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Top 10 Must-see Dramas

A huge list of the 10 best Korean/Chinese/Japanese dramas I’ve seen. Have tissues handy.

My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl tells the amusing love story between an inexperienced student (Cha Tae-Hyun) and a quirky college girl (Jeon Ji-Hyun). He finds her collapsed on a late night subway car, drunk to the point of throwing up on an unfortunate passenger. Left without a choice, he takes her to the nearest inn, waiting for her to come to her senses. This is how their dates begin, with him falling in love with the girl that’s hurting because of a previous love that’s ended.

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

The life of Go Eun Chan is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image, wearing tomboyish clothes. Choi Han Kyul 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 does Han Kyul accept his “homosexuality”?

9 End 2 Outs

This drama is about love of singles in their 30s. Hong Nan Hee is an ordinary worker at a publishing firm; she’s a girl who has fallen in and out of love since she was young until one day when she meets an old classmate, Byun Hyung Tae, who is a team leader of an advertising company again. Hyung Tae may seem to be a good catch in the eyes of many women but he’s only a cowardly boy to Nan Hee that she grew up with. “9 End 2 Outs” uses the baseball theme to compare to the fates and lives of the people in love.

It Started With A Kiss

After an earthquake destroyed Xiang Qin’s house, she and her father moved in with the family of her father’s college buddy, Uncle Ah Li. To her surprise, the kind and amicable aunt and uncle are the parents of her cold and distant schoolmate Jiang Zhi Shu, a genius with an IQ of 200 whom not too long ago rejected her endless crush on him. This one starts kinda slow, but it gets better as you watch.

It Started With A Kiss 2

This is the sequel to It Started With A Kiss (obviously). It begins with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu’s wedding and honeymoon. Even after marriage, they experience problems and interferences within their marriage such as mistaken pregnancy, misunderstandings, and a run-in with a girl from Zhi Shu’s past. Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu switch to medical school to become nurse and doctor, respectively. During that time, Zhi Shu meets new rivals who wish to outdo him and Xiang Qin makes new friends, one of which likes her and wishes to replace Zhi Shu. I haven’t seen this one yet, but I heard it was as good as, or better than, the first one.

Brown Sugar Macchiato

One day, six boys with different personalities and backgrounds are notified they shared the same father and are entitled to a large inheritance. There is only one catch. They must attend the same school and live in the same house for one year to become loving brothers. But the boys not only hate each other, they have to deal with nine mean girls from their class. Will the brothers band together and successfully pass the inheritance test? Or, will falling in love with their classmates pull them farther apart? This drama was a little cheesy, but good.

Thank You

Min Ki Seo and Lee Young Shim hated the sight of each other at first but later developed affections along the way during their daily fights and disagreements. Min Ki Seo was a doctor who looked down on people and was a haughty person until he met Lee Young Shim and her child who had AIDS. Lee Young Shim was a very cheerful and positive person despite the difficult life she was facing. Through her, Min Ki Seo slowly changed for the better into a warm and caring person. Haha, this one made my friend cry a lot. I still haven’t seen it though.

A Moment To Remember

This one is a classic tear-jerker. The protagonists, a woman named Su Jin and a man named Chul Soo, get married and live happily. However, as the movie progresses, Su-jin begins to display forgetfulness, including an incident in which a fire breaks out because of a forgotten stove. While Chul Soo caught the fire in time, the seriousness of the incident and others draw them to seek medical help. They learn that Su Jin has Alzheimers, and the knowledge that she will one day forget her husband weighs heavily on them throughout the whole movie. This one will make you cry a lot =P

Hotaru no Hikari

This drama demands your attention with bold contrasting characters, conflicting life styles of Hotaru Amemiya and her boss and her almost childish reaction to falling for the new boy at work. Even though she is in her 20s she has no interest in finding love and all her spare time is spent at home being lazy and messy. This is more of a laughy-hahaha kinda drama. Pretty good if you’re bored.

200 Pounds of Beauty

Hanna is a famous Korean pop singer. She suffers from having extremely poor self-esteem, as she has been ignored because of her appearance. At last, she makes the decision of a lifetime to have full-body plastic surgery. I feel this one could have been better, but it was still pretty good.

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1 Comment
  1. bga
    Posted February 16, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    it would be so helpful if you’d please remove the link to the site where you watched them. that site doesn’t have permission to post the shows that it does. it has been repeatedly asked to remove its content from the people who worked on them but refuses to comply. please don’t promote a site that is so disrespectful of the people who put forth all that hard work.

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