August 2019 Korean Drama Releases: “Welcome 2 Life”, “Hell Is Other People” & More
August 2019 Korean dramas mark the return of reliable Korean wave actors including Jung Ji Hoon, Song Seung Heon and Im Si Wan.
Interestingly, the themes of the upcoming roster take on different genres from fantasy, romance, to thrillers. Additionally, the lineup is leaning more to hero-centric stories set in fresh workplace setting.
Note: Hellokpop drama team does not cover daily dramas, weekly family dramas and some dramas due to unavailability of video resources.
Here is the roster of currently airing 2019 Korean dramas.
Designated Survivor: 60 Days (tvN/Netflix)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (MBC)
Level Up (MBN)
Doctor Detective (SBS)
Class of Lies (OCN)
Doctor John (SBS)
Love Affair in the Afternoon (Channel A)
Hotel Del Luna (tvN)
Now, here are the latest series to premiere in August 2019.
Welcome 2 Life
Welcome 2 Life centers around the story of cunning lawyer Lee Jae Sang, who would do everything in his power, may it be good or bad, to win his case. Unfortunately, he met a car accident. From there, his life will change as he gets trapped to a parallel world. Instead of his former job, he will become an upright prosecutor.
Returning to the small screen since Blow Breeze, Lim Ji Yeon suits up as the story’s female lead. In Lee Jae Sang’s real world, she plays the role of strong-willed detective, Ra Si On. Also, she is Jae Sang’s former lover, but they are not at all friendly. Interestingly, in the other world, she is a supportive and loving wife to Jae Sang, as he performs his duty as an honorable prosecutor.
Rounding up the cast is Kwak Si Yang (Chicago Typewriter). In both worlds, he will portray the role of Si On’s partner detective. Peering intently, his image shows unfazed attitude and cryptic message of his roles in both worlds.
Helming the project is Director Kim Geun Heong. His portfolio boasts hit period dramas such as Jumong, Queen Seon Deok, and Yi San among others. Penning the series is Yoo Hee Kyung.
I Wanna Hear Your Song
Aiming to present mystery, real youthful romance, and music, I Wanna Hear Your Song is KBS2’s newest summer treat. Kim Se Jeong (School 2017) plays the role of a timpanist, who lost memories of a murder that she witnessed before.
Yeon Woo Jin (Queen For Seven Days) will play the male lead, with Song Jae Rim and Park Ji Yeon rounding up the main cast. The three work as a pianist, orchestra director and violinist.
Orchestrating the project is Director Lee Jung Mi, who worked on hit music-themed school set drama, Naeil Cantabile.
I Wanna Hear Your Song is scheduled to premiere on August 5.
Be Melodramatic is an upcoming jTBC romantic comedy drama about the lives of thirty-year-old career women. It will follow the stories of three best friends as they experience life’s ups and downs.
Actress Chun Woo Hee (Argon) plays Im Jin Joo, a drama series writer. She has a lot of emotional baggage. Her character’s personality is quite unique. Jeon Yeo Bin (Save Me), who challenges herself in her first starring role, portrays Lee Eun Jung. She is a documentary director, and described as “the most rational of the characters”. Her dark story and distinct charm add intrigue to her character.
Playing the role Hwang Han Joo is actress Han Ji Eun (100 Days My Prince). She is the Marketing Director of a drama production company. Despite her many struggles, she is quick to laugh and always keep a positive attitude.
Joining the female leads are actors Ahn Jae Hong (Fight For My Way) and Gong Myung (Feel Good To Die). Ahn will give life to Son Beom Soo, a successful director who lost his drive and interest in his work. Meanwhile, Gong Myung will play Choo Jae Hoon, a colleague of Hwang Han Joo.
Be Melodramatic eyes its premiere on August 9.
Love Alarm S1 narrates the story of friends who find themselves caught in between what they sincerely feel and what a mobile app recommends to be their liking.
Designed to send an alarm, the mobile app detects if someone within a 10-meter radius has romantic feelings to the mobile app user. Charming right?
Portraying the story of bright girl Kim Jo Jo, who finds love by using the mobile app, is actress Kim So Hyun. Her character remains optimistic despite a tragic family history. The actress last worked on dramas Radio Romance and The Emperor. Rookie actors Song Kang and Jung Ga Ram are set to create the romantic lines in the story.
It is set to stream on Netflix on August 22.
The Great Show
The Great Show delves around former Assemblyman Wi Dae Han (Song Seung Heon). His promising political career is interrupted when he has to deal with the problems of his family. Song’s newest character is a rising political genius who aspires for a “just society”. Additionally, he is a gifted speaker and uses his good looks to his political advantage.
Lee Sun Bin takes the role of the hero’s university junior and a writer for a current affairs program. Similar to her senior, she cannot stomach unjust acts and can’t keep herself out of other people’s businesses. Coincidentally, she moves into Wi Dae Han’s neighborhood and that’s when their lives change.
The Great Show eyes broadcast date on August 26 via tvN.
Strangers From Hell
Combining the format of film and drama, Im Si Wan and Lee Dong Wook spearhead the second OCN’s “dramatic cinema” project. The well-loved webtoon Strangers from Hell will be the actors’ first drama project in the network known for thriller series.
Garnering impressive readership, the television re-imagination will be helmed by Director Lee Chang Hee. His portfolio includes films, The Vanished and Haunters. Penning the series is Jung Yi Do whose recent works include Save Me and Item.
Slated for August 31 broadcast, the drama depicts the story of Yoon Jong Woo. To be portrayed by Im Si Wan, Jong Woo is a writer who will move in to a hostel in Seoul.
While encountering strange people and cryptic events, he starts to change. Meanwhile, Lee Dong Wook is set to play the role of a dentist, who will be closely acquainted with Im’s character.
UPDATE: Catch the Ghost moved to October airing date. (080119)
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.
Recommended Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.