Korean Drama are big hit these days. And it is easy to watch Korean dramas on mobile phones and satellite TV, but there are so many of them that many people don’t know where to start or which is best Korean drama.
In this article, we will introduce Best Korean Dramas in order of recommendation.
Korean dramas have become very popular worldwide, and in recent years they have become easy to watch through rental video shops and paid video distribution services like Netflix, Hulu and from many more other services.
But there are so many different types of Korean dramas, it’s hard to know which ones to watch! We hope you will find your favourite drama from a wide range of masterpieces from period dramas to romantic dramas.
- 50: “Nine” (2013)
- 49: “Cinderella and the Four Knights” (2016)
- 48: “It’s Okay, That’s Love” (2014)
- 47: “Love Rain” (2012)
- 46: “Hyde Jekyll, Me” (2015)
- 45: “Voice” (2017)
- 44: “Suits” (2018)
- 43: “Shopaholic Louis” (2016)
- 42: Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
- 41: “The Doctors” (2016)
- 40: “The K2” (2016)
- 39: “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” (2016)
- 38: “The Healer” (2015)
- 37: “You’re Beautiful” (2009)
- 36: “You Are My Destiny” (2014)
- 35: “Hotel Del Luna” (2019)
- 34: “Oh My Venus” (2015)
- 33: “Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016)
- 32: “Dream High” (2011)
- 31: “Hello Monster” (2015)
- 30: “While You Were Sleeping” (2017)
- 29: “Reply 1988” (2015)
- 28: “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” (2016)
- 27: “Kill Me, Heal Me” (2015)
- 26: “Love in the Moonlight” (2016)
- 25: “Mr. Sunshine” (2018)
- 24: “IRIS” (2009)
- 23: “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace” (2006)
- 22: “She Was Pretty” (2015)
- 21: “Dong Yi” (2010)
- 20: “Romance is a Bonus Book ” (2019)
- 19: “Empress Ki” (2013)
- 18: “Signal” (2016)
- 17: “Flowers of the Prison” (2016)
- 16: “What Happens to My Family?” (2014)
- 15: “W – The World of You and Me” (2016)
- 14: “Brilliant Legacy” (2009)
- 13: “Moon Embracing The Sun” (2012)
- 12: “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”
- 11: “My Lovely Sam Soon” (2005)
- 10: “Misaeng: The Incomplete” (2014)
- 9: “Secret Garden” (2010)
- 8: “Good Doctor” (2013)
- 7: “Dae Jang Geum” (2003)
- 6: “Pinocchio” (2014)
- 5: “Fight for My Way” (2017)
- 4: “Hur Jun, The Original Story” (2013)
- 3: “The Heirs” (2013)
- 2: “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God ” (2016)
- 1: “Descendants of the Sun” (2016)
50: “Nine” (2013)
High quality time-slip drama with three years of planning
This is a time travel story set in a place where you can go back 20 years by burning incense for 30 minutes. With a script that took three years to conceive, this is a story that is a must-see.
Lee Jin-wook, who played the lead role in the film, also appeared in “Beauty Inside,” which was released in January 2016 and won the hearts of Korean film fans.
49: “Cinderella and the Four Knights” (2016)
Sturdy Modern Cinderella and the Tsundere Prince
Undeterred by the bullying of her stepmother and step-sister, Ha-won works hard at her part-time job to earn her school fees. The chairman of the Hanul Group, a large conglomerate, buys his bravery and asks him to make his grandchildren decent human beings.
Thus, the five of them began to live together in the “House of Haneul,” a mansion full of happenings with Ha-won, three sergeants, and the chairman’s secretary. Will she be able to “reform” the troubled sons and daughters who don’t get along with each other?
The heroine, played by Park Seo-Dam, is also a must-see for her toughness and manliness!
48: “It’s Okay, That’s Love” (2014)
Other than the starring role, I’d like to see more attention! EXO/D.O’s acting ability blossomed in his first appearance in a drama
This is an adult love story starring Jae Yeol (Cho In Sung), a successful novelist with perfect looks, but still haunted by the scars of the past, and Hye Soo (Kong Hyo Jin), a psychiatrist who suffers from a love phobia.
The two met on a TV talk show, and Jae Yeol became interested in Hye Soo’s bullish attitude. What’s more, he moved into the share house where she lives and started approaching her. Eventually they come to terms with each other’s painful pasts as they close the distance between them.
In addition to the performances of the two lead actors, the main attraction of this film is D.O. (Dio), a member of the K-pop idol “EXO”. He played Gang-woo, a high school student who aspires to be a novelist and has a crush on Jae Yeol, and was praised for his innocent smile and his use of the occasional wistful expression. Dio’s performance, which is not considered to be his first appearance in a drama, is worth a look.
47: “Love Rain” (2012)
A Korean drama about a love affair that spans two generations.
A romantic drama by Jang Geun-suk and Yoo-na from their girlhood years, the drama follows a love affair between two generations, one in the 70s and the other in 2012, with Jang Geun-suk and Yoo-na each playing two roles alone. It’s a Korean drama that can move you in a straightforward way.
46: “Hyde Jekyll, Me” (2015)
A must-see Korean drama for Hyun Bin fans!
This is a love romance about a love triangle between a man and a woman who falls in love with two personalities, the super bad character So-jin and the super good Robin.
This is Hyun Bin’s first starring role in four years since the hugely popular drama “Secret Garden” and is a must-see for fans. You may have to be patient in the beginning as it gets more interesting as it goes up and down.
45: “Voice” (2017)
A human suspense film that was remade in Japan. In response to its popularity, a second season was produced.
Also dramatized in Japan starring Karasawa Toshiaki and Maki Yoko, Voice is a suspenseful drama starring Jang Hyuk and Lee Ha Na.
Mum Jin-yeok (Jang Hyuk) is a former police detective who has had his wife murdered by someone. And then there’s voice profiler Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Hana), whose father was murdered by the same killer. But when Hana testified, using her absolute hearing as evidence, that the murderer arrested at the time was not the real killer, the case remained shrouded in darkness.
They eventually find themselves on the same team, but Ji-nyeok is skeptical of her abilities. However, when one case is solved, he comes to believe in his ability to do so. The two of them work together to solve various cases while tracking down the real killer.
Although it has been remade in Japan, it has to be said that the Korean drama wins out when compared to the brutality and psychopathism of the show. It’s the same detective film as “The Signal” (18), and you seem to be divided in your preference.
44: “Suits” (2018)
A legal drama
SUITS is an American drama remade in Japan starring Yuji Oda and Yusho Nakajima. Such a popular film has been remade in Korea in 2018. The Korean version stars veteran actor Jang Dong-gon and young actor Park Hyun-sik.
The film tells the story of an arrogant lawyer, played by Jang Dong-gon, and a young man with an astonishing memory, played by Park Hyung-sik, who come together for a triumphant alliance. In addition, it is notable for the humanity and romantic elements of the Korean drama.
43: “Shopaholic Louis” (2016)
The love between an amnesiac sergeant and a country girl
A romantic comedy about a lonely sergeant and a country girl whose only purpose in life is to shop.
The lonely Jison, a Gold Line sergeant who lost his family at an early age. The only thing that kept me going was shopping. One day, Ji Sung is penniless after losing his memory in a car accident, but he meets Bok-sil, who comes out from deep in the mountains to find his runaway brother in Seoul.
Boksil can’t leave Ji Sung, who can’t remember who he is, and they decide to live together. Ji-sung starts a new life after being called Louis because of the name written on his belongings. Meanwhile, at Gold Line, rumors that his supposedly dead successor, Ji-Sung, is still alive and well, and those vying for the chairman’s seat are hearing about it.
42: Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Park Min-young’s coming out film! Park Yoochun is cool too!
In order to support his family, Kim Yoon (Park Min-yeong) dressed as a man and took the screening test. Because of his intelligence, he enrolled in Sungkyunkwan and ended up living at the dormitory, but if he was found out to be a woman, he could be severely punished…
41: “The Doctors” (2016)
Romance between a tsundere girl and an adult male
Hae-jeong (Park Shin-hye), a self-effacing delinquent girl, decides to pursue a career in medicine under the influence of her former doctor’s homeroom teacher, Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won). Ji Hong is also Hae Jung’s first love, and although they were once together, they fell apart. A few years later, Ji Hong, the “man of destiny”, appears as a senior doctor to her as she becomes a newbie doctor.
The heroine, Hae-jeong, is brilliant but stubborn and has a hard time being honest with herself. I’m sure there are many women who can relate to her appearance. Kim Rae-won, who plays Ji-hong and gently envelops Hae-jung, is sure to heal you with her deep-rooted adult charm!
40: “The K2” (2016)
A masterpiece of visuals and action!
Starring Ji Chang-wook in the lead role and Yoo-na from the K-pop group “Girlhood” as the heroine, “THE K2” is an excellent film that is not only visually pleasing to watch, but also in terms of action.
The complexity of the characters’ settings and relationships is also unique to Korean dramas. Jae-ha, played by Ji Chang-wook, is a former mercenary whose lover was murdered in the past, while Anna, played by Yoo-na, is the hidden daughter of the president-elect. Other characters, such as Song Yoo-na and a masked couple played by Jeong Sung-ha, have their own ambitions and love and hate swirling between them.
On the other hand, a love romance is also the appeal of this film. The film is filled with romantic elements and powerful action scenes that will keep you occupied until the end.
39: “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” (2016)
A royal court romantic comedy with good looking men
The heroine jumps into a pond to save a drowning child, but she is transported back in time to the Goryeo period! A 16-year-old girl, Hae Soo’s soul takes over her body and she ends up living in the court of Wang Gon, the first emperor of Goryeo.
The heroine’s love affair with the eight handsome princes is sure to thrill your heart. The heroine’s heart is torn between the gentle eighth prince and the cold-hearted fourth prince. You’re sure to find your favorite Prince.
38: “The Healer” (2015)
Is the mystery man you’re curious about really your junior, unreliable junior?
Seo Jung-hoo (Ji Chang-wook) is a dark handyman who is perfectly capable of handling any task except murder. He’s called “Healer” and one day, a famous reporter, Kim Moon-ho, asks him to investigate Choi Young-sin (Park Min-yong), a reporter at a third-rate internet media outlet.
As he investigates Young Shin’s background, Jung Hoo becomes curious about her. Jung-hoo, who has been framed for the murder, infiltrates Young-sin’s place of work to find out who framed him. Jonh plays an unreliable junior in the workplace and shows up as a “healer” when she’s in a pinch.
It’s a must-see until the very end, not only for Jung-hoo and Young-sin’s intricately drawn relationship as they become entangled in their parent’s generation’s karma, but also for Jung-hoo’s thrilling undercover life after being framed.
37: “You’re Beautiful” (2009)
Starring Jang Geun-sook, this popular film was remade in Japan.
It is a drama about the heroine, Ko Minyo (Park Shin Hye), who joined the idol group “A.N.JELL” by disguising her gender to replace her twin brother who had a failed plastic surgery.
In 2011, a remake drama was also aired starring Miori Takimoto and replacing the stage with Japan.
36: “You Are My Destiny” (2014)
How do they end up at the mercy of life’s mischief?
Lee Gong (Jang Hyuk), a young CEO, was born into a short-lived family due to a genetic disease and is always in a hurry to create a successor. He proposes to his girlfriend, Sera, but she can’t give up on her dream of becoming a world-class ballerina and is unable to take the plunge into marriage.
In the midst of all this, Gon falls for a ruse and has a night out with Mi-young (Jang Nara), an ordinary office worker. After that night, Mi-young became pregnant with his child, and after much angst, she decided to marry Gong on the assumption that they would divorce after the birth.
You’ll be hooked on the ups and downs of their unexpected loveless marriage and how it will end up over the years.
35: “Hotel Del Luna” (2019)
A love story that begins in a haunted hotel
Hotel Deluna is a luxury hotel that only ghosts can visit. One day, however, a person wandering between life and death arrives at the Hotel Deluna. The hotel’s president, Jang Mang-wol (IU), promises to hand over the man’s son when he becomes an adult.
Koo Chan-sung (Yo Jin), an elite hotelier who is actually timid enough to faint at the mere sight of a ghost, receives an invitation to the Hotel Deluna on his 20th birthday. Manwol has been working for almost a thousand years. Beautiful as the moon, but solitary, she takes Chanson as her new manager.
Manwol, played by IU, who is expanding her career as an actress, has a sad past. Watch out for the changes she shows in the drama.
34: “Oh My Venus” (2015)
Chubby Beauty’s diet and where she’s going in love
In high school, Kang Joo Eun (Shin Mina) was called the “Venus of Daegu” because of her beauty. However, as she devotes herself to her work as a lawyer, she puts on weight due to stress and irregular life, and her boyfriend of 15 years also dumped her.
Kim Young-ho (Seo Ji-soob), who had made a name for himself as a fitness trainer, decides to return home from the United States after being embroiled in a client scandal. On the plane he was on, Jun Eun collapsed due to his unreasonable diet.
After giving her first aid on the plane, Young-ho becomes Joo-woon’s exclusive trainer after an incident. Watch how the relationship between the two, who were initially just trainers and students, changes, along with the results of their amazing diets.
33: “Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016)
Lee Min-ho x Jeon Ji-hyun’s fantasy love romance
This film co-stars popular actor Lee Min-ho, who starred in such films as The Heiress, and Chung Ji-hyun, who starred in such films as The Huntress. It’s a timeless fantasy love story about a mermaid and a con artist.
Ho Jun-jae (Lee Min-ho), a genius con artist, suddenly meets a mermaid (Jeon Ji-hyun) in the Spanish hotel room where he is staying. Jun Jae was confused at first, but he couldn’t leave her pure and innocent and decided to keep her by his side. And so their relationship begins, but the truth is that Jun Jae had met her in a previous life.
The highlight of this film is the cameo appearances by the gorgeous cast. The two lead actors made an appearance, including a cast that has co-starred in previous films, and the film has become a hot topic. Specifically, F(X) Crystal from “The Heirs” and Cha Tae Hyun from “The Hunted Girl” (it’s been 15 years since he and Jeon Ji Hyun co-starred!)
32: “Dream High” (2011)
A coming-of-age drama about young people who aspire to be stars
Miss A’s Bae Sooji, Kim Soo Hyun, 2PM’s Ok Tae Kyung and Jang Woo Young, T-ARA’s Ham Eun Jung, and IU, the Korean 1 singer of the year, as well as other leading KPOP actors in the cast.
A school drama in which a gorgeous cast strives to follow their dreams of becoming stars and develop friendships in the process. This is recommended for those who like youthful and school books.
31: “Hello Monster” (2015)
What is the relationship between the two of them and their lost memories?
Lee Hyun (Seo In-guk), a genius profiler who teaches at an American university, receives an anonymous email about a murder in Seoul one day. Intrigued by the content, Hyun returns to Korea and meets a special crime investigation team.
The team’s redshirt star, Cha Ji-an (Jang Nara), asks his childhood acquaintance, Hyun, to help with the investigation, but Hyun, who doesn’t remember Ji-an, refuses the request. After that, Hyun reluctantly becomes an investigative advisor. As the investigation progresses, a connection between certain incidents involving the two men and Hyun’s lost memories emerges.
It’s a suspenseful love story that you can enjoy both the mystery of the case as the truth comes to light and the relationship between Hyun and Jiaan as they gradually grow closer.
30: “While You Were Sleeping” (2017)
A fantastic love story about two people who won the Best Couple award of 2017
Starring popular actor Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suji and the screenwriter of “Pinocchio,” this is a superhero film that won five SBS acting awards in 2017. In addition, Chung Hye In, a young actor popular for his role in “The Beautiful Girl Who Treats You Well,” appears in the film. It was a film that brought together some of the most notable actors of our time.
The key to the story is the “premonition dream”. Young prosecutor Jeong Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) and on-leave reporter Nam Hong Joo (Bae Soo Ji) each have dreams about the other. The next day, Jae Jang moves in across the street from Hong Joo’s house. The first impressions were terrible, but the two eventually began to work together to change the future.
It’s not just a love story, but also a thrilling story about a new crisis that comes as the future is changed.
29: “Reply 1988” (2015)
A nostalgic coming-of-age drama set in the 1980s
The drama takes place in 1988, the year Korea hosted its first Olympic Games. Doctson, a high school girl in the midst of a rebellious period, is intrigued by fashion and love. It is about the sweet and sour love story of Jung Hwan, a soccer boy, Sonu, a talented Go player, and Taek, a boy friend of three childhood friends who grew up like brothers.
The drama also portrays the current Doctson. She has become a homemaker with a family. Who is the current husband of Doctson? Let’s have fun while solving the riddles.
28: “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” (2016)
A coming-of-age story of awkward college students
Kim Bok-ju (Lee Sung-kyung) is a promising star in the weightlifting department at Hanor College of Physical Education. She gets into trouble with Jeon Jun-yeong (Nam Joo-hyuk), the top male swimmer on the swimming team, because of a misunderstanding.
This incident reminds Jun-young that Bok-ju used to be an elementary school classmate who helped her. Bok-ju has a crush on Jae, Jun-young’s cousin and a doctor, at first sight.
It tells the story of Bok-ju and Jun-young’s awkward love affair and the coming-of-age stories of young people who sincerely try their best to compete as athletes.
27: “Kill Me, Heal Me” (2015)
Watch out for the seven changes in lead actor Chisun!
Cha Do-hyun (Ji-sung) is a good-natured young man with a good-natured and earnest personality and is the boss of one of Korea’s largest conglomerates. Suffering from multiple personalities and living in a foreign country away from his family, he one day finds himself in a battle for the heir to the zaibatsu because of the belligerent personality of one of his multiple personalities.
On his way back home, Do-hyun meets a brother and sister, a writer and a psychiatrist, and later reunites with his sister and psychiatrist, Ri-jin (Hwang Jung-um), but a different personality emerges. Rijin is confused by Do-hyun’s different personality and behavior, but when she learns that he has multiple personalities, she sets out to find out the cause of his dual personality.
In between succession battles and riddles, a love triangle between two different personalities unfolds in this novel. We can’t take our eyes off of the film until the end to see how each issue will be resolved.
26: “Love in the Moonlight” (2016)
A Cinderella story about a heroine dressed as a man
The story takes place in the dynasty era, where the heroine Laon has been disguised as a man since she was a child. One day, she runs into Yong, a prince of one country, and he falls into a trap and runs away. Eventually, Young reveals his true identity to Raon, who has become an interior official.
A film directed by Baek Sang-hoon from the highly acclaimed Japanese drama Love Under The Sun (Descendants of the Sun). Look out for the mischievous and masculine handsome Park Bo Gong, who plays Yong!
25: “Mr. Sunshine” (2018)
Lee Byung-hun is back in the drama after nine years!
This is a Netflix original film that features Lee Byung-hun’s comeback after nine years and is directed by Lee Eun-bok, the director of “Descendants of the Sun” and “Dokkebi.
The story takes place in 1871, and depicts the fate that awaits a young man (Lee Byung-hun) who returns to his country from the United States after the Shin Mi riots, and the lives of young people who struggle to protect their loved ones.
In addition, because of the historical setting, English and Japanese are spoken in addition to Korean, and there is also a grand production as a historical masterpiece.
24: “IRIS” (2009)
A blockbuster drama with a total production cost of 20 billion won
An action drama about the exploits of a protagonist belonging to the National Security Service (NSS), a secret intelligence agency. The film stars Lee Byung-hun, an actor currently working in Hollywood and also popular in Japan.
Hyun-joon and Soo are best friends who have been assigned to work for the NSS. Eventually, they are at odds, but the shadow of the secret society “Iris” sneaks up on them.
With a total production cost of 20 billion won, it was produced on a grand scale and recorded a high viewership rate of 39.9% in Korea at the time of broadcast. It was a huge hit in Korea and was made into a movie in 2011 under the title of “Iris: The Last”.
23: “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace” (2006)
A “what if” royal palace love story based on a girl’s manga
The film is a live-action drama adaptation of a girls’ manga that was a million-seller in Korea. The setting is a court that exists in modern Korea. This is the story of an ordinary high school girl, Choi Kyung (Yoon Woon), who learns that she is the wife of the Crown Prince Shin (Joo Ji Hoon) and struggles to become a princess.
One of the highlights is the authentic sets and costumes that cost 4 billion won (about 400 million yen). And I think that’s why we were able to create the work without destroying the world of the manga.
22: “She Was Pretty” (2015)
He reunites with his first love who went from a chubby boy to a handsome elite
This romantic drama stars Hwang Jung-woo and Park Seo-joon, who played twins in Kill Me Heal Me, as a beautiful girl and a chubby boy 15 years ago, who reunite as an unemployed girl and a handsome elite.
Although they are both in love for the first time, Hae-jin (Hwang Jung-woo) is put off by the completely different Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) and decides to ask his beautiful best friend to pretend to be him…
Watch for Hae-Jin’s transformation from a disappointing figure to a beautiful one, as well as her love triangle with a reporter played by SUPERIOR Si-Won.
21: “Dong Yi” (2010)
Directed by Lee Byung-hoon, the director of “Jang Geum’s Oath
This is a major historical drama set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in the Joseon Dynasty of Lee. This is the story of Thong Yi’s struggle to exonerate his father who was accused of being a brigand and entered the court. Han Hyo Joo, who played the lead character Tong Yi, had shifted his activities from dramas to movies since 2011, but in 2016 he appeared in the drama “W – The World of You and Me”.
20: “Romance is a Bonus Book ” (2019)
Lee Jong Suk’s last film before joining the army is a romantic comedy with his idol, actress Lee Na Young.
Kang Dani (Lee Na-young) was once an astute copywriter and had a happy family. However, they are now divorced and have lost the house they lived in and their savings. He hopes to find another job for his daughter, who is studying abroad, but the reality is tough…
Cha Woo (Lee Jong Suk), a successful novelist and editor-in-chief of a publishing house, has been a longtime admirer of her. Uno finds out about Dani’s current situation and the two decide to move in together. Also, Dani falsified her background to start over as a scullery clerk at Uno’s publishing company.
In addition to the standard romance of Korean dramas such as “living together,” “younger men,” and “square relationships,” the main focus of the film is on “the way women work. Once a woman is off the career path, she can’t come back? Is it impossible to balance family and work? This film is also about such women’s labor.
It’s an honest-to-goodness film that doesn’t have the kind of revenge or villainy that Korean dramas tend to have. And since it’s set in a publishing house, you’ll want to go to a bookstore to pick up some books after watching it.
19: “Empress Ki” (2013)
This is a period drama in which Ha Ji-won, who starred in such films as “The Sword of Choi Ok” and “Hwang Jin-ni,” plays a real-life Goryeo woman, Empress Chi.
Yang (Ha Ji-won) managed to escape being transported to a foreign land as a child, and has been living under the false identity of a man named Seung-nyang in Goryeo. She grows up to be a brilliant master of the art of swordsmanship. One day, another group of ruffians appears and is challenged by its leader, Wang Yu (Joo Jin Mo). In fact, he was the King of Goryeo, who had abdicated to protect his country and was going to the Yuan.
Seung Nyang and Wang Yoo were at odds, but they gradually bonded together. Then, Ta Hwan (Ji Chang Wook), the prince of his former country, comes into the picture…
The film also features a love affair with two men over the heroine and a fierce confrontation that only a period drama can have.
18: “Signal” (2016)
The drama “Signal,” directed by Kim Won Suk, who starred in “Introduction to Architecture” and directed “Missaeng – Mijo” and “Tokimeki☆Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” was also remade in Japan in 2018, starring Kentaro Sakaguchi.
One day, police profiler Park Hye-young (Lee Jae-hoon) discovers a discarded radio and hears the voice of a man. Eventually, the voice is revealed to be that of detective Lee Jae-han (Cho Jin-woo), who lives in a past era, and the mystery of time and space begins to be solved.
It excels in the fast-paced storyline, meticulously calculated relationships, and the acting skills of the cast, and it is no wonder that it won the “Baekso Art Award”, the “Best TV Drama Award”, which is Korea’s overall art award.
17: “Flowers of the Prison” (2016)
This is a film by Lee Byung-hoon, who is known for directing such films as The Oath of Jang Geum, a courtesan.
The original title is “Flowers in Prison”. It was named after the main character, Okunyo, who was born and raised in a prison. She grew up in prison, but her talent for absorbing knowledge one after another led her to grow into a bright woman. He then tries to uncover why his mother was jailed and died after giving birth to Okunyo.
The role of Ok-nye was played by Chin See-young and the opposite character, Yoon Tae-won, was played by Ko Soo. And as this is a Lee Byung-hoon film, it is noteworthy that actors who have appeared in his films in the past appear in the film. For example, actor Lee Hide, who plays Gong Jae Myung, a merchant, once appeared in The Oath of Jang Geum, a courtesan.
16: “What Happens to My Family?” (2014)
A popular sitcom drama that aired in South Korea in 2014 and received over 40% viewership. It’s about a dumb father who is a man and has raised three kids in one, and a self-righteous kid who is regaining his family ties. In Japan, the show began airing on BS JAPAN in November 2015.
This is the second Korean drama in which singer and actress Pi (RAIN) appeared, following her role in 2003’s “Sandu, Let’s Go to School”. Many of you may have gotten to know Pi through this drama. The film centers on the lives of poor writer Han Ji Eun (played by Song Hye Kyo) and popular star Lee Young Jae (played by Pi), who live together in a quadrilateral relationship that has become a staple of Korean dramas.
15: “W – The World of You and Me” (2016)
“A love story with a comic book hero…?”
Lee Jung-suk(Pinocchio) and Han Hyo-joo (Tong Yi) tell a story that unfolds through the worlds of manga and reality in this popular film, which won seven MBC acting awards in 2016.
Resident Oh Young-joo (Han Hyo-joo) is drawn into the cartoons one day when he visits his father’s workshop, a popular webtoonist. It is there that Young-ju meets Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk), the main character of the manga “W”, and saves his life. Later, when Young-ju returns to the real world, she sees a woman who looks just like Young-ju in the cartoon. What’s more, the content was exactly how Young Joo was saving Chul’s life.
Eventually, Chul himself appears in the real world, and the two worlds of “manga and reality” begin to cause confusion for the two and the people around them…
Although the setting is seemingly impossible at first glance, the acting skills of the cast and the speedy development of the story will draw you in to the world of the film.
14: “Brilliant Legacy” (2009)
A love quadrangle with an enormous legacy is involved…
The second misfortune after the misfortune that befalls Ko Eun-sung when he accidentally misplaces his bag on his way back from his study abroad destination. However, Eun-seong’s devastated fate changes when he saves an old woman who has fallen on the street. It is a work that presents a new type of heroine in Korean drama with a bright and cheerful image.
13: “Moon Embracing The Sun” (2012)
Based on a best-selling novel by Jeong Woon Gwol, set during the Joseon Dynasty. The one who appears before King Lee Fong is his first love, whom he thought was dead…
The film “Introduction to Architecture,” in which Han Ga-in played the heroine in the same year, became the biggest hit in the history of Korean romantic films.
12: “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”
The story takes place in Silla around the 6th century. Mumyong, an up-and-coming citizen, infiltrates the capital with his best friend in search of his estranged family, but unfortunately, his best friend dies. Mumyung takes the real name of her best friend, Sonu, and decides to stay in the capital to protect her deceased best friend’s sister, Aro.
On the other hand, King Jinheung of Silla, despite being a king, was deprived of power by his mother, a regent. One day, King Jinxing learns of the formation of the king’s group, the Hwarang, and hides his true identity to join the group. King Shinheung clashes with Sonu, who he got together with in Hwarang, and they grow up together.
Hanaro and his friends are all good-looking, and they are all beautiful. In addition to Park Seo Joon and others in the leading roles, the film also features performances by idol groups SHINee and Bulletproof Boys.
11: “My Lovely Sam Soon” (2005)
Contract love in exchange for 50 million won
An unusual drama based on an Internet novel. The film tells the story of an unconventional love affair between unhappy pastry chef Kim Sam-soon and a young businessman, Hyun Jin-nam. The final episode hit a staggering 50.5% in the ratings.
10: “Misaeng: The Incomplete” (2014)
A realistic work drama remade in Japan
Jang Geul (Lim Si-wan), a young man who was known as a Go prodigy from his childhood, joined the Go Institute, but gave up on becoming a professional Go player due to age restrictions. After serving in the military, he became an intern at a general trading company on the basis of his contacts.
Goulet, who has no education or work experience, struggles with his job, but he learns how to navigate successfully by utilizing the sensibility he developed during his time as a professional go player. In addition to the main character, Goulet, the film was a big hit in Korea because it depicts the lives of fellow interns and their bosses who are struggling with various situations.
Based on the web manga of the same name, it was remade in Japan in 2016 as HOPE – The New Employee with Zero Expectations. The original Japanese translation is available on the app, and the book is also published.
9: “Secret Garden” (2010)
When the souls of diametrically opposed men and women are swapped!
A mysterious fantasy love story about the turmoil that ensues when the souls of two men and two women who are diametrically opposed one day are suddenly swapped.
Juong (Hyun Bin), a confident CEO of a high-end department store, and Raim (Ha Ji Won), a smug stuntwoman who lost her father, a firefighter, in an accident. When they awoke the day after drinking the mysterious medicinal liquor, the two souls had been swapped. As the story progresses, their pasts are gradually uncovered.
The soundtrack, sung by the actors in the film, was also a big hit.
8: “Good Doctor” (2013)
Human drama with a spate of remakes
Park Siong, a young man with Savant Syndrome and an astonishing memory and spatial awareness ability. His talent was discovered by Dr. Choi, whom he met at a young age, and he aspired to become a doctor and took the national exam.
Although his medical history, which also includes autism, is deemed problematic and he is rejected, he is asked to test Sion’s abilities as a doctor at the hospital where Dr. Choi is the director. Sion is hired as a resident at the hospital because of her accurate treatment of a suddenly ill patient. It was a daily struggle for me to be recognized as a pediatrician.
The film was a huge hit in Korea and was remade in the U.S. and Japan, incorporating the growth and romance of the man and the people around him. You might enjoy the differences between the remake and your country.
7: “Dae Jang Geum” (2003)
A 54-episode full-length historical drama. Long, but entertaining from start to finish without complaint
This is a story about the tumultuous half-life of the main character Jang Geum, played by Lee Young Ae. In the first half of the film, Jang Geum shows his talent to be a cook, but he is reduced to a slave by the machinations of someone who doesn’t think well of him.
From there, Jang Geum pursues a career in medicine and returns to the court as a doctor. It’s a touching story and a good mix of laughs.
6: “Pinocchio” (2014)
A pure Hallyu love story presented by two major stars
A pure love story that movingly depicts the pure love of Ina (Park Shin Hye), a heroine who suffers from “Pinocchio Syndrome” and hiccups when she lies, and a young man named Dalpo (Lee Jong Suk).
Ha-Myung, a young boy who has lost his family, is picked up by an old man and ends up living as his son. After 13 years of secretly caring for Ina, Dalpo decides to become a journalist with her…
The romance between two of the biggest stars of our time was called “The Darling Couple” because of their initials and was loved by many viewers.
5: “Fight for My Way” (2017)
The film, in which Park Seo-joon (She was beautiful) and Kim Ji-won (Descendants of the Sun) play childhood buddies who have been together for 20 years, has become such a hot topic of conversation that the coined term “sammantic” (sam = fight in Korean + romantic) was born.
Don Man (Park Sung Joon) is a former fighter and now a tick exterminator. His childhood friend Ella (Kim Ji-won) had dreamed of becoming an announcer, but now she works as an usher at a department store. The two decide to pursue their dreams once more and “turn their lives around”. Gradually, they become aware of each other as the opposite sex, but they are unable to be honest…
In addition to the aforementioned coined words, the painstaking love story depicted by the two gave birth to the aforementioned coined words, and when a popular Korean singer, IU, imitated the charming song that Ella showed in the film (a buri-ko song) on the lip-syncing application “Kwai”, it became a topic of conversation throughout Korea.
4: “Hur Jun, The Original Story” (2013)
This is a remake of “Hojoon – The Road to the Palace Doctor,” which was broadcast in 1999 and led to a boom in Korean period dramas. The screenplay was written by Choi Wang-gyu, as in the previous film. He has also produced blockbuster films such as Zhu Meng.
The protagonist of this film is Ho Jun, a real-life doctor from the 16th and 17th centuries. He was the doctor who examined the king and later completed the “Eastern Medical Journal”, a world heritage site. However, his life was not always smooth sailing, as he came from a lowly background and faced various obstacles in his quest to become a cardiologist.
His life is depicted over a long span of 135 episodes, but since each episode is only 30 minutes long, you will be able to watch it without getting bored. It’s going to be interesting to compare it with the previous movie and decide which one you prefer.
3: “The Heirs” (2013)
A wistful modern-day love story about identity differences
Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a high school student who is an eyebrow-eyed scion, but has been shunned by his half-brother and sent to America to study. Eun Sang (Park Shin-hye) meets Tan. She is a hardscrabble woman and is rescued by Tan when she gets into trouble.
Tan and Eun-sang have a heart-to-heart relationship, but when she finds out about Tan’s fiancé, she goes back to Korea. After Eun Sang disappears, Tan returns home for the first time in three years to come to terms with his family’s problems. At her parents’ house for the first time in a long time, Tan is reunited with Eun Sang, who has been living there as the daughter of a housekeeper.
Tan’s school is a high school attended by many different types of heirs. The film tells the sweet and wistful love story of Tan and Eun-sang, who are torn between the strict class consciousness of the school and the problems of Tan’s family.
2: “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God ” (2016)
A fantasy love romance about a girl and a demon.
The film is a slightly wistful fantasy romance about Kim Shin (Kong Yoo) and Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), a girl whose life was once saved by him.
The main character is Kim Shin (Kong Yoo), a warrior who has been cursed to live for 900 years. In order to end this immortal life, he searches for the “Bride of the Demon (Tokkebi)”, who is said to be able to pull out the sword that was pierced into his heart.
The film became such a hot topic that it created the “Toke Bi Syndrome,” which had the highest ratings of 20.5% in Korea. Not to mention the coupling between Shin and Eun Tak, Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) and Sunny (Yoo In Na), but the “bromance (friendship between men)” between Shin and Reaper.
1: “Descendants of the Sun” (2016)
Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) and Dae Young, who are military personnel, caught a thief by accident while on leave. After putting the injured criminal into an ambulance, the two realize that he has stolen their phones and follow them to the hospital.
The two become alarmed when doctor Mo-young (Song Hye Kyo) mistook them for assaulters when they arrived at the hospital, but Si-jin, who falls in love with her at first sight, clears up the misunderstanding. But then, after a fateful reunion in a conflict zone, the two are once again attracted to each other.
It’s not just the love between Si Jin and Mo Yeon, but the love around them, the tense battlefield and medical scenes, and there is so much to see that it will take your breath away until the end.
Once you’re hooked, you can’t get out of it – Korean drama
We’ve introduced a wide range of works, from romantic comedies to suspense, but did you find something you liked? In addition to the content of the film, you may also want to look for films by actors and actresses you care about.
Once you’ve seen one film, you’ll move on to another, and then another, and you’ll be hooked on the swamp of Korean dramas.