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Best 7 Netflix Korean Dramas in 2022

Following the big hit of Squid Game in 2021, Netflix Korean dramas have continued to draw viewers in the first half of 2022. Here is an introduction to seven wonderful shows ranging from romantic comedies to zombies.

Top 7 Netflix Korean Drama 2022

Our Beloved Summer (๊ทธ ํ•ด ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š”) 

Korean drama_ our beloved summer
  • Release date: 2021.12.06 – 2022.01.26
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch Show: SBS / NETFLIX / WAVE
  • Cast: Choi Woo-shik ์ตœ์šฐ์‹(Choi Woong ์ตœ์›…) Kim Da-mi ๊น€๋‹ค๋ฏธ(Kook Yeon-soo ๊ตญ์—ฐ์ˆ˜) Kim Sung-cheol ๊น€์„ฑ์ฒ (Kim Ji-woong ๊น€์ง€์›…) Roh Jeong-eui ๋…ธ์ •์˜(NJ ์—”์ œ์ด) Park Jin-joo ๋ฐ•์ง„์ฃผ(Lee Sol-yi ์ด์†”์ด) 

A lovely Korean drama about the youthful romantic chemistry between Choi Woo-shik of ‘Parasite‘ and Kim Da-mi of ‘Itaewon Class‘. The story begins when Kim Da-mi (Kook Yeon-soo), the smartest girl in the school, and Choi Woo-shik (Choi Woong), the last place in school, make an unexpected documentary. The two are teenagers who come from completely opposite groups. Yeon-soo and Woong’s high school days are just like Tom and Jerry. Though they look like they’re at odds with each other, they have amusingly adorable chemistry.

Although time passed, the two remained true to their first love. Ten years later, when their high school videos became popular, they started filming again. They seem to hate each other, but they confirm that they loved and missed each other.

As it has always been high-ranked on Netflix, this drama is funny, touching, and gives inspiration for our everyday life. In particular, I was impressed with the subtitles of each episode because they are from famous movie titles!

The movie-like videos are so pretty, and the OST of Our Beloved Summer is so perfect. Among the OSTs, BTS V’s ‘Christmas Tree’ feels like a warm hug that clearly expresses the hearts of Yeon-soo and Woong. Each episode presents an epilogue, which also makes watching the drama more enjoyable. Definitely perfect for binge-watch!

All of Us Are Dead (์ง€๊ธˆ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ํ•™๊ต๋Š”)

Korean drama_All of us are dead
  • Release date: 2022.01.28
  • Episodes: 12
  • Watch Show: NETFLIX
  • Cast: Park Ji-hoo ๋ฐ•์ง€ํ›„(Nam On-jo ๋‚จ์˜จ์กฐ) Yoon Chan-young ์œค์ฐฌ์˜(Lee Cheong-san ์ด์ฒญ์‚ฐ) Cho Yi-hyun ์กฐ์ดํ˜„(Choi Nam-ra ์ตœ๋‚จ๋ผ) Lomon ๋กœ๋ชฌ(Lee Su-hyeok ์ด์ˆ˜ํ˜) Yoo In-soo ์œ ์ธ์ˆ˜(Yoon Gwi-nam ์œค๊ท€๋‚จ) Lee Yoo-mi ์ด์œ ๋ฏธ(Lee Na-yeon ์ด๋‚˜์—ฐ) Lee Eun-saem ์ด์€์ƒ˜(Park Mi-jin ๋ฐ•๋ฏธ์ง„)

With the Korean movie ‘Train to Busan’ and the Netflix drama ‘Kingdom,’ Korea has already been recognized worldwide for having powerful zombie series. Following these series, I would like to write a brief review of ‘All of us are dead,’ which is based on a webtoon and has ranked No. 1 on Netflix in 2022. The main story shows the desire of those who want to survive and fight for their friends amongst the horrible invasion of the zombie virus.

I enjoyed watching episodes 1 to 3, making me think that there will be a message in the next story. However, as the episodes progressed, it was difficult to shake off the feeling of boredom. Even the military in the show seemed to intervene and fix things, but their incompetent response was very disappointing.

The most impressive actor Yoo In-soo, who played the villain, perfectly performed like a real psychopath. All the actors, including On-jo, Cheong-san, and Su-hyeok, also showed natural acting for their respective roles. It didn’t live up to my expectations due to the lack of a story, but it’s definitely worth watching if you like zombies.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One (์Šค๋ฌผ๋‹ค์„ฏ ์Šค๋ฌผํ•˜๋‚˜)

Korean drama_Twenty-Five Twenty-one
  • Release date:  2022.02.12 – 2022.04.03
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch Show: TVN / NETFLIX / TVING
  • Cast: Kim Tae-ri ๊น€ํƒœ๋ฆฌ(Na Hui-do ๋‚˜ํฌ๋„) Nam Joo-hyuk ๋‚จ์ฃผํ˜(Baek Ijin ๋ฐฑ์ด์ง„) Bona ๋ณด๋‚˜(Ko Yurim๊ณ ์œ ๋ฆผ) Choi Hyun-wook ์ตœํ˜„์šฑ(Moon Ji-woong ๋ฌธ์ง€์›…) Lee Joo-myung ์ด์ฃผ๋ช…(Ji Slung-wan ์ง€์Šน์™„) Seo Jae-hee ์„œ์žฌํฌ(Shin Jae-gyeong ์‹ ์žฌ๊ฒฝ) Kim Hye-eun ๊น€ํ˜œ์€(Yang Chan-mi ์–‘์ฐฌ๋ฏธ)

Twenty-Five Twenty-One is set in the 1998 IMF in Korea. Due to this economic crisis, the male title role’s house collapsed when he was 22, and the female lead, who was a fencer, lost her team when she was 18. This drama depicts their pure yet fierce growth turning twenty-five and twenty-one. During this period, the Republic of Korea stole their dreams, money, and their families, and the ordeal of the times gave them to despair and defiance. However, as they look at each other they learn happiness. A youthful romance that shows the growth of friendship between young people and the feelings of fresh and sincere first love.

Above all, the fact that the main character appears as a fencer is quite refreshing. Moreover, all the episodes remind me of pleasant memories that bring up various emotions within me. I have enough to say that this is my all-time favorite drama. The five main characters have different characteristics making everyone smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

The role of ‘Na Hee-do’ was so perfect that no one other than actress Kim Tae-ri could do it to her extent. The role of a high school student did not feel awkward at all and was perfectly recapped. Furthermore, it would not be an exaggeration to say that she was a national fencing player! Perhaps because of the well-thought-out script and the organically intertwined power of the story were enough to captivate viewers. Twenty-five Twenty-one was both fun and touching, this is the most enjoyable drama I’ve seen in the first half of 2022.

Juvenile Justice (์†Œ๋…„์‹ฌํŒ)

korean drama_Juvenile Justice
  • Release date: 2022.02.25
  • Episodes: 10
  • Watch Show: NETFLIX
  • Cast: Kim Hye-soo ๊น€ํ˜œ์ˆ˜(Shim Eun-seok ์‹ฌ์€์„) Kim Mu-yeol ๊น€๋ฌด์—ด(Cha Tae-joo ์ฐจํƒœ์ฃผ) Lee Sung-min ์ด์„ฑ๋ฏผ(Kang Won-joong ๊ฐ•์›์ค‘) Lee Jung-eun ์ด์ •์€(Na Geun-hee ๋‚˜๊ทผํฌ)

The current reality is that serious juvenile crimes are taking place as much as adult crimes. While the argument that the punishment for this should be strengthened and the other that the focus should be on the edification of teenagers are mixed. It was enough to become an issue even before the drama ‘Juvenile Justice’ was released. This is the story of juvenile crimes and the people surrounding them. It starts when Shim Eun-seok, a judge who hates juvenile criminals, is appointed to the juvenile department of the district court. The phrase ‘I hate juvenile offenders’ in the trailer was very impressive.

Unbelievably, the cases introduced in this drama show that they are not based on fiction, but on a true story that shook the world. The motif of events had a big social impact, such as the death of ‘brick throw’ in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do in 2015, the murder of an elementary school student in Incheon in 2017, and the group sexual assault of a middle school girl in Miryang. Still, they are controversial because of weak punishment and remarks from the offender’s parents.

The performances of the actors who took on the roles of juvenile offenders stood out very well. While watching it, anger rises at their confidence, showing no sign of remorse, and the arrogance of the offender’s parents. Even after committing a crime behind the law of protective disposition, the juvenile offenders smile, and their abuse of the law is expressed in a disgustingly realistic way.

It made me think about Juvenile criminals and how it will be difficult to improve if the family education, the environment, the attitude of the person concerned, and the social system are separated from each other. This drama shows that everyone needs continuous interest and concern. The daring crimes of young juvenile offenders may seem a little uncomfortable, but watching it is worth trying to improve the dark side of society.

Business Proposal (์‚ฌ๋‚ด๋งž์„ )

Korean drama_Business Proposal
  • Release date: 2022.02.28 – 2022.04.05
  • Episodes: 12
  • Watch Show: SBS / NETFLIX / WAVE
  • Cast: Ahn Hyo-seop ์•ˆํšจ์„ญ(Kang Tae-moo ๊ฐ•ํƒœ๋ฌด) Kim Se-jeong ๊น€์„ธ์ •(Shin Ha-ri ์‹ ํ•˜๋ฆฌ), Kim Min-kyu ๊น€๋ฏผ๊ทœ(Cha Sung-hoon ์ฐจ์„ฑํ›ˆ) Seol In-ah ์„ค์ธ์•„(Jin Young-seo ์ง„์˜์„œ) Lee Deok-hwa ์ด๋•ํ™”(Chairman Kang ๊ฐ•๋‹ค๊ตฌ) Kim Kwang-kyu ๊น€๊ด‘๊ทœ(Shin Joong-hae ์‹ ์ค‘ํ•ด) Jeong Young-jou ์ •์˜์ฃผ(Han Mi-mo ํ•œ๋ฏธ๋ชจ)

If you are looking for a light, fun drama, I recommend Business Proposal. It’s a rather childish and obvious subject, probably because it’s based on a webtoon. But it’s a fun office romance between a handsome male actor and a pretty actress. This romantic comedy is about Hyo-seop Ahn (Tae-moo), the president of a large corporation. He is super good-looking and has great abilities (of course none that would not exist in real life). He and Kim Se-jeong (Ha-ri), meet at the request of a friend. Ha-ri lies about her identity but that didn’t hide Tae-moo from falling in love.

What I felt most unique while watching this drama was the PPL(Product Placement). The advertisements in many dramas wither upon excessive PPL, catching viewers’ eyes. But in Business Proposal the main character works for a food company, naturally presenting Korean food. Through the actual product of Bibigo (a well-known food brand for Mandu, Korean dumplings), traditional Korean pot-shaped pottery, and Kimchi are shown explaining their efficacy. As Netflix is airing all over the world, I think it can clearly inform the traditional culture and food of Korea.

Another attraction of Business Proposal is the sweet romance of another sub couple, Min-gyu Kim and In-a Seol. Their chemistry makes it fun to watch. In addition, CG containing various cartoon imaginations are a bonus. The story progresses quickly with 12 episodes so you will not get bored watching it.

Green Mothers’ Club (๊ทธ๋ฆฐ ๋งˆ๋”์Šค ํด๋Ÿฝ)

Korean drama_Green Mothers' Club
  • Release date: 2022.04.06 – 2022.05.26
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch Show: JTBC / NETFLIX / TVING
  • Cast: Lee Yo-won ์ด์š”์›(Lee Eun-pyo ์ด์€ํ‘œ) Kim Gyu-ri ๊น€๊ทœ๋ฆฌ(Seo Jin-ha ์„œ์ง„ํ•˜) Choo Ja-hyun ์ถ”์žํ˜„(Byeon Chun-hee ๋ณ€์ถ˜ํฌ) Jang Hye-jin ์žฅํ˜œ์ง„(Kim Yeong-mi ๊น€์˜๋ฏธ) Ju Min-gyeong ์ฃผ๋ฏผ๊ฒฝ(Park Yun-ju ๋ฐ•์œค์ฃผ)

This drama is based on the elementary school community that no mother can avoid. It is a popular series that formed a deep sympathy for Korean mothers. The fierce battles of mothers surviving in the community and their psychological warfare to keep their secrets make viewers constrained to the show. The undercover story of mothers and the events that arise in their relationship get entangled and out of control.

Green Mothers Club is an elementary school’s Mothers’ Club. As they want to send their kids to the gifted class, they undergo tests at various academies. It is very sad to see elementary school students who do not have time to eat (due to classes in academies) so they just eat Gimbap in the car. Moreover, the scene where children suffer from mental illness and receive psychological treatment because of their parents’ greed is so heartbreaking. I will omit the content because there is a risk of spoiling it.

After many twists and turns, the drama closed with a delightful ending. Mothers who have gone through many events finally find their happiness in their own way. Moreover, not only did the subject of children’s education caught my eye but also the passionate performances of the actors. They expressed the strange psychological relationship of mothers in a commendable way. However, towards the end of the drama, the story became a little disappointing.

My Liberation Notes (๋‚˜์˜ ํ•ด๋ฐฉ ์ผ์ง€)

korean drama_My Liberation Notes
  • Release date: 2022.04.09 -2022.05.29
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch Show: JTBC / NETFLIX / TVING
  • Cast: Lee Min-ki ์ด๋ฏผ๊ธฐ(Yeom Chang-hee ์—ผ์ฐฝํฌ) Kim Ji-won ๊น€์ง€์›(Yeom Mi-jeong ์—ผ๋ฏธ์ •) Son Sukku ์†์„๊ตฌ(Mr. Gu ๊ตฌ์”จ) Lee El ์ด์—˜(Yeo Gi-jeong ์—ผ๊ธฐ์ •) ์ฒœํ˜ธ์ง„(์—ผ์ œํ˜ธ) Lee Ki-woo ์ด๊ธฐ์šฐ(Jo Tae-hoon ์กฐํƒœํ›ˆ) Jeon Hye-jin ์ „ํ˜œ์ง„(Ji Hyun-ah ์ง€ํ˜„์•„)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really unusual drama. It’s calm, but it’s not. It seems boring, but it has an impact. This strange drama begins with the story of three siblings living at the edge of Gyeonggi-do, the countryside. One day, the three brothers and sisters reach the limit of frustration, boredom, and mediocrity. In this drama, ordinary daily life becomes the main thing. The story is so realistic that it makes me think again about the meaning of family and home. The word ‘์ถ”์•™,’ which became popular because of this drama, is not used a lot in our daily life. However, ์ถ”์•™ or revere is referred to many times in this drama.

There is Lee Min-ki, who finally starts to go his own way. Kim Ji-won learns to love herself. Son Seok-goo, changes little by little to find happiness in life. Lee El and Lee Ki-woo, continue to be pleased, taking one step at a time from a painful life. Their change is filled with overwhelming emotions and you will surely be touched.

Cheon Ho-jin and Lee Kyung-seong, who play the roles of father and mother of the three siblings stand out in particular. They look like their real parents. Parents, who live with three grown-up siblings, work diligently throughout the day without taking a single break. The realistic daily life of factory work and field work is shown through their great acting. This drama conveys to people the emotions they feel in everyday life. They show them the ‘5-minute way to be happy’ whenever they lose the reason to live. I think it is a story that gives deeply touching, sympathetic, and positive energy.

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