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The Netflix hit Korean series Squid Game revolves around simple but deadly children’s games, requiring survival skills that many Hong Kong people use in everyday life.
Kim Dong-wook’s time-travelling TV reporter is on the trail of a serial killer in rural South Korea in My Perfect Stranger, and along for the ride is Jin Ki-joo’s publishing house editor, with past issues of her own.
Season three of Disney+ Korean medical drama Dr. Romantic sees top surgeon Master Kim (Han Suk-kyu) saving lives, both inside his new Trauma Centre and outside at various civil emergencies.
Here is a preview of the top K-dramas debuting in June 2023, from Netflix’s Bloodhounds to Lies Hidden in My Garden starring Lim Ji-yeon of The Glory, and See You in My 19th Life with Shin Hye-sun.
The Glory stars Lim Ji-yeon and Cha Joo-young are being eyed for starring roles in The Story of Mrs. Ok and Queen Wongyeong, respectively, while Netflix’s Trigger series could be led by Kim Nam-gil.
Prime-time K-drama Queen of Masks is heating up as Kim Sun-a leads a cast of high-achieving modern Korean women who remain vulnerable and prey to a predatory patriarchy.
Jang Na-ra and Jang Hyuk star in Disney+ K-drama Family: The Unbreakable Bond, a secret-agent family comedy-drama that sees the husband’s double life cause strife with his wife of 10 years.
In Netflix Korean drama The Good Bad Mother, Lee Do-hyun plays a prosecutor who returns physically and mentally handicapped to his previously domineering mother. Redemption and catharsis follow.
A line in Korean drama True to Love compared wearing make-up to the plight of prisoners in Auschwitz, a Nazi death camp where millions of Jews were murdered. Eight days after the episode aired, a weak apology was offered.
Korean drama Oh! Youngsim is a rocky update of a 1990s animated series based on a Korean pop-culture figure. Song Ha-yoon stars as Oh Young-sim, with Super Junior’s Lee Dong-hae co-starring.
New Netflix series XO, Kitty – a spin-off from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise – stars Anna Cathcart as Kitty Song Covey as she goes to South Korea in search of true love.
Netflix Korean drama Doctor Cha follows mother Cha Jeong-seok (Uhm Jung-hwa) who resumes her medical training – in a hospital where her unfaithful husband and their son, also a trainee doctor, both work.
South Korea’s pressure-cooker office culture and generational divide are examined in Disney+ K-drama Race, which stars Lee Yeon-hee and Hong Jung-hyun.
Korean actor Park Seo-joon, most well known for his role in the Netflix Korean drama Itaewon Class, will make his Hollywood debut later this year in The Marvels, alongside Brie Larsen.
Kim Woo-bin plays a heroic delivery driver in Netflix Korean drama Black Knight, set in a future where air is rationed. Alas, the story lacks pace, the sets are bland and the cast struggle with their characters’ limitations.
Lee Dong-wook and Kim Bum show sparkling chemistry in Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938, a Korean drama series on Amazon Prime that follows 2020’s first season and this time has a period setting.
Korean drama My Perfect Stranger, starring Kim Dong-wook and Jin Ki-Joo as a pair who travel in time Back to the Future-style, is full of 1980s nostalgia, but has the potential to head into darker territory.
EXO’s Sehun talks about his latest Korean drama All That We Loved and why he fell for his character, plus director Kim Jin-sung explains what makes the series different to other teen-romance shows.
True Beauty actor and singer Jung Chae-yeon have been offered roles in a Korean remake of a Chinese drama series, while Parasite’s Lee Sun-kyun is in talks to lead a noir comedy drama.
This Disney+ Korean sci-fi soap reunites the writer of The Penthouse and its star Lee Ji-ah, but fails to excite, with an exhausting narrative that leaves tantalising themes of brain experimentation mostly unexplored.
Korean drama Dr. Romantic, starring Han Suk-kyu as surgeon ‘Master Kim’, is back for its third series with the Doldam Hospital doctor performing surgical miracles, as another legendary doctor looks to join the team.
Korean ‘healing drama’ series One Day Off stars the reclusive Lee Na-young as a literature teacher who looks for inner peace by taking day trips around South Korea.
Lee Do-hyun, seen recently in The Glory, is back on Netflix in Korean drama series The Good Bad Mother, a heartwarming tale about a farmer widow and her estranged son who comes home.
In dystopian K-drama Black Knight Kim Woo-bin plays a delivery man, while Kim Dong-wook stars in time-travel mystery My Perfect Stranger, and Lee Na-young leads a healing drama about a literature teacher.
A K-drama with a soap opera feel, Queen of Masks stars Kim Sun-a as one of four powerful women, friends in college, as their relationship comes under strain when a night out ends in a murder.
South Korean actor Song Joong-ki and fellow cast members of the low-budget Korean film Hopeless are eagerly awaiting their first visit to the Cannes Film Festival for screenings of the movie.
In the latest K-drama casting news, Alchemy of Souls’ Lee Jae-wook is being eyed for a period drama, Kim Go-eun has been asked to lead a romance, and Taxi Driver’s Lee Je-hoon may revive a classic cop show.
Uhm Jung-hwa’s central performance powers Netflix Korean drama series Doctor Cha, in which she plays a woman taking back her own life and resurrecting her dreams 20 years after abandoning them.
Starring Lee Je-hoon, Taxi Driver season 2 sees the members of the Rainbow Taxi Company deal with their toughest foe yet: underworld boss the Bishop.
Netflix Korean drama Queenmaker stars Kim Hee-ae as a disgruntled corporate fixer who joins forces with a human-rights activist (Moon So-ri) to help her run for mayor of Seoul.