriguing.
“I find her an intoxicating mixture of pragmatic, unapologetically clever, and just a little broken. She’s willing to throw the dice, make deal, and take risks to double-cross and cross back for a triple cross,” said a viewer online.
When the devil calls your name, what would be your response? In the K-drama, Ha Rib (Jung Kyoung Ho) is a popular songwriter and he has written a slew of hit songs. He has what it takes to be called a perfect prince, but he also holds a secret---the fact that he is able to write hit songs because he sold his soul to the devil.
The first episode of When the Devil Calls Your Name is filled with world building, rule setting, and character introductions, and despite its runtime, it flies by quickly. The actor from a poster, Mo Tae Kang (Park Sung Woong), suddenly appears in a mist of black smoke, and tells Ha Rib to enjoy his last five days before he takes it all away. Ha Rib bickers with the apparition, which disappears when Seo Young (Lee El)grabs Ha Rib. Over drinks, Seo Young discusses a possible solution with Ha Rib who has no specific plan in mind. Despite their arguing, Ha Rib knows Seo Young will help him no matter what he does. With only a day left until the end, Ha Rib has to find a way to save his soul because even if he dies trying, he might not be able to escape.
In Watcher, leads have an old, ill-fated connection going back 15 years to the murder of Young Goon’s mom.
Ha Rib is able to write hit songs because he sold his soul to the devil.
Ha Rib has to find a way to save his soul because even if he dies trying, he might not be able to escape.