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“Itaewon Class” is a new K-drama starring Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Roy and Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo. If you haven’t already started watching this series, it’s a definite must-watch and will most likely change your K-drama watching game. Here are five reasons why “Itaewon Class” is a K-drama you need to watch!
Warning: minor spoilers below.
1. It’s all about hope
So many of the characters go through various life trials that seem like it would be very difficult to come out of. Despite the struggles and hurdles they face, there’s a message of hope that is constantly sent throughout the drama. Park Sae Roy, played by Park Seo Joon, is a unique character and one that anyone can get behind. He’s a firm believer in taking a stand against injustice and is willing to stand up for anyone, even if it means putting his own well-being at risk.
We need more Park Sae Roy’s in the world.
When Lee Ho Jin (David Lee), the boy who gets bullied by Jang Geun Won (Ahn Bo Hyun), becomes a fund manager and joins forces with Sae Roy to take down Jang Geun Won and his father, there’s a message of camaraderie and hope that is hard to shake. When two people who have been inflicted with injustice join hands, it really makes you feel all warm inside.
2. It makes you root for the underdog
Park Sae Roy makes it his life mission to try and bring down the food company Jangga Co. and everyone involved in it. Because the family of Jangga was responsible for the death of Sae Roy’s father as well as his failure to graduate high school, Sae Roy has deemed them an enemy that he will bring down no matter what.
Knowing all the heartache and life trauma that Sae Roy had to go through as a result of Jang Geun Won and his father, it really makes you root for him, despite the fact that taking down Jangga seems like a long-shot. Sae Roy has the passion and the friends to really make you want him to come out on top and it keeps the series exciting.
3. It crosses all borders
In the drama, there are several characters that were unconventionally cast. Not only do their characters push the norm in what a K-drama cast should look and be like, but it brings a whole refreshing aspect of acceptance and hope.
Let’s take a glance at some of the impressionable characters:
Jo Yi Seo, played by Kim Da Mi, is a girl who has battled with mental illness almost her entire life and was deemed to be a borderline “psychopath.” She’s had issues to deal with and has a hard time fitting in, but she tries her best in life to make her mom happy.
Then there’s Ma Hyun Yi, played by Lee Joo Young, a transgendered character who is looking for acceptance. She’s a tough cookie but is also innocent and charming. She just wants to give it her all in everything she does, which includes being an employee for Sae Roy.
Finally, there’s Tony Kim, played by Chris Lyon. He’s a character who hails from Africa, but is in Korea in hopes of finding his Korean father. If he’s able to find him, he will be considered a Korean citizen by law, which is what he hopes for.
4. Park Seo Joon is impressive
Park Seo Joon being impressive is seriously an understatement. He’s become one of the most well-respected actors in the industry and has without a doubt earned the trust of his viewers as being an actor who never fails to give it his all no matter what role he’s in. In this particular drama, Park Seo Joon plays a character who has been through some traumatic events early on in his life as a result of Jang Geun Won and his father. He had to go through some grueling emotions at the beginning and he did a good job of making us invest in his character early on. He truly is a gem in the K-drama world!
5. Friendship GOALS
There is a tight-knit group of friends in this drama that all coincide under Sae Roy’s restaurant, Dan Bam. He took in a random bunch of people who were all feeling a little broken and took them under his wing. The best part about this circle of friends is that they all lean on each other and are willing to put everything on the line for each other. It’s true friendship and it almost totally outshines the love story aspect of the series, which is rare for a K-drama!
Jo Yi Seo putting her future on hold so that Sae Roy can be successful.
Jang Geun Soo (Kim Dong Hee) apologizing to Sae Roy on behalf of his family.
Sae Roy not letting anyone get away with discriminating against his employee.
Spring is just around the corner, and along with the change of seasons comes the excitement of many drama premieres.
Check out the wide selection of upcoming dramas, and find out which ones to look forward to!
Premiere Date: March 2
Broadcast Details: Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:40 p.m. KST on SBS
“Nobody Knows” is about at-risk youth whose lives might have changed if they had been surrounded by good adults, and the adults who try their best to protect them. Kim Seo Hyung plays Cha Young Jin, a detective who has neglected her personal life for 19 years in order to achieve one goal. She might appear to be in ruins, but she is someone who has a warm heart.
Watch a teaser below:
Premiere Date: March 11
Broadcast Details: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:50 p.m. KST on tvN
“Memorist” is based on a webtoon of the same name and tells the story of Dong Baek (Yoo Seung Ho), a detective with supernatural powers, and Han Sun Mi (Lee Se Young), an elite criminal profiler, who team up to track down a brutal serial killer. Unlike many fictional heroes who hide their identities, Dong Baek makes his powers known to the world as he bravely fights crime and evil.
Watch a teaser below:
Premiere Date: March 12
Broadcast Details: Thursdays at 9 p.m. KST on tvN
“Hospital Playlist” tells the ordinary stories of ordinary doctors and stars Jo Jung Suk, Kim Dae Myung, Jung Kyung Ho, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Jeon Mi Do as long-time friends who met when they were in medical school. The drama is a new project by director Shin Won Ho and writer Lee Woo Jung, who previously worked together on “Reply 1997,” “Reply 1994,” “Reply 1988,” and “Prison Playbook.”
Premiere Date: March 13
Broadcast Details: All episodes released simultaneously on Netflix
“Kingdom” is a mystery thriller that tackles a zombie apocalypse taking place in the Joseon era. Following the first season, the second season will follow the crown prince Lee Chang (Joo Ji Hoon) in his battle to keep his people safe while feeling as though he can’t trust anyone.
Premiere Date: March 15
Broadcast Details: Sundays at 7:55 p.m. KST on TV Chosun
“Somehow Family” is a sitcom about a uniquely constructed family consisting of members who work for the same airline at an airport. They live in a boarding house run by the couple Sung Dong Il and Jin Hee Kyung, whose characters have the same names as the actors. As a new type of variety drama, the upcoming show will deliver a unique form of entertainment to viewers.
Premiere Date: March 16
Broadcast Details: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:50 p.m. KST on OCN
Based on the webtoon of the same name, “Rugal” is a sci-fi action thriller starring Choi Jin Hyuk as Kang Ki Bum, an elite detective who attempts to bring down a nationwide terrorist organization named Argos. In the process, he ends up being targeted by the powerful criminals behind Argos and is framed for murder. He joins an organization named Rugal and sets out on a quest to wipe out Argos once and for all.
“Find Me in Your Memory”
Premiere Date: March 18
Broadcast Details: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:55 p.m. KST on MBC
“Find Me in Your Memory” is about the romance between news anchor Lee Jung Hoon (Kim Dong Wook), a man with hyperthymesia, a condition that gives people the ability to remember an abnormally vast amount of their life experiences in vivid detail, and rising star Yeo Ha Jin (Moon Ga Young), who has forgotten the most important moments of her life, as they come together to overcome their pain.
“365: Repeat the Year”
Premiere Date: March 23
Broadcast Details: Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:55 p.m. KST on MBC
“365: Repeat the Year” will follow a mystery survival game as a group of ten people are sent back in time by exactly one year for the chance to create the perfect life for themselves, only for them to get trapped as things take a turn into psychological warfare. Lee Joon Hyuk will play Ji Hyung Joo, a homicide detective of seven years, and Nam Ji Hyun will play Shin Ga Hyun, a popular webtoon artist who never fails to secure her spot at the top of her field.
Premiere Date: March 23
Broadcast Details: Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. KST on tvN
“A Piece of Your Mind” will star Jung Hae In as Ha Won, a kind-hearted artificial intelligence (AI) programmer who has spent years in one-sided love and has resigned himself to his lonely fate. Ha Won’s unrequited love unexpectedly intertwines the fates of four different people who are each struggling with their own problems. Chae Soo Bin stars as Han Seo Woo, an optimistic classical recording engineer who finds herself drawn to watching Ha Won and his one-sided love from afar.
Watch a video of the first script reading below:
Premiere Date: March 25
Broadcast Details: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. KST on KBS2
“Meow the Secret Boy” is a fantasy-romantic comedy based on a webtoon about a cat who transforms into a human for mysterious reasons. INFINITE’s L will star as Hong Jo, the warm-hearted cat who helps heal his lonely owner’s emotional wounds, while Shin Ye Eun will play Kim Sol Ah, a puppy-like woman who makes the life-changing decision to adopt a cat. It is written by Joo Hwa Mi, who created tvN’s “Marriage, Not Dating” and “Introverted Boss.”
Watch a teaser below:
Premiere Date: March 27
Broadcast Details: Fridays and Saturdays at 10:50 p.m. KST on Channel A
“Eccentric! Chef Moon” is a heartwarming romantic comedy about Yoo Yoo Jin (Go Won Hee), a reckless world-famous fashion designer who suffers from memory loss due to an unexpected accident, and her experiences of love, growth, and success after meeting star chef Moon Seung Mo (played by Eric).
Watch a teaser below:
“The World of the Married”
Premiere Date: March 27
Broadcast Details: Fridays and Saturdays at 10:50 p.m. KST on JTBC
“The World of the Married” is a remake of the BBC One drama “Doctor Foster” and is about a married couple that falls apart due to betrayal and the ensuing whirlwind of love and hate. Kim Hee Ae plays Ji Sun Woo, a family doctor named Ji Sun Woo who leads a seemingly perfect life with a peaceful family, while Park Hae Joon plays her husband Lee Tae Oh.
“I’ve Been There Once”
Premiere Date: March (Date TBA)
Broadcast Details: Saturdays and Sundays on KBS
“I’ve Been There Once” is about the turbulent divorce story of the Song family that ends in the discovery of romance and familial love. The Song family includes a frugal father, a cute but materialistic mother, and four adult children with their own quirks and family troubles.
Are there any dramas that have caught your eye? Let us know below!Read more