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Korean dramas, or K-dramas, have a mystical allure that captivates audiences all over the world. The enticing blend of romance, drama, and fantasy has earned K-dramas a devoted fanbase that continues to grow with each season.
But why are audiences so enamored with K-Romance? Who better to inquire than the actors themselves?
Where dreams come true
Have you ever fantasized about running into your celebrity crush and falling in love at first sight? Whether it’s a chance meeting on the street or moving next door to your idol, K-Romance makes your wildest romantic fantasies come true—just like in Doona! Won-jun, a college freshman, and Doona, a former K-pop idol, end up sharing a house.
Yang Se-jong plays Won-jun, a regular guy who falls in love with Doona, played by Suzy, a former K-pop star. Doona is clearly not in Won-jun’sleague,but as Yang puts it, K-Romance series are unique because they allow “dream-like love to come to life.” Don’t forget about Doona! Only on Netflix on October 20th.
When opposites attract
K-Romance has a penchant for pairing characters who are diametrically opposed. Social status, personalities, you name it—they bring together the most unlikely couples and make their love stories completely irresistible. destined with You pair a hotshot lawyer with a lowly civil servant who may hold the key to breaking his family curse. Will fate be able to bridge the social class gap?
Cho Bo-ah, who plays civil servant Lee Hong-jo, reveals her favorite types of romance shows, saying, “I love the traditional kind of romance with an unbreakable bond between two completely different people.”
Another K-Romance classic is when enemies become lovers, as in King the Land, when an unlikely romance blossoms between a wealthy heir of a hotel who despises fake smiles and his hardworking employee known for her irresistible smile. With their sizzling chemistry, former global K-pop idols Jun-ho and Yoona light up the screen. “Isn’t it true that a risky workplace romance is always the best?” Jun-ho jokes. “Because of the office setting, the emotions are very relatable and real.” It’s possible that it will happen to you!”
Love that transcends life and time
Have you ever wondered if love could endure beyond life and death? K-Romance titles explore this with the “time leap” or “rebirth” theme, posing the question, “Would you still love me if we could do it all over again?”
See You in My 19th Life stars Shin Hye-sun says yes. She defines true love as a “powerful affection that’s strong enough to bulldoze through your afterlife and still have your heart set on the same person.” Indeed, Shin portrays a young girl who can reincarnate indefinitely, but when her 18th life is cut short, she devotes the next one to finding her now-adult childhood crush who has forgotten everything.
Similarly, in A Time Called You, Jeon Yeo-been plays a grieving woman who travels through time to 1998 and meets a man who looks strikingly similar to her late love. According to Jeon, K-Romance can provide a lot of hope because it demonstrates that “no matter how far back in time, no matter how different the person appears to be, if it’s destiny, then you will end up together.”
More than just Rom-Com
K-dramas have become a mash-up of comedy, romance, and even thriller elements. Behind Your Touch follows a psychic veteran and a detective as they work together to solve small-town crimes and uncover a terrifying serial killer mystery. Han Ji-min, who plays the vet with the comic superpower of touching buttocks, quips that it is a “refreshing new take on love.”
With K-Romance gaining popularity around the world, Netflix has a treasure trove of love stories waiting for you. There’s a K-drama for every romantic soul, from heartwarming classics to thrilling time-travel adventures. So, why not immerse yourself in this delightful world and discover your own reason to become addicted?