12 shows ‘Squid Game’ cast before Netflix hit


The stellar cast of Squid game is made up of an array of talented actors, from veterans to rising stars. If you’ve finished the Netflix hit and wondering what to watch next Squid game, we have great news: Many of the cast’s previous Korean dramas are currently available to stream. The K-dramas below include both some of the most successful series in Korean history, as well as some underrated gems – and all feature at least one member of the acclaimed cast of Squid game.

Prison playbook (2017)

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While pursuing a man who tried to assault his sister, a famous baseball player named Kim Je Hyuk (Park Hae-soo) is arrested and sentenced to one year in prison. There, he meets his childhood friend and fellow baseball player, Lee Joon Ho (Jung Kyung-ho), who now works as a guard and helps him adjust to life in prison. This drama was Park Hae-soo’s very first leading role, earning him a nomination for Best New Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

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Legend of the blue sea (2016)

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This historical fantasy drama takes place in two timelines, in the Joseon era in Korea and in today’s Seoul. A mermaid named Shim Chung (Jung Ji-hyun) falls in love with a nobleman’s son, Kim Ryung, and later his modern-day doppelganger, con artist Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho). Park Hae-soo has a supporting role in this mythological series, as a government official in the Joseon era and a modern-day sleuth investigating Joon-jae.

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Leader (2019)

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In this political series, Lee Jung-jae plays Jang Tae-joon, the cold and calculating chief of staff of a Korean National Assembly lawmaker. The two-season drama was hailed for its strong characters, suspenseful storyline, and political intrigue.

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Beyond evil (2021)

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This psychological crime series follows two detectives (played by Shin Ha-kun and Yeo Jin-goo) who team up to hunt down a new serial killer, whose gruesome murders are eerily similar to some cold cases from 20 years ago. By investigating the murders in their quiet town, they are forced to question the guilt of everyone in the town, including their own. Heo Sung-tae plays another villain as Lee Chang-jin, the corrupt CEO of a construction company.

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Aliens from Hell (2019)

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In this ten-part horror series, mystery writer and new Seoul resident Yoon Jong-woo finds temporary accommodation at Eden Gosiwon, a low-cost hostel with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. After a series of mysterious events, Jong-woo begins to fear for his life among his new neighbors. Anupam Triathi has an uncredited role in this drama as Kumail, the former tenant of Jong-woo’s room who has mysteriously disappeared.

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Romance is a bonus book (2019)

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In this romantic drama, recently divorced single mother Kang Dan-i reunites with her childhood friend, bestselling author Cha Eun-ho. After he offers her a job at his publishing house, their lives become entangled and they fall in love with each other. However, Eun-ho has some competition for Dan-i’s heart with the series’ second lead actor, a book designer played by Wi Ha-joon.

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Something in the rain (2017)

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Often called noona’s best k-drama (older woman and younger man), this romance follows Yoon Ji-ah (Crash Landing On You’s Son Ye-jin), a woman in her 30s who falls in love with the younger brother of his childhood friend, Seo Joon -hee (Jung Hae-in), who reappears in his life. Wi Ha-joon plays a supporting role as Ji-ah’s younger brother and Joon-hee’s best friend, Yoon Seung-ho.

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King Maker: The Change of Fate (2020)

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This Joseon Dynasty drama follows Choi Cheon Joong, Korea’s leading fortune teller and face reader, who takes it upon himself to replace the country’s corrupt King and Queen with a young noble prince and humble commoner. He teams up with a fortune teller princess named Hwang Bong-ryun (Go Sung-hee) to help the young couple ascend the throne. Kim Joo-ryung also has a minor role as a restaurant owner.

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365: Repeat the year (2020)

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In this time travel drama, ten people got the chance to travel a year back to “reset” their lives. After their fate is twisted during the journey, mysterious events put the group in danger. Lee Yo-mi plays Kim Se-rin, a student with Munchausen syndrome who travels through time to reconcile with her boyfriend.

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Cafe Prince (2007)

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Gong Yoo stars in this romantic comedy as Choi Han-gyul, a cafe owner who hires a young tomboy named Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) to pretend to be his male lover, so he doesn’t not to go to blind dates organized by his grandmother, head of the family coffee business. After his grandmother gives him an ultimatum on the business, he opens a cafe to prove he is capable and ensures his success by only hiring attractive men, including Eun-chan, who continues to hide his identity to earn money.

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Guardian: The Great and Lonely God (2016)

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This fantastic drama, also called Leprechaun, stars Gong Yoo as Kim Shin, an immortal goblin who has lived for 900 years and is looking for a human woman who can end her life. He believes he has found his fiancée in Ji Eun Tak, a high school student who can see the dead and who has remained optimistic through tragic events. Things get complicated the more they fall in love, in one of the most popular k-dramas ever made.

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Mr. Sun (2018)

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In this historical drama of the writers of Leprechaun, which takes place during the Joseon era, an American naval officer (Lee Byung-hun) returns to Korea on a diplomatic mission, having left the country during the Shinmiyangyo of 1871 (the first American expedition to Korea). There, he meets and falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter, Go Ae-shin (Kim Tae-ri), and their love is contested by their different classes and Ae-shin’s arranged marriage with a nobleman.

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