Sim-duk and Woo-jin face a harsh reality

This year has been another busy year with many popular Korean dramas. Drama “The Hymn of Death” will end this week on Monday. A special one- part drama special “The Reason We Can’t Sleep” will air on Tuesday. With year-end specials, there are a few pre-emptions coming up. “Fates and Furies” will be pre-empted with a two-part drama special. A new drama “My Strange Hero” will start on Jan. 7, at 7:45 p.m.

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Weekly Update

‘Fates and Furies’

Episodes 5 &6; 7 &8 (Sun)

Today, 6:45 p.m.: Tae Oh tells He Ra that if she helps him steal In Joon’s heart, he would take care of her sister’s hospital bills. Soo Hyun confronts He Ra, telling her to make her first day at Gold Shoes, her last. In Joon tells Soo Hyun not to interfere with company matters, as she is just a model and an outsider. Soo Hyun lands a position as art director of the company.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: In Joon contemplates if he should really marry Soo Hyun. Suk Jin tells In Joon about the possible consequences the company would face if their marriage falls through.

‘The Hymn of Death’

Episodes 5 &6 (Mon) Final

Monday 7:45 p.m.: Sim-duk agrees to accompany Woo-jin, as he travels to Tokyo. Upon Woo-jin’s return home, he finds his father near a fire pit full of Woo-jin’s letters.

The reality Sim-duk and Woo-jin face becomes crueler as the days go by. They only have each other to trust and lean on, though they both know family is important. Will they choose to endure through their harsh reality in the end?

‘The Reason We Can’t Sleep’ (KBS Drama Special)

Episode 1 (Tues)

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Youngjae is an aspiring webtoon writer, but works at a convenience store during the day. Youngjae hasn’t been able to sleep for a whole year. Yujeong is unemployed and hasn’t slept for two years. Youngjae and Yujeong live in the same neighborhood and meet by coincidence. Due to their insomnia, they have similar routines and meet often.

‘The Last Empress’

Episodes 9 &10 (Wed); 11 &12 (Thur)

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Wang Shik and Yu Ra plan a meeting, but Wang Shik disappears right as he sees her. Sunny asks Lee Hyuk why he’s been so distant, but he tells her that he is very busy with work. Yu Ra confronts Empress Dowager. In the distance, Lee Hyuk looks at his mother with a devilish smile.

Thursday 7:45p.m: Grand Empress Dowager confronts Yu Ra about what she saw. Lee Hyuk visits late Empress So Hyun’s resting place. Wang Shik is thrown into jail after a misunderstanding. Lee Hyuk confesses to Grand Empress Dowager about his relationship with Yu Ra.

‘Marriage Contract’

Episodes 13 (Fri); Episodes 14 (Sat)

Friday, 7:45 p.m: Ji-hoon tells her to use him for money and to call him if she needs anything. Hye-soo is confronted by loan sharks once again. Hye-soo leaves on a trip by herself, telling Eun-sung that it is for work.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Eun-sung tells Ji-hoon that her mom has been having terrible headaches. Ji-hoon’s brother finds out the truth about Hye-soo and Ji-hoon’s relationship. Sung-guk asks Hye-soo to tell Ji-hoon that she approached him for money. Ji-hoon asks Hye-soo what she’d want to do if she had a boyfriend.


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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