With better marketing and a larger audience pool, these dramas could have made it big.
1. Kill It
“Kill It” is one of the dramas with Jang Ki Yong playing the lead role. Despite a combination of consistent acting performance and good scriptwriting to produce a high-quality drama, the series could not rise for a lack of buzzworthy names, heavy subjects and a dark theme.
In the series, Jang Ki Yong played Kim Soo Hyun who leads a double life. In everyday settings, he is a vet. At night, he is an elite assassin. He was trained at a young age to be a cold-blooded killer. In the past, he killed his ex-lover Do Hyun Jin (played by Nana), a police officer. They clashed and the mysteries of his past were revealed.
2. When the Weather is Fine
Viewers often remark Park Min Young’s acting to be monotonous when she only acts in romance comedy dramas and plays the city girl who works an office job and personality traits when the majority often miss out on her role in “When the Weather is Fine”.
In this 2020 drama, the actress plays Mok Hae Won, a city girl who returns to her hometown after a family whirlwind. In her travels, she reunites with Eun Seob, a person who will lead both of them back to painful fragments of memory. The series was highly regarded for its “healing” elements but its slow pace and absence of climaxes distanced the show from other “drama-filled” shows in 2020. This reason caused the series of its ratings and subsequent low media reporting and social media discussions.
3. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” is a remake of a famous Japanese show. With an already excellent plot and a cast that can guarantee success, the show still cannot become a breakthrough.
The film revolves around the complicated relationship between the three main characters: Kim Moo Young (Seo In Guk), a dangerous man commonly called monster, Yoo Jin Gang (Jung So Min) – a woman with a warm heart who wants to be by Moo Young’s side to share his pain, and detective Yoo Jin Wook – Yoo Jin Gang’s brother who always confronts Moo Young.
4. Lucky Romance
“Lucky Romance” stars Hwang Jung Eum as Shim Bo Nui and Ryu Jun Yeol as Je Soo Ho. Bo Nui is struggling to make a living to support her sick sister who is hospitalized. Bo Nui gets a chance to work for Soo Ho, the CEO of a game company. A firm believer in luck and fortune, Bo Nui discovers that Soo Ho plays an important role in saving her sister. She approaches and makes Soo Ho develop feelings for her.
Overall, this is a gentle, romantic series perfect for entertainment. However, because Hwang Jung Eum keeps acting in rom-coms, the audience keeps low excitement about “Lucky Romance”, resulting in a regrettably low rating.
5. Dali and Cocky Prince
“Dali and Cocky Prince” gathers Kim Min Jae and Park Gyu Young in a comedic and sweet series that promises to bring viewers on a “healing” journey. In regards to the show’s setting and characterization, the drama was widely acclaimed. Sadly, without the presence of big names in the industry, the show could not make it big.
The series tells the story of Jin Mu Hak, a natural businessman despite his not-so-impressive educational background. He meets Kim Dali (Park Gyu Young), visiting researcher and later art director of the Cheong-song Arts Museum. She loses all her inheritance from her deceased father and has to find ways to keep the art museum running. Jin Mu Hak hence loans her a big sum of money, forming a creditor-debtor relationship that slowly progresses into love.