May 2019 Korean Drama Releases: “Abyss”, “Different Dreams”, “Voice 3”, & More
Spring has finally come to 2019 Korean Dramas – and we are getting staple romance stories to decorate the resident season of love.
Since the new year began, the parade of 2019 Korean Dramas featured heavy-themed plot and hero-centric narratives. A pinch of romantic treats appears every now and then though. However, unlike the previous years, light stories were not as dominating this year.
The roster of May 2019 Korean dramas so far has the highest concentration of romance and comfy series. Perfect additions to the grit and stellar productions that are currently airing.
Expected to compete in the rating’s race are renowned actors with extensive and successful portfolios. Yoo Ji Tae and Kam Woo Sung are up to decorate faces of new K-Drama heroes to anticipate for.
Additionally, Park Bo Young, Shin Min Ah and Kim Ha Neul make their small screen comebacks with different pictures of love stories.
Here is the roster of 2019 Korean Dramas currently airing:
Special Labor Inspector Jo (MBC)
He is Psychometric (tvN)
Laughter in Waikiki 2 (jTBC)
Doctor Prisoner (KBS2TV)
Big Issue (SBS)
The Banker (MBC)
Her Private Life (tvN)
The Fiery Priest (SBS)
Beautiful World (jTBC)
Kill It (OCN)
Different Dreams (MBC)
Set during Japanese colonial period in Gyeongsong (now Seoul), Different Dreams will also cover Manchuria and Shanghai in China. Lead actors, Yoo Ji Tae and Lee Yo Won, will give life to spies, who play important roles as Korean independence freedom fighters against the Japanese empire. The series will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
Director Yoon Sang Ho, who last worked in SBS’ Saimdang: Light’s Diary, will call the shots of the production. His previous projects include Bride of the Century and The Legend. Additionally, the series is penned by Jo Kyu Won who wrote the screenplay for Iris and Iris 2 as well as Poseidon. Rounding up the cast are Lim Ju Hwan and Nam Gyu Ri.
Mark the date on May 4th for the premiere of Different Dreams on MBC.
Billed as an imaginative romance story with supernatural element on the side, Park Bo Young and Ahn Hyo Seop are ready to meet fans in the new series.
Lauded as one of the best young actors, Ahn Hyo Seop is set for his role as Cha Min – a brainy and good-hearted heir of Korea’s top cosmetic company. His wealth, smarts and practice of noblesse oblige make him shine. Despite having a privileged life, he is unhappy because of his looks.
Starring in her first courtroom series, Park Bo Young challenges a new character different from her previous roles. She is up to give life to Go Se Yeon, a star prosecutor who met a fatal accident.
Abyss will begin its magic on May 6 via tvN and makes its global release on May 7 via Netflix.
The Secret Life of my Secretary (SBS)
Bickering-turned-romance seems to be drawing point for this new production. Portraying the role of a cold-blooded boss is Kim Young Kwang who last worked on thriller Room No. 9. Jin Ki Joo will draw a kind-hearted secretary to her distant boss. She is up to follow the absurd demands of the character to be played by Kim.
Resident SBS director Lee Kwang Young will call the shots of the series. His portfolio includes Judge vs Judge, Entertainer and Puck.
The Secret Life of My Secretary will premiere on May 6, following Haechi on Monday-Tuesday slot of SBS.
Save Me 2
Following its predecessor, Save Me 2 takes the story of a village chosen as a submerged area for a dam project. From that predicament, the townspeople put on a vain belief and blind faith to a religious group leader. A man (Uhm Tae Goo) who returns to his hometown questions the ludicrous faith. His sister to be portrayed by Esom, withstands a painstaking life because of her brother.
Helmed by director Lee Kwon of film Door Lock, Save Me 2 is derived from animated film, The Fake. Marking his first lead project Uhm Tae Goo has been stringing supporting roles in the big screen such as The Great Battle, A Taxi Driver and Veteran. Seasoned actor Chun Ho Jin suits up as the hero’s opponent.
Save Me 2 eyes airing date on May 8 via OCN.
Leaving on a cliffhanging note that needs another season to be resolved, Voice 3 accelerates to a more intense picture.
Returning main leads Lee Jin Wook and Lee Ha Na reprise their roles as the main players of Golden Time team – a special police unit that saves crime victims through the cooperation of police officers and guided by the command center led by Kang Kwon Joo, a genius voice profiler.
Season 3 eyes a thrilling battle on cyber criminal group which began in the preceding season. The chase on Voice 3 begins on May 11.
Angel’s Last Mission: Love
KBS2 TV’s Angel’s Last Mission: Love takes the story of guardian angel Dan who has fallen to the earth. For him to return to the sky, he has to complete a mission to find true love from a cold-hearted daughter of a rich family. Her aloofness stems from losing her eyesight, disabling her dream of becoming a ballerina.
Spearheading the production is Director Lee Jung Sub who worked on famous series Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho, Healer and King of Baking among others.
Angel’s Last Mission: Love starts its mission on May 22 on KBS2.
Taking the premise of the Japanese manga of the same name, a teenager, who seemed to have bad luck with relationships, creates a doll, designed to be a perfect boyfriend.
The Korean re-imagination sets the heroine as a team leader of special effects makeup team, who becomes cold-hearted from the love scars she acquired in the past. Meanwhile, Zero Nine is created by a genius mechanic when an heiress requested for a humanoid robot to cure her loneliness.
My Absolute Boyfriend will be broadcast on May 15 following Big Issue.
One Spring Night
Helmed by Ahn Pan Suk, MBC’s newest offering is set to depict an encouraging love tale between a man and a woman searching for love. It aims to reminisce romance at its brightest and most poignant yearning. The rough story sketch depicts long-time lovers, who realize love again as they look back on their relationship before their breakup.
Having ordinary career people to depict, the anticipated romantic drama promises genuine moments. In addition, banking on Han and Jung’s profound sentiments on the roles they portray, the production team proudly looks forward to its premiere.
One Spring Night sets to begins its love journey on May 22 via MBC, and will be streamed on Netflix an hour after its Korean broadcast.
The Wind Blows
The Wind Blows depicts a melodious story of romance. It aims to present an affecting love story to be powered by artisan actors. Jung Jung Hwa takes the director’s chair for the drama. Jung is known for romantic tvN comedy dramas Flower Boy Next Door in 2013 and Flower Boy Ramyun Shop in 2011. Kim Ha Neul and Kam Woo Sung have taken the lead roles for the drama.
Kam portrays the role of Do Hoon, who is married to Kim’s character Soo Jin. Upon discovering he has Alzheimer’s Disease, to save his wife from the heartache, he decides to divorce her instead. Years later, they meet again.
Known for melodrama hits Alone in Love and The Spring Day of My Life, Kam has been successful in recent series he starred in. Meanwhile, this drama will be Kim’s comeback to the small screen. She starred in the KBS drama On The Way To The Airport in 2016. Prior to that, she also starred in A Gentleman’s Dignity in 2012.
The Wind Blows premieres on May 27 following Welcome to Waikiki 2.
*Updated May 10: The President’s Aide moved to June drama lineup
ABOUT THE WRITER
abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.
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