The arrival of February means that Valentine’s Day is upon us and love is in the air, so what better way to celebrate the occasion than cuddling up on the couch and streaming a romantic K-drama? Whether you’re with someone special this year, planning a Galentine’s Day get-together with the besties or spending time with yourself, this month’s new Korean releases will have you head over heels.
From youthful love to workplace romances to playful kinks—February’s K-drama releases have a little something for all romantics.
1) Love and Leashes
When and where: 11 February 2022 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Seohyun (Private Lives), Lee Jun-Young (Let Me Be Your Knight)
Who’s behind it: Park Hyun Jin (Like for Likes)
Fifty Shades of Grey, but way more wholesome and heart-warming? Sign us up! Co-workers Jung Ji-Woo (Seohyun) and Jung Ji-Hoo (Lee Jun-Young) have contrasting personalities despite having very similar names, and have maintained a cordial, professional relationship despite Ji-Woo’s hidden feelings for her cold but admired colleague. When a package containing a dog collar belonging to Ji-Hoo is accidentally passed to Ji-Woo due to a mix-up with their names, she unknowingly unearths Ji-Hoo’s secret S&M fetish. Ji-Hoo is touched when Ji-Woo doesn’t judge him, and the two of them agree to enter a temporary relationship centred around Ji-Hoo’s secret kink, but could there be more on the cards for the unusual couple? Tune in to find out what goes on beyond their racy contract.
2) Twenty-Five, Twenty-One
When and where: 12 February 2022 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Kim Tae-Ri (Mr Sunshine), Nam Joo-Hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo)
Who’s behind it: Jung Ji-Hyun (You Are My Spring)
Beginning in 1998 in the midst of the South Korea financial crisis, Na Hee-Do (Kim Tae-Ri) is a member of her high school fencing team whose prodigal dreams get cut short when her team is forced to disband due to budget cuts. Baek Yi-Jin (Nam Joo-Hyuk) is also abruptly forced to change course when the crisis causes his father’s business to go bankrupt, and his once lavish lifestyle becomes a thing of the past. First meeting when they’re 18 and 22, when their lives took a sharp turn, they cross paths again three years later at ages 21 and 25 when Hee-Do manages to fight her way onto the sabre fencing national team and Yi-Jin is a sports reporter for a broadcasting network. A tale of youth, hardships, and fate-like romance grown in difficult times, this is a touching tale you will not want to miss.
3) Forecasting Love and Weather
When and where: 12 February 2022 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Park Min-Young (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim), Song Kang (Sweet Home)
Who’s behind it: Cha Young-Hoon (When the Camellia Blooms)
The weather can be unpredictable, and the same can be said for romance that blossoms in the office of the Korea Meteorological Administration. General forecaster Jin Ha-Kyung (Park Min-Young) is a highly intelligent but self-isolated individual, while special reporter Lee Shi-Woo (Song Kang) seems clumsy and carefree on the outside, but is deeply passionate and focused on the inside. The two co-workers make an ambitious pair, but is love in the stars for the two of them, or will their different personalities and challenging workplace dynamics brew up a storm too tough to handle? Through chilly rain and sweltering heat, make sure to tune in to this swoon-worthy drama—we’re hoping for clear skies with a chance of love.
When and where: 16 February 2022 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Son Ye-Jin (Crash Landing on You), Jeon Mi-Do (Hospital Playlist), Kim Ji-Hyun (Backstreet Rookie)
Who’s behind it: Kim Sang-Ho (Age of Youth 2)
Cha Mi-Jo (Son Ye-Jin), Jung Chan-Young (Jeon Mi-Do), and Jang Joo-Hee (Kim Ji-Hyun) are a trio of best friends who all come from different backgrounds and lifestyles. Mi-Jo is the head dermatologist at a Gangnam clinic and comes from a wealthy, caring family with everything one can ask for; Chan-Young once dreamed of becoming an actress but has ended up as an acting coach, who is admired for her blunt yet sincere way of speech; Joo-Hee is a department store cosmetics manager and due to her timid personality, has yet to experience a romantic relationship. As the trio arrives on the brink of turning 40, their family, career, and love life experience changes. They must learn to lean and support each other in new ways, through thick and thin. Intertwining romance and friendship, this K-drama depicts all sorts of love.
5) A Business Proposal
When and where: 21 February 2022 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Kim Se-Jeong (The Uncanny Counter), Ahn Hyo-Seop (Lovers of the Red Sky)
Who’s behind it: Park Seon-Ho (My Strange Hero)
Blind dates can be a pleasant surprise or extremely awkward, and when Shin Ha-Ri (Kim Se-Jeong) agrees to take her friend Young-Seo’s place on a blind date in exchange for some money, she’s shocked to find out that her date is none other than Kim Tae-Mu, the CEO of the company she works for. A workaholic, he’s annoyed that his grandfather sets him up on blind dates. Wanting to placate his grandfather, Tae-Mu decides to marry the girl on the next date he’s forced to go on, expecting to meet Jin Young-Seo, the daughter of a chaebol family. Unbeknownst to him, the woman he meets is not Young-Seo, but Ha-Ri pretending to be her instead. Will this blind date spell the beginning of true love for the both of them or will it end in disaster and heartbreak? Tune in to find out!
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