‘Money Heist: Korea’ to ‘All of us are dead’ – 12 K-Dramas that kept us hooked in the first half of 2022
12 K-Dramas that kept us hooked in the first half of 2022!
The year 2022 is half way over and we’ve all watched all sorts of series. But what was your Korean drama list for 2022? Let us know in the comment section down below!
If you’re stuck with questions like: which is the No 1 Korean drama? Which K drama should I watch next? What are the latest K-dramas? What’s the best kdrama 2022 Netflix? Well then, you’ve landed at the right place. In this post, we are going to bring forth the top 12 K-dramas that kept the viewers hooked in the first half of 2022.
We’ve included the official synopsis/plot of each k-drama along with the official trailer. So guys, make the most of this post and read it til’ the very end! Here’s the top 12 kdrama 2022 August list:
1. Money Heist: Korea
In 2025, South Korea and North Korea are no longer at war. They are on the brink of unification. Targeting the Unified Korean Mint at the Joint Economic Area between these two regions, the Professor (Yoo Ji-Tae) puts together a motley crew of thieves to pull off a heist. The likes of which the world hasn’t seen before!
Money Heist: Korea is the Korean adaptation of the widely-liked Spanish series. The first half of the crime thriller was engaging and intriguing – owing to standout performers like Jeon Jong-seo, Kim Ji-hoon, and Park Hae-soo.
Thirty-Nine is the story of three female friends. They are all 39-year-old, navigating life with love, laughter and emotional turmoil. This poignant and relevant story about three lifelong friends navigating urban life as they near 40 is reminiscent of Sex and the City. The captivating portrayal of life and female friendship is enriched by a terminal illness and a series of budding romantic relationships.
PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations. Beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
The narrative of a Korean immigrant family is told over the course of four generations in the Korean drama that is based on Min Jin Lee’s No. 1 best-selling book of the same name. The Japanese invasion of Korea serves as the backdrop for this Lee Min-ho starrer, which tells the story of a family that defies all odds to remain alive and return to their roots with faith.
4. Our Blues
Our Blues is a 20 episode K-drama. It essentially works as an anthological slice of life series. The different episodes are broken up into different two or three partners, following residents on Jeju Island as they go about their day.
Due to its exposure of numerous significant societal concerns that are present not just in South Korea but also around the world, this beautiful series was able to move many people. It is set on the picturesque Jeju Island. And, depicts the different troubles and issues that the inhabitants face in real life.
5. Twenty-Five, Twenty-One
In Twenty-Five, Twenty-One – Na, a once-fencing prodigy, struggles to prove to herself and others that she can reach her full potential after her school’s fencing team disbanded due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis. After Na’s mother and coach urge her to quit fencing, Na embarks on a journey to prove them wrong.
The plot centres on a high school kid who is driven to excel as a fencer. She meets Baek Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk), whose family experiences financial ruin but who ultimately manages to land a career as a reporter. The coming-of-age drama centres on characters whose hopes and ambitions are dashed against the turbulent backdrop of South Korea experiencing a serious financial crisis.
6. My Liberation Notes
My Liberation Notes revolves around three siblings. They are all struggling with their respective issues in life. While the eldest sibling Yeon Ki-jeong (Lee El) is heading into her forties, single but hopeful to find love, the second sibling — Yeon Chang-hee (Lee Min-ki) is struggling with making it big on the work front. This slice-of-life drama is an intricate and engrossing story about shattered dreams and unattainable personal independence.
7. All Of Us Are Dead
All of us are dead revolves around a high school that becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out or turn into one of the rabid infected. It was a normal school day for the students of a Korean high school-until a student returns from the school’s science lab, infected by an unknown virus.
Based on the Naver webtoon Now at Our School by Joo Dong-Geun, it is one of the most talked-about series. With this apocalyptic narrative, viewers were pulled to the deep connections and stories of these students, which strengthened their desire to ensure their survival. And it goes far beyond just zombies and survival.
8. A Business Proposal
Business Proposal, one of the most watched K-dramas of the year, is based on a webtoon with the same name authored by Haehwa. It is a lighthearted romantic comedy series that centres on a woman who agrees to go on a blind date that her friend’s father has set up for the two of them.
He sets a blind date for Tae Moo with Marine Group’s Jin Yeong Seo, to which he reluctantly agrees. Yeong Seo’s father encourages her blind date with Tae Moo so that their companies can merge and profit from both. However, she wants to marry for love and not for economic reasons. But when she discovers that the man is actually her CEO, the situation abruptly shifts.
The popular webtoon series of the same name is the basis for the drama Tomorrow. It’s simple to assume in the first few episodes that it’s a lighthearted tale about a grim reaper portrayed by Rowoon. But there’s much more to it. People can relate to the serious and intense themes that the series tackles, such as mental health, hopelessness, darkness, and suicide.
10. Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Justice is one of the best K-dramas of 2022. It looks even better when Kim Hye-Soo and her outstanding performance as the series grows more dramatic by the second season. Sim Eun-seok (Kim) has a special aversion to young offenders. Additionally, there is a lot of legal drama and excitement when a senior and distinguished judge like her is chosen to preside over a juvenile court.
11. Forecasting Love and Weather
Forecasting Love and Weather has a little unique setting, but it’s still a nice love story. An ambitious weather forecaster and her coworker are shown forming a relationship in the Korean drama series. It makes for an interesting watch because of how the two manage their job and personal lives.
12. Alchemy of Souls
Set in a fictional country called Daeho that does not exist in history or on maps, Alchemy of Souls is about the love and growth of young mages as they overcome their twisted fates due to a magic spell known as the “alchemy of souls”, which allows souls to switch bodies.
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