With so much to watch in the K-drama world these days, it can be hard to choose. While the older K-dramas might not be on the same level when it comes to cinematography, they still have some unbeatable stories, with all the cliches your heart desires.
Here's five K-dramas from 2012 and earlier that are available to watch in Australia via Netflix right now.
This K-drama has everything: a contract marriage between two people who definitely aren't meant to fall in love with each other; dramatic kissing scenes; and two superstars in the form of Song Hye Kyo and Rain. Look past the cringe 2004 fashion and get swept up by this classic.
Boys Over Flowers
The OG, the father of the tropes, the big cheese of drama (technically not the original because there was a Taiwanese version first but go with us here), Boys Over Flowers is the gateway classic drama for so many fans. If you've somehow missed it, or maybe you're too busy watching Meteor Garden 2018 right now, this story of a poor girl who becomes involved with an elite group of schoolboys has everything.
Another classic K-drama trope covered here: revenge. Song Joong Ki is a medical student in love with an older woman who chooses a CEO over him. Years later the male lead is a bartender and gigolo when he meets a young rich heiress who can help him take revenge. There's plenty more cliches in this one, but we won't spoil it for you!
The original soul-swapping trope K-drama, Secret Garden was a huge hit when it originally aired in 2010. Starring Hyun Bin and Ha Jiwon, it follows a wealthy man and poor stunt girl whose souls get inexplicably swapped and their dark secrets start to surface. Even if you don't know this drama, you KNOW this drama - it's birthed so many iconic moments.
Did we need a romantic comedy/body swap series based on the classic Tom Hanks film Big? Answer the question for yourself by watching the show. The story is adapted to be about a substitute teacher who is engaged to a kind man who dies in a car accident with an 18-year-old exchange student, who wakes up in the man's body instead. It was Gong Yoo's first K-drama after military service and his success with Coffee Prince.
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