2021’s Binge-Worthy K-Dramas
By Sayuni Masakorala
Ceylon Today Features
With the commencement of a New Year, Korean Drama commonly known as K-Drama) wave has definitely taken a new outlook. Deviating from the mainstream plotline of fuzzy romance, the ongoing and upcoming K-dramas this year seems promising.
Whether you are fan of K-Drama or new to the concept, the lineup of dramas that are trending right now will surely have some sort of interest in you due to the different genres and stylistic approaches they take. So grab your snacks as K-Drama binge watching season has just started.
“A fan club means spirit guides. An anti-fan club means more powerful spirit guides?”
Mr. Queen is an unconventional soul swapping hilarious comedy that has been able to create quite the buzz amongst Korean netizens and global fans. If you are stressed out having to adapt yourselves with circumstances and is in need of a breather, this is a go to drama which makes us realise that language is not a barrier when it comes to a good laugh.
It is an ongoing drama series directed by Yoon Sung Sik, and is based on the original Chinese web drama Go Princess Go. Mr. Queen explores an interesting genre of drama which centres on a modern man’s soul being trapped in the body of an ancient queen from the Joseon era. Though the drama is adapted from its Chinese counterpart, the drama can be uniquely identified for the screenplay, comic interludes and the suspense it creates in comparison.
In the modern age, Jang Bong Hwan is a chef who works for the country’s top politicians at the Blue House. He believes that ‘cooking is politics’. He loses his job when a fish hook is found in the food he prepares for a Chinese envoy and while escaping the police he falls from a high-rise building into a swimming pool and drowns. When he wakes up he finds out that he has traveled back in time to 1851 and that his soul has been swapped into the unconscious body of Kim So-Yong, Joseon’s soon to be queen who had suffered a mysterious accident the night before her wedding. Caught between a power struggle for the throne, how is he going to survive? Would he return back to the modern time or would he forever have to come to terms in living as a woman in the past? Find out his destiny as you travel back in time in this unconventional journey.
“An Ugly Duckling turned a White Swan. What does it mean to be pretty”
Adapted from the webtoon ‘Yeoshingangrim’ by Yaongyi , True Beauty is an ongoing drama series which centres around a high school girl who after being bullied and discriminated because of being perceived as ugly, masters the art of make-up to transform herself into being the most idolised and sought after beauty in school. The drama is an eye opener into Korean Culture and encapsulates the rigid standards set on the external beauty of an individual specially women which is often commercialised through Korean beauty products and plastic surgery. On the other hand those who do not fit to this fragment of trends are often secluded leading to inferiority complexes.
Im Joo Kyung is a high schooler who is positive about most things except for her appearance. She hates the idea of being seen in public without make-up. After binge watching tutorials in the internet she masters the art of make-up. After transferring to a new school with her new makeover she quickly becomes the hot topic of the whole school and gains popularity. At school she is one of the prettiest girls in class whilst outside school, behind her makeup she is just an ordinary teenager who slips into baggy clothing and indulge in her favourite hobbies which include listening to metal music and reading horror comics.
Her secret life seems perfect until Lee Su Ho, a top-grade student adored by the whole school finds out about her real looks behind her mask. However, Lee Su Ho harbours a few dark secrets himself and shuns attention in class. Together they form an estranged friendship as they unravel secrets, share their pain and seek comfort in each other. As the title itself suggests will she find her true beauty? Will they be able to overcome their pain and learn to live life on their own terms? Find out what the remaining episodes has to offer in rediscovering what it means to be beautiful.
The Uncanny Counter
‘Do not underestimate yourself. There is incredible strength in each of us’
Based on the webtoon ‘Amazing Rumour’ by Jang Yi, ‘The Uncanny Counter’ centres around a crippled high school boy who is enlisted to be part of the Counters, a group of demon-hunters who fight against evil spirits that escape from the afterlife. The drama explores fantasy and Sci-Fi genres whilst pushing for meaningful concepts of rediscovery and inner strength.
One day a Counter Jang Cheol-Joong is killed in a battle against a strong ‘Level 3’demon. As his spirit gets consumed by his killer, his ‘Yung spirit’ partner Wi-gen struggles to find a new human body to possess. Uncannily she is quickly drawn towards high school boy So Mun who despite being crippled is nevertheless perfectly healthy and alive. As soon as Wi-gen possesses him he starts noticing bizarre changes to his body and starts seeing Wi-gen in his dreams. Soon he finds his answers in ‘Eonni’s Noodles’ Restaurant. As he becomes the replacement to the late Cheol-Joon he finds himself in a thrilling journey of battling against bloodthirsty demons, reconnecting with his past and uncovering the ugly truth behind a major redevelopment project.
The concept of Counters explored in the drama is that they too were once ordinary humans who were able to revive themselves from a state of coma when partnering with a ‘Yung spirit’ (the boundary between the afterlife and the world of the living) which gives them perfectly healthy bodies and consciousness along with supernatural abilities. So Mun is the youngest of the Counters. After suffering from a mysterious car accident as a child he becomes crippled. After being possessed by Wi-gen he revives his ability to walk and gains supernatural strength. He eventually becomes a central figure among the Counters as well. Do Ha Na has the ability to sense the locations of evil spirits and also possess the ability of mindreading and Ga Mo Tak is a Counter with incredible strength and was a former police officer who lost his memory seven years ago after an accident. Chu Mae Ok on the other hand possesses healing abilities. Outwardly she’s the chef of the noodle restaurant but among the Counters she is the emotional pillar of the group. Whether its noodle making or combat skills they have got it all. Binge watch the ‘Uncanny Counters’ in action and find out what they are up to next in this tale of demon hunting.
In a world of colours, what does it mean to see Grey? A surge of colours with no emotions.
Colour Rush is a drama which focuses on a boy who can only see the world in monochrome. Limited by his vision he has never seen or felt the colour of emotions in the world. What would happen when he experiences a colour rush upon meeting a strange individual? This is a drama which belongs to the genre of Boys Love (BL) and explores concepts such as sexual orientation in a new glimpse with elements of sci-fi.
Living with neurological blindness that limits the ability to see colour, Yeon Woo has grown up in a world that looks very different from the one most people are accustomed to seeing. Only being able to decipher varying tones of grey he only knows that the world is full of colours but has never experienced it himself. However into his monochromatic life, crashes a boy called Yoo Han who ends up changing his world forever. Overwhelmed by the unexpected rush of emotions he feels every time Yoo Han is near he ponders whether it his fate to meet him. At the same time a mystery surrounds them of a missing mother. Will they be able to solve the mystery in time while solving the mysteries of their own hearts? In a world of Colours, which colour would you pick?
Watch them as they add meaning to what it means to be able to see and love differently.