7 K-Dramas You Don't Want To Miss Out On If You Love Thrillers

If you’re a fan of thrillers, you might find yourself a treat in K-dramas that incorporate the genre. That’s right, it’s not always about romance, comedy, or melodrama. Sometimes, our talented scriptwriters and directors raise the stakes a notch and deliver an interesting collection of goosebump-worthy works.

Here is a selection of K-dramas that would quench your thirst for suspense!

1. “Memorist


This webtoon adaptation stars Yoo Seung Ho as Dong Baek, a short-tempered detective with the gift of glimpsing into people’s memories, and Lee Se Young as Han Sun Mi, a poised criminal profiler with an unorthodox character. A sinister serial killer on the loose brings these two to ultimately join forces to put an end to the horrifying crimes and bring the culprit to justice.

The character clash of the two leads adds to the excitement of the storyline. Dong Baek’s playful yet serious-when-need-be character and Sun Mi’s assertive attitude are tangible since the very first episode. As you (binge)watch the drama, your brain will be catapulted through the tangled events that would leave you bamboozled on more than one occasion.

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2. “Kill It


Kim Soo Hyun (played by Jang Ki Yong) is a merciless hitman who has now retired and taken another job as a veterinarian. His past identity is suddenly put on the police radar when detective Do Hyun Jin (played by Nana) follows a lead that puts him in her way. She is set on solving the case, but what she finds out about him leaves her puzzled and shaken.

If you’re looking for an arc that keeps you on the edge of your seat, “Kill It” should be your pick! Both actors have shown insane talent in portraying their characters. Jang Ki Yong flawlessly oscillates between his old mercenary persona and his current animal-loving self, and Nana masters the two sides of her personality coin as she successfully keeps a cold-hearted façade most of the time but lets her kindness slip out every now and then.

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3. “Tell Me What You Saw


Oh Hyun Jae (Jang Hyuk), a secluded criminal profiler; Hwang Hwa Young (Jin Seo Yeon), an elite detective; and Cha Soo Young (Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung), a rookie police officer with a sharp photographic memory are three individuals who are brought together with one common goal: catching the serial killer who took the life of Hyun Jae’s fiancée.

On top of the undeniable synergy between the cast and their persuasive delivery, what caught my attention the most in this drama is that female characters are holding positions of power, which is always a refreshing thing to come across, especially in action-embedded works.

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4. “He Is Psychometric


Opposites attract in this K-drama that tells the story of Lee Ahn (played by GOT7’s Jinyoung), a young man who has the superpower of sensing secrets from a single touch, and Yoon Jae In (played by Shin Ye Eun), a young lady who does everything in her power to keep a dark secret from being revealed. Their paths cross due to a case that they end up working on together.

Dramas with intriguing superpowers always draw attention, and this one was no different! The tone of the story is not too dark, but it still sends chills down your spine as you watch it. Jinyoung finally landing his first lead role is another reason to watch this drama because he is definitely an idol-actor who truly embodies the characters he plays!

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5. “Lawless Lawyer


Bong Sang Pil (Lee Joon Gi) is a badass lawyer who throws both physical and legal punches to bring people hiding behind power to justice. He hires Ha Jae Yi (Seo Ye Ji), a fresh lawyer who works by the book but ends up getting caught in a pickle after hitting a judge during a trial gone wrong. Together, they’re determined to stop a couple of corrupted high figures in society and restore order, all while resolving some unfinished business from Sang Pil’s past.

Honestly, the title alone says a lot about the core of the drama. Mischief, suspense, and righteousness are all elements I look for in any show I watch. Plus, having Lee Joon Gi on the small screen is the perfect treat to accompany this compelling story!

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6. “The Player


Starring Song Seung Heon, Krystal Jung, Lee Si Eon, and Tae Won Suk respectively as a mastermind conman, a professional driver, an elite hacker, and a robust fighter, the quartet forms an invincible team that fights crime in their own unique way.

This romance-free and friendship-embedded drama is filled with just the right amount of comedy and adrenaline rush that go hand in hand, leaving us inevitably hooked to the plot. All of these appealing incentives aside, the incredible stunt work surely makes “The Player” the best pick for a thriller to either slowly enjoy or watch whole in one sitting.

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7. “The Game: Towards Zero


“The Game: Towards Zero” is about Tae Pyung (played by 2PM’s Taecyeon), a man who can see how a person will die by simply looking them in the eye. Alas, his ability doesn’t seem to work on Joon Young (played by Lee Yeon Hee), a detective who’s working on a murder case from 20 years ago.

The depth of both characters makes the entire drama all the more fascinating. I, for one, am a sucker for a combo of great chemistry between actors and a surge of suspense that crowns the entire story.

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Which thriller K-drama sparked your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.

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