February 28, 2014
I was recently asked what recent Korean dramas are recommended to watch from my non-Korean friends. Since Korean dramas usually are mini series and are a season long, they’re not overly drawn out, but can be time consuming to watch. Here are a few recommendations of some great ones I recently watched or am currently watching to pick and choose from the 2013-2014 line up.
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Master’s Sun (Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama/Supernatural) Loved this story of a shy, quiet secretary who can see ghosts, who happens to find a hide-out/protection in her pompous but handsome Department Store CEO. An unlikely love story develops as the CEO slowly falls in love with her as he sees the many facets of her ghost finding abilities. So funny, heart-wrenching, and romantic with one of 2013′s biggest twists ever, this had me so excited for the next week’s episodes like no other. I’ve loved So Ji Sub forever, and this series made me love him more, if that is even possible. And the chemistry of the two leads were perfect – match made in heaven!
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The Prime Minister and I (Genre: Light Romantic Drama): A very interesting story of a widowed South Korean Prime Minister who through a series of unfortunate events is forced to establish a contract marriage with a young tabloid reporter. It’s frothy and sweet, and made me fall for lead actor Lee Beom Soo! He’s so dashing and refined! And SNSD’s Yoona’s acting has really improved since her debut and made me love her character in this series. If you want light hearted, something that leaves you fluffy inside, this is for you.
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You Who Came From the Stars (Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama): Story of an alien who lived in Korea since the Joseon Dynasty to the present amongst humans, who falls in love with a diva actress who teaches him about love. A really wonderful love story with some sci-fi and suspense added into the romance. Seriously, Kim Soo Hyun really is in a league of his own. I really do think he is the best Korean actor of this generation. He does EMOTION so well. I thought he was amazing in The Moon Embraces the Sun, and his acting in this series doesn’t disappoint. It helps also that he has unbelivable chemistry with Gianna Jun, who is so wonderfully funny here. This is a must watch.
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I Need Romance 3 (Genre: Romance!): Story of a brilliant and optimistic 20 something music producer who comes back to Korea to pursue his first love, who happens to be a jaded 30 something merchandising director of a home shopping network. Unfortunately, she doesn’t believe in love. So adorable and sweet, you can’t help but fall in love with the lead and all his wonderful, endearing qualities. This series is a franchise, there has already been a I Need Romance, and I Need Romance 2. I didn’t watch 2, but I loved, LOVED the first one. And #3 is currently getting there. It’s a cable network series, so it was refreshing to watch a more realistic version of dating life in Korea vs. the usual ‘fairy tale’ version shown in most prime time networks.
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Heartless City (Genre: Thriller, Noir Drama, Romance): Story of a underground drug lord called Doctor’s Son who inadvertently falls in love with an undercover cop while plotting to overtake a larger, formidable foe. Probably Heartless City and Master’s Sun was my 2 favorite dramas of 2013. This series was a first of its kind by delving into the Noir Genre. It was beautiful, sexy, suspenseful and utterly devastating. Made me fall so hard for a drug lord with a heart. Have your tissues ready cuz it’s going to get drippy.
Hope this helps in your K-Drama marathon endeavors!