September takes on a darker note as Viu unveils a string of thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seats, with The Ghost Detective (Daniel Choi, Park Eun Bin), The Guest (Kim Jae Wook, Kim Dong Wook), The Player (Song Seung Heon, Krystal, Lee Si Eon), Terius Behind Me (So Ji Sub, Jung In Sun, Son Ho Joon) headlining these titles, in addition to the recently-added melodrama Hide and Seek (Lee Yoo Ri, Song Chang Ui, Uhm Hyun Kyung).
If mind-boggling shows with ominous vibes are not your cup of tea, satiate your palate with some light-hearted fare, including Third Charm (Seo Kang Joon, Esom), Lunch Time (Lee Sang Min, Sung Si Kyung, Kim Young Chul), and Key to My Heart (Lee Byung Hun, Park Jung Min). The ‘Nation’s MC’ Yoo Jae Suk also takes on a new quiz show alongside Jo Se Ho, in You Quiz on the Block, catching the average pedestrian by surprise with their comedic chemistry.
Romance titles continue to be the bedrock of Korean content, with The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (Seo In Guk, Jung So Min), Remember You (Seo In Guk, Jang Na Ra, Park Bo Gum) and Be With You (So Ji Sub, Son Ye Jin).
Song Ji Hyo also takes the spotlight this month with the inclusion of her rom-com Ex-Girlfriends’ Club on Viu, apart from hot favourites Running Man, Lovely Horribly, Listen to Love, and Emergency Couple, all of which are available on Viu.
Finally, in the first regional crossover collaboration between Viu and Korean cable channel JTBC4, top lifestyle and beauty influencers, as well as lucky fans from five countries in Southeast Asia flew to Korea for an exclusive up closeand-personal experience with Mimi Shop’s celebrity crew. The influencers and the Mimi Shop crew discussed how the K-beauty scene has impacted beauty trends in their countries, whereas the fans each received a personal makeover by Mimi Shop’s celebrity artistes. The Viu x Mimi Shop special episode is available on Viu. New episodes of Mimi Shop are available on Viu every Thursday.
[K-Drama] Hide and Seek
Available on Viu every Sun
Starring Lee Yoo Ri, Song Chang Ui, Uhm Hyun Kyung
Premiering with favourable viewership ratings, Hide and Seek follows Min Chae Rin (Lee Yoo Ri), the heiress to one of Korea’s biggest cosmetics company. Grabbing viewers’ attention with her emotional acting, Lee Yoo Ri’s character was also forced into a marriage of convenience, and the plot thickens when she finds out about Cha Eun Hyuk’s (Song Chang Eui) wiretapping.
[K-Drama] The Ghost Detective
Available on Viu from 6 Sep, every Thu & Fri
Starring Daniel Choi, Park Eun Bin
Marking Daniel Choi’s return to the small screen since 2017’s Jugglers (also available on Viu), he plays Lee Da Il, an ex-military staff-turned-private investigator. Rising actress Park Eun Bin plays Jung Yeo Wool, his trusty assistant who is the yin to his yang. Together, they solve the toughest of crimes, including cases that involve the supernatural.
[K-Drama] The Guest
Available on Viu from 13 Sep, every Thu & Fri
Starring Kim Jae Wook, Kim Dong Wook
Featuring an eclectic trio of personalities ranging from a psychic (Kim Dong Wook), a Catholic priest (Kim Jae Wook) and a detective (Jung Eun Chae), this unlikely team tackles crimes caused by mysterious powers.
Kim Dong Wook stars as a shaman with psychic powers; Kim Jae Wook steals the screen with his portrayal as an exorcising priest, and Jung Eun Chae completes the motley crew with her steely determination.
[K-Drama] The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Available on Viu from 27 Sep, every Thu & Fri
Starring Seo In Guk, Jung So Min
A remake of the hit Japanese drama series Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi, this drama is filled with suspense, intrigue and moral dilemmas. Starring Seo In Guk in a leading role – his first since his military exemption – witness how his character gets embroiled in a homicide case while incidentally falling in love with a detective’s sister.
[K-Drama] Third Charm
Available on Viu from 29 Sep, every Sat & Sun
Starring Seo Kang Joon, Esom
Led by award-winning director Pyo Min Soo (Worlds Within, IRIS 2, both available on Viu), the drama paints a realistic picture of romantic relationships. Seo Kang Joon stars in the lead role as On Joon Young, a meticulous university student who is a stickler for routines. Starring opposite him is model/actress Esom, who plays the effervescent Lee Young Jae and whose personality is the complete opposite of On Joon Young’s. Enjoy the show as you navigate the joys and perils of relationships with the couple.
[K-Drama] The Player
Available on Viu from 30 Sep, every Sun & Mon
Starring Song Seung Heon, Krystal, Lee Si Eon
Solving crimes takes on a new level when elite individuals join forces to eliminate misdeeds and transgressions. Headlining the show are resident macho star Song Seung Heon who portrays a veteran swindler possessing the gift of the gab and popular K-idol Krystal Jung, whose character as a skilled driver tearing through the challenges of her broken childhood will add a refreshing twist to the drama.
[K-Drama] Terius Behind Me
Available on Viu from 27 Sep, every Thu & Fri, 8 hours after Korea’s telecast
Starring So Ji Sub, Jung In Sun, Son Ho Joon
Viewers who are fans of espionage-themed dramas, this could just be the drama for you this September! Not only is Terius Behind Me the first Korean drama to be filmed in Poland, it also marks So Ji Sub’s small-screen comeback since Oh My Venus (available on Viu). Taking on the role of a black ops agent, expect the A-lister to deliver yet another rousing performance as he traipses between his real identity and his concealed self.
Other notable stars in this highly-anticipated production include Welcome to Waikiki (available on Viu) star Jung In Sun and variety star Son Ho Joon (Go Back Couple) complete the cast with their complex characters.
[K-Drama] My Only One
Available on Viu from 16 Sep, every Sun & Mon
Starring UEE, Lee Jang Woo
Following the story of Kim Do Ran (UEE), an English major in a cash-strapped situation, her life takes a sudden halt when her biological father appears in front of her. Having not seen him in nearly three decades, Kim Do Ran embarks on a journey of selfdiscovery and introspection, unravelling parts of her life she’d masterfully masked prior to her father’s reappearance.
[K-Drama] Remember You
Full series available on Viu
Starring Seo In Guk, Jang Na Ra, Park Bo Gum
A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues when a genius profiler (Seo In Guk) clashes with a detective (Jang Na Ra), only to realise they were both played by an enigma whose inscrutable mind and actions have caused chaos among the duo.
[K-Drama] Ex-Girlfriends’ Club
Full series available on Viu
Starring Song Ji Hyo, Byun Yo Han
What happens when a posse of women – whose only common link is their ex-boyfriend – appears in their ex’s life all at the same time? Meet Bang Myung Soo, whose role as a webtoon writer (Byun Yo Han) has earned him both fame and infamy, becomes Korea’s Public Enemy Number One and National Heartthrob. Film producer and most recent ex-girlfriend Kim Soo Jin (Song Ji Hyo) adapts his webtoon for the big screen, only to find out it is a literal adaption of her ex-relationship with Bang Myung Soo.
[K-Variety] Dancing High
Available on Viu from 8 Sep, every Sat
Starring Highlight’s Kikwang, Hoya, WINNER’s Lee Seung Hoon
An energetic new programme that aims to discover the best dancers among Korean teenagers, the show features dance battles in each episode with the sleekest moves guaranteed to bring the house down! Highlight’s Kikwang, Hoya, and WINNER’s Lee Seung Hoon will lend their star power to the show, each bringing a different perspective of dance to the table.
[K-Variety] You Quiz on the Block
Available on Viu every Thu
Starring Yoo Jae Suk, Jo Se Ho
Hosted by Korea’s ‘Nation’s MC’ (Yoo Jae Suk) and comedian Jo Se Ho, this new-concept variety show will see the affable duo chat with random people along the streets and surprise them with pop quizzes. For those who answer their questions correctly, the hosts will withdraw money from the nearest ATM as prizes for these winners. Stay tuned to find out the kinds of questions Yoo Jae Suk and Jo Se Ho have to challenge everyone!
[K-Variety] Lunch Time
Available on Viu every Fri
Starring Lee Sang Min, Sung Si Kyung, Kim Young Chul
There are 5,800 companies in Korea, with 20 million employees, and 700,000 active job seekers. Lunch Time aims to conduct in-depth examinations of companies in Korea, follow the day-to-day lives of the workers, and to also explain financial issues in easy terms. These are companies that have made Korea what it is today.
*[K-Movie] Be With You
Available on Viu from 8 Sep
Starring So Ji Sub, Son Ye Jin
A nationwide hit when the title was first released in March 2018, this tearjerker follows a widow, Woo Jin (So Ji Sub), whose wife, Soo Ah (Son Ye Jin) mysteriously reappears in his life, albeit with her memory wiped away. Soo Ah quickly assimilates into family life, but is all too aware she will disappear once more when the rainy season ends. The big-name cast shines in their chemistry, and viewers can expect to be drawn into their ill-fated romance.
*[K-Movie] Key to My Heart
Available on Viu from 22 Sep
Starring Lee Byung Hun, Park Jung Min
In a heart-warming reunion between a down-and-out boxer (Lee Byung Hun) and his estranged, younger brother with savant syndrome (Park Jung Min), the comedy-drama brings about a light-hearted touch despite its solemn premise. Lee Byung Hun shines as a boxer with an uncontrollable temper, and Park Jung Min shows his acting chops with his nuanced portrayal of an autistic adult.
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