From Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung starrer K-drama Not Others to the crime romance My Lovely Liar, take a look at some of the most exciting new Korean dramas set for a July 2023 release.
While June offered viewers a slew of fascinating shows like Bloodhounds, King The Land and Revenant, the new roster of K-dramas arriving in July promises a dose of suspense, romance as well as comedy.
Director-actor duo Han Chul-soo and Kim Ji-eun, who previously worked together in the 2022 SBS drama Again My Life, are back with the mystery thriller Longing For You. This month will also see the return of several hit Korean shows from past years such as the Disney+ series Shadow Detective and the Netflix original military drama D.P.
The latter, which spent eight weeks in the top 10 in South Korea after the premiere of its first season in 2021, is ready to win audiences again with its second instalment from 28 July 2023 onwards.
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Make your July binge special with these new K-dramas
Shadow Detective Season 2
Directed by: Han Dong-hwa
Cast: Lee Sung-min, Kyung Soo-jin, Lee Hak-joo
Release date: 5 July
Synopsis: Detective Kim Taek-rok (Lee) has been transferred to the police force’s Women and Juveniles Unit since the sudden disappearance of the blackmailer criminal ‘friend’. There, he is made a part of the collaborative investigation after an explosion shakes Geumo City. Is ‘friend’ back?
Directed by: Lee Min-woo
Cast: Jeon Hye-jin, Sooyoung, Ahn Jae-wook
Release date: 17 July
Synopsis: Physical therapist Eun-mi (Jeon) is a single mother in her 40s living with her 29-year-old daughter Jin-hee (Sooyoung), a police officer. When a mysterious doctor, Jin-hong (Ahn), appears in Eun-mi’s life, things start changing for the unusual mother-daughter duo.
About the show: Also known as Strangers, this new 2023 release is a K-drama adaption of the webcomic Namnam by Jung Young-rong.
Longing For You
Directed by: Han Chul-soo and Kim Yong-min
Cast: Na In-woo, Kim Ji-eun, Kwon Yool
Release date: 26 July
Synopsis: Detective Oh (Na) is made part of a special investigation team looking into a murder case in the countryside. While solving the mystery, Oh also tries to avenge his younger brother, who dies under strange circumstances.
About the show: The new Genie TV crime drama is also known as I’ve Been Waiting For You For a Long Time.
D.P. Season 2
Directed by: Han Jun-hee
Cast: Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Ji Jin-hee
Release date: 28 July
Synopsis: Soldiers An Jun-ho (Jung) and Han Ho-hyeol (Koo) are back with thrilling new adventures, this time away from their military camp. Jun-ho, who abandoned his unit despite 500 days of mandatory service left, has official orders for arrest looming over his head. His experience in deserter patrol might be the only key to his escape now.
About the show: The series has been inspired by the webtoon D.P. Dog Day (2015) by Kim Bo-tong. However, Netflix has kept the exact plot details of season 2 under wraps.
The Uncanny Counter 2: Counter Punch
Director: Yoo Sun-dong
Cast: Cho Byeong-kyu, Yoo Joon-sang, Kim Se-jeong
Release date: 29 July
Synopsis: Leading dual lives as noodle shop employees, Counters are unique entities with a special mission on earth. Their primary task is to catch malevolent forces trying to feed on humans with the help of their superpowers.
About the show: This 2023 supernatural K-drama is based on the webcomic Amazing Rumour by Jang Yi.
My Lovely Liar
Directed by: Nam Sung-woo
Cast: Kim So-hyun, Minhyun, Yun Ji-on
Release date: 31 July
Synopsis: Mok Sol-hee (Kim), who is unable to trust people because of her unique power to see through liars, considers it a bane in her life. In a twist of fate, she meets (Minhyun), a murder suspect who pleads not guilty. Will she make use of her ability to know his truth?
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