Good storytelling is universal and transcends the test of time. Here are the 15 best Korean remakes of Japanese TV shows and films you can watch right here on DramaFever.

1. Be With You (2018)

A loving wife and mother passes away, promising to return to her loved ones. It’s a promise she mysteriously manages to keep, but it's among many things she does not remember. (Feature film, 2h 12m)

Based on: ‘Be With You’ (2004) starring Yuko Takeuchi and Nakamura Shido.

2. Call Me Mother (2018)


Call Me Mother

Starring Lee Bo Young and Lee Jae Yoon

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When a teacher finds out that one of her students is being abused, the only way to save her is to do something drastic. (16 episodes)

Based on: 2010 Nippon TV series 'Mother'

3. My Wife's Having an Affair This Week (2016)


My Wife's Having an Affair This Week

Starring Lee Sun Gyun and Song Ji Hyo

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A television PD finds a hotel reservation on his wife's phone and takes to the internet community to help him find out if she is in fact having an affair. (12 episodes)

Based on: 2007 Fuji TV drama of the same name (Konshu Tsuma ga Uwaki Shimasu)

4. Second to Last Love (2016)


Second To Last Love

Starring Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hee Ae

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Two people skeptical about love are forced to realize that ultimately, the heart wants what it wants. (20 episodes)

Based on: 2012 Fuji TV drama of the same name (Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi)

5. Late Night Restaurant (2015)


Late Night Restaurant

Starring Kim Seung Woo and Choi Jae Sung

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A mysterious restaurant open only from midnight until 7am is run by a chef who only makes what his customers ask for. (20 episodes)

Based on: ‘Shinya Shokudo’ manga and drama

6. Tomorrow’s Cantabile (2014)


Tomorrow's Cantabile (a.k.a. Naeil's Cantabile)

Starring Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung

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Based on the hit manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, Tomorrow's Cantabile is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of two musicians who discover that together, they can create music that makes their hearts soar. (16 episodes)

Based on: 2006 drama ‘Nodame Cantabile’ and manga (2001~2009).

7. The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)


The Suspicious Housekeeper

Starring Choi Ji Woo and Lee Sung Jae

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When a suddenly-widowed father struggles to take care of his four children, the mysterious Park Bok Nyeo arrives to help out, and starts healing the family's broken relationships. (20 episodes)

Based on: ‘I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper’ (2011)

8. That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013)


That Winter, the Wind Blows

Starring Jo In Sung and Song Hye Gyo

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Two heavy souls with seemingly loveless futures cross paths, and fate delivers a chance meeting that will change their lives forever. (16 episodes)

Based on: ‘Ai Nante Irane Yo Natsu’ (2002)

9. Time Slip Dr. Jin (2012)


Time Slip Dr. Jin

Starring Song Seung Hun and Kim Jae Joong

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A brilliant neurosurgeon falls into a time portal and lands in 1860 Korea. Without his modern medical tools, he must figure out a way back to the present day, saving a few Joseon-era people along the way. (22 episodes)

Based on: Motoka Murakami’s manga and the TBS series ‘Jin,’ which aired 2009 through 2011.

10. City Hunter (2011)


City Hunter

Starring Lee Min Ho (Heirs) and Park Min Young

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Torn between his surrogate father's drive for vengeance and the girl whose courage and innocence touches him, Yoon Sung must fight to survive, and choose the path he will take. (20 episodes)

Based on: ‘City Hunter’ manga and animes

11. God of Study (2010)

An unsuccessful, hard-nosed lawyer vows to raise the grades of five misfits in high school in this comedic and uplifting coming-of-age drama. (16 episodes)

Based on: ‘Dragon Sakura’ manga and drama

12. He Who Can't Marry (2009)


He Who Can't Marry

Starring Ji Jin Hee and Uhm Jung Hwa

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A stubborn perfectionist desperately tries to avoid getting married, but love keeps banging down his door. (16 episodes)

Based on: ‘The Man Who Can't Get Married’ or ‘Kekkon Dekinai Otoko’ (2006)

13. Boys Over Flowers (2009)


Boys Over Flowers

Starring Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho (Heirs)

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Meet the boys of the F4 in this runaway megahit Korean drama that keeps winning fans over worldwide. (25 episodes)

Based on: 2005 TBS series of the same name, and the 1995 and 2008 movie adaptations

14. White Tower (2007)


White Tower

Starring Kim Myung Min and Lee Sun Gyun

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Critically and popularly acclaimed story of a brilliant surgeon whose quest for power and efficacy drives him to terrible lengths.

Based on: 2003 Fuji TV series of the same name

15. Fly, Daddy, Fly (2006)


Fly, Daddy, Fly

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Moon Shik

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Jang Ga Pil is a lowly salaryman who feels helpless when he is unable to protect his daughter's reputation after she is assaulted by a high school boxing champion. With the help of sympathetic, street-smart high schoolers he trains for the match of his lifetime. (feature film, 1h 52m)

Based on: A novel by Kazuki Kaneshiro

Lastly, feature film Little Forest is coming to DramaFever this Friday for Premium users!

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