Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Classic korean dramas of all times

Hi guys! So seeing as this is my first post- I thought I might do a drama recommendations/ all time favourite dramas post. Note: even though this post is titled ''must watch korean dramas 2012- I'm going to include a few taiwanese dramas in here because these are just as good. 
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Please remember that these are my favourite dramas and are fully based on my opinion. Please do recommend me some dramas to watch!

Boys over flowers
Ratings: 10/10
Review: I loved this drama. Was funny, witty and kept me on my seat at all times. I remember sitting there whilst watching the drama when it first aired- hoping that the episode wouldn't end and got panicky within the last 5 minutes of this drama. Absolutely stunning. The 4 flower boys chosen for this drama couldn't be more suited towards their roles. Goo hye sun at times goes a little OTT with the acting- but apart from that- absolutely a must watch. Cute scenes- but not overly cheesy. Warning- might become a little too attached to the story- but it's absolutely fine as long as you don't have an essay to hand in some time soon! Made me laugh cry and scream.
Synposis: Geum Jan di is a poor school girl, trying to balance her own school life as well as her family life. However- when she saves a student from one of the most prestigious schools in Seoul- she gets a scholarship to go and study there. Here, she meets 4 rebellious guys- and goo joon pyo- the leader of the so called F4 falls in love with her. However- will yoon ji hoo- goo joon pyo's best friend win her heart first? Does goo joon pyo still stand a chance with her? Watch to find out.

Drama: In time with you
Ratings: 8/10
Review: I loved this drama. I loved the pairing between chen bo lin and ariel lin- hey- they both have 'lin' as surnames...maybe they really are fated ;). The only reason this drama didn't receive full marks in their ratings for me was the fact that it got a little bit long and draggy for the final few episodes- and it really started to make me lose interest. But I guess that it was only for a short while- but please don't let that put you off the drama as a whole! It's definitely worth watching for the first 7/8 of the drama. It's so cute- makes you really value your best friend and question your relationship with one another.
Synopsis:  A 30 year old woman keeps falling in and out of relationships- her wish is to just settle down and get married before it's too late. But time keeps catching up with her youth and she needs to find the man of her dreams fast. But her bestfriend is secretly in love with her- but in fear of losing their relationship he keeps quiet. However- she is subconsciously in love with him and doesn't want to admit that she's also fallen for him. When her ex-boyfriend comes back to her and a new co-worker falls in love with him- they both fall deeper into time and become more distant. Does their love for each other stand a second chance? Watch to find out. 

Love Buffet
Ratings: 8/10
Review: Once again- the ending got a little bit draggy for me. However- it is seriously cute so watch it! >.< Cute and adorable- makes you wish you lived next to two hot guys.
Synopsis: When two cousins fall for the same girl- how does she know which one to choose? Not to mention rivalry when the popular girl in the class also falls for one of the cousins and begins to court him.

49 days
Ratings: 8/10
Review: This drama was definitely very different from all the ones I had seen. It was interesting and very unpredictable with twists and turns around every corner. Though the beginning of the drama didn't really hook me. It took me quite a few episodes to really get into it. The last episodes were the greatest- just wished that they were more like that at the beginning.
Synopsis: An accident occurs between 2 ordinary lives- shin ji hyun's soul enters the body of Yi kyung and she is given 49 days to find real tears from 3 different people who love her. However- obstacles also arise when ji hyun finds out that her fiance isn't really the man she thought he was, and when she falls in love with han kang.

 Shining inheritance
Review: I loved this drama. Was very different from all the rom coms out there. Heart wrenching but also very cute and adorable. I would say this is definitely a drama to watch with your family. P.s. this drama isn't all about money and all that boring stuff. It has hints of it- but it's very subtle- so don't let the title put you off it! It's very worth watching. The storyline is very heart warming and there's sparkles in the drama which sets off at all the right places.
Synopsis:  Go eun sung loses sight of her father and her brother as well as her step family's trust after returning home from America. Whilst struggling to cope- she helps an old lady- little does she know is actually the CEO of a large company. However- everything goes downhill when she realises that the old lady's grandson is actually the guy that switched suitcases with her from earlier! The two hate each other at first- but slowly begin to fall for each other through hardships and realise that they are actually quite alike.

Can you hear my heart
Ratings: 7/10
Review: This drama was so cute. Bromance all the way- not to the extent that you would assume- but much more. This drama was more bromance than there was romance- but i'm not complaining! Really heart wrenching and makes you wish that you could just give each and every single one of the characters a hug. Made me cry ALOT. Trust, revenge and love all put in one. Woooo- now that is definitely one hectic storyline.
Synopsis: Dong joo and woo ri are childhood lovers- but when they are seperated- their innocent love for one another becomes blinded by reality and they forget about the dreams that they once dreamt of. Dong joo becomes rendered deaf and woori has to protect her mentally disabled father as well as find her brother Ma roo who has run away from home. Despite this hecticness- do the two still love each other like they did before?

Mary stayed out all night
Ratings: 8/10
Reviews: This drama had its dragginess- but overall it was very enjoyable. Some cute adorkable scenes from  kim jae wook who i fell head over hells for in this drama.
Synopsis: Mae ri and Jung in have an arranged marriage- but Mae ri's heart has already gone to Moo gyul who is a local musician and has also falled for Mae ri. Things become complicated when Jung in learns of his father's past love with Mae ri's mother and slowly falls for mae ri as well.

Full house
Review: This drama was cute- but a downhill was the fact that it was very predictable. The second female role always seems to annoy me more than the second male role- and this drama allows me to feel this way perfectly. One thing that annoyed me most was how the screenwriter made this drama really slow moving. The 10 episodes that the screenwriter used to driver around a roundabout- I could've fit it into 2 episodes and it would've still worked out! The indecisive character of Rain really started to annoy me- and he took too long to express his feelings towards song hye kyo's character. I was just like ''urgh!'' throughout- but apart from that- it was really enjoyable.
Synopsis: Ji eun gets scammed by her friends when they sell her house whilst she is on holiday. Young jae, an idol star unknowingly buys her house and things get complicated when they both encounter each other on the holiday. Young jae, out of pity, agrees to let ji eun stay in the house as long as she does the cleaning duties. She agrees- but the two start to develop feelings for each other which breaches their contract.  

City hunter
Ratings: 9/10
Review: This drama was so totally bad arse. I loved it. Lee min ho portrayed his role perfectly. The actions and the stunts were perfect. The love story in this drama was very light and easy to follow. Cute and adorable moments- but most importantly- the drama between the characters was even better. A must watch.
Synopsis: Lee yun seong is on a quest to help his father get revenge for those who killed his father's companions after doing what they were being told. However- lee yun seong unexpectedly falls in love with kim nana- a woman from the blue house security office. However- can he continue loving her if she's going to be in danger?

Coffee house
Ratings: 8/10
Review: So cute. I award this drama with ''the most kiss scenes''. A must watch. It's one of those dramas where you want to kick off your socks and place your feet on the table- sitting back and munching from a bag of crisps alongside a cup of coffee.
Synopsis: Go eun chan disguises as a boy in order to get a job from the local coffee shop. However- things become complicated when the boss falls in love with her and assumes that he's gay.

Cinderella's sister
Review: This drama made me cry so much. It's really deep searching and makes you realise the more important things in life. The hardness of Eun jung makes you pity her but also admire her brightness.
Synopsis: Cinderella (hyosun) loses her father and has to live with her step sister and her mother. However- the once so innocent cinderella is no longer cinderella when she becomes hard heartened and loses trust in just about everyone apart from Ki hoon who's in love with eun jung (her stepsister). The love triangle breaks them- but also keeps them close.

My name is kim sam soon
Review: Absolutely loved this drama. Was so cute and made me literally laugh out loud hysterically that I was left gasping for air. Kim sun ah was so funny and inspirational- I really loved her. I hate how this drama is so underrated T_T.
Synopsis: Kim sam soon gets employed by jin hoon in the new bakery shop. Sam soon agrees to pose as jin hoon's girlfriend as long as she gets to keep her job. Things become complicated when they're both at the breach of their relationship when they fall for each other and jin hoon's ex girlfriend comes back from America.

 Playful Kiss
Review: Made me want to study more full stop. Nah- I'm just kidding- asides from that- I really loved this drama. Was so simple and refreshing unlike the complicated dramas nowadays where it's like ''this person likes this person- who likes this person who actually is this person's brother''...
Synopsis:  Ha ni's all time crush- seung joo is the school's genius who receives full marks on every exam paper he gets. However- seung joo recklessly rejects ha ni's date proposal and embarasses her. When Ha ni is just on the verge of getting over him- an earthquake occurs and she moves into her father's bestfriend's house- who is seung joo's father's! The two have their ups and downs and seung joo realises he also likes ha ni. But someone else also has his eyes set on ha ni- and how can anyone possibly resist seung joo's looks too. A rollercoaster of situations- but the two will find their way back to each other...or will they?
 Fated to love you
Review: One of my favourite taiwanese movies. I loved this one- a definite must watch. Makes you wonder what fate can do.
Synopsis: A one night stand results in a pregnant office woman and a confused handsome business man. The two with mutual feelings for each other learn to lean on each other and slowly fall for the latter. However- is this possible with the obstacles that come along? Are they only with each other cause of the baby? What will happen to their relationship if the baby is gone?

Dream high
Reviews: I dream high!!! -starts singing- This drama is by far the most inspirational one I've seen. If you're lacking inspiration and need the motivation to achieve anything- then this is definitely the one for you to watch. Also- some subtle cute romance scenes here and there- but don't watch the drama if you're going to come here for that.
Synopsis: 6 different students, with 6 different backgrounds all desperate to achieve the one dream. Learn about their hardships and each of their problems.

Princess's man
Ratings: 9/10
Review: The only reason why this drama didn't receive full marks from me was because of the annoying ending which i scream ''noooooooo'' to. It wasn't the ending itself that annoyed me- but what happened to one of the main characters. Apart from that- this is a very heart wrenching drama from the moment the main male cast's father dies. Cute moments before this scene though that make you squeal from cuteness.
Synopsis: A sad story between Se ryung and seung yoo- whose parents are enemies. Se ryung's father plots to kills seung yoo's father and his family. Seung yoo's bitterness towards se ryung's father causes him to be torn between revenge for his father as well as his love for se ryung. Who will he choose in the end?

You're beautiful
Reviews: This drama is so sweet and makes you just want a mini version of go min nam and lee tae kyung in your pocket.
Synopsis: Go mi nyu pretends to be a boy in order to join the boy band A.N.Jell to find her mother. But shin woo, a member of A.n.jell realises that Go mi nyu is actually a girl- and falls for her naivety. Jeremy falls for Go mi nyu from her femininity. Tae kyung subconsciously also falls for her- but he's the last to admit this.

Moon embraces the sun
Review: This drama makes you want to hold onto your loved ones more. Definitely a must watch. Spirals and fall ins for this drama.
Synopsis: A tragic story of a childhood love that a woman's planning to risk her whole life for.

Taste sweet love
Reviews: This drama never gets old. Cute and quirky. So adorable. Great chemistry between the two main roles. A very underrated drama. Had me laughing until sunset. Loved it.
Synopsis: Young hee is secretly in love with her best friend, jin woo and decides to confess to him- but the playboy already has a girlfriend. When Jin woo's little brother Sun woo needs a place to stay- young hee agrees only because she likes jin woo. Soon enough feelings spark off and things weren't the way they were before.

Delightful girl choon hyang
Ratings: 10/10
Review: Loved this drama- from the beginning to the end. Everything about it made me fall in love with the storyline. From the quirkiness of the two main leads to the situations they have to go through and the ups and downs they have with another. I fell in love with the storyline as much as the two main roles fell for each other.
Synopsis: "Sassy Girl, Choon-hyang" is the 2005 interpretation of the "Legend of Choon-hyang". The story begins when Lee Mong-ryong is transferred from Seoul to a high school in NamwonNorth Jeolla Province. Chun-hyang does her best to help Mong-ryong, her first love and the son of the Namwon Police Station chief, to enter a prestigious university. However, after meeting with Mong-ryong’s first love, Chae-rin, Mong-ryong’s love toward Chun-hyang is shattered, although Chun-hyang’s love remains unwavering. One day, Byeon Hak-do, CEO of a famous entertainment company, appears in her life. He exudes confidence that he can make any woman fall for him. But as Chun-hyang shows no interest in him, his self-esteem is damaged profoundly. Byeon Hak-do is determined to make her love him. --KBS Global Marketing

Secret Garden
Rating: 10/10
Review: Watch this. Trust me- you will have no regrets. If you loved Boys over flowers and you're beautiful- you'll love this for sure. An absolute must watch- no excuses. Feeling bored and empty? Watch this drama.
Synopsis: The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.___ Dramawiki

Rooftop prince
Review: This drama was different to how I expected- the ending especially- was very unpredictable. Had me confused at the end which was why I didn't give this a 10 out of 10. But I still love this drama- the pairings were so cute. Lee min ho (man bo) was the main reason I watched this drama because of his role from ''Moon embraces the sun''. I yet again loved him in this one!
Synopsis: When Crown Prince Lee Gak is transported 300 years into the future to present day Seoul along with his three retainers, they believe that it is their duty to solve the murder case of the Crown Princess in order to return to Joseon.
They land in the rooftop apartment of Park Ha, a cheerful woman in her mid-20s, who eventually believes the odd quartet's predicament and becomes their guardian.
As Park Ha educates the four on life in the 21st century, Lee Gak comes across Hong Se Na, who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife.
Taking on the identity of Yong Tae Yong, Lee Gak slowly begins to unravel the murder of Yong Tae Yong and in turn moves closer to solving the murder case of the Crown Princess.
As he finds himself in love with Park Ha, he figures that maybe the Crown Princess was not so perfect after all...


  1. As a new kdrama fan, thanks for posting all of these great recommendations!

  2. Hey there! good list, but if I have one small edit it would be to change the title of the Coffee Prince one, because you currently have it written down incorrectly as Coffee House, which is a completely different drama with Eunjung from T-ara and Kang Ji Hwan.