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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
It's been a while since I've watched any Kdrama, but I've been getting a hankering for some schlocky melodramatic goodness -- but something that's not schlock would also be fine, just fine.

What I'd be especially interested in finding, if such a thing exists, is a romance where the lead male is not an arrogant rich man-child jerk and the lead female isn't a less-privileged, feisty clod (she can be feisty, but I'd rather see her not do too much bumbling).

First preference is for things available on DramaFever since I'm trying out a trial of that channel on VRV, but I'm open to other sources as long as they are legal. I'm much more likely to try your recommendation if you also say where it can be legally found.

I'm open to both movies and series.

A handful things I've seen, and mostly enjoyed, sometimes in spite of myself, are:

The Moon that Embraces the Sun
My Love from the Stars
You are the Best Lee Sunsin
The Queen of Office
Arang and the Magistrate - This is my favorite
Unstoppable High Kick - Took me a while to get into as I'm not big on sitcoms, but once I was in, I was in for the duration. I especially liked the parts with the teacher and her student
Pink Lipstick
Boys over Flowers

For a mostly complete list of Asian Drama I've watched, including things I started and didn't finish because I didn't like them, see my CR page: /user/lorreen/pages (Note many of the links there are dead because it's stuff I watched on Crunchy before they pretty much obliterated their Drama holdings, but you can still see the titles).
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
I liked Cinderella's Sister.
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sena3927 wrote:

I liked Cinderella's Sister.


Thanks! I've added it to my watchlist. Hope to find time to start it this weekend.
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Posted 3/24/18 , edited 3/24/18
She's feisty, even mean. And she stumbles, but doesn't bumble. :)

The other one I would mention is Coffee Prince but it looks like you've seen it. I haven't really watched many, so here are some melodramas on my 'plan to watch' list:
1 Litre no Namida (Japan)
Another Miss Oh
Autumn Tale
Dear My Friends
Empress Ki
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (looks like more of a romantic comedy)
Padam Padam
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Posted 3/29/18 , edited 3/30/18
'I am not a Robot' is a solid change up from the typical K-drama formula. I don't know if I can necessarily call it a romantic comedy, as Korean humor confuses me for the most part. Being raised on Japanese and US humor makes it a challenge to identify or relate to Korean humor. I am not sure if it's on VRV, but it is on DramaFever and Viki. You still have the rich male love interest (minus the anger issues), but you don't get the female protagonist with a heart of gold taking consistent emotional abuse from all angles.

'Radio Romance' is good too, and again, surprisingly, without a female protagonist getting destroyed with emotional abuse. I am not sure if that one is on DramaFever. It is on Viki.

But if you're wanting to experience emotional trauma vicariously through a fictional Korean woman, 'Shining Inheritance' is a fabulous punch in the heart, and it's on DramaFever.

I don't know if the DramaFever selections on VRV are the same as what is on DramaFever. I was never enticed by the VRV package to check it out. I pay for both DramaFever and Viki. Viki has a substantially cheaper base package, and seems to get more content from other countries outside of Korea.
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sena3927 wrote:

She's feisty, even mean. And she stumbles, but doesn't bumble.


Thanks. I didn't get around to starting it last weekend, but I watched the first episode today. So far so good.


here are some melodramas on my 'plan to watch' list:


I might look for those at some point.


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'I am not a Robot' is a solid change up from the typical K-drama formula...

'Radio Romance' is good too, and again, surprisingly, without a female protagonist getting destroyed with emotional abuse. I am not sure if that one is on DramaFever. It is on Viki.

...'Shining Inheritance' is a fabulous punch in the heart, and it's on DramaFever.


I'd already been considering I'm Not a Robot -- you've convinced me to add to watchlist.
Doesn't look like Radio Romance is on Dramafever, so that's out for now.
I've gone ahead and added Shining Inheritance.


I don't know if the DramaFever selections on VRV are the same as what is on DramaFever. I was never enticed by the VRV package to check it out. I pay for both DramaFever and Viki. Viki has a substantially cheaper base package, and seems to get more content from other countries outside of Korea.


I think DramaFever on VRV has the same content as when subscribing direct, but I haven't done a thorough comparison. Considering the individual channel price is the same, I'd guess they probably are.

I used to have a Viki subscription but wasn't using it much so canceled. At the time one of the things I found frequently frustrating was that there was lots of content that wasn't completely subtitled, and it wasn't that easy at the time to filter by both country of origin and completion status of subtitles. I just looked at pricing for Viki and DramaFever now, and the "standard" VikiPass and Drama Fever are currently priced the same -- $49.99 annually, or $4.99 a month. If there are lower priced options for either, they are hiding them
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