My “Must-Watch” Classic Korean Variety Shows

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Whenever I disappear for long short periods of time, it’s usually because I’m watching my shows… and can’t stop watching my shows.

Now that I’m no longer in law school I don’t have homework or finals to keep me from my precious, beloved shows, but working at a law firm is (how surprising) even more exhausting!

Well, at least I’m getting paid, and I’m currently saving up for KCON, too. I’ve booked a Junior King Suite at J.W. Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. Live and will be buying my plane ticket and KCON ticket later this week. Remember unni? She lives in L.A., and we are going to KCON together!

Anyway, when I finally DO get off work (at 4:00 P.M.) and have time to watch my shows (until as late at , that’s all I’ve been doing, especially since I went home for Father’s Day this past weekend and am behind.

I am over Korean dramas for the time being and am definitely back to binging on Korean variety shows. I even started watching We Got Married (again), and I am SO in love with two of the new couples: Wooyoung and Park Se Young couple and Namgoong Min and Hong Jin Young couple!

God, I forgot the power of the Busan satoori

>.<

It’s also weird and gratifying to see Wooyoung ALL grown up. I was a 2PM fan girl back when they debuted in 2008 or 2009. I even got to see them perform live in Dallas at the House of Blues! However, when the Jay Park thing happened, I became a little distant from 2PM (and Kpop), but like I’ve said before (somewhere), EXO brought me back into Kpop fan girlism, and now I can’t stop that, either!

Anyway, here are some of my must-watch classic Korean variety shows that, like the first few seasons of We Got Married featuring my favorite couple Hwang Bo and Kim Hyun Joong, you don’t want to miss.

1. X-Man (2003)

X-Man~

X-Man~

Various celebrities are divided into two teams. One team is led by Kang Ho Dong and the other team is led by Yoo Jae Suk!

At the start of each episode, one celebrity is chosen by the producer to be the X-man, whose main mission is to disrupt teamwork in his or her team and purposely throw challenges while keeping his or her identity a secret.

Kim Jong Kook and Yoon Eun Hye had a famous love-line in X-Man, as well.

2. Ya Shim Man Man (2003)

Ya Shim Man Man~

Ya Shim Man Man~

In this show, guests have to answer fun questions about family, love, and more. If their answer is not in the Top 5, then they gets blown by very strong air that actually hurts and ruins their hair!

Like this, the audience and fans get an opportunity to get to know some of their favorite celebrities like, Bi, Yoon Kye Sang, and Shin Mi Na a little more, because they offer their opinions gained from their own personal experiences.

3. Heroine 6 (2004)

Heroine 6~

Heroine 6~

A school theme keeps this show fun and fabulous! Male celebrity guests like SS501 (Kim Hyun Joong’s boy group) stop by the classroom. They try to get picked by the heroine of their choice, usually through dancing or a special performance.

Should more than one male choose the same heroine, then they battle it out to win their girl! They will have to do the most bizarre things, like role playing, singing, etc.

Afterwards, they play two very original games: Catch the Mouse and Dibidibidip.

4. Love Letter (2004)

Love Letter~

Love Letter~

 This show featured male and female contestants competing for “each other” in romance games. For example guests have to dance in order to impress the person they are after. Contestants were artists, actors, models, comedians, and MCs of the South Korean entertainment industry.

5. Family Outing (2008)

Family Outing~

Family Outing~

This show had a celebrity family travel to different parts of South Korea, taking care of the house of an elderly family who would be sent on an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

So, have you watched any of these classic Korean variety shows?

Along with We Got Married (2008), Happy Together (2001) is a must-watch classic Korean variety show that is actually still on air!

P.S.: Feeding Your KDrama Addiction will be back next week, on Monday as always. I will also be back (soon), so stay tuned for some cool blog posts this weekend.

<3

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Just in Time for Summer: 15 More “Must-Watch” Korean Movies

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It’s almost summer, and that means it’s the perfect time to beat the heat and stay inside with a good movie– and some popcorn!

With that said, this is my third Korean movie list, and it’s even better than before. From more of my favorite Korean independent films to some action-packed Korean block busters to a few Korean romantic comedies and even some creepy, cult Korean classics, this list has something for everyone whether you’re new to Korean movies… or not.

After all, you may have already gone through my first and second must-watch Korean movie lists and been (patiently) waiting for another one!

^^

1. Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday~

Maundy Thursday~

A woman visits prisoners on death row every Thursday; and, one day she falls in love with a man who has been sentenced to death in what becomes a classic Korean melodrama.

(This is one of the first Korean movies that I watched, and because of it I quickly learned to have a box of tissue nearby!)

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

2. My Dear Enemy

My Dear Enemy~

My Dear Enemy~

What do you do when your ex-boyfriend owes you money? You hunt him down and force him to pay you back. In what becomes a haunting, unforgettable road trip down some of South Korea’s darkest alleys, you’ll find yourself taking a trip down memory lane right along with the two characters.

And, where they finally end up is unexpected– and unbelievably heartwarming.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

3. Thirst

Thirst~

A priest turned vampire falls in love with a psychotic, obsessive woman in this black comedy.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

4. Spellbound

Spellbound~

Spellbound~

Falling in love with a lonely woman who sees ghosts has never been so scary sweet in this Korean romantic comedy.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Hulu!

5. Boys of Tomorrow

Boys of Tomorrow~

Boys of Tomorrow~

Two brothers grew up on the wrong side of town, but which one of them will make it out even if things are never made right?

(This coming of age story starring Yoo Ah In was the first Korean independent film that I watched, and after watching it you’ll know why I was hooked!)

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Veoh!

6. Mother is A Whore

Mother Is A Whore~

Mother is A Whore~

This is another extremely disturbing Korean movie about a boy born with AIDS because his mother is a whore; however, the story takes place when he’s already much older.

It’s also difficult to find, so here’s the trailer– with English subs, if you’re ready to find out what this independent film that holds nothing back when it comes to forced incest, brutal rape, and subtle attacks on religion is all about:

7. Rough Cut

Rough Cut~

Rough Cut~

Is a movie really just a movie? An actor hires a thug to film an action movie when his costar drops out, but slowly the lines between fact and fiction become blurred.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Viki!

8. Poongsan

Poongsan~

In this political satire, a messenger crosses the border between North and South Korea to bring separated families back together and falls in love along the way– but don’t expect a happy ending here.

Watch HERE, subbed, on Amazon!

9. A Frozen Flower

File:A Frozen Flower film poster.jpg

A Frozen Flower~

A King falls in love with one of the palace guards, but his love turns into an obsession that plunges them both into madness and despair.

Warning: If you don’t like to see men kissing (or doing more than that), then this movie MIGHT not be for you. However, I believe that love is love, and this IS a love story– it just happens to be between two men.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

10. The Good, The Bad, The Weird

The Good, The Bad, The Weird~

Some of Korea’s top actors– Jung Woo Sung, Lee Byung Hun, and Song Kang Ho, got together for this action-packed, East-meets-West western.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

11. Psychics, or Haunters

Haunters~

Haunters~

This action-packed blockbuster starring Kang Dong Won and Go Soo is full of super powers, friends, and the birth of both a hero and a villain, but who will win in the end?

(Best use of super powers and foreigners in a Korean film!)

Watch HERE, unsubbed, on Youtube!

12. The Thieves

The Thieves~

Yes! This is the Korean version of Ocean’s 11. It’s also the film where Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun first met and garnered attention for their amazing on-screen chemistry.

However, it’s really just a love story in the end– a story about making wrongs right, even after a long time.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Dailymotion!

13. Penny Pinchers

Penny Pinchers~

This is the best Korean romantic comedy that I have ever seen. It’s not tedious or confusing. It’s fast, fun, and surprisingly heartwarming and touching.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Dailymotion!

14. Always Only You

Always Only You~

Always Only You~

This is a romantic melodrama starring So Ji Sub. He plays a boxer who falls in love with a woman who is blind; and, because of her he suddenly starts to see the world in a different light.

(So Ji Sub at his FINEST!)

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

15. Beautiful

Beautiful~

Horror stories are perfect for summer, and this is one Korea movie that’s part horror, part satire as one beautiful woman slowly comes undone.

Watch the trailer below, and try to find download links online:

As for me, it’s officially summer– for forever!

To celebrate summer and graduating again– this time with my doctorate in law, I started out by watching an independent Korean film, Penny Pinchers, starring Song Joong Ki

And, I somehow ended up going on a gigantic movie-watching spree featuring Christian Bale. By now, I’ve watched almost all of his movies. Ryan Gosling is next– along with a few Japanese movies!

P.S.: I updated both of my must-watch Korean movie lists with new links where needed, so be sure to check them out even if you already have before!

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There’s a lot in store, so stay tuned for the following:

An introduction to my friend and fellow blogger The Traveling Kimchi, more guest blog posts from Daniel Cooper, and the new series Feeding Your KDrama Addiction where I’ll let you know about all the Korean dramas that you’ve been craving from noona romances to medical dramas to high school dramas and more!

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I’ll do my best to keep improving my blog until it becomes a home for everyone interested in and passionate about not just Korean culture but the undeniable connection between different cultures, languages, and people. After all, the WGEB community has friends and followers from all around the world.

My Must-Watch Noona Romances

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By now, you girls know how much I love– and live my life likenoona romances!

So, here is my list of Must-Watch Noona Romances.

1. A Second Proposal

A Second Proposal~

A Second Proposal~

Starring Oh Yeon Soo and Oh Ji Ho, this is a blast-from-the-past Kdrama about a divorced woman who does her best to get her kids back and falls in love for the second time along the way. Get ready for one of the best soundtracks– if you’re a 90′s kid, and tons of antics and adventures!

2. I Do, I Do

I Do, I Do~

I have an entire blog post dedicated to this awesome-but-not-for-everyone Korean drama, and check it out to find out why!

(A one night stand, a baby, and two hunky leads duking it out over our spunky, sassy heroine! Oh, and shoes.)

3. Let’s Eat

Let's Eat!~

Let’s Eat!~

One of my favorite actresses– Lee Soo Kyung, stars in this fun, simple, down to earth story about a divorced woman living alone and her nosy neighbors living next door. Get ready for lot’s of food porn and some romance that is just as delicious!

4. Secret Love Affair

Secret Love Affair~

Secret Love Affair~

I have an entire blog post dedicated to this ultimate noona romance– they’re 20 years apart but that doesn’t stop their chemistry from being off the charts; but, check out the scenes and statements, or recaps as well!

5. Witch’s Romance

Witch's Romance~

Witch’s Romance~

Okay, this Korean drama hasn’t even started yet, but Uhm Jung Hwa is an amazing actress. This is bound to be an awesome and adventurous rom com noona romance.

So, what’s your must-watch noona romance?

It may or may not have made my list.

(Sorry I Need Romance 3!)

 

 

 

 

My “Must-Watch” Korean Variety Shows

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When I first started learning Korean years ago, what kept me motivated was the thought of finally being able to watch Korean variety shows without needing English subtitles; and– now that I can, I watch tons of Korean variety shows. In fact, I watch at least one a day.

(At least one apple Korean variety show a day keeps the doctor away!)

Anyway, I’ve talked about Korean variety shows before in THIS post, but I haven’t talked about how much I love them or which ones you must watch– until now.

Mondays

Talk Show Hello

Talk Show Hello~

Talk Show Hello~

I loved this show ever since it first came out about three years ago, and I haven’t missed (too) many episodes.

Along with the four main MC’s there are also four different guest MC’s who range from Korean idols to Korean singers to Korean actors and actresses. Together, their job is to listen to four different stories from guests and decide whether or not they have something to be worried about.

What really drew me to this show from the very first episode when the members of 2PM were the guest MC’s was how open and honest it was. From race issues to gender stereotypes to sex problems, this show talks about it all!

Tuesdays

(Catch-up day!)

Wednesdays

A Tree That Doesn’t Fall Even If You Hit It Ten Times

The MCs

The MCs

I watch any show that Heo Kyung Hwan– one of my favorite Busan boys, is in, and this is his newest one that airs on jTBC, which is really stepping up its game with Secret Love Affair and tons of other new variety shows like this one.

I love this show because he and the three other MC’s are so funny, and they always talk about dating and relationships– Korean style.

Thursdays

Happy Together

Happy Together~

Happy Together~

I also watch any show that Yoo Jae Suk is in, and this is one of his oldest and longest running shows. I remember watching old episodes in 2008, and I’m still watching new ones now!

The wide variety of guests and funny, pro MC’s make it a must-watch every week.

Fridays

Kim Byungman’s Law of The Jungle

kbm

Kim Byung Man’s Law of The Jungle: The Papua Cast

One Korean comedian takes on the jungles of Africa, South America, and Asia with his guests, who soon become more than just guests but family as they struggle to survive without even the most basic necessities.

If you like Robinson Crusoe, National Geographic, and watching people hunt, cook, and eat (and build awesome tree houses, boats, and swings), then this show might be for you, too!

What I really love about it– apart from Kim Byung Man, are the interactions between the Korean cast and the very non-Korean tribes that they meet.

(Think “two different people, one love!”)

Saturdays

Infinity Challenge

Infinity Challenge~

Infinity Challenge~

I LOVE this show and have also been watching it since 2008 when I first got into all things Korean. Yoo Jae Suk, Park Myung Soo, Ha Ha, and more star on this show where it’s all about taking on new challenges from fun races to modeling to meeting Usain Bolt– together.

Sundays

Running Man

Running Man~

Running Man~

I haven’t missed an episode of this Korean variety show ever since it first started airing years ago, and it’s another one starring Yoo Jae Suk, Ha Ha, Kim Jong Kook and even Gary of LeeSsang.

Races, special guests, and one cast that just doesn’t know when to stop running, or ripping each other’s name tags off make for another must-watch show.

Did your favorite Korean variety make my must-watch list?

I’m also happily watching Dancing 9 Season 2 on Fridays, WGM on Saturdays, and Real Men on Sundays, but these shows aren’t on my must-watch list since I do skip episodes and parts.

But, if you want more and just can’t seem to get enough of Korean variety shows, then stay tuned for my list of “Must-Watch” Classic Korean Variety Shows.

It’ll definitely feature more blasts from the past!

My “Must-Watch” Korean Dramas: 2014 Edition

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It– not Korean dramas, just my must-watch lists, all started in 2013, but 2014 is ALREADY looking like another good great year for Korean dramas! And, be sure to check out the long list of Korean dramas that I’ve watched and loved in the past HERE.

1. My Love From Another Star

My Love From Another Star~

In this drama starring Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun, Park Hae Jin, and Yoo Inna, “an alien from another planet lands in Korea, and falls in love with a top Hallyu star.”

(The must-watch of the year so far!)

2. Secret Love Affair

Secret Love Affair~

Secret Love Affair~

This drama about an older married woman who falls in love with a much younger boy has me hooked, and I’ve been sharing my favorite scenes and statements– a kind of recap, HERE.

3. A Witch’s Romance

Witch's Romance~

Witch’s Romance~

This drama about another older woman who falls for a much younger guy is TONS of fun so far– and also so different from Secret Love Affair even though they are both noona romances!

Be sure to check out their steamy kisses HERE!

4. Yoo Na’s Street

Yoo Na's Street~

Yoo Na’s Street~

Love both of these leads and the entire cast– along with the story about a bumbling detective and his sexy pick-pocketing neighbor!

This drama replaces Secret Love Affair, and you can watch the teaser here:

More importantly, I’ll watch this Korean drama FOR SURE– after it’s been subbed.

I’m excited for High School King of Savvy and Trot Lovers,  so let’s hope they makes the cut!

I’ve decided not to watch any of the divorce dramas (Emergency Couple and Sly and Single Again), medical dramas (New Leaf, Doctor Stranger, and Angel Eyes), or cop dramas (Gap Dong and You’re All Surrounded) that aired this year. If you’ve seen my long list of watched Korean dramas, you’ll see that I’ve already been there and done that, and it’s not like any of my favorite Korean actors or actresses are in any of them, either.

Now, Joseon Gunman, which is airing right now, sounds great, but I’m SO not into the lead, Lee Jun Ki, that I’m not even going to bother watching it– unless someone tells me to. Fated to Love You also sounds good, but I’ll wait until it gets closer to the end before I start watching it.

Maybe the first two dramas that made the list are so perfect that everything that comes after them just… not good enough, like a bottle of coke I opened for the first time and drank last night but don’t want to drink again even though it’s still in the fridge– lost ALL the fizz.

The next round of dramas is here, and once I finish writing my novel, The Fairy Godmother of Itaewon, I’ll start catching up!

You can watch a bunch of new and old dramas on my favorite site where I watch high quality videos (1080p!) with great subtitles that leave nothing out:

 Kdrama.com!

P.S.: Are you watching any of these dramas; and if you are, then which ones should I check out? I can’t decide since there are so many! Maybe like Pokemon, you just gotta catch watch ‘em all…

>.<

My “Must-Watch” Korean Dramas: Blasts From the Past Edition

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I keep track of EVERY Korean drama that comes out– and has ever come out, but these are the ones that I have watched, and these are the ones that have made the cut for my “must-watch” list, too.

These are the ones that had a great cast– great chemistry between the leads and great supporting actors and actresses, a great storyline, and a great soundtrack along with a little something special, which is what really sets great Korean dramas apart from the plain old good or incredibly bad ones.

The following list starts in 2004 and ends in 2012 since 2013 has it’s own list of “must-watch” Korean dramas already; and, the list for 2014 will come out soon, so stay tuned!^^

(Are you watching what I’m watching?)

2004

1. A Second Proposal

A Second Proposal~

A Second Proposal~

Starring Oh Yeon Soo and Oh Ji Ho, this is a drama about a divorced woman who does her best to get her kids back and falls in love for the second time along the way.

2. She is 19!

She is 19~

She is 19~

Starring Yoon Kye Sang and Kim Jae Won. Need I say more? Okay, it’s another one of those “you’re gonna need a whole box of tissues” melodramas, but it’s funny and heartwarming, too!

2005

3. Hello My Teacher

Biscuit Teacher &Star Candy~

Hello My Teacher~

Starring Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin, this is the exciting and adventurous story of a student who falls in love with his teacher. Once again, Gong Hyo Jin has amazing chemistry with her co-star, and you might remember her for the more recent Korean drama, A Master’s Sun.

2006

4. Soulmate

Soulmate~

Soulmate~

Starring Lee Soo Kyung, this Korean drama is a “combination of Friends and Sex in the City, this refreshing, witty and sexy sitcom is one of our all-time favorites.”

5. Lovers

Lovers~

Lovers~

Starring Lee Seo Jin of the hit Korean variety show Grandpa Over Flowers, this Korean drama is “stylish, bittersweet, and lovely, starring two leads with chemistry so intense that it led to an offscreen relationship, the drama was an easy hit and is not to be missed.”

6. Jumong

Jumong~

This is the “story of the man who founded a kingdom that ruled over Korea and a large swath of what is now China. Jumong was the highest-rated Korean drama in 2006.”

(If you’ve never watched a sageuk, or historical drama, before, then this is a great one to start with even though it IS long.)

7. Great Inheritance

Great Inheritance~

Great Inheritance~

Kim Jae Won stars in this timeless Korean drama as a gangster-turned-school teacher who find love and so much more– like a bunch of bratty but cute kids.

2007

8. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

Coffee Prince~

Coffee Prince~

Starring Gong Yoo, Yoon Eun Hye, and Lee Sun Kyun this is, “Arguably the most popular and talked about Korean drama of 2007.”

9. Crazy for You

Crazy for You~

Crazy for You~

Also starring Yoon Kye Sang and Lee Mi Yeon, this is a drama that is as melodramatic and makjang as it gets, with one of the best OSTs… EVER.

(Get your box of tissue ready!)

2008

10. Who Are you?

Who Are You?~

Who Are You?~

Another drama starring Yoon Kye Sang and Reply 1994′s Go Ara! Body swapping shenanigans: ’nuff said.

2009

11. Boys Over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers~

Boys Over Flowers~

Starring Lee Min Ho in his break-out role: “Meet the boys of the F4 in this runaway megahit Korean drama that keeps winning fans over worldwide.”

12. The Return of Iljimae

The Return of Iljimae~

Starring Jung Il Woo, this drama tells a story “about a mythical Robin Hood type hero who returns each generation to save the downtrodden of the world.”

2010

13. Pasta

Pasta~

Starring Lee Sun Kyun and Gong Hyo Jin, “great casting and fine dining mix in this feel-good romance ratings winner.”

14. Chuno

Chuno~

Starring hotties Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji Oh, Chuno, or Slave Hunter, is a “ratings blockbuster, Chuno is an epic story during the Joseon Dynasty that brings the historical genre to new levels.”

15. Oh, My Lady!

Oh! My Lady~

Starring the adorable Choi Si Won of Super Junior, this is a “romantic comedy about a spunky housewife and a demanding superstar, and the child who brings them together.”

16. Baker King Kim Tak Gu

Baker King, Kim Tak Goo!~

Starring Joo Won in his break-out role, this is “one of the highest rated dramas in the past decade, Baker King Kim Tak Goo follows one young man’s quest to overcome his past and, against all odds, overcome and find happiness.”

17. Gloria

Gloria~

Gloria~

“Bae Doo Na stars in this tale of romance and destiny as a woman who tries to change her fate and achieve her dream as a singer.”

(You might also recognize Chun Song Yi’s mom from My Love From Another Star if you watch this!)

18. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

Gender swapping never looked so good in this sageuk about a girl who pretends to be a boy! Romance (and bromance) abound in this fun, adventurous Korean drama.

2011

19. Can You Hear My Heart?

Can You Hear My Heart~

Can You Hear My Heart~

Another great drama starring Kim Jae Won and Hwang Jung Eum, this is “the inspiring hit series of two people faced with physical limitations beyond their control who find a way to love each other.”

20. Ten

Ten~

Starring Joo Sang Wook of Good Doctor, Ten is about “the top 10 percent of the worst crimes can only be solved by the top 10 percent of the best police investigators. ‘Ten’ is a 2011 South Korean police drama series that follows the elite detectives in a special police unit that are given the task of solving the most heinous crimes.”

(Also has a season two, but I’m waiting for it to get licensed and subbed!)

2012

21. Queen Inhyun’s Man

Queen In Hyun’s Man~

Starring Yoo In Na and her co-star turned boyfriend Ji Hyun Woo– who looks like my crush who works at Bunker in South Korea, this is a time-traveling romance that will sweep you off your feet.

22. Ma Boy

Ma Boy~

Ma Boy~

This is a cute, “gender-bender mini-drama” about high school and idols.

23. I Love Lee Taeri

I Love Lee Tae Ri~

Starring Park Ye Jin of Family Outing as Lee Tae Ri and Kim Ki Bum of Super Junior as Eun Dong, who “is a 14-year-old teenager who wakes up one morning to discover that he has been transported into the body of 25-year-old.”

(What Big starring Gong Yoo SHOULD have been!)

24. School 2013

2013

School 2013~

Starring everyone’s favorites Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin, “this “bromantic” drama stars a cast of millennials engaging with contemporary high school life, concerns and dreams, and the two teachers who try to turn the class of delinquents around.”

25. 12 Men in One Year

12 Men in One Year~

12 Men in One Year~

“This sexy comedy follows the tales of astrology-obsessed Mi Roo (Yoon Jin Seo), a magazine reporter who’s just wrecked a year-long relationship with her boyfriend.”

26. Ghost

Ghost~

Ghost~

Starring So Ji Sub and Lee Yeon Hee, “Who do you catch when all your enemies are faceless, and all your evidence disappears with the click of a button?”

27. I Do, I Do

I do, I Do~

I do, I Do~

This Korean drama is about an older, workaholic woman and a younger, free-spirited guy… and what happens after their really awesome really awkward one night stand!

28. Wild Romance

Wild Romance~

Wild Romance~

This is a fun, heartwarming Korean drama about a baseball player who falls in love with his tomboy bodyguard.

Okay, but where can you watch all of these Korean dramas and more?

Just go HERE to find out!

And, I thought I was done with this list, but I keep adding more, so be sure to check back  every now and then to see what I’ve added, and let me know what Korean dramas you think everyone else must watch!

^^

13 More “Must-Watch” Korean Movies

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Here are ten 13 more “Must-Watch” Korean movies; because, you can never have too many Korean movies to watch, right?

Many of these Korean movies are also independent films, but Korean movies are also well-known for many other genres from melodramas to black comedies to crime action thrillers (and everything in between). So, I’ve gone ahead and mixed things up this time!

This Korean movie list also features many of my favorite Korean actors:

Lee Jung Jae, Lee Byung Hun, Ha Jung Woo, Won Bin, and even Kim Su Ro.

It also features many of my favorite Korean actresses:

Moon So Ri, Jeon Do Yeon, and Gong Hyo Jin.

And, if you haven’t, check out the first list HERE before getting started on this one.

1. 3 Iron

3 Iron~

A woman who is being abused by her husband meets a drifter on a motorcycle when he breaks into her house one day. What happens next is an adventurous love story that– as you’ll see, doesn’t need words.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

2. Oasis

Oasis~

Shockingly disturbing but surprisingly undramatic, this love story between a man with autism and a woman with cerebral palsy– no, this love story between two people, will leave you breathless and in tears as the true meaning of love even in the midst of misunderstanding unfolds.

(This movie features one of my favorite actresses, Moon So Ri, and you can find her in a Good Lawyer’s Wife, too.)

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Viki!

3. Green Chair

Green Chair~

She’s 32– 30 in America. He’s 19– just 17 in America. But, age is just a number, or so the old saying goes…

Warning: Although most Korean movies have some explicit content, I don’t think I need to warn you about them before you watch them. However, the sex scenes in Green Chair are long and explicit– even borderline pornographic, but that just makes this love story a little bit more than fiction.

(This will always be one of my favorite Korean movies, just because the lead actress is a crazy, insecure, neurotic mess, but that doesn’t stop her from discovering the true meaning of love.) 

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

4. The Housemaid

The Housemaid~

A sexy husband, a pregnant  wife, and a desperate housekeeper make for one dirty house in this star studded, award winning black comedy.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

5. My Heart Beats

My Heart Beats~

In this black (romantic) comedy, a single, “forever alone” 40-something woman quits her job as a professor and decides to become… a porn star? But, what happens next as she explores her body, mind, and heart is an unexpected, explosive, and heartwarming romance.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

6. Old Boy

Old Boy~

This classic, crime action thriller is one that will leave you with chills:

For reasons unknown to him, a man gets kidnapped and trapped in a small room one day. He stays there for 15 years, and when he finally gets out– all he wants is revenge.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on GoodDrama!

7. I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil~

This is another excellent crime action thriller centered on revenge:

A man will do anything to save the woman he loves from a depraved serial killer, but his quest– his thirst, for revenge takes him to a dark, dangerous place.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

8. A Bittersweet Life

A Bittersweet Life~

A Bittersweet Life~

A gangster falls in love with the woman who belongs to the man he works for; and, what happens next is both brutal and bittersweet.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on DramaGo!  

9. The Chaser

The Chaser~

This crime action thriller will make you check your locks and leave the lights on before you go to bed as a lousy pimp turned detective chases after a twisted serial killer who killed several of his working girls.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on DramaGo!

10. The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere~

One little girl gets rescued by the hottest, most bad ass man alive, and this crime action thriller will leave you crying– and begging for more.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Hulu!

11. Mother

Mother~

One mother goes to drastic lengths to protect her handicapped son when he is accused of a heinous crime.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on GoodDrama!

12. Volcano High

Volcano High~

This classic martial arts film stars big stars like Jang Hyuk, Shin Min Ah, Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Sang Woo, and Kim Su Ro– well, this was filmed (way) BEFORE they were big.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on GoodDrama!

(I remember LOVING this movie when it came out in 2001. At that time, it was shown on MTV. It was also called a “Kung fu” movie and dubbed by several famous hip hop artists, including Andre 3000, Big Boi, and Snoop Dogg… Hallyu before Hallyu was Hallyu?)

Don’t believe me?

Well, HERE is proof that this actually happened.

13. Crush and Blush

Crush and Blush~

This odd and awkward romantic comedy will pinch at your heart and bring tears to your eyes as you cheer on a red-faced, frizzy-haired girl who just wants to fall in love.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on GoodDrama!

So many movies, so little time!

Better go get started watching one of these “must-watch” Korean movies now– don’t forget the popcorn.

P.S.: Want more Korean movies? No problem, because I have a third Korean movie list with even more must-watch Korean movies from romantic comedies to horror flicks to action-packed blockbusters!

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My “Must-Watch” Korean Dramas: 2013 Edition

*Must-Watch Korean Movies, Must-Watch Korean Dramas, &More*

Ever since 2008, I’ve been a hardcore fan of Korean dramas. Now, everyone I know from family to friends to complete strangers seems to be watching them!

Why?

Well, the stunning visuals, the heart-warming, tear-jerking stories, the unforgettable soundtracks, and the FEELS make Korean dramas so addicting; but, I think what REALLY makes Korea dramas so addicting is that they have characters we can ALL relate to.

(I mean, it beats watching almost anything on American TV, which I don’t watch– ever!)

Some of my friends have watched hundreds of Korean dramas, but I’m a lot pickier about my dramas– maybe because I’m an avid reader and obsessive writer. I really care about everything from the acting to the story-line to the soundtrack. Cinematography matters, too, and having strong leads AND strong supporting roles might be what separates a great drama from a good one.

So, I’ve only seen about 50 (or 60) Korean dramas ranging all the way back from those made in 2004 to those made now; and, you can find the long list of Korean dramas that I’ve watched and loved over the years HERE!

Thankfully, its turning out to be another year full of “must-watch” Korean dramas, so here are some of mine.

1. I Can Hear Your Voice

ihyv

I Can Hear Your Voice~

A bad little girl turns into a big, bad prosecutor, but when the little boy she saved a long time ago finally finds her again, her whole world is turned upside down as he reads her mind and her heart.

(Best Drama of The Year!)

2. The Master’s Sun

The Master's Sun~

The Master’s Sun~

“A selfish CEO meets an insomniac with the ability to see ghosts in this dark romantic comedy by the famed screenwriting duo, the Hong Sisters.”

(Best Couple of The Year!)

3. Good Doctor

Good Doctor~

Good Doctor~

An autistic little boy dreams of becoming a doctor, and as he overcomes his disabilities, he also overcomes his painful past and finds success and love in the present.

(Best Acting of The Year!)

4.  Marry Him If You Dare

Marry Him If You Dare~

Marry Him If You Dare~

What would you do if the future “you” suddenly showed up and forced you to wake up in order to keep you from making mistakes only she knows about? Find out as Mirae meets her future self and is forced to change her present!

(Craziest Drama of The Year!)

5. Unemployed Romance

Unemployed Romance~

Unemployed Romance~

“An aspiring drama writer living off her unemployment checks bumps into her first love, who just so happens to be the one issuing her checks.”

(Cutest Drama of The Year!)

6. Heirs

Heirs~

Heirs~

“Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho star in this trendy high school drama about chaebols as they form friendships and fall in love for the first time.”

That’s Lee Minho, Park Shinae, and Kim Woo Bin!

(The Must-Watch Drama of The Year!)

7. Let’s Eat!

Let's Eat~

Let’s Eat~

One of my favorite actresses– Lee Soo Kyung, in a really fun, down to earth story about a divorced woman living alone, and LOTS of (Korean) food porn…

^^

(Best Story of The Year!)

8. The Queen of Office

Queen of Office~

Queen of Office~

The amazing Kim Hye Soo stars in this Korean drama about an independent contractor who jumps from job to job until she starts working in one office where she meets people who become more than coworkers but friends and family.

(Funniest Drama of The Year!)

So, what are some of your must-watch Korean dramas?

And, you can find more of your favorite Korean dramas on Kdrama.com, the site that offers 1080p video quality and the best, most accurate subtitles EVER!

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My Top 10 “Must-Watch” Korean Movies

*Must-Watch Korean Movies, Must-Watch Korean Dramas, &More*

Many of the movies on this list are independent films.

Some of the independent films are by Kim Ki Duk, my favorite director. He is a controversial director in Korea; however, he is critically acclaimed abroad.

Nevertheless, ALL of the movies on this list address issues within Korean society, issues that– in fact, pervade humanity. Therefore, they will challenge your perspective of your own society and your perspective on humanity as they blur the lines between justice and revenge– between love and obsession– between the beautiful and the grotesque– between good and evil.

1. Address Unknown

Address Unknown~

Address Unknown~

Set after the Korean war, a half-black, half-Korean boy lives with his mother in an abandoned school bus. While his Korean mother looks for his estranged black father by writing letters that always come back stamped “Address Unknown,” he struggles to fit in with Korean society. In the end, will he ever really belong in a place that has no place for him?

Watch HERE, unsubbed, on Youtube!

2. The Unforgiven

The Unforgiven~

The Unforgiven~

A boy finally goes off to army, but he struggles to fit in and follow commands from his superiors, one of whom happens to be an old friend, or hyung. Slowly, the army changes him, but once he leaves will he be able to come to terms with the person he has become?

Watch HERE, unsubbed, on Youtube!

3. Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys~

Beastie Boys~

Two men sell their bodies for sex as “hosts,” struggling to make ends meet and to make sense of the world they live in.

(Featuring two of my favorite actors before they “blew up,” Ha Jung Woo and Yoon Kye Sang!)

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Amazon!

4. No Regret

No Regret~

No Regret~

A secretly gay man falls in love with a boy who drives him home one day (designated driving services are popular in Korea). Then, they meet again at a host bar where the boy is working. Although they fall in love, will their love survive the pressures of Korean society?

(Stunning performance by Kim Nam Gil.)

Watch HERE, English and Vietnamese subbed, on Youtube!

5. Birdcage Inn

Birdcage Inn~

Birdcage Inn~

In a beautiful but gritty coming of age story, a young, conservative girl is forced to confront a prostitute who moves into her home that serves as a motel for travelers. As she does so, she finds out more about herself and her own sexuality.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

6. A Good Day to Have an Affair

A Good Day to Have An Affair~

A Good Day to Have An Affair~

A married woman finds out that her husband is having an affair, and a single woman finally meets the man of her dreams; but, not everything is as it seems.

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Youtube!

7. A Good Lawyer’s Wife

A Good Lawyer's Wife~

A Good Lawyer’s Wife~

After struggling to deal with a cheating husband and his strange family, the wife of a lawyer is suddenly confronted with a loss that wakes her up from the dream she’s been living; but, will she ever dream again?

Watch HERE, unsubbed, on Youtube!

8. Chubby Revolution (or Plump Revolution)

Chubby Revolution~

Chubby Revolution~

A lighthearted comedy tackles a serious issue: The obsession with physical beauty in Korea. How? Well, a model suddenly starts to gain weight when she finds out that the man she is in love with only dates chubby girls. Will he fall for her, and does her weight really matter to him– or to her?

Watch HERE, English subbed, on GoodDrama!

9. Time

Time~

Time~

It’s been two years, and he no longer looks at her anymore. So, a young woman becomes increasingly obsessed with her looks, suddenly disappearing one day. Secretly, she undergoes plastic surgery, only to come back to her boyfriend as someone new. Will he remember his old girlfriend, or will he forget her and fall in love with someone else– no, with her, again?

Watch HERE, English subbed, on Viki!

10. Silenced (or The Crucible)

Silenced~

Silenced~

A teacher reluctantly goes to the middle of nowhere in order to teach at a school for the deaf. He misses his wife and newborn baby back home, but when strange things start to happen around him, he realizes that the deaf children he teaches have been sexually abused by the faculty of the school. Silenced and ignored by the entire community around them, will anyone– including the new teacher, listen to their anguished voices?

(Based on a real-life story.)

Watch HERE, unsubbed, on “Watch Again” Korea!

So, what are some of your “must-watch” Korean movies?

Although these movies may be hard to find– along with their English subtitles, it’s worth taking the time to look for and watch them; but, if you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, then leave me a comment, and I’ll try to help.

In addition, many of these videos can be found subbed in languages other than English, so it’s worth doing a quick search on your own, too– if you speak Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and even Italian!

P.S.: Want more Korean movies? No problem. I have a second and a third Korean movie list, with even more must-watch Korean movies from rom coms to horror flicks to action-packed blockbusters.