Another month is upon us again and a new set of K-dramas is set to premiere this August. Surely, there are exciting new stories to catch as we welcome 5 new series that had people anticipating. Read on to know what is there to add to your watchlist!
Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist
Release Date: August 1, 2022
Airs on: Monday & Tuesday
Genre: Historical, Medical, Comedy, Romance
Cast: Kim Min Jae, Kim Hyang Gi, Kim Sang Kyung
Watch It On: tvN
“Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist” is based on the novel of the same name by Lee Eun So, which bagged the Excellence Award in the 2016 Korea Story Contest. This comedy series tells the story of Yoo Se Poong (Kim Min Jae), a physician and acupuncturist who worked for the Royal Family. Unfortunately, he got kicked out of the palace after being involved in a conspiracy. Upon losing his job, he found his way to Gyesu Village where he embarks on a journey to rediscovering the true essence of being a doctor. He not only heals the bodies but also the hearts of the people under the guidance of his eccentric mentor named Gye Ji Han (Kim Sang Kyung). He also came across a widow named Seo Eun Woo (Kim Hyang Gi), a woman who is always ready to lend a listening ear to patients.
Other familiar actors involved in this drama are Ahn Chang Hwan (Hospital Playlist) and Yu Seung Ju (Squid Game). This drama is directed by Park Won Kook and it will be the first new drama to air in August on tvN as a Monday and Tuesday drama.
A Model Family
Release Date: August 12, 2022
Airs on: Friday
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Cast: Jung Woo, Park Hee Soon, Yoon Jin Seo, Park Ji Yeon
Watch It On: Netflix
Netflix’s new crime thriller is about an ordinary family man named Dong Hwa (Jung Woo) who is teetering towards bankruptcy and divorce. Just as the world is starting to crumble around him, he comes across a gruesome discovery that gets him entangled with Gwang Cheol (Park Hee Soon), the second-in-command of a notorious drug syndicate. Meanwhile, Detective Joo Hyun (Park Ji Yeon), the leader of an anti-drug crime team, investigates Dong Ha and Gwang Cheol. He inevitably gets into the crossfire of two men who are desperate to protect their families and money.
“A Model Family” depicts the tumultuous journey of how a unit becomes a model family fighting against the evils of society. This drama is helmed by director Kim Jin Woo who is best known for his work in Suits and Healer. Joining him as the series screenwriter is Lee Jae Gon. Catch the thrill of the chase as the drama airs on August 12th on Netflix.
The Law Cafe
Release Date: August 29, 2022
Airs on: Monday & Tuesday
Genre: Comedy, Law, Romance
Cast: Lee Seung Gi, Lee Se Young, Kim Nam Hee, Kim Seul Gi, Oh Dong Min
Watch It On: KBS2 and ViuTV
“The Law Cafe” is a drama adapted from the web novel “Love According to Law” (법대로 사랑하라) written by No Seung Ah (노승아). It stars Lee Seung Gi as Kim Jeong Ho, a former hotshot prosecutor who now owns a housing building, a law firm, and a cafe. He crosses paths with a beautiful lawyer with a fiery personality named Kim Yu Ri. This sets off a legal romance drama as the two strike an unlikely partnership that involved events surrounding the law firm that also served as a cafe.
It seems that Lee Seung Gi is not slowing down with a series of projects coming out like clockwork. It’s no wonder why the triple threat actor was one of the highest-paid celebrities of 2021. Lee Se Young is no stranger to the spotlight as she has starred in quite a number of successful projects such as The Crowned Clown, Dr John, and The Red Sleeve. So catch this two as they hurdle legal issues and their feelings.
This drama is directed by Lee Eun Jin, best known for his work on Sassy Go Go. She is also joined by Im Ji Eun, who will be making her screenwriting debut. Start your week with some romance as the series premiers on August 29th on KBS2 and ViuTV.
If You Wish Upon Me
Release Date: August 10, 2022
Airs on: Wednesday & Thursday
Genre: Life, Drama, Medical
Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Choi Soo Young, Sung Dong Il
Watch It On: KBS2 & ViuTV
Even though it was just months after he starred in the Netflix original, “The Sound of Magic,” Ji Chang Wook is back to warm up our screens! This time around the Hallyu hearthrob transforms into an ex-convict named Yoon Gyeo Rae, who volunteers at a hospice facility. He lived a lonely existence having spent his life in an orphanage, a correctional facility, and then prison. Veteran actor Sung Dong Il and Girls’ Generation’s Soo Young also stars as fellow workers at the facility. Just like Gyeo Rae, the two also have their personal reasons for being there. Together, they try to be a listening ear to the people who are at the end of their lives and their last wishes. This experience help them form meaningful bonds and find meaning in their own lives.
If you’re looking for heartwarming stories with profound lessons about life, “If You Wish Upon Me” is set to premiere on KBS2 on August 10 as a midweek drama. It will also be available to stream on Viu.
Release Date: August 27, 2022
Airs on: Saturday & Sunday
Genre: Mystery, Family Drama
Cast: Kim Go Eun, Nam Ji Hyun, Park Ji Hu, Wi Ha Joon
Watch It On: tvN and Netflix
Another drama that has everyone buzzing is the South Korean remake of “Little Women.” We all know about the Hollywood interpretations of Louisa May Alcott’s bestseller, but it sure is interesting to see how it will have that K-drama spin into it.
“Little Women” stars Kim Go Eun (Yumi’s Cells), Nam Ji Hyun (100 Days My Prince) and Park Ji Hu (All Of Us Are Dead), as a trio of sisters who wishes to escape their life of poverty. Fans of “Squid Game” star Wi Ha Joon, would also be pleased to see the young actor play the character of Laurie in the books, a student from a prestigious university who gets involved with the eldest of the sisters.
It is worth noting that this remake is loosely based on the story we all come to be familiar with. But it still tells the heartwarming tale of sisterhood and courage as they stood up to the nation’s wealthiest family. Catch this story as it is retold by the artistic direction of Kim Jee Won, whose previous work includes The Crowned Clown, Vincenzo, and Money Flower. It will air as a weekend drama and it will premiere on August 27th.