Let’s admit it, who likes watching Korean dramas? For K-Drama lovers, of course, you know very well that this drama made by the country ‘Ginseng’ has a good storyline.
With an average of 16 episodes, Korean dramas always present exciting and curious stories. So, for Korean drama lovers, do you like stories about revenge?
If you like, here are seven K-dramas that tell about acts of revenge:
1. Masks (2015)
Cast: Joo Ji Hoon, Soo Ae, Yeon Jung Hoon, Yoo In Young
Channel: SBS, 20 episodes.
The incredible “Mask” spins a gripping tale of love, revenge, and psychological warfare. Byun Ji Sook (Soo Ae) is blackmailed to replace her doppelganger and marries a wealthy but illegitimate heir, Choi Min Woo (Joo Ji Hoon). Completing the main characters are Choi Min Woo’s sister and her husband, both of whom are unhappy that he is the heir, and will go to great lengths to prevent this from happening.
Another highlight is for the revenge melodrama, the love stories here are still as sweet and warm as they can get. Joo Ji Hoon and Soo Ae share great chemistry, their scenes together effortlessly adding some much-needed levity in the dark.
2. Goodbye Mr. Black (2016)
Cast: Lee Jin Wook, Moon Chae Won, Yoo In Young, Kim Kang Woo, Song Jae Rim
Channel: MBC, 20 episodes.
Navy SEAL officer Cha Ji Won (Lee Jin Wook) returns from the dead to avenge his father’s death, only to find out his best friend maybe more involved in the incident than he realizes. Despite being touted as a revenge melodrama, there are actually a few light, relaxed moments in it that set it apart from some of the darker ones on this list.
3. Money Flower (2017-2018)
Cast: Jang Hyuk, Park Se Young, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Soon Jae, Lee Mi Sook
Channel: MBC, 24 episodes.
Money Flower is a dark and twisty thriller from a drama that will have you completely immersed in its world from the start. Everything about this production is top-notch, from the cinematography of the music to the directing, to the brilliant cast of actors. Your heart will race as you watch the highly intelligent Kang Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk) put his meticulous plan of revenge into action. He is constantly confronted by other power-hungry characters.
4. The Last Empress (2018-2019)
Cast: Jang Nara, Shin Sung Rok, Choi Jin Hyuk, Lee Elijah, Shin Eun Kyung
Channel: SBS, 52 episodes (35 minutes each).
The story is set in a modern monarchy, where a musical actress (Jang Nara) suddenly finds herself married to the current Emperor. At Emperor Lee Hyuk’s (Shin Sung Rok) side is his most trusted bodyguard, Chun Woo Bin (Choi Jin Hyuk). However, unbeknownst to everyone, Chun Woo Bin is just an alias he uses to infiltrate the palace in hopes of taking revenge on the royal family.
The series was so popular during its run that it even got a four-episode extension. Granted, the extension may not help the show, but the drama as a whole is still a lot of fun while it lasts.
5. Graceful Family (2019)
Cast: Im Soo Hyang, Lee Jang Woo, Bae Jong Ok
Channel: MBN-Duramax, 16 episodes.
I’m Soo Hyang is the amazing Mo Suk Hee in this deliciously addictive makjang drama. The rich heir was exiled to the United States 15 years ago but now returns to uncover the murder of his mother and to escape his clutches and take revenge on an all-powerful management team.
As with makjang dramas, you can expect birth secrets, scandals, and many other seductive qualities that will keep you glued to the screen until late into the night.
6. Doctor Prisoner (2019)
Cast: Namgoong Min, Kwon Nara, Choi Won Young, Kim Byung Chul
Channel: KBS, 32 episodes (35 minutes each).
Doctor Prisoner stars Namgoong Min as Na Yi Je, a talented doctor who works at one of the most prominent hospitals in Seoul. However, allegations of malpractice cause him to lose his job and start him on a path of revenge against the system that persecuted him.
He later finds himself a job as the prison’s medical director, and he uses the position to build the connections he needs as part of his elaborate revenge scheme.
This drama boasts a powerful cast that breathes life into their multidimensional characters, and a thrilling storyline that promises to be a rollercoaster ride!
7. The Penthouse (2020-2021)
Cast: Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yeon, Eugene, Uhm Ki Joon, Park Eun Suk, Yoon Jong Hoon
Channel: SBS, 34 episodes between two seasons, third season currently airing since June 4, 2021.
With a third season airing now, “The Penthouse” is like a gift that keeps on giving. This intense and winding journey begins in Season 1 with wealthy parents (mothers in particular) who will stop at nothing to pave the way for success for their children.
When the murder of a young girl occurs, their lives suddenly become more complicated. One of the main storylines of Season 2 was about Oh Yoon Hee (Eugene)’s quest for revenge after he was framed for the murder, but actually the entire narrative of this second season is about abused resistance and revenge on their perpetrators.
It’s engrossing and cathartic, and the fast-paced storyline hasn’t stopped. The production team has promised more revenge for Season 3, so don’t miss it!