Popular Korean Dramas

Are you addicted to K-dramas? Well, I hope you’re not trying to kick the habit because the titles on this list will do nothing but fuel your addiction.

 

1.“Boys Over Flowers”

Released Date: January 5, 2009 – March 31, 2009

Episodes: 25

Directors: Jeon Ki-Sang

Subgenres: Teen/Romance

“Boys Over Flowers” is a Korean drama that was adapted from the successful Japanese manga and drama with the title “Hanayori Dango” by Yoko Kamio. Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Jun-pyo Koo.

Geum Jan-Di (Hye-seon Ku) is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school. She meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group’s leader is Koo Jun-Pyo (Min-ho Lee), who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yun Ji-Hu (Hyeon-jung Kim), So Lee-Jeong (Kim Beom), and Song Woo-Bin (Kim Jun). Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.

 

2.“Full House”

Released Date: July 14 – September 4,2004

Episodes: 16

Director/s: Pyo Min-soo

Subgenres: Drama/Romantic/Comedy

Ji Eun Han (Song Hye Kyo), is an aspiring novelist and scriptwriter, and she lives in a house called “Full House”, built by her late father and gifted to her at his death; she has trouble making ends meet on this expensive, big house and one senses she’s been living on an inheritance that won’t last forever: eventually she is going to have to be published and experience financial success, instead of simply boasting that people on the internet like her stories.

 

3.“The Heirs”

Released Date: October 9 until December 12, 2013.

Episodes: 20

Director/s: Kang Shin-hyo and Boo Sung-chul

Subgenres: Teen/Romance

The famous Korean drama titled “The Heirs” tells the story of Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) who is the rich heir to the Empire Group.  While attending school in the United States, Tan meets Go Eun Sang (Park     Shin Hye) who came to the states to live with her sister in hopes of a better life. But when things go badly with her sister, Eun Sang ends up stranded with nowhere to go and is taken in by Tan.  But neither of them is aware that Eun Sang’s mother is a housekeeper in Tan’s home in Korea.

 

4.“Descendants of the Sun”

Released Date: Feb 24, 2016 – Apr 14, 2016

Episodes: 16

Director/s: Lee Eung-bok and Baek Sang-hoon

Subgenres: Romance/Action

This drama tells of the love story that develops between a surgeon and a special forcesofficer. The action begins in North Korea where Captain Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) and Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo), who are a part of an elite South Korean Special Forces unit named Alpha Team serving the United Nations, are engaging in a secret military operation against North Korean soldiers. Si Jin undergoes a hand-to-hand combat fight with a North Korean soldier (actor Ji Seung Hyeon – a star is born, loved his deep voice and unique facial features) but essentially, they agree to stop the fight before anyone is killed, with Si Jin allowing the soldier to leave with his comrades in peace. (Interesting that communist China insisted this scene be cut before they would allow the show to be seen in their country!)

 

5.“Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart”

Released Date: September 18 – November 7,2000

Episodes: 16

Director/s: Yoon Seok-Ho

Subgenres: Romance

Johnny Yoon (Song Seung-Hun) and Jenny Yoon (Song Hye-Kyo) grew up as siblings but Jenny was in fact from a different family as there was a mix-up at the hospital where she was born. The switch came to light when Jenny was involved in a car accident and it was discovered that her blood type was different from her parents. Jenny’s life took a complete turn when the two girls were returned to their respective families. Soon after, the Yoon family left for the States and Jenny was left living in sordid condition with her real family in Korea. Years after, Johnny returned to Korea and by chance the two former siblings were reunited.

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