30 Day Asian Drama Challenge: Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 4

I simply cannot give this one just a single answer, so I'm going to do a small list again and this time of my favourite couples in Asian dramas.

Joo Yoo Rin (Lee Da Hae) and Seol Gong Chan (Lee Dong Wook) from My Girl

Back when Lee Da Hae didn't look plastic and Lee Dong Wook wasn't so skinny, they made an awesome couple in probably my favourite Hong Sisters drama yet. I loved Yoo Rin because she was one of the first female leads in a drama that had wits and humor and wasn't a complete pushover, but I liked that Gong Chan's calmness and rationality kinda balanced her bubbliness out. Dae Hae and Dong Wook also had very good chemistry and actually sneaked a couple of real-looking kisses, which can be considered an achievement among dramas in year 2005.

Sung Shi Won (Jung Eun Ji) and Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) from Answer Me 1997

These two took bickering love on a whole new level. Because their parents were good friends, Shi Won and Yoon Jae grew up together and became a loving bickering family to each other (not in a icky way) even before romantic feelings got between them. It was Yoon Jae who first realized that he was in love with Shi Won but, to his frustration, Shi Won was not really ready to dedicate herself to anyone else than her idol Tony. So I'd like to believe that it was thanks to my whole-hearted shipping that Shi Won finally realized that she too loved him back. Their bickerings, however, never stopped.

Seo Eun Young (Park Si Yeon) and Lee Jin Soo (Kang Ji Hwan) from Coffee House

I will forever love this couple. They begin as long-time friends and coworkers who constantly disagree with each other because of their polar-opposite personalities. But over the course of the show, we learn that they care a lot more for each other than they have let on. Although we first get the impression that they are not very good friends, the show reveals us bit by bit just how well they really know each other, despite the fact that they fight a lot. One of the reasons why I loved this couple was because of the natural course of their relationship - from friendship to romantic attraction and then to real love. And who could forget those amazing kisses.

Soeulmates aka Chu Ga Eul and So Yi Jung from Boys Over Flowers

I am still waiting for a spin-off series for these two. No, on second thought if it's going to be directed by BOF's director then I'll pass. But I would love to see Kim Bum romancing Kim So Eun in a drama again. These two side-kick characters in BOF got their own romance in the show, which I thought was often more satisfying than the main love story. Ga Eul was the loyal best friend of our heroine and she, quite honestly, would have made a better main character than Goo Hye Sun's Jan Di. And Yi Jung was just so adorbs, despite the fact that he was supposed to be a cool ladies man who charms women with his saxophone-playing skills (oh, that dreadful saxophone). Plus the couple even had their own name - Seoeulmates - how awesome is that?

Lee Jae Shin (Lee Yoon Ji) and Eun Shi Kyung (Jo Jung Suk) from The King 2 Hearts

Oh, this tragic couple. Although they didn't make the main couple in the show, I was a lot more excited about them than the romance between Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won's characters. Shi Kyung and Jae Shin had this super adorable awkward relationship. While Shi Kyung was an earnest soldier with a very reserved personality, Jae Shin had so much spunk and sass to make him break out from his comfort zone. And in just mere seconds, her straightforward attitude would turn Shi Kyung a bumbling teenage boy who doesn't know how to act around his crush. And what's even better, this couple can sing and can sing very well.

Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue) and Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto) from Hana Yori Dango

While I did like Lee Min Ho's portrayal of Domyoji in the Korean version (let's not talk about Goo Hye Sun's performance), I thought that Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto made a much better couple in the Japanese version. Tsukasa had much more wits, spunk and personality than Jan Di, and she made a good match to the spoiled douchebag Domyoji, whom she could easily beat up if necessary. Together they were funny and sweet. It was easy to root for them because their differences in personality brought on a lot of fun, and even though Tsukasa had some tough competition from Shun Oguri's Rui, it was clear that Tsukushi and Tsukasa were just meant to be.

Chen You Qing (Ariel Lin) and Li Da Ren (Bolin Chen) from In Time With You

This couple is another great example of how a guy can totally break through the much dreaded friendzone. You Qing and Da Ren had been close friends for 14 years, supporting each other through tough break-ups, family issues and work problems. Although it took way too long for the couple to get together in the end, I could understand why they were so afraid to ruin that beautiful friendship that they already had. I loved how realistic their relationship felt and how clear it was that they sincerely cared about each other. And even more I loved that neither one of them acted like a immature douche to the other in the meantime. 

Jang Jae Hun (Im Joo Hwan) and Park Tae Hee (Kim Ji Won) from What's Up?

These two were just so darn adorable. It took a lot of time for clueless Tae Hee to realize that Jae Hun was so totally over heels in love with her. Actually, I think she never really realized that she could've easily gotten the boy to jump through hoops for her if she wanted to. They too started out as friends, with Jae Hun silently watching over her and waiting for the time when she was ready to fall in love with him. Jae Hun truly was the sweetest guy ever for he liked her just the way she was and never pushed her into anything. And in the end that paid off because by the end she was just as head over heels for him too.

Kwon Ji Hyuk (Sung Joon) and Im Soo Ah (Jo Bo Ah) from Shut Up: Flower Boy Band

Ji Hyuk and Soo Ah made another super adorable couple whose interactions were really sweet. One of my favourite little moments of this couple was the scene where they passed each other in a school corridor and Ji Hyuk secretly handed a little lollipop to her. Awww. You'd think that a gruff rock guitarist would act more of a bad boy, but put him close to his crush and all his attempts to look cool are just schoolboyishly cute. I loved how initially both of them perceived each other as something else, Ji Hyuk as a careless bad boy and Soo Ah as a spoiled rich girl, but in the end they had much more in common than they thought. Young love at its best.

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  1. I'm glad you included Makino and Domyoji from HYD. They're iconic and easily my favorite :)

    1. Yup, they had to be in this list :)

  2. Lots of great couples in this list, but OMG, Eun Shi Kyung & Lee Jae Shin!! LOVED them in K2H!!! So. Much.

    1. I loved them too. I kinda wish that they would have been the main couple in the drama.

  3. "Back when Lee Da Hae didn't look plastic and Lee Dong Wook wasn't so skinny" ... Sigh.They're my favourite Hong sisters' couple,too. Though I've yet to figure out which is my fav Hong sisters' drama.

    I like the Coffee House couple, too. Especially Park Shi Yeon as the heroine.

    Oh and the JaeShin-ShiKyung heartbreak.

    I like this drama-challenge thing. Keep 'em coming.

    1. Oh how I miss the old Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook, they were so great together back in My Girl.

      Yay, someone who likes Coffee House couple! There are so many viewers who were very disappointed about this show and how Jin Soo didn't end up with his secretary. And Park Si Yeon in her role was really good, too bad that she is often typecast as a bitchy second lead while she can do so well as a quirky female lead.

      Jae Shin-Shi Kyung, yeah I am still trying to get over it.

      I'll try to keep these posts coming, even though I cannot manage to do them daily.


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