Here is the July edition of “Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching.” This monthly series is meant to keep you updated on what’s happening in the world of Korean dramas so that you don’t miss out on anything! July is giving us five new premieres with some big name actors.
Here are the kdramas you need to keep an eye out for in July 2016:
1. W – Two Worlds
W – Two Worlds welcomes back Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo to our screens. I’m loving the fantasy vibe and unique story for this drama. It looks like it should have plenty of excitement, and I’m hoping for some great chemistry between these two talented actors.
W – Two Worlds is a fantasy romance about a man (Lee Jong Suk) and woman (Han Hyo Joo) living in different parallel worlds that occupy the same space. He’s a super chaebol, and she’s a surgeon. Things become complicated when their lives become intertwined and they find themselves in unfamiliar places.
W – Two Worlds is scheduled to premiere July 20 on MBC.
BEGINNING IN JULY:
2. Uncontrollably Fond
Uncontrollably Fond is a romance melodrama about Joon Hyuk (Kim Woo Bin), a top star, and No Eul (Suzy), a documentary producer. The two are horribly separated when they are younger and meet again after many years. It comes from the screenwriter of Nice Guy, Thank You, and A Love to Kill.
Uncontrollably Fond is scheduled to premiere July 6 on KBS.
3. Let’s Fight, Ghost
Let’s Fight Ghost is based off of a webtoon about high school senior (Kim So Hyun) who spent her life studying, but died and is now a ghost. She encounters a teen boy (Taecyeon) who is an exorcist and can see ghosts. The two help other ghosts cross over to the afterlife as they fall in love with each other.
Let’s Fight, Ghost is scheduled to premiere July 11 on tvN.
4. The Good Wife
The Good Wife tells the story of a stay-at-home mom (Jeon Do Yeon) whose prosecutor husband (Yoo Ti Jae) gets involved in a political scandal. She then returns to work at a law firm to support her family and discovers herself along the way.
The Good Wife is scheduled to premiere July 8 on tvN.
5. After the Show Ends
After the Show Ends is a mix of variety and drama about an office worker who is secretly a fighter at night. It will also focus on the real relationships between actors. It stars Ha Suk Jin and Yoon So Hee.
After the Show Ends is scheduled to premiere July 2 on tvN.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN JULY:
Doctors is about a tough young woman (Park Shine Hye) who was a bully in her past but with a little help is working to become a doctor. Kim Rae Won plays a realistic and outgoing Chief of Neurosurgery who is helping our troubled doctor.
Doctors airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.
7. Beautiful Mind
Beautiful Mind is about a super smart psychopath surgeon (Jang Hyuk) with a brain condition that leaves him emotionless. When his patients mysteriously start dying, he begins to investigate and along the way, he learns to love. Also starring Park So Dam.
Beautiful Mind airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
8. Police Unit 38
Police Unit 38 comes from the writer of Bad Guys and tells the story of a special police task force that goes after tax evaders. A group of cops and criminals will team up to catch the bad guys. Starring Seo In Guk, Sooyoung, and Ma Dong Suk.
Police Unit 38 airs Friday and Saturday on OCN.
Wanted is about a popular actress (Kim Ah Joong) who is forced to do “missions” on a live television show after her son is kidnapped in order to meet the kidnappers demands. She is helped by a violent crimes unit detective (Ji Hyun Woo) who is determined to solve the case and a TV producer (Uhm Tae Woong).
Wanted airs Wednesday and Thrusday on SBS.
Monster is the story of a man’s (Kang Ji Hwan) revenge as he seeks to show the reality of the rich elite during the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 that will take place over a 20 year period. Monster comes from the writer of Giant, Incarnation of Money, and Empress Ki.
Monster airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN JULY:
Lucky Romance is based on a webtoon about a quirky, superstitious girl (Hwang Jung Eum) who is obsessed with making sure she is lucky in life. Then a fortune teller tells her she needs to sleep with a man with the tiger zodiac sign in order to ward off death. That man ends up being her boss (Ryu Jun Yeol) who is her complete opposite. He’s uptight, stingy, and scientific. Of course, the two don’t get along at all, which sets up the already comical scenario.
Lucky Romance airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.
Mirror of the Witch
Mirror of the Witch (also known as Witch Bogam) is a fantasy romance sageuk about the Joseon royal physician (Yoon Shi Yoon) known as the father of Eastern medicine. He becomes involved with a cursed princess (Kim Sae Ron) who has been turned into a witch.
Mirror of the Witch airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
Dear My Friends
Dear My Friends tells multiple stories of people growing older and dealing with relationships. The drama comes from the writer of It’s Okay That’s Love and That Winter the Wind Blows. It stars a host of well known veteran actors including Go Hyun Jung, Yoon Yeo Jung, Joo Hyun, Kim Hye Ja, Na Mun Hee, Shin Gu, Go Du Shim, and Park Won Sook.
Dear My Friends airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.
Beautiful Gong Shim
Beautiful Gong Shim (also known as Beast’s Beauty) is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a man (Nam Goong Min) who has a difficult life. He is a wrongly convicted ex-con turned human rights lawyer who also becomes a chaebol heir. The drama follows the relationships of two cousins and two sisters and comes from the writer of Rooftop Prince and Girl Who Sees Smells.
Beautiful Gong Shim airs Saturday and Sunday on SBS.
We get a couple melodramas, a fantasy romance, a variety/drama mix, and a ghostly comedy for the month of July. I’m liking this selection. I can’t wait to check out W – Two Worlds, but I’m also looking forward to Uncontrollably Fond and Let’s Fight Ghost.
What dramas are you enjoying or looking forward to in July?
Make sure to get caught up because there are more dramas coming your way in August!
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