Korean dramas/movies Recommendations

I’ll be listing down the dramas/movies that I’ve watched according to their broadcast year. Bold ones are the superb ones. This is a list to remind myself of what I’ve watched and also a recommendation list ^^

First score is how much I like it, 2nd is how good I think it is.

Korean Dramas

2015

  • Haven’t watched a complete drama yet 😡

2014

  • You who came from the Star 별에서 온 그대 10/10
  • Glorious Day 기분 좋은 날 10/8 – least makjang weekend drama ever!
  • High Schooler King of Life 고교처세왕 9/8 
  • Marriage Not Dating 연애 말고 결혼 10/10 – the drama of 2014 for me!
  • Cheo Yong 귀신 보는 형사 처영 8/8
  • Can We Love 우리 사랑할 수 있을까 9/8

2013

  • Level 7 Civil Servant 7급공무원4/4
  • You’re the best Lee Soon Shin 7/7
  • TEN Season 2 5/6
  • Heartless City 무정도시 10/10
  • Reply 1994 6/8

2012

  • Moon embraces the Sun 해를 품은 달 8/8
  • OCN TEN 10/9
  • Rooftop Prince 9/8
  • Answer 1997 응답하라 1997 10/10
  • Cheongdamdong Alice 청담 앨리스 8.5/7

2011

  • Paradise Ranch 파라다이스 목장 7/6
  • New Tales of Gisaeng 신기생뎐8/7
  • Sign 싸인 10/10
  • Secret Garden 시크릿가든 9/8
  • 49 Days 49일 8/8
  • Best Love 최강의 사랑 8/8
  • Listen to my heart 내 마음이 들리니 9/8
  • God’s Quiz 9/8

2010

  • Cinderella’s Sister 신데렐라 언니 8/7
  • Oh! My Lady 오! 마이 레이디 76/6
  • Coffee House 커피하우스 7/7
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors 산부인과 10/10
  • My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox 내 여자친구는 구미호 10/9
  • Fugitive Plan B 도망자 9/8
  • Jungle Fish 2 8/8

2009

  • Boys Before Flowers 꽃보다 남자 7/7
  • The man who can’t get married 결혼 못하는 남자8/8
  • That fool 바보 7/7
  • IRIS 아이리스 9/8
  • Queen of Housewives 내조의 여왕 9.5/9
  • Creating Destiny 인연만들기 8/8
  • You’re Beautiful 미남이시네요 9/8
  • Will it snow at Christmas? 크리스마스에 눈이 올까요? 8/7

2008

  • New Heart 뉴하트 9/9
  • Last Scandal 마지막 스캔들 8/8

2007

  • Pure 19 열아홉 순정 9/8
  • Hello! Miss헬로 애기씨 6/6
  • Oh Dal Jal’s Spring 오달자의 봄7/6
  • The Devil 마왕 8/7
  • The First Shop of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점 9/9
  • Goong S 궁S (宮S) 8/7

2006

  • Goodbye Solo 굿바이솔로 7/7
  • Goong 궁(宮) 9/8
  • I Really Really Like You 진짜진짜좋아해 9/8
  • Couple of Fantasy 환상의 커플 10/10 (all time fav!)
  • My Girl 마이걸 8/8

2005

  • Delightful Girl Choon Hyang 쾌걸 춘향 8/8
  • Wonderful Life 원더플 라이프 10/9 – the drama i cried the most in!
  • Save the last dance for me 마지막 춤은 나와 함께 8/8
  • Let’s Go to the Beach 해변으로 가요 9/8
  • Lovers in Prague 프라하의 연인 8/8

 

Korean Movies

I only started liking Korean movies recently and hence I haven’t watched too many. Let me know any good ones I’ve missed! ^^ I’m not good with reviews and stuff, but rest assured that everything on this list is good unless mentioned otherwise 😀

Twenty 스물 (2015) Kim Woo Bin!!! Many laugh out moments, but is still poignant. Coming-of-age films are my cup of tea.

Gangster High 폭력써클 (2006) Boys, high school, brotherhood, loyalty, gangsters, fights, girls. Well, nothing very new but I always like a good brotherhood show. However, it didn’t deliver, making all that fighting scenes seemingly meaningless. Jung Kyung Ho is good as always though. Heh, I see that brooding 박사아들 in him 😀 Didn’t know he already had it in him since 2006 lol.

I like it hot 뜨거운것이 좋아 (2008) Pleasant watch.

All About My Wife 내 안내의 모든 것 (2012) Worth the 2 hours spent!

100 Days with Mr Arrogant (2002) eh. Kim Jae Won makes anything watchable.

My PS Partner (2012) ❤❤❤ Features some of my favorite acting talents. Kim Ah Joong has an awesome voice (and perhaps one of the reasons she was casted heh)… yeah speaking voice too ahem. I need to rewatch this!

Changing Partners 지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까? (2007) hehe I forgot how hot 이동건 can be. For a movie that is anything but strait-laced, it’s not daring enough. That being said, it’s a good watch.

The Neighbor 이웃사람 ( 2012) MUST WATCH. Griping story, with attention paid to the smallest detail. This is a good example of why I love Korean films so much

Love 911 반창꼬 (2012) Was really looking forward to this when I saw the trailer, but mm. Just decent.

Gwanghae 광해, 왕이 된 남자 (2012) as good it was hyped up to be. Beautiful movie, one that leaves you thinking

Petty Romance 째째한 로맨스 (2010) heehee loads of laugh out moments. 😛

Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 (2012) I really like this. Even though I think the hype has escalated my expectations so much that it fell a little flat for me towards the end.

My girlfriend is an agent (2009) Over simplistic, but serves the narrative purpose.  The setup is funny and the leads have chemistry. A great movie to watch, but just for one time.

The Thieves 도독들 (2012) It’s a fun ride, with a few memorable scenes here and there. The cast is solid but loopholes in the story exist.

Howling (2012) Very different from what you would expect from the trailer. In a good way.

Voice of a murderer (2007) my heart is still racing. ><

You’re my pet (2011) SO CUTE. Wasn’t sure what to expect, given the ridiculous premise but awww I’m sold.

Neverending Story (2012) What started out as a sad story should remain sad. Was a good watch though. I’ll never look at Uhm Tae Woong the same way again.

Chilling Romance 오싹한 연애 (2011) Love the blend of the scary and the funny. Seriously, they manage to turn the scariest parts into the most whacky scenes.

Hindsight 푸른소금 (2011) For all the suspense built up along the way, the movie turns out to be rather flat and disappointing. I liked the love story in there, but the bigger story on the gangs was just unrealistic and unaccounted for. It’s an alright movie. but once is enough.

My Way (2011) For all the hype that it has generated, My Way failed to deliver. There are many many better war / brotherhood movies around. Would have been better, more believable and touching if it wasn’t on such an epic scale. One of the very rare times I wish I can walk out of the theater straightaway.

The Crucible 도가니 (2011) Awesome and mind-blowing. Watch it.

완득이 (2011) Pretty good. Not mind-blowing fantastic, but still worth a watch.

티끌모아로맨스 (2011) A sweet romance comedy with some substance. Besides, Han Ye Seul is awesome in there.

Countdown (2011) What started out as a thriller ends up to be something different. Worth watching.

The Apprehenders 체포왕 (2011) So many of my fav ajusshi scene stealers in one movie! ^^ And Lee Seon Gyun and Park Joong HOon as the male leads? I’m SOLD. Not your average crime detective movie. The focus is more on the competition between the two neighbouring police task forces rather than the crime itself. And it’s played more for comical relief rather than thriller. But it’s a good balance between the two and that’s what got me loving the movie!

Hunters/Psychic (2010) 초능력자 – felt that something was lacking, but overall worth to watch. Read more about it HERE

I Saw the Devil 악마를 보았다

Joint Security Area

Secret Reunion 의형제 – I’ll actually prefer a sad ending. The story is captivating, but somehow it’s resolved too easily at the back. A little too ‘feel-good’ for its theme

Maunday Thursday 우리들의 행복한 시간 – MUST WATCH!

Joseon Detective X

My mini black dress

Midnight FM – a thriller that lives up to its name

Hello Schoolgirl

Hello Ghost

Ajusshi / The Man from Nowhere

Housemaid (2010)

Cyrano Dating Agency

I’m a Cyborg, but it’s ok 싸이보그지만 괜찮아

Lady Daddy 아빠가 여자를 좋아해

My Gangster Boyfriend 내 깡패 같은 애인

71: Into the Gunfire

Into the White Night 백야행 – enjoyed it tremendously.

The Taoist wizard 전우치 – Was good, but felt that it could be better. Lacked the punch to make it a true classic. I said that, but to date it’s one of my most rewatched movies.

Il Mare 시월애

Rough Cut 영화는 영화다 (2008) – So Ji Sub and Kang Ji Hwan = eye candy. Real action.

The Classic – The plot is simple enough and i didn’t know it would be THAT good. Was crying like an idiot when I watched it on the plane.

Moss 이끼 (2010) – Awesome plot, keep you guessing and thinking all the way to the end. It’s one of those movies that will remain in your thoughts for at least a few days.

Welcome to Dongmakgol – war time story from a different angle. They managed to pull off the fantasy angle and yet make it such a touching movie. This is one AWESOME movie. I cried.

Speedy Scandal – a feel good family oriented story. Managed to be funny and touching at the same time

Thirst – Not your typical western vampire story. Humane and supernatural at the same time.

Oldboy – Mad crazy movie. But at the same time so awesome.

A frozen Flower – Explicit scenes aside, I love the story

The Housemaid (1960) – I watched it in 2009 and think it has a mind blowing plot. Imagine watching this in 1960.

Miss Gold Digger – Han Ye Seul is the female lead. Of course I love it. Rom-com on how she has 4 boyfriends at one go in order to choose the best among them. You can imagine the trouble that entails ^^

Unstoppable Marriage 못말리는 결혼

My Father

Bungee Jumping Of Their Own – A beautiful story. It really shows how love transcends all barriers

King and the Clown – Has probably the most memorable ending I’ve seen

200 Pounds Beauty – a classic. What else can be said? ^^