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Best Kdramas 2023: You Should Watch

Korean Drama manages to provide a lot of waves in terms of captivating stories, stunning performances and addictive plot. The world of Korean dramas continues to evolve by offering a variety of stories that cater to tastes and preferences, such as romance, fantasy, horror to thriller. 

These dramas promise an immersive and unforgettable viewing experience. So, grab your snack, get ready, and enjoy the magic of Korean dramas with the 2023 list.

Duty After School

Duty After School. Courtesy of IMDb

This Korean drama has a survival mode theme with the lives of a group of high school students who find themselves having to engage in conscription duty to fight a giant purple ball. They must struggle and adapt to unexpected situations and live school life and military life simultaneously.

The story combines elements of school life with a science fiction feel that creates a unique and adventurous experience. Sung Yong Il is the director of the Korean drama. 

The Glory

The Glory. Courtesy of IMDb

The Glory drama managed to get a lot of attention thanks to the acting and storytelling in it. It tells the story of a woman who takes revenge for the bullying she felt in high school. 

Revenge that seems very neat and dangerous scenes that make you cringe, managed to make the atmosphere more emotional. Plus the fact that this drama was inspired by a real incident in South Korea. This Korean drama was directed by Ahn Gil-Ho. 

The Good Bad Mother

The Good Bad Mother. Courtesy of IMDb

The Good Bad Mother tells the story of a single parent who struggles to raise her child without help from anyone. To make ends meet the family has to work hard on a pig farm. Although the mother’s kindness and hard work continue to flow, her son still sees it as a bad thing.

One day, both of their lives changed drastically due to an accident.  This event became a turning point in their relationship and opened the son’s eyes to his mother’s kindness and sacrifice. The combination of family relationship themes, dramatization of daily life, and unexpected elements makes this drama full of blue and emotional emotion. The drama is directed by Shim Na Yeon.

Twinkling Watermelon

Twinkling Watermelon. Courtesy of IMDb

This drama tells the story of a child from a deaf family who communicates with sign language. He has an interest and talent in music and joins a band without telling his family.

One day, his father finds out about his activities and a sign language fight ensues. Then, he decided to give up his musical dreams and was about to sell his guitar. Suddenly, he time-travels to 1995 and the time-travel adventure begins. Twinkling Watermelon is directed by Son Jung Hyun.


Moving. Courtesy of IMDb

The drama Moving tells the story of three high school teenagers who have their own superpowers. They try to live a normal life while keeping their powers a secret. However, challenges arise when they are pursued by a mysterious organization that hunts people with superpowers.

This fantasy genre drama presents many tense scenes and creates dramatic scenes. The director of this moving drama is Park In Jae.

Honorary Mention

  1. Love To Hate You (directed by Kim Jung Kwon)
    Casts: Teo Yoo, Kim Ok-vin, Ji hoon Kim, Go Won Hee 
  2. Daily Dose of Sunshine (directed by Lee Jae Koo)
    Casts: Park Bo-young, Yeon Woo-jin,  Jang Dong-yoon
  3. Kokdu: Season Of Deity (directed by Baek Soo Chan and Kim Ji Hoon)
    Casts: Im Soo-hyang, Kim Jung-hyun, Ahn Woo-yeon
  4. The Worst of Evil (directed by Han Dong Wook)
    Casts: Ji Chang-wook, Wi Ha-joon, Im Se-mi, BIBI
  5. Black Knight (directed by Cho Ui Seok)
    Casts: Kim Woo-bin, Kang You Seok, Esom, Song Seung-heon

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Ana enjoys film with women issues, as well as horror. A Bachelor in Economic Education.

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