There is no doubt 2017 was the year of surprises in the Korean drama world. Dramas like 'Because This is My First Life,' was a sleeper hit with fans still reeling over the wonderful screenplay and acting. As the curtains are down for 2017, here we take a look at some of the most anticipated dramas scheduled for 2018.
tvN's Mr Sunshine is one of the most anticipated dramas of 2018 penned by writer Kim Eun Sook of Goblin and Descendants of the Sun fame. The drama will be aired every Saturdays and Sundays. The casting includes Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Byun Yo Han, and Kim Sarang. Kim has earlier revealed that she wants her male lead to be well-versed in English as an integral part of the story will be set in the United States.
A recent article on Soompi revealed that the drama will be set in the Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 1900s. It narrates the story of a Korean man who fakes an identity of a soldier in the United States Army. After embarking on a battleship during the United States expedition to Korea, he goes back to the Joseon where he falls for a woman from an aristocratic family. Well, that sounds like a lot of action, drama, romance and sentiments.
Kim So Hyun teams up with Yoon Doo Joon for this new-age healing romance. It is set to air in January 2018 on KBS2's Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot. The drama centres around the love story a top actor turned DJ for a live radio show and his scriptwriter with excellent planning skills.
Based on the American television series Suits by Aaron Korsh, this legal drama revolves around a legendary lawyer who takes a genius rookie lawyer under his wing. Park Hung Sik will play the role of Mike Ross, the illegal law school student with sharp intelligence while Jang Dong Gun will be the Korean version of Harvey Specter, the best closer in the city.
Park Hae Jin is all set to appear as quadruplet brothers in his upcoming drama tentatively titled Four Sons. Reportedly, the drama will be aired on SBS in the first half of 2018. The pre-filmed drama is a mystery thriller that revolves around a female detective, played by After School's Nana, who discovers the quadruple brothers of the man she loved.
Singer-actor IU is making her comeback with tvN's upcoming drama My Ahjussi. The pretty lady is paired opposite Lee Sun Gyun in this rom-com. The drama revolves around the story of a 40-something man and a 20-something woman. IU will portray the role of the debt-ridden Lee Ji Ahn. She is working non-stop to repay her debuts because of which she neither dreams or hopes for anything. Ji Ahn also had a troubled childhood where she was left behind to live with her sick grandmother since six. The drama will be aired in the first half of 2018.
Are you Human Too?
In this sci-fi romance, Seo Kang-joon plays the role of a wealthy heir who falls into coma after an accident. His mother, who is also an artificial intelligence expert, creates an android named Nam Shin III which identically looks like his twin. And then, there is a bodyguard Kang So-bong (Gong Seung-yeon). This 18-episode drama will be aired in the first half of 2018 in KBS2.
Clean With Passion Now
Based on a webtoon, the drama revolves around two personalities— Jang Sun Kyul, the wealthy owner of a cleaning company who suffers from severe mysophobia and is obsessed with cleaning and the carefree Gil Oh Sol (Kim Yoo Jung), who is optimistic but untidy. JTBC is planning to air the drama early 2018.
Set in the Japanese colonial period of Korea, Lee Young-ae plays the role of a surgeon, who is adopted by a Japanese couple but later hired as a spy by the Korean government in Shanghai. Eventually, she becomes involved in a series of events leading up to the Pacific war.
That Man Oh Soo
Lee Jong-hyun and Kim So-eun will team up for OCN's fantasy romance That Man Oh Soo. The story revolves around two individuals who fall in love due to a "Cupid" possessing magical pollen.
Fall From The Sky
tvN is making a drama on the popular webtoon 'Paul Who Fell From the Heaven.' The story revolves around Paul who is born half angel and half human. Though he cannot use his powers against pureblooded angels, he fights against evils souls who plagues humans for their joy. One day he meets Seo Hee, who has the ability to see his half-blood. He decides to guard Seo Hee and the rest is a fantasy romance.
Apart from new drama, some of the most awaited sequels of 2018 are Voice 2, Sound of Heart Reboot, Signal 2 and Mystery Queen 2.