10 touching Asian dramas about reuniting with long lost love
There's just something about first love that is hard to forget, and something about dramas where two lovers finally reunite that we can't resist! It's always a tragedy when life's trials and circumstances get in the way of two people who are meant to be, but in these 10 Asian dramas, we get to witness them reconcile and come back together stronger than ever.
In his youth, Ji Eun Ho (Baek Sung Hyun) fell wildly in love with Ji Eun Dong (Yoon Se Hee), but their pure love never survived the heartbreaking circumstances that eventually separated them. 20 years later, Eun Ho (Joo Jin Mo) continues to harbor a flame for his first love, despite his fame and fortunate as a popular actor. Can a chance meeting with Eun Dong (Kim Sa Rang) heal Eun Ho's cold heart, or has his second shot at true love already passed?
Yang Mi (The Witness) and Golden-Horse winner Li Yifeng star in a romantic drama that shows how difficult it is to love someone when you have left them, but even tougher is to truly leave them if you ever loved them. Su Xingyu (Li Yifeng) is known as the “Prince of Pop Music.” Tian Xin (Yang Mi) is an agent at the company that represents the pop music nobility. Five years ago, Su Xingyu was a rookie actor and Tian Xin a rookie assistant. They had a budding relationship but distance and time simply meant it wasn’t to be. Now, years later, the two meet once again, this time as star and manager. However, falling in love isn’t that simple. Not only did their relationship last end on decidedly unlovely terms, there’s the added complication that Xingyu cannot be in a relationship right now for the sake of protecting his idol status. Will the two, who perhaps once felt they could be something special, be able to rediscover that flame, or does falling in love like a star mean you never ride off into the sunset?
Song Ji Hyo (Emergency Couple, My Wife’s Having an Affair This Week) and Byun Yo Han (Six Flying Dragons) star in a romantic comedy about the ghost of boyfriend past not-so-magically appearing to haunt an ambitious woman’s future. Kim Soo Jin (Song Ji Hyo) is a career-oriented producer at a film company that is quickly sinking into the abyss of bankruptcy. In order to save her company, she must take drastic measures -- and perhaps the most drastic of them all is adapting a film version of a webtoon by a popular but divisive writer. Bang Myung Soo (Byun Yo Han) is a young artist who has based his comic entirely on his ex-girlfriends. The intimate details of his personal life, that he has now made nationally-known household facts, has made Myung Soo something of a cross between beloved heartthrob and public enemy. It is this controversy the film company hopes to cash in on. There’s just one problem: Kim Soo Jin happens to be one of those ex-girlfriends. Now, in order to make the movie, our beloved filmmaker must put her feelings aside and interact with not just her increasingly irritating ex, but also those former exes he is writing about that have once again popped up. These ladies, all former girlfriends of Myung Soo’s, are older wealthy divorcee Na Ji Ah (Tree With Deep Rootsactress Jang Ji Eun), the very chic and successful investment firm member Jang Hwa Young (Dream High alum Lee Yoon Ji), and airhead C-lister actress Ra Ra (Age of Youth and Descendants of the Sun’s Ryu Hwa Young). Can Soo Jin make peace and learn what makes those characters tick in time to save her sinking ship of a company, or will this battle of the exes become a real-life fight club?
Im Seung Hee (Lee Young Ah) scribbles her days away in hopes of becoming a drama writer, but there are a few things holding her back from her big break: specifically, she’s broke and lives off of unemployment benefits. Things get tricky when Seung Hee’s first love, Kim Jong Dae (Nam Goong Min), ends up working at the benefit office, but this embarrassing encounter just may turn out to be the story of a lifetime. While it may seem that the trouble with being a writer is being a paid one, Seung Hee needs to learn a thing or two about the biggest hurdle of all: living a love story worth telling.
Following the collapse of her family’s publishing business, Kim Hye Jin (Jung Da Bin) lost everything, including her beauty, while her first love, Ji Sung Joon (Yang Han Yeol), transformed from an unattractive geek into a handsome fashion editor. When the former rich girl (Hwang Jung Eum) and late bloomer (Park Seo Joon) are reunited at a fashion powerhouse, their reversed fortunes quickly become more drama than the publication can handle.
Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo star in this playful and sexy drama about a medical school student, Chang Min, and a dietitian, Jin Hee, who fall in love and marry despite his family's strong opposition. When Chang Min marries Jin Hee, he gives up his medical internship to become a pharmaceutical salesman despite the fact that the rest of his family are successful doctors. Their married life is miserable as Chang Min's family looks down on Jin Hee and Chang Min begins to treat her poorly. They finally divorce and go their separate ways until they are suddenly reunited as interns working at the same hospital. Will this couple's tumultuous feelings for each other be rekindled?
Na Ae Ra (Lee Min Jung) is a vain, materialistic woman looking for love after becoming happily divorced from her nerdy, genius husband, Jung Woo (Joo Sang Wook). What she doesn’t know is that since their divorce Jung Woo has actually become a very wealthy and successful IT developer. Once Ae Ra comes to this realization, she makes it her goal to win Jung Woo back. However, Jung Woo has a scheme of his own that includes taking petty revenge on Ae Ra for leaving him and only wanting him for his money.
8. Miss Korea
It's 1997, and times are rough for Kim Hyung Joon (Lee Sun Kyun) and his cosmetics company, but there's nothing great PR can't save! Hyung Joon hatches a bizarre plan to turn his ex-girlfriend, elevator girl Oh Ji Young (Lee Yeon Hee), into the next Miss Korea. Having been the prettiest girl of her high school, Ji Young is tasked with morphing into the most beautiful of them all, but it's the big leagues now and competition is fierce. Will Ji Young be able to pose, sashay and charm her way into saving the flailing company?
Han Yeo Reum (Jung Yoo Mi)'s life seems perfect. She is a designer who owns her own successful workshop, she lives with her two best childhood friends, and she has a sweet, successful boyfriend of 3 years, Nam Ha Jin (Sung Joon), who might pop the big question any day. Her life seems to be heading in the right direction, until she suddenly comes face to face with her selfish and snobby, but somehow charming, designer ex-boyfriend of 5 years, Kang Tae Ha (Eric Moon). As Han Yeo Reum begins working closely with Kang Tae Ha on a design project, old feelings begin to re-emerge. Meanwhile, it seems that Nam Ha Jin is facing his own crisis of love when his childhood friend, Ahn Ah Rim, declares her feelings for him. Will the members of this massive love square be able to sort through their complicated, tangled feelings to find true love?
10. Say I Do Again
Hoteliers Xiang Zhen Yang (Lin Yo Wei) and Shu Xin Kuei (Mandy Wei) have a few things in common, including working at the same hotel and being recent divorcees. The only problem is that they are actually each other's exes. Can Zhen Yang and Xin Kuei keep the hotel in tip-top shape — without letting out their own dirty laundry — or is their patience for one another at maximum capacity?
Which of these reconciliation dramas do you love? Which ones will you be adding to your queue?