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Best Korean Drama Plot Twists

Updated on October 27, 2019
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Rhona is a freelance writer who waited for years to finally pursue her love for writing -- Oh! She loves Kdrama too.

You’re on the edge of your seat, and eyes are fixed on the screen blurting out, “I did not see that coming!” That is precisely what a great plot twist does to you. And, Korean dramas have bouts of this hooking each viewer to anticipate and watch the succeeding episodes of these Korean drama flicks.

What are the Best Korean Drama plot twists? From the killer who turned out to be the protagonist’s dad or close friend to the inconceivable fate of the two lovers. Korean drama has everything for you. Some of the Kdramas with fantastic plot twists are 49 Days, Chicago Typewriter, and Memories of Alhambra.

As we uncover these plot twists, be ready to hear some spoiler alerts if you are not prepared to listen to the entire story yet, pause, and watch the series first. But, rest assured that these stories would keep you glued on your TV or smartphone screen until the final episodes.


49 Days

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Suspense
Casts: Lee Yo-won (Song Yi-kyung/Shin Ji-min)
Nam Gyu-ri (Shin Ji-hyun)
Jung Il-woo (Scheduler or Song Yi-soo)
Kang Min-ho (Bae Soo-bin)
Seo Ji-hye (Shin In-jung)
No. of Episodes: 20
Release Date/Year: March 2011

PLOT

Shin hi-yun is living a sheltered life where she gets everything that she wants, coming from a wealthy family. She has a fiance by the name of Kang Min-ho (Bae Soo-bin). At the opposite, Song Yi-kyung’s life is anything but perfect. She works in a convenience store and sleeps for the rest of the afternoon. Unlike Shin Hi-yun, her life is a mess due to the tragic death of her boyfriend. She was depressed and considered taking her own life several times.

On one fateful day, Yi-kyung attempted to take her life once again by walking on the street full of racing cars. A bystander saved her, but it causes her attempted suicide to cause a ruckus in the traffic. Ji-Hyun failed to hit the brake as collided and crashed to a truck. She woke up after the accident, unable to move nor touch anything around her. In her shock, she found her own body being hurled into the ambulance. After following the ambulance, she met the “scheduler” or a grim reaper. He explains to her that it’s not her time, and she will be given a chance to come back. However, she must fulfill a mission. The mission includes collecting three teardrops of pure love from people who she is not related by blood within the next 49 days. To execute this, she must possess a human body where she found herself in the shape of Song Yi-kyung.

REVIEW

The series will send you crying a bucket, so prepare a tissue by the side. The drama shows how life is full of facets that frequently it is not what it seems. There are hidden stories behind each character that brought the story to a whole new level. In a lot of ways, the characters are relatable and plot thoroughly crafted. As Hi-yun lives in the body of Yi-kyung, she soon unraveled all the hidden stories that made her seemingly perfect life imperfect. The twist and turns making the audience cringe and annoyed at the betrayal that surrounds her life. How the grim reaper was once the lover of Yi-kyung made it more touching. When Hi-yun got her life back again, she received the shock of her life. A revelation that will pinch your heart and make you weep for more.


49 Days Trailer

Chicago Typewriter

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Casts: Yoo Ah-in (Seo Hwi-young/Han Se-joo)
Im Soo-jung (Ryu Soo-hyun/Jeon Seol)
Go Kyung-Pyo (Shin Yool/Yoo Jin-oh)
No. of Episodes: 16
Release Date/Year: April 2017

PLOT

The drama series portrays three resistance fighters, Seo Hwi-young, Ryu Soo-Hyun, and Shin Yool set in the 1930s. They reincarnated as a best-selling author, a ghostwriter and a fan in the present times.

When the novelist Han Se Joo purchased the old typewriter, little did he know that it will haunt him forever. And the series of the unfaithful events started as he chances upon the errand girl Jeon Seol who delivered the typewriter to him. At that time, Se Joo was in a slump. His publisher did no help either as he continuously bugged him for another manuscript. To his surprise, the typewriter must have put some spell on him where he ends up unconscious whenever he uses it only to see a finished manuscript in the morning. Se Joo was bewildered after reading the script, which was precisely the same story in his dream.

Unknowingly, these dreams were a glimpse of their past lives back in the 1930s during the Japanese Colonial Period. The lives of these three individuals forever intertwined because of an unfinished story that haunted them to the present time. As they unravel the mysteries behind the typewriter and their dreams, are they ready to face the secret that is about to unfold?

REVIEW

Warning: spoiler alerts

Chicago Typewriter is one of those Korean dramas that will rack your brain trying to solve the jigsaw puzzle. You pick up the pieces from the past and present timelines and connecting the dots. There you find the answers at the tip of your tongue the whole time. How they have amazingly added the character of Yoo Jin-oh as the “ghost writer,” literally speaking. The revelation in itself tickles your imagination in anticipation of mysteries that will leave you flabbergasted. Be ready for your tissue papers towards the latter part of the series as each character puts their cards on the table.


Chicago Typewriter Trailer

Memories of the Alhambra

Genre: Fantasy Suspense
Casts: Hyun Bin (Yoo Jin-woo)
Park Shin-hye (Jung Hee-joo)
No. of Episodes: 16
Release Date/Year: December 2018

PLOT

After receiving a phone call from Jung Se-joo, the creator of the augmented reality game set in the medieval times, Yoo Jin-woo sets off to Granada, Spain. Jin-woo arrives in Hostel Bonita, where he met the creator’s sister Jung Hee-joo. This is when he found out that the creator is missing. And, later on, discovered the magic of the game he created set in Alhambra. Their lives now intertwined as they set foot to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Se-joo. The deeper they get into the case, the harder to draw a line between real and augmented reality.

REVIEW

A series that can put gamers and drama fans alike looking forward to the next level of the story. In eager anticipation of what could happen when the game ends at the 100th level. The idea in itself is fresh, especially in the Kdrama setting, with two of the best actors in South Korea, it is easy to see why everyone is hooked. A plot that leaves you wanting and speechless in the end, demanding for another final episode or another season.

Korean Drama, like the three listed above, can always leave you breathless and dumbfounded as you ride through the waves of emotions from each episode. At times, you find yourself consumed in the world they created. They have set the bar high for what a series should be. Series that makes people sit at the edge of their seats waiting for anticipation for the next episodes.


Memories of Alhambra Trailer

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