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Initial post: Jan 14, 2012 3:27:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 13, 2013 9:57:56 AM PDT
Adnana says:
So... I finally gave in and watched a Korean drama. It should have actually been only a couple of episodes, for starters, but it ended up being a 2-day marathon.
The K-drama was "Secret Garden", and there really are no words for how much I loved it.

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I'm editing my original post and adding this information (taken from later posts) for clarification purposes:

As I see it, Korean dramas (for short: K-dramas) are stories like those found in the romance books I love, only brought to life on screen. Regardless of its genre (action/revenge, romantic comedy, melodrama, fusion sageuk etc.), a Korean drama always portrays a well-developed romantic relationship between the 2 main characters: the Hero and heroine meet, fall in love with each other, and are faced with obstacles keeping them apart (past heartbreak, personality clashes, differing social background, disapproving in-laws, opposing missions etc.). Ideally, the drama ends with a HEA for the H & h, but this is not always guaranteed.
By the way, the actors (especially those playing the main characters) are usually very attractive and the dramas, especially the newer ones, have gorgeous visuals.
K-dramas have pre-planned, terminating plots, so mostly, a K-drama doesn't stretch beyond 30 episodes.
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What I liked about the K-drama "Secret Garden", in particular:
- the hero was very obsessed and jealous of the heroine;
- the love/hate relationship was resolved well before the last episode -- there was a goodsized part of the drama where the H & h were actually together, as a couple (there were still conflicts, but the H & h faced them together);
- the heroine wasn't TSTL, and once she accepted the hero, she was really loyal to him;
- the HEA. This drama made me cry and it would have left some serious scars if there hadn't been a HEA, lol. (So a HEA is crucial.)

Can you please help me find similar dramas/stories? Thank you for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 3:31:11 PM PST
What is a k-drama?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 3:40:28 PM PST
From Wiki: (just looked this up, never heard of this before)
Korean drama refers to televised dramas, in a miniseries format, produced in the Korean language. Many of these dramas have become popular throughout Asia and have contributed to the general phenomenon of the Korean wave, known as Hallyu, and also "drama fever" in some countries. Most popular Korean dramas have also become popular in other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Generally speaking, there are two main genres of Korean dramas. The first genre resembles western soap operas with shorter, terminating plots, and without the obvious sexual references often found in Western dramas. These dramas typically involve conflicts associated with relationships, money bargaining, relationships between in-laws (usually between the mother and son/daughter in law). As well, they often include complicated love triangles where the female hero usually falls in love with a "bad boy" main character who mistreats her. These dramas last anywhere from 16 episodes to over 100 (most often not exceeding 200).
The other main genre is Korean historical dramas (also known as sa geuk), which are fictionalized dramatizations of Korean history. Korean historical dramas typically involve very complex story lines with elaborate costumes, sets, and special effects. Martial arts, sword fighting, and horsemanship are frequently a big component of Korean historical dramas as well. Typically, Korean dramas, whether the historical dramas or modern dramas, are characterized by excellent production quality, characters with depth, and intelligent scriptwriting but largely relies on the use of archetypal characters.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 4:17:24 PM PST
Michigangirl says:
My favorites are Delightful Girl Choon Hyang.

The hero and heroine are both in high school. As I read but didn't actually look up myself, high school goes to age 19 or 20 there?

Anyway, they run into a whole bunch of issues so don't like each other at first. He's the son of the chief of police equivalent. She's the top marks student who's mother works at an escort place type of thing.

They wind up all staying at her place one night while her mother's gone, the hero wakes up thirsty and accidentally drinks a whole bunch of alcohol. The other friends leave and don't come back and however it happens her mother and his parents walk in on him and her sleeping in the same bedroll.

Big scandal and in order for them both to remain in school they get married.

They have a love hate relatinonship. the heroine is very money oriented so everything she does is for the most money. She designs jewelry and actually meets a guy who is a genius guy who makes films and he falls for her. He's actually awesomely evil *I loved him* so he does things for her on one hand and then when he thinks that she's not all into him, he takes it away with the other. Of course she's not only not aware that he's doing things for her, she's not aware when he does things against her.

So there's a big love triangle and it works really well.

This same couple was also featured in My Girl as themselves. But I've never actually watched My Girl.

I also loved Gumiho/Nine-Tailed Fox which featured the same love triangle guy in this one also.

This one is about the heroine who is actually a nine-tailed fox living secretly with other nine-tailed fox people. The basic idea is she forms a group with other people who have special weapons and she's in love with this human who doesn't know she's a nine-tailed fox but he secretly joins a group that fights against them.

This was a really sad one actually. She also has one of the members of her group that has a really quiet love for her. So also a love triangle type.

There's also some great tai drama.

I love Meteor Garden which is Tai Drama based on a japanese comic book Hana Yori Dango.

The heroine is super poor but she goes to a very elite private school for the super rich. Because her family wants her to marry rich so they're all set. She hates the school. The leaders of the school are the F4 who haze people they don't like. The whole school is terrified of them so they all do exactly what they say. Of course the heroine stands up and fights back and that's the start of the love/hate relationship with the leader of the F4.

I'm not a fan of the second season though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 4:23:05 PM PST
Thanks, booklover. I should have done that myself.

I've never heard of this but it's very interesting. I'm glad the OP got a response.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 5:53:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 10:58:14 PM PDT
Adnana says:
Thank you, booklover, for posting that description.

As I see it, Korean dramas are stories like those found in the romance books I love, only brought to life on screen. Regardless of its genre (action/revenge, romantic comedy, melodrama, fusion sageuk etc.), a Korean drama always portrays a well-developed romantic relationship between the 2 main characters: the Hero and heroine meet, fall in love with each other, are faced with obstacles keeping them apart (jealous ex-fiancees, disapproving in-laws etc.). Ideally, the drama ends with a HEA for the H & h, but this is not always guaranteed.
By the way, the actors (especially those playing the main characters) are usually very attractive and the dramas, especially the newer ones, have gorgeous visuals.
I'll just add that I'm interested in k-dramas which are no more than of mid-length, so not longer than 30 episodes (for example, "Secret Garden" had 20 episodes).

Oh, and one more thing: in my OP I spoke about k-dramas, but k-dramas share traits with other types of asian dramas (ex: thai-dramas), and recommendations for those are also welcome.

*post edited on Apr 19

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 5:56:04 PM PST
Adnana says:
Michigangirl,
thank you for your recommendations. Do the k-dramas you mentioned have a HEA, though?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 9:14:11 PM PST
Michigangirl says:
It really depends on who you want to win. I tend to like the evil guys.

I think where Choon Hyang and Gumiho even more shine is the fact that you understand both and it's hard to decide because someone will be left behind.

Although in Choon Hyang I make it sound like there's only a love triangle, actually, the hero of the story was in love with an older girl and before he married the heroine he confronted her about it. She said she only thought of him as a brother but after she was ditched by the guy she was with, she went to the hero and found him getting married. So it was really more of a triangle because he was in love with her.

Meteor Garden does have a happy ending, just don't bother to watch the second season.

And if you like some comedy there's the J-drama Gokusen. The heroine is a new high school teacher and she's assigned to the bad class. She's not intimidated by them at all because secretly she's the granddaughter of a Yakuza family and grew up with them.

If you haven't yet, check out d-addicts they have a dramawiki that's pretty awesome.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 5:53:41 AM PST
Purse Monkey says:
I love Asian dramas and I'm glad there's a separate thread for this here so it can be talked about without annoying other people. Ok, here goes Adnana:

Secret Garden is definitely a drama I would rec. I loved this one. The actor that plays the H played him to perfection. He made him such a complex person but at the same time, quite simple in his love, obsession and devotion to the h. He was so obsessed from the first time he saw her and I love how snobby and arrogant he was, only to be shot down by her over and over again. But once he finally made up his mind to be with her (the scene where she came to his party all dressed up and they danced and finally lowered all their barriers) he was so loyal and incredible sweet. I love the fact that we were able to see how they interact with each other after they married at the end. Very sweet and playful.

Beautiful Days is another one of my favorites. I love this one. Heroine is a poor orphan (of course) and she was looking for her long lost adopted sister. The search lead her to the city where she met the aloof, enigmatic, taciturn H. Hero and his half brother had a sibling rivalry so of course, the love triangle involved the three of them. Heroine worked for H's company and H hired her to be a governess for his teenage sister, whom he loved very much. I love the sexual chemistry and intensity between the leads. That's right. Sexual chemistry. Usually Asian dramas do not have this but this one does. Warning--the h definitely falls under 'melodramatic' so she's not spunky and gutsy like the h in Secret Garden. She's very sweet, nice and Mary-Annish but that goes for lots of Asian dramas. The actress that plays her is very pretty. There is a happy ending in this one.

My Princess is another fun one. A modern fairy tale where a normal girl suddenly found out she was the last in line of a royal family. She became the modern Korean princess. The H plays an ambassador whose job was to train her to be a proper princess. It's a sweet, fun, funny drama. Fairly short as well. I rec you watch this after an emotional read or drama.

Princess Hours is also a modern fairy tale similar to My Princess but the leads are still in high school. Imagine a Korea like England where the country's figurehead is still the King. The H is the prince of Korea who found out he was contractually engaged to the h, a clumsy, irrevalent girl at his school. The h found herself being a princess. They both hated each other. He was in love with another girl and resented the h. Eventually they fell in love and yes, there is a love triangle among the H/h/H's cousin.

The Frog Prince is a Taiwanese drama that I loved. Hero was an arrogant, cocky, mega rich guy that got into an accident and landed in the countryside where the h lived with her family. Heroine's dream was to marry a rich guy but don't let that ruin her for you. She was also very loyal and hard working. She found H with no memory of who he was and eventually they fell in love. Then he regained his memory and forgot about the h. That was where the real story begin. It's about him falling in love with her again.

Another similar story to that is Save the Last Dance For Me, a Korean drama that I also liked. It's more dramatic and angsty than Frog Prince, which is more silly.

Down With Love is a Taiwanese drama I think you would love. Hero plays a rich attorney that had to take care of his two niece and nephew. He hired the h, a down on her luck, happy go lucky girl. It took him several episodes to fall for her but once he did, boy did he EVER. Totally sweet, devoted, loyal and incredibly loving. Unfortunately she thought he was still in love with someone else so she turned her attention on another guy. This caused a lot of unnecessary drama but hey, it's all for a good series.

I've watched both Thai and Jdrama but I can't really rec any of it. It's different from Chinese and kdrama. Thai dramas are sooooooooo over the top it's not even funny. Jdrama lacks melodramatic romance.

There are lots more that I'll add to whenever I have a chance. Btw, all the ones I recced have a happy ending.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 7:14:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2012 7:21:31 AM PST
I'm in the same boat as you just watched my first K-drama. I watched boys before flowers. I watched it on hulu. It's 25 episodes and overall I loved it. The h is a poor girl who receives a scholarship to a very prestigous school. The H is the leader of a group of 4 boys who come from wealthy families and run the school. They call themselves F4. They basically torture students that they find fault with. The h saves a boy who jumps from the school trying to get away from F4. This brings her to their attention. Of course they start to torment her, but she stands up to them. One of the boys, the sensitive one, helps her from the first. And the H, becomes fascinated with her. There are of course a million things that keep them apart. At first it's the fact that the H is big jerk. Later it's the fact that he comes from a VERY wealthy family, and his mother is EVIL. Anyway it was good. There were some tstl moments from the h. But I loved the boys of F4. The leader is the H who gets the HEA, but they all form a bond of friendship with the h. And of course the sensitive one falls in love with her too. Honestly part of me wanted her the him because he was WONDERFUL. But the H just wouldn't let her go, even to his best friend.

There is also a secondary relationship with the "ladies man" of the group and the h best friend that is really sweet.

Anyway, I totally reccomend it. It's kind of the Korean version of Pride and Prejudice.

ETA: It sounds the same as Metoer Garden rec'd earlier in the thread, but I don't know if they are the same show. Here is the link for the version I watched. http://www.hulu.com/search?query=Boys+Before+Flowers&st=0&fs=null

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 1:02:20 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 15, 2012 5:07:46 PM PST
Michigangirl says:
Hana yori dango is the original japanese comic book. It was made into an anime by the same name. Later it was made into a tai drama called meteor garden. Much later it was made into a k drama boys over flowers and also made into a jdrama of the same name. So there are five different versions of it but they all bring their own stuff to the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 5:51:09 PM PST
jak says:
Adnana, I've watched dramas from many different countries. In my opinion, the dramas that have the most obsessed and jealous heroes would be in thailand lakorns. You might want to check out the lakorn romances thread here. Warning, most of these lakorns are the slap and kiss variety, meaning they often feature rape. These heroes can rarely be outdone by anyone else, in lakorns such as:

Roy Leh Sanae Rai - H finds out his father left h with half his inheritance and is incensed. He devises a plan to get her to fall in love with him and marry him, with her giving him power of attorney. The h is a sweetheart, shy, but with a spunky side to her, but can't help falling for the smooth charmer's slick smiles and words. They marry, but then she finds out why he married her and vows revenge. Course he falls madly in love and spends the rest of the lakorn chasing after her.

Sawan Bieng - Well acted, but extreme, The H is upset when his father marries h's sister, someone close to H's age, (the h's sister has a crush on H for years) and decides to take his anger out on the h (why who knows?) When h's sister frames H, making it look like he hurt her which causes his father to hurt H, this causes a world of trouble and H kidnaps h and rapes her... repeatedly. This is one that is pretty much resolved in the last episode.

Rahut Rissaya - h blackmails H into marrying her to get revenge because she thinks H's father killed her parents, H grows to love her becomes very jealous of her. Here, the h is the cold hearted character, the H is the warm caring one, until he becomes very jealous. They get together before the end.

Mia Taeng - guilty pleasure for me, h marries H in marriage arranged by parents, H hates the fact he had to marry her and continues with his girlfriend. H soon grows jealous to watch h's two other handsome suitors buzz around her. Really liked the heroine, although H was hard to take at times, but h keeps it cool and collected.

In most kdramas, there is some possessiveness, I would second Purse Monkey's recommendation of Princess Hours or Goong as it's sometimes know.

You're Beautiful has a nun-in-training heroine who has 3 guys in love with her, so yes, there's some jealousy there. She disguises herself as a boy to play her twin brother and joins a boy group, and the H is a clean freak, picky lead singer of the group.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 6:03:13 PM PST
J. Weaver says:
LOL. I am so glad I'm not the only one. I don't know how I started watching, but I found myself several years ago just watching what turned out to be a Korean show. It was rather cheesy and unbelievable, but I LOVED it. I even got my husband hooked. Unfortunately, I had to work on the night the last episode aired (and being that I could read the subtitles but had no idea what the commercials said, I didn't know it was the final episode and this was long before we had a DVR). In any case, I missed the final episode and had to listen to a synopsis from my husband who had gotten just as hooked as I had. Unfortunately, he was never able to describe it well enough to really satisfy, so I feel like I do when I've got an unread book waiting for me, except I'll never be able to finish it because I would have no idea how to find it. Hubby had even tried to find it online to order for me, but never had any success. Now I try to avoid them because I don't want to experience the same thing again (plus my five year old would not understand why I was watching Korean programming)!

If perchance I wanted to try to find this show again, does anyone know where I can look for them and how I can determine whether they're subtitled? (There may be an obvious answer, but I don't know it.) Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 6:50:30 PM PST
jak says:
What's it about J. Weaver? Dramafever is a legal streaming site for kdramas, and viki has many different dramas as well, so you should check those sites out. If you want to know what's subbed, withs2 subs the majority of kdramas out there. Just google those names.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 7:32:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2012 7:34:30 PM PST
J. Weaver says:
jak, I just asked my husband who, for some reason, remembers the title as "Heaven's Wedding Gown." He's literally laughing at how ridiculous the show was, but I know this would be the BEST Valentine's Day gift ever if I could find it!

ETA: And now that he and I are talking about it, I'm wondering if it was Korean (I always refer to it as "that Korean soap opera) or Chinese/Taiwanese (I seem to recall them travelling to Taiwan or Hong Kong)

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 7:43:39 PM PST
Michigangirl says:
wiki. d-addicts .com/ La_robe_de_Mariee_des_cieux

Please remove the spaces. Heaven's Wedding Gown. D-addicts pretty much links you to every dorama out there, as well as places to watch and buy. Plus it's got a forum to ask questions and find answers. It used to have a featured dorama of the month for C/Tai/J dorama that I used to find new shows to watch. I don't know if they still do it.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 7:49:24 PM PST
jak says:
Title: 天國的嫁衣 (天国的嫁衣) / Tian Guo De Jia Yi
Also known as: La Robe De Mariage Des Cieux - taiwanese drama

If you have the name right, that would be a taiwanese drama subbed by "DoreMii subs". Just goggle it.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 2:13:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2012 10:18:06 AM PST
Adnana says:
Thank you for all your wonderful recommendations; the plunder brought in by this thread has been much richer than I had hoped for. :)))

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 4:12:44 AM PST
I am a big fan of k dramas and was surprised to find your discussion in amazon. Well for starters, here are some amazing ones that I love:

You're beautiful- a must watch. Very adorable couple.

My girl- hilarious and cute.

Boys over flower/ boys before flowers- mentioned above.

More recs later. Just watch those first and let me know what you think ;)

A site to check out: www.mysoju.com

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 8:58:59 AM PST
Lily Rose 81 says:
The Princess' Man, The Moon that embraces the Sun (on air), Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter....

And taiwanese dramas too: Autumn's Concerto, Devil Beside you....

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 10:22:19 AM PST
J. Weaver says:
jak and adnana, Thanks! I've already found the series on YouTube and will have to carve out some time to watch!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2012 1:29:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2012 2:31:43 PM PDT
Adnana says:
Purse Monkey,
"Secret Garden" was the show which made me fall in love with k-dramas. I agree with everything you said in your post about this drama.
It was so funny how snobbish and arrogant the H was and still, from the very first, he just couldn't stay away from the h. Heavens, even after that first awful fight in the restaurant, when he humiliated her for wearing the torn bag and it seemed he would give her up, he still followed her home.
Then, like you said, I loved how once they became a couple the H was so loyal and protective of the h. I absolutely hate a weak hero who lets himself manipulated by interfering relatives/OW and kept apart from the woman he loves. However, the H in "Secret Garden" truly stuck by the heroine, even though his mother kept trying to manipulate him and though he had to give up his inheritance. I thought the ending was very realistic, not everything tied up with a pretty red bow.

Speaking of k-dramas. I've now also watched "Spring Waltz" and, though I thought it was ok, it was far below "Secret Garden". It had a favorite theme of mine -- childhood sweethearts torn apart and reunited later in life. Also, the H & h made a very cute couple. BUT the hero was so weak!! He was all over the place, treating the h nice one moment and badly the next, and showing absolutely no spine in his dealings with the OW. In the end *spoilers* he would have even married the OW, who was blackmailing him, if she hadn't changed her mind and set him free.

I am now watching "Beautiful Days" and so far, I really like it.
ETA: I actually enjoy the softer heroine. At first, I didn't think she was all that pretty, but now I've changed my mind. She's beautiful and looks so innocent! Perfect as the character she portrays. As for the hero... just one word, lol. HOT

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2012 6:12:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2012 4:20:26 AM PDT
All of the below recommendations have a HEA for the H/h. Some also include HEAs for the OW/OM with non-H/h characters.

You're Beautiful. I agree that this KDrama is one of the best. It was written by the Hong sisters (who also wrote My Girl and Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, mentioned above). There is also a JDrama version of this drama called IKEMEN DESU Ne. The JDrama version lacks the charm and humor of You're Beautiful. The OM (second male lead) and the h from You're Beautiful were teamed in a Kdrama called Heartstrings.

I also second the recommendations for Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Devil Beside You and Boys Over Flowers.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (also called MY GIRLFRIEND IS A NINE-TAILED FOX) This Kdrama was also written by the Hong Sisters. The h is a Gumiho (a Korean legendary creature that eats the liver of humans) and the H mistakenly frees her from 500 years of captivity. The h longs to become human and the H agrees to help. As a role reversal, the h is very sweet and the OW is sly.

Coffee Prince (also called THE 1ST SHOP OF COFFEE PRINCE) The h is a boyish looking girl and is mistaken by the H to be a guy. The H initially hires her to pretend to be his boyfriend to discourage his family from matchmaking. The h is then hired by the H (still thinking she is a guy) in his male-employee only coffee shop. Angst ensues when the H falls for the h.

MARY STAYED OUT ALL NIGHT (also called Marry Me Mary) The father of the h, without her permission, marries her to the son of a friend. The h then convinces the H (same actor as the lead in You're Beautiful) to pretend to also be her husband. The h is then required by her father to spend an equal amount of time between her two husbands.

MISCHIEVOUS KISS (also called PLAYFUL KISS) This Kdrama is based on the Manga ITAZURA NA KISS. There is a Taiwan version named IT STARTED WITH A KISS and its sequel THEY KISSED AGAIN and a JDrama version named ITAZURA NA KISS. In Playful Kiss, the h is a warm, bubbly but not too bright girl, who has a crush on H. The H is a genius (IQ of 200) with a cold personality (robot boy). Upon the destruction of the h's house, the h and her father are invited to live with the father's childhood friends, who turn out to be the H's parents. The H's mother is great, and is 100% supportive of the h. The OW is one of the better ones in KDramaland. While snarky to the h, she is never cruel or evil. In addition to the 16 episodes of the drama, 7 special edition 10 minute YT episodes were created showing the H/h post marriage. In addition, a diary (Baek Seung Jo Diary) was created by the production company indicating the H's thoughts during each of the 16 episodes. The Taiwan version of this drama was also good. However, the h is this version was not as sweet as in the Kdrama. As it related to the JDrama, I didn't like the h, her personality was just annoying. This version lacked any romance between the H/h and them getting together at the end didn't seem realistic (was a real head scratcher).

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (a JDrama) The owner of a boarding house promises her four college age boarders that they can live rent free if they can turn her niece into a lady. This is a very low key, quirky drama (no angst).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2012 8:56:49 PM PST
Purse Monkey says:
Adnana--I'm glad you're liking Beautiful Days. It's a really good one that I love not only because of the leads but because it has a happy ending! I didn't think it would but SO glad it did. I agree. The actress that plays the h is absolutely beautiful but not in an obvious way. Her features are delicate and subtle. She's so pretty. She has one of those faces that becomes prettier the longer you look at it. The H is pretty hot too. I love their chemistry. What part are you at?

I agree completely about Secret Garden. I love that he stuck with her through it all. I also love that although he forgot about her for a short time towards the end, he still loved her and was attracted to her. So cute how he reverted back to his arrogant self and h was all very nonchalant, so sure that he would remember their love. It's very refreshing.
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