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Sometimes you want a bit of intense drama in your life. It’s a good higher thought when that drama comes within the type of K-dramas, as a result of you possibly can observe the craziness that occurs in a fictional life and get invested in it whereas figuring out it’s not really actual.

Here’s a have a look at some loopy and intense melodramas and makjang dramas which were proven all through the years. I’ve included just some private ones that I’ve watched, however there’s clearly an limitless variety of them!


Warning: Major spoilers forward!

Star In My Heart

Be ready for: An evil stepmother who makes feminine lead work like a canine, and a well-known singer finally ends up falling in love together with her.

This melodrama stars the late Choi Jin Shil as Lee Yun Hee and Ahn Jae Wook as Kang Min Hee. Min Hee is a well-known singer who falls in love with the poor orphan girl Yun Hee. What’s a melodrama and not using a dramatic love triangle? One of the very best elements about this K-drama is that not solely is the principle lead residing out each girl’s fantasy of a well-known singer falling in love together with her, however there’s additionally one other wealthy CEO named Lee Joon Hee who’s after her coronary heart. The dramatic half? Joon Hee (Cha In Pyo) occurs to be greatest pals with Min Hee.

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Autumn In My Heart

Be ready for:  A person and lady who thought they have been siblings discover out they’re not, and fall in love with one another.

This melodrama stars a really younger Song Hye Kyo and Song Seung Heon as siblings who discover out that they’re not really blood-related. They get separated at a younger age, however have by no means actually forgotten about one another. There’s not just one however two heartbreaking love triangles, a most important character who has most cancers, and an evil “sister” who’s out to get everybody. Just while you assume this poor OTP can’t get any extra dangerous luck, there’s much more dangerous luck ready across the nook. I’ve watched the sequence a number of occasions all through the years and cry buckets each single time!

Stairway to Heaven

Be ready for: The most important feminine lead getting amnesia and not with the ability to keep in mind her old flame. On prime of that, she tragically goes blind from having most cancers.

Choi Ji Woo and Kwon Sang Woo respectively play Jung Seo and Song Joo, who have been childhood lovers. When Song Joo heads off to high school, Jung Seo will get right into a tragic automobile accident and will get amnesia. She can not keep in mind Song Joo, however he tries desperately to assist her keep in mind. Everything about this traditional sequence is dramatic, however the half that basically makes it melodramatic needs to be when Song Joo goes blind. Because low and behold, the second male lead performed by Shin Hyun Joon donates his eyes to her in order that she will see. Only in K-dramaland!

Sandglass

Be ready for: A foul boy falling in love with wealthy girl whose bodyguard can also be in love together with her. And the dangerous boy turns right into a severe gangster, will get arrested, and is put to dying.

This needs to be talked about in any melodrama class as this love story between gangster Park Tae Soo (Choi Min Soo) and the daughter of a rich on line casino proprietor, Yoon Hye Rin (Go Hyun Jung) was actually epic. Even the love triangle involving her bodyguard Baek Jae Hee (Lee Jung Jae) can go down within the books as being some of the tragic second lead tales in K-drama historical past. There’s loads of blood, sweat, and tears all through this sequence, which might be why it’s some of the watched K-dramas of all time.

I’m Sorry I Love You

Be ready for: Plot twists involving an orphan, evil mom, tragic love story, and somebody getting shot ultimately. It doesn’t get extra dramatic than this.

Cha Moo Hyuk (So Ji Sub) is an deserted orphan who grows up being abused by an abusive household. He runs away to the usand meets Song Eun Chae (Im Soo Jung). The two fall in love, however in a sequence of tousled twists and turns, they uncover that Eun Chae is aware of Moo Hyuk’s organic household. On prime of all this, Moo Hyuk is coping with the repercussions of getting a bullet lodged in his head, which is main him to his dying. There are barely any moments of happiness on this sequence, nevertheless it completely makes you need to see what is going to occur on the finish.

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Be ready for: A girl touring again into historical past to have a number of man falling in love together with her. The man she loves marries one other lady to be able to maintain his duties as King.

IU stars because the fortunate damsel, Hae Soo in “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.” She will get despatched again in time to the Goryeo period the place she magically bumps right into a royal household of many handsome princes- most of who fall in love together with her. While she falls in love with one and will get her coronary heart damaged, she finally ends up falling in love with the “evil” brother, Wang So (Lee Joon Gi). It’s a tragic love story as Wang So should select responsibility over love and Hae Soo is left heartbroken and with baby. Lucky sufficient, she has the loyal Wang Jung (Ji Soo) to take care of her. It’s a tragic and sorrow-filled story, however you’ve got the pleasure of seeing loads of eye-candy all through the sequence. We actually can’t complain.

That Winter, The Wind Blows

Be ready for: A con-man falling in love with a blind lady who thinks he’s her lengthy misplaced brother.

“That Winter, The Wind Blows” is a really unhappy melodrama that entails a person named Oh Soo (Jo In Sung) who makes his cash as a con man. He pretends to be the brother of a divorced wealthy girl named Oh Young (Song Hye Kyo). The two don’t consider in love and discover life fairly meaningless till they discover solace in one another. There’s loads of preventing, tears, and mendacity concerned; all elements of an excellent melodrama.

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Secret Love Affair

Be ready for: A piano prodigy falling in love together with his instructor who’s already married.

Not solely is that this a noona and youthful man melodrama, nevertheless it entails a scorching and heavy affair! Yoo Ah In stars as a younger pianist named Lee Sun Jae who falls in love together with his piano instructor, Oh Hye Won (Kim Hee Ae). There is kind of a heavy age hole, however the drama comes with a extremely passionate love affair the 2 share whereas Hye Won continues to be married to her husband. The intense appearing by Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae actually sucked me into the story and it was eerily fascinating to observe. You can actually really feel their jealousy and anger by way of the display!

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The Innocent Man

Be ready for: A person who tries to get revenge by making a girl fall in love with him. He really falls in love together with her, however she will get into an accident and will get amnesia.

Song Joong Ki stars as Kang Ma Roo, a troubled man who has loads of baggage and is unable to shake how a lot he’s been by way of. In flip, he focuses on getting revenge and hurting others, and within the course of, he falls in love with Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won) who he tries to make fall in love with him. Just when you assume Kang Ma Roo is a personality that’s arduous to fall for, he finally ends up falling head over heels for Eun Gi. The intense battle of resisting loving Kang Ma Roo fails and also you begin to cheer for this tousled love affair. Sounds fairly dramatic, proper?

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Sad Love Song

Be ready for: A person that falls in love with blind girl as kids, however is separated from her. The two reunite when they’re older, however the lady is already engaged to the person’s good friend.

This drama stars Kwon Sang Woo as Joon Young and Kim Hee Sun as Park Hye In, two individuals who fall in love as kids. Hye In, being blind, finds consolation and ease having Joon Young by her facet. Hye In is distributed to America, pondering that Joon Young has handed away. Years later, she receives a surgical procedure the place she will now see and she or he is engaged to a producer. She finds out that her fiancés good friend… is definitely her old flame. This K-drama had all the right makings of an ideal K-drama with first loves, being separated, blindness, having one other fiancée, second leads, and tragic love. I particularly beloved seeing two veteran actors solid as the principle leads – you actually can’t go unsuitable with Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Hee Sun!

Temptation of Wife

Be ready for: A husband making an attempt to kill his spouse and thinks that she’s lifeless, however she shouldn’t be. They meet once more, however she has a very completely different persona.

In “Temptation of Wife,” Jung Gyo Bin (Byun Woo Min) will get Goo Eun Jae (Jang Seo Hee) pregnant after getting her drunk. They are compelled to get married, however find yourself dropping their child. Gyo Bin tries to kill Eun Jae and thinks she is lifeless, however she re-appears months later and takes the id of one other lady. The anticipation and thrilling side of this K-drama received the hearts of many and went on for 129 episodes – craziness! You’d assume 129 episodes is means too lengthy for a sequence, however the anticipation and thrill of the script simply made it so irresistible. All the character’s lives are simply so tousled and Gyo Bin is simply so evil, however that’s what makes this so fascinating to observe!

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Bad Love

Be ready for: A person falling in love together with his brother’s ex-mistress.

Kwon Sang Woo stars as Kang Yong Ki, who falls in love with Na In Jung (Lee Yo Won). What he doesn’t understand is that In Jung is the girl his brother was having an affair with a few years in the past. Unable to let go of In Jung, he spends his days and nights making an attempt to win her coronary heart and persuade her that her previous doesn’t matter… that’s, till he finds out that she received pregnant together with his brother’s child. The preliminary affair that seems within the first two episodes is tremendous scorching and steamy. It actually hooked me in immediately. But when Kwon Sang Woo’s character comes into play, the persistence and love he reveals for In Jung is critically intense. I couldn’t cease watching!

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Romance

Be ready for: A pupil and instructor falling in love, and so they can’t be collectively however they actually need to.

Kim Ha Neul performs Kim Chae Won, a instructor who fatefully meets Choi Kwan Woo (Kim Jae Won). They meet by likelihood and share a pair dates collectively, however then uncover that she is his highschool instructor. What ensues is the 2 realizing that they’ll’t be collectively, however eager to. They separate to fulfill once more a couple of years later, however will time be sufficient for this noona and dongseng to be collectively? I’m shocked on the instructor/pupil relationship side of the plot, contemplating how such a relationship is basically appeared down upon, however I suppose that’s why it’s a melodrama! The incontrovertible fact that they grow to be a pair when they’re a bit older helps reduce the intense side of it, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a loopy storyline!

90 Days, Time To Love

Be ready for: First loves who discover out that they’re cousins. They attempt to run away however the father threatens to commit suicide. Plus the male lead will get sick and solely has 90 days to reside.

Another Kim Ha Neul melodrama, “90 Days, Time to Love” stars Kim Ha Neul as Go Mi Yun and Kang Ji Hwan as Hyun Ji Suk. The two begin as highschool sweethearts, however then discover out that they’re really cousins. Unable to recover from their love for one another, they determine to go away for America to get married, however when Ji Suk’s father threatens to kill himself in the event that they go away, they’re compelled to remain in Seoul. Ji Suk finally ends up getting sick a few years later and asks Mi Yun to spend his final days collectively. Another racy storyline and one that’s arduous to hate and arduous to like. The theme of kin falling in love with one another isn’t a good suggestion, however you possibly can actually really feel the love that Mi Yun and Ji Suk have for one another. So actually, you’re caught in a limbo all through the sequence. You can also’t assist however cry for their unlucky destiny.

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Glass Slippers

Be ready for: A person falling in love with poor lady, however finally ends up dying on their wedding ceremony day.

Kim Ji Ho and Kim Hyun Joo play two sisters named Kim Tae Hee and Kim Yoon Hee who lose each of their dad and mom. They get separated and reside utterly completely different lives; Tae Hee lives together with her grandfather and turns into a profitable enterprise lady whereas Yoon Hee grows up in an abused household. Jae Hyuk (Han Jae Suk) and Chul Woong (So Ji Sub) each fall in love with Yoon Hee regardless that Jae Hyuk is engaged to Tae Hee. At this level within the sequence, you lastly assume perhaps Tae Hee can lastly have her blissful ending, however the tone and really feel of the sequence makes you assume {that a} blissful ending shouldn’t be doable for the OTP. And this turns into a actuality. By the top of the sequence, Yoon Hee agrees to marry Chul Woong, however on their wedding ceremony day, he dangers his life to guard her and finally ends up dying. CRIES.

Winter Sonata

Be ready for: First loves getting torn aside and man getting amnesia. The two reunite 10 years later.

This traditional and epic old flame story stars Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yoo Jin and Bae Yong Joon as Kang Jun Sang. There is a automobile crash involving Jung Sang and everybody thinks he’s lifeless. 10 years later, he reveals up by likelihood in Yoo Jin’s life, however he has amnesia and can’t keep in mind her. It’s emotional for Yoo Jin as she’s been unable to overlook her old flame. I’m significantly keen on this sequence because it’s received all of the makings of a melodrama, nevertheless it’s additionally candy and heartwarming on the similar time. Jun Sang and Yoo Jin are simply such an endearing OTP with loads of chemistry and it actually makes you need Jun Sang to recollect who she is. And the second he remembers, it’s actually epic.

What Happened in Bali

Be ready for: Two males falling in love with one lady. The lady chooses considered one of them and the opposite man kills them each after which himself.

This drama is talked about in any melodrama/makjang record. “What Happened in Bali” stars Ha Ji Won as Lee So Jung, Jo In Sung as Jung Jae Min, and So ji Sub as Kang In Wook. The three characters meet in Bali as Soo Jung works there as a tour information. Back in Seoul, Soo Jung finds Jae Min and asks him to borrow some cash. From this deal, ensues a sophisticated love triangle. Jae Min is engaged to a different lady, however finds himself falling deeper in love with Soo Jung, so when he finds Soo Jung with In Wook in Bali, he shoots each of them in a jealous rage after which kills himself. Epically dramatic, proper? It actually doesn’t get extra makjang and dramatic than this sequence!

Uncontrollably Fond

Be ready for: Famous film star falling in love with poor girl, however can’t be together with her as a result of his dad killed her dad. He additionally will get most cancers.

This is a newer K-drama that has just about all of the makings of a real melodrama. Kim Woo Bin stars as Shin Joon Young, a well-known actor who falls in love with poor girl, No Eul (Suzy). He realizes that his organic father is accountable for protecting up the automobile accident that killed No Eul’s dad a few years earlier than, which prevents him from being together with her. Although this a part of the sequence is uber irritating since you need them to only be collectively, however we all know that Joon Young is dying of most cancers. I used to be actually hoping for a contented ending for the lovely couple, nevertheless it by no means got here!

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A Thousand Days’ Promise

Be ready for: A person and lady falling in love, however the man has a fiancée. The lady will get Alzheimer’s and the person leaves his fiancée.

Every nice Korean melodrama incorporates some kind of reminiscence loss, doesn’t it? “A Thousand Days’ Promise” stars Soo Ae as Lee Seo Yeon and Kim Rae Won as Park Ji Hyung. The two have a secret affair whereas Ji Hyung is engaged to be married. He finds out that Seo Yeon has early on-set Alzheimer’s and he finally ends up breaking off his engagement. The two find yourself getting married, however they’re confronted with the tough impediment of coping with this tragic illness. There’s one thing a few story the place one of many most important leads can’t keep in mind the individual they love. It’s heartbreaking and also you simply look ahead to that second the place they’ll get a glimpse of the love they shared earlier than. I actually felt for Soo Ae and Ji Hyung’s love story, particularly as she began to progressively lose her reminiscence; it was simply so unhappy!

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Hey Soompiers, what are your favourite makjang or melodramas? let me know within the feedback under!

binahearts is a Soompi author who can recently be seen obsessing over Jung Hae In, singing her coronary heart out to BIGBANG at karaoke, strolling her canine, or indulging in desserts. Make certain you comply with binahearts on Instagram as she journeys by way of her newest Korean crazes!

Currently watching: Wok of Love” and “About Time
All-time favourite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life” and “Star In My Heart
Looking ahead to: Won Bin’s return to the small display and Song Joong Ki’s subsequent drama





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