Oppa, Otteoke: New Korean Dramas to Watch - Lifestyle Asia
November 22, 2021

It’s time to fall in love and cry over these new shows.

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Secret Royal Inspector & Joy

Airing on tvN, Secret Royal Inspector & Joy stars 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon (fresh from his career-defining turn as baddie Jang Han Seok in Vincenzo) and Kim Hye-yoon (SKY CastleExtraordinary You) team up in this madcap buddy-cop dramedy set in Korea’s Joseon-era.

Ra Yi-Eon (Ok) wants to own a small dumpling business, but instead passes the state examinations and is sent to work at the Office of Special Advisors, as a royal secret agent. Despite this high honor, he insists on a lackadaisical lifestyle. Meanwhile, Kim Jo-Yi (Kim) is a forward-thinking woman amid a divorce to a gambling addict. Through shenanigans, she comes across Yi-eon, and they team up to solve cases and uncover corruption.

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy is available to watch on iQiyi

The Red Sleeve 

The other period drama starring another 2PM member, The Red Sleeve is a more serious look at royal life during the Joseon period (this time the 18th century). Prince Yi-san (Lee Junho, Good Manager) is cold and aloof, alone in a palace full of intrigue.

At court, he falls in love with Sung Deok-im (Lee Se-young, A Korean OdysseyThe Crowned Clown), and wants her to become his royal concubine. Strong-willed and free-spirit, Deok-im refuses, wanting to keep her independence.

The Red Sleeve is available to watch on Viu

Happiness

Making his post-military comeback, Park Hyungsik (Suits) stars in Happiness, a drama set in Korea that can safely call COVID-19 a distant memory. Jung Yi-hyun (Park) is a smart and honest detective, in love with Yoon Sae-bom (Han Hyo-joo, Dong-Yi) who is a member of the Special Police Squad.

Both of them marry each other to obtain housing benefits at a new high-rise apartment. The catch? Unknowing to them, the apartment block is the site of a new infectious disease outbreak: zombies. Married life now becomes a struggle for survival, living amidst fellow strangers in fear and distrust.

Happiness is available to watch on iQiyi

Snowdrop

Snowdrop pairs together Jung Hae-in (Something In The RainD.P.) and Blackpink’s Jisoo for her first leading role. Amidst political turmoil in 1987, Student activist Im Soo-ho, covered in blood and on the run hides in the female dormitory of Hosoo Women’s University.

Finding him and agreeing to help hide him is Eun Young-ro (Jisoo), an English literature major at the University. As expected, they fall in love.

Snowdrop will be available on Disney+ on December 19

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