The K-drama wave is taking the Philippines by storm, with TV networks scrambling to get first dibs on dubbing the next big K-drama for their audience. In fact, several Korean actors and actresses have dropped by the country these past few months to meet and greet their fans. Here’s a run-down of our fave K-dramas so far!
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Our inspiration for our Chubs Patch comes from the K-drama series Weightlifting Fairy, starring Lee Sung-kyung as Kim Bok-joo and Nam Joo-hyuk as Jung Joon-hyung. This coming-of-age television series is set in a sports college in South Korea, where our two main characters reunite as former childhood friends who’ve been separated for over a decade. Bok-joo is the star weightlifter of her team while Joon-hyung deals with a childhood trauma that leads him to being disqualified during swimming competitions. He nicknames her “Chubs” in the show. From enemies to friends to lovers, theirs is a story filled with a whirlwind of emotions and comedic situations. Weightlifting Fairy is a definite must watch.
Descendants of the Sun
This 2016 drama stars Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong-ki in the lead roles of Doctor Kang Mo Yeon and Captain Yoo Shi Jin. They deal with long-distance relationships and sudden deployments, especially with Yoo Shi Jin being in the special forces. They part ways at the start of the series but soon reunite in Uruk where most of the narrative takes place. Through tense scenes like a hostage taking and a near-dying politician, their acting is truly exceptional. Their playful banter gives us a break from the seriousness (and tear-jerking moments) as well as butterflies everytime we watch an episode.
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
A hint of surrealism and magic is perfectly executed in this K-drama about a girl with superhuman strength who is hired by the CEO of a gaming company to be his bodyguard. The main characters of Do Bong Soon and Ahn Min Hyuk are portrayed by Park Bo Young and Park Hyung-sik. In Bong Soon’s family, the women of the family are born with superhuman strength who end up losing this ability when they have children. Funny and light, it’s a delight to watch!
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God a.k.a Goblin
This fantasy K-drama stars Gong Yoo as the titular Goblin (or Kim Shin), the immortal protector of souls in search for his Goblin’s bride who will allow him to pass into the afterlife. He finds her in Ji Eun-tak, played by Kim Go-Eun, who can see ghosts due to the way she was born. Fantastical in the best way, Goblin definitely makes it to our top five.
Did we miss anything? Do you have any recommendations for the next K-drama we should watch next? Then leave us with your suggestions in the comment box below! Looking forward to hearing from you guys!