upcoming Korean dramas to watch in December 2022:
This month will see the return of several fan favorites like “Money Heist: Korea” and “Alchemy of Souls,” as well as the debut of several ominous new dramas like “Connect” and “Island.”
Dark new K-dramas debut in December every year, and this year is no exception. The twisted story of Connect, in which a man has to witness heinous visions after having his eye transplanted into a ruthless serial killer, is Disney’s planned opening film. In the meantime, Kim Nam-gil and Cha Eun-woo’s eagerly anticipated thriller series Island delves into the eerie legends and superstitions of Jeju Island.
It will also please fans of Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area and Alchemy of Souls to know that the two popular dramas will return in December, only a few months after their first seasons aired. The 2020 emotional supernatural-fantasy series Missing: The Other Side, starring Go Soo, Heo Jun-ho, and Ahn So-hee, is finally back with its second season.
A successful casino owner who is in danger of losing everything in Big Bet will be played by acting legend Choi Min-sik, best known for the role of Oldboy, in his first small-screen appearance in 26 years. The Forbidden Marriage, starring Kim Young-dae from Shooting Stars as a morose Joseon-era king who forces the kingdom to enact a marriage ban after losing his wife, is an option for those seeking something lighter.
Here are 11 new K-dramas that will be released in December 2022, without further ado.
Recipe for Farewell
Recipe for Farewell, starring Kim Seo-hyun of SKY Castle and seasoned actor Han Suk-kyu, is based on Kang Chang-rae’s It May Be A Little Spicy Today. An elderly translator and professor of humanities named Chang-wook (Han) has his life turned upside down when he learns that his wife Da-jung (Kim) has terminal cancer.
As she is having trouble eating and digesting food, Da-jung asks her husband to prepare meals for her in her final days. Chang-wook, who has never cooked a meal other than instant ramen, quickly picks up the skill and lovingly prepares each meal for his wife.
Connect, which stars Snowdrop’s Jung Hae-in, is shaping up to be one of Disney’s darkest K-drama originals to date. It centers on Ha Dong-soo, an immortal humanoid who suffers at the hands of illegal organ harvesters. He discovers that his right eye has been removed when he finally wakes up from the experience.
Dong-soo learns that his eye was transplanted into the body of Oh Jin-seop (Seoul Vibe’s Ko Kyung-po), a brutal serial killer terrorizing the people of Seoul, after experiencing horrifying visions of murders occurring in real time. Dong-soo starts assisting the police in finding the brutal murderer by using this unsettling new connection.
Joint Economic Area of Korea: Financial Heist.
The South Korean adaptation of Money Heist will return with six all-new episodes describing an epic 4 trillion won heist on the mint of a united Korea, sixty days after the premiere of season one. Yoo Ji-tae is back as the brilliant mastermind Park Sun-ho, also known as Professor, and sq.id Game’s Park Hae-soo is back as the violent former North Korean prisoner Song Jung-ho, also known as Berlin.
Another Disney creation, Big Bet tells the tale of Cha Moo-sik (Choi Min-sik), who triumphs and rules a casino in the Philippines despite all odds. Involved in a murder investigation, he now runs the risk of losing everything he has worked for.
Moo-sik makes the biggest bet of his life to escape the relentless Oh Seung-hoon (Son Suk-ku from My Liberation Notes), who is hellbent on finding him, with the help of his devoted right-hand man Yang Jung-pal (Entourage’s Lee Dong-hwi).
Missing: The Other Side 2
With lead actor Go Soo returning to his role as the skilled con artist Kim Wook, The Other Side 2 continues where the first season left off. This fantasy drama centers on a strange village where the spirits of people who have died and gone missing live. These souls are trapped in the village until the truth about their deaths is revealed, unable to rest until their bodies have been discovered.
Kim Wook accidentally came across the village, which is usually hidden from the living realm, at the start of the first season. He teams up with the mysterious Jang Pan-seok (Hunting Dogs’ Heo Jun-ho) and hacker Lee Jong-A (Ahn So-hee) to look into the deaths of the missing souls because he is the only person still alive who can communicate with the trapped residents. The trio will reunite in the upcoming season to continue assisting those who are stranded in the village.
Island, a forthcoming fantasy-thriller directed by Kim Nam-gil and Lee Da-hee (Love Is For Suckers), is based on Yoon In-wan’s webcomic of the same name. Lee plays Won Mi-ho, the conceited only child of a conglomerate family who is exiled to Jeju Island by her father after making a serious error.
Mi-ho discovers that evil is unchecked on the island, where she also meets Pan (Kim), a man who is both a monster and a human, and the young priest John (ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo), and finds herself in the middle of a struggle between good and evil.
Understanding Of Love.
This upcoming romance series, which centers on four characters who cross paths at a local bank and all have divergent ideas about love, is being led by Hospital Playlist’s Yoo Yeon-seok and Moon Ga-young (True Beauty).
Yoo plays the lead role of Ha Sang-soo, who is reluctant to let love upend his way of life because he thinks that living an ordinary life is the key to happiness. Moon portrays the jaded Ahn Soo-young, who worries that love can be lost too easily. Geum Sae-rok (Youth of May) and Jung Ga-ram (Love Alarm), who play a wealthy, frank young woman and a sober police officer, respectively, join them.
Alchemy of Souls: Shadow and Light
In the fictional kingdom of Daeho, where unstable magical spells can cause souls to switch between bodies, one of the most well-liked K-dramas of the year is back with its second season. Three years have passed since the events of season one, and Jang Wook (Lee Jae-wook) and the formidable warrior Nak-su (Go Yoon-jung) are still involved in the enchanted story centered on the latter’s sword. Former NU’EST member Minhyun, Arin from OH MY GIRL, Shin Seung-ho, and Oh Na-ra are also scheduled to return in their original roles from season one.
Work Later, Drink Now 2
This upcoming comedy series, which is based on the popular web comic Drinker City Women, follows a group of friends who get together every day for drinks after work. The friends are YouTuber Kang Ji-goo (Apink’s Jung Eun-ji), yoga instructor Han Ji-yeon (Why Her?’s Han Sun-hwa), and screenwriter Ahn So-hee (Jirisan’s Lee Sun-bin).
The trio shares details of their professional and interpersonal successes and setbacks during their nightly drinking sessions, occasionally resulting in chaos brought on by alcohol.
Trolley is a political mystery series that follows Kim Hye-joo, the owner of a book repair shop and the wife of National Assemblyman Nam Joong-do (Park), played by Hellbound actress Kim Hyun-joo, and A Model Family actor Park Hee-soon. Despite Joong-do’s aspirations to improve the world and Hye-joo’s desire for a peaceful life, the couple faces difficulties when the dark secrets from the former’s past threaten to come to light.
The Forbidden Marriage.
The Forbidden Marriage, a fictional historical-comedy series based on a Korean web novel of the same name, stars Shooting Stars actor Kim Young-dae as the grieving King Yi Heon, who enacts a ban on marriage throughout the kingdom following the passing of his wife and former crown princess (former IZ*ONE member Kim Min-ju).
Seven years later, con artist So Rang (Love All Play’s Park Ju-hyun) is detained by officer Lee Shin-won (Rookie Cops’ Kim Woo-seok) on suspicion of fraud. She decides to devise a new scheme to get out of the situation. So Rang is brought before the king after claiming to be controlled by the ghost of the late princess. There, she discovers herself entangled in a web of lies that keeps getting deeper.
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
An epic 4 trillion won heist on the mint of a united Korea will be the subject of six brand-new episodes of the South Korean adaptation of Money Heist, which will return six months after the first season’s premiere. Yoo Ji-tae reprises his role as the cunning mastermind Park Sun-ho, also known as Professor, while sq.id Game’s Park Hae-soo plays the violent former North Korean prisoner Song Jung-ho, also known as Berlin, in the same movie.