The Hallyu wave seems to have swept the entire world off its feet. Everyone has crash-landed their hearts on these dramas and has remained uncontrollably fond of them. From Boys over Flowers to The Heirs, a plethora of K-dramas induce this gooey feeling in the stomach that captures the attention of the viewers from the beginning of the first episode till the last.
If you haven’t felt that in a long time, then don’t worry because we have gathered a list of the five best South Korean dramas that can turn your emotions topsy-turvy and leave you wanting more.
5 Best K-dramas to watch this week
1. Alchemy of Souls Part 2
Formerly titled Return, Alchemy of Souls gained massive traction the moment it dropped on Netflix. Produced by tvN and written by Hong Mi Ran and Hong Jung Eun, this South Korean fantasy period drama series is internationally licensed and directed by Park Joon Hwa.
According to What’s on Netflix, Alchemy of Souls is considered to be “one of the most popular weekly releases of the summer” ever since it was released on June 18th, 2022.
Here’s the official synopsis of the show:
“Jang Wook of the noble Jang family, in the country of Daeho, holds an unpleasant secret about his birth, which all of the people of the country discuss. A known troublemaker, Jang Wook happens to meet Mu Deok, an elite warrior trapped within a physically weak body but becomes his servant, and in secret begins teaching Jang Wook how to fight.”
2. Money Heist Korea Season 2
Released on December 9, 2022, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area season 2 has managed to gain a lot of critical acclaims so far. Based upon the most acclaimed Spanish crime drama La Casa De Papel (Money Heist), Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area is produced by BH Entertainment and Content Zium, with Ryu Yong-Jae serving as the screenwriter who got assisted by Chloe Sung-jun and Kim Hwan-Chae.
Here’s the official synopsis of the show:
“A genius strategist and people with different personalities and abilities fighting an extraordinary variable and engaging in an unprecedented hostage play.”
3. The Glory Part II
Releasing on December 30, The Glory is an upcoming South Korean revenge drama that will feature Song Hye Ko. Written by the Descendants of the Sun’s writer, Kim Eun Sook and directed by Ahn Gil Ho, the series will reportedly stream eight episodes.
Here’s the official synopsis (courtesy of What’s on Netflix):
“Moon Dong Eun dreamed of becoming an architect in her high-school days. However, after suffering from a brutally violent attack by her bullies, Moon Dong Eun is forced to drop out of school. Years later, the bully married, has a child and attends the same elementary school where Moon Dong Eun now works as the homeroom teacher. After years of plotting, Moon Don Eun begins her revenge plan against her former bullies and the students who stood by and let it happen.”
4. The Interest of Love
Featuring Yoo Yeon-seok and Moon Ga-young in the lead roles, JTBC’s The Interest of Love will revolve around four characters who meet at a bank branch with the common thread of a quest for love running through them. These four major characters include an ordinary worker Ha Sang-soo (Yoo), an optimistic policeman Jung Jong-hyun (Jung Ga-ram), the wealthy Park Mi-kyung (Keum Sae-rok), and the romantic An Soo-young (Moon).
Here’s the official synopsis of The Interest of Love (courtesy of IMDb):
“Four men and women working at the same bank get entangled in a complicated romance as they discover how far they’re willing to go for love.”
5. Bad Prosecutor
Titled Bad Prosecutor, this KBS2 drama is an internationally licensed Netflix Original crime K-drama series that is directed by Kim Sung Ho and written by Im Young Bin. The show made its debut on the Viki on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 and its season finale aired on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
According to Soompi, Bad Prosecutor season 1 is:
“A story about a prosecutor named Jin Jung who is armed with bad manners and delinquency. He breaks down the sanctuaries created by wealth and power, and he even takes down the greedy people living in those sanctuaries. He uses expedient methods over conventional ones, tricks over standard procedures, and delinquency over sincerity in order to stop the corrupt authorities from undermining society.”