New and Coming Soon to DramaFever
This week we saw a highly anticipated historical chock-full of flower boys, a cute family drama reuniting one of our favorite "married" couples, a romantic comedy/melodrama about living and loving as if every day is your last, and a classic Chinese family drama. Next week we'll see a fun new slice-of-life drama about making connections in the modern world. Take a look!
1. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (August 29)
Lee Joon Ki (Arang and the Magistrate) and Lee “IU” Ji Eun (Dream High) star in a dangerous romance across time in what sure to be one of the biggest historical epics of the year. Hae Soo (IU) is a 21st century woman who gets caught in a solar eclipse and is transported to the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th century for nearly 500 years. Suddenly, Hae Soo finds herself in the royal palace, where she comes across Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Ki). A man as feared as he is handsome, Wang So is based on the real-life fourth king of the Goryeo Dynasty and makes others tremble but wins over Hae Soo’s heart. However, he is not the only one in the palace with eyes on the throne, and a political battle of deception, secrecy and lies ensues between Wang So and all the other princes. Adding to the drama are Eighth Prince Wang Wook (Heirs star Kang Ha Neul), who is less than willing to wait in line behind seven other members of the royal family, and Third Prince Wang Yo (Beloved alum Hong Jong Hyun), whose right to the crown actually precedes Wang So’s.
2. Our Gab Soon (August 31)
Kim So Eun (Boys Over Flowers) and Song Jae Rim (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) star in a relationship comedy that both honors and parodies couples across the marital spectrum. Heo Gab Dol (Song Jae Rim) has graduated from college but has no job. He has been trying, unsuccessfully, to pass the civil service exam for three years. Shin Gab Soon (Kim So Eun) is his long-time girlfriend and has been supporting Heo Gab Dol for years through part-time jobs. She hopes that him getting the civil service job will mean he finally proposes to her. Despite of their desire to eventually tie the knot, what is confusing the lovebirds’ feelings is seeing all kinds of other couples around them: a group that remained in touch after divorce, one that gets remarried, one that lives together, and one that is married only in the eyes of the law. Throw in several people who have varied opinions of the institution, including family members Shin Se Gye (My Fair Lady alum Lee Wan) and Heo Da Hae (Sly and Single Again star Kim Gyu Ri), and our young couple really doesn’t know what they want. With all these relationships and their varied opinions regarding this age-old institution, will Heo Gab Dol and Shin Gab Soon be as eager to walk down the aisle, or will this journey end long before it’s time for the baby carriage?
3. Fantastic (September 2)
Kim Hyun Joo (Boys Over Flowers, Cruel Palace) and Joo Sang Wook (Good Doctor, Birth of a Beauty) star in a romantic melodrama about the bittersweet reality of limitless love in the face of limited life. So Hye (Kim Hyun Joo) is a popular TV drama series writer with a natural talent for writing. Hae Sung (Joo Sang Wook) is a popular actor, although despite his reputation as the “Great Star of the Universe, Foot-Caprio,” he’s not very good at acting. When forced to work together, the two begin to butt heads, and after some time, they also start to care for each other. However, fate has something bitter in line for them, as So Hye learns she only has 6 months to live. Now, every plan they had for the future must be readjusted. But when time is so quickly running out, will there be any left for love? Adding to the drama are Baek Seol (Greatest Marriage alum Park Si Yeon), a hot-headed girl who now has to mellow down to embrace her role as a politician’s trophy wife, Hong Joon Ki (One More Happy Ending star Kim Tae Hoon), a cancer survivor who is treating So Hye and teaches her to live positively in the face of death, and Kim Sang Wook (Scarlet Heart: Ryeo actor Ji Soo), an innocent young lawyer who will not let a simple age difference dull his affection for So Hye.
Steven Ma (The Life and Times of a Sentinel) and Tavia Yeung (Beyond the Realm of Conscience, The Hippocratic Crush) star in a family drama that proves deception and mistrust between siblings can be deadly. Military doctor Ka Yeung (Steven Ma) returns home after he learns that his sister has committed suicide. Upon his return, he also assumes his role as caretaker of the family business, the largest silk factory in Shunde. But he can’t quite shake the feeling that his sister’s apparent “suicide” was something more sinister. Bing Bing (Tavia Yeung), a close friend of Ka Yeung’s deceased sister, also shares that suspicion of wrongdoing and the two set out to unravel the mystery behind their loved one’s death. As they work together, they grow also closer to one another, but little do they know just how many people are potential suspects in this crime. And before they can fully resolve one threat, another danger awaits as someone begins to damage the ties between Ka Yeung and his older brother, Ka Hin (Steven Ma’s The Life and Times of a Sentinel co-star Evergreen Mak). Through all this, Ka Yeung and Bing Bing stay close together. But when deception is all around them, can their trust in each other break through this web of lies and conspiracy? Adding to the drama are Kwan Jo Yiu (Bottled Passion alum and Tavia Yeung’s fellow The Hippocratic Crush actor Raymond Cho), Bing Bing’s long-time fiancé, Sin Bik Wan (Palace and The Confidant star Maggie Shiu), a senior forewoman whose complicated relationship with Ka Yeung’s family is worsened by her hostility towards Bing Bing, and Fung Chi Ching (Heart of Greed star Natalie Tong), a deceptively complicated employee who has her own ulterior motives for being at the factory.
1. Let's Drink (aka Drinking Solo) (September 5)
Ha Suk Jin (Once Upon a Time in Saengchori) and Park Ha Sun (High Kick 3: Revenge of the Short Legged) star in an intoxicating romance that sure to please even the pickiest connoisseurs. Jung Suk (Ha Suk Jin) teaches at a private institute for people who are preparing for their civil service exams. He’s arrogant, popular, and a master instructor. He also happens to be rather jaded about his job and likes drinking alone. Fortunately, Shin Ib (Park Ha Sun) is none of those things. She’s simply a talented and optimistic rookie instructor who works really hard but can’t quite handle the high-tension setting that is cram school. But she also happens to like drinking alone. In fact, everyone in the institute likes to drink. So when the two instructors meet over a glass of alcohol, will they simply share teaching tactics or is there some love on the syllabus? Adding to the drama are Geum Soo Jeo (SHINee member and We Got Married - Global Edition alum Key), a spoiled brat who chose to live in poverty but has failed his exams three years in a row and now has no income, and Han Sek Shi (Salut D’Amour star Hwang Woo Seul Hye), a gorgeous English teacher who loves to buy Park Ha Sun drinks and discuss life with her.
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