Stress comes naturally to us. We are stressed about everything in life. What we wear, what we eat, where we go, with whom we go, what we do when we get where we are going and what not. Basically, living can now officially be called stressing.
We also have as many ways to relieve the stress that burdens our souls. We party, we get high, we have sex and of course, we binge watch. Food and a long list of TV series that is waiting for us is a mandatory stress reliever in this day and age.
We know that letting a few tears or a few litres of tears flow is scientifically the best way to feeling better. But what’s better is letting a few tears flow by watching very attractive Korean people go through their sad lives on screen while munching on pizzas and Doritos, with a side of wine of course.
If you are looking to let go of your stress by indulging in a bit of Korean binge watching, here are the editor’s recommended Korean dramas to help you cry.
The Moon that embraces the Sun
The Moon that embraces the Sun is a historical drama where the Crown Prince and his childhood friend, separated by a death, find ways to reunite despite the royal family’s attempts to keep them away. The Moon has two Suns (lovers), but can there be two Suns in the same sky? Watch to drown in your pool of tears.
Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-In, Jung Il-woo.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Scarlet Heart is another historical drama on the list, where each episode is a fight between brothers for the throne that their father left behind. The brothers plot against each other and it is truly a sight how humans can kill family out of greed. The twist: a lady who can foresee the future appears from a land unknown. She falls in love one of the brothers but foresees that he will kill all others. Who will she help to get to the throne?
Cast: Lee Joon-gi, IU, Kang Ha-neul, Hong Jong-hyun, Byun Baek-hyun, Nam Joo-hyuk, Ji soo.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
Goblin has a very interesting mix of happiness and sadness. The sadness truly overpowers the short period of happiness that the Goblin and his human bride get to live. It shows how love transcends death and can survive through a number of lives to reunite. The story revolves around the concept of death, with a grim reaper to make things worse. What fate has brought these people who live endless lives together with their mortal lovers?
Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, LeeDong-wook, Yoo In-na, Yook Sungjae
I am sorry, I love you
The drama is one of the classics with a very sad story. A child abandoned by a superstar mother in her heyday sets out to find his mother after being shot in his head. When he returns to Korea and finds that she has another child, he resents her and tries to get back at her. In the process, he meets and falls in love with his brother’s stylist, who has feelings for his brother. The rest is a story that unfolds to make viewers cry their eyes out.
Spoiler: The bullet in his head had not been removed.
Cast: So Ji-Sub, Im Soo-Jung, Jung Kyung-ho, Lee Hye-young.
What’s happening with my family?
When a single father finds out that he is dying of cancer, he sets out to settle his children in their lives. He attempts to make his kids settle in their jobs and schedules dates with a lady to leave for treatments. When the kids find out one by one that their father is dying, the family is a crying mess that makes you grateful for your own.
Cast: Yoo Dong-eun, Kim Hyun-joo, Kim Sang-kyung, Yoon Park, Park Hyun-sik, Nam Ji-hyeon.
Secret love/ Secret is a drama that has many tragedies in the life of the main character. The main female lead goes to prison for a hit and run murder instead of her boyfriend, who is a rising prosecutor. The murdered lady is the girlfriend of a wealthy heir who decides to seek revenge on her and starts tracking her whereabouts. When she leaves prison, her boyfriend turns his back on her. How the secret of the murder unfolds and the two character’s story evolves make the viewers emotionally invested and cry throughout the drama.
Cast: Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, Lee da-hee, Bae Soo-bin.
Kill me, Heal me
The drama deals with a person with a dissociative identity disorder, where he is forced to live with six other personalities along with his regular. His split personalities start to appear more frequently and each personality has a reason for existing. The heartbreaking reasons come to light when he appoints a psychiatric to assist him, only to fall in love with her. He must kill all other personalities or be killed by other personalities living within him. The journey to healing is difficult and definitely tear-jerking!
Cast: Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo Joon.
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