What are the best Korean TV dramas series?

I’m just suggesting from my view.
1.  I’m sorry I Love You – This serial will remain my most favourite of all  time. It was the 1st Kdrama I watched. After watching this I fall in  love with KDRAMA… (And So-Ji-Sub became my no. 1 dream-man of all time  of KDRAMA)
2. My Love Who Came From The Star – This serial has  got everything. This one will make you laugh in all episodes except few  episodes which will make you cry.  (And Kim Soo-hyun became dream-man)

3.  Tree of heaven – When I read the storyline, I felt weird about it. But  after watching this one, my views changed. This serial made me see what they wanted me to see. This is not so famous, but it’s my top3. (And Lee Wan became dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

4. Full House – As I aspire to be a writer, I found similarities. So I loved it. It’s also full of
Entertainment.

5.Nine: Nine Times Time-Travel – An amazing drama on time-travel with perfect romance between the leads. Even the lead actress isn’t pretty in the get-up of this drama, but I liked her too much as the role matches her perfectly. (And  Lee Jin Wook became dream-man of all time  of KDRAMA )

6.  Phantom/Ghost – I never thought that a serial without romance can enchant me. This one proved me wrong. This serial kept me watching it without break for its thrill, suspense & mystery. And I began to admire hackers after watching this. ( My So-Ji-Sub rocks)

7. Master’s Sun- Totally different storyline of this drama will charm you.  You love each & every character. (Again So-Ji-Sub rocks)

8. Kill Me, Heal Me – A superb drama full of entertainment. The lead actors plays 7 different role too nicely. There isn’t a single boring moment. The leads aren’t appealing in looks, but after watching the drama I felt that they are too good actors & their acting is too appealing. (And Shin Se Gi [played by Ji-Sung] became my dream-man)

9. My princess – a light-hearted serial which will make laugh, giggle, smile.

10.  Playful Kiss – I loved this because of cuteness of this drama. (And  Kim-Hyun-Joong was my no.2 dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

11. Queen In Hyun’s Man – Another charming drama on time-travel. Though there are a lot of drama on time-travel, each & every drama will amaze you. The storyline is very simple, but the chemistry between the leads are too cute.

12. Baby-Faced Beauty – What I loved in this serial was the immature attitude of the hero & the heroine chose the apparently normal salary man over the richer boss of her although the age gap of 7years  between them. This one is too cute & romantic. (And Choi Daniel became my dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

13. Love rain – Love story of two different era was shown too beautifully. Songs sung by Jang Geun Suk are too charming. (And Jang-Geun-Suk became my dream-man)

14. I hear your voice – Its storyline also surprises you. At the end of the drama you will feel that everyone has his or her reason of doing something. Justice will not seem fair to you after watching this.

15. IRIS – A drama full of drama is IRIS, totally unpredictable. I loved it, too.

16. Good Doctor – A very touching medical drama. It drains out a lot of emotion through eyes of the viewers. I never thought I would like such a drama. The chemistry between the leads is cute.

17.  It’s Okay, That’s Love – Though it’s a bit adult, the main story of the mother & her 2 sons was very surprising. And this one is based on psychiatry. How can I not like it? (And Jo-In-Sung became my dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

18. Moon Embracing The Sun – Too beautifully presented fantasy historical drama. I loved it.

19. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho – a totally cute drama.

20. My Name Is Kim Sam Soon – The Only drama where main lead is fat. Full of fun…

21. Personal Taste- Funny drama. (And Lee-Min-Ho became my dream-man)

22. Boys over Flower- common Cinderella story but presented to us too beautifully. (And Kim-Hyun-Joong became my no.2 dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

23.  You’re beautiful – Another Funny enjoyable drama.

24. Secret Garden – a gender blender story still too enjoyable. (And Hyun-Bin became my dream-man)

25. Faith – The story was too good. This drama is a lovely fusion of history & fantasy. But the set was not good enough for the story. Still its story will please viewers.

26. Age Of Feeling/ Inspiring Generation – 1st few episodes may bore you. But when you are into the story, its storyline is much better than above those. Basically it’s an action drama, but story twists are unimaginable. So I liked it.

27. Coffee Prince – Much enjoyable.

28.  Nail Shop Paris- Though the story was out of line, but the romanticism was too cute. (And Song-Jae-Rim became my dream-man of all time of KDRAMA)

29. Heart To Heart – It’s a psychiatric drama. I didn’t like the story. But its presentation is too cute. The songs in this drama are too amazing.

30. Princess Hours – It’s a bit slow drama. But set, background are so nice.

Why are Korean dramas so popular?

They have a hidden fan base, who knows the size?  It seems that usually getting addicted to kpop and kdramas is tied to getting introduced to it by someone you know.  Once that happens, it can be passed through groups of friends.

I think the people who enjoy them fall into two categories.  1. Those who understand it and share it with others because they like it so much, and 2. those who start watching because there is an air of romance when they don’t fully understand it.

As people watch, they begin to really appreciate Korean culture, think it is fun to learn some Korean, and enjoy the social aspect of sharing this fun online with others and in-person with friends and family.

With the quality of subtitling available for popular dramas, group 2 can easily become integrated into group 1. 🙂

I think people get into kdramas in large part due to the way they are portrayed.  Regardless of whether the drama is action, suspense, cutesy and light or melodramatic, the focus is on the building of the relationships and understanding how and why the characters behave the way they do.  Even if you don’t like that character, you have a sense of why they do things.  Emotion and thoughts are verbally expressed to give the viewers lots of insight.  It makes people feel included when watching.

Also, kdramas are less about blatant PDA and more about holding hands secretly or a quick peck around the corner.  There are battles within people to balance out their lives between family and lovers.  There’s a distinct line and finite end to who matches with who, rather than season after season where it eventually becomes about everybody getting with everybody else.  It’s like something in between The Disney Channel programs geared for younger teens and TV-14 shows like The Vampire Diaries.  Sure, there are sometimes a bit of makeout or bed scenes, but they’re brief and generally just to show certain kinds of relationship progress.  It depends on the drama.  Most of it is hidden instead and left to your imagination, so you feel warm and happy about the couple instead of engaged in the physical displays. The build-up of the story makes that one kiss (or a few) the culmination of really strong feelings, because you’ve waited for it so long.  It’s like the first season of a show, without follow-up seasons.  It’s a bit like a new romance every time, it feels fresh and yet familiar.

How close is Korean drama to real Korean life?

Of course these dramas depict Korean life well in most ways. They have to be realistic enough for society at large to relate to them. And the general Korean attitude toward romanticism, and dignity, and responsibility in a marriage or a dating relationship is accurate too. There are many Korean men who have kept incredible loyalty to their families overall, and are really shining example of men dedicated to their wives. So these are ideals that everyone in Korea can readily relate too.

At the same time, these are ideals. They don’t really reflect reality, and although some people come closer to the model than others, you have to remember that the stories and lives are stylized and made-up. A lot of the most popular dramas emphasize old ways of thinking played out in a modern setting. But the old ways are changing, and they were not always so great anyway. There are a lot of hidden skeletons in the Korea social closet too, just like in other cultures. And of course, on TV the society will try to put their best face forward. I’ve seen a lot of families that fit the depictions pretty well though, but others that don’t.

Some of the things you see on the dramas that have less international popularity do reflect old and new negative stereotypes too. Sometimes you see men cheating on their wives, which happened a lot in the past and still does. Surprisingly, Korean women now are liberated to the point of equaling, maybe even surpassing the men when it comes to infidelity. You see the ultra-jealous modern woman too, and that has become more prevalent than it ever was in the past.

But there is a melodramatic emotional tradition in Korea that I think is the real attraction for women around the world. In Korean past, part of being and educated person was the ability to speak in extemporaneous poetic prose. That poeticism is like a hyper emotional dramatic posture that comes through loud and clear in these popular dramas, and I suspect that is the part that really gets the girls attention. Korean affinity to that kind of emotional intensity is evident under the skin of a lot that happens here. That part especially is actually real.

12 Korean Web-Dramas to watch in 2018 again

It’s a season of many new K-dramas, which means there are tons to choose from and be excited about. But what happens when all these K-dramas are finished and you’re longing for another series to binge watch? Sometimes web-dramas (super short dramas) are the best to watch because they’re short, sweet, and get straight to the meat of the plot that we’re usually dying to see.

Here’s a solid list of Korean web-dramas to watch the next time you go through that awful K-drama drought.

 

Splash Splash Love

“Splash Splash Love” stars Highlight’s Yoon Doojoon and the charming Kim Seul Gi in a drama world where history and modern day collide. Dan Bi (Kim Seul Gi) is a high school student who magically transports to the Joseon period. In this unfamiliar environment, she meets King Lee Do (Yoon Doojoon). While the two find comfort in each other’s company, they fall in love and embark on a wild romance. The drama is only two short and sweet episodes, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t watch it already!

Page Turner

“Page Turner” has a cast of very visually appealing stars, which won’t disappoint you. Starring Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, and Shin Jae Ha, there won’t be a second to be bored. Yoon Yoo Seul (Kim So Hyun), who is under the pressure of her mom, is an aspiring pianist who goes blind in a tragic accident. The best part of this short and sweet drama is the love triangle that ensues between her, Seo Jin Mok (Shin Jae Ha), and Cha Sik (Ji Soo). You’ll want to know who she ends up choosing!

EXO Next Door

I’m pretty sure almost every EXO-L has watched this web drama a hundred times, but even if you’re not stans of the K-pop group, it’s still worth the watch. Starring the EXO members along with Moon Ga Young, this web drama tells the tale of a girl whose favorite group just so happens to move in next door. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

High-End Crush

“High-End Crush” is about a rich CEO by the name of Choi Se Hoon (Jung Il Woo). On a random fateful day, he meets Yoo YI Ryeong (Jin Se Yeon), who lives in the countryside in the middle of nowhere with her grandmother. Wanting Yi Ryeong to sign a contract with his company, Se Hoon sets out to win her over and in the process discovers that his feelings for her run far more deeper than business.

Noble, My Love

Sung Hoon plays Lee Kang Hoon, an arrogant and hard-headed heir who falls in love with a cheerful veterinarian by the name of Cha Yoon Seo (Kim Jae Kyung). Although they are initially quick to turn each other down and find each other more annoying than anything, their feelings for each other grow intense and strong. But what happens when Kang Hoon’s wealth and family name hinders the potential relationship between the two? Make sure you check it out to find out!

One Sunny Day

“One Sunny Day” is a more slow-paced K-drama that follows Kim Ji Ho (So Ji Sub) and a girl named Kim Ji Ho (Kim Ji Won) as they spend a week on Jeju Island. Both are sent there for work, but So Ji Sub’s character is in the process of getting over a broken heart. As he spends the week in the same guesthouse as Ji Ho, he finds that he is drawn to her cheerful personality. He must sort out his feelings and find out if he is able to love again despite his painful past.

The Universe’s Star

“The Universe’s Star” is the first part of the “Three Color Fantasy” series launched by MBC. It stars EXO’s Suho as the famous singer Woo Joo and Ji Woo as Byul Yi, the angel of death. Byul Yi is Woo Joo’s number one die hard fan and also happens to bump into him by chance one fateful day. The two embark on a unique relationship and although Woo Joo doesn’t see it at first, he realizes how strong his feelings for Byul Yi really are. It’s a dark but romantic tale that can’t be missed!

Secret Message

T.O.P plays Woo Hyun, an aspiring filmmaker who starts conversing with a Japanese woman named Haruka (Ueno Juri) through a mobile messaging app. Although they are not communicating in the same language, they are able to understand what the other is saying through translations. It’s a beautiful and simple romantic tale that shows that language barriers know no bounds when it comes to love. If you’re a fan of T.O.P, you don’t want to miss his amazing acting skills in this role!

20’s

“20’s” is an adorable series starring Lee Da In and Highlight’s Lee Gi Kwang. The story is like a fairy-tale dream come true as it follows two friends, who previously attended middle school together, meeting again in college. What’s changed in college is that Gi Kwang is now a very famous K-pop star. Although the two have been apart for awhile, they rekindle their friendship and find themselves in a whirlwind of a romance. It’s a romantic and adorable series where you’ll find yourself never wanting it to end!

7 First Kisses

This drama was way too short. Starring Lee Cho Hee as the Lotte Duty Free employee who has never dated, “7 First Kisses” gained a lot of publicity with its mega Hallyu star-studded cast, which included the likes of Choi Ji Woo, Lee Joon Gi, Park Hae Jin, Ji Chang Wook, EXO’s Kai, 2PM’s Taecyeon, Lee Jong Suk, and Lee Min Ho. I know, right? Enough said.

Love Cells

“Love Cells” stars a very young Kim Yoo Jung, Park Sun Ho, and Nam Ji Hyun. It’s a fantasy rom-com about Navi (Kim Yoo Jung), a cat that looks like a human. Navi teaches Ma Dae Choong (Park Sun Ho) all about love as he hasn’t been lucky when it comes to relationships. He particularly has his eye on mega star, Seo Rin (Nam Ji Hyun). You’ll also get a kick out of seeing a young Kim Woo Bin in the series!

Gogh, The Starry Night

Probably one of my favorite web dramas on this list, “Gogh, The Starry Night” stars Go Ho (Kwon Yuri) as a single woman who works at an advertising company. She’s one lucky lady as there are several men who make their advances at her. Will she choose Kang Tae Ho (Kim Young Kwang), Hwang Ji Hoon (Lee Ji Hoon), or Oh Jung Min (Shin Jae Ha)? It’s an entertaining watch and you’ll be happy to see who or how she ends up picking her man!

15 K-dramas wort wait to watch in 2018

What new dramas are waiting for us on the horizon in the new year? Here are 14 K-dramas, and a Japanese drama starring a Korean celebrity, we can’t wait to watch in 2018. Scroll down to reveal them all!

1. Spring Has Come

Okay, this isn’t a K-drama, but it stars our dearest, EXO’s Kai! In this new Japanese drama, Kishikawa Naoko (Kurashina Kana, The Reason I Can’t Find My Love) is a 31-year-old lingerie store employee. As a single sales associate at a lingerie department store, her days are always predictable and boring. In short, Naoko’s life is thoroughly dull.

Lee Ji Won (EXO’s Kai, Andante) is a handsome and charming photographer from South Korea. While visiting Japan, he runs into Naoko. As he grows closer to her and her family, Lee Ji Won begins to have a profound impact on both Naoko and the rest of the Kishikawa clan.

With her dull life suddenly not so dull anymore, Kishikawa Naoko doesn’t know how to adapt as Lee Ji Won creates change all around her. But when the sales associate and the photographer are both so different, will their new spring of change end in a warm summer?

2. Reunited Worlds

Premieres on DramaFever: Jan. 19

Sung Hae Sung (Yeo Jin Goo) is a cheery high school student. Being the eldest sibling, he wants to provide for his family instead of going to college. On the day of his 19th birthday, he gets into a car accident and passes out. He wakes up on the top of his school building. He thinks he survived and everything is normal. Except everyone thinks he died 12 years ago, and he hasn’t aged at all.

Jung Jung Won (Lee Yeon Hee) is Hae Sung’s best friend. She was the one who took him to the place where he had his accident. Distraught, she has been unable to move on from the incident since. Having failed to pursue her dreams under the stress, she works as a kitchen assistant at a nice restaurant.

One night, Jung Won finds a young man passed out in front of her house. He is Hae Sung, her first love. She is now 31; he is 19. Can they pick up their love where they left off, or will their reunited worlds always stay separate?

3. Manhole

For 28 years, Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) has loved only one woman: His childhood friend Kang Soo Jin (Uee). But Soo Jin is getting married to a pharmacist fiance in a week, and there seems to be nothing he can do about it. One day, by pure coincidence, Bong Pil slips down a manhole and discovers he can time travel back and forth through it. Could a strange turn of fate bring Bong Pil and Kang Soo Jin together?

4. Mother

Lee Bo Young played a mother whose daughter gets kidnapped in God’s Gift – 14 Days. In Mother, she plays a woman who kidnaps a girl and decides to become her mother. This a remake of the eponymous Japanese drama premieres on Jan. 24 on tvN.

5. Are You Human Too?

When an heir of a conglomerate family, Nam Shin (Seo Kang Joon of Cheese in the Trap and Hwajung), accidentally falls into a coma, his dad puts up an AI that looks just like him. The AI, also played by Seo Kang Joon, goes nowhere without his bodyguard Kang So Bong (Gong Seung Yeon of Circle). This AI drama, which slightly reminds us of I’m Not a Robot, is directed by Cha Young Hoon of Uncontrollably Fond.

6. Cross

“I became a doctor to take revenge on him,” genius doctor Kang In Kyu (Go Kyung Pyo) says in a dark voice in the trailer. Kang and another doctor Go Jung Hoon (Jo Jae Hyun) cross “virtue and vice, and life and death” in this thriller K-drama. It also stars Jeon So Min of Running Man. Cross is directed by Tunnel’s Shin Yong Hui and premieres on Jan. 29 on tvN.

7. Children of a Lesser God

Facts, logic, and numbers drive Chun Jae In (Kang Ji Hwan), a detective with an IQ of 167. Chun only trusts scientific investigations, while his partner Kim Dan (Kim Ok Bin) relies on her intuition to uncover an organized crime group. Children of a Lesser God is a thriller directed by Kang Shin Hyo (Heirs, Tazza, and Midas) and written by Han Woo Ri. It’s scheduled to air in February on OCN.

8. Evergreen (That Man Oh Soo)

Modern Cupid Oh Soo (CNBlue’s Jonghyun) helps twenty-somethings fall in love through his magical petal dust. His misuse of the dust makes him fall for Yoo Ri (Kim So Eun of Our Gab Soon). Would their love story turn out to be tales of destiny or Cupid’s mistake? This fantasy romance is scheduled to air in March on OCN.

9. My Mister

When IU and Lee Sun Kyoon confirmed to star in My Mister, people were shocked by their 18-year age gap. In My Mister, Lee Ji Ahn (IU) gets hired to spy on Park Dong Hoon (Lee Sun Kyoon), a seemingly average structural engineer at an architectural company. Realizing that he’s harmless and actually warm-hearted, Lee slowly falls for him. The drama also stars Park’s two brothers Park Sang Hoon (Oh Dal Soo) and Park Ki Hoon (Song Se Byuk), and mother Byun Yo Soon (Na Moon Hee). My Mister is directed by Kim Won Seok of Incomplete Life (Misaeng) and Signal. It’s scheduled to air after Mother ends on tvN.

10. Live

Starring Lee Kwang Soo and Jung Yoo Mi, Live tells a story of the police officers. It’s written by No Hee Kyung of That Winter, the Wind Blows, The World That They Live In, More Beautiful Than A Flower, and Padam Padam. Live is scheduled to air in March on tvN.

11. Mister Sunshine

In Mister Sunshine, a young Korean boy accidentally gets on board a US warship and arrives in the United States in 1871. The boy returns to his motherland as a US soldier and finds the love of his life. This historical K-drama stars Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Byun Yo Han. This is screenwriter Kim Eun Sook and director Lee Eung Bok’s third collaboration since Goblin and Descendants of the Sun. It’s scheduled to air in July on tvN.

12. Longing Heart

Kang Shin Woo (Lee Jung Shin) is a math teacher who never forgot how he didn’t buck up the courage to confess his feelings for the girl of his dreams back in high school. Now an eerie twist of fate will pull him back into the past and finds himself face-to-face with a familiar face. His first love is none other than Han Ji Soo (Lee Yeol Eum). A kind and attractive student, she harbors a painful secret. Since Shin Woo didn’t end up with her the first time, he knows that this is his second shot at love. Unfortunately for him, he’s got stiff competition: his younger self, Kang Shin woo (Seo Ji Hoon). Will Shin Woo fight for his teenage heart or for his own? It’s a battle between two men from two different times, yet only one can win out.

13. I’m Not a Robot

Kim Min Kyu ( Yoo Seung Ho) is both a genius and the primary shareholder of KM Financial, the country’s largest financial company. He’s also never had a girlfriend and claims to be “allergic” to humans. Enter Jo Ji Ah (Chae Soo Bin), an ambitious entrepreneur and a mechanical engineering whiz. Her ex-boyfriend, Hong Baek Kyung (Uhm Ki Joon) is a world-renowned intelligent engineering professor who creates a female android named Aji-3 that looks exactly like her. Through an odd set of circumstances, Ji Ah Jo ends up pretending to be her own likeness, Aji-3. Now she’s caught in a strange love triangle with two geniuses, and the pressure to keep up the ruse can make anyone feel a bit robotic.

14. Misty

Go Hye Ran (Kim Nam-Joo) is a popular anchorwoman for a prime time news show. She works hard at her job. One day, Go Hye Ran becomes the suspect in a murder case. Her husband, Kang Tae Wook (Ji Jin-Hee), worked as a prosecutor in the past, but he now works as a public defender. Their marriage has been on the rocks, but when Kang Tae Wook decides to defend his wife, will they fall in love again? Misty is scheduled for February 2 on JTBC.

15. Radio Romance

Song Geu Rim (Kim So Hyun) works as a radio program writer. Her mother is blind, and as a child she listened to the radio frequently with her mother. This led her to become a radio program writer, but she isn’t exactly talented in writing. Now, the radio program that she works on is facing cancellation. Song Geu Rim succeeds in casting top actor Ji Soo Ho (Yoon Doo Joon) to try to save the show (source). Radio Romance is scheduled to air on KBS2 on January 9.

10 More stars for upcoming K-dramas

New stars are getting confirmed for K-dramas on a weekly basis, so let’s take a look at 10 additional stars who are anxious to take on new roles for drama fans this year.

1. Park Shin Hye

In the second half of this year, the Doctor Crush actress returns to television in the TVN series Memories of the Alhambra.
Her character is an orphan who embarks on a trip to Spain to continue her studies.

2. Hyun Bin

The Secret Garden star would end his 3 year acting hiatus with a role in Memories of the Alhambra. He plays alongside Park Shin Hye as the investment company CEO who falls in love with her during his stay in Granada, Spain.

3. Rain

On May 25, the Please Come Back, Mister actor returns to K-dramas in the JTBC action series Sketch. He will play a genius detective with a sixth sense and executive ability set on catching a serial killer.

4. Lee Sun Bin

She joins Rain’s new series Sketch as a psychic detective. She has the ability to sketch predictive drawings that show what will happen three days in the future.

5. Lee Dong Gun

He’s also confirmed for Sketch and signed on to play a member of the special operations command.

6. Ji Sung

In the second half of this year, and The Entertainer actor leads the series the romantic fantasy Knowing Wife as a bank employee that makes a magical decision which alters the future of his and his wife’s lives.

7. Yoo Yun Suk

In July, the Doctor Romantic actor plans to give drama fans a bad case of second lead syndrome in TVN’s historical melodrama Mr. Sunshine as the tragic character who falls in love with Kim Tae Ri. He’s the son of a poor butcher who traveled to Japan to seek a better life.

8. Lee Byung Hun

The Iris actor will star as an Korean turned American soldier in Mr. Sunshine. His character returns to Korea after leaving as a boy in 1871.

9. Kim Tae Ri

Kim is signed on to play an aristocrat’s daughter and Lee Byung Hun’s love interest in Mr. Sunshine.

10. Park Hae JIn

The Cheese in the Trap star is taking on several roles in the MBC’s mystery rom com Four Men. Park takes on four different personalities as he plays identical brothers.

Which actor’s upcoming performance are you anticipating the most?

My Mister Episodes 9 & 10 Review – Natural Blues

Soooo much to talk about. I love this show. I really do. The pacing is perfect, even with all the angst. And that’s saying a lot–cuz I hate excessive angst. Though even with the angsty bits, I’m always looking forward to the next episode. I want us to start with how Ji An let it slip that Dong Hoon is in the know. I personally was preening during that whole scene. Annoyed, (cuz dammit Yoon Hee, you can’t have it both ways with your men) but overall very happy she was told and had her subsequent break down.