For a long time now, I’ve been obsessed with Asian dramas. I love the variety of genres, storylines and characters that they encompass. They’re often full of action but also have some romance thrown in there; sometimes, it’s more about relationships and friendships than anything else. If you’re like me and looking for something new to watch on Netflix or Hulu Plus, this list is for you! This blog will explore some of the best Asian dramas out there, including recommendations on which ones to watch first if you don’t know where to start.
2. Love in the Moonlight
The drama is a romantic comedy about a prince who disguises himself as a eunuch and falls in love with the girl who makes him fall for her. It’s funny and sweet; you’ll enjoy it if you like romantic comedies!
3. My Love from the Star
My Love from the Star is a highly-rated Taiwanese drama about an alien who falls in love with a human actress. The story is set in present-day South Korea, following the main character Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), as he tries to get closer to his love interest Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).
The plot centres around Do Min Joon, an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago and has been living among humans since then. When he meets Cheon Song Yi, they become involved in each other’s lives despite him having to return home soon. The story follows how they manage their relationship while dealing with all sorts of complex situations that arise due to their different circumstances.
4. Bad Boy (J)
- Fantastic Boy is a Japanese drama about a boy who can see ghosts. One day, he helps a spirit who died because of his father to get revenge on him.
- A detective helps the main character andthey fall in love. It’s a fantastic drama that will make you laugh and cry simultaneously!
5. The K2
The K2 is a South Korean drama series that follows a high school teacher and his students in a mountain climbing club. The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Yoon Tae-ho, published in 2011.
The show aired on JTBC in 2018 and was directed by Kim Kyu-tae. It stars Ji Chang Wook as Heo Jun Ho (Ho Joon), Lee Sung Kyung as Go Ah Ra (Rae), Park Jung Min as Kang San (San) and Song Yoon Ah as Oh Wong Soon Nyeo (Soon Nyeo).
6. Reply 1988
Reply 1988 is a drama that follows the story of a family in Seoul, South Korea. The story is set in 1988 and centers around the lives of people who live in the same neighborhood, and are connected by their love for a girl named Taek.
The series follows her journey through high school and adulthood as she tries to find her identity and place among her family and friends.
7. She Was Pretty (Janghwa, Hongryeon)
- She Was Pretty (2015) is a Korean drama about a woman who didn’t have much luck with love or work, but then she gets plastic surgery and becomes beautiful. Her best friend falls in love with her after the transformation.
The drama is about their friendship and romance, which leads to some of the most heart-wrenching moments on this list.
If you are looking to get into Asian dramas, now is the time. These are some of the best out there and will not disappoint!