KMazing – As one of the leading pop culture exporters, Korea is not only known for its singers and K-Pop songs. The Gingseng Country’s Film Industry are also known worldwide, commercially successful and persistently gain prestigious awards.
The South Korean film industry is one of the most rapidly growing in Asia that has consistently produced works in the form of quality films especially for romantic genres where romantic comedy movies or romantic Korean movies can now compete in quality with Hollywood-produced movies.
Korean romantic films are much in demand, especially in Asian countries that have an Eastern culture-and are culturally similar to the country. Romance is indeed never death. Those who are happy or sad, single or in a relationship, would love to watch romantic movie, right?
Well, it can not be denied again that Korean is one of the best producer in making romantic stories that can make the audiences lost their way and touched! The storyline of Korean movie that twisted successfully stirred up the feelings people that watched it.
Well, here are our top 20 most romantic Korean drama that must be watched! While watching, do not forget to prepare a box of tissue *trust me, you will definitely need them*.
Anyway, let’s get started!
20Penny Pinchers (2011)
From the title, we can guess that this love story will be wrapped and goes around about money. So the story begins with Ji Woong, a student who got none whatsoever responsibility about his finance and keep on calling her mother to get a loan. The role of the extravagant guy was played Song Joong Ki is then expelled from his apartment. He was replaced by a woman named Hong Shil. The character was played by Han Ye Seul is the exact reverse person as Ji Woong. She is quite calculative, diligently saving her money, and always try to raise money even keeping track of the change as well ! Well, this romantic movie seemed like giving an idea to the audience, that love is more important than money.
The story started from one wrong phone call. Yoon Jung and the man she calls are getting more and more intimate and from there the flow is getting a bit risque and mature. The conflict and love intensity is on adult level, but the resolve of the story is nice and warm. Warning ! this movie is in the ‘adult’ category. At any time this movie is not suitable for kids under age.
18Always/Only You (2011)
The film is directed by Song Il Gon who tells the story of Cheol Min (So Ji Sub), a boxer who has a relationship with Jung Hwa (Han Hyo Joo), a blind woman. Although she is blind, Jung Hwa is a highly intellectual, she works as a telemarketer. The relationship between the two is so serious that one day Cheol Min had an accident that caused his legs to be deformed and unable to fight again. Since then, he closed his eyes from life and severed his relationship with Jung Hwa who at that time can already see. He only saw her from far away Jung Hwa’s happy life and let himself to languish alone. The impact of this story is superb, you never ever can get away from grabbing tissue for your tears.
Another movie with Jun Ji Hyun as the main character. Many say this is the early story of My Sassy Girl, because of the many existence similarities between the two movies. Starting from the actress, main character, director, and Cha Tae Hyun as a cameo. This time Jun Ji Hyun’s partner is Jang Hyuk. Jun Ji Hyun is a cop while Jang Hyuk becomes a physics teacher. Far from each other, but that’s love. The early story of the movie is told from the point of view of the character played by Jang Hyuk before he dies. While the final half of the film tells about Jun Ji Hyun depressed condition after the death of her lover.
16Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)
Ji Woo had to travel quite far in attempt to finds her first love. Im Soo Jung’s character assumes India is where her first love is gonna be. But she then lose her track, because of course the distance that decapitated her. She then has to go back to Korea. coming back with the name alone, Kim Jong Wook which she is so desperate to find it. Until then she was dragged into a special agency of finding first love. She also forced to work with Gi Joon. Together with the character played by Gong Yoo, she did a hunt to find the guy who became his first love. This is the kind of movie that you guys are dragged to watch because your GF loves, and even-though at first you hate it at the end, you kinda enjoy the time watching this kind of movie, at least that’s what I felt.
15Cyrano Agency (2010)
The film highlights the activities of Uhm Tae Woong, Park Shin Hye and their friends in a special agency specialized in dating affair. They bridge and accommodate people to fall in love with a romantic scenario. Their efforts are quite successful, famous and satisfying for their clients. Until then customer came – played by Danel Choi – and twisted the story and reveal the bigger conflict of the plot. Throughout the movie, the sensation of feeling in love portrayed perfectly by the cast which is quite realistic and touching.
14Too Beautiful to Lie (2004)
A beautiful woman, Kim Ha Neul, met with village or rather pharmacist who is quite innocent. The drug-expert himself played by Kang Dong Won. Throughout various events that passed together create more intense relationship between the two, until then bring Kim Ha Neul is in a state where she must pretend to be the fiance of Kang Dong Won. The guy is honest with his family, and told them that their relationship is fake, which unfortunately spark the respond of not believing from his family. They trusted the word of the girl, that both of them is in fact a couple. In the end, both of them know each other. The closer it gets, the more it gets to the predictable ending; falling in love.
This movie is about three young adult that are bothered by their life choices, some pursue love, the other pursue money, other pursue nothing and enjoy his time. Everything changed when each of them are struck with problem that came from their relationship with woman – falling in love – here then the choices is getting more complicated and risky as they are getting ready to decide their future path. The movie itself is full of joke and completely relatable to many young adults out there. The approach is also modern and rather exceptional.
12 Spellbound (2011)
The romantic story in this film is mixed with some mystical nuance. It tells the story about a girl named Yeo Ri, who since her young age already have strange and quite torturous ability. She can see visible beings. Without doubt, the people around her is also getting suffered. Therefore, the female character starring Son Ye Jin decided to isolate herself. But one day, nothing like everyone else, Jo Goo became really interested in her. The magician, played by Lee Min Ki, invites her to a magic show. In many different way he try to continues his approach. But the more he approaches, Yeo Ri keep on getting away. That’s how their romance flows with a touch of horror. The movie is far from usual story line, which is fresh and quite new for audience, the ending i
s beautiful nonetheless.
11Christmas in August (1998)
Christmas in August is the first romantic movie directed by Hur Jin-ho and is considered one of the most memorable love-themed films in the Korean film industry. The film features charismatic actor Han Suk-kyu as a photography shop owner who suffers from a severe illness where he only has a few weeks left to live. The film emphasizes the soft love element that grew between Jung-won (played by Han Suk-kyu) and the charismatic figure of a girl named Da-Rim (Shim Eun-ha). Christmas in August is one of the romantic dramas presented in classical style, but in a very very touching and can make everyone cry, like everyone…
10Il Mare (2000)
Starring Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae, Il Mare is a beautiful romantic tale between a student of architecture and a beautiful singer. Both fall in love without ever meeting directly even though they live in the same house. How could it be? They live in two different times, two years apart, but manage to communicate with each other using an old box that allows young protagonists to exchange messages. Il Mare is a conventional love story with elements of science fiction. This is very good in terms of cinematography and scenarios, and of course deserve to be called one of the best South Korean movies ever.
Daisy is a collaboration project between Hong Kong and South Korean production house. The story-line tells an intricate triangular love story between an artist named Hye-young (played by Jun Ji-hyun), a cold-blooded killer Park Yi (Jung Woo-sung), and Interpol detective Jeong Woo (Lee Sung-jae). Directed by famous Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, and starring many popular celebrities, Daisy managed to become one of Asia’s most successful romantic movies. The film is considered to be a work that is visually beautiful, mainly because of the skillful selection of shooting locations and great cinematographic work.
8Sad Movie (2005)
As per the title which is self explanatory, Sad Movie, of course we must get ready to throw some tears, called it happiness or real grieve. Warning for those of you who want to watch movies with the purpose of live happily ever after, be careful here. The movie is super duper good due to the concept and writing skill also because of the cast which include Jung Woo Sung, Im Soo Jung, Cha Tae Hyun, Son Tae Young, Yeom Jung Ah, Shin Min Ah, Lee Ki Woo, and a young Yeo Jin Gu. These eight people play a diverse love story which will create an emotional roller coaster for the audience.
7Werewolf Boy (2012)
The fantasy-themed drama starring Song Joong Ki and Park Bo-young is about a lonely girl and a half-wolf man. This drama is one of Korea’s most successful melodrama of all time and deserves to be crowned that title ! Park Bo-young manages to take on the role of a teenage girl named Soon Yi who moved to the countryside with her family because of her illness. Then she meets a wild man like a beast named Chul Soo, played by Song Joong Ki. Yi Soon finally helps Chul Soo adjust to behave like a normal human being. The journey of their love story is guaranteed to make your heart touched!
6200 Pound Beauty (2006)
Have you ever heard that most of South Korean public figure – or even the people – are beautiful and handsome due to the involvement in plastic surgery ? Well the story of this film alludes about surgery that improve the appearance of it’s client. The character in this movie is a singer, Kim Ah Joong. She did a total plastic surgery, from top to bottom with the intention of a wanting to be big star. She then established a relationship with his own co-worker, Joo Jin Mo, who is a famous music producer. Well unfortunately, plastic surgery was just solving the problem of the outside only. not guarantee of solving other problems. The film gives a message about how we have to studied love for our-self and how love can always accept you for whoever you are.
5My Sassy Girl (2001)
My Sassy Girl is often referred to as the best Korean romantic comedy in modern times. Directed by Kwak Jae-yong, the film is inspired by a series of online blog posts written by a young man named Kim Ho-sik, describing his relationship with a girl who has a ‘coquettish’ personality. The film presents Cha Tae-hyun as Kyun-woo, a student who is known as a tender heart and a bookworm, who is stuck in a romantic, silly and funny relationship. His cute girlfriend is played by Jyun Ji-Hyun. The film became Korea’s highest-earning romantic comedy at the time of its launch, and is also categorized as one of the greatest films ever made in Asia. It was so success with Asian market that Hollywood created their own version of this movie.
4Art Museum by The Zoo (1998)
Art Museum by the Zoo is a beautiful work produced by genius director Lee Jeong-hyang, who is reportedly inspired by real events in her own life. The film mostly revolves around the story of a man (Lee Sung-jae) who has just returned from military service and met his new acquaintance (Shim Eun-ha) who works at the museum. They both have regular meetings in order to write a shared scenario for the contest. Presented in a classic romantic movie style with a bit of humor in it, the Art Museum by Zoo is a must-watch title for any Romance movie lover.
3A Moment to Remember (2004)
Featuring two top Korean actors and actresses, Jung Woo-sung and Son Ye-jin, this romantic movie is based on a Japanese TV drama called Pure Soul, A Moment to Remember is a romantic story that tells of tragic love. The film is one of the first Korean films to depict their plot based on Alzheimer’s disease, a mental disorder that causes the memory loss of the sufferer. A Moment to Remember won the award for the Best Adaptation Scenario category at the 2005 Grand Bell Awards. The film is brilliantly written and beautifully presented. Among all the titles in this list, you will surely agree that “A Moment to Remember” is one of the best work in Romance genre.
2Architecture 101 (2012)
Many people often remember their past right? Well this movie perfectly capture the emotional level and state of flashback toward distance past and first love. What happens if you meet again with your first love that you never met for 17 years? Flashback of sweet memory is almost certain is coming back ! Old girlfriend suddenly appeared asking for hel in designing her house, how do neglect to not remember the past huh? The young character is played by Lee Jae Hoon and Suzy. While the older one played by Uhm Tae Woong and Han Ga In. One more, thanks to this movie Suzy became the sister of the Nation and idolize by many people in South Korea. Reportedly, this movie is favored by men, due to the film capability in successfully and correctly illustrate the feeling when one man remember his first love.
1The Classic (2003)
And our top of the top is the classic love story under the titled “The Classic” – see the pun here – The Classic presents two love stories narrated in two different eras. The film is directed by Kwak Jae-yong, who is known as the most prolific figure, who is also a specialist in making Korean romantic movies. He has produced other great works such as My Sassy Girl, Windstruck and others. The main protagonist of the film is a shy young girl named Ji-hye (Son Ye-jin) who finds a pile of letters and diaries left by her mother, who has a tragic love story. Her love story is told in flashback style *which is genius*. The story of her mother turns out to be more or less similar to the love story experienced by Ji-hye, where she was in love with a student named Sang-min (Zo In Sung). The Classic was nominated for Best Asian Film Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2004.