Nae-shim is furious; Ji-gun prays

South Korean dramas have seen success in a new genre: criminal, law, and thriller. With the recent success of “Innocent Defendant” starring Ji Sung, which is ending next Monday after 18 episodes, a similar drama is slotted for the same time block.

Ji Sung plays Jung Woo Park, a prosecutor who ends up on death row for the murder of his wife and daughter. Suffering from temporary amnesia, he struggles to find the truth and clear his name.

A new series, “Whisper” will start on April 18 with 16 episodes planned. Whisper is another legal thriller. The female lead is Bo Young Lee, wife to Jin Sung in real life. Lee plays Young-joo Shin, a successful female detective who partners with Dong-joon Lee, an elite judge to uncover one of the largest scandals within Taebak, the largest law firm. Corruption with money and power is taken to the extreme fueled by an insatiable greed. Detective Lee and Judge Lee are both very stern but have warm hearts to those who are weak. Whisper aired its first episode in Korea on March 27 with very high viewership ratings edging out its competitors.

Upcoming episodes

‘Perfect Bride’

Episodes 43 & 44

Today, 6:30 p.m.: N

ae-shim is furious to find out that Se-gye was kicked out of the house. She gives him an ultimatum: go back to being a doctor or sever their ties. Tired of Gab-dol and Gab-soon’s arguments, Ki-ja calls Gab-soon over for a talk.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Gab-dol and Gab-soon finally get married. They are at the peak of their happiness. Jae-soon, after much deliberation, considers remarrying Jeon.

‘Innocent Defendant’

Episodes 16 & 17

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-woo is pained by his memories with Sung-kyu. He admits Sung-kyu’s murder of Ji-soo and is found innocent. Two months later, he goes to Min-ho’s inauguration ceremony for the chairman’s position.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: The criminal investigation team searches the villa that Min-ho and Jennifer Lee stayed at, and finds traces of blood. Jung-woo gives Suk an option, to either prosecute Min-ho or be his scapegoat. Min-ho visits Suk at the prosecutors’ office.

‘Saimdang, Memoir of Colors’

Episodes 17 & 18

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: As the Goryeo paper competition approaches, Saimdang concentrates on deciphering the poem that has the secret to making Goryeo paper. King Joong-jong presses that the one who produces Goryeo paper is the loyal subject. Feeling insecure, Min Chi-hyung orders Saimdang’s warehouse to be set on fire.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: A Ming envoy suggests a competition between two manufacturers, in which they paint on their own paper. A competition heats up between Saimdang and Whieumdang as they vie for the best paper title. Saimdang emerges as the winner. Yi Gyum informs the king of Min Chi-hyung’s crimes and he is punished. Two years later, Saimdang enjoys a peaceful day when…

‘Happy Home’

Episode 46 & 47

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Mi-soon sees Chul-soo meeting with Chinese people. She asks Chul-soo to interpret every single word. She finds out Chul-soo is a renowned person in China. Ji-gun oversees Hyun-ki’s surgery, and prays to save him.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Sam-bong begs Sook-nyo to stay, but she leaves. Hyun-ki has a cardiac arrest during surgery.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or


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