If you haven’t been living under a rock, you should be familiar by now with everything ‘K’. K as in Korean that is, which is even a little more special than the other ‘special K’. We’re going to be looking at Korean romantic movies and amongst them we will bring you the best ones for you to watch: but what is that makes Kdrama romance so different from any other girl flick you have seen before?
Korean romantic movies and comedies are, shall we say, ‘non-binary’: comedies will make you cry and romance might actually get you more to giggle rather than weeping hard. It’s a good way to get you intrigued in reading more, isn’t it?
Well, there’s another perk of romantic Korean dramas: fate. Korean lovebirds seem to be interconnected by karma, a little bit like in Sliding Doors, but cornier. This can also turn into bad luck and one of its expressions is the ‘truck of doom’: a movie isn’t a Kdrama romance if someone doesn’t get hit randomly by a truck. Watch where you are going, people!
Here they come, best Kdrama for you!
Mood of the Day
Director: Jo Kyu-Jang
Writers: So-yeon Min, Jo Kyu-Jang
Cast: Chae-won Moon, Yeon-Seok Yoo, Kim Dae-Ryung
Here’s that fate we were talking about in defining what Kdrama romance is: love strikes by accident on a train, the KTX train directed to Busan. Kim Jae-hyun is a sports manager and ex basketball star, she, is Bae Soo-jung and works in an advertising agency and both of them are travelling to the South Korean city on business, but they will end up finding something else. It is one of the best romantic Korean dramas.
Director: Il-gon Song
Writers: Il-gon Song (screenplay), Hong-jin No
Cast: Ji-seob So, Hyo-Joo Han, Shin-il Kang
Cheol Min is a former boxer and he has closed himself away from the world and started a job as a parking lot attendant: then the encounter who the woman who will loosen up his heart. One night Jung-hwa, who is slowing going blind, mistakes him for another worker at the parking lot and talks to him. A love story that for sure is amongst the Kdrama romance to watch.
My Sassy Girl
Director: Jae-young Kwak
Writers: Ho-sik Kim (novel), Jae-young Kwak
Cast: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim
It all started with one of those ‘love posts’ on social media: the true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim were later turned into a bestseller and My Sassy Girl is the movie based on the very same book. The encounter, a classic of romantic Korean dramas, is between Kyun-woo and a girl: it happens on a train as the other passengers mistake her for his girlfriend. .
Director: Jae-young Kwak
Writers: Jae-young Kwak
Cast: Ye-jin Son, In-sung Jo, Seung-woo Cho
The Classic is one of the best romantic Korean drama, surely for the array of awards it gained: the film, which narrates the parallel romances of a mother and a daughter, in fact won the 9th Moscow International Love Movie Awards in the Best Couple category thanks to the performance of Cho Seung-woo and Son Ye-jin.
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Writers: Chang-dong Lee
Cast: Kyung-gu Sol, So-Ri Moon, Nae-sang Ahn
Amongst some of the best Korean romantic movies one that will probably make you weep is Oasis, depicting the love between an ex con and a woman affected by cerebral palsy. Jong-du has just finished his sentence for manslaughter and the first thing he does upon his release is finding the family he destroyed when he killed a man in a hit-and-run accident: there he meets Gong-ju, who is left in the care of the neighbours as her brother moved out.
Director: Ki-duk Kim
Writers: Ki-duk Kim
Cast: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon
Tae-suk doesn’t know somebody is watching him as he breaks into a stranger’s house and lives there as that was his own house: she is Sun-hwa, an abused wife, and as he understands about her husband’s violence he offers her an escape plan. The quirkiness of the silence, an actual absence of dialogue, between the two, makes Oasis a must watch amongst Korean romantic movies.
A Werewolf Boy
Director: Sung-hee Jo
Writers: Sung-hee Jo
Cast: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-Young Park, Yeong-ran Lee
Now, this is what we meant for tragedy that makes laugh and comedy that makes you cry: in this movie a werewolf boy is tamed by Kim Sun-yi, who recalls how this mute boy featuring wolf DNA became a loyal companion.
Director: Hae-sung Song
Writers: Ji-young Gong, Min-seok Jang
Cast: Nayoung Lee, Dong-won Gang, Yuh Jung Youn
Bases on the novel by Gong Ji-young, Maundy Thursday is the story of a killer who is spending his last days in prison ahead of his execution: during those days he is visited by a suicidal girl on every Thursdays. It is one of the most popular Kdrama sof 2006.
The Beauty Inside
Director: Jong-Yeol Baek
Writers: Seon-jeong Kim, Ye-jeong Park
Cast: Hyo-Joo Han, Seo-Joon Park, Juri Ueno
Based on the American movie of the same name, The Beauty Inside is the story of a man who wakes up everyday in a different body. The cast sees the name of Han Hyo Joo, one of the most popular film actresses in South Korea and in 2017 it was announced that Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke has been casted to appear in the upcoming remake of the movie.
Be With You
Director: Jang-Hoon Lee
Writers: Takuji Ichikawa, Su-jin Kang
Cast: Ji-seob So, Ye-jin Son, Yoo-ram Bae
Be With You is a remake of the eponymous Japanese movie released in 2004: it’s the story of a woman who, before dying, promises her husband to come back on a rainy day in a year time. When she does come back though, her memories are vanished.