October 2016 Drama List

Chef: Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku

chef-_mitsuboshi_no_kyushoku-p02Drama: Chef: Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku
Romaji: Chef ~Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku~
Japanese: Chef~三ツ星の給食~
Director: Shin Hirano, Ryo Tanaka
Writer: Hideya Hamada
Network: Fuji TV
Episodes:
Release Date: October 13, 2016 —
Runtime: Thursdays 22:00-22:54
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Mitsuko Hoshino (Yuki Amami) went through difficult culinary training in France. She apprenticed at a famous restaurant in Paris and won numerous contests. After coming back to Japan, she begins work as a chef at famous French restaurant “La Cuisine de La reine” in Ginza, Tokyo. The restaurant receives three stars and Mitsuko Hoshino gains fame as a chef.

One day, Mitsuko Hoshino gets in trouble with the restaurant owner and gets fired from her job. Mitsuko Hoshino has a hard time to find a new job. She then participates in a TV program centered around school meals.

My Wife's Having an Affair this Week

my_wifes_having_an_affair_this_week_korean_drama-cpDrama: My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week (working & literal title)
Revised romanization: Ibun Joo, Anaega Barameul Pibnida
Hangul: 이번 주, 아내가 바람을 핍니다
Director: Kim Suk-Yoon
Writer:
Network: JTBC
Episodes:
Release Date: October 28, 2016 —
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 20:30
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Plot
Do Hyun-Woo (Lee Sun-Kyun) has worked as a PD for the past 10 years. He learns that his wife is having an affair and doesn’t know what to do. Do Hyun-Woo, who tries to protect his marriage, talks with anonymous people through online social networks.
Cast
Lee Sun-Kyun – Do Hyun-Woo
Song Ji-Hyo – Jung Soo-Yeon
Lee Sang-Yeob – Ahn Joon-Young
BoA – Kwon Bo-Young
Kim Hee-Won – Choi Yoon-Ki
Ye Ji-Won – Eun A-Ra

We Married as Job

nigeru_wa_haji_da_ga_yaku_ni_tatsu-tp333Drama: We Married as Job (English title) / Runaway is Ashamed But Helpful (literal title)
Romaji: Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu
Japanese: 逃げるは恥だが役に立つ
Director: Fuminori Kaneko
Writer: Tsunami Umino (manga), Akiko Nogi
Network: TBS
Episodes:
Release Date: October, 2016 —
Runtime: Tuesdays
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Plot
Mikuri Moriyama (Yui Aragaki) is 25 years old. She doesn’t have a boyfriend and doesn’t have a job even though she holds a graduate degree. Everyday, Mikuri Moriyama has a feeling that she is not needed. Her father, unable to see her suffering anymore, arranges for her to work as a housekeeper. Her employer is 36 year old Hiramasa Tsuzaki. He is single and works for a company. A series of events leads them to marry as a working condition.

Notes
Based on the manga series “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu” by Tsunami Umino (first published November 9, 2012 in Japanese magazine Kiss).
Cast
Yui Aragaki – Mikuri Moriyama
Gen Hoshino – Hiramasa Tsuzaki

Beppin-san

beppin-san-p01Drama: Beppin-san
Romaji: Beppin san
Japanese: べっぴんさん
Director: Yoshiro Nagikawa, Shinzo Nitta, Mojiri Adachi
Writer: Chiho Watanabe
Network: NHK
Episodes: 151
Release Date: October 3, 2016 – April 1, 2017
Runtime: Mon-Sat 8:00-8:15
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Plot
Sumire (Kyoko Yoshine) was born as the second child from a wealthy family. She enjoys embroidery and sewing. Whatever Sumire decides to do, she must achieve the goal no matter what.

During World War II, Sumire gets married and becomes pregnant, but her husband is sent off to war. She gives birth to her first daughter. Right before the end of war, the city of Kobe is attacked. Due to the attack, Sumire loses property. While waiting for her husband to return, she begins to make children’s clothes.

Pretty Proofreader

jimi_ni_sugoi-p1Drama: Pretty Proofreader (English title) / Simpleness Is Great!: Copy Editing Girl Etsuko Kono (literal title)
Romaji: Jimi ni Sugoi! Koetsu Garu Kono Etsuko
Japanese: 地味にスゴイ! 校閲ガール・河野悦子
Director: Toya Sato
Writer: Ayako Miyagi (novel), Mayumi Nakatani
Network: NTV
Episodes:
Release Date: October 5, 2016 —
Runtime: Wednesdays 22:00
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Plot
Etsuko Kono (Satomi Ishihara) is a 28-year-old woman who loves fashion. Aspiring to become a fashion editor, she joins a publishing company, but she is sent to work in copy editing section. There, her job is to correct errors and inadequate parts of documents and copies.

Notes
Based on the novel “Koetsu Garu” by Ayako Miyagi (published March 14, 2014 by KADOKAWA).
Cast
Satomi Ishihara – Etsuko Kono
Masaki Suda – Yukito Orihara
Tsubasa Honda – Toyoko Morio
Munetaka Aoki – Hachiro Kaizuka
Goro Kishitani – Naoto Takehara
Masato Wada – Mitsuo Yoneoka
Noriko Eguchi – Rion Fujiiwa
Hiromasa Taguchi – Taisho Oda
Rika Adachi – Seshiru Imai
Kayo Ise – Nozomi Hatano
Marie Soda – Yuri Sato
Naruki Matsukawa – Yohei Aoki
Yosuke Sugino – Nobuyoshi Masamune
Mr. Chin – Higashiyama
Hidekazu Nagae – Nishida
Matsumoto Tencho – Kitakawa
Miyoko Yoshimoto – Sayaka Kamei
Takeshi Kaga – Daisaku Hongo

Something About 1 Percent

something_about_1_percent_2016-p1Drama: Something About 1% (literal title)
Revised romanization: 1%ui Eoddungut
Hangul: 1%의 어떤것
Director: Kang Cheol-Woo
Writer: Hyun Go-Woon (novel & screenplay)
Network: Dramax
Episodes:
Release Date: October 5, 2016 —
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 21:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Plot
Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) possesses a good appearance, he is smart and comes from a wealthy family, but he is also arrogant. His grandfather orders Jae-In to enter into a 10 month contract engagement with a female school teacher that he has never met in his life. Lee Jae-In slowly falls in love with her.

Related titles:
Something About 1 Percent | 1%ui Eoddungut (MBC / 2003)
Something About 1% | 1%ui Eoddungut (Dramax / 2016)
Cast
Ha Seok-Jin – Lee Jae-In
Jeon So-Min – Kim Da-Hyun
Kim Hyeong-Min – Min Tae-Ha
Im Do-Yoon – Jung Hyun-Jin
Kim Sun-Hyuk – Kim Hyung-Joon
Lee Hae-In – Soo-Jung
Choi Sung-Jae – Jung Sun-Woo

Man Living at My House

Drama: Man Living at My House (literal title)
Revised romanization: Woorijibe Saneun Namja
Hangul: 우리집에 사는 남자
Director: Kim Jung-Min
Writer: Yoo Hyun-Sook (webcomic), Kim Eun-Jung
Network: KBS2
Episodes:
Release Date: October 24, 2016 —
Runtime: Mon & Tue 22:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
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Hong Na-Ri works as a flight attendant. Her mother passed away 3 years ago and she doesn’t have any other immediate family members. Hong Na-Ri returns to her hometown to visit her mother’s grave during her death anniversary. There, she sees a young man at her mother’s grave. The man, Go Nan-Gil, introduces himself as her father. Before Hong Na-Ri’s mother died, she married Go Nan-Gil. He now lives at her mother’s house and runs the small dumpling restaurant that her mother ran.

Notes
Based on webcomic “Woorijibe Saneun Namja” by Yoo Hyun-Sook (published from March 24, 2015 to May 24, 2016 via comic.daum.com/webtoon/)
Actor Yoo Seung-Ho was first offered the lead male role, but declined.
First script reading took place September 12, 2016 at KBS Annex Broadcasting Station in Yeouido, South Korea.
Cast
Soo-Ae – Hong Na-Ri
Kim Young-Kwang – Go Nan-Gil
Lee Soo-Hyuk – Kwon Duk-Bong
Jo Bo-Ah – Do Yeo-Joo
Kim Ji-Hoon – Jo Dong-Jin
Jung Kyung-Soon
Kim Ha-Kyun
Ji Yoon-Ho – Lee Yong-Kyoo
Lee Kang-Min – Park Joon
Jung Ji-Hwan – Kang Han-Yi
Shin Se-Hwui – Kwon Duk-Sim