iQiyi is set to release a series of K-dramas and films starring Hallyu A-listers Gianna Jun, Joo Ji-hoon, Lee Dong-wook, and more. Their fourth quarter K-drama lineup includes “Jirisan,” “Bad and Crazy,” “IDOL: The Coup,” “Yumi’s Cells,” “Let Me Be Your Night,” “The Man’s Voice,” “Melancholía,” and “Royal Secret Inspector Joy.”
Star-Studded: Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon, and More
“Jirisan,” the long-awaited iQiyi original K-drama stars Gianna Jun and Joo Ji-hoon. Helming the project is director Lee Eung-bok, who was behind the hits “Descendants of the Sun,” and “Goblin.” “Jirisan” was written by Kim Eun-hee, who also wrote “Kingdom” and “Signal.”
Gianna Jun plays an experienced national park ranger who works with rookie ranger Joo Ji-hoon. Together they uncover secrets on Jirisan. Premiering on October 23, the drama also stars Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se, and Go Min-si.
Another Hallyu star, Lee Dong-wook, is set to return for a new K-drama before the year ends. “Bad and Crazy” is an action series about corrupt supervisor Su Yeol whose path changes when he is possessed by K played by Wi Ha-jun. Su Yeol then works to eradicate corruption in the police force. The director behind “The Uncanny Counter” produces this new drama set to debut in December.
New K-Movies to Watch Out For
In addition to “Bad and Crazy,” “Squid Game” actor Wi Ha-jun will be seen in two new movies on iQiyi. He plays a serial killer in the film “Midnight.” The movie is about a hearing-impaired sign language counsellor who runs into a seriously injured woman on her way home. While helping the victim, she becomes the next target of the serial killer. Can she protect herself when she cannot even hear the killer approaching?
Meanwhile, Wi Ha-jun also stars in the film “Shark: The Beginning” as a mixed martial arts champion. The movie is adapted from a webtoon about a bullying victim played by Kim Min-seok. With the help of Wi Ha-jun’s character, he confronts his own fears and pushes his limits.
K-Pop Idols Taking the Drama Stage
Following the success of his drama “Vincenzo,” Ok Taec-yeon stars in a period drama for the first time in “Royal Secret Inspector Joy” premiering this November. The drama is set in the Joseon dynasty. Ok Taec-yeon plays a rich gourmet who unwittingly becomes a secret royal inspector. He teams up with an unhappy wife seeking divorce, played by Kim Hye-yoon.
Also premiering this November is “Melancholia,” starring Lim Soo-jung and Lee Do-hyun. The K-drama is about the forbidden romance between a high school math teacher played by Lim Soo-jung and a math genius student played by Lee Do-hyun.
K-pop fans will be happy to watch two new dramas this November following the world of idols: “IDOL: The Coup” and “Let Me Be Your Night.” Kwak Si-yang plays the owner of an entertainment company in “IDOL: The Coup.” Ahn Hee-yeon, also known as Hani of the girl group EXID, is the lead member trying to save their idol group from being disbanded.
Meanwhile, the romantic comedy “Let Me Be Your Night,” follows the lead singer of a popular idol band. He tries to overcome his sleepwalking condition with the help of a physician. Cast members include idols Lee Jun-young of U-KISS, Kim Jong-hyun of NU’EST, Yoon Ji-sung of Wanna One, and Kim Dong-hyun from AB6IX.
Another romantic comedy will premiere this December. “The Man’s Voice” is about a part-time convenience store worker played by Song Ji-eun, who suddenly hears the voices of cats after a lightning strike. Romance blooms when an attractive first officer, played by Choi Tae-joon, asks her to take care of his cat.
‘Yumi’s Cells’ Now Streaming on iQiyi
While waiting for these offerings, K-drama fans may enjoy “Yumi’s Cells,” starring Kim Go-eun and Ahn Bo-hyun. The drama is adapted from a popular webtoon of the same title with over 3.2 billion views.
Yumi is an ordinary office worker who has been in a dating slump ever since a painful break-up. Ahn Bo-hyun of “Itaewon Class” plays the male lead. Park Jin Young from GOT7 plays Yumi’s second boyfriend Ba-bi. Choi Min-ho from SHINee also makes a guest appearance as Yumi’s co-worker.
Viewers worldwide can enjoy these K-dramas and movies on the iQiyi International app or on iQ.com.