10 melodramas that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired
Sometimes you just need a good cry, but you don't want to cry that much. If you're hesitant about starting a Korean melodrama because you are afraid of a tragic and depressing ending, let me help you out. Without giving away the ending entirely, here are 10 melodramas that are guaranteed to make you cry your eyes out, but are also guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted and content.
Scent of a Woman follows a young woman who receives a grim diagnosis, and finds out she only has a matter of months to live. Deciding to live her life to the fullest, she quits her job at a travel agency so she can enjoy what time she has left. She attracts the attention of her handsome doctor, as well as the eye of an aimless chaebol who is heir to a tourism company. Watch as Kim Sun Ah works her way through her bucket list while two eligible men fall for a woman who, sadly, doesn't have much time left.
2. 49 Days
A woman gets a second chance at life in this refreshing tale of supernatural magic and true love. Bright, bubbly Ji Hyun has it all—wealthy, adoring parents; a devoted fiance; and a great best friend. On the other side of town, Yi Kyung is thinking of ending it all. When a chain of events set in motion by Yi Kyung leads to Ji Hyun's death shortly before her wedding, a reaper from heaven intervenes to set things straight. For Ji Hyun to have a second chance at life, she must take over Yi Kyung's body and find three people outside of her family who will cry sincere tears of grief for her—in just 49 days. As Ji Hyun sets out to find these people, she discovers that her perfect life may not have been so perfect after all. These two women may just save each others' lives as they discover the difference between true and false love and begin to come alive again in this gripping tale.
When Kang Hye Soo (UEE) is suddenly widowed, she is left to raise her daughter alone. However, tragedy strikes again when Hye Soo develops an aggressive brain tumor, prompting her to choose an unconventional method for guardianship: entering a short-term marriage contract with Han Ji Hoon (Lee Seo Jin), a rich man who needs her to save his mother with an organ transplant.
Kim Woo Bin ( Heirs) and Suzy (Architecture 101, Gu Family Book) have sizzling chemistry in this romantic melodrama that has become one of the most eagerly anticipated K-dramas of 2016. Kim Woo Bin stars as the conceited Hallyu star Shin Joon Young, who has recently found out he only has months to live. Separated at a young age from No Eul (Suzy), he’s grown into an arrogant superstar. No Eul in the meantime has grown up to become a scrappy television producer, jumping at any opportunity for money. The two are reunited as adults, and forced to work together in the hopes that No Eul can tame Joon Young's flippant attitude and get enough money to support her younger brother in the process. However nothing is as it seems, with too many secrets to count surrounding the duo's past and present, true love might just not be enough.
Featuring a veteran ensemble cast — including Na Mun Hee, Kim Hye Ja, Go Du Shim, Kim Young Ok, Joo Hyun, and Park Won Sook — a group of vivacious ajummas befriends a group of considerably younger people. At the eve of their lives, but ever young at heart, this group shares their hard-earned wisdom and timeless antics with adults in the prime of their lives.
6. Padam Padam
Padam Padam is an addictive and intense supernatural drama centered on Kang Chil, a volatile man who has spent nearly half his life in prison after being convicted for murder when he was 19. He falls in love with a kind veterinarian, Ji Na and encounters a mysterious man named Gook Su who claims to be his guardian angel. The story weaves together all three characters' past and present lives in a thrilling series of twists and turns will have you hooked. Padam Padam is the sound of a beating heart, and this riveting melodrama will surely set yours racing.
After his uncle's unjust takeover of the family company, Kang Min Ho (Jung Kyung Ho) grows up to be a successful, if not cynical investor who only cares about money. But when he undergoes a sudden heart transplant surgery, Min Ho literally has a change of heart when he inherits a warm and compassionate heart. In the midst of seeing the world anew, including falling for the kind Kim Soon Jung (Kim So Yeon), Min Ho must mitigate his newfound personality with the demands of his cutthroat career.
Lee Seo Yeon (Soo Ae) is a ghostwriter and editor who's led a difficult life ever since her mother abandoned both her and her brother. She falls in love with Park Ji Hyung (Kim Rae Won), a friend of her older cousin who also happens to be engaged to someone else - Noh Hyang Gi (Jung Yoo Mi). Though his marriage to Hyang Gi has been arranged practically since birth, his heart is deeply loyal to Seo Yeon. The two of them have a complicated relationship, as she doesn't want to marry him and have him abandon his wealthy family for her, and he finds himself unable to break up his engagement. But their love is tested when Seo Yeon finds that she is slowly losing all of her memory...
Circumstances condemn Oh Soo (Jo In Sung) and Oh Young (Song Hye Gyo) to loveless lives. After the untimely death of his first love, Oh Soo turns to an ambitionless life as a derelict gambler. The gorgeous Oh Young should be leading the perfect life as an heiress, but when her parents’ divorce crumbles the family, she faces the reality of living life alone — particularly in light of her increasingly impaired vision. When these two heavy souls cross paths, fate delivers a chance meeting that will change their lives forever.
Kim Hyun Joo ( Boys Over Flowers, Cruel Palace) and Joo Sang Wook (Good Doctor, Birth of a Beauty) star in a romantic melodrama about the bittersweet reality of limitless love in the face of limited life. So Hye (Kim Hyun Joo) is a popular TV drama series writer with a natural talent for writing. Hae Sung (Joo Sang Wook) is a popular actor, although despite his reputation as the “Great Star of the Universe, Foot-Caprio,” he’s not very good at acting. When forced to work together, the two begin to butt heads, and after some time, they also start to care for each other. However, fate has something bitter in line for them, as So Hye learns she only has 6 months to live. Now, every plan they had for the future must be readjusted. But when time is so quickly running out, will there be any left for love?
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