KBS, in conjunction with KBSWorld, continues to make drama watching easier for us international viewers. If you didn’t know, here are some current dramas now on KBSWorld YouTube and/or others coming soon.
You Are My Destiny (2008)
Premiered: 2014 November 3, with English subtitle. It stars Lee Ji Hoon, Im Yoon Ah, Park Jae Jeong,and Gong Hyun Joo
Stars Yoon Ah in her first leading drama role as Jang Sae Byuk. A girl who tries to find a new meaning in life after she receives an eye cornea transplant from the doctor that took care of her after her accident. That doctor, Kim Na Young, died in a car accident on her way back from Africa. Sae Byuk becomes close with the Na Young’s family after finding them.
Haven’t decided whether or not I am going to tackle this whopping 178 episode daily drama yet. Lee Ji Hoon is calling me! We will see…
Love & Secret aka Sweet Secret
Premiered: 2014 November 24, with English, Chinese subtitles. It stars Kim Heung Soo, Shin So Yool, Yang Jin Woo
I’ve missed Shin So Yool since Ugly Alert but this time, she is Han Ah Reum, a single mother and daughter of the Minister of Culture. Chun Sung Woon (Kim Heung Soo) is the director of a large fashion company. He meets Han Ah Reum, and becomes attracted to her. Due to Han Ah Reum and her daughter, Chun Sung Woon changes as a person.
3 episodes in, this is definitely a family drama and I think it is slightly different because both leads are of the same social class but the twist is definitely single parenting. I love when Koreans deal with these social issues because they simply drive me crazy with their way of thinking. I’m looking forward to the relationship as it develops as well as how the social issue of single parenthood is dealt with.
Coming Soon is The King’s Face (2014)
Premieres 2014 December 3 with English subtitles and stars Seo In Guk, Lee Sung Jae, Jo Yoon Hee, and Shin Sung Rok.
Drama series follows the life of Prince Gwang Hae. Even though he is the child of a concubine, he becomes the crown prince. For the next 16 years, until he becomes the King, Prince Gwang Hae suffers through dethronement and death threats. Using physiognomy as a weapon, he is able to become the King.
Also on YouTube currently:
What Happens To My Family? (2014)-Every family has its issues but what happens when the patriarch in the family is not happy with the behaviors of his children? Cha Bong Soon does not intend to just sit back and take bad treatment from his three adult children – Cha Kang Shim, Cha Gang Jae and Cha Dal Bong – and decides to take legal action against them. With such chaos going on in her family, Kang Shim has a tough time focusing on her job as secretary to the president of Daeoh Company and constantly at odds with the president’s son, Moon Tae Joo, the company director.
High School – Love In (2014)-Lee Seul Bi is an angel who is sent to Earth to look after Shin Woo Hyun, who lives with his grandmother and carries emotional scars from being abandoned by his parents. Despite his cold demeanor, Woo Hyun is popular in school because of his good looks and singing ability. When his best friend, Hwang Sung Yeol, finds out a secret that ties them together and also develops feelings for Seul Bi, who is posing as a fellow student at their school, the best friends turn into rivals.
My Daughter Seo Yeong (2012)-This drama will tell the story of a father who separates with his daughter, their love, hate and reconciliation. Seo Young is a tough woman who tries to escape the harsh life of poverty with a strong passion to gain success, overcome her lower status and rise in society. On the road to fulfill her dream, She cuts ties with her poor family and incompetent father who still love his daughter despite her bitterness.
KBS continues to lead the pack in bringing Korean entertainment to the world. With the recent announcement that MBC will be making available over 2,500 dramas and shows to the internet, one can only hope that they will follow suit in the future and bring some of the more recent dramas to us willing viewers! If I can put in a request: more dailies!! I’d love to watch Mother’s Garden or even the currently airing Apgujeong Midnight Sun with English subtitles! Make it so, MBC!!