So it turns out that there are at least two K-Drama fans in this forum -- CaroLiza_fan and I.
Anyway, thought it would be fun to start this thread and share some of our favorites!
My first drama was Boys over Flowers. Looking back it wasn't the most well-produced, but somehow the rags-to-rich storyline, the bromance between the F4 and some of the fun exotic locales got me hooked.
Sort of related to that is a drama called Cheongdamdong Alice , which is currently airing right now. It's a drama that plays on an Alice in Wonderland theme and it's about a woman in her late 20s. who tries to get into the richest neighborhood in Seoul, Cheongdamdong (which is part of the Gangnam area). It's full of hilarious characters, including the the guy who serves as the "White Rabbit," who clearly has mental issues, but a heart of gold.
I will say the only reason I continued watching BoF was b/c of the Soeul couple. I've seen both the Taiwanese and Japanese version, so watching it a third time was kinda eh..... Have you seen Gentlemen's Dignity? It's like F4 when they are 40 except it isn't as over the top
I loved Baker King Kim Tak Goo - Yoon Siyoon's character was awesome but the kid playing his characters younger self was really good too. At first I thought a drama about baking was going to be weird, but I'm happy I gave it a chance.
One of my fav was Secret Garden. Hyun Bin's character was hilarious. Now that I think about it the story was kinda similar to BoF. Rich guy falls in love with poor stunt actress. The side couple was great too. I would definitely recommend watching this drama if you haven't.
*Sorry in advance to any korean posters if i butcher names and such >.<
Ohhh. I loved the the So-Eul couple! (For those who don't know what FTnoona is talking about, she's referring to the second couple featured on the show, So Yi Jung and Chu Ga Eul.) Yeah, I heard it was a letdown if you seen the Japanese/Taiwanese version.
Originally Posted by FTnoona
A bit of trivia: Gentlemen's Dignity and Secret Garden are from the same directing team/screenwriter. So, it's probably not surprising you liked both! I have not seen Secret Garden (heard a lot about it) but I loved Gentlemen's Dignity. I like the F44 a ton. And I just liked sort of the slice of life nature of the storyline as opposed to the company battles/love struggles we see with a lot of dramas.
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Oh sure...and here I thought we were gonna hear about Yuna!
Chris who went SC skiing at his home near spokane today
Hehe, Yuna gets reference in lots of dramas! ( In Boys over Flowers, the mother of the main character tells her that she needs to stop eating so much rice so she can be as pretty Yuna Kim. )
Originally Posted by CoyoteChris
Also Yuna Kim sang her rendition of the song "Can you Hear Me," which was from the soundtrack of a drama called "Beethoven Virus": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFY8fhN7q54 (This is a duet with a famous singer named Taeyeon, who is from a well-known group called Girls Generation).
And here's her rendition of "If" from the drama Hong Gil Dong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8nyYmWr3c
Last edited by Mrs. P; 12-24-2012 at 10:28 PM.
Cool, I had not idea Kim sang.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
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Hey Mrs. P
I first started watching Korean dramas a few years ago on Arirang TV.
OK, so I admit that I first started watching Korean TV because I have always found Korean girls attractive (no prizes for guessing who it was that made me discover that… *cough* Kim Yu-Na *cough*!!!)
I was flicking through the channels at breakfast time one day, and came across a historical drama (“The Merchant of Joseon”). And I stopped to see what it was like.
And I have been hooked to the dramas ever since!
Although I have been watching both historical and modern dramas, I prefer the historical ones. There are probably 2 reasons for this. Firstly, history was always my favourite subject at school. Secondly, you get to see more of the Korean culture in the historical dramas. Life in modern Korea is just too similar to our own lives!
Here is a list of some of the dramas I have watched.
Alone in Love
Lovers In Paris
Queen of the Game
Something Special in My Life
Super Rookie Ranger
There are more, but I am not very good at remembering the names! (For goodness sake, there is a drama set during the American War Of Independence that I watched when I was a youngster that I really enjoyed, and I have been trying to remember it’s name for years, but I can’t!) I can remember the storylines, but the names can sometimes escape me! Especially for those historical dramas that are named after the main characters.
For the past couple of years, it has been modern drama after modern drama, and I was getting fed up with all these love stories. I was really missing the historical dramas. But during the summer, Arirang finally started showing another historical drama, “The Land”. It’s still on, but I reckon that we are getting near the end of it. Put it like this, there are hardly any of the original characters still living!
You mentioned about a lot of dramas making reference to Yu-Na. One of the modern dramas I watched was about a fashion designer, and the company was called Yu-Na. Then, in another drama (I think it was a different one, anyway!), one of the characters was named after her. But they didn’t just call the character Yu-Na – they used her surname and all!
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
Can’t really imagine any other country making so many references to a figure skater, somehow!