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KDrama & JDrama Recommendations!

Post by 11tiggers on 2nd July 2011, 12:31 am

So when i say i LOVEEEEEEE K/J Dramas, i actually mean, hardcore, die for them type love, none of that passionate stuff....i am CRAZY for them, never thought i'd say this but the Asian culture has influenced me more than anything else in my life (even more than games), hence why i think it needs more love<3 it honestly is so underrated, so before i go on a huge rant here are my (from my personal watching experience) highly recommended K/J Dramas (& Movies also).

- Iljimae (2008):KOREAN DRAMA:- 20 episodes. Historical Romance.
Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Yong acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor. After each robbery he left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark and was thus named Iljimae. His main purpose was not so much to rob but to search for the owner of a specially designed sword which he saw as a child was used to kill his father, a loyal subject of the emperor. Eun Chae is a government official's daughter who despite her upbringing has a lot of empathy towards the poor. She met Iljimae by chance and couldn't help admiring him for what he stood for even though she had never seen his face.

- Tatta Hitotsu No Koi (2006):JAPANESE DRAMA:- 10 episodes. Drama, Romance.
A story of pure love between the son of a man who runs a ship repair factory beset with financial troubles and the well-bred daughter of a national jewelry chain store owner. The backdrop of the story is Yokohama.
If you feel you have lost the purity of your soul by watching stories about womanizers seducing impudent women, or by carrying out calculated maneuvers in your own love life, here is a story for you. A boy and a girl from highly different social backgrounds meet and fall in love. Their love, of course, faces a lot of obstacles. The setting is in Yokohama, a modern port city known for its romantic atmosphere. Hiroto Kanzaki (Kazuya Kamenashi) works hard every day and night for the survival of a small ship repair factory (inherited from his father) as well as the survival of his mother and younger brother, who are suffering from health problems. Living such an underprivileged life, Hiroto has forgotten how to smile. In contrast to him, Nao (Haruka Ayase) is the daughter of a popular jewelry shop owner in a fashionable street in Yokohama. She attends a prestigious exclusive women's college and grew up cheerful and blessed with affluent love. From the moment Hiroto meets her, his closed mind slowly opens up to Nao, who is so innocent that she utters whatever she thinks. Their three close friends, who are also 20 year old's, play an important role in their developing relationship.


- Dream High (2011):KOREAN DRAMA:- 16 episodes. School, Drama, Comedy, Romance.
Dream High tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars in the Korean music industry. Go Hye Mi is a student who had majored in classical music but has to give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father's debt. However, she needs to get two other students to also come to the school in order for her to enroll in the school conditionally. These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hyemi's sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school.

- Personal Taste/Personal Preference (2010):KOREAN DRAMA:- 16 episodes. Romance, Comedy.
Jeon Jin Ho is a straight guy who pretends to be gay in order to become Park Kae In's roommate. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out a women’s feelings. Kae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn't stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Kae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her?

- The Sword With No Name (2009):KOREAN MOVIE:- 124 minutes. Action, Drama, Historical Romance.
Mu Myeong (Cho Seung-Woo) is a Joseon dynasty headhunter who meets and falls in love with lady Ja Yeong (Soo-Ae) who will become the future Empress Myseongseong. A few years later, Ja Yeong enters the royal palace to marry King Gojong. Mu Myeong still having feelings for Ja Yeong and in an attempt to get closer to her becomes her personal body guard.
Ja Yeong, now as the Queen of Joseon, becomes involved in a power struggle with Russia and Japan who are attempting to colonize Korea. Furthermore, King Gojong's father (Cheon Ho-Jin), who wields true power in Joseon, works with the foreign interests which causes Ja Yeong to stand up to him and the foreign diplomats. The king's father then gives his implicit approval for the Japanese to assassinate Queen Je Yeong. Mu Myeong must now fend off these threats to protect the woman he loves.


- Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (2010):JAPANESE DRAMA:- 10 episodes. Comedy, Romance.
Blessed with good looks, Takano Kyohei, a college student, is always suffering from the unreasonable behaviour of customers who want him and the sexual harassment of his store manager. Because of his hot temper, he loses his head on this occasion and is fired from his part-time job. Then one day, the glamorous owner, Ms Nakahara proposes, "I’ll give you free board-and-lodging if you can turn my niece, Sunako, into a lady!" Kyohei and Toyama Yukinojo, Oda Takenaga and Morii Ranmaru, the other guys living together in the same boarding house, are enthusiastic, but the person who appears before the four of them is a spooky girl whose hair covers her face and who loves horror and vampires. And so, their tumultuous communal life begins...

- Tamra, The Island/Tempted Again (2009):KOREAN DRAMA:- 16 episodes. Period, Historical, Comedy, Romance.
The drama is based on a manhwa with the same title. Tamra the Island is set in 17th-century Joseon times as a young English castaway, William, comes to the island and meets Jang Beo Jin, Park Kyu, and Yan. The name "Tamra" refers to what is now called Jeju.

- Playful Kiss/Mischievous Kiss (2010):KOREAN DRAMA:- 16 episodes. Romance, School.
Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni's house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend's house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend's son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she be able to move Seung Jo's heart?

- Itoshi Kimi e (2004):JAPANESE DRAMA:- 11 episodes. Human Drama, Romance.
What if the one you love were destined to lose his eyesight in three months?
What would you like him to see last?
If you were him, what would you want to see last?
Shiki Tomokawa is a new pediatrician who is enjoying her life. She falls in love with Shunsuke, a cameraman, who is destined to lose his eyesight in a couple of months. How will Shiki react when she finds out Shunsuke's destiny?
"To the One I Love" takes place in two contrasting cities—in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, and in the peaceful city of Nagasaki, and depicts both the joys and sadness of life, and the interaction with family and friends.


- Fugitive: Plan B (2010):KOREAN DRAMA:- 20 episodes. Action, Romance, Comedy.
During the Korean War, a vast amount of money disappeared. Now, some 60 years later, the money has reappeared, leading to a frantic chase across the globe. Jin Yi (Lee Na Young) is a seemingly innocent woman who has hidden motives for approaching Ji Woo (Bi). Her plans are complicated by an unexpected romance developing between them, as well as the numerous pursuers hot on their trail. Kieko (Uehara Takako) is a famous Japanese singer who also gets tangled up in a relationship with this man. Little do they know that her father Hiroki (Takenaka Naoto), apart from being a business man, is a powerful yakuza. In this love triangle, who will finally win the love of Ji Woo?

- Buzzer Beat (2009):JAPANESE DRAMA:- 11 episodes. Romance, Sports.
Kamiya Naoki is a young player from a professional basketball team. But due to his relatively smaller size and his tendency to crack under pressure, he is unable to show his true skills on the court. Meanwhile, Shirakawa Riko is a cheerful, strong-spirited music college graduate aiming to become a professional violinist. One day, Riko finds Naoki's lost cell phone on a bus, and their meeting begins a friendship that eventually turns into love. However, Naoki was already considering marriage with his current girlfriend. And it doesn't help matters that Naoki's coach has fallen in love at first sight with Riko!

- Goong (2006):KOREAN DRAMA:- 24 episodes. Romance, Comedy.
Goong is a story about young love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In the imaginary world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with the sudden death of the reigning the King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin, is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae Kyung that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae Kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin's grandfather.
After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul appears all of a sudden. He is Shin's cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae Kyung's optimistic spirit wins the heart of internally lonely, Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae Kyung's relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure?


- Boys Before Flowers/Boys Over Flowers (2009):KOREAN DRAMA:- 25 episodes. Romance, Comedy.
Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shinhwa High School, she is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the F4 at all cost because she knows what happens to those that stand against them. However, when Jan Di's friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the leader of the F4's shoes, she's forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo. What will happen though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo start feeling something for her too? Will the love triangle disrupt F4 and change their lives forever?

- A Love to Kill (2005):KOREAN DRAMA:- 16 episodes. Human Drama, Romance.
In A Love to Kill, Bi (Rain or Jeong Ji Hoon) plays a tough guy as the role of a K-1 Fighter, Kang Bok Gu. Bok Gu is a character who is dynamic in nature and grew up in a foster home. He falls in love with a woman whom he should not love. It was because of the woman, his emotionally-wounded brother fell off from the rooftop and became a human vegetable. So, his love is forbidden and inevitably tragic.
The woman is Cha Eun Seok (Shin Mina) who is a TV talent and movie actor. It was not that she jilted his brother on purpose, but upon a basis of misunderstanding, his hatred toward Cha Eun Seok grows more and more burning.
By becoming Cha Eun Seok’s private bodyguard, Bok Gu keeps concretely practicing his revenge upon her. He only desires ‘to bring his brother’s woman to her knees.’ He is gradually taking Cha Eun Seok to destruction, while he feels his love toward her growing deeper and deeper in his heart.
Bok Gu is a cold guy character without any special concern for woman. Martial art of hand-to-hand fighting was just kind of his escape he choose from the shock of a spinster’s death whom he loved from a distance.


KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE ONLY MY "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" DRAMAS! I HAVE SEEN A VAST AMOUNT AND THESE HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE VERY BEST IN WHICH I HAVE WATCHED FROM START TO FINISH WITHOUT ANY HESITATIONS (UNLESS I NEEDED TO SLEEP XD). I HOPE YOU ALL WILL ENJOY THESE DRAMAS JUST AS MUCH AS I HAVE, AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF ANY OF THEM, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER WATCHED AN ASIAN DRAMA BEFORE HAS WATCHED ONE NOW! THIS WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS I AM ON A DRAMA ROLE!!!!!


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Re: KDrama & JDrama Recommendations!

Post by 11tiggers on 2nd July 2011, 8:50 pm

UPDATED! (04/07/11)

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Post by Mina on 5th July 2011, 10:21 am

- moved to 'Asian Dramas' -

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Re: KDrama & JDrama Recommendations!

Post by xChaiiLady on 5th July 2011, 12:55 pm

Well, the only full drama I have watched was "You're beautiful.", a Korean one. I enjoyed it really much, even though I pitied most of the time some characters and I thought they exaggerated much. Nonetheless, its feeling was so intense!

What about this forum talks a bit about Korean & Japanese music, too?

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Post by melissar7 on 13th June 2012, 5:42 am

Sounds interesting
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Post by MarisMemories on 30th August 2012, 11:48 pm

At the moment I watch "Rich Men, Poor Woman". OMG please please watch it. (^.^) I love it. I need to talk to someone about this aodrable Drama. I LOVE IT ♥

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