The Wednesday Five: Older K-Dramas I Wanna Watch

Posted October 5, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature Older K-Dramas I Wanna Watch. I’m still fairly new to all things k-dramas and there are still quite a few older k-dramas that I haven’t gotten around to watching but here’s a list of the ones that are at the top of my watch list.

1. Coffee Prince

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Gong Yoo, Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Sun Kyung

Choi Han Gyul is the grandson of chairwoman Bang of Dong-in Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han Gyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo Joo, who only sees him as a friend.

Go Eun Chan is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died when she was 16 years old and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family.

When Han Gyul and Eun Chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother. After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han Gyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed “Coffee Prince,” to prove that he’s capable, to both his grandmother and Yoo Joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun Chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at the Coffee Prince.

I’m a really big fan of Gong Yoo and everyone that I follow on TikTok and InstaGram are really big fans of this drama so of course I gotta watch it, right?

2. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

My Drama List | SBS VOD
Starring: Lee Joon Gi, IU, Kang Ha Neul

When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, Go Ha Jin is transported back in time to the start of the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea during King Taejo’s rule. She wakes up in the body of the 16-year-old Hae Soo and finds herself living in the house of the 8th Prince Wang Wook, who is married to Hae Soo’s cousin. She soon befriends several of the princes and meets the ostracized 4th Prince, Wang So. Although knowing she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her.

IU is my girl. I love her so much. I’m slowly making my way through her backlist and this one is at the top of that list. I’m just scared to watch it because I hear it’s a real tearjerker and I’m not brave enough to start it yet. Soon though, I promise!

3. 18 Again

My Drama List
Starring: Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Sang Hyun, Lee Do Hyun

After nearly twenty years of marriage, Jung Da Jung and Hong Dae Young seem to be well settled in their domestic lives. The proud parents of a pair of eighteen year old twins, the devoted couple have worked hard to build a happy home together. But what seems like an ideal life on the outside is really anything but. Fed up with Dae Young’s incessant nonsense, Da Jung is at her wits’ end. When Dae Young announces that he’s been fired, Da Jung gives up completely. Convinced life would be better without her husband in it, Da Jung wastes no time in filing for divorce.

Shaken by his wife’s decision to leave him and utterly disappointed in where life has taken him, Dae Young takes a hard look at his life. It doesn’t take him long to see all the places where things went wrong, and soon he finds himself regretting absolutely everything about his life. The moment the thoughts of regret enter his head, his body is instantly transformed into that of an eighteen year old, while his thirty-seven year old mind remains intact. Suddenly given the chance to re-do his entire life, Dae Young changes his name to Ko Woo Young and enrolls himself in his children’s’ school. Seeing life from an entirely different perspective, Dae Young soon finds that despite keeping his middle-aged brain, he still has a lot to learn.

This drama looks cute and just my kind of drama so I’m totally trying to watch it. Lee Do Hyun is it in it, too? Yep, I need to watch this one fast.

4. Because This is My First Life

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Jung So Min, Lee Min Ki, Esom, Park Byung Eun, Kim Ga Eun, Kim Min Seok

A house-poor man and homeless woman become housemates in a drama that examines the institution of marriage and the problems that young people face today.

Nam Se Hee is a single man in his early 30’s. He has chosen not to marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage. Meanwhile, Yoon Ji Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji Ho begins to live at Nam Se Hee’s house. They become housemates.

I love me some Jung So Min and I’ve heard really great things about this drama so it’s right up there at the top of my watch list along with the rest of these dramas. I’ll definitely try to watch this one before the second season of Alchemy of Souls returns.

5. Flower of Evil

My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Lee Joon Gi, Moon Chae Won, Jang Hee Jin, Seo Hyun Woo, Nam Ki Ae, Son Jong Hak

Although Baek Hee Sung is hiding a dark secret surrounding his true identity, he has established a happy family life and a successful career. He is a loving husband and doting father to his young daughter. But his perfect façade begins to crumble when his wife, Cha Ji Won, a homicide detective, begins investigating a string of serial murders from 15 years ago. Ji Won notices changes in Hee Sung’s behavior and begins to wonder if he could possibly be hiding something from her.

A lot of the folks that I follow on social media watched this one as it was releasing and though I didn’t, I always meant to watch it because everyone else seemed hooked. I wanna be hooked too so I wanna watch this one for sure.

What are some older k-dramas that you want to watch? Share in the comments!

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