Yes.. People… I have a problem. I am totally, completely, addicted to Korean Dramas. I know,I know… what your thinking.. How can an intelligent, educated Black woman such as myself… be so crazy about Korean Dramas?
Well… It all started when I had a summer class with a group of High School girls. They kept talking about these dramas… How cute the men were .. How pretty the girls were… how they cried and laughed and just fell in love with every character. I thought awww… isn’t that cute. Their little obsession ..aww to be a teenager again. I figured I needed to stay hip and on top of the latest fads.. being a teacher… so I had better watch one so I can identify with my teenage girl students….Then OMG…I was hooked. Oh… they are like .. extended versions of our afterschool specials but with a little more humor and action.
What is so funny about these dramas.. is there is no sex, no open mouth kissing, no profanity, and no real violence; few people are murdered. But …they keep you interested with the story line and the acting.. and yes they are very funny and the men are amazingly hot. They all have subtitles so I need to read them . but… they are so good you forget you are reading…. and you start feeling for the characters. Most are your … rich guy, poor girl.. fall in love… or rich guy fall in love with poor girl and parents don’t like… or popular boy falls in love with un-popular girl… etc. But even though I am sure I know how they will end… I still must watch it all the way thru.
My excuse to my co-workers is that I am learning Korean…but I found that they are closet Korean Drama watchers too….the whole country is addicted. My husband laughs at me because I am so into these dramas that I can’t do anything but sit in front of the computer.. however, he did admit to me that he use to watch them in college…HA
So, for those of you not familiar with Korean drama and want to see what I am talking about.. I have a list of my favorite Korean Dramas that you should check out. Oh… these are found on … either.. www.hulu.com or www.dramafever.com. You must watch at least one.. you won’t be sorry.
1)Boys Over Flowers
The action takes place in the prestigious Shin Hwa high school in Seoul. Four boys, who comprise the group know as the Flower Four, are the crème de la crème, sons of the wealthiest and most powerful families from Korea. Spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and mean, these boys are the poster children for the new image of sexiness in Asia, a group of boys who are in fact beautiful – more beautiful than flowers. The leader, Joon Pyo, is the heir to one of the largest Korean conglomerates. Ji Hoo is the grandson of a former Korean president. Yi Jung and Woo Bin complete the group.
Enter cute Jan Di, who works at a porridge restaurant and is daughter to a humble family which owns a dry cleaner. She is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship and has to deal with a world she has only seen from afar. From the start, she faces the scrutiny of the entire school, who consider her an outcast. The boys from F4, who are demigods in this school, take an instant dislike to her. But through her charm and undying optimism, she tries to slowly win the hearts of everyone around her. And of course, a few of the boys will fall for her. Boys from the F4.
This romantic comedy was quite provocative when it launched as it revolves around issues of homosexuality. Han Kyul (Gong Yoo), the handsome son of a wealthy hotelier family, is set in his bachelor lifestyle and does not believe in commitment. His family’s constant pressure for him to get married drives him to the point that he pays a young man to pretend to be his gay partner. Trouble starts when Han Kyul falls in love with this man (who is a girl really). There are other subplots which make this show rich and deep in character.
3) My lovely Sam-Soon
At 29, Kim Sam-Soon‘s career and love life has hit a dead-end. She is overweight, unmarried, saddled with an embarrassingly old-fashioned name, and has just lost her job. On Christmas Eve, she catches her boyfriend of three years cheating on her, and promptly breaks up with him. Something has got to give. Enter Hyun Jin-Heon (Hyun Bin), the arrogant 27-year old owner of a restaurant called Bon Appetit, who hires her to put her French-pastry-chef skills to work as the restaurant’s chief baker. Stubborn and opinionated, the two individuals rapidly go head to head, fighting over cooking styles and almost everything else under the sun, but in the midst of all the arguments and ingredients flying around, something warmer starts simmering. When Jin-Heon gets pressured by his family to get married and Sam-Soon needs 50 million won to redeem her mother’s house from debt, Jin-Heon decides to hire her to act as his girlfriend, and the two sign a dating contract. Things get complicated however when Jin-Heon’s ex-girlfriend returns from the U.S. with her sights set on getting him back, and when Sam-Soon’s ex-boyfriend and a new admirer appear in her life.
Orphan Go Mi Nyeo is a nun-in-training with little awareness of what is happening in the world outside her church. Her twin brother, Go Mi Nam, is set to join the hottest band in Korea – A.N.Jell, led by the cool Hwang Tae Kyung . When an unfortunate accident puts Go Mi Nam out of commission for a month, the band’s manager begs Mi Nyeo to take his place – without the knowledge of the other band members. Though unwilling at first, Mi Nyeo realizes this is her chance to find their mother, who disappeared when they were born. As she tries to find her mother, she must also learn how to deal with emotions of love as she grows attached to the lonely Tae Kyung.
5) Dream High
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