10 Great Korean Dramas Based on True Stories

Posted 2017/11/28 2159 0

If you are a fan of based-on-a-true-story dramas, these dramas should be in your watchlist!


1. Miss Ripley

The series follows Jang Mi-ri, whose troubled past causes her to use greed and manipulation in her rise to the top, including manipulating the two men who love her, which leads to her downfall.


2. My Wife’s Having an Affair This Week

Do Hyun-woo (Lee Sun-kyun), a 10-year veteran producer, believes that his wife (Song Ji-hyo) is having an affair. They have been married for eight years in what he believed was a strong relationship, until he catches on to a sign that his wife is on the verge of cheating. This pushes him to talk with anonymous people on online social networks to figure out what to do and try to save his marriage.


3. Go Away Mr. Tumor

This drama is based on the life of comic book artist Xiong Dun, who after her cancer diagnosis authored a popular webcomic that became a sensation in China.


4. The Chaser

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.


5. Silenced

Gang In-ho uncovers sexual and physical abuse at a school for hearing impaired children. With the help of a human rights activist, Gang fights against the community to expose the abuse and put a stop to it.


6. Bachelor's Vegetable Store

The drama is based on the true story of Lee Young-Suk who started selling vegetable at a small store in 1998 and now owns 33 vegetable stores nationwide.


7. Cart (2014) and Awl (2015)

Cart (2014): The employees of a large retail discount store band together to combat the company's exploitative practices.

Awl (2015): Lee Soo-In has the kind of temperament where he has to do the right thing no matter what. After his discharge from the military, he has worked at a large retail market. One day, his boss orders him to fire temporary employees at the store. Lee Soo-In refuses to do so and decides to join the labor union. He and the temporary employees struggle against unfair dismissals.


8. As One

Pingpong stars Hyun Jung-hwa of South Korea and Li Bun-hui of North Korea form a team and a friendship, then their team is suddenly split up. The two players vow to prove to the world that their team can surpass their nations' painful history.


9. Way Back Home

The movie is based on the true story of an ordinary Korean housewife who was imprisoned in Martinique for two years after being wrongfully accused of drug smuggling at a Paris airport.


10. Where the Truth Lies

A college student, Jong-pil Jo, gets into an argument with some youths at fast food restaurant in Itaewon, South Korea. The boy is later found stabbed to death in the restroom of the restaurant. Two Korean-Americans, Pearson and Alex, are known to have gone into the bathroom after Jong-pil Jo and become prime suspects. The prosecution must now determine which of the two committed the crime.