From Korean culture to Korean music, the ‘Korea Hallyu’ is getting bigger and bigger. People all around the world are investing time in learning the Korean language, streaming Korean music, and watching Korean shows as they are identified as one of the most beautiful works by youths. The Korean craze started long back but was highly accepted during the 2016s. It was the time when the K-pop industry was brought to spotlight. This led to the k-pop fans to dig deeper in the Korean culture and start watching k-dramas.
Here is the list of K-dramas that are a must watch!
Vincenzo is a 2021 drama that has three leads. The story is about an Italian lawyer and Mafia Consigliere of Korean descent who comes to Korea to complete a task but get involved in solving the scandalous case of one of the biggest chemical industry alongside with the lead female character who is a lawyer. Every episode has a twist and ends with a cliffhanger that anticipates you on a different level. The drama is a dark comedy genre with a hint of romance and thrill. If you like a good mind puzzle, then this is your best catch.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a South Korean television series based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin. During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old 21st-century woman, Go Ha-jin is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty, in the body of Hae Soo, among the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family during the reign of King Taejo. She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm-hearted 8th Prince Wang Wook, and later Wang So, the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label of “wolf dog”. As the story develops, Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught up in palace politics and the rivalry among the princes as they fight for the throne. This series is very well known among the fans as ‘the drams of pain.’ If you like a good cry then this must be your next watch.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU
Crash Landing on You is about a South Korean heiress who, while paragliding in Seoul, South Korea, is swept up in a sudden storm and crash-lands in the North Korean portion of DMZ, and meets a captain in the Korean People’s Army. Over time, they fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries. They try to make their story better and work on settling down together but the world isn’t on their way. Dealing with the people of different nations isn’t going to be smooth either. Will they end up together or will they have to part their ways with a last goodbye? A romance, comedy and thriller is on your way.
Itaewon Class is a 2020 series based on the webtooon of the same name.Due to an accident which killed his father, the lead male attempts to kill, the son of Jangga Group’s founder. He was jailed and the woman he loved, was offered a university scholarship by Jangga group and later became the Strategic Planning Head of Jangga Group. After his release from prison, he opens a restaurant in Itaewon. He wants to be successful and seeks revenge towards Jangga Group. However, he is not too smart at managing his business. He then meets the lead female who is a social media influencer and helps him out to build his business. This drama can get you on your nerves for all the injustice that you witness with the male lead. The single sided love among the leads and supporting characters is an issue. This is one interesting drama that shows love, injustice, and teaches you some good business skills.
STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOO
Strong Girl Bong-soon is a 2017 starring a title woman with superhuman strength, with two male actors. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a delicate and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush,the second male lead, who is a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets a job as bodyguard to rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (male lead), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. A series of kidnapping cases happen in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit, who targeted her best friend. With help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find their relationship growing into something more. Their relationship at work and in pursuit of the kidnapper creates comical and dangerous situations, which bring them closer. The humor and comedy is top tier and will make you fall in love with the actors.
RECORD OF YOUTH
Record of Youth is a drama that follows the lives of three young people in the contemporary fashion industry. This is a vert light hearted drama that involves realistic stories of adults trying to find love and achieve their dreams. A good part of friendship,family problems and maturity is shown that a lot of us can easily relate to. A perfect watch if you want to have a relaxing time and reflect on reality.
DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN
Descendants of the Sun is a 2016 drama starring a life of the captain of South Korean Special Forces Unit (male lead) and a doctor (female lead), who happened to meet on a strange day in the hospital. They start liking each other but their jobs always interrupted their way that led them to part ways. They both meet again out of coincidence in a relief base camp. Will they be able to find love and live a happy life like normal people or do they have to live a complex life that doesn’t guarantee their safety? With a lot of danger and adventure, watch the budding romance that won millions of hearts all over the world.
Oh Ji-soo (male lead) is a top student in his class. He runs an illegal business to earn money since he lives separately from his father. Bae Gyu-ri (female lead) comes from a wealthy family. She is pressured by her parents who want her to take over the family business. When Gyu-ri learns about Ji-soo’s secret, he has no choice but to let her join in. Everything is going well until Seo Min-hee (supporting female), one of their classmates who is also in the business, gets caught by the police. This series is filled with suspense and crime that will give you chills. A scary side of teen hustle is shown. Surprisingly this drama is short and underrated. This drama deserves much more as it has a story like no other with brilliant young actors.
Here are some of the best picks. If you haven’t watched any k-drama yet, then start now! There is a lot to discover from the rising madness of Korean culture.
Article by : Haniah Mirza
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