“My Liberation Notes” is officially over, and it’s safe to say that it was a gem of a series that will be dearly missed. It was able to touch the hearts of many viewers as a result of its beautifully written script involving a family living in the countryside. They are sick of their mundane lives and are trying to break free of it by finding themselves. To help lessen the pain of there no longer being any more episodes, here are some other K-dramas to check out featuring your favorite things about the series.
Shining star Kim Ji Won
“Descendants of the Sun”
In “Descendants of the Sun,” Song Joong Ki stars as Yoo Shi Jin alongside Song Hye Kyo as Kang Mo Yeon. Yoo Shi Jin is the army Captain who falls head over heels for Dr. Kang. They embark on a whirlwind of a romance despite their different backgrounds.
Kim Ji Won also stars as Yoon Myung Joo, a soldier in the military who is also a doctor. She has a romance with Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo), and the two became infamous for being a couple with sizzling chemistry. Kim Ji Won’s fame and performance in the hit series made such an impact that she was awarded Best New Actress as well as Excellent Actress at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards. The fact that this was not her first or last award is a testament to her incredible talent!
Watch “Descendants of the Sun”:
“Fight My Way”
“Fight My Way” stars Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won as two childhood friends who’ve experienced all the pangs of growing up together. These two are pretty much inseparable and consider the other as basically a sibling, until Park Seo Joon’s character Go Dong Man realizes his deeper feelings for his best friend Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won).
Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra is one of the most relatable and endearing K-drama characters. Her ability to show such a vulnerable person who is trying so hard to achieve her dreams of being an announcer, as well as figuring out her feelings of love with Go Dong Man, gave us the slice of life character we needed. Her adorable moments of aegyo and heartfelt moments of hitting rock bottom all made her a character people couldn’t help but love.
Start watching “Fight My Way”:
In “Heirs,” Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) is a high school student who can’t seem to catch a break. She tries to track down her sister who abandoned their family in the U.S. and she meets Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) in the process. When she returns to Seoul, she has the opportunity to attend an elite private school filled with chaebols. She decides to attend and ends up meeting Kim Tan again. He makes it very clear what his intentions are, and he becomes very persistent in trying to win her affections.
This was a very different role for Kim Ji Won as she played Yoo Ra Hael, a snobby and very jealous high school student. Her character was not likable at first, but as the series progressed, we were able to see that the world she grew up in resulted in her being a certain way. It goes without saying that Kim Ji Won is always able to portray these complex characters so effortlessly, which only shows her range as an actress.
Start watching “Heirs”:
Son Suk Ku
“Melo Is My Nature”
Im Jin Joo (Chun Woo Hee), Lee Eun Jung (Jeon Yeo Bin), and Hwang Han Joo (Han Ji Eun) are three women who are over 30, just trying to get through life. They are best friends who lean on each other for help and support. They all have hopes of achieving their dreams and finding love in the process, but things do not seem to always go their way.
Son Suk Ku didn’t have a main role in this particular series, but it goes without saying that his presence is a powerful one. He plays a director by the name of Kim Sang Soo who has a serious chip on his shoulder. He yells and swears at people that get in his way, but it’s obviously of no use when it comes to Lee Eun Jung (Jeon Yeo Bin). The two form an unlikely bond and relationship that may echo a bit of the peculiar relationship he had in “My Liberation Notes.” Regardless, him and the love story in it are adorable!
Watch “Melo Is My Nature”:
This hit series is about eight people who are telepathically connected and can experience each other’s lives. It’s a sci-fi thriller that shows how these eight random people from all over the world have experiences that they cannot quite grasp but try and figure out together.
Bae Doona plays a talented kick boxer by the name of Sun Bak, and Son Suk Ku plays the love interest. The intensity in which Sun Bak and detective Mun (Son Suk Ku) engage in romance is really not for the faint of heart. It’s passionate, gripping, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The two actors even developed a tight knit friendship off-screen, which only enhanced their chemistry in the series. If you want to see a tough and passionate Son Suk Ku, this one is a definite must-watch!
Brilliant writer Park Hae Young
“Another Oh Hae Young”
“Another Oh Hae Young” is a drama that involved a lot of tears and passion, so it’s obvious that the two main leads had to engage in a lot of chemistry. The pain and anguish that Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) experiences after falling in love with Park Do Kyung (Eric Mun), only to realize that he had her confused with another Oh Hae Young, is devastating. But it doesn’t stop the two from embarking on a serious passion-filled romance.
The writing of this particular series is filled with a lot of heightened emotions and angst; all emotions that are not exactly foreign to Park Hae Young’s projects. Her ability to write scripts that dig deep into the human condition, forcing viewers to get in touch with their emotional side, is a gift that only this writer possesses.
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Starring IU as Lee Ji An, “My Mister” is a heartbreaking story about a girl who is just trying to get by. She was dealt an unfortunate hand in life and has rarely had anything good happen to her. Ji An takes care of her frail grandmother by taking on a bunch of part-time jobs and lives in a serious pit of constant depression. But this starts to change when she meets Park Dong Hoon (Lee Sun Gyun), an optimistic and compassionate office worker. He sees Ji An struggling and tries to help her whenever he can.
Any avid K-drama watcher has probably watched this series at least once. Writer Park Hae Young has the ability to show a very sad and humanistic side to life. As the series progresses, there is a shift in tone as the story becomes more hopeful and enlightening. Park Hae Young’s dramas are deep, almost like holding up a mirror to society, showing the ordinary and mundane, but also finding hope and joy in it. “My Mister” is the series that is closest in tone and feel to “My Liberation Notes,” which means it can’t be missed!
Start watching “My Mister”:
Beautiful slow-burn romance
The healing drama “Dinner Mate” stars Song Seung Heon as a psychiatrist and Seo Ji Hye as a woman who works for a media company. The two meet by chance and decide to have regular dinners together, discussing anything that is going on in their lives.
“Dinner Mate” is a healing series that will surprisingly draw you in from the start. The synopsis is quite simple. Woo Do Hee (Seo Ji Hye) is getting over a breakup and proposes to have dinner with Kim Hae Kyung (Song Seung Heon). These dinners would recur often, and the two would share their concerns, worries, and news, bringing them closer together. It doesn’t seem like much, but seeing the two progress into a full passionate romance gave all the butterflies!
“Do You Like Brahms?”
Chae Song Ah (Park Eun Bin) is a university student who works very hard to become a violinist. Unfortunately, there are various obstacles in the way that prevent her from attaining her dreams. She meets Park Joon Young (Kim Min Jae) who is a famous pianist and out of her league, yet he takes a strong liking to Song Ah, and the two engage in a sweet romance.
The pace of this series is perfect. When you have the innocent and pure love of Song Ah and Joon Young, there really is nothing more you could ask for. It’s a realistic love story that tackles the hardships of achieving your dreams and discovering who you really are. Their love story is an emotional one as it takes you on a rollercoaster of being in a relationship, anticipating breakups, jealousy, heartache, and passionate kiss scenes. All of these aspects lead to the perfect romantic tale.
Start watching “Do You Like Brahms?”:
“I’ll Go to You When the Weather Is Nice”
After Mok Hae Won (Park Min Young) decides to leave Seoul and temporarily moves to the countryside with her aunt, she meets her old high school friend Im Eun Seob (Seo Kang Joon). Eun Seob has been in love with Hae Won since he first met her and is happy to hear that she won’t be leaving for a while. The two become friends again, and as they get to know each other more, they start to fall in love.
This slow burn series is perfect for those who appreciate an epic love story. Seeing how much Eun Seob loves Hae Won will have your heart skipping a beat on the regular; his love for her knows no bounds! There is a bit of intensity involving Hae Won’s tragic past, but her cathartic progression into finding freedom is very healing.
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binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Kiss Sixth Sense, “Woori The Virgin,” “Why Her?,” “Bloody Heart,” “Our Blues,” and “Sh**ting Stars.”
All-time favorite drama: “Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart.”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen.