Korean Cinema’s popularity has increased leaps and bounds in the recent past. Despite producing many path-breaking movies, the Industry also produces many television series that culturally significant and resonant. Something peculiar about Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz was that it was a long movie – over 15 hours long. It was the advent of mini television series, that are similar to the contemporary Kdramas. Several movies like The Thornbirds, Roots and other early TV mini-series were lengthy movies made into mini television series. Unlike many blockbuster Hollywood television dramas, Kdramas are shorter in length and end in as many as 30 episodes. With that in mind, there are some of the gems of Korean television dramas that demand your attention. Here is a list of some of the top Korean dramas ever.
12. Playful Kiss
Adapted from the 2005 Taiwanese movie- It All Started With A Kiss, Playful Kiss is one of the most globally popular Korean television series. Playful Kiss or Mischeivous Kiss is a warm and a bubbly romance which was designed to capitalize on Hyun Joong Kim’s immense popularity. Aimed at the teenage audiences, Playful catapulted its lead actor, Hyun Joon Kim into superstardom. The TV series deals with the relationship between Baek Seung-Jo, an arrogant young man with a genius IQ, and Oh Ha-Ni, a dizzy young woman who gets poor grades, but whose heart is as powerful as Seung-Jo’s mind. Watch it for its adorable love sequences and the terrific chemistry of the lead pair.
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11. Secret Garden
When you have the beginning and the end of a television series like Secret Garden, marathon is the only viable option. Originally meant to be 20 episodes long, the show was prolonged for two additional episodes, keeping in regard the immense popularity of the series. Secret Garden is a typical rich boy-poor girl love drama, which deals with the relation of the Kim Joo Won, a rich and an arrogant CEO, and Gil Ra Im, a stunt woman whose beauty is the object of envy for the all top actresses. After a series of complicated events, a strange incident results in swapping bodies. Secret Garden is a refreshing and beautiful tale of romance.