1) The King: Eternal Monarch / 더 킹: 영원의 군주
Definitely one of the most anticipated dramas for the first half of the year, The King: Eternal Monarch will mark Lee Min Ho‘s return to K-drama after his discharge from the military. This upcoming fantasy romance drama is written by screenplay writer Kim Eun-sook, who is most famous for her past works such as Goblin (2016), Descendants of the Sun (2016), The Heirs (2013), Secret Garden (2010), and many more.
The drama revolves around two parallel worlds and follows the story of the Emperor of the Korean Empire Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho), and a modern-day detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Fun), as they work together to shut the bridge between the two worlds.
Starring: Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Run, Woo Do Hwan
Release date: April 17, 2020
2) Born Again / 본 어게인
Starring Jang Ki Yong, Jin Se Yeon and Lee Soo Hyuk, Born Again recreates the story of 2 men and 1 women whose lives ended in the 1980s but are involved with one another again in the present day through reincarnation and fate.
In the 1980s, these 3 people (a detective, a serial killer, and the person they both love) had a complicated relationship. In their new lives, they are born in different characters (a prosecutor, a medical school student, and an archaeology instructor) but their fates get entangled again just like before.
Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Jin Se Yeon, Lee Soo Hyuk
Release date: April 20, 2020
3) Extracurricular / 인간수업
Extracurricular is a Netflix original series that follows a group of high school students who choose a life of crime and face the dangerous consequences that result from their choices.
Fresh off the recent drama Itaewon Class, Kim Dong Hee takes on a strikingly different role of Jisoo, a model student who wanders into a life of crime. Jung Da Bin, who is well-known as a child actor in Korea, plays the ‘mean girl’ Minhee, while Park Ju Hyun plays Jisoo’s accomplice Gyuri. Nam Yoon-su, who is known for his roles in various web dramas, shows off his talent as Kitae, Minhee’s boyfriend and a school bully.
These exciting actors are brought together to create a powerful and gripping story of youth at risk.
Starring: Kim Dong Hee, Jung Da Bin, Park Ju Hyun, Nam Yoon Su
Release date: April 29, 2020 (Premieres worldwide on Netflix)
4) When My Love Blooms / 화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간
When My Love Blooms is a melodramatic drama starring Yoo Ji Tae and Lee Bo Young.
Han Jae Hyun (Park Jin Young/Yoo Ji Tae) and Yoon Ji Soo (Jeon So Nee/Lee Bo Young) play each other’s first loves in their 20’s and they meet again for the first time after many years have passed. Now in her 40’s, Yoon Ji Soo faces her first love in a completely different situation and together, they share the second most beautiful moment in their lives.
Starring: Lee Bo Young, Yoo Ji Tae, Park Jin Young, Jeon So Nee
Release date: April 18, 2020
5) How to Buy A Friend / 계약우정
Based on a webtoon of the same title, How to Buy A Friend is a 4-episode school youth drama that stars rising actors such as Lee Sin Young (Crash Landing on You), Shin Seung Ho (At Eighteen & A-Teen) and Kim So Hye (former I.O.I member).
The drama revolves around the story of 2 high school students – Park Chan Hong (Lee Sin Young) and Heo Don Hyuk (Shin Seung Ho), who lead very different lives from each other. Meanwhile, senior high school student Uhm Seo Yoon (Kim So Hye), who is the most popular girl at school, has a crush on Chan Hong.
Starring: Lee Sin Young, Shin Seung Ho, Kim So Hye
Release date: April 6, 2020
6) Model Detective / 모범형사
Model Detective is a crime investigation drama about detectives who work together to expose the ugly truths behind crimes that people want to cover up. Actors Son Hyun Joo and Jang Seung Jo will play the role of police detectives working in the violent crimes division, while actress Lee Elijah will take on the role of a newspaper reporter.
Starring: Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Elijah, Oh Jung Se
April 27, 2020 Postponed till July 2020
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