Looking for a Korean drama to watch? Here’s a list of dramas that I watched (and loved). Read through my reviews and each synopsis. Hopefully you will find a drama you are interested in watching. Happy reading!

Key: **Favorite/Must Watch, *Mediocre

**My Girlfriend is a Gumiho/내 여자친구는 구미호

Synopsis: A romance/fantasy drama about an aspiring actor, Cha Dae Woong, who accidentally releases a nine-tailed fox (Gumiho) from a painting. The nine-tailed fox (who takes shape of a beautiful young woman) was sealed inside the painting for 500 years by . Dae Woong runs aways from the scene and falls down a riverbank. The fall severely injured Dae Woong, but the nine-tailed fox gives him her precious “fox bead” which allows Dae Woong to have strength and health. When Dae Woong awakes, the Gumiho follows him around. He first thinks the Gumiho is a mentally ill girl, until he finally believes the truth that she truly is a Gumiho. Mi Ho, the Gumiho, then pursues her dream to become a human and uses Dae Woong to do so by allowing him to keep the bead for 100 days. As the story goes along, Dae Woong and Mi Ho start falling in love with each other without fully knowing the consequences of Mi Ho turning into a human.

Review: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is the first Korean drama I ever watched and one of my personal favorites. Throughout this drama I laughed, I smiled, and I cried..A LOT!  After each episode, I was always dying to watch the next. Each episode was filled with laughter, jealousy, love, sadness, and surprises. One of my favorite parts was when Mi Ho threatened to eat Dae Woong if he refused to buy her 고기(meat)ㅋㅋ. His expression= priceless! Shin Min Ah and Lee Seung Gi did an excellent job  bringing alive their characters and making people fall in love with their characters. Highly recommend!

Cast (Main Characters):

Shin Min Ah as Mi Ho (Gumiho/Nine-tailed fox)

Lee Seung Gi as Cha Dae Woong

No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo

Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In

**49 Days/49일

Synopsis: Ji Hyun’s life seems to be perfect. Her parents adore her, her friends admire her (or so it seems), and she is engaged to Min Ho. However, Yi Kyung’s life is exactly the opposite. She often contemplates suicide, because she is still distraught of her boyfriend (which was killed in a car accident). One day, Yi Kyung walks off a bus and attempts to kill herself. She throws herself into incoming traffic, which results to a car pile-up. However, somebody saves Yi Kyung. During this time, Ji Hyun is driving and fails to use her breaks. This results in her crashing into a truck and crashing through her car window. Ji Hyun walks out in a daze and is shocked at the sight of her dead body being escorted in the ambulance. She follows her body to the hospital and watch the doctors try to revive her. At the hospital, Ji Hyun meets the Scheduler (an angel who takes angels to their final destination) and he tells her it is not her “scheduled” time to die yet. He gives her the chance to live once again, but on one condition. She must gather teardrops from 3 people that truly love her (besides family members), within 49 days. Ji Hyun then borrows  Yi Kyung’s body in order to complete her quest. As time goes along, Ji Hyun sees her life is not as perfect as she thought it was and the people she thought loved her and were her friends, are not who they appear to be.

Review: 49 Days is definitely one of my all time personal favorites. I loved the deception, the hidden loves, and the surprises that the drama had in store. The ending was definitely the more shocking than I expected it to be. I never would have expected how a lot of these characters had (quite unexpected) connections with one another. Definitely a nail biter and a story that warms and aches your heart. One word comes to mind when describing this drama-bittersweet. A must watch!

Cast:

Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung/Shin Ji Min

Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun

Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang

Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho

Jung Il Woo as Scheduler/Song Yi Soo

Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung

**The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince/커피프린스 1호점 

Synopsis: Go Eun Chan is a tomboy that is often mistaken as a boy. She fulfills numerous jobs (such as Taekwondo teacher, waitress, sewing dolls, etc.) in order to support her mother and younger sister. On the other hand, Choi Han Kyul is a handsome, rich, third-generation son of a food chaebol. Choi Han Kyul refuses to get married, despite his parents wishes since he is still in love with his first crush, Han Yoo Joo, which Choi Han Kyul’s cousin is on-again off-again dating. When Choi Han Kyul and Go Eun Chan meet each other during two separate occasions, Choi Han Kyul hires Go Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to escape the blind dates set up by his grandmother. When Choi Han Kyul’s grandmother gives him an ultimatum, he takes over a rundown coffee shop. In order to make money, he hires all good-looking men. Since Go Eun Chan is desperate for money, she continues to hide her gender in order to get a job. Later, Go Eun Chan becomes friend with Choi Han Kyul’s cousin, Choi Han Seong, and is instantly attracted to him for his kindness. As time goes along, Choi Han Kyul starts to develop feelings for Go Eun Chan. Since, he  is unaware that she is actually a woman, he questions his sexuality and becomes confused. He starts to have an inner conflict with himself and tries to detain his feelings for “him”. However, one day Han Kyul gives into his emotions and…

Review: Absolutely loved, loved, loved this drama. The glamourous Yoon Eun Hye did such an excellent job as tomboy Go Eun Chan. Before I watched this drama, I had no idea who Yoon Eun Hye or what she truly looked like. When I finally googled her, let’s just say I was shocked. Anyways..this drama is filled with laughter, tears, happiness, and even a lesson to learn. The coffee shop boys and their antics will surely make you laugh, the scenes where Han Kyul and Go Eun Chan are distraught will make you cry, the love between Han Kyul and Go Eun Chan (finally) will make you smile, and then finally, the mighty lesson. Love will prevail all emotions and love can happen unexpectedly to anyone, anywhere-even a man loving someone who he thinks is a man, but is truly a woman.*

Cast:

Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan

Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul

Lee Sun Gyun as Cho Han Seong

Chae Jung An as Han Yoo Joo

**Boys Over Flowers/꽃보다 남자

Synopsis: ShinHwa School is a high school for the rich. Gu Jun Pyo, heir of the global corporation ShinHwa Group, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin attend this school and form a group, called F4. Geum Jan Di, who is not rich, ends up receiving a scholarship to attend the school, after she saves a student from jumping off the roof of the school. All the students at ShinHwa school worships F4, except for Geum Jan Di. However, she starts to like Yoon Ji Hoo after she sees him play the violin and also because he’s different from the other 3. One day, Geum Jan Di stand ups to F4 to defend a friend. Since then, Gu Jun Pyo (the leader of F4) tries to make Geum Jan Di’s life miserable. However, Yoon Ji Hoo always ends up helping Geum Jan Di somehow. As time goes on, the rivalry between Geum Jan Di and Gu Jun Pyo intensifies and Gu Jun Pyo ends up falling in love with Geum Jan Di.

Review: I originally only watched this drama, because my friend would always talk about how good it was. So I watched it and ended up falling in love with the story. I loved the fact Geum Jan Di’s character is so strong. She gets pegged with eggs and flour and yells at the others to keep throwing them. I was actually very happy how this story turned out, except for what happens in the scenes when Gu Jun Pyo goes to China (shocker!) I’m very happy that my friend made me watch this drama. Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyung Joon all the way ❤

Cast:

Gu Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di

Lee Min Ho as Gu Joon Pyo

Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo

Kim Bum as So Yi Jung

Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul

*Playful Kiss/장난스란 키스

Synopsis: Oh Ha Ni is a high school student that is the bottom of her class. She has a crush on Baek Seung Jo, the attractive/popular/student genius. Oh Ha Ni had a crush on him since the first day of high school and one day, she musters up the courage to confess her feelings to him in a note. However, Baek Seung Jo corrects the errors in her note (and gives it back to Oh Ha Ni) and states that he “absolutely hates stupid girls.” Later, an earthquake destroys Oh Ha Ni’s newly built home. So while the house is being rebuilt, Oh Ha Ni and her father stay at her father’s childhood friend’s house. She then finds out, Baek Seung Jo is the son of her father’s childhood friend. As Oh Ha Ni is trying to impress Baek Seung Jo, Oh Ha Ni’s classmate, Bong Joon Gu, likes Oh Ha Ni and proposes to her one day. Baek Seung Jo becomes curious about her answer and questions Oh Ha Ni. Oh Ha Ni refuses to tell Baek Seung Jo, which leads to an argument between the two of them and then…

Review: To be totally honest..I originally only wanted to watch this drama, because of Kim Hyun Joong. I first watched Kim Hyun Joong in Boys Over Flowers and I must say, I was surprised how different he was when playing Ji Hoo(Boys Over Flowers) and Baek Seung Jo(Playful Kiss). I liked Jung So Min as an actress, but I felt like Oh Ha Ni was a little too “cutesy” for me. Overall, It was still a good drama with surprises, romance, tears, and all that good stuff, but it wasn’t the greatest. Sure, I’m a sucker for romance, but I wish there was just a little more pizzazz.

Cast:

Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni

Kim Hyun Joong as Baek Seung Jo

Lee Tae Sung as Bong Joon Gu

Lee Si Young as Yoon Hye Ra

*Personal Preference(or Taste)/게인의 취향

Synopsis: Park Gae In is a furniture designer that is kind, impulsive, clumsy, and a complete slob when it comes to her personal habits. She lives in the Sanggojae (a modernized hanok, meaning a place for “mutual love”) designed by a famous architecture professor, her father. Gae In, naive and trusting that she is, has been dating her boyfriend Han Chang Ryul for years, despite that fact he takes her for granted. One day, he breaks up with and suddenly disappears. Gae In is then invited to her good friend/roommate’s wedding and she becomes horrified when she realizes her friend’s groom is Han Chang Ryul. Gae In is heartbroken and swears she will not take a chance on a man again. Meanwhile, Jeon Jin Ho is an architect trying to keep his small firm afloat and desperately trying to win a bid for the Dam Art Center against Future Construction, which is prestigious company owned by Han Chang Ryul’s father. In order to win the bid, Jeon Jin Ho needs information on the Sanggojae,which is the art director’s favorite building. However, Sanggojae has never been open to the public. Jeon Jin Ho, knowing that Gae In would never let a man/stranger live with her, he pretends to be gay in order to live with her. As Jeon Jin Ho becomes closer with Gae In, he ultimately starts falling for her.

Review: Once again, I only watched this drama, because of Lee Min Ho. I must say, out of all the dramas I’ve watched, this drama is my least favorite. I’m not saying this drama isn’t good, but everything that happened in the story was everything I expected to happen (except for Han Chang Ryul and Gae In’s friend). Overall, the storyline was good and kept my attention, but I was disappointed in the ending. Like I said before, I’m a sucker for romance..but, I like dramas that makes me  think while I’m watching and not just expect everything to happen.

Cast:

Son Ye Jin as Park Gae In

Lee Min Ho as Jeon Jin Ho

Kim Ji Seok as Han Chang Ryul

Wang Ji Hye as Kim In Hee

**Lie to Me/내게 거짓말을 해봐

Synopsis:  A fifth-level government employee of the Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gong Ah Jung lies to her friend, Yoon So Ran, about being married in order to get revenge. The lie quickly snowballs about Gong Ah Jung and Hyun Ki Joon’s (the wealthy president of World Hotel) “marriage” (due to several misunderstandings). As the rumors spread, Hyun Ki Joon is forced to fight the rumors and decides to press charges on Gong Ah Jung if she doesn’t correct the lie. Gong Ah Jung agrees and calls her friends to clear up the rumor. However, things do not go as planned and Hyun Ki Joon decides to press charges on Gong Ah Jung. After a series of happenings, Gong Ah Jung and Hyun Ki Joon decide to be secretly married in order to help Hyun Ki Joon in the business world. Things initially become more complicated when Hyun Ki Joon’s ex-fiance ,Oh Yoon Joo, returns from France and when Ki Joon’s brother starts to like Gong Ah Jung (which they meet early on in the drama). As time goes on, Hyun Ki Joon and Gong Ah Jung become closer to one another, which has Hyun Ki Joon question his real love between Oh Yoon Joo and Gong Ah Jung.

Review: I absolutely loved this drama, there were so many surprises and the end of each episode left me anxious to watch the next. I absolutely loved Yoon Eun Hye as Gong Ah Jung, I thought she was absolutely brilliant. Most of the time, I don’t really like how Korean dramas end (usually just plain boring) but…I absolutely loved the ending to this one. But I have to say, I loved the love Hyun Ki Joon had for his brother, even though his brother caused his broken engagement and his other pains. Ah brotherly love. Highly recommend!

Cast: 

Yoon Eun Hye as Gong Ah Jung

Kang Ji Hwan as Hyun Ki Joon

Sung Joon as Hyun Sang Hee

Jo Yoon Hee as Oh Yoon Joo

Hong Soo Hyun as Yoo So Ran

*Flower Boy Ramyun Shop/꽃미남 라면가게

Synopsis: Yang Eun Bi is an university student in her mid 20’s, who is preparing for her civil service exam with the hopes of becoming a high school teacher. One day, she accidentally encounters Cha Chi Soo, the arrogant son/heir of the biggest food corporation in Korea. Cha Chi Soo, finally returning home from his stay in New York, fascinates women with his good looks and charm, despite the fact he is a high school student. Eun Bi is automatically attracted Cha Chi Soo, thinking he is several years older than she. Eun Bi musters up the courage to ask Cha Chi Soo out, until then she realizes Cha Chi Soo is a high school senior, therefore several years younger. She then, student teaches for Cha Chi Soo’s class and comes to dislike Cha Chi Soo for his arrogance. On the other hand, Cha Chi Soo becomes fascinated with Eun Bi because she is outspoken and athletic..unlike most women he knows. After Eun Bi’s father passes away, the ramyun shop he owned was then inherited to Choi Kang Hyuk (instead of Eun Bi), which her father helped as a troubled youth and hoped for the romance of Kang Hyuk and Eun Bi to blossom. After losing her teaching job because of conflicts with Cha Chi Soo, Eun Bi starts to work at the Ramyun shop with Kang Hyuk, Kim Ba Wool, and Woo Hyun Woo. Then, Cha Chi Soo wishes to work there too, in order to get over his love for Eun Bi. However, this just provokes his longing for her and he finally realizes his obsession over her. So, Cha Chi Soo and Kang Hyuk openly agree to compete for Eun Bi’s affection.

Review: I absolutely loved the beginning of this drama. I laughed so hard, especially the part where Eun Bi says to Cha Chi Soo, “Will you go out with me…oppa?” Eun Bi’s face was priceless when she realized that oppa/오빠 (older brother, older guy friend) was really a namdongsaeng/남동생 (younger brother, younger boy). I also really liked that Cha Chi Soo turned from an arrogant and self-absorbed (ah what  word to put here..?) heir to a man who finally understands love and other people’s feelings. However, I was kind of disappointed when Eun Bi picked the other guy, instead of the guy I wanted her to pick (no spoilers here). I was a little disappointed by the ending, I wish they would have added more to satisfy my thoughts of the story.

Cast: 

Jung Il Woo as Cha Chi Soo

Lee Chung Ah as Yang Eun Bi

Lee Ki Woo as Choi Kang Hyuk

Park Min Woo as Kim Ba Wool

Jo Yoon Woo as Woo Hyun Woo

**City Hunter/시티 헌터

Synopsis: In 1983, the South Korean president and his delegates visit Burma and a bomb explodes, which was planted by North Korean, killing several high-ranking officials. Five South Korean officials plotted revenge by planning a covert operation, Operation “Clean Sweep.” Lee Jin Pyo and Park Moo Yul, two Presidential Security Service bodyguards (& also best friends) who were present during the bombing, organize a team of 21 men for “Clean Sweep.” As the team succeeds in entering North Korea and killing top members of the North Korea’s High Command, South Korean officials decide to abort the mission. In order to stop an international crisis, the officials decide to kill the 21 men. So as the 21 men swim in the Nampo waters to return to an ROK Navy submarine, snipers (from the same submarine) open fire at them. An already injured Park Moo Yul sacrifices himself in order to save Lee Jin Pyo. As the sole survivor, Lee Jin Pyo swims to South Korean shore and finds out the assault team’s service and records are erased. Lee Jin Pyo then kidnaps Park Moo Yul’s son in order to help avenge his fallen comrades. He then flees to the Golden triangle and raises the child as his own. He then trains the boy intensively in combat and one day after an attack on the village, Lee Jin Pyo tells the boy, Lee Yoon Sung, his plot for revenge of his actual father. Seven years later, Lee Yoon Sung returns to Korea in order to fulfill Lee Jin Pyo’s plot for revenge. Lee Yoon Sung then works for the Blue House, where he meets female bodygurad, Kim Na Na. One by one, Lee Yoon Sung seeks his revenge, but defies his step-father’s wishes on how to do so. Eventually Kim Na Na helps Lee Yoon Sung in his revenge and Lee Yoon Sung defies Lee Jin Pyo’s ultimate rule: Not to trust anyone and never fall in love, as doing so will put the people he loves in danger..

Review: Let me just say, Lee Min Ho did an absolutely fantastic job playing Lee Yoon Sung. How hard it must’ve been portraying a person who seeks revenge and then an average person who must maintain his composure and identity. And Park Min Young, 너무 이쁘지? (very pretty, right?)  Finally, a drama that isn’t all based on romance. I loved all the action scenes and also the fact that you never know what the next move is going to be. This drama is definitely full of surprises.  If you’re a sucker for some good ol’ action scenes and also for romance, then this is definitely a must watch.

Cast:

Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung/Puchai/Johnny Lee

Park Min Young as Kim Na Na

Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo

Kim Sang Joong as Lee Jin Pyo/Steve Lee

**Big/빅

Synopsis: Gil Da Ran is a substitute teacher, struggling to get her teaching certificate. She is engaged to the kind-hearted, handsome, and rich doctor, Seo Yoon Jae-whom she met after she falls during a wedding and he catches her. Their relationship seemed perfect to Gil Da Ran, until Seo Yoon Jae suddenly becomes distant. One day, Gil Da Ran runs into Kang Kyung Joon, an 18 year old transfer student from the United States. Gil Da Ran becomes very upset about Seo Yoon Jae and asks him if he even loves her. Seo Yoon Jae agrees to meet up with Gil Da Ran and tell her face-to-face. However, Seo Yoon Jae and Kang Kyung Joon drive into each other, sending them over the guard railing and plunging into the water. Seo Yoon Jae tries to save Kany Kyung Joon, but ends up “dying” in the process. After rushed into the hospital, Kang Kyung Joon is a coma and Seo Yoon Jae is pronounced dead. Kang Kyung Joon wakes up, but in Seo Yoon Jae’s body…

Review: I absolutely loved this drama. And Gong Yoo. Gong Yoo definitely did a great job acting like two opposite people and with all the emotions he had to portray. Anyways, I really liked the storyline and how each episode makes you wonder. I also really liked that there are these unexpected relations between characters and you’re kind of sitting there like, Wait what?! At first, I thought this drama was going to be like 49 Days..but, I was definitely wrong. Hm..what else? Oh yeah, I really liked that they made the actual Seo Yoon Jae seem like a two-timer and liar, but in the end really wasn’t(spoiler!). This drama is definitely full of twists, laughter, cuteness, and romance..and shockers! Definitely shockers that at first, I never would’ve guessed. Oh and Gil Da Ran’s little brother, Gil Choong Sik, is hilarious and suffers from some serious puppy love (aw). A definite must see.

Cast: 

Gong Yoo as Seo Yoon Jae/Kang Kyung Joon

Lee Min Jung as Gil Da Ran

Suzy as Jang Ma Ri

Baek Sung Hyun as Gil Choong Sik

Shin Won Ho as Kang Kyung Joon

**The King 2 Hearts/더킹 두하츠

Synopsis: Modern-day South Korea is governed my a constitutional monarchy, which is descended from the Joseon Dynasty. Lee Jae Ha is the handsome (and materialistic) crown prince to the throne. He doesn’t care for politics nor does he even want to be second in line to the throne. One day, Lee Jae Ha is tricked by his elder brother, King Lee Jae Kang, into joining a joint military collaboration with North Korea. The King hoped this joint military collaboration would help Lee Jae Ha to grow up and be more serious. Meanwhile, Kim Hang Ah is a North Korean Special Forces Officer and also the daughter of a North Korean military high command official. Lee Jae Ha and Kim Hang Ah meet at the joint military training and start off on the “wrong foot.” However, they  start to form a friendship and Lee Jae Ha begins to fall in love with Lee Hang Ah. To help make North Korea and South Korea’s relations stronger, an arranged marriage between Lee Jae Ha and Kim Hang Ah is set up. As they finally start putting their differences aside and gradually become closer, things turn for the worst. King Lee Jae Kang and his wife are assassinated and Lee Jae Ha’s younger sister becomes paralyzed, because of Club M. Club M’s leader, John Meyer, is a magician who substantially wishes to remove the Royal family and become King in their place. Due to these unfortunate events, Lee Jae Ha becomes the newly crowned King and he must protect South Korea from the horrible John Meyer and strengthen ties with North Korea.

Review: I really wasn’t sure at first if I would even like this drama, mainly because I haven’t seen any dramas quite like this. But of course (like always), I loved it. I loved how much Lee Jae Ha rapidly changed throughout this drama. First, being this self-absorbed jerk and then finally transforming to someone who knows how to love (besides himself) and truly care for others. Also, the accents the “North Koreans” had were the best. I was told by my mom that they were speaking in Satoori (Busan accent!) Full of action, romance, backstabbing, tears, and some history too. So far, this is my all time favorite (as in #1). And the ending, is the cutest thing ever. Highly recommend to everyone!

Cast:

Ha Ji Won as Kim Hang Ah

Lee Seung Gi as Prince(and King) Lee Jae Ha

Jo Jung Suk as Eun Shi Kyung

Yoon Je Moon as John Meyer/Kim Bong Goo

Lee Yoon Ji as Princess Lee Jae Shin

**Arang and the Magistrate/아랑사또전

Synopsis: Kim Eun Oh, son of a powerful Lord and a slave, travels to Miryang to search for his mother, after hearing rumors his mother is staying there. Kim Eun Oh has the ability to see spirits, but ignores them since he always gets annoyed when spirits ask him for favors. Arang is a virgin ghost, who lost all her memories after she died. She is unable to rest in peace until she finds out the circumstances of her death. However, whenever she asks helps from magistrates, they always die. She one day encounters Eun Oh and finds out he is able to see her. She begs for his help and he eventually agrees, after seeing Arang somehow possesses the hairpin Eun Oh gave his mother the last time they met. He believes that if he helps her uncover the truth of her death, that it will help him find his mother. Arang later goes to see the Jade Emperor and he allows her to become human again to solve the mystery of her death. If she finds out the truth before three moons(months), she will then allowed to go to heaven instead of hell. Arang returns and tells Eun Oh. He soon becomes Miryang’s new magistrate and starts investigating the mystery of Arang’s death. As time goes on, Eun Oh starts to feel protective and jealous whenever Arang spoke or gave attention to Ju Wal, the mysterious man that may have involvement in Arang’s death.

Review: I absolutely loved, loved, loved this drama. Each episode was something new and exciting to watch. There were so many unexpected things that happened, which I know I certainly never would have guessed. I loved how some of the bad characters are actually truly good characters, but just caught in a bad situation (spoiler?). A lot of things unravelled and my mind was always blown in each episodes. I must say..lots of surprises, tears, romance (as usual), laughter, and some good ol’ butt-kicking. I definitely loved the love between Arang and Eun Oh (or 사또, as I call him) and how much their love changed one another (and was strong enough to willingly sacrifice their lives for each other/spoiler alert). Ah, the bittersweet moments. One thing I must add…Finally! A good drama with a back in the day time setting, especially the Joseon Era. I loved seeing the hanboks, the houses, and just everything that wasn’t modern day. Sweet, sweet fascination. Anyways, a must watch! (Favorite)

Cast:

Lee Joon Ki as Kim Eun Oh

Shin Min Ah as Arang/Lee Seo Rim/Moo Yeon

Yeon Woo Jin as Choi Ju Wal

Hwang Bo Ra as Bang Ul RI/Shaman

Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Soe/Kim Eun Oh’s servant

Kang Moon Young as Lady Seo/Kim Eun Oh’s mother

Han Jung Soo as Moo Young/Head Grim Reaper

Yoo Seung Ho as Jade Emperor

*Innocent Man/착한 남자 or 세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자

The Innocent Man

Synopsis: Kang Ma Ru is a intelligent and promising medical student who has been in love with the same slightly older woman all his life his next-door neighbor-Han Jae Hee, a television reporter. Kang Ma Ru is an adoring boyfriend to her, however, Han Jae Hee is desperate to escape poverty. She meets an older man-a rich CEO- that will change her life for the better. One day, Kang Ma Ru finds his very ill sister laying on the floor. He is about to take her to the hospital, when he receives a phone call from a very frantic Han Jae Hee. He runs to the motel she’s at and finds a dead man laying in a pile of blood. He tries to convince Han Jae Hee to turn herself in and admit it was an act of self defense. Han Jae Hee calls the cops, but Kang Ma Ru takes the phone from her hand and confesses he killed the man. He kisses Han Jae Hee and tells her to get out quickly. He takes the blame for her, so her reporter life won’t be ruined. The cops later come and arrest Kang Ma Ru. Six-seven years later, Kang Ma Ru is out of jail and travels to Aomori, Japan. He is now a gigolo and seduces a woman to retrieve the money she took from Kang Ma Ru’s best friend. On the plane back home to Korea, Kang Ma Ru waits to use the restroom when Seo Eun Gi walks out and collapses. Seo Eun Gi is the rich heiress and Executive Director of the Tae San Corporation. She shows little emotion and abhors her new step-mother, Han Jae Hee. Kang Ma Ru places Seo Eun Gi on the floor and walks back to his seat. However, Seo Eun Gi’s condition grows worse and the attendants frantically are asking if there is any doctors on board. Since nobody comes forward, Kang Ma Ru eventually comes forward to help. He then asks for the whereabouts of her guardian when Han Jae Hee walks in and states she is her guardian. Kang Ma Ru looks up as a young boy next  starts calling Han Jae Hee, “mom.” He is furious, angry, and decides to plot revenge. Later on, Seo Eun Gi and Kang Ma Ru meet again. Seo Eun Gi becomes intrigued with him and begins to fall in love with him. Kang Ma Ru takes advantage of the situation by using Seo Eun Gi to seek revenge on Han Jae Hee.

Review: My feelings toward this drama is…indifferent. I liked this drama, but at the same I didn’t. I thought the actors and actresses did a magnificent job acting, they really brought life to their roles. They made me really believe in the characters and made me rather 1.) absolutely love them or 2.)absolutely hate them. However, I thought the plot seemed to keep…changing. Somebody would decide to do something and then the next episode, something else would happen-which kind of confused me. Overall, the drama was good but definitely not one of my favorites. But of course, that’s just my opinion. There is a good amount of romance, revenge, action, some violence, betrayal, not so much tears though. The ending was quite interesting…definitely not what I expected. Anyways, if you decide to watch this drama-be prepared to hate Han Jae Hee and several other characters & love Kang Choco and Park Jae Gil(I know I definitely did!)

Cast:

 Song Joong Ki as Kang Ma Ru

Moon Chae Won as Seo Eun Gi

Park Si Yeon as Han Jae Hee

Lee Kwang Soo as Park Jae Gil

Lee Yoo Bi as Kang Choco

**The Moon That Embraces the Sun/해를 품은 달

The Moon That Embraces the Sun

Synopsis: Heo Yeon Woo, the thirteen year old daughter of a high ranking official goes to the royal palace with her mother to attend her brother’s civil service congratulatory exam. She sees a butterfly and chases after it. She runs into Crown Prince Lee Hwon while he was trying to escape to see his older half-brother Prince Yang Myung. The Crown Prince becomes fascinated by her and they eventually fall in love. Yeon Woo then becomes chosen as the Crown Princess, but the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death since she wants Yoon Bo Kyeong (daughter of the family) to become Queen in order to gain more power for herself. She orders the head shaman to cast a spell on Yeon Woo to fall ill with a mysterious illness. However, the head shaman earlier made a promise to her dying friend, Ari, to save Yeon Woo. After she casts the spell on Yeon Woo, she tells Yeon Woo’s father how to break the spell. Yeon Woo’s father gives her medicine that causes her to die, but later she resurrects from the dead. She awakes in her grave and the head shaman, Yeon Woo’s girl maid, and Jan Shil (young shaman) save her. Eight years later, she lives her life with them without any memory of being Heo Yeon Woo. Everyone believes her to be dead, even Lee Hwon who is now King. They later meet by chance and he gives her the name Wol. Lee Hwon is still in love with Yeon Woo even though he is now married to Bo Kyeong. However, he notes Yeon Woo and Wol’s similarities, and he starts to fall in love with Wol. When she starts to fall in love with the king and slowly remember her past, she must fight to regain her rightful place as Queen.

Synopsis: I absolutely loved, loved, loved this drama. Each episode was something new and fresh. I was always at the edge of my seat. I never wanted each episode to end, because I was just so wrapped into the storyline. I could just feel the love, anger, betrayal, sadness, and passion while watching this drama. I always get so wrapped into historical dramas, but who could blame me? History is just so interesting, Korean history anyways…A must watch!

Cast:

Kim Soo Hyun as King Lee Hwon

Yeo Jin Goo as (young) Crown Prince Lee Hwon

Han Ga In as Wol/Heo Yeon Woo

Kim Yoo Jung as young Wol/Heo Yeon Woo

Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung

Lee Min Ho as young Prince Yang Myung

Kim Min Seo as Queen Yoon Bo Kyeong

Kim So Hyun as young Bo Kyeong

**I Miss You/보고싶다

I Miss You

Synopsis: Lee Soo Yeon is a fifteen year old who is bullied at her school and by the locals, because her father is a murderer. One day, she meets Han Jung Woo-the son of a chaebol and gangster. Jung Woo becomes her friend, protects her from the bullies, and eventually Han Jung Woo and Lee Soo Yeon fall in love. However, a series of events cause a terrible incident. Han Jung Woo gets kidnapped because the mother of Kang Hyung Joon wants revenge on Han Jung Woo’s father. Kang Hyung Joon’s mother, mistress of Han Jung Woo’s grandfather, and Jung Woo’s father have been fighting over money. With the help of her nurse, she finally manages to steal the money and move it to a Swiss bank for Kang Hyung Joon’s use. The nurse wants to flee with Kang Hyung Joon as soon as possible, so she ordered Han Jung Woo to be kidnapped. However, Lee Soo Yeon also gets kidnapped when trying to save him. One of their captors violates Lee Soo Yeon and Han Jung Woo cowardly runs away. Lee Soo Yeon later walks away and almost gets hit by the car the nurse and Kang Hyung Joon are driving. Kang Hyung Joon saves her. Meanwhile, after Han Jung Woo is saved, he leaves his family and his home. Lee Soo Yeon is thought to be dead but he goes and tries to help Mr. Kim (the detective that helped Lee Soo Yeon and her mother) find Lee Soo Yeon. Mr. Kim has a lead and finds the place Kang Hyung Joon and Lee Soo Yeon are hiding in, but Kang Hyung Joon notices him and puts a crushed can under Mr. Kim’s brakes in his car. While Kang Hyung Joon and Lee Soo Yeon are driving away with the nurse, Mr. Kim follows them but ends up driving off a cliff. Fourteen years later, Han Jung Woo is a homicide detective. In his heart, he knows Lee Soo Yeon is not dead and is set on finding her. Lee Soo Yeon is now known as Zoey Lou, a well-known rookie fashion designer. She appears to have a bright personality, but behind her personality lies her dark past. She is still living in France with rich Kang Hyung Joon who is now known as Harry Borrison. They return to South Korea and Harry’s “aunt’s” (the nurse) death leads Zoey and Jung Woo in meeting again. She is unforgiving towards him at first because of his abandonment and wants to torment him. Harry in the meanwhile, appears to be a nice guy, but is truly a psychopathic murderer seeking revenge on Jung Woo’s father.

Synopsis: I always seem to have a new favorite drama after watching a new one. Of course, I loved this drama too. It was full of action, sadness, longing, love, regret, anger, joy, basically everything. Watching I Miss You definitely pulled at my heartstrings. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I grew angry, I grew sad, I grew happy…I never wanted the drama to end. I was so engrossed by the this drama that I still think about it every once in awhile to this day. There are a lot of things in I Miss You, that I never expected to happen. This is definitely a nail biter and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Oh, and the actors and actresses were magnificent. Yoon Eun Hye and Park Yoochun really played out their roles, you could just feel their emotions. Anyways, I highly recommend this to everyone!

Cast: 

Park Yoochun as Han Jung Woo

Yoon Eun Hye as Lee Soo Hyun/Zoey Lou

Yoo Seung Ho as Kang Hyung Joon/Harry Borrison

**Sunkyunkwan Scandal/선견관 스캔들

Sungyungwan Scandal

Synopsis: During the Joseon Dynasty, Kim Yoon Hee disguises herself as her brother, Kim Yoon Shik, to earn money for her family’s needs and her ill brother’s medicine. She works a series of odd jobs, usually at the local bookstore. One day, she gets offered to be a substitute test taker (illegal) for the upcoming entrance exam in the prestigious Sunkyunkwan. She accepts, but gets caught by Lee Sun Joon, the upright son of the Left State Minister. However, he acknowledges “his” talent and encourages “him” to enroll in Sunkyunkwan. She acts as a substitute test taker again and once again gets caught by Lee Sun Joon, but he makes Kim Yoon Shik (Kim Yoon Hee) take the exam. The King acknowledges both of Kim Yoon Shik and Lee Sun Joon’s work and ordered them to go to Sunkyunkwan. There, she becomes roommates with Lee Sun Joon and Moon Jae Shin (also known as Geol Oh). Kim Yoon Shik must endure the mischief of the upperclassman Gu Yong Ha, moody Geol Oh, avoid getting in trouble with the student body president, and keep her true identity a secret. However, things get even more interesting when Lee Sun Joon’s feelings start to flourish for Kim Yoon Shik.

Review: Like always, I absolutely loved Sunkyunkwan Scandal. This is my new favorite drama (for now). I always like watching dramas/shows where a females pretend to be males or vice versa and then someone from the opposite sex falls in love with him/her, and then they have to question their own sexuality. I guess I just like to see the outcome of the situation. Anyways, I also liked this drama because it wasn’t all about love. Sure, I like romance but Sunkyunkwan Scandal had a good combination of romance, action, comedy, etc. This drama was right up my alley and definitely suited my taste. Plus I love the actors and actresses-Park Min Young, Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah In, and most importantly, Song Joong Ki. I especially loved Song Joong Ki in this-his character was so lively. Also, Sunkyunkwan Scandal gives you some great views on the Korean Folk Village  and Hanok Village. Highly recommend to everyone! (especially historical drama lovers like me)

Cast:

Park Min Young as Kim Yoon Hee/Kim Yoon Shik also known as Dae-mool

Park Yoochun as Lee Sun Joon

Yoo Ah In as Moon Jae Shin also known as Geol Oh

Song Joong Ki as Gu Yong Ha also known as Yeorim

**The Flower Boy Next Door/이웃집 꽃미남

Flower Boy Next Door

Synopsis: Go Dok Mi is a shy and frugal freelance copy editor who secludes herself from the outside world and people. She refuses to leave her apartment and limits interaction with people as much as possible. Every morning she receives a milk carton with a post-it attached to it. And everyday, she uses yellow binoculars to peek at her handsome neighbor, Han Tae Joon, across the street as he goes through his daily morning routine. She instantly fell in love with Han Tae Joon the last time she was outside on an autumn day, when she followed and watched him pick up a puppy out of a box.  Oh Jin Rak, a webtoon artist who has had a crush on Go Dok Mi for the past three years, and his drawing partner Oh Dong Hoon live next door to Go Dok Mi in the same apartment building. Their latest webtoon “Zombie Soccer” hasn’t been picked up, because it was supposedly plagiarizes a video game made by Enrique Geum. He pitches a new story to his editor-in-charge Kim Seul Gi-the everyday life of a modern day Rapunzel (Go Dok Mi), and how her next door neighbor helps introduce her to the world. It’s called “Flower Boy Next Door.” Meanwhile, Enrique Geum arrives in Seoul from Spain. He is in love with his best friend Yoon Seo Yeong, however, she is in love with his cousin, Han Tae Joon, and he intends to play cupid’s arrow for them. When Enrique stays at Han Tae Joon’s apartment, he catches Go Dok Mi with the binoculars and races over there to confront them. That same day, Watanabe Ryu, a native from Japan who wants to learn the cuisines of the world, moves into her apartment building. As these handsome men enter her life, the solidarity and the world as she knows it is turned upside down.

Review: Surprisingly, I actually really liked this drama. This is the third installment of flower boy programs, the second installment being “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop”-which I liked, but wasn’t my favorite. As I was saying, this drama definitely kept me entertained and amused. It made me laugh a lot, smile, and tear up a bit. It actually pulled at my heartstrings at some parts. It also wasn’t too “cutesy,” which I was expecting it to be. Although, Yoon Shi Yoon’s character Enrique was very cute and boyish (but that’s okay-I loved his cuteness). So I can honestly say I genuinely liked this drama. The storyline was great and I loved the ending! Definitely recommend!

Cast:

Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi

Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum also known as Que Geum

Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak

Go Kyung Po as Oh Dong Hoon

Park Soo Jin as Cha Do Hwi

Mizuta Kouki as Watanabe Ryu

***Other drama reviews/synopsises coming soon***

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  1. sure, I like your blog. And do you know, my friend didn’t know everything about Arang, so I can’t sharing with them. Poor them whose didn’t watch Arang and The magistrate

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