The year 2021 threw us all into a whirlwind of emotions. Long hours at home made us explore OTT. Thanks to these platforms, many of us discovered the world of K-dramas. "Squid Game" and many other top-rated Korean dramas were viewed worldwide.
Korean dramas range from sentimental love stories to dark thrillers. They have come to be popular for their fascinating storylines and intense (if sometimes predictable) plot twists. This combination is precisely what keeps viewers coming around for more.
To get you started, we have compiled a list of the best KDras from 2021. If you haven't watched these K-dramas of 2021? What are you waiting for?
The world-famous "Squid Game" is a story about 456 participants who compete in a series of children's games for a chance to win 40 million dollars. This drama stars Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon, and Wi Ha Joon as players who literally fight to the death to win the prize money.
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There's no doubt that "Squid Game" is one of the best shows of 2021. With its unique storyline and flawless acting, the series could entertain the entire world. The series evokes disgust, empathy, and curiosity, which is why it is one of the world's most-watched series. There have also been several actors who rose to prominence due to their flawless performances!
The titular character is the Italian mafia's corn salad. In any case, that's what his new Korean friends call him because consigliere isn't a word that comes naturally to native Korean speakers. Vincenzo, played by a charming Song Joong-ki, is raised in Italy by the Italian mafia (that's right, go along with it). He returns to his birth country in search of gold. He falls in love with one woman during his journey and is reunited with another from his past. Ok, Taec-yeon deserves praise for his portrayal of an ambitious law intern who isn't what he appears to be.
My Roommate Is a Gumiho
This drama is based on Na's webcomic "Gan Ddeoreojineun Donggeo," published by "Naver" from 2017-Aug-02 to 2020-Nov-11.
Gumiho, which means "nine-tailed fox," is a Korean folklore and legend creature. It tells the storey of a male Gumiho who has lived for hundreds of years to become a human being, having his fox beads stolen in an accident by a female college student, and living in a house together to solve the problem.
Sounds interesting, Right?
Shin Min Ah plays Yoon Hye Jin, a dentist who quits her job after a fight with her boss. She moves to a small town to start over but runs into a string of bad luck, forcing her to seek the assistance of Hong Doo Shik, played by Kim Seon Ho. Doo Shik is a local who is technically unemployed but works various odd jobs. He assists Hye Jin as she regains her footing and eventually opens a practice in the small town.
Yeon Sang-Ho, the same legendary director who brought us "Train to Busan," took on the project "Hellbound," which takes place in a world where humans are fighting a supernatural phenomenon. Emissaries from hell send people to hell, and a cult led by Jung Jin-Soo (Yoo Ah In) is investigating the cause of this phenomenon.
This series' previews and trailers could never have prepared viewers for what was to come. What appeared to be a horror/thriller series turned out to be a more profound message, touching on humanity and what it means to be human in society. The acting is superb, and we would expect nothing less from Yoo Ah In and the incredible supporting cast!
"D.P." stars Jung Hae In as Ahn Jun Ho and Goo Kyo Hwan as Han Ho Yeol and is based on a popular webtoon. The two are in charge of tracking down deserters.
Nobody could have predicted the success of a K-drama about soldiers fleeing the military, but the best thing about this series? Seeing Goo Kyo Hwan and Jung Hae In's chemistry. It's no surprise that the two work so well together on the small screen that they've confirmed a second season. This role also brought Goo Kyo Hwan a slew of new fans, and he received a slew of awards for his memorable performance!