Best New K-dramas to watch this December on Netflix, iQiYi, and more
Anticipated debuts and comebacks
This month: brace yourself to reconnect with past love; travel back in time and find love amid political tensions, fight crime and take down the bad guys; uncover the mysteries behind immortal beings; and take a trip to the moon. With so much action, adventure, and romance to experience, this month's top picks will have you on the edge of your seat with eyes glued to your screens.
1) Our Beloved Summer
When and where: 6 December 2021 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Choi Woo-Sik (Parasite), Kim Da-Mi (Itaewon Class)
Who’s behind it: Kim Yoon Jin
Being reunited with an ex-lover is either the best or worst thing that could happen for many people, so how does one face it when it actually happens? Choi Woong (Choi Woo-Sik) and Kook Yeon-Soo (Kim Da-Mi) dated and broke up 10 years ago in high school, swearing to never cross paths again. However, a documentary they filmed 10 years ago suddenly gains massive popularity and, finding themselves needing help from the other for various reasons, the pair is forced back in front of the camera to film another documentary. Is this fate’s way of leading them back to each other? Could their initial encounter in high school have been a case of ‘right person, wrong time’? Tune in to find out if there are still possibilities for love, or if their reunion will end things for good.
When and where: 18 December 2021 on Disney+
Who’s in it: Jung Hae-In (Something in the Rain), Kim Jisoo
Who’s behind it: Jo Hyun-Tak (Sky Castle)
Blackpink fans can finally breathe easy because Jisoo’s finally making her debut as a lead actress. Set in 1987 in a period of high political tensions, the charismatic but mysterious Im Soo-Ho (Jung Hae-In) is a graduate student at a prestigious university. An active protestor, his political activism one day leads him to jump into the female dormitory of Hosoo Women’s University seeking shelter. First-grade student Eun Young-Ro (Kim Jisoo) finds him covered in blood and helps to hide him in the dormitory. Under the pressures of political turmoil and the dangers of close surveillance within the dormitory, the two begin to develop a budding romance. Soo-Ho and Young-Ro will have to face obstacles both in and outside of the dormitory walls. If you’re a Blink, make sure you catch Jisoo in this highly anticipated drama.
3) Bad and Crazy
When and where: 17 December 2021 on iQiYi
Who’s in it: Lee Dong-Wook (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God), Wi Ha-Joon (Squid Game)
Who’s behind it: Yoo Sun-Dong (The Uncanny Counter)
Starring heartthrobs Lee Dong-Wook and Wi Ha-Joon, Bad and Crazy is a mystery drama about Ryu Soo-Yeol (Lee Dong-Wook), a competent but corrupt police officer with the Mooui Police Department. Materialistic, ambitious, and only motivated by the reward of a work promotion, Soo-Yeol works hard and dirty to quickly advance through the ranks of the department. However, things get interesting when he manifests a split personality, K (Wi Ha-Joon), who is righteous but deranged and hellbent on serving justice the rowdy way. The two embark on a journey to take down criminals, but it will not be a simple walk in the park. Filled with action, crime, suspense, and adorable bromance moments, this drama and its charming leads will have your heart racing in more ways than one.
4) Bulgasal: Immortal Souls
When and where: 18 December 2021 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Lee Jin-Wook (Sweet Home), Kwon Na-Ra (Itaewon Class)
Who’s behind it: Jang Young-Woo (I Need Romance 3)
What would it feel like to live forever? Dan Hwal (Lee Jin-Wook) is a bulgasal, a mythical creature who feeds on human blood and is cursed with immortality. Transformed during the Joseon era, Dan Hwal has been alive for 600 years. Min Sang-Won (Kwon Na-Ra) is a woman who used to be a bulgasal but now lives as a mortal after centuries of death and reincarnation. Sang-Won remembers all her past lives, and in the wake of the murder of her twin and mother, she lives in hiding with her younger sister. This drama tells the stories of Dan Hwal and Sang-Won, as well as the humans and other immortal creatures around them, as their paths intertwine and alter their lives. Are you a fan of supernatural romances? Then this is the drama that will engage your imagination.
5) The Silent Sea
When and where: 24 December 2021 on Netflix
Who’s in it: Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Bae Doo-Na (Kingdom)
Who’s behind it: Choi Hang-Yong (The Sea of Tranquility)
Based on director Choi Hang-Yong’s 2014 short film The Sea of Tranquility, this blockbuster series takes things to astronomical levels. In the year 2075, human life is threatened by the lack of food and water caused by severe desertification that scours the planet. Han Yoon-Jae (Gong Yoo) and Song Ji-An (Bae Doo-Na) are part of an elite group of specialists who are tasked with going to the moon in search of a mysterious sample at a lunar research base, but their journey is anything but smooth sailing. Technical difficulties plague their spaceship and the cold darkness of space is ferociously hostile. The elite team brace themselves to risk their lives in completing their mission and save mankind, but will outer space turn out to be a silent killer more deadly than the grave situation back home? You’ll have to tune in to find out.