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 12 Korean dramas:
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.
11. Secret Garden