Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Changhyun Kim
Various TV shows are slated to air in March, including tvN’s Kill Heel, which had postponed its premiere to the 9th due to COVID-19. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the upcoming drama series.
KBS Crazy Love (3/7)
This sweet yet crazy romantic comedy series will be the first new show to air in March. It’s KBS’ Crazy Love, which is a romance between a math instructor who receives a death threat and his terminally ill secretary. Kim Jae Wook will make his return to the small screen in three years after starring in Her Private Life (2019). He will put his gentle image aside and play a narcissistic and money-loving instructor Noh Go Jin. Go Jin is a genius with an IQ of 190. Despite not having a college diploma, he puts his company at the top in the education industry. Krystal, who is well known for her confident and cheery image, will also have an image transformation as Lee Shin Ah. While no secretary has stayed with Go Jin for more than three months due to his sensitive personality, Lee Shin Ah is called a legend by others as she has kept her spot for over a year. After getting diagnosed with a terminal illness, she directs her anger at her boss and plans her revenge. The actors’ image transformation and the dramatic romance will be the key takeaways of the upcoming show.
OCN A Superior Day (3/13)
A Superior Day is OCN’s first drama in three months after Chimera. The show revolves around a man who must kill a serial killer in 24 hours to save his kidnapped daughter. Jin Goo stars as Lee Ho Chul, a firefighter who witnesses his daughter kidnapped by a stranger in front of his eyes. Ha Do Kwon plays Bae Tae Jin, a professional hitman who hunts down the serial killer for unknown reasons. Lee Won Geun takes on the role of the killer named Kwon Si Woo. While he seems to be kind and gentle on the outside, he believes that he is superior to every human being. Similar to OCN’s hit series The Uncanny Encounter, the drama is based on a popular webtoon of the same name. Many are wondering if the show could put an end to OCN’s slump, like its previous remakes restored the network’s reputation. However, as the show only airs once a week and as it shares the same time slot with �JTBC’s Forecasting Love and Weather, it is remained to be seen whether or not this new series will restore the fallen house of OCN.
TVING The King of Pigs (3/18)
This is a live-action adaptation of director Yeon Sang Ho‘s animated film The King of Pigs. It follows the people who recall their experiences as victims of violence due to the mysterious serial murders that begin when they receive a message from a friend from 20 years ago. Kim Dong Wook plays Hwang Kyung Min, who was living happily with his wife until he remembered the traumatic school violence he experienced 20 years ago. Kim Sung Kyu stars as a detective named Jung Jong Suk. Although he shares the trauma with Kyung Min, he struggles to stop the serial killer with all his heart. Chae Jung An takes on the role of Jong Suk’s college senior Kang Jin Ah. She is a wiry police officer who devotes herself to catching criminals. As the original animation won rave reviews for its sharp approach to social problems, many are curious to see how the remake would deliver the same message in a different way.
Apple TV+ Pachinko (3/25)
Pachinko drew attention from its start. Based on the novel of the same name written by Lee Min Jin, the show recounts the lives of a Korean immigrant family who travels back and forth between Korea, Japan, and the States. Kogonada, who helmed the production of Columbus, will direct four episodes, and Justin Chon behind Blue Bayou will direct the four episodes. The show features Oscar winner Youn Yuh Jeong (elder Sun Ja), Lee Min Ho (Hansu), Jung Eun Chae (younger Kyung Hee), Soji Arai (Mozasu), Jin Ha (Solomon), Anna Sawai (Naomi), and Jimmi Simpson (Tom Andrew). Su Hue, the director and scriptwriter of the series, explained the show as “The story of my ancestors, and a tribute to all ‘Sun Ja’s who have been part of our family history.”
Disney+ SoundTrack#1 (3/23)
This is a romance music series about the love and friendship between best friends. The show has previously made headlines as the project of Park Hyung Sik, Han So Hee, and Vincenzo director Kim Hee Won. The show centers on the romance between Han Seon Woo (Park Hyung Sik) and Lee Eun Soo (Han So Hee) who have been best friends for 20 years. They get to grow closer to each other while staying together in the same house for two weeks. One of the key takeaways of SoundTrack#1 will be the feast of music that enriches the romantic story. The show has already hinted at an intriguing combination of music and romance by releasing soundtracks like “Love Beyond Words (Kyuhyun),” “Want to be Happy (Park Bo Ram),” and “Your Tender Heart Hurts Me (Davichi).”
MBC Tomorrow (3/25)
Following the success of Red Sleeve and Tracer, MBC will continue its lucky streak with a fantasy series. Based on the webtoon of the same name by Rama, the show follows the story of grim reapers who try to save the lives of those contemplating suicide. Kim Hee Sun had her hair dyed pink and cut short for her character Goo Ryun, who is the leader of the Crisis Management Team at the headquarters of the afterlife company called Joomadeung. Rowoon plays Choi Joon Woong, who joins the Crisis Management Team after falling into a coma. Yoon Ji On takes on the role of Im Ryung Goo, the assistant manager in Goo Ryun’s team. Lee Soo Hyuk transforms into Park Joong Gil, the elite grim reaper in Joomadeung who begrudges Goo Ryun’s team and consistently gets in their way. For now, the show has raised expectations with the actors’ striking resemblance with the original characters. It will be interesting to see if it will successfully continue the reputation of the original work, which won rave reviews by the readers.
Edited by Hong Hyun Jung: I am a K-content guide who publishes various articles for people to enjoy Korean movies and dramas deeper and richer. I’ll introduce you to the works that you can laugh, cry and sympathize with.
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