Here is the August 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! August has five new premieres including a very highly anticipated drama that is definitely my pick for the month.
Here are the kdramas you need to keep an eye out for in August 2016:
1. Scarlet Heart: Goryeo
The excitement is high for the upcoming sageuk Scarlet Heart: Goryeo. This big budget production is completely pre-produced and looks like it’s going to have some action, humor, angst, and romance. Sounds good to me! I’m also ready to see Lee Joon Gi back on my screen as our dark and conflicted prince. And everyone is pretty excited to see this large cast of handsome princes that will be wooing our leading lady IU. I’m know I’m ready!
Scarlet Heart: Goryeo is a remake of the popular Chinese drama Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jin Xin) and tells the story of a modern day woman (IU) who travels back in time to the Goryeo era and gets romantically involved with several princes.
Scarlet Heart Goryeo is scheduled to premiere August 29 on SBS.
BEGINNING IN AUGUST:
2. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds tells the story of a prince (Park Bo Gum) who falls in love with his eunuch who is a girl (Kim Yoo Jung) disguised as a man that gives out love advice in the palace.
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds is scheduled to premiere August 22 on KBS.
3. Jealousy Incarnate
Jealousy Incarnate is a romantic comedy involving relationships at a broadcast news station. Jo Jung Suk plays a macho star reporter with looks and brains with Gong Hyo Jin as a poor, temporary weather girl with a strong personality. The two will face competition and jealousy on their journey to love.
Jealousy Incarnate is scheduled to premiere August 24 on SBS.
4. Cinderella and the Four Knights
Cinderella and the Four Knights is about a young woman (Park So Dam) who does a good deed and is given the opportunity to live at the mansion of a rich chaebol and make some money to go to college. And if that isn’t lucky enough, the chaebol’s three handsome grandsons (Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, & Lee Jung Shin) also live there as well a bodyguard (Choi Min) who is to look after her.
Cinderella and the Four Knights is scheduled to premiere August 12 on tvN.
5. Our Gab Soon
Our Gab Soon will explore different relationships and families while dealing with traditional marriage, separation, divorce, and remarriage. Song Jae Rim plays a young man named Gab Dol whose family was poor as his widowed mother had to raise the kids alone. She had hopes for Gab Dol’s future, but now he is unemployed and has failed the law exam multiple times. His long time girlfriend, Gab Soon (Kim So Eun), has been patiently waiting for 10 years for him to pass so they can get married.
Our Gab Soon is scheduled to premiere August 27 on SBS.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN AUGUST:
6. W – Two Worlds
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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.
7. 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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
8. Second to Last Love
Second to Last Love is based on a Japanese drama and tells the story of two people going through a second adolescence and romance. Ji Jin Hee is a civil servant with Kim Hee Ae as a broadcast station’s chief producer.
Second to Last Love airs Saturday and Sunday on SBS.
9. 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 airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.
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 AUGUST:
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 will play a realistic and outgoing Chief of Neurosurgery who will be helping our troubled doctor.
Doctors airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.
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.
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.
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 airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.
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 airs Saturday on tvN.
Age of Youth
Age of Youth is a 12 episode drama about the friendships and relationships of five college girls who live together. It stars Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Ryu Hwa Young, Park Eun Bin, and Park Hye Soo.
Age of Youth airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
So August has a big premiere in Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, and I’m definitely excited for that one. I’m also looking forward to our other sageuk Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. I’ll be checking out the new romantic comedies of Jealousy Incarnate and Cinderella and the Four Knights too. And with all of the wonderful dramas that are currently airing or coming to an end, we kdrama fans seem to be swimming in dramas right now! I know I’m loving it!