International Film: Best Korean Shows for the Summer

For all who love film and are willing to try something new, these K-Dramas are for you. 

Summer is full of barbecues, pool parties, and beach outings. However, if you are not a fan of the heat and enjoy being inside, you may be interested in a certain international film genre. Korean dramas have gained much attraction in the United States in the past few years. They are easy to follow and can quickly become binge-worthy. Professionals in the Korean film industry claim K-dramas do not glorify the violence that occurs in many American films. These K-Dramas have original stories that take unique twists and turns. If you are willing to watch something new and unique, here is a list of some of the most popular films in the Korean film industry.

“Mama or Mama-Nothing to Fear” (2014): A single mother finds out that she has a terminal illness and searches for her son’s father before she dies. This drama has a variety of elements from family, love, friendship, and betrayal. This one of a kind K-Drama will bring the audience to the edge of their seats. Starring: Song Yoon Ah, Yoon Chan Young, Jung Joon Ho, and Moon Jung Hee.

“Queen of Mystery (2017)”: A housewife teams up with a detective to help solve the mystery behind several crimes. This drama has some suspense and comedy.If you are looking for a show that has a great blend of action and humor, “Queen of Mystery” is for you. Starring: Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Kang Hee.

“Full House” (2004 Korean Version): A popular actor and a struggling writer agree to make a deal where they get married. While this seems like a plutonic contract, these two characters begin to fall in love. For anyone who enjoys nonconventional romance, this is the show for you. Starring: Rain and Song Hye Kyo.

“You Are too Much” (2017): Two singers meet, one is famous and the other is an imitator. Their lives slowly unfold around the superstar’s secret. This drama compares the lives of two very different superstars. Starring: Uhm Jung Hwa and Jang Hee Jin.

“Missing Nine” (2017): Nine missing passengers crash on an island, but there is something more behind the plane crash that entangles each member. This mysterious K-Drama is full of suspense and intrigue. Starring: Jung Kyung Ho, Baek Jin Hee, and Park Chan Yeol.

“Voice” (2017): A crime thriller involving a detective and a call center operator with an exceptional ear. They band together to solve cold cases. This drama has strong characters and fantastic storytelling. Starring: Jang Hyuk And Lee Ha Na.

“Three Days” (2014): A secret service agent is entangled in a conspiracy when protecting the South Korean president from assassination. “Three Days” has all the factors that make a compelling conspiracy drama. Starring: Park Yoo Chun, Park Ha Sun, and Son Hyun Joo.

 “Signal” (2014): “Signal” is a crime thriller with some added suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. This drama, much like “Voice”, is a crime thriller that will attract any audience that enjoys a compelling storyline. Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Kim Hye Soo, and Jo Jin Woong.

Melissa Maddux is a Staff Writer for The Daily Runner.