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Top 10 Korean Dramas to Watch

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1. Memories of the Alhambra – 알함브라 궁전의 추억

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Action
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2018-Dec-01 to 2019-Jan-20

Memories of the Alhambra begins the Overseas filming in Spain in late 2018-May, locations including Granada, Barcelona, Terrassa, and Girona. Additional filming in Budapest, Hungary and Slovenia in 2018-August.

After suffering a setback following his friend’s betrayal, Yoo Jin Woo (Hyun Bin) travels to Spain for a business trip. There, he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist named Jung Hee Joo (Park Shin Hye); and both get entangled in a mysterious incident.

Cast:
Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin Woo
Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo
Park Hoon as Cha Hyung Seok, Kim Yong Rim as Oh Young Shim, Chanyeol as Jung Se Joo

2. Goblin

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 16 + 1 Special
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2016-Dec-02 to 2017-Jan-21
Air time: Friday & Saturday 20:00

Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin who is also a protector of souls. He lives together with an amnesiac grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together the two of them see the dead off into the afterlife. Meanwhile, Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) is a high school student who despite her painful reality, remains optimistic. She ends up falling in love with the goblin. Kim Sun (Yoo In Na) is an owner of a chicken shop; a bright and attractive girl who is loved by all men.

Cast:
Gong Yoo as Kim Shin
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak– Han Seo Jin as Eun Tak (child)
Lee Dong Wook as Wang Yeo– Kim Min Jae as Wang Yeo (past)
Yoo In Na as Kim Sun / Sunny – Kim So Hyun as Kim Sun (past)
Yook Sung Jae, Lee El , Kim Sung Kyum , Yum Hye Ran, Jung Young Ki , Choi Ri

3. Sweet Home

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 10
Broadcast network: Netflix
Broadcast period: 2020-Dec-18

It’s about a teenage loner Cha Hyun-soo moves to a new apartment following the death of his family in an accident. His quiet life is soon disrupted by strange incidents that start occurring in his new building. As people turn into monsters that take the form of their hidden desires, Hyun-soo and other residents try to survive.

Cast:
Song Kang as Cha Hyun-soo, Lee Jin-wook as Pyeon Sang-wook, Lee Si-young as Seo Yi-kyeong, Lee Do-hyun as Lee Eun-hyuk, Kim Nam-hee as Jung Jae-heon, Go Min-si as Lee Eun-yoo, Park Gyu-young as Yoon Ji-soo, Go Yoon-jung as Park Yoo-ri, Kim Kap-soo as Ahn Gil-seop, Kim Sang-ho as Han Du-sik

4. The K2

Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 16 Episode
Broadcast period: 2016-Feb-24 to 2016-Apr-22

Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae Young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.

In the emergency room, Shi Jin meets Dr. Kang Mo Yun (Song Hye Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo Yun mistakenly assumes Shi Jin is part of the thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myung Joo (Kim Ji Won).

Shi Jin and Mo Yun begin to date, but due to their jobs, their dates don’t go well. Shi Jin takes an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the fictional country of Urk. Meanwhile, Mo Yun becomes upset that she fails to become a professor due to a colleague’s privileged background. When Shi Jin and Mo Yun meet again, they talk about their views on life and realize how different they are. Shi Jin, as a soldier, kills to protect lives, and Mo Yun, as a doctor, tries to save all lives. They say their goodbyes.

Eight months later, Mo Yun rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Han Suk Won (Tae In Ho) and as a result, is assigned to lead a medical team in Urk. There, Shi Jin and Mo Yun meet again…

Cast:
Song Joong Ki as Capt. Yoo Shi Jin, Song Hye Kyo as Dr. Kang Mo Yun, Jin Goo as Senior Seo Dae Young, Kim Ji Won as Surgeon Yoon Myung Joo, Kang Shin Il as Lieutenant General Yoo

5. Descendants of the Sun

Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 16 Episode
Broadcast period: 2016-Feb-24 to 2016-Apr-22

Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae Young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.

In the emergency room, Shi Jin meets Dr. Kang Mo Yun (Song Hye Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo Yun mistakenly assumes Shi Jin is part of the thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myung Joo (Kim Ji Won).

Shi Jin and Mo Yun begin to date, but due to their jobs, their dates don’t go well. Shi Jin takes an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the fictional country of Urk. Meanwhile, Mo Yun becomes upset that she fails to become a professor due to a colleague’s privileged background. When Shi Jin and Mo Yun meet again, they talk about their views on life and realize how different they are. Shi Jin, as a soldier, kills to protect lives, and Mo Yun, as a doctor, tries to save all lives. They say their goodbyes.

Eight months later, Mo Yun rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Han Suk Won (Tae In Ho) and as a result, is assigned to lead a medical team in Urk. There, Shi Jin and Mo Yun meet again…

Cast:
Song Joong Ki as Capt. Yoo Shi Jin, Song Hye Kyo as Dr. Kang Mo Yun, Jin Goo as Senior Seo Dae Young, Kim Ji Won as Surgeon Yoon Myung Joo, Kang Shin Il as Lieutenant General Yoo

6. Kingdom

Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Thriller
Season 1: 6 Episodes, Season 2: 7 Episodes
Broadcast network: Netflix

Netflix’s Korean original series. It is adapted from the webcomic series “신의 나라 / Land of the Gods”, which was authored by Writer Kim Eun Hee, her first venture into the webcomic industry, and drawn by Yang Kyung Il which was first published on 2015-July-23 by RHK. It’s planned for three seasons.

Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, it tells the story of a crown prince Lee Chang (Joo Ji Hoon) who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious plague that’s spreading across his country. The truth threatens the kingdom when he discovers that it is an atrocious epidemic in the form of zombies.

Cast:
Joo Ji Hoon as Crown Prince Lee Chang, Bae Doo Na as Seo Bi, Ryu Seung Ryong as Jo Hak Jo, Kim Hye Jun as Queen, Kim Sang Ho as Moo Young, Kim Sung Kyu as Young Shin, Heo Joon Ho as Ahn Hyun, Jun Suk Ho as Jo Beom Pal, Jung Suk Won as Jo Beom Il, Kim Jong Soo as Kim Soon, Yoo Seung Mok as a local government official, Jin Seon Kyu as Deok Sung, Jeong Gyu Soo as Sangjoo governor, Joo Suk Tae as Lee Do Jin, Heo Jin as a noblewoman, Kwon Bum Taek as Lee Seung Hee, Kim Ye Eun as medical staff, Kim Seung Hoon as a military officer, Hong Ki Joon as general of training, Choi Kwon as a military officer, Kang Shin Chul as Jo Hak Joo’s subordinate, Sung Min Soo (성민수) as Minister of Military Affairs

7. Crash Landing on You – 사랑의 불시착

Genre: Romance, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: tvN

The series tells the secret romance between a South Korean heiress of a conglomerate and a high-ranking North Korean officer.

Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) is an heiress to a conglomerate in South Korea. One day, while paragliding, an accident caused by strong winds leads Yoon Se Ri to make an emergency landing in North Korea. There, she meets Lee Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin), who is a North Korean army officer. He tries to protect her and hide her. Soon, Lee Jung Hyuk falls in love with Yoon Se Ri.

Cast:
Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk, Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri, Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan (Jung Hyuk’s fiancée), Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon, Nam Kyung Eup as Chairman Yoon (Se Ri’s father), Bang Eun Jin (방은진) as Han Jung Yun (Se Ri’s mother), Choi Dae Hoon as Yoon Se Joon (Se Ri’s oldest brother), Hwang Woo Seul Hye as Do Hye Ji (Se Joon’s wife), Park Hyung Soo as Yoon Se Hyung (Se Ri’s 2nd older brother), Yoon Ji Min as Ko Sang Ah (Se Hyung’s wife), Go Kyu Pil as Hong Chang Sik (Se Ri’s company team leader)

8. Duel – 듀얼

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: OCN
Broadcast period: 2017-June-03 to 2017-July-23

Duel – 듀얼 is about a detective, Jang Deuk Chun (Jung Jae Yong) who gets tangled up in a shocking incident after meeting a human clone. They will have to battle each other to survive.

Cast
Jung Jae Yong as Jang Deuk Chun, Kim Jung Eun as Choi Jo Hye, Yang Se Jong as Sung Joon / Sung Hoon, Seo Eun Soo as Jung Jae Young, Lee Na Yoon as Jang Soo Yeon, Yoon Kyung Ho as Lee Hyung Sik, Choi Woong as Na Soo Ho, Lee Ye Eun as Na Song Yi, Lee Sung Wook as Goo Boon Suk, Lee Chul Min as Park Yoo Shik, Shim Wan Joon as Yang Man Choon

9. Vagabond – 배가본드

Genre: Action, Thriller
Episodes: 32
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2019-Sep-20 to 2019-Nov-09

A mysterious plane crash kills over 200 civilians, including Cha Dal Gun’s (Lee Seung Ki) nephew. Determined to find out the truth behind the accident, Cha Dal Gun embarks on an investigation that leads him to a tangled web of corruption. His life intertwines with Go Hae Ri (Bae Suzy), a covert operative for the National Intelligence Service.

Cast:
Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dal Gun, Bae Suzy as Go Hae Ri, Shin Sung Rok as Ki Tae Woong, Baek Yoon Shik as Jung Kook Pyo, Moon Sung Geun as Hong Soon Jo, Kim Min Jong as Yoon Han Ki, Lee Ki Young as Kang Joo Chul, Jung Man Shik as Min Jae Sik, Hwang Bo Ra as Gong Hwa Sook, Lee Kyung Young as Edward Park, Moon Jung Hee as Jessica Lee, Kim Jung Hyun as Hong Seung Bum, Kang Kyung Hun as Oh Sang Mi, Lee Si Yoo as Seo Yeong Ji, Park Ah In as Lily, Choi Dae Chul as Kim Do Soo, Jang Hyuk Jin as Kim Ok Ki, Shin Seung Hwan as Kim Se Hun, Yoon Na Moo as Kim Ho Sik, Ryu Won as Mickey, Go Kyu Pil as Park Kwang Duk

10. IRIS  – 아이리스

Season1: 32 Episodes, Season 2: 20 Episodes
Genre: Action, Thriller
Episodes: 32
Broadcast network: SBS

Season 1
A mysterious plane crash kills over 200 civilians, including Cha Dal Gun’s (Lee Seung Ki) nephew. Determined to find out the truth behind the accident, Cha Dal Gun embarks on an investigation that leads him to a tangled web of corruption. His life intertwines with Go Hae Ri (Bae Suzy), a covert operative for the National Intelligence Service.

Season 1 Cast:
Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dal Gun, Bae Suzy as Go Hae Ri, Shin Sung Rok as Ki Tae Woong, Baek Yoon Shik as Jung Kook Pyo, Moon Sung Geun as Hong Soon Jo, Kim Min Jong as Yoon Han Ki, Lee Ki Young as Kang Joo Chul, Jung Man Shik as Min Jae Sik, Hwang Bo Ra as Gong Hwa Sook, Lee Kyung Young as Edward Park, Moon Jung Hee as Jessica Lee, Kim Jung Hyun as Hong Seung Bum, Kang Kyung Hun as Oh Sang Mi, Lee Si Yoo as Seo Yeong Ji, Park Ah In as Lily, Choi Dae Chul as Kim Do Soo, Jang Hyuk Jin as Kim Ok Ki, Shin Seung Hwan as Kim Se Hun, Yoon Na Moo as Kim Ho Sik, Ryu Won as Mickey, Go Kyu Pil as Park Kwang Duk

Season 2
The story takes place three years after the death of Hyun Joon in IRIS I. It will reveal the mystery surrounding Hyun Joon’s death and Baek San (Kim Young Chul), who has been arrested for being active in the secret organization IRIS. It will also outline the story of a mysterious group, who controlled everything through Baek San.

Yoo Gun (Jang Hyuk) will play the team leader of the NSS and Ji Soo Yeon (Lee Da Hae) plays an Olympic gold medalist shooter who turned into spy sniper. Meanwhile, Yoo Joong Won (Lee Bum Soo) plays a formal spy for North Korea and Choi Min (Oh Yun Soo) will play the newly appointed deputy director of the NSS. At the same time, Seo Hyun Woo (Yoon Doo Joon) will play a perfect agent and Yoon Si Hyuk (Lee Joon) will play the computer genius in NSS’ Command Center. Kim Yeon Hwa (Im Soo Hyang) will play a killer in IRIS 2.

Season 2 Cast:
Jang Hyuk as Yoo Gun, Lee Da Hae as Ji Soo Yeon, Oh Yun Soo as Choi Min, Yoon Doo Joon as Seo Hyun Woo, Lee Joon as Yoon Shi Hyuk, Kim Il Woo as Kang Chul Hwan, Baek Seung Hyun as Kang Byung Jin, Sung Dong Il as Park Joon Han (ep.1-2), Yoon Joo Sang as Oh Hyun Kyu, Jun Jae Hyung as Pyo Jin Hwan, Cha Hyun Jung as Yoo Hae Young (NSS Dispatch Team Leader), Lee Seung Hak as Kim Ji Hun, Kim Hyung Gon as Song Young Min, Lee Jae Hoon as NSS agent, Lee Bum Soo as Yoo Joong Won, Kim Seung Woo as Park Chul Young

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