Featuring well-written plots and a swoon-worthy cast, Korean dramas have garnered immense popularity over recent years.

While July saw several interesting releases, there are some equally excellent new K-dramas to watch in August 2022. While titles like Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me, Today’s Webtoon and Big Mouth dominated the OTT platforms and screens last month, shows like A Model Family and Little Women are going to make August quite a binge-worthy month.

Additionally, Netflix is going to release its first K-drama film — an action thriller titled Carter — which stars Joo Won, Sung-Jae Lee, Kim Bo-Min and Jeong Sori. With a Mission: Impossible-like theme, the airplane stunts of this film are sure to remind you of Agent Ethan Hunt, the character portrayed by American actor Tom Cruise.

With so much to look forward to, we have rounded up some of the new K-dramas to watch in August 2022.

All the new K-dramas releasing in August 2022:

Poong, The Jeoson Psychiatrist

K-drama releasing in August- Poong, The Jeoson Psychiatrist
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Release date: 1 August

Based on a novel, this Korean drama is directed by Park Won-kook and is slated to air on the South Korean cable network tvN.

The drama comedy series chronicles the journey of Yoo Se-poong (Kim Min-jae) who is a former physician to a Royal family. Upon losing his job, he travels to the beautiful Gyesu Village, where he befriends a widow named Seo Eun-woo (Kim Hyang-gi) and a peculiar teacher named Gye Ji-han (Kim Sang-kyung). Residing in this village, Yoo realises his true aim in life and begins to help people heal their hearts.

The show also stars actors like Ahn Chang-hwan of the Hospital Playlist (2020–2021) fame and Yu Seong-ju, who appeared in Squid Game (2021– ).


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Release date: 5 August

Carter follows the titular character, an agent who wakes up in an unknown motel room with his memories wiped clean. He has no choice but to fulfill a mission given to him by a mysterious voice in his ear who tells him that if he does not follow her orders, his life will be at stake. This gripping K-drama from Netflix brings a non-stop rush of adrenaline with wall-to-wall action that will give you little time to catch your breath as you follow the film’s protagonist on his high-stakes mission.

If You Wish Upon Me

August K-drama: If you wish upon me
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Release date: 10 August

Poised to become one of the most heart-wrenching Korean dramas, If You Wish Upon Me draws inspiration from a real-life organisation in The Netherlands, which offers help to take care and fulfil the last wishes of terminal cancer patients who are in the last leg of their lives.

The series, directed by Kim Young-wan, revolves around the journey of Yoon Gyeo-rae (Ji Chang Wook) who has had a difficult childhood and has been in and out of orphanages, detention centres, as well as prison. When he volunteers to offer service at this hospice, he befriends nurse Seo Yeon-joo (Sooyoung) and co-worker Kang Tae-Shik (Sung Dong-il). When Seo asks a sad and pensive Yoon whether he has ever been happy, the latter looks back upon his past and realises that he hasn’t experienced joy and happiness, and wishes to lead a happy life like everyone else.

According to an NME report, the Korean drama, also known as Tell Me Your Wish, will be made available on the Viu streaming app after its South Korea release.

A Model Family

August K-drama: A model family
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Release date: 12 August

Starring Jung Woo, Yoon Jin Seo, Park Hee Soon, Kim Sung Oh and Park Ji Hyun, the 10-part series has been created by Kim Jin-woo and Lee Jae-gon.

One of the much-awaited new K-dramas releasing in August 2022, A Model Family is a crime thriller, which follows the predicaments of a family on the verge of divorce and bankruptcy. At such a juncture when Dong-Ha (Jung Woo), an ordinary man, comes across a car loaded with cash, the family find themselves in danger after they encounter a drug cartel.

The new Korean drama on Netflix is expected to tick all the right boxes in terms of suspense, tight plot and riveting performance by the cast.

Stock Struck

K-drama releasing in August: Stock Struck
Image: Courtesy 티빙 TVING/ @tving.official/ Instagram

Release date: 12 August

Also known as Ants Are Riding, the financial business satire is directed by Choi Ji-Young and features a stellar cast with an intriguing plot. The story revolves around five financial investors who meet at an unusual stock exchange gathering and go on to explore business, love, friendship and life while trading.

Some of the characters in the K-drama include Yoo Mi-Seo (Han Ji-Eun), a soon-to-be-wedded bride who has recently started investing in the stock market but has lost a lot of money, and Choi Sun-Woo (Hong Jong-Hyun), a 33-year-old part-time worker at a Korean convenience store during the day but interestingly, is seen driving a luxurious imported car at night.

They are joined by Kang San (Jung Moon-Sung), a part-time happy-go-lucky worker who doesn’t think much about success or money; Jung Haeng-Ja (Kim Sun-Young), a busy restaurateur and Kim Jin-Bae (Jang Gwang), who started investing stock to earn a few extra bucks after retirement.

The Korean drama gives a peek into the real-world stock exchange and the lives of those who trade in shares.

Seoul Vibe

Image courtesy of Netflix

Release date: 26 August

The summer of 1988 sees South Korea in the grip of Olympics fever as Seoul gears up to host the massive event. In the days leading to the Summer Olympics, a crew of drivers and mechanics called “Sanggye-dong Supreme Team” uncover some fishy business involving a VIP slush fund.

Together, Yoo Ah-in (as Dong-wook, the supreme driver with perfect drifting skills), Ko Kyung-pyo (as John Woo, the Club DJ), Lee Kyu-hyung (as Bok-nam, the human navigator), Park Ju-hyun (as Yoon-hee the talented motorcyclist), and Ong Seong-wu (as Joon-gi the mechanic) will uncover the truth behind a massive money laundering ring.

Little Women

Little Women
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Release date: 27 August

Starring Kim Go Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun, Park Ji Hoo, Wi Ha Joon (of Squid Game fame) and Uhm Ji Won in lead roles, this K-drama is an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famous English novel of the same name. Though the storyline is set in the 1800s, this upcoming show is set in modern-day Korea and is the first time that Little Women has been adapted into a Korean drama.

While the project is helmed by Kim Hee Won, who has previously directed other popular Korean dramas like Fated to Love You (2014), Money Flower (2017) and Vincenzo (2021), the screenplay is penned by Jung Seo Kyung, who has worked on titles like Thirst (2009), The Handmaiden (2016) and Mother (2018).

The story revolves around the lives of three sisters — Oh In Joo (Kim Go Eun), Oh In Kyung (Nam Ji-Hyun) and Oh In Hye (Park Ji Hoo) — who grew up in abject poverty and share a very close relationship. The three have different ambitions and pursuits but come to a junction where their lives are wrecked by an unforeseen incident, which pits them against one of the most influential families.

One of the most highly awaited Korean dramas, Little Women is slated to air on Netflix.

Love According to Law

Love According to Law
Image: Courtesy KBS 드라마/ @kbsdrama/ Instagram

Release date: 29 August

Also known as The Law Cafe and Love by Law, this is one of the highly anticipated K-dramas which blends a sweet love story with a legal drama. Directed by Lee Eun-Jin, the 16-part series is a KBS2 drama, which casts Lee Seung-Gi as Kim Jung-Ho and Lee Se-Young as Kim Yoo-Ri as the protagonists.

Kim Jung-Ho is a former law practitioner who quit his job after his father’s scandals were revealed. He lives on the rooftop of a building, which is let out to tenants, and sustains himself by the rent he collects.

On the other hand, Kim Yoo-Ri is also a legal practitioner who has vowed to remain single. She opens a ‘law cafe’, which is a place to socialise and get legal assistance.

(Main and featured image: Netflix)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India

written by.
Trinetra Paul
An ardent foodie, Trinetra seeks every opportunity of travelling and writing. Storytelling and slam poetry are her go-to jam. Her lazying around ideas includes binge watching and whipping up some snacks or searching the next place to visit.

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