Korean dramas are very loveable. In fact they’ve been all the rage for a while now. But the problem with them is they require the audience to sort of remove their brains and set them aside for a while. Well, that may be the case with most of them but not all of them.
If you’re like me and keep wondering why the hell the main character couldn’t use their brains check this list out. They characters don’t always use their brains, but they are a good fun watch without too many OTT moments.
1. City Hunter (시티헌터) Action /Romance
Everyone knows this drama already so there’s no point harping on about it. But if you don’t, read on. Lee Min Ho plays Lee Yoon-Sung, a rather skilled and secretive employee at the Blue House. He meets the lovely, short tempered Kim Na Na (played by Park Min Young) who also works there, but as a body guard. Things between them are strained, not sure if they are friends or more or if they even want to be more. And this is just the minor part in the major plot that is his revenge. His and his father’s plot to take revenge for something wrong that happened to them when he was just a babe. Is there any chance for vengeance? Will he drag the innocent Kim Na Na into this mess with him? Will he get through this ordeal in one piece? Watch on to find out. Also, Lee Min Ho is shirtless….a lot.
There are dramatic elements but it certainly isn’t the extent it usually is in Korean dramas. You’ll be able to watch this gag free.
2. You’re All Surrounded (너희들은 포위됐다) Comedy/Action
What do you get when you put four 20 something rookie cops in the Gangnam police station and they each have an agenda and something to prove? Awesomeness right? What if they are all absolutely incompetent in some way or the other? Hilarity!
Eun Dae-Koo (Lee Seung-Gi), Eo Soo-Sun (Go Ara), Park Tae-Il (Ahn Jae-Hyeon) and Ji Kook (Park Jung-Min) play four rookie cops working under Seo Pan-Seok (Cha Seung-Won) who is as famous for his closing rate as he is for his temper. They cause blunder after blunder but pull through till a few toes are trodden on and a few secrets revealed. That’s when you realise that all is not well. That Seo Pan-Seok has something to hide…but not as much as Eun Dae-Koo. I became a fan of Cha Seung-Won and Lee Seung-Gi after the great performance they delivered in this. For all you comedy lovers out there, this has a bit of everything else as well. Comedy, romance, bromance, action and evil villains.
3. I Need Romance (로맨스가 필요해) Romance /girl-mance… (What the hell is the female version of bromance? Womance?)
If you’ve watched A Gentleman’s Dignity this is something similar. Just less annoying. Three friends, Sun Woo In Young (Cho Yeo-Jeong) a 30 something concierge, Park Seo-Yeon (Choi Yeo-Jin) an online boutique owner and Kang Hyun-Joo (Choi Song-Hyun) a divorce lawyer are good friends. They aren’t married but they all have significant others (well almost all of them, Park Seo Yeon has many others but none significant). But something happens and everyone loses their SO at a crucial moment. One on their wedding day, one cheats on another and the third…well she never cared about anyone anyway.
This movie focuses on the romance as a sort of backdrop. The main focus is their friendships and that is what made me fall in love with this series. It is one of my favourites and I will turn to it whenever I’m feeling low. Also it’s made me realise I need a lot more female friends. Damn.
This drama is where I discovered Choi Jin-Hyuk who is absolutely gorgeous and I shall watch everything he stars in from here on.
What are some of your binge watch worthy dramas? Leave them in the comments below.