With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s never a better time to pop in a good old rom-com! And if you’re feeling apathetic, how about revisiting some old-school K-Chem-rom-coms of the 2000s?
Here’s a list of old-school rom-coms that are guaranteed to make you laugh and squeal and fill you with all the warmth.
Joo Yoo Rin (Lee Da Hae) is an adorable thief artist with an extraordinary talent for lying. She Seoul Gong Chan (Lee Dong Wook), a quiet and serious businessman, hired his cousin. However, things get complicated when they start developing feelings for each other.
Written by the famous Hong sisters, who have duo signature quirky, witty plot and dialogue in many other popular Korean dramas such as “Hotel del Luna” and “Master’s Sun”, “My Girl”. It is entertaining with lots of laugh-out-loud moments.
For romance, this is a classic case of contrasts. Our female leadership is playful and witty, and plays well with the serious demeanor of our male leadership. He Seems to be cold, but he is quite a warm-hearted fellow. Add to picture A sweet second lead, played by Lee Joon Ge, with an unending love for our female lead and you have the perfect romance-com for ages!
Now see “My Girl”:
“My Sweet Sam Soon”
Kim Sam Soon (Kim Sun Ah) is a talented pastry chef who works at Hyun Jin Hoon’s (Hyun Bin) restaurant. Jin Hun is a brilliant hotelier with a tendency to keep people at arm’s length due to his painful past. Both are not getting eyes and they fight like cats and dogs. In order to get his mother back about the wedding, Jin Hoon gets into a contractual relationship with Sam Sam because they believe they will never fall for each other. But we all know how it will happen!
Kim Sam Soon is not your typical female lead. She is hot-tempered and strong-willed, carrying a few extra pounds and being 30 years old. She is also independent, great at what she does, and craves love. All these make him a complex and three-dimensional character. She She is trustworthy because she feels like a real person.
“My Lovely Sam Soon” is a rom-com that will shock you, but more importantly, it will soon make you care and root for Sam Soon in her journey of self-discovery and love.
Now see “My Sweet Sam Soon”:
“Princess Hours” reunites the monarchy in modern-day Korea. The play follows the relationship between Crown Prince Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon), and his bride, Shin Chya Kyung (Yun Yun Hye), who is an ordinary art student. The two are forced to marry due to an old agreement between their grandfather. When she adopts her new role and life in the palace, the two slowly fall in love.
A mix of school drama, palace intrigue, and contract marriage, the setup for “Princess Hours” is compelling and intriguing. The mix of modern and historical influences in set design and costumes is a feast for the eyes. The grand soundtrack immerses the audience in the romance and glory of the modern monarchy.
The well-developed romance between Leeds is the most effective part of “Princess Hours”. The drama takes time to develop their relationship, so by the time Lee Shin and Shin Chya Kyung realize their feelings for each other, it feels well earned and authentic.
Now watch “Princess Hour”:
“Full House”, Hanu Ji Yun (Song Hye Kyo), is a bubbly aspiring writer whose friends sell their house in a bid to pay off their debt. She Comes home to realize that a famous movie star, Lee Young J (Rain) has bought his house. Although they cannot tolerate each other, they eventually enter into a mutually beneficial contract marriage. The contract marriage trope may be overused, but it never fails to serve the hijinks of some fun and lovable cohabitation. How would you put two characters who hate each other so closely?
Our female lead is bubbly and full of warmth while Young Jae is the classic arrogant male lead. Although he falls apart he is also hilarious at times. The couple’s constant playfulness and childish antics are definitely the highlight of the play!
And of course Star Power! With two huge stars anchoring the play, “Full House” is definitely a play you should not miss.
See “Full House”:
“Couple or trouble”
The Hollywood film “Overboard” is a remake of “Couple or Trouble”, a romance unlikely between a false succession and a hardworking handyman. Ana Jo (Han Ye Seoul) loses her memory due to an accident and meets Jung Chul Soo (Oh Ji Ho), with whom she had previously had several unpleasant encounters. Chul Soo decides to bring her back on the pretext of his girlfriend so that he can bring her home to do chores and deliver the baby to her nephews.
The Amnesia trope serves as a setup for the character development of our Humpty Female lead. While Anna softens and becomes less selfish as the drama progresses, I love that she stays true to herself and maintains her confident and honest personality. Like the audience, Chul Soo eventually looks beyond his Bruce exterior and falls for him.
“Couple or Trouble” is another Hong Kong sisters drama, but it is lighter and less volatile than her other works. The play has lots of funny and funny moments, so if you want to see something light-hearted and funny, then “Couple or Trouble” is perfect for you!
See “Couple or Trouble”:
Go Yun Chan (Yun Yun) is often mistaken for a boy due to his misplaced appearance. Thinking that Yun Chan is a boy, Choi Han Gyul (Gong Yo) hires him to work in his café. They begin to develop feelings for each other, with Han Geul still believing that Yoon Chan is a man. If you are a fan of rom-coms, you must watch “Coffee Prince”. You will see the unique and heart-touching romance on screen. What’s more, lead has natural chemistry and is actually one of the best I’ve ever seen!
Also the actors are notable in this drama. It is hard to imagine Yun Chan playing the same bubbly and bubbly Shin Cha Kyung in “Princess Hours”. Yun Yun is completely a symbol of Yun Chan, the way he talks with his behavior. Gong Yo is also brilliant in his fine portrayal of Han Gyeul struggling with his emotions and slowly coming to terms with his feelings for Yun Chan. The way his face lights up with happiness when he is in love, he is very worthy. A smoked gong yu is the best gong yu!
See “Coffee Prince”:
The cast recently rewrote to share their experiences of working on the play and re-watched some famous scenes in this two-part documentary “My Dear Youth – Coffee Prince”.
Do not miss it! Catch the cast reunion here:
What do you think of the list, Soompiers? Do you have any other old school K-drama rom-coms to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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