Why hello there! After finishing up some dramas, I really wanted to create a list of my favorite ones. Then came to realize how hard it is to really pick your favorite! I apologize that they are most all dramas that came out the same year. I will try and link as much as I possibly can about actors, information and such other items 🙂 I hope you enjoy these dramas as much as I do.
10. Blood – 블러드 – Korea – 2015
As much as this drama really upset me with it’s lame ending, I still wanted to include it in my list because Vampires are cool! I am going to start off saying that this drama has a VERY confusing cliffhanger ending. I really enjoyed how their changed Ahn Jae-Hyun‘s Character, Park Ji-Sang, for his ‘vampire’ look, its a little more on the darker side of some looks I have seen. This is defiantly a drama where the lead struggles between good and evil, and looses a lot along the way through that journey. Though Park Ji-Sang is a vampire, he works as a surgeon, at the same hospital Yoo Ri-Ta, played by Ku HyeSun. This series has a lot of blood and death in it; along with surgery, so if that isn’t your thing, maybe this isn’t the best. Fun fact, both leads, Ku HyeSun and Ahn Jae-Hyun got married in 2016!
9. My Unfortunate Boyfriend – 나의 유감스러운 남자친구 – Korea – 2015
This drama is adorable. It follows a boy, Yoon Tae-Woon, played by No Minwoo, and a girl, Yoo JiNa, played by Yang Jin-Sung. Yoon Tae-Woon is a very sheltered truthful kind soul, who falls for a very petty, bossy, Yoo JiNa, who is willing to do anything to stick a job. Through countless times of Minwoo screaming “JiNa-Shi!” You really fall for the innocents of his character. Tae-Woon lives with his family, and cares for a small flower shop; JiNa is trying to keep a job at a corporate office and soon finds inspiration within Tae-Woon. I actually didn’t know that No Minwoo sung some of the OST songs.
8. You’re Beautiful – Korea – 2009
Now, I am sure you all know this drama, for it is a classic. Aside from having HongKi of FTIsland and YongHwa of CNBlue, you have amazing actor Jang Keun-Suk and actress Park Shin-Hye! For those who have yet to see this drama, I suggest you watch it now! The drama follows a girl, Go Mi Gemma, who gets mistaken as her rockstar bother Go MiNam. She soon meets her bandmates of A.N.JELL, Jeremy (HongKi), Kang Shin-woo (YongHwa) and Hwang Tae-kyung (Keun-Suk). I really like that each of the love interests have different personalities; Jeremy being the sweet playful, dorky one, Shin-woo being the big brother, boy next door type, and Keun-Suk as the arrogant, tough lover.
7. Gentleman’s Dignity – 신사의 품격 – Korea – 2012
This drama is a little more on the mature side, the characters are middle age, they all have steady jobs, income, and experienced. It does have one main couple it follows, but it also takes time to follow their friends and their relationships The drama follow Kim Do-jin (Jang Donggun), Choi Yoon (Kim MinJong), Im Taesan (Kim Suro), and Lee Jungrok (Lee JongHyuk) through their experiences of being friends since high school, finding love, loosing love, and being married. The main couple to be followed throughout the series is Kim Do-jin and Seo Yi-soo, who is played by the lovely Kim Haneul. The series walks you through how the group of men fall out of their high school, player ways and become respectable romantic men.
6. Hyde Jekyll, Me – 하이드 지킬, 나 – Korea – 2015
I really wanted to watch this drama based on the title alone, because I love the story behind Jekyll and Hyde. This drama touches base on a man who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID for short. DID is mostly known as multiple personality disorder, where a host can have multiple alters. Goo Seo-Jin, played by HyunBin, is the owner of a large amusement park, he is a cold business man, who tried to remain calm and stay out of stressful situations. For in those stressful situations, his alter, Robin can come to the surface and take over. Jang HaNa, played by Han Jimin, soon falls for Robin, but despises Seo-Jin for wanting to hide a part of him so much. A long with Seo-Jin’s internal fight to keep Robin at bay, HaNa is also at war with Seo-Jin to keep her father’s circus act alive at the amusement park.
5. Bride of the Century – 백년의 신부 – Korea – 2014
Now I originally watched this because of Lee HongKi, since I am bias towards him; but wow. This drama throws you to the wall. It takes you through a lot of emotional roller coasters! Story goes as an heir needs to marry another wealthy heir, but there is a twist! The bride Jang Yi-Kyung, played by Yang Jin-Sung, is to be married to HongKi’s character, Choi Kang Joo, but is replaced by a double named Na Doo-Rim, throwing Choi through an emotional loop due to both girls’ personalities. Yang Jin-Sung did an amazing job at playing two different roles!
4. She Was Pretty – 그녀는 예뻤다 – Korea – 2015
This drama defiantly hit home, and I related a lot to the lead female. This drama stars Hwang Jung-Eum and Park Seo-Joon as childhood friends. Now this drama came out towards September, and both had previously been in Kill Me, Heal Me, as love interests; and I sort of believe that the fact that they ended up playing lovers in a different drama is due to the chemistry they had in Kill Me, Heal Me. She Was Pretty is about Kim Hye-Jin who is going to meet up with an old time friend Ji Sung-Joon. Hye-Jin was a very beautiful child, who slowly stopped taking care of her skin and hair, and became ‘ugly’ to the point where her old friend Sung-Joon couldn’t recognize her. They both end up working at the same company where Hye-Jin becomes friends with Kim Shin-Hyuk, played by Choi Siwon of Super Junior. This was a drama where I wish the lead female went with the second male lead. Siwon was extremely adorable and playful in this drama. I relate a lot to Hye-Jin’s character in this drama, and I found myself sharing similar thoughts and scenarios within this show.
3. My Amazing Boyfriend – 我的奇妙男友 – China – 2016
Though this is the only non-Korean drama on this list, I will include it because the lead is Korean. This drama was nice, I enjoyed it, there was a lot of comedy tied to it, to sort of turn away from the sorrow and hints of sadness within the drama. It is about a B ranked actress, Tian Jingzhi, played by Janice Wu, who saves, and is also saved by a 500 year old man named Xue Ling Qiao, played by Kim TaeHwan. The drama goes on with the story of Tian Jingzhi and Xue Ling Qiao’s on and off relationship. This is another cliffhanger drama, that the ending isn’t really explained, but you get what happens/happened. Kim TaeHwan has an amazing poker face, and you really fall for his character. I was at the edge of my seat for scenes he smiles in. I also want to clarify that this is not a vampire drama, at first I defiantly thought it was going to turn out to be one, mostly cause I don’t read summaries before i click, but Xue Ling Qiao is immortal. There is some bloody scenes in this, but nothing too crazy.
2. Secret Message – 시크릿 메세지 – 秘密消息 -Korea/Japan – 2015
The story is about a Japanese Woman temporarily living in South Korea, Haruka, who messaged an old line account, and accidentally becomes acquainted with a Korean Man who is temporarily living in Japan to film a documentary on First Loves. Haruka, played by Ueno Juri, moved to South Korea to find herself while taking training as a theater stage performer; while WooHyun, played by T.O.P of BIG BANG, is visiting a friend in Japan in helps to find people to interview for his documentary. The drama is a short 18 episode series, with 10 minute episodes, only problem, it’s drama fever exclusive for VIP only. This short series has you thinking of the meaning of love in your own life, and what is true love to your own self, it also shines some light on how to let go and move on.
1. Kill Me, Heal Me. – 킬미, 힐미 – Korea – 2015
Kill Me, Heal Me is also about DID, and came out at the exact same time as Hyde Jekyll, Me. I watched both at the same time to see how each was portrayed, both showed male characters with DID, who didn’t have much control over their other alters. As medically incorrect a lot of it was, I still found it to be very informing. Kill Me, Heal Me had me in tears most of the time. I bought the OST, posters, I just absolute adored this drama. it touched on love, mental illness and ways to cope with that, child abuse, adoption, and a really weird love interest. The actors were amazing at their parts, Ji Sung did an amazing job at portraying different personalities and having a lot of fun with his part. I think I have watched all of Kwang JungEum’s dramas because I love her acting a lot; she is adorable and I enjoy her. I recommend this 1000/10!
Let me know what some of your favorite dramas are! Do we share the same favorites? Is there any I should watch?
– MinJoon Ives
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