STARRING: Jang Na Ra, Jung Yong Hwa, Kang Hong Suk, Kang Mal Geum, Baek Eun Hye, Ahn Kil Kang etc.
SUMMARY: Hong Ji Ah (by Jang Na Ra) is an exorcist. Running a real estate office with Joo Hwa Jung (by Kang Mal Geum), the two of them specializes in selling houses that have rumors of vengeful or lingering spirits.
For all successful exorcism, Ji Ah needs a partner who is a psychic; someone who are very susceptible to being possessed by spirits. It was during one of the exorcism exercise did she crossed paths with Oh In Bum (by Jung Yong Hwa), whom lives as a con-man but was also someone who is a psychic.
With personal agendas in mind, the two of them decided to work together, with the support from Joo Hwa Jung and Heo Ji Cheol (by Kang Hong Suk).
STARRING: Shin Ha Kyun, Yeo Jin Goo, Choi Jin Ho, Kil Hae Yeon, Heo Sung Tae etc.
SUMMARY: Beyond Evil is a drama that focuses on the story of two detectives, Lee Dong Sik and Han Ju Won.
Lee Dong Sik (Shin Ha Kyun) is a detective that works at the Manyang Police Substation, where he does all the tedious roles that his colleagues does not want to be involved. While upholding the law, Dong Sik had been trying to find his missing sister for the past 20 years.
Han Ju Won (Yeo Jin Goo) is a detective that requested to be transferred to Manyang Police Substation despite his capabilities and prestige background.
With Han Ju Won’s intention of being in Manyang a mystery, these two detectives had to work together to catch a serial killer on the loose.
Starring: Song Joong Ki, Jeon Yeo Bin, Ok Taec Yeon, Kim Yeo Jin, Jo Han Chul, Kwak Dong Yeon
Summary: Working as a consigliere for an Italian Mafia group, Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joongki) fled back to South Korea after being caught in between the mafia wars. As he returned back to South Korea, he stayed in Geumga plaza, which was slated to be demolished due to a conglomerate taking over the plot of land for redevelopment. The drama continues with Vincenzo pitting against the conglomerate with the help of the residents from Geumga Plaza.
Starring: Hwang Jung-Eum, Choi Won-Young, Yook Sung-Jae, Joon Hyuk Lee etc.
Number of episodes: 12
Mystic Pop-Up Bar (MPB) is a drama that centers around Wol-Joo (Hwang Jung-Eum), who is the owner of a street stall. While the stall appears to be normal, Wol-Joo, together with her partner Chief Gwi (Choi Won-Young) are spirits whom are in the human realm working to help 100,000 grievances/grudges in the dream realm- the punishment that Wol-Joo had to complete for the crimes that she have committed before her death.
As Wol-Joo almost complete her goal, she found that increasingly, it was difficult to get people to open and talk about their troubles so that she could help them in the dream realm. Just as she was troubled, she crossed paths with Han Kang-Bae (Yook Sung-Jae), whom have a special ability that allow people to confide in him upon physical contact.
Realising Kang-Bae’s ability would be helpful in completing her goals, Wol-Joo recruited Kang-Bae as a part timer, while promising him that she will cure him.
The trio then started to work together in listening to the stories of others, and devise ways to help them solve their problems for Wol-Joo to achieve her goal.
Starring: Jang Na-Ra, Go Joon, Park Byung-Eun, Jung Gun-Joo, Baek Seung-hee, Park Soo-Young etc.
Number of episodes: 16
Oh My Baby is a romance drama focusing on Jang Ha-Ri’s (by Jang Na-Ra) life. She is a 39 year old single woman, whom have been working as the deputy manager of a parenting magazine named “The Baby”. Despite the fact that she is working at a parenting magazine, she had been single for the past 10 years.
While she had given up entirely on marriage, she wants to have a baby. As she searched for a potential father, she set her sights on the following 3 men: Han Yi-Sang (by Go Joon), Yoon Jae-Young (Park Byung-Eun) and Choi Kang Eu Ddeum (Jung Gun-Joo).
Casts: Lee Dong-gun, Jeon Hye-bin, Kim Sae-Ron, Kim Kwon and Yeo Hoe-hyun
Note: Leverage is a remake of the American TV series with the same name.
Leverage is a drama series that anchors around Lee Tae-Joon (Lee Dong-gun), who used to be an insurance investigator. When his son was in critical condition due to health issues, he had resorted to stealing a medicine produced by a biomedical company in hopes that the medicine could help his son’s life. However, what he did not expect that his thieving act was a plot schemed by someone with status and power.
With the quest to avenge for his son, he had recruited four other criminals, Hwang Soo-Kyung (Jeon Hye-bin), Ko Na-Byeol (Kim Sae-Ron), Roy Ryu (Kim Kwon) and Jung Eui-Sung (Yeo Hoe-Hyun) to form a elite fraud team that targets those with status and power.
Author’s note: In terms of the story plot, I realised it was pretty similar to some of the other Korean dramas that I have watch previously (I.e. the player). Despite the similar story plot, I still enjoyed the show.
Starring: Jang Nara, Choi Jin Hyuk, Lee Elijah, Shin Sung Rok, Shin Eun Kyung
Number of episodes: 52 (each episode is approximately 30+ minutes)
Initially, the Last Empress wasn’t on my to watch list when it first started to air last year. However, with the recommendation from my colleague and realizing that Choi Jin Hyuk was in the show (whom I started to like after watching emergency couple that he co-stared with Song Ji Hyo), I started watching the drama. And I am extremely thankful for not missing out on this drama, but this drama turned out to be one of the best Kdramas that I had watched thus far.