Reply 1997 (2012)

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“Reply 1997” is the first drama of the Reply series. The timeline of the drama moves back and forth between the past (1997) and the present (2012). Six friends live in Busan were 18-year-old, studying in high school; they are having their high school reunion dinner as 33-year-old in Seoul. Continue reading

Moon Embraces the Sun (2012)

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This is a historical-fantasy story adapted from the same-named novel written by Jung Eun-wol. The drama hit a 42.2% peak rating and gained the “National Drama” status.

“Sun Reaching for the Moon”: The Crown Prince who later becomes the King, Lee Hwon, is destined to be the first Sun. He falls in love to Yeon-woo when he first met her. Unfortunately, she dies from a sudden illness. After years, he meets a shaman named Wol and he starts to doubt that Yeon-woo’s death is suspicious. Continue reading

Dream High (2011)

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A story about dream. Six students with a dream to be great singer goes into Kirin High School, the musical high school in Korea, to study and develop their skills in singing, dancing, and songwriting. Each of them has different strengths and weaknesses, however they all work hardest to get the debut chance. In the drama, the opening theme “Dream High” is a song that written by the six students while they were in a camp. It reveals their desire to pursue their common dream. Continue reading

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010)

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Gumiho is literally translated as nine-tailed fox, it is a legendary fox who was sealed inside a painting by Samshin Grandmother (goddess of birth). According to myth, a fox that lives a thousand years turns into a gumiho and it can easily transform into a beautiful woman to seduce guys because it eats men’s livers. Continue reading

You’re Beautiful (2009)

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This is a series about a fictional musical band, A.N.JELL and the relationship between its members. The story unfolds with a girl posing as her twin brother joins the band and lives with three other male members.

Hwang Tae-kyung is the lead vocalist and guitarist of A.N.JELL. He is rude and mean but becomes softer when he started to fall for the girl in their band. Continue reading

Boys Over Flowers (2009)

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This story is based on a Japanese shōjo manga (manga that aimed at a teenage female readership) written by Yoko Kamio – the series of Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango).

Shinhwa High School is an exclusive academy that students are mostly from wealthy families. However, Geum Jan-di is an exception who obtains the scholarship to attend the school. There are four rich and handsome men, called F4, who are considered to be the king of Shinhwa High School Continue reading

Princess Hours (2006)

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This drama is one of the most popular dramas of 2006. It became a hit across and contributed to the Korean Wave.

The setting of this drama is special and creative – the republican-in-reality Korea has retained its monarchy and imperial family in the 21st century. The story focuses on the lives and love story of the Crown Prince Lee Shin and his new bride, Shin Chae-kyeong. Continue reading

My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005)

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Sam Soon is an old-fashioned name in Korea and it literally means “third daughter”. Sam-soon is a loud and brash (nearly) 30-year-old woman who is not confident with her self-appearance and body weight. After few times “coincidental” meeting, she promises to pretend Jin-heon’s girlfriend in exchange for the money (she needs a large amount of money in the emergency). They signed a complicated contract and the most important stipulation is they should never fall in love with each other for real. Continue reading

Save the Last Dance for Me (2004)

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“Save the Last Dance for Me” is another typical example of Korean romantic drama, which has a lot of melancholic twists in between the plots. It also has the typical quadrangle love relationship formula – the main guy A and the main girl B love each other; another guy C loves the girl B and another girl D loves the main guy A; the guy C and the girl D are the obstacles of the love of two main characters. (Sometimes, the guy C and the girl D fall in love to each other at last, to make it a happy ending.)

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Dae Jang Geum (2003)

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“Dae Jang Geum” is another major proponent of Korean Wave that heightened the popularity of Korean pop culture internationally.

Joseon Dynasty, a time that female had little influence, Jang-geum became the first female royal physician which is the legend. This drama is based on the true story of Jang-geum, it shows her perseverance and portrayed the traditional Korean culture. The legend of Jang-geum who started to work in the royal palace at her young age, learned medicine and eventually became the king’s first female physician is catching the eye.

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