This winter break I decided to sit down and spend my time sipping hot tea, comfortably rolled up undercovers cozily watching Korean films. And I can assuredly smile back with satisfaction and joy at the decision. Korean cinema operates at a level that makes American cinema look unimaginative and dull. The layered plots, the perfectly paced narrative, and the exceptional performances (almost always) are the highlights of Korean films. Devoid of meta-physical frippery and unrequired commercial outlays, Korean films are a rarity in this time of globalization and commercialization. Here are the 10 best Korean dramas that you can watch online. Happy reading!
10. Once In a Summer (2006)
Flashbacks and summer retreats can fill your eyes with tears and mind with nostalgia. ‘Once In A Summer’ combines both and brings to us a beautiful story of love and separation. A determined assistant producer convinces Professor Suk, a former academician to make an appearance on his show for ratings. The flashbacks are set against the backdrop of an iron-fisted dictatorship under the ruthless Park Chung Hee. The turmoil and state of unrest become the canvass for Yun Suk to paint a picture worth a thousand words with a charming stranger. The apparently sumptuous portrait, though, only masquerades sordid lies and deep secrets of Suk which troubles the relationship. Suk becomes a vessel, bridging the past and the present, a recurring motif throughout the movie. Heart-rending performances and realistic writing make this atmospheric feature a match for the very best dramas in the industry. Watch it here.
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9. Always (1989)