Apart from the k-dramas that serve as your source of eye candy and laughter, there are also plenty of k-dramas to choose from in case you need to cry your eyes out. With the success of the Oscar-winning movie 'Parasite', the popularity of Korean media has skyrocketed like never before. Are you someone who enjoys watching k-dramas with heavy and intense emotions? Then check out this list to find ten of the most heart-wrenching k-dramas of all time.
1. Chicago Typewriter
The drama starring Yoo Ah-In, Im Soo-Jung, and Go Kyung-Pyo follows the story of three resistance fighters living during the Japanese occupation of Korea (the 1930s). They are reborn in the present, where fate leads them to meet again. Han Se Joo (Yoo Ah In), a famous writer experiencing writer's block meets with a tragic event. During this time, he meets a talented ghostwriter and a veterinarian who is also a book lover. The story has a smooth progression from a mysterious plot to tear-jerking scenes, and you will become so involved that you will cry for the characters.
2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Starring Seo In Guk Jung So Min, this drama varies from other k-dramas in many ways. The story revolves around the intertwined lives of a complex and mysterious man with a forgotten past and a woman who is herself a victim of emotional scars and memories. Her brother is a homicide detective and begins to think Moo Young is more sinister than he is. The ending not only takes you on a twisty ride of fate but is guaranteed to rip your heart into pieces.
3. Our Blues
Being one of the more recent k-dramas, Our Blues deals with the emotional baggage a person faces from the different aspects of life. The series directed in an omnibus style looks like it is about an eccentric community of folks in Jeju-do. However, it is much more than just that. The series weaves together the stories of more than a dozen characters fighting for their reasons in life- for love, forgiveness, or understanding. It brings forward the larger picture of life and what it truly means to look out for one another. The heartwarming storyline of the characters, their scars, and how they deal with them will surely bring tears to your eyes.
4. Goblin: The Lonely And Great God
Goblin is a timeless classic for all k-drama lovers because of its non-exaggerated and pure plot. It stars Kim Go Eun, Gong Yoo, Yoo In Na, and Lee Dong Wook in the lead roles. The story is a fantasy tale of Kim Shin (Gong Yoo), an immortal goblin who is on a journey to find his prophesied bride to remove the invisible sword from his chest, thus ending his life. With the grim reaper as one of the main characters, heart-wrenching deaths will make you cry.
5. It's Okay, That's Love
The drama starring Jo In-Sung and Gong Hyo Jin revolves around the lives of a mystery novel's author and a psychiatrist. The underlying stigma surrounding mental health and illness is not there in this k-drama. The drama showcases a refreshing yet realistic take on love, deep-seated scars, and mental disorders. It talks about how it's okay for people to be flawed and learn to help themselves with the help of others. It teaches about the value of compassion and how it can make a difference in the world.
6. Move To Heaven
The drama starring Tang Jun Sang and Lee Je Hoon revolves around a patient who is a patient with Asperger Syndrome and his uncle), who is an ex-convict. They meet for the first time after Geu Ru's father dies, and they join hands to run the trauma cleaning company called Move to Heaven. While running this business, they go on a quest to uncover untold stories about the ones who died while dealing with their painful pasts. The drama is full of authentic performances that will surely make you cry.
7. Hymn Of Death
Hymn of Death is one of the shorter k-dramas spanning just three episodes, yet is full of honest emotions in every way possible. It tells the story of Kim Woo Jin (Lee Jong Suk), a famous and respectable playwright who meets with Yoon Shin Deok (Shin Hye Sun), the Joseon era's first soprano singer. From the outside, it might look like a tragic love story, but what makes it even more tragic is that it is based on a true story. It shows how two people living to please others and make sacrifices cannot achieve the simple joys of their lives. The tragic ending adds to the theme of heartbreak and pain.
8. Rain Or Shine
Rain or shine tells the story of two individuals who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident of building collapse. They try to navigate their lives and relationships, leaving behind the haunting scars of the tragedy. This poignant story starring Lee Jun Ho, Won Jin Ah, and other actors talk about what it is to live with survivor's guilt and tugs at your heartstrings like never before.
9. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryo
One of the most famous periodic dramas of all time, Scarlet Heart Ryo tells the story of Go Ha Jin, who time traveled back to the Goryeo dynasty. She wakes up in a different body and finds herself living in the house of the 8th prince Wang Wook. With numerous deaths and a tragic ending on the way, the drama is sure to make you cry.
10. Come And Hug Me
Two people who were each other's first loves in childhood reunite after years as adults in this poignant tale. Dealing with themes of assault, crime, loss, and heavy trauma, the series keeps you waiting for more while you reel back from the heavy emotional storyline.