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My 9 Favorite Korean Dramas

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If you’re looking for a Kdrama to watch then I highly recommend these! I have to admit, I haven’t really been up to date on the new Kdramas… so, these are a bit old. If you’re new to Kdramas, then read below to see where I watch it and some summaries! 

Where to Watch:

1. You can watch at Viki.com – Lots of commericals but they have the latest dramas.

2. Epdrama – my favorite, no long commercials but I hate how I have to keep on clicking on the window to go to a different part.

Movies:

1. 200 lb beauty – was great and very touching. It is available on Netflix also!

1. Big

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This was one of the latest Dramas that I’ve watched. I love it, especially the main characters (you’ll see them in the other dramas I’ll post up). Da-Ran (Lee Min-Jung) is a teacher who happens to meet Kang Gyung-Joon’s (Shin Won-Ho) a student at her highschool. He is so cute btw; sorry I digress. She is engaged to her fiance, a 30 year old doctor named Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). After an accident, they switch bodies! 

I just realized that my summary sucks; so here’s a little recap from dramawiki. 

Gil Da-ran (Lee Min-jung) is a struggling substitute teacher trying to get her certificate. She is engaged to a kind and handsome doctor, Seo Yoon-jae (Gong Yoo); it is a fairy-tale-come-true until one month before the wedding, Yoon-jae inexplicably becomes distant. At the same time, Da-ran meets an 18-year-old transfer student from the United States, Kang Kyung-joon (Shin Won-ho), who’s got an attitude towards everyone except Da-ran. Kyung-joon gets into a fateful car accident with Yoon-jae and the two of them drive over the guard rail and into the deep waters. Yoon-jae tries to save Kyung-joon but in the process, Yoon-jae ostensibly dies and Kyung-joon ends up in a coma. Kyung-joon soon wakes up finding himself in Yoon-jae’s body.

2. Boys Over Flowers

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What a cute looking cast right?

Hardworking Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School by a scholarship she gets because of an incident. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jeong (Kim Bum), and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon) are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers, dare challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan-di. Angry at their rudeness, Jan-di tells off F4 leader Jun-pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. The proud and persistent Jun-pyo falls hard for feisty Jan-di, but she shares a connection with the quiet, sensitive Ji-hoo. Through Jan-di’s encouragement, Ji-hoo goes abroad to join his model girlfriend Min Seo-hyun, and in his absence, Jan-di and Jun-pyo grow closer. Soon Jan-di realizes that it is Jun-pyo that she really loves, not Ji-hoo. But numerous difficulties arise, threatening their relationship. Jun-pyo’s mother, a cruel and powerful businesswoman, disapproves of Jan-di’s lowly upbringing and tries her best to split them up. And newly single Ji-hoo returns to Korea, prepared to declare his feelings for Jan-di.

I actually find the main girl super annoying and dislike her. But, overall a very good drama. I mean, everyone I talked to has watched it either one way or another! Plus, Lee Min Ho is just so cute I can’t stop looking at him. 

3. Coffee Prince

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I highly highly highly recommend this drama! PLEASE WATCH IT. 

Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo) is a third generation scion of a food chaebol. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-kyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo (Chae Jung-an), who was never interested in dating. Though Han-kyul was very much in love with Yoo-joo, she was never interested in dating so they never officially went out. On the other hand, Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died at age 16 and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family. She takes up every job possible: Taekwondo teacher, waitress, food delivery, and has the responsibility of taking care of her childish, spendthrift mother and trouble-making younger sister. When Han-kyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.

4. Shining Inheritance/ Brilliant Legacy

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Go Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) was studying overseas in New York and returned to Korea during her vacation to bring her autistic brother, Eun Woo, to the United States to study music. Sun Woo Hwan (Lee Seung Ki), who was also studying in New York, was ordered to return to Korea by his grandmother, Jang Sook Ja, to learn how to manage her food company. Eun Sung and Hwan, who were on the same flight back home, accidentally had their luggage bags exchanged, which led to several misunderstandings between the two of them. Go Pyung Joong, Eun Sung’s father, struggled to save his company from going bankrupt. One day, his wallet and valuables were stolen by a thief who subsequently died in a gas explosion accident. The police, upon finding Go’s belongings on the thief, mistakenly identified the thief as Go and a death certificate for Go was promptly issued. Go decided to lie low and not tell his family that he was alive so that his family could claim his life insurance money and use it to clear the debts. However his second wife, Baek Sung Hee, kicked her stepchildren, Eun Sung and Eun Woo, out of the house after collecting the insurance money and moved into a new home with her daughter, Yoo Seung Mi (Moon Chae Won).

Eun Sung asked for help from several of her friends, including her senior, Hyung Jin, who avoided her because she was no longer rich. She managed to find a job at a nightclub with the help of her friend, Hye Ri. At the nightclub, Eun Sung met Hyung Jin’s senior, Park Joon Se (Bae Soo Bin), who was shocked to see her working there. She also met Hwan, who caused her to lose contact with Eun Woo. Realising that Eun Woo was missing, Eun Sung was devastated and tried searching for her brother but to no avail. With the help of Hye Ri and Joon Se, Eun Sung rented a small room and started a small dumplings stall while continuing her search for Eun Woo. Meanwhile, Jang became deeply disappointed in Hwan as Hwan had no direction in life and did not know how to cherish her company and employees. While pondering over what to do about her grandson,

Jang visited a neighborhood that she used to live in when she was poor and encountered Eun Sung who was selling dumplings. Jang met with an accident and received help from Eun Sung. Jang, seeing that Eun Sung tried her best to take care of her even when she could not afford her own daily expenses, was touched by Eun Sung’s compassion. Jang brought Eun Sung home and announced to her family that Eun Sung was going to live with them and that she was going to appoint Eun Sung as the heir of her food company…

The first two episodes were super sad, I was literally bawling my eyes out. But I love the main character, she isn’t weak as other characters are.

5. Flower Boy Ramen Shop

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Eun Bi’s greatest desire is to become a high school teacher and is preparing to take the teacher certification exam during her last year of college. But whether she’s in the bathroom crying over a boyfriend, in the street almost being run over by a car, at a university festival, or a teaching event at a high school, Eun Bi keeps running into the mysterious Chi Soo. Then the two end up working at the same ramen shop. Can the chance encounters be more than just pure coincidence?

6. Princess Hours

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My first ever Korean Drama; and I’m still in love with it.

The series starts off with the news that Shin’s father, Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea, is seriously ill. There is a grim outlook on the King’s health, driving the imperial family to find Shin a suitable consort that will allow him to ascend to the throne if the situation requires. Despite being in love with the ambitious and talented ballerina Hyo-rin (whom he initially proposed to and was rejected), Prince Shin eventually marries a commoner to whom he was betrothed by his grandfather, the late Emperor Seongjo, in an agreement with the girl’s grandfather. His new wife is the headstrong yet lovable Chae-kyeong, and despite initially feeling nothing for each other, love eventually blossoms between the couple.

Matters are further complicated with the return of Lee Yul and his mother, Lady Hwa-young, who was once Crown Princess before the death of her husband, the late Crown Prince Lee Soo, and older brother of the reigning King. Yul and his mother were driven out of the palace some time after the death of his father, and it is revealed that this was because the King discovered an affair between Lady Hwa-Young and the current King, who is his father’s younger brother. Lady Hwa-Young has returned to restore her son’s place in the line of succession to the throne, which she believes remains rightfully his. A series of events befalls the palace with the schemes Yul’s mother carries out, and these are further intensified by the various scandals involving the royal family. Shin maintains an extramarital affair with his old flame, Hyo-rin, while Yul himself develops feelings for Chae-kyeong. Things get out of hand and the royal family takes matters into their own hands

7.  RoofTop Prince

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The reason I like this drama is because the storyline is just so different!

Tae-mu (Lee Tae-sung), after killing his lost cousin in the United States, returns to Korea, claiming that his cousin, Tae-yong (Park Yoochun), could not be found in New York City. Meanwhile, Tae-mu has been having a secret affair with Se-na (Jeong Yu-mi), his secretary, who, in turn, runs into her long-lost stepsister Park-ha (Han Ji-min). Park-ha has been missing for a prolonged period of time and it is revealed that she was in the US after Se-na abandoned her on the streets at age 9.

Two years after Tae-yong’s disappearance, four men dressed in Joseon era garments, fall onto Park-ha’s rooftop house. Hungry, homeless and having nowhere to go, the four men decide to stick with Park-ha. Their leader, Lee-gak claims that he is the Crown Prince of Joseon (Park Yoochun), along with his entourage – scholar Song Man-bo (Lee Min-ho), personal bodyguard Woo Yong-sool (Jung Suk-won), and palace eunuch Do Chi-san (Choi Woo-shik). One day, Crown Prince Lee Gak sees Se-na who is the spitting image of his beloved wife, who was found drowned in the 18th century. He is convinced she is his wife’s reincarnation. Meanwhile, company president Yeo (Ban Hyo-jung) mistakes Lee Gak for her grandson, Yong Tae-yong, because of their exact same appearance, and believes that her long lost grandson had finally returned. Lee Gak realizes that he has time traveled300 years to 2012, Seoul, to search for the truth behind the mysterious death of the late Crown Princess. In order to approach Se-na, who is also President Yeo’s personal assistant, Lee Gak pretends that he is Tae-yong. Tae-mu, believing that he already killed his cousin in New York, lives in constant fear of his devious act being discovered by the family and “Tae-yong” (aka Lee Gak) who claims not to have remembered the event. Tae-mu has always been jealous of Tae-yong’s favored position in the family.

On the other hand, Park-ha is shocked by the news that her new friend who calls himself the Crown Prince is, in fact, the grandson of the CEO. But before long, her feelings for Lee Gak blossom and she is hurt when she finds out that Lee Gak, who still holds very tender memories of his dead wife, is courting Se-na. Lee Gak also believes that marrying Se-na in Seoul year 2012 would bring him closer to solving the mystery of the Crown Princess’ murder in the Joseon era.

8. Secret Garden

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A stuntwoman who dreams of becoming a stunt director and a department store CEO who has nothing to lose fall in love due to crazy and hilarious circumstances. Though they live in two different worlds, Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won) and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) meet in a twist of fate that brings them together. Gil Ra-im just wants a modest life. Since she was left alone in the world at a young age, she gave her all to martial arts, eventually becoming an acknowledged stuntwoman. Kim Joo-won could care less about romance; all he wants is a beneficial marriage that can increase his power and advantages. He’s handsome, rich, and insensitive, the perfect combination for a world class jerk that women want to date. Oska is a playboy who wants to lead a hedonistic life and resume his popular status as a hallyu star. Then he reunites with his former love Yoon Seul, who has made a successful directing career for herself. But Yoon Seul wants nothing to do with Oska, rather she has her eyes set on Joo-won. The four become tangled in a love square, that becomes more confusing when Ra-im and Joo-won begin switching bodies.

9. Playful Kiss

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I don’t know why but I love highschool dramas! I think it’s because I love the geeky poor girl who ends up with the rich hot guy 😉 Only… in this drama she’s quite dumb lol.

“Mischievous Kiss” is a romantic-comedy covering the romance between Baek Seung-Jo (Kim Hyun-Joong), an arrogant young man with a genius IQ, and Oh Ha-Ni (Jung So-Min), a ditzy young woman who gets poor grades, but whose heart is as powerful as Seung-Jo’s mind.

The series is based off from a Taiwanese drama and a Japanese manga book. It is call “It Started With a Kiss.” It is about a girl in F class that falls in love with an A class boy. She liked him since the first year of high school. Once, she decided to tell him she likes him but was rejected. So the story continues about the girl who keeps chasing after the boy she loves.

 

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5 Comments

    • I’ll watch it soon! I hated watching it on VIKI because of all the damn commericials, but my sister bought the “ad free” thing yesterday so I’ll take advantage of that!

      • Madeline says

        I think I use dramafever or dramaload? No ads!!!

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