One of the most rewarding K-dramas to watch is a K-drama where a couple who couldn’t be together when they were younger, fall in love again later on in their lives.
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It’s a theme that is hard to watch at first because of the heartbreak that the main couple goes through, but then it is touching to see them still want to be together after time has passed. It gives hope and a different meaning to the word “destined.” Here are eight K-dramas that explore this theme!
1. “When My Love Blooms”
It’s love at first sight when Yoon Ji Soo (Jeon So Nee) first meets Han Jae Hyun (GOT7‘s Jinyoung). He rescues her when she gets caught in the middle of an intense protest. From this point on, Ji Soo makes it a point to try and win Jae Hyun’s heart. She’s persistent in her love for him, and he eventually starts to have feelings for her too. After an unfortunate situation, Ji Soo is forced to break up with Jae Hyun, but the two reunite many years later. The adult versions of the two are played by Lee Bo Young and Yoo Ji Tae.
“When My Love Blooms” is a sweet first love tale that takes place in a very politically tumultuous time. As a result of this intense period in time, two lovers are forced to break up and go their separate ways. The angst and pain that this period apart brings onto the viewers is so heartbreaking, but makes it so much more heartfelt when the pair reunite as adults. They realize that their feelings for each other never really disappeared, and they can not bear to be separated again even if it means losing everything they have.
2. “Our Blues”
“Our Blues” is a series that stars Han Ji Min, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min Ah, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Kim Hye Ja, and many others. The series is set in Jeju Island and it shows the various problems and issues that the characters are experiencing.
Mi Sun Ah (Shin Min Ah) and Lee Dong Suk (Lee Byung Hun) knew each other since high school. Dong Suk had loved Sun Ah for a long time, but she betrays him. After many years of being separated, Sun Ah returns to her hometown and the two meet again. There has always been a magnetic force drawing the two together, and it’s very evident when they reunite. Dong Suk is very open with his feelings to Sun Ah, showing that nothing has changed for him, and this is one of the most endearing parts about the series. Even after being hurt after all those years, he is still in love with her and unable to let her go.
3. “Angel Eyes”
“Angel Eyes” stars Lee Sang Yoon and Goo Hye Sun as first loves who get separated after tragedy strikes. The younger version of these two are played by Kang Ha Neul and Nam Ji Hyun. Years later, they meet again and cannot get over the love that they once felt for each other when they were younger.
There was really no stopping Dong Joo (Lee Sang Yoon) from being with Yoon Soo Wan (Goo Hye Sun) again. Their separation as young lovers was against their will, so it was only a matter of time before Dong Joo found his way back to Soo Wan. It is fate that brings him to her, as he randomly sees her as a paramedic on the street. When Dong Joo first lays eyes on her after all that time being apart, he can’t help want to find his way back into her heart. This journey of them reigniting their love and figuring out how to be together despite their tragic pasts is a story you don’t want to miss!
4. “Winter Sonata”
This classic K-drama starring Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo is one for everyone to watch, especially if you’re a K-drama fan! It’s a painful love story about two high school students who are very much in love. After an unfortunate accident involving Joon Sang (Bae Yong Joon), the two are forced to separate.
“Winter Sonata” has got all the classic tropes needed to make a series entertainingly juicy. It’s even got the main-lead-with-amnesia trope that gets in the way of Joon Sang’s relationship with his first love, Jung Yoo Jin (Choi Ji Woo). As a result of not being able to remember how much he loves her, they can’t be together. As they reunite later in life, the love that Yoo Jin has for Joon Sang helps bring his memories back. The two are able to reignite their feelings for each other, getting a second chance at true love.
5. “Twenty Again”
Choi Ji Woo plays Ha No Ra, an aspiring dancer who gets pregnant at the age of 19. She gives up on her dreams and drops out of high school to raise her son. 20 years later, No Ra meets her high school friend Cha Hyun Suk (Lee Sang Yoon). Although they were good friends in high school, it is revealed that he had a small crush on her when they were students.
One of the best parts about this series is watching No Ra live out the life she has always wanted without her age being a barrier. She goes back to college, joins a dance club, and even reunites with her first love, Hyun Suk. Seeing No Ra make amends with Hyun Suk while figuring out her feelings for him is so therapeutic and healing. The series provides a lot of warmth and comfort for those who may think it is too late in life to try new things; you’ll also love the adorable chemistry between Lee Sang Yoon and Choi Ji Woo!
6. “Was It Love?”
Starring Song Ji Hyo as Noh Ae Jung, “Was It Love?” is a rom-com series about a single mom who is trying to balance work and being a mom. Ae Jung is a movie producer who is struggling to try and keep her company afloat. She is also a single mother who has given up on romance, but then four men come into her life, hoping to be with her.
Just when Ae Jung is about to give up on love completely, she is presented with various opportunities at love with different suitors. The one in particular that she has a hard time turning down is Oh Dae Oh (Son Ho Jun), who is a past flame and also happens to be the father of her daughter. Ae Jung has never told Dae Oh about his daughter, thinking that he would not want her. The two share a special connection and bond as a result of this fact, and Dae Oh takes it upon himself to be a good father and lover to Ae Jung. It’s a sweet story about first loves, second chances, and the importance of family.
7. “Come And Hug Me”
Chae Do Jin (Nam Da Reum) and Han Jae Yi (Ryu Han Bi) both fall in love with each other in high school. They are each other’s first loves, and there is nothing in the world that Do Jin wouldn’t do for Jae Yi. Unfortunately, Do Jin’s father is crazy and ends up killing Jae Yi’s entire family. He isn’t able to kill Jae Yi, but this tears Do Jin and Jae Yi apart. The two grow up, and the adult characters are played by Jang Ki Yong and Jin Ki Joo. As adults, they find a way into each other’s lives again, but Do Jin’s murderous father is getting out of jail, and he wants to finish the job he started by killing Jae Yi.
The circumstances in which Do Jin and Jae Yi break up as high school students are unimaginable. When the father of the man you love murders your family, it can be hard to look at that person again. But it seems that the love Do Jin and Jae Yi have for each other is destiny, given that they are so desperate to be together even after everything they have gone through. Their relationship is a tumultuous one, but it is definitely worth it to see their happily ever after ending.