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My 5 K-Drama recommendations from 2016

We’re already halfway through 2017, but it wouldn’t hurt to look back at last year and recommend a few good dramas. Below you’ll see my top 5 recommendations out of the ones I saw. 

5. W (더블유)

W was a pleasant surprise. The storyline is for the most part well written and the chemistry between Han Hyo Joo (Oh Yeon Joo) and Lee Jong Suk (Kang Chul) was quite good which made it easier to watch. The plot has twists and turns which’ll keep you wanting more, once an episode ends. So if you are able to, you’ll most likely binge watch this! The best thing about this series is watching the toon within come to life.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon Joo’s father mysteriously went missing while writing the last chapter of his webtoon “W”. Yeon Joo goes to his office and is shocked to see a scene of a bloodied Kang Cheol, the main character of W, on her father’s monitor. While reading something left behind by her father, a hand from the monitor pulled her in. She found herself on the rooftop of a building, next to man lying down in blood. She manages to save him and realizes that the person she saved was Kang Cheol. She then found out that she can only enter and leave the webtoon based on Kang Cheol’s change in feelings.

4. Love In The Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛)

I loved this show! Its funny, sad, but most of the time, just cute. Kim Yoo Jung  (Hong Ra On / Hong Sam Nom) shines in her role. The others, such as Park Bo Gum (Hyo Myeong) and Jung Jin Young (Kim Yoon Sung) also does a great job. The series itself is rather short, which made me wanting more. The cinematography is awesome, costumes look beautiful and effects are good. 

Hong Ra On disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Crown Prince Hyo Myeong. Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Hyo Myeong is unaware that Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Ra On to become one of them.

3. Doctors (닥터스)

I watched this simply because I love Park Shin Hye. It was quite a different performance from her usual stuff, seeing this was more drama instead of comedy. But she aced it! The plot is for the most part tight and there aren’t a lot of unnecessary scenes going on. It’s quite a difference from watching her in “You’re Beautiful”, but some acting can be recognized in “Heirs” as well. 

Yoo Hye Jung was a tough bully in school with a prickly personality and always goes wayward. She had many scars from her childhood and through self-preservation, Hye Jung keeps her heart shut away from other people. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji Hong who plays a key role in transforming her life from a helpless gangster to a compassionate doctor.

2. Goblin (도깨비)

I wasn’t sure about watching this show when I first saw Gong Yoo as main lead. He’s a good actor, but I disliked his character in Coffee Prince which left me with a sour taste. Thankfully, his performance in this show is brilliant! Once I started watching Goblin, I bingewatched it until the end. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, but that just proves how good it was. 

Kim Shin is a Goblin who is cursed with immortality and uses his powers to help others. He lives together with a Grim Reaper who has amnesia and can’t remember his past. To end his immortality, Shin must search for a human bride who can pull out the sword in his chest and return him to ashes. He meets Ji Eun Tak, a high school student who, despite her painful reality, remains optimistic and ends up falling in love with the Goblin. She works with Sunny, the owner of a small chicken restaurant, who is a bright and attractive girl, loved by all men. However, when she meets the Grim Reaper, she finds her while beginner to change.

1. The Flower In Prison (옥중화)

To be honest, this was actually my first K-drama that I saw. I had a lot of reservations towards asian dramas, mostly because of my vietnamese friend who watched some weird shows. That made me assume that all asian dramas must be equally bad. But after watching some korean variety shows I ended up curious about the dramas that some guests starred in. My first choice then landed on this one, because of Jin Se Yeon and I’m happy I did! This show has everything. Comedy, romance, drama, action, intrigues and the list goes on. Since this has a bit of everything, I can easily recommend it to anyone. In addition, the acting and reactions throughout the show aren’t that exaggerated compared to many other shows, which certainly helped. 

Set during the Joseon dynasty, the series details the story of Ok-nyeo (Jin Se-yeon), a girl who was born and raised in prison, and her adventures with the mysterious Yoon Tae-won (Go Soo). She later becomes an advocate for the poor and unfairly accused through the Waeji-bu, the private litigation system in Joseon.

What do you think of my list ? Would you switch them out for other shows ? If so, tell me in the comments!

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