Fathers are a vital part of our lives, and maybe we don’t pay enough attention to them, so here is a list of 10 Korean productions that have beautifully showcased what it's like to be a father.
1. Reply 1988
Duk-Sun, Jung-Hwan, Dong-Ryong, Sun-Woo, and Choi Taek have been friends right since their childhood. Duk-Sun comes from a poor family but is still highly optimistic and enjoys singing and dancing. Jung-Hwan is crazily passionate about soccer, and his family became rich overnight. Sun-woo is a typical model child. He is a good student, a good son, and a good brother too. Dong-Ryong has given up on going to a university due to his low scores in academics and just passes time hanging out with his buddies. Taek is a go player famously known as GOD. As their lives become seemingly more intertwined with one another, they slowly learn lessons of life that being changes things for them.
2. 18 Again
Jung Da-Jung and Hong Dae-Young were high school sweethearts. Jung Da-Jung worked hard as a rookie announcer, and Hong Dae-Young was the star of the school basketball team. In the present, Jung Da-Jung has had enough of her husband and files for a divorce. Hong Dae-Young is constantly getting fired from his jobs and has many regrets in life. But destiny has given him a chance to change his regrets when he suddenly wakes up in his 18-year-old body, with this mind still intact as his 37-year-old self.
3. When The Camellia Blooms
Dong Baek is a single mother who lives in Ongsan with her son Pil Gu. She runs a bar-restaurant called ‘Camellia’, and does her best at trying to provide for her young son. A young police officer, Hwang Yong Sik, begins to take an interest in her, and slowly, through the course of time, Dong Baek begins to open up to him. But when Pil Gu’s biological father suddenly appears in town, things begin to become complicated.
Shim Deok Chool is a 70-year-old, retired post office employee who has had a life-long dream of becoming a ballet dancer. Now that he has no situational limitations on what he can do, Shim Deok Chool decides to pursue his dreams. This is not greatly supported by his family. Lee Chae Rok is a 23-year-old young man who has discovered his love and talent for ballet wishes to refine his skills further. But when his father goes bankrupt and his life becomes financially unstable, he slowly begins to lose his tough with ballet. During these dark days, he comes across Shim Deok Chool.
5. Hospital Playlist
Lee Ik-Jun has a cheerful and bright personality and is an assistant professor of general surgery specialising in liver transplants. Kim Jun-Wan appears to be cold and professional but is actually a hidden softie working as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Chae Song-Hwa is considered to be the epitome of perfection by her colleagues, performing hundreds of successful surgeries as an associate professor of neurosurgery. Ahn Jeong-Won is good at doing anything he puts his mind to and is an assistant professor of pediatric surgery. Yan Seok-Hyeong is aloof, introverted, and often comes off as detached, but in reality, he is an extremely considerate assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. As the five friends continue to work, they stay connected with each other through the links they have made over the years.
6. Itaewon Class
Jang Geun-Won is the son of Jang Dae-Hee a famous CEO of the Jagga Business. When Jang Dae-Hee finds out that Seroyi has punched his son, he demands that his son receives an apology, but Seroyi refuses to do so. Soon after, Park Seroyi’s father is killed in an accident caused by Jang Geun-Won. Park Seroyi ends up going to jail on account of physical violence against Jang Geun-Won and vows to wreck Jang Dae-Hee and Jang Geun-Won’s worlds completely.
7. Space Sweepers
It’s the year 2092 and the Earth has become nearly uninhabitable and so the UTS Corporation builds an orbiting ‘Home’ for those chosen few who can ascend. The Victory is a space junk collectorship and when its crew discovers a humanoid named Dorothy, a weapon of mass destruction, their lives begin to take a massive turn.
8. Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok-Joo
Kim Boo-Joo is a weightlifting student on a college-athlete campus. She hangs out with her friends and helps out at her father’s small restaurant while practicing hard for her dreams. Jung Joon-Hyung is a swimming student on the same campus as Kim Bok-Joo and was a friend of hers back in elementary school. When Bok-Joo finds herself falling for a handsome doctor, she begins to question her choices and decisions of becoming a professional weightlifter. Fathers are a vital part of our lives, and maybe we don’t pay enough attention to them, so here is a list of 10 Korean productions that have beautifully showcased what it's like to be a father.
9. Miracle In Cell No. 7
Yong Goo is a mentally challenged man who lives alone with his young daughter. But when he is wrongfully imprisoned with the rape and murder of a minor, nothing and no one has the ability to turn the tables in his favour. While living in the prison cell, he builds up a strong friendship with the criminals he was bunking with, who in return for his kindness work together to smuggle his daughter into the prison so that they could meet again.
10. Strong Girl: Do Bong Soon
Do Bong Soon is a young girl with superhuman strength, an ability passed down through the women of her family. The power must be used for helping others or the consequences would be harsh. Thanks to her strength, she lands a job as a bodyguard for Ahn Min-Hyuk, the CEO and boss of a gaming company, Will she be able to keep her employer safe from all harm with her brute strength?