Let's be real. Even if we're huge K-drama fans, there are times when we just can't start and finish an entire series in a week. There are also those instances when we want to explore other forms of entertainment. So, how about some Korean movies?
If you're a rom-com fanatic, here's a list of films you can include in your bucket list.
PSA: You can stream these movies online via viu, iflix, Netflix, or any other legal streaming sites.
Two Faces of My Girlfriend (2007)
Available On: Netflix, viu
Before you think the title implies a sexist portrayal of ~*moody*~ women, know this: the heroine has a split personality disorder. Despite the sensitive issue, the movie is lighthearted and the characters are so adorable, too. And even if there are a lot of comedic scenes, you'll get a sneak peek of true love in there. The lead guy pursues the girl he loves no matter how literally crazy it gets.
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Available On: iflix, viu
In this movie, our oppa Song Joong Ki isn't a total dreamboat—in fact, it's like the opposite of his Captain Yoo Shi Jin/Big Boss role. He's unemployed, broke, and irresponsible. On top of it all, he's a playboy. Everything changes when he meets a true blue penny-pincher whose wits and quirks win him over. Warning: Do not watch this if you don't want to see Joong Ki locking lips—very, very intensely—with someone other than his missus.
Available On: iflix
It's a cross between a rom-com and a comedy horror. Here, a woman in an audience (played by Son Ye Jin) catches the eye of a street magician (played by Lee Min Ki). She ends up working with him in a "horror magic show" that became a hit. Later, she reveals her ability to interact with ghosts and he gets his fair share of the thrill.
Hot Young Bloods (2014)
Available On: viu
If Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is your only encounter with Park Bo Young, you'll be quite surprised how there's no trace of her Bong-Bong cuteness in this movie. She plays a tough gangster—yep, you read that right—opposite Lee Jong Suk. Unlike Bo Young, Jong Suk's charms in this movie are pretty consistent with his more recent roles, which makes it such an entertaining film to watch.
The Beauty Inside (2015)
Available On: Netflix
The movie line-up is enough to get you excited: Han Hyo Joo, Park Seo Joon, Lee Dong Wook, and Park Shin Hye. Aside from star-studded cast-slash-cameos, this fantasy romance has such a unique storyline. The plot revolves around a furniture designer who wakes up as a different person every day. He eventually falls in love and struggles to make it work. Not that you can blame him. Can you imagine dating someone whose face, age, gender, and body transforms daily?
Like for Likes (2016)
Available On: iflix, viu
With its multiple intersecting storylines, this movie is like Hallyu's version of Hollywood's Love Actually (2003), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Valentine's Day (2010) and Crazy, Stupid Love (2011). And the cast? It includes big names like Lee Mi Yeon, Yoo Ah In, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Ju Hyeok, and Kang Ha Neul. Prepare for all the kilig!
Bonus: Here's a list of rom-coms that aren't available on the sites as of this writing but should be on your must-watch list, too:
- My Sassy Girl (2001) starring Cha Tae Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun
- My Tutor Friend (2003) starring Kwon Sang Woo, Kim Ha Neul, and Gong Yoo
- A Millionaire's First Love (2006) starring Hyun Bin and Lee Yeon Hee
- Architecture 101 (2012) starring Bae Suzy and Lee Je Hoon
- Mood of the Day (2016) starring Moon Chae Won and Yoo Yeon Seok
Disclaimer: The aforementioned streaming sites require a premium subscription to stream movies after the free trial. Some of the films may also be removed from their inventory without prior notice.
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