K-pop girl group Red Velvet debuted in 2014 with members Irene, Wendy, Seulgi, and Joy. The group's maknae (youngest), Yeri, joined the team in 2015. The girl's experimental approach and unique concepts continue to differentiate them from other artists. The duality they embrace, captured by their group name (Red for bright, fun, and cheerful, and Velvet for mature and soulful), has won fan support across the globe—cementing their spot among Hallyu's finest.
There's so much to love about these talented ladies, and we're so happy to see them crossover into the K-drama and K-movie universe. See them shine onscreen by adding these picks to your watch list!
1. Female Employees Of A Game Company (2016)
The plot: This light-hearted slice of life web drama follows the lives and loves of three female employees who work at a mobile game company: Yeo Gi Hye (Lee Jiyeon), the team's driven and caring boss; Maci Mel (Lee Min Ji), the team's talkative (and opinionated!) designer; and soft-spoken game programmer Ah Reum (Irene), who is a closet cosplay junkie. The ladies are joined by Gom Gae Bal (Jang Dong Yoon), who falls for Ah Reum and makes it his mission to get closer to her as the story progresses. The drama packs a bright and playful punch with cute office moments that make the characters grow on you as they work towards achieving a common goal.
2. The Liar And His Lover (2017)
Where to watch it: iQIYI, Netflix
The plot: Former bassist Kang Han Gyul is the genius music composer behind the hit songs of top rock band Crude Play. Secretive and aloof, he crosses paths with aspiring singer Yoon So Rim (Joy). She falls head over heels for him at first sight and pursues him at every opportunity fate throws her way. Her cheerful personality and gifted voice eventually catch Han Gyul's attention. As she enters his world on her path to becoming a singer, she discovers lies tied to secrets of his past and wounds that run deep.
The Liar And His Lover is based on a popular Japanese manga, which was translated into a Japanese film starring Takeru Satoh and Sakurako Ohara.
3. Tempted (2018)
Where to watch it: Netflix
The plot: Tempted is K-drama's answer to the 1999 Hollywood film Cruel Intentions. The show's web of seduction kicks off when the privileged trio of student president Choi Soo Ji (Moon Ga Young), chaebol Kwon Si Hyun (Woo Do Hwan), and player Lee Se Joo (Kim Min Jae) hatch a plan to foil the marriage of Soo Ji's mother and Si Hyun's father. The plan involves Si Hyun seducing and breaking the heart of Eun Tae Hee (Joy)—the first love of Soo Ji's ex. Things take an unexpected turn when Si Hyun develops ~real~ feelings for Tae Hee and events escalate when the trio's true intentions are revealed.
4. Double Patty (2021)
Where to watch it: iQIYI
The plot: Double Patty marks Irene's big-screen debut. In it, she plays Lee Hyun Ji, an aspiring anchorwoman who toils as a babysitter during the day and a burger joint employee at night. Shin Seung Ho (A-Teen, Love Alarm) joins her as Kang Woo Ram, a struggling athlete who dreams of becoming a top wrestler. The two meet when Woo Ram orders a double patty burger during Hyun Ji's shift. He gets drawn to her and instantly becomes a regular customer. The two hit it off and eventually form a bond unlike any other.
This coming-of-age movie follows the two characters as they support each other on their journey towards the realization of their dreams.
5. Blue Birthday (premiers on Naver TV on July 23, and on YouTube on August 6)
Where to watch it: Playlist Global's YouTube channel starting August 6
The plot: In the time-traveling fantasy romance thriller Blue Birthday, Yeri stars as Oh Ha Rin, a woman in her late 20s haunted by the death of her first love, Ji Seo Jun (played by Hongseok of K-pop boy group PENTAGON). 10 years after the tragedy, which happened on her 18th birthday (the day she decided to confess her feelings to him!), she comes across photos from Seo Jun and is transported back in time. Will she be able to save him or will she end up reliving the tragic event all over again? We're super excited to find out!
6. Only One Person (premieres in December)
The plot: Joy makes her highly anticipated small screen comeback late this year in Only One Person. The melodrama from Oh Hyun Jong (the director behind Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Find Me in Your Memory) puts Joy in the shoes of social media influencer Sung Mi Do. Mi Do is at the top of her game when she finds out that she is terminally ill. With the knowledge that her days are numbered, she vows to focus her energy on killing a bad guy but ends up tangled in a murder case where she meets Pyo In Sook (Ahn Eun Jin), another terminally ill woman, and Police Lieutenant Jo Shi Young (Park Sung Hoon).
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