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MsLatté’s Daebak Cybercafé (Kdrama addicts #28): The Lord gives and He takes away. Lee Jong Suk & Park Hyung Sik return from the army; Seo Kang Joon departs.
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boatyardblues · 09/11/2021 12:09

A quiet corner of MN for serious addicts of Kdrama, or the K-curious. Most of our viewing is drawn from Netflix and Viki, with a sprinkling of AmazonPrime. There are also platforms streaming content illegally if you go looking. We don’t promote them as they are peppered with pop-ups of “Olga” and friends offering a good time, which gets in the way of the drama. We also dip into Japanese, Taiwanese & Chinese drama as & when.

The previous thread is here but our ‘Addicts Recommend’ list below is cumulative so includes recommendations and favourites from all previous threads.


Shows marked with an asterisk are more uniformly loved or admired. In categorising series, its important to note most Korean dramas have multiple strands - e.g. supernatural, romance and a thriller; crime series with fantasy elements. Genre-busting mash-ups are normal. Series that are tagged as dark may also have moments of comedy or the absurd, likewise fluff can have heavier moments. View the categories below as best approximate & ask if you need guidance, eg about suitability for younger teens.

Comedy (with a side order of absurd)
I picked up a celebrity on the street (Viki)
My Fellow Citizens (Viki/Netflix)
The Fiery Priest (Netflix)

Crime/Thriller

Come and Hug Me (Dramafast)
Graceful Family (Viki)
Healer (Netflix)
Heartless City (Viki)
He is Psychometric (Viki)
I Hear Your Voice (Netflix /Viki)

Life on Mars (classy remake of BBC series, no major site yet)
My Name (Netflix)
My Secret Terrius (Netflix)

Signal (Netflix)
Stranger - 2 seasons (Netflix)
Suspicious Partner (Netflix)

The Lies Within (Netflix)
Tunnel (Netflix)


Historical/Period drama (“sageuk”)
100 Days My Prince (Viki/Netflix)
Crowned Clown (Viki/Netflix)
Mr Queen (Viki)

Mr Sunshine (Netflix)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (Netflix)
Tale of Nokdu (Viki/Netflix)
The King’s Affection (Netflix)

Romance - lighter & fluffier
Beating Again (Netflix)
Coffee Prince (Netflix)
Don’t Dare to Dream (Netflix, or as Jealousy Incarnate on Viki)

Gogh, The Starry Night (Viki)

Happy Once Again (Netflix)
Her Private Life (Viki)*

His Master’s Sun (Netflix)
Hometown Cha Cha Cha (Viki)
Love from a Star (Netflix)

Lovestruck in the City (Netflix)
Monthly Magazine Home (Viki)
Pinocchio (Netflix)
Radio Romance (Netflix)

Romance is the Bonus Book (Netflix)
Run On (Netflix)

She Was Pretty (Netflix)

The Beauty Inside (Viki/Netflix)
The Secret Life of My Secretary (Viki/Netflix)
Thirty Not Seventeen (Viki) or as Still 17 (Netflix)
To My Star [BL] (Viki)
True Beauty (Viki)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (Netflix/Viki)

What’s Up With Secretary Kim (Viki)
Where Stars Land (Viki)

You are my Destiny (Netflix)
You Make Me Dance [BL] (Viki)


Romance - heavier weight/more grown up themes
Another Miss Oh (Netflix)
Because This Is My First Life (Viki/Netflix)

Chicago Typewriter (Viki/Netflix)
Crash Landing on You (Netflix)**
Descendants of the Sun (Viki/Netflix)
Doctors (Netflix)
Doom At Your Service (Viki)
Fight For My Way (Viki/Netflix)

Go Back Couple (Viki)/Couple on the Backtrack (Netflix)
I’ll Go To You When The Weather is Nice (Viki)
It’s OK Not To Be OK (Netflix)

Just Between Lovers (Viki)
Mad For Each Other (Netflix)
Melo is my Nature (Viki)/Be Melodramatic (other sites)
My Strange Hero (Viki)
One Spring Night (Netflix)
Red Carpet - film (Netflix, very adult content)
Romantic Dr Kim - seasons 1&2 (Viki)
Search: WWW (Viki, Netflix)

Something in the Rain (Netflix)
The Handmaid (film, Netflix - content warning: explicit sexual content)
The Package (Viki)

Straighter ‘Slice of Life’ dramas on universal themes
Hospital Playlist (Netflix)
Hospital Playlist 2 (Netflix)

Into The Ring (Viki)
Itaewon Class (Netflix)
Live (Netflix)
Misaeng (Netflix)
Move to Heaven (Netflix)
My Mister (Viki/Netflix)

My Unfamiliar Family (Viki)
Navillera (Netflix)

Prison Playbook (Netflix)*

Once Again (Viki)
Stove League (Viki)/Hot Stove League (Netflix)
Racket Boys (Netflix)

Supernatural/zombies/vampires/fantasy/sci-fi - lighter & fluffier
Extraordinary You (Netflix)
Goblin (Viki)*

I am not a Robot (Netflix)
Legend of the Blue Sea (Viki/Netflix)
Kiss Goblin (Viki, webdrama)
My Holo Love (Netflix)
Orange Marmalade (Netflix)
While You Were Sleeping (Viki)




Supernatural/zombies/vampires/fantasy/sci-fi - darker/more grown up themes
#Alive (Netflix)
Ashin of the North (Netflix)
Black (Netflix)
Hotel del Luna (Viki/Netflix)

King: The Eternal Monarch (Netflix)
Kingdom (Netflix)*

Mystic Pop-up Bar (Netflix)
Peninsula - film, Train to Busan sequel (Amazon Prime, iMovies)
Sisyphus (Netflix)
The Guest (Netflix)
Train to Busan - film (Amazon Prime)

W: Two Worlds (Viki & Netflix)
Zombie Detective (Viki/Netflix)


Guilty Pleasures (for the joy, not the quality)
Bride of Habaek (Netflix)
Hwarang (Viki/Netflix)
My Secret Romance (Viki)
The Last Empress (Viki/Netflix)
Sassy Go Go (Netflix)



Mad as a box of frogs/uncategorisable

Strong Girl Bong Soon (Netflix)
School Nurse Files (Netflix)

Not Korean ‘You May Also Like’
Regulars also branch out into Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese drama. The Chinese & Taiwanese stuff is much more variable quality-wise, so we’ve noted anything decent here:

Before We Get Married (Viki - Taiwanese)
Find Yourself (Netflix - Chinese)
Go Go Squid (Viki - Chinese)
Instead of Tipsy Why Not Get Drunk (Viki, Chinese)
Lost Romance (Viki, Taiwanese)
Love O2O (Viki, Chinese)
Morning Call (Netflix, Japanese)
My Little Happiness (Viki, Chinese)
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (Netflix, Chinese)
Some Day or One Day (Viki, Taiwanese)
The Romance of Tiger & Rose (Viki, Chinese)
Tientsin Mystic (Netflix, Chinese)
You Are My Hero (Viki, Chinese)


AVOID, AVOID, AVOID aka “the shit list” 💩

Melting Me Softly
The Birth of a Beauty
Well-Intentioned Love season 1 (S2 is fine)

Thread Regulars’ Top Scoring Dramas of 2020
Courtesy of Hello’s kdrama spreadsheet, updated by/for thread regulars. Marks out of 10.

1 - Mr Queen - 9.4 (5 votes)
2 - Parasite - 9.05 (10 Votes)
3 - It's Okay To Not Be Okay - 8.88 (9 Votes)
4 - The Uncanny Counter - 8.50 (4 Votes)
5 - Once Again - 8.42 (6 Votes)

2019’s top scoring dramas:

  1. Her Private Life - 9.40 (5 votes)
  2. Melo is My Nature - 9.00 (5 votes)
    3.= Crash Landing On You, The Crowned Clown, The Lies Within, and The Tale of Nokdu - 8.75 (4 votes)
  3. Hotel del Luna - 8.50 (4 votes)
    5.= Romance is a Bonus Book, and Search: WWW - 8.17 (6 votes)

    We are generally fans of all things Korean, so equally happy to talk about Korean cookery, language, film and music when the mood takes us. A few of us are learning Korean, Japanese and/or Mandarin (some more diligently than others admittedly), so we swap tips and links to language resources. Basically, anything topical goes.

    We have a few frequently used acronyms:

    FL/2FL = female lead/2nd female lead

    ML/2ML = male lead/2nd male lead
    🥾🍑 (boot, peach) = kick up the bum to go to bed


    We also abbreviate titles if they’re long, but explained or with an obvious abbreviation. Some favourite actors & actresses have been abbreviated for speed/efficiency, eg Park Min Young (PMY). Don’t be afraid to ask for help/clues if we’re not making sense or have descended into acronym soup.

    If you want to join us down the kdrama rabbit hole, welcome! Pull up a chair, say goodbye to early nights and get stuck in!
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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 16:29

I finished work early today. I just cracked open the gin and some new pink peppercorn tonic. It’s horrible! I’m drowning out the peppercorn with sweet chilli and sour cream Kettle chips. I found the Kettle chips in the fridge… 🤪 Weird but the kids didn’t get to them first, so a win.

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 16:42

5 to 9 on Viki is the show with sexy monk.

Just finished it (my binge is back!) It's great! Up there with Good Morning Call and In house marriage honey 👍

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 16:43

@boatyardblues

I finished work early today. I just cracked open the gin and some new pink peppercorn tonic. It’s horrible! I’m drowning out the peppercorn with sweet chilli and sour cream Kettle chips. I found the Kettle chips in the fridge… 🤪 Weird but the kids didn’t get to them first, so a win.

Oh I love the peppercorn tonic! How's great with Roku gin 😁
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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 16:45

Perhaps the samphire gin is the problem. It might go better with strawberry gin.

Thanks for the monk signposting.

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Rowdythree · 12/11/2021 16:58

Everyone’s getting in on the game. I’m attaching screengrab of the Times’ review of AppleTV’s first Korean language drama. It sounds typically bonkers.

Apple TV is a platform I really don't want to get, I kind of hope they don't produce many good ones. 😬

Hawthorn you should definitely get Viki, it has loads of great content. I've just had my reminder to renew my annual subscription. Its well with the money. 👍

Come on Happiness subtitlers! It's perfect Friday night tv! Not sure what to watch with DH other than that 🤔

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Rowdythree · 12/11/2021 16:59

You've made me want a gin now Boaty! I might crack open the sloe gin 🍸

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 17:09

Apple isn't worth the money. We only have it for Beatles content 😁

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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 17:14

I’ve started Five to Nine. Jury’s is still out on the monk’s sexiness for me, though he has a nice face. So I’m assuming he’s a Shinto monk. Is that right? I though Buddhist monks were celibate like Catholic priests, so he can’t be a Buddhist monk.

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polkettle · 12/11/2021 17:14

It's the power of this thread that I was contemplating whether to get up to date with Jirisan, start a rewatch of Melo or start on Dali and now I am totally going sexy monk.

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 17:16

@boatyardblues

I’ve started Five to Nine. Jury’s is still out on the monk’s sexiness for me, though he has a nice face. So I’m assuming he’s a Shinto monk. Is that right? I though Buddhist monks were celibate like Catholic priests, so he can’t be a Buddhist monk.

I looked into this. He is a Buddhist. In Japan they don't have to take vows of celibacy, or even stop eating meat or drinking 😳
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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 17:17

More info here. jpninfo.com/78069

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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 17:19

I looked into this. He is a Buddhist. In Japan they don't have to take vows of celibacy, or even stop eating meat or drinking.

Good for them!

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 17:24

There's a couple of familiar faces in the show too 👍

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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 17:27

OK, I’m starting to see it now, the sexy mobk aspect.

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Rowdythree · 12/11/2021 17:28

Sounds like a nice life tbh! I'm definitely tempted to see the sexy monk, but I just started would you like a cup of coffee? which is filling my spare 30 minutes very nicely. I can't think of a western programme that would be similar in style to this. I really like these gentle shows.

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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 18:01

I just got to the end of ep 1 of Five to Nine. What. the. hell? 😮

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 18:07

@boatyardblues

OK, I’m starting to see it now, the sexy mobk aspect.

Waterfall?
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bettys · 12/11/2021 18:32

Gah I had to stop sexy monk to go be sociable in the pub!

(As you can tell I’m not being that sociable if I’m checking in on MN)

A tent drink in town is a Daebak Café must!

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 18:39

@boatyardblues

I just got to the end of ep 1 of Five to Nine. What. the. hell? 😮

She likes her BL manga?
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hawthornknitter · 12/11/2021 19:10

I just really didn't want another subscription, we're on a bit of an economy drive at the moment, but have allowed myself to be sucked in by Happiness... have birthday money left over, considering paying for the year and being done with it. Anyway will finish the couple i have on the go on Netflix first, by then maybe happiness will be finished (yes I'm a slow watcher) and i can binge it on my free trial!

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polkettle · 12/11/2021 20:19

Just got to the bl manga FedUp! I really want her phone alarm clock call...

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bettys · 12/11/2021 20:20

@hawthornknitter they sometimes have special offers for Viki around December which is when I got mine. Have watched loads it is thoroughly worth it!

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Bea · 12/11/2021 20:28

Dali! Finished! It's my favorite drama of the year so far!!.... I think!! 😁😁😁😁

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 12/11/2021 20:29

@polkettle

Just got to the bl manga FedUp! I really want her phone alarm clock call...

😁

I wouldn't possibly know anything about that sort of thing
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boatyardblues · 12/11/2021 20:33

[quote bettys]@hawthornknitter they sometimes have special offers for Viki around December which is when I got mine. Have watched loads it is thoroughly worth it![/quote]
Yep. DH bought my first year’s subscription for me for Christmas 2018 when it was on offer. This’ll probably the fourth year on the trot that he renews it for me. 🤣

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