PICK: New Korean Dramas Coming Out in February 2023

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Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Kim Hoyeun

 

Our Blooming Youth (February 6th)

Park Hyung Sik is returning with his first historical drama since Hwarang. tvN’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Our Blooming Youth is about a crown prince who is under a mysterious curse and a genius girl who is accused of murdering a family. Park Hyung Sik, playing the role of a lonely crown prince, will be working with Jeon So Nee. The actor cited “the youths that grow up while solving one case after another” as the crux of the story. Will Our Blooming Youth continue the popularity of romance historical series?

Love to Hate You (February 10th)

The first Korean rom-com Netflix will launch is Love to Hate You. This opposite-attract love story centers around a woman who morbidly hates losing to men and a man who is morbidly suspicious of women. The show will show new sides of Thirst and The Villainess star Kim Ok Vin and Leto and Money Game actor Yoo Teo. Moreover, Kim Ji Hoon, who appeared as one of the robbers in Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, has joined the series as Yoo Teo’s best friend.

The Heavenly Idol (February 15th)

The alternate universe – a concept we mostly see in animations – will appear on the small screen. tvN’s new web novel-based series The Heavenly Idol is a fantasy drama that begins when Lambrary, the god of another world, possesses the body of an unknown K-pop idol, Woo Yeon Woo. Kim Min Gue, who rose to stardom in Business Proposal, will be solidifying his position as a leading actor by taking on the role of Lambrary before his enlistment. However, it’s been reported that Lambrary’s romance in the drama will be taking a bigger part in the plot than in the novel, raising concerns.

Big Bet 2 (February 15th)

It’s been less than a month since Disney Plus released part 1 of Big Bet, but part 2 is already on its way. Big Bet tells the story of Mu Sik, the legend in the Philippines casino, after he makes his last life-risking when he’s named the prime suspect in a murder case. Big Bet has achieved the highest performance among all the Disney Plus Korean original content, but there were responses that the plot was slower and more dragging than expected. Will it make up for the disappointment in part 2?

Taxi Driver 2 (February 17th)

Taxi Driver, the show that received great love in 2021 with the story of a taxi driver taking revenge on behalf of the victims, is returning with season 2. The members of Rainbow Taxi – Lee Je Hoon, Pyo Ye Jin, Kim Eui Sung, Jang Hyuk Jin, and Bae Yoo Ram -will all reprise their roles and continue their perfect teamwork. The previous season received great responses from viewers by bringing the real incidents that sparked people’s outrage into the episodes, so naturally, attention focuses on what events season 2 will showcase. Another key point to look out for is whether Lee Je Hoon and Pyo Ye Jin will be presenting a heart-fluttering romance as the viewers hoped in season 1.

Call It Love (February 22nd)

Kim Young Kwang, who made a shocking transformation into a psychopathic killer in the Netflix original show Somebody, is coming back with a new romance drama. The upcoming Disney Plus series Call It Love depicts the romance between a woman who vows revenge and a man who becomes the target of her revenge. Kim Young Kwang and Lee Sung Kyung – as you all know, the romance genre is their strong suit – will be showing a different streak of a love story as two individuals who shouldn’t even have met in the first place.

Island Part 2 (February 24th)

Just six weeks after part 1 ended, TVING original series Island is returning with part 2. Island, which made headlines even before its premiere, received favorable responses for the impressive performances of the main cast – Kim Nam Gil, Lee Da Hee, Cha Eun Woo, and Sung Joon,  but the overall review of the show was “it failed to live up to expectations.” Especially the awkward computer graphics and the disappointing result in the adaptation of the dark fantasy in the original comics were pointed out. Part 2 will showcase relationships between the characters and the story of their past lives. 

 

Edited 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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