Korean Dramas

                                                BOYS BEFORE FLOWERS

  • Title: 꽃보다 남자 / Kgotboda Namja
  • Also known as: Boys Before Flowers / Boys Over Flowers
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 25
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-05 to 2009-Mar-31
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis

Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shinhwa High School, she is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the F4 at all cost because she knows what happens to those that stand against them. However, when Jan Di’s friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the leader of the F4’s shoes, she’s forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo. What will happen though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo start feeling something for her too? Will the love triangle disrupt F4 and change their lives forever?

Cast

Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
F4

Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo

Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo

Kim Bum as So Yi Jung

Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Credit: Dramawiki

My Comments:

This drama is my favorite one. It has drama, action, comedy and romance. Best of all, it has Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong and Kim Bum (Bummie^^) in it. If you’re like me, you’ll be torn between two characters. You’ll love Gu Jun Pyo’s foolishness, and Ji Hoo sunbae’s kindness. I don’t absolutely love the main character, Geum Jan Di, but she is likeable sometimes^^ A must-see drama!!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

                                          

                                      THE 1ST SHOP OF COFFEE PRINCE

  • Title: 커피프린스 1호점 / The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

  • Also known as: Coffee Prince
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 17
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2007-Jul-02 to 2007-Aug-27
  • Air time: Monday and Tuesday 21:55
  • Opening Theme: Lalala, its Love, by The Melody

Synopsis

The life of Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranged many dates for him. After Eun Chan bumped into Han Kyul and was mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decided to hire Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan had no choice but to accept. Han Kyul’s grandmother also made Han Kyul in charge of a filthy coffee shop in danger of being bankrupt. Eun Chan begged to work at the coffee shop, and not long after, feelings start to spark, except, how would Han Kyul accept his “homosexuality”?

Cast

  • Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
  • Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
  • Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
  • Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo

Credit: DramaWiki

My Comments:

This drama is excellent. It deals on the Korean-drama-popular storyline about girl pretending to be boy, but this one just does it good. Yoon Eun Hye is great as Eun Chan and Gong Yoo oppa is funny and prince like hehehe.  One of the best dramas ever in my humble opinion. Oh, and the soundtrack is perhaps the best drama OST ever made.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Here’s a link to download the OST

http://www.asia-team.net/foros/showthread.php?t=17402

 

49 DAYS

 

  • Title: 49일 / 49 Il
  • Genre: Fantasy, romance
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-16 to 2011-May-19
  • Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis

Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days.

Cast

  • Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
  • Nam Gyu Rias Shin Ji Hyun
  • Kim Yoo Bin as young 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

My comments:

This drama was an unexpected surprise for me. I was doubting whether to see it or not, and once I saw it, I was not in the least disappointed. The plot is very different from your typical Korean drama and it keeps you wandering what will happen. Of course there is your typical love story, but overall the story line is a good one. The ending is, well, not everyone will be happy with it, but as for me, although is a bit hard to swallow, once you get over the initial surprise, you see it was a good ending, a real one. Did I mention Jung Il Woo is on the drama??? ^^

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

GOONG

 

  • Title: 궁 (宮) / Goong (Gung)
  • Also known as: Palace / Princess Hours (MBC Global Media) / Imperial Household
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 24
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2006-Jan-11 to 2006-Mar-30
  • Songs: “Perhaps Love” by HowL & J. , “You & I Are Fools” by Stay, “Parrot” by HowL
  • Inserts “Ice Pond”, “Give Me A little Try” by Leigh Nash
  • Related TV shows: Goong S

Synopsis

Goong is a story about young love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In the imaginary world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with the sudden death of the reigning the King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin, is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae Kyung that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae Kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin’s grandfather.

After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul appears all of a sudden. He is Shin’s cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae Kyung’s optimistic spirit wins the heart of internally lonely, Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae Kyung’s relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair was officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure?

CAST

  • Yoon Eun Hye as Shin Chae Kyung
  • Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Shin
  • Kim Jung Hoon as Lee Yul
  • Song Ji Hyo as Min Hyo Rin

My comments:

This drama is somewhat of a classic of Korean dramas. The story is entertaining, showing how it would be if there was a Monarchy in present day South Korea. There is romance and comedy and two handsome oppas, although I never could fully fall in love with Lee Shin, well, I did more or less towards the last 3 episodes. Nevertheless, you have to watch this drama to call yourself a Korean drama junkie^^

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

LIE TO ME

 

  • Title: 내게 거짓말을 해봐 / Naege Geojitmaleul Haebwa
  • Also known as: Try Lying to Me
  • Previously known as: 달콤한 스캔들 / Sweet Scandal
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2011-May-09 to 2011-Jun-28
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis

Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she’s married to Hyun Ki Joon, a hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon’s ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother’s, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life.

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

My comments:

I liked this drama a lot, starting with Kang Ji Hwan oppa^^ The plot is not new compared to other dramas, but still you will have a laugh, a tear or two (or was it just me because I get so easily touched?? Lol) and two very good kisses by Ji Hwan Oppa 😛 Recommendation: a song from the OST by M to M- 안녕 정말 안녕 (This is really goodbye). Is a really nice song^^

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

FULL HOUSE

 

  • Title: 풀하우스 / Pool Ha-woo-seu
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2004-Jul-14 to 2004-Sep-02
  • Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00
  • Viewership ratings: peak=42.2% avg=31.9% (TNS)

Synopsis

Han Ji Eun is a naive writer who got swindled out of everything she owned including her house by her best friends. Stranded in China, She managed to borrow money from an actor Lee Young Jae to return to Korea. On her return, she found out that her house was bought by Lee Young Jae. In an attempt to get her possessions back, she entered in a contract marriage with Young Jae for one year. In spite of losing all, Ji Eun manages to be cheerful and takes things in strike and the business relationship between the two becomes personal as they start to rely and care for each other. Based on a popular manhwa of the same title.

Cast

  • Bi as Lee Young Jae
  • Song Hye Kyo as Han Ji Eun
  • Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye Won
  • Kim Sung Soo as Yoo Min Hyuk

My comments:

This is an oldie drama from 2004, so don’t expect to watch it in HQ 😛 It stars Bi (Rain) and well, if you are a Bi fan you will like it. I believe he does a good acting job here, and the chemistry between him and Hye Kyo makes the drama exciting. There were moments where I wanted to smack the two of them so that they could tell each other the truth, but at the end you won’t be disappointed^^ Yes, it stars Bi (Rain) oppa…

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

SHINING INHERITANCE

 

  • Title: 찬란한 유산 / Chanranhan Yusan
  • Also known as: Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy / Beautiful Legacy
  • Genre: Romance, family
  • Episodes: 28
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-26
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45

Synopsis

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 Gi) returns to Korea on the same flight and upon a luggage misunderstanding they meet. Eun Sung then faces a tragedy in her family and this unleashes unfortunate events in her life caused by her stepmother and stepsister, who is in love with Woo Hwan. As the relationship between Eun Sung and Woo Hwan evolves thanks to Eun Sung becoming Woo Hwan’s grandmother protégée, Eun Sung finds comfort in Joon Sae who trusts her unlike Woo Hwan.

Cast

  • Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
  • Lee Seung Ki as Sun Woo Hwan
  • Bae Soo Bin as Park Joon Sae
  • Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi

My comments:

This really is a drama. You can’t believe all the bad things that happen to Eun Sung and I personally, didn’t fall in love with Woo Hwan until the last episodes when he finds out the truth. I was team Joon Sae Oppa all the way!!! I mean, if I were Eun Sung I would have fallen in love with Joon Sae and not with Woo Hwan!! That would have been the obvious thing, but of course, in dramas many things don’t happen as they should… but I’m not saying Woo Hwan was bad, is just that he didn’t show his charming self until towards the end. Anyways, at the end I was okay with how things unfolded.^^

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO

 

  • Title: 내 여자친구는 구미호 / Nae Yeojachinguneun Gumiho
  • Also known as: My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox
  • Genre: Romance, comedy, fantasy
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2010-Aug-11 to 2010-Sep-30
  • Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis

On one day after Cha Dae Woong ran away from his grandfather, he accidently freed a nine-tailed fox who was closed in a painting for about 500 years. He didn’t realize what he has done, until the Gumiho (nine-tailed fox),who took the form of a beautiful woman, appeared in front of him. Dae Woong was really frightened that he ran away from her and fell on the riverbank.Since he was severely injured, Gumiho came to save him and gave him her most precious bead to share with him the mystic fox’ strength, as she owes him her freedom. Gumiho then asked him if he can help her become human and how to act like one. In return, she allowed him to use her bead for him to shoot for his dream action movie despite his body’s severe condition. As time goes by, their mutual relationship grew deeper as they start to fall for each other.

Cast

  • Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dae Woong
  • Shin Min Ah as Gumiho
  • No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo
  • Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In

My comments:

This a very funny and overall, cute drama. Gumiho is just the cutest character ever, and Lee Seung Ki is just loveable as Dae Woong. I couldn’t stop thinking I wanted a boyfriend like him lol. And you will laugh at all the crazy things Dae Woong does to stop Gumiho from “eating” him. Their couple is one of the best of dramas and how to forget the Oh-so-dorky-yet-inmensely-cute HOI! HOI!?? and although the plot is mostly based on fantasy, is a drama worth watching. Oh, and don’t forget to listen to the OST song “Fox Rain” by 이선희.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “Korean Dramas”

  1. aqoh March 8, 2013 at 3:57 AM #

    im a beloved funs of Korean drama..

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