The Best Korean Drama of 2011
Find out the latest Korean Dramas of 2011
I've always been an avid follower of Korean dramas all throughout the year. So, as a part of my yearly tradition I randomly jot down a list of the newest, the best and to be released with video trailer right here in this page.
All of the dramas listed here are rated G or PG and were made to suit even younger audiences as well as those young at heart. Definitely, you shouldn't miss this list!
1# City Hunter (SBS)
Based on a famous Japanese comic, City Hunter is a Korean TV drama thriller starring Lee Min-Ho (Boys Over Flowers) and Park Min-Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) that follows a trail of revenge and romance all the way to the presidential Blue House. In 1983, South Korea sent an undercover military unit to North Korea on a top-secret mission. On their way home, the special agents were mercilessly killed as part of a cover up. Years later, the mission's sole survivor Jin-pyo (Kim Sang-Joong, Palace) and his adopted son Yoon-sung (Lee Min-Ho) return to South Korea to exact revenge on the five men behind the betrayal. One by one, Yoon-sung (the 'City Hunter') exposes his targets' crimes and delivers them to dogged prosecutor Young-ju (Lee Joon-Hyuk, City Hall). Jin-pyo, however, is out for blood, putting father and son at dangerous odds as the stakes rise and the targets hit closer and closer to home.
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The Princess Man
#2 The Princess Man (KBS)
A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess Seryeong, a daughter of King Sejo, aka prince Sooyang, is a cheerful, lively lady with a strong curiosity and bold personality. They fall in love instantly but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies. It's a Chosun dynasty version of "Romeo and Juliet".
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#3 My Princess (MBC)
An ordinary college student, Lee Seol, finds out she's a princess. The grandson of Daehan Group, Park Hae Young, is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette.
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#4 Heartstrings (MBC)
Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band "The Stupid." Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won. Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won's grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of "The Stupid", she was forced to go to the band's concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.
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Scent of a Woman
#5 Scent of a Woman (SBS)
If you had six months left to live, what would be on your bucket list? From the stars of My Lovely Sam-soon and My Girl comes the touching Korean TV Drama Scent of a Woman, about turning death's call into a chance to live and love. Yeon-jae (Kim Sun-Ah, My Lovely Sam-soon) has spent her whole life on the sidelines, working hard and saving up to no avail. When she's diagnosed with terminal cancer, she realizes she may die without ever having lived. With her days numbered, she embarks on a journey to find herself, dream new dreams, and fill her life with purpose. She also makes her final to-do list: learn to tango, meet her idol, and fall in love. Travel agency heir Ji-wook (Lee Dong-Wook, My Girl) is so apathetic, he simply goes along with whatever his father arranges, including getting engaged to a woman he doesn't love. Life makes no difference to him, until the day he meets Yeon-jae...
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Baby Faced Beauty
#6 Baby Faced Beauty (KBS)
The story of Lee So Young, a 34-year-old woman who's saddled with family debt and only has a high school qualifications, but dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her youthful appearance is her only advantage; she is mistaken for a 25-year-old university graduate and subsequently lands her dream job when she's hired by a fashion design company, where she meets Choi Jin Wook, a man who looks more mature than his young age.
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#7 49 Days (SBS)
A soul-searching story that touches and surprises at every turn, the Korean TV drama series 49 Days follows a young woman's amazing journey between life and death - with some help from a motorcycle-riding Grim Reaper. Right before her wedding, Ji-hyun (Nam Gyu-Ri) gets injured and falls into a coma. The Grim Reaper (Jung Il-Woo), or 'Scheduler' as he likes to call himself, gives her a chance to return to life. Borrowing the body of Yi-kyung (Lee Yo-Won), she has 49 days to collect genuine teardrops from three people who truly love her. This should be a piece of cake since everyone loves Ji-hyun - or so she thought. As the days tick down, Ji-hyun learns that the people around her are not as they seem. Her interim life as Yi-kyung gets even more complicated when her friend Gang (Jo Hyun-Jae, Love Letter) and cheating fiance‚ Min-ho (Bae Soo-Bin, Brilliant Legacy) both fall in love with her.
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Lie To Me
#8 Lie To Me (SBS)
A little lie leads to a whole lot of trouble in the Korean TV drama series Lie to Me. Korea's favorite romcom heroine Yoon Eun-Hye (Palace) turns on her charm in this sizzling romance of errors with Kang Ji Hwan (90 Days of Love, Be Strong Geumsoon). Civil servant Gong Ah-jung (Yoon Eun-Hye) is bright, sassy, and very single - a point that gets rubbed in her face by a 'frenemy' who is determined to put her down. To save her pride, Ah-jung blurts out that she too is happily married! It's just a harmless lie until the rumor mill starts cranking and links Ahjung with hot-tempered hotel CEO Hyun Gijoon (Kang Ji-Hwan), whom she met under fabulously embarrassing circumstances.
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#9 Dream High (KBS)
Six students at Kirin Art High School work to achieve their dreams of becoming stars in the Korean music industry. During the drama, the students learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while also undergoing personal growth. Each one of the students have their own strength and their own weaknesses, but with the support and guidance of each other, they strive to debut on stage.
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#10 Secret Garden (SBS)
The topsy-turvy love story turns the modern fairytale romance on its head with hilariously eccentric characters, body swapping, and an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing and crying the whole way through. Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won, Damo) is a tough and disciplined stuntwoman with a soft heart. Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin, My Lovely Sam-Soon) is a nitpicky CEO with a long list of complexes. Lovestruck from the moment he meets her, Joo-won barges into Ra-im's life in all the wrong ways, trying to make sense of his illogical feelings. The more they fight, the more attracted they are to each other, but there's no Cinderella ending in sight for this feuding couple. Ra-im and Joo-won's differences seem irreconcilable until they wake up one morning in each other's bodies!
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