Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon, Lee Dong-wook and other A-listers star in iQiyi’s latest content offerings
iQiyi’s star-studded Hallyu Season has officially arrived! The leader of streaming entertainment in Asia has a selection of top-notch K-series and films in store for the last quarter of the year. Starting from September, the K-series lineup includes Jirisan, Bad and Crazy, IDOL: The Coup, Yumi’s Cells, Let Me Be Your Night, The Man’s Voice, Melancholía, and Royal Secret Inspector Joy. Korean films include Midnight and Shark: The Beginning. Meanwhile, popular reality show Girls Planet 999 will conclude in October, with 9 participants set to debut as an all-new girl group. Viewers worldwide can enjoy these K-shows on the iQiyi International app or iQ.com.
Kicking off the K-season is Yumi’s Cells, currently streaming on iQiyi. A Blue Dragon Film Award winner, the series follows the life of an ordinary 30-something office worker named Yumi (Kim Go-eun) – as seen through the brain cells in her mind. When she meets a game developer (played by Ahn Bo-hyun), Yumi finally starts thinking about love. Look out for appearances by Park Jin Young from GOT7 and Choi Min-ho from SHINee.
The long-awaited iQiyi original K-series Jirisan stars Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon, and was created by director Lee Eung-bok (Descendants of The Sun, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal, Kingdom). Jun and Ju play as park rangers, teaming up with Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se, and Go Min-si to safeguard the titular Jirisan mountain. Nature’s tests will be revealed on October 23rd.
Featuring a messenger from the afterlife, a serial killer, and a nine-tailed fox, Bad and Crazy promises a thrilling ride for audiences. The series pairs two unlikely characters together; a capable “bad” guy (Lee Dong-wook) and a crazy “good” guy (Wi Ha-jun). Created by the team behind The Uncanny Counter, Bad and Crazy will feature exciting and fascinating film-quality visuals and is set to debut in December.
In addition to Bad and Crazy, emerging actor Wi Ha-jun also plays a serial killer who targets a hearing-impaired girl (Jin Ki-joo) in the new thriller film Midnight. Focusing on a cat-and-mouse game between the killer and his victim, the movie is set to deliver nail-biting moments; a particularly tense hijacking scene in the film was inspired by a real life incident in Korea in 2013.
In IDOL: The Coup, Kwak Si-yang plays the owner of an entertainment company, whose first female idol group has failed to gain traction after six years. At the verge of termination, the lead member of the group (Ahn Hee-yeon, also known as Hani of girl group EXID) struggles to save the group – and help it find success.
Let Me Be Your Night meanwhile, follows the lead singer of a popular idol band (played by Lee Jun-young of U-KISS) trying to overcome his sleepwalking condition with the help of a physician (played by Jung In-sun). The series also features current idols Kim Jong-hyun of NU’EST, Yoon Ji-sung of Wanna One, and Kim Dong-hyun from AB6IX.
Rapper Ok Taec-yeon stars in his first period drama with Royal Secret Inspector Joy, alongside emerging actress Kim Hye-yoon. The comedy series follows the adventures of an accidental royal inspector and a wife seeking divorce, as they go on missions together.
In Melancholía, Lim Soo-jung and Lee Do-hyeon are in a forbidden relationship on campus, and experience great societal pressure for getting together despite their 16-year age difference. Meanwhile, The Man’s Voice features a more whimsical romance, following the relationship between a first officer (played by Choi Tae-joon) and his cat’s caretaker – a woman who is able to communicate with cats after she gets struck by lightning (played by Song Ji-eun).
iQiyi K-Slate Announcement
iQiyi Exclusive | Now streaming
|Romantic comedy||Adapted from a hit webtoon of the same title, with garnered over 3.2 billion views. After a breakup, the “romance cells” of ordinary office worker Yumi (Kim Go-eun) fall into a coma, until she starts to meet attractive young males. Ahn Bo-hyun (Itaewon Class) plays the male lead, while Park Jin Young from GOT7 plays Yumi’s second boyfriend Ba-bi. Choi Min-ho from SHINee makes a guest appearance as Yumi’s co-worker.|
iQiyi Original | 10/23
|Suspense & disaster||An experienced national park ranger (Gianna Jun) and a rookie ranger (Ju Ji-hoon) pair up to uncover secrets hidden in the forests of Jirisan mountain.|
|Bad and Crazy|
iQiyi Original | December
|Action||Corrupt supervisor Su-Yeol (Lee Dong-wook) is only after promotions, but is tasked with eradicating corruption within the police force. He encounters a maniac named “K “(Wi Ha-jun) who dreams of becoming a hero.|
|IDOL: The Coup|
iQiyi Original | November
|Young & passionate||An idol group led by Kim Je-na (Ahn Hee-yeon) has been in the business for six years, but they remain unknown to many. Facing termination, they need to find success to keep the group together.|
|Let Me Be Your Night|
iQiyi Exclusive | November
|Romantic comedy||The lead singer and producer (Lee Jun-young) of famous idol band LUNA suffers from sleepwalking. He gets the help of a live-in physician (Jung In-sun) to overcome his condition.|
|The Man’s Voice|
iQiyi Exclusive | December
|Romantic comedy||A part-time convenience store worker (Song Ji-eun) suddenly hears the voices of cats after getting struck by lightning. When an attractive first officer (Choi Tae-joon) asks her to take care of his cat, a fantasy-filled romance blossoms between them.|
|Royal Secret Inspector Joy|
Coming soon in November
|History comedy||A young and rich gourmet during the Joseon dynasty (Ok Taec-yeon) unwittingly becomes a secret royal inspector. He teams up with an unhappy wife seeking divorce (played by Kim Hye-yoon) for his missions.|
Coming soon in November
|Forbidden romance||In a private high school, a math teacher (Lim Soo-jung) and a student genius (Lee Do-hyeon) break tradition and rules to embark on a beautiful but forbidden romance.|
|Thriller||A hearing-impaired sign language counsellor (Jin Ki-joo) finds herself the next target of a psychotic serial killer (Wi Ha-jun) after she helps a seriously injured woman (Kim Hye-yoon) on her way home. Can she protect herself when she can’t even hear the killer approaching?|