‘Fun’-tastic K-dramas this month
With the first season of “Vagabond” wrapping up to a satisfying ending, do we have to wait for Season 2 to catch up with its lead actor, Lee Seung-gi?
The answer to that is a happy “No.” We’ll be seeing him soon enough in another Koreanovela—for the second season of “Busted” on Netflix.
It’s the unscripted variety show that’s full of fun and surprises. Why unscripted? Because the characters get to play their own selves and create their own script.
Reports have it that Park Min-young, one of the original cast members of the show, became friends with Seung-gi while shooting Season 2. “We filmed one episode already, but it feels like he was originally one of our members … now I have a good friend and partner,” he said.
Seung-gi plays a new detective in the sophomore season of “Busted” (premieres today). In his first appearance, he wears an outlandish costume as the other characters gawk and laugh at him.
Seung-gi joins Min-young, Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Oh Se-hun and Kim Se-jeong to help viewers figure out the series’ “mystery fun murders.”
Filipino fans still remember Seung-gi’s visit to Manila a few weeks ago, where he wowed them with his other talent: singing.
Another K-pop actor who visited the Philippines for a “fanmeet”/concert is also topbilling a series airing on Netflix soon—Jung Hei-in, of “One Spring Night” and “Something in the Rain” fame.
You’ll fall in love with Hei-in again in the romantic drama “Tune in for Love” (began streaming last Nov. 5). It tells the story of how Mi-su, played by Kim Go-eun (“Goblin”), and Hyeon-u, portrayed by Hei-in, warm up to each other through love letters read on the radio. Unfortunately, time isn’t always in their favor.
Their love story begins in 1994 in an unromantic setting, a bakery. It’s the same old story—they fall in love and circumstances pull them apart. Many years later, their paths cross again. Does their love get a second chance?
Another eagerly anticipated love story will be unreeled by way of “Crash Landing on You.” Son Ye-jin (“The Classic,” “Summer Scent”) is Yoon Se-ri, a beautiful heiress and a leading fashion businesswoman who lives in contemporary South Korea.
Hyun Bin (“My Name is Kim Sam-soon”) plays Lee Jung-hyeok, a North Korean military officer. South Korea meets North Korea when Se-ri is forced to make an emergency landing in enemy territory due to a paragliding mishap.
Other must-see Korean titles streaming on Netflix:
“Hotel Del Luna,” starring IU and Yeo Jin-goo. The new manager of a hotel for dead souls gets to know the establishment’s owner and her strange world.
“Touch Your Heart,” starring Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na. Determined to make a comeback after a scandal, an actress agrees to research a new role by taking a job as a secretary for a prickly attorney.
“Her Private Life,” starring Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook. An art curator’s life unravels as she tries to keep her pastime as a die-hard K-pop fan a secret from her gallery’s new director.
“He is Psychometric,” starring Jin Young, Shin Ye-eun. After a traumatic incident leaves him with the ability to see the past through touch, a young man uses his powers to fight crime.
“Search: WWW,” starring Lim Soo-jung, Lee Da-hee, and Chang Ki-yong. Three 30-something women work in the top two competitive web portal companies.
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