Below are details provided by Netflix on 15 of the Korean-language shows launching this year, listed in alphabetical order by title.
1. The Accidental Narco
A still from The Accidental Narco.
Based on real-life events, the story is about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord. The show marks director Yoon Jong-bin’s first foray into series and first collaboration with Netflix. A star-studded cast including Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin and Yoo Ye son-seok is on deck, along with mounting anticipation as The Accidental Narco is the first collaboration between Ha and Hwang.
2. A Model Family
What will happen when an ordinary man mixes with a drug cartel in A Modern Family?
A story about a man on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce stumbling upon a car loaded with cash. The incident has him crossing paths with the second in-command of a drug organisation. Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Jin-seo and Park Ji-yeon lead this thrilling illustration of an ordinary family getting their hands on illegal drug money. The scene-stealing synergy between acclaimed actors Jung Woo, who plays the man discovering the cash, and Park Hee-soon, who plays the second-in-command of the drug cartel, is a must-watch ready to captivate the audience.
3. Black Knight
Kim Woo-bin will star in Black Knight.
Starring Kim Woo-bin, Black Knight illustrates an air-polluted world in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breathe. Only one per cent of the human race has survived, and a strict social stratification has been established in the deserted lands of the Korean peninsula. Delivery drivers play a crucial role within this system, and for refugees, becoming a delivery driver is their only hope for survival. Amid the desolation, Black Knight tells the story of a legendary delivery driver 5-8 with exceptional battle skills and refugee Sawol, who dreams of following in his footsteps.
4. Business Proposal
Drama ensues as a blind date blurs the boundaries at work in Business Proposal.
An office romance drama, Business Proposal is based on a globally famous web novel and webtoon of the same name with a total 320 million views. An office romance between a perfect CEO who’s got both the looks and the brains and a regular employee who becomes his blind date will certainly keep you away from quitting your job! Employee Shin Ha-ri (played by Kim Se-jeong) goes on a blind date in her friend’s stead as a sassy girl, only to find her blind date to be the CEO of her company, Kang Tae-moo (played by Ahn Hyo-seop). After their blind date, they each struggle in their own way at the office, which can sometimes be sweet, thrilling and even tense.
5. Celeb Five: Behind The Curtain
Mockumentary Celeb Five: Behind The Curtain promises laughs.
A fake documentary, Celeb Five: Behind The Curtain takes a peek into how Celeb Five (Kim Shin-young, Song Eun-yi, Shin Bong-sun and Ahn Young-mi) go on marathons of meetings after being offered a solo show on Netflix. Their behind-the-scenes work, more ingenious and hilarious than the onstage show itself, provides incessant laughter and fun. This hilarious show is produced by Company SangSang – known for its great synergy with Netflix on shows like Busted, Twogether and New World – and co-directed by Celeb Five and Kim Joo-young, praised for having laid the groundwork for Korean stand-up comedies with Park Na-rae: Glamour Warning and Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach.
6. The Fabulous
Chae Soo-bin will star in The Fabulous.
The Fabulous is a highly realistic romance that explores the dreams, love, and friendship of young people who devote their lives to working in the fashion industry – where fashion often means passion.
7. Forecasting Love and Weather
The outlook is cloudy with a chance of romance in Forecasting Love and Weather.
Forecasting Love and Weather is a cheerful romance drama about people at the Korea Meteorological Administration who break, fall and get back on their feet every day. The story focuses on Jin Ha-kyung, who has decided never to commit to an office romance after a brutal break-up, again falling into a relationship – this time with a newcomer in the team, Lee Si-woo, who is different but attractive in his own way. With a star-studded cast of Park Min-young and Song Kang, this is one of the most anticipated romantic comedies in the first half of 2022.
Will Hong Ji-hyo find her boyfriend in Glitch
Glitch tells the story of Hong Ji-hyo, who attempts to track down her missing boyfriend with the help of members of a UFO club. In the process, she comes face to face with a mysterious secret. Writer Gin Han-sai enthralled audiences and critics with the much lauded Netflix series Extracurricular. The series will be directed by Roh Deok, known for her genre-crossing agility, while Jeon Yeo-been plays the lead role of Hong Ji-hyo and Nana plays Bora.
9. Juvenile Justice
Judge Sim in Juvenile Justice.
Juvenile Justice deals with a judge who dislikes juvenile delinquents, later realising the troubles children face in society and how society is circumventing them. Kim Hye-soo (Hyena, Signal) plays Sim Eun-seok, the charismatic judge newly appointed to a district with the highest juvenile delinquency. She later tries to send a message that society is also responsible for juveniles’ immoral and illicit acts.
10. Love to Hate You
Kim Ok-bin will star in Love to Hate You.
Love to Hate You is about the warlike relationship between a woman who hates losing to men and a man frantically suspicious of women – who both later discover life remedies behind their opposite characteristics. Starring Kim Ok-bin and Teo Yoo, Love to Hate You depicts the love and emotional sympathy that triumphs over the broader mistrust between the opposite sex.
11. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
K-drama fans can look forward to a version of Money Heist.
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area tells the story of a genius strategist and his talented crew – composed of top-class thieves – attempting to pull off an unprecedented heist in the Korean peninsula. The story portrays unexpected twists and turns as the crew stage a hostage scenario while facing inexplicable challenges.
12. Remarriage and Desires
Remarriage and Desires is coming to screens this year.
Remarriage and Desires is a satire of a Korean society governed by desire. Set at the exclusive matchmaking agency Rex, which caters to the top echelons of society, ambitious souls hope to upgrade their status by marrying or remarrying into the ranks of the elite. They aspire to nab someone from the “Black” tier, the highest group consisting of the top 0.001 per cent of the population. With a star-studded cast of Kim Hee-seon, Lee Hyun-wook, and Jung Yoo-jin, Remarriage and Desires shrewdly portrays the commercialised dating/marriage business and society’s perception of it.
Somebody’s murder mystery is set to unravel in 2022.
A murder case revolves around the social dating app Somebody, triggering a developer of the app and her friends to entangle with a mysterious figure named Yoon-oh. Prominent director Jung Ji-woo spearheads the production – marking his first foray into series and collaboration with Netflix – along with writer Han Ji-wan, renowned for his ability to write excellent thriller genre scripts. Star Kim Young-kwang leads the cast with a group of fresh new names: Kang Hae-lim, Kim Yong-ji, and Kim Su-yeon.
14. The Sound of Magic
Magic is on the cards for Yoon ah-yi and the mysterious Rieul in The Sound of Magic.
The Sound of Magic, based on the popular webtoon Annarasumanara, is a touching drama about Yoon Ah-yi, a girl who had to grow up too fast, and Rieul, a mysterious magician who although grown up wants to remain a kid. Ji Chang-wook plays the magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park, Choi Sung-eun plays the role of Yoon Ah-yi, and Hwang In-youp will play Yoon Ah-yi’s classmate Na Il-deung. The Sound of Magic will be directed by Kim Sung-youn, whose impeccable storytelling skills were shown in the hit series Itaewon Class. He teams up again with writer Kim Min Jeong, who worked with him on Love in the Moonlight.
15. Thirty Nine
Life does not begin at 40 for the cast of Thirty Nine.
Thirty Nine is a down-to-earth life and romance drama that touches deep into the friendship, love and life of three friends who are about to turn 40. A coincidence in their high school years brought the three of them together to become BFFs and Cha Mi-jo (played by Son Ye-jin), Jeong Chan-young (played by Jeon Mi-do) and Jang Joo-hee (played by Kim Ji-hyun) remain very close friends who have been through both the best and the worst times together. Mi-jo now works as a dermatologist, Chan-young as an acting coach and Joo-hee as a cosmetics sales manager. One fine day, when they are all 39, life takes a turn for the worse and they have to get ready to say goodbye.
Kim Hee-sun will star in Tomorrow.
The grim reapers who used to escort the dead now save those who want to die. An afterlife fantasy drama, Tomorrow depicts how a long-time unemployed Choi Jun-woong accidentally bumps into grim reapers on a special mission and becomes a contract worker at their Crisis Management Team to help them out on their mission.
17. Twenty Five, Twenty One
Will Twenty Five, Twenty One add up to love for its protagonists?
Twenty Five, Twenty One is a drama of youths who lost their dream to the zeitgeist of 1998. They called out each other’s names for the first time when they were twenty-two and eighteen, now they’ve each become twenty-five and twenty-one. The fine line between a heart-fluttering first love and a heart-warming friendship gives them butterflies. Their sparkling love and growth, as well as the chemistry and hardships among the five friends, remind us of our intense yet beautiful youth.