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Name That Drama: Murders, slackers, and (more) diseases
by | February 23, 2013 | 97 Comments

…though maybe “diseases” doesn’t have to be specified as an identifier, in that they are in so many dramas as a baseline plot element. Sad but true?

Here is a new batch of puzzlers for you to identify: Name That Drama, go!

  1. asmaa asks:

    This drama isn’t old at all, it was probably made a few years back. It had a lot of main characters in it, and included some type of murder. They went to this abandoned town full of old people, and it had someone from Standby, though I’m not sure who. It was really funny, and I remember loving it. Can you please help me?

    I love that it had “someone” from Standby but the identity remains fuzzy. Are the actors all similar, or did that show have a way of blurring everyone’s individuality into a big blob of blandness? Questions to ponder.

  2. I feel like I’ve seen the movie enz describes, but can’t put my finger on it either:

    Reading your Name That Drama, I thought of a movie whose name I have forgotten. I watched this on a plane back from Hong Kong and laughed pretty much the whole movie.

    The premise is that of a rich guy who keeps failing at the university year after year deliberately because he is there just to have fun and meet girls.

    The girl was a uni-mate who went on to become a bad ass prosecutor who had actually fallen in love with him in uni when he saved her from drowning in a river. She then forces her way into his life and marries him.

    Does it ring a bell? I really wanna watch this again but I can’t unless I get the title. I think the pic on the DVD shows a boxing ring with the girl in it, but am not so sure.

    Thanks and hoping you all can help me out here. 🙂


  3. yurika wonders:

    I got a question about a drama I watch a couple years ago. It’s about a girl who works as a news anchor/reporter. The girl broke up with her boyfriend and has a new boyfriend. Unfortunately, the girl was diagnosed with leukemia but didn’t tell her new boyfriend. And I’m pretty sure that it’s not Autumn In My Heart.

    One scene I remember the most is when the girl goes kneeling in church and says: why did this disease choose me?

    Isn’t it hilarious how every drama about leukemia automatically makes you think of Autumn in My Heart? Also sibling fauxcest? That, my friends, is what we call a legacy.

  4. Necie asks:

    I watched this Korean drama a while back but I am unable to remember the name, please help!

    The drama starts with a woman calling into a radio station and singing for her husband with a baby (sister-in-law’s child) strapped to her back. The scene cuts to her husband at work abruptly turning off the radio in disgust. Husband and family dislike the wife and treat her badly. Wife is housewife supreme (cooks, cleans, takes verbal abuse 🙁 …) The family wanted the son to marry another lady he was seeing (before the marriage) while fooling around with the wife, so they disrespect her each time she comes around and the husband allows it.

    Wife ends up falling in love with second lead guy, after the family blames her for not paying attention to sister-in-law’s child and he falls over the balcony breaking some bones. Lover ends up getting brain tumor (cancer?) and tries to hide it. Guy tries to leave (break up) the woman because he doesn’t want her to know. Wife leaves husband and her two kids to be with the guy.

    I remember in the end episodes the wife and lover are in a cabin in winter and she is taking care of him. Her husband comes to convince her again that he has changed and loves her but she decides to stay with her lover. The lover dies in the cabin and the wife does not return to family.


Good luck naming those dramas! And if you’ve got more vague drama memories plaguing you, send them in. Thanks for playing!


97 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Miky

    The 1 story i think it’s Once Upon a Time in Saengchori

    • 1.1 lil_ole_me

      it is. the actor from standby in it is ha suk jin

    • 1.2 Nika

      yeah, and someone from Standby must be Ha Seok-Jin

    • 1.3 mskololia

      Agreed. It’s Once Upon a Time in Saengchori.

    • 1.4 WM

      Was just about to post that. Definitely Once Upon a Time, one of the shows that surprised me and ended up being one of my all time favorites. You can see it over at Drama Fever.

      • 1.4.1 asmaa

        Thank you so much! I checked and it was once upon a time in saegchori! I love that show!

    • 1.5 KDR

      Definitely! I loved that show and I was JUST about to post it!

    • 1.6 Jenny

      Yes it is, just finished it (ha) so I can be sure.

    • 1.7 mrmz

      A murder + people leaving for a village with old people = Once Upon a Time in Saengchori!! Loved this Drama!!

  2. Honora

    The movie nr. 2 sounds like Oh my god 2

    • 2.1 Honora

      Oh my God 1 not 2

  3. zoe

    I am 99 percent sure the third drama is “hot tropical nights in december.” it was also called “december fever.”

    • 3.1 Bengbeng

      Yeah agree! Starring Uhm Jung Hwa. i watched the kdrama =)

    • 3.2 jann

      how come i’ve never heard of these dramas? I’ve watched korean dramas like for 8 years…I feel so inadequate *goes for therapy*

    • 3.3 MJP


      Yes, Zoe got Necie’s question answered properly however, is #4 not the third drama. It can be found on Crunchyroll under the name of December Fever, but at d-addicts they call it Tropical Nights in December. The Korean name of the drama is: 12월의 열대야 / 12 Wolui Yeoldaeya

      • 3.3.1 houstontwin

        December fever is also on dramafever.

    • 3.4 Necie


  4. Andie

    To asmaa: I haven’t seen it, but it sounds like the description for Harvest Villa, with Shin Ha Kyun. It was on tvN in 2010, so not too long ago.
    Sorry I have no idea regarding the rest of the requests. Good luck!

    • 4.1 Andie

      Once Upon a Time in Saengchori!! You guys are fast! completely forgot that one 🙂

  5. Naz

    Number 4 is December Fever!


    • 5.1 Naz

      I’m glad the wife didn’t go back, she needed to learn how to stand on her own two feet and be more than a housewife. The family spent so much time abusing her instead of educating her, she was more than capable of being the wife they wished she could be.

      • 5.1.1 trotwood

        I remember watching this when I was first starting to watch dramas (and thus before my family realized not to be surprised at me sobbing front of the computer screen). I was sobbing when the family walked in the door trying to sympathize with me and thinking something dreadful had really happened, and I kept saying “go away, I need to watch my drama!”

        I, too, am SOOOO glad that she did not go back to her husband. That whole family was a nightmare to her.

  6. cherkell

    Hmmm… Necie’s request sounds suspiciously like “What’s Love” with Choi Min Soo and Ha Hee Ra. But argh my brain has locked up with any other details since that show aired in the early 1990s! Off to research the rest!!

    • 6.1 cherkell

      Welp, scratch that. “What’s Love” must be too old since hardly any film or videotape exists, except for some really bad fourth-generation YouTube clips of Choi Min Soo’s scenes. Never mind… 😀

  7. befuddled

    Necie’s drama… I think it’d December Fever:

  8. itunscrewstheotherway

    enz’s movie sounds like Oh! My God: http://asianwiki.com/Oh!_My_God

  9. liz

    Hey guys, can you guys help me, it is a old drama.

    Has a girl that is from country and goes to the city live in the house of the main guy…

    he is a spoiled rich brat and she is always nagging at him, I also remember that his cousin betrays him and takes all he has, his money and house and all and the main girl helps him stand back again…

    I think I watched this drama 10 years ago or something like this…

    • 9.1 goiro

      Your drama sounds a lot like: Successful Story of a Bright Girl it stars Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk. I think it was made around 2002.

      Jang Nara is a high school girl who goes to the city to work as a maid in Jang Hyuk’s house, he loses company, house etc. She helps him.

      • 9.1.1 Bengbeng

        that drama is where i became a fan of Jang Hyuk =)

      • 9.1.2 JoAnne

        ooh that sounds good

      • 9.1.3 liz

        I just check it and you are right! Thanks a lot! I did not know it was Jang Hyuk in that drama :0

        • inxomnia

          Omg me neither! He .. kind of didn’t look so great back then aka bad hair era.

      • 9.1.4 AuntieMame

        Here’s my favorite MV for that drama-http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x62a55_the-successful-story-of-a-bright-gi_music#.USllOVfD6ZY

      • 9.1.5 Cat

        At first I thought of the Taiwanese Drama (2011) ”Sunny Girl, didn’t realise it was a remake of Korean Drama “Successful Story of a Bright Girl” haha.

        • Lilian

          Oh wow! That was the drama that made me liked both Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk. But after Jang Nara sort of went on to develop overseas and I didn’t really watch any of her Chinese dramas….Glad to see her doing well in the latest drama, School 2013 which was awesome =)

    • 9.2 MsB

      Added to my dailymotion playlist! I never miss a Jang!

  10. 10 cindy

    Well, I’ll also ask help LOL

    -Old drama.

    -plot: Lead girl is blind, the lead guy and girl are childhood sweethearts.

    She goes to USA and there the second guy (that is the lead guy best friend) lies telling her that the lead guy died.
    Then the main guy also goes to USA…

    I don’t remember anything more because I didn’t finish the drama.

    • 10.1 Lilly

      Uhmm maybe Sad Love Story with Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Hee Sun? Not sure though..

    • 10.2 momosan

      Sad Love Song?

      • 10.2.1 Lilly


        • momosan

          Yeah, if she says they were all in the music industry, we’ll know that’s what it is.

      • 10.2.2 cindy

        than you Momosan and Lilly 🙂

    • 10.3 Soo Won

      it IS sad love story, sad love song, sad sonata… (whichever name u please, it has a lot of them!)
      only that u mistook the reason the girl thought his lover was dead, it was the second female lead’s villainy, not the second male’s! he was a good guy! ^^
      it was TOO makjang, yeah… but honestly, i LOVED it back then… although the ending… [sigh]

      • 10.3.1 cindy

        Oooh thank you everyone for helping me! That is the drama!

  11. 11 Dewo

    Can’t help at all. Not experiencing k drama enough and not in the same level as an elephant.

  12. 12 mems

    Yay, I can finally help someone!

    To Asmaa: It’s definitely Once Upon a Time in Saengchori. Love that underrated little drama.

  13. 13 trotwood

    I really like this new feature. I love hearing about dramas that people are fond of but can’t remember and hearing about the dramas (correct answers or not) that people suggest. Off to find Successful Story of a Bright Girl.

    • 13.1 Boo

      Haha, me too! Esp after hearing that Jang Hyuk starred in it.

      First time reading this type of thread. This is nice. I’d like to learn about more dramas. ^^

    • 13.2 YY

      Warning: Everyone sported orange hair in this drama.

  14. 14 Soo Won

    about yurikas drama,… well i KNOW it must not be lovers in harvard, but why do i keep remembering it?! the girl was a doctor there, and she did break up, and had a disease for sure, and i remember a scene in a church… but u know, she was a DOCTOR! sry 😉

  15. 15 crazedlu

    Omgosh, that last one got me hardcore eyerolling. Ha. And no, I know none of these productions.

  16. 16 Enz

    EEEKS!!! Thanks everyone’s !! It IS Oh My God!! Hehehehhe. Soooo happy. Those days, I didn’t know anything about Korean dramas but I like watching foreign movies and checked that one out on the plane. I thought the guy’s expression was hilarious!

    Thanks again 🙂

  17. 17 Kaekae

    1 – pretty sure that is once upon a time in saengchori.

  18. 18 Enz

    In case anyone wants to read a review .. But *SPOILER ALERT OH! MY GOD


  19. 19 cv

    wowser! you guys are good! haha! ^^

  20. 20 melodias

    the last one is december fever

  21. 21 ADRIANA


    • 21.1 cindy

      I don’t know, maybe because kdramas are for ”family” watch it, so hot kisses scenes or bed scenes make them not comfortable watching it. If you watch a Kmovie things are waaaay different, hot kiss scenes and bex scenes… so yeah.

  22. 22 anna

    Wow, you guys are PRO. I always went into these threads hoping to recognize one of them, but I never got any right. LOL

  23. 23 shen

    Maybe I can join in on the fun?

    I watched 2-3 episodes of a k-drama in China around July or August 2008, so I’m guessing it was made at least 5 or 6 years ago.

    In the beginning-middle of the drama, the female lead goes on a trip with her boyfriend and decides to break up with him because of parental opposition. I distinctly remember her deleting all pictures of him on her phone/camera.

    And in one of the subplots, some guy (maybe the female lead’s brother?) has just come back from army duty and is working at a supermarket. Hijinks happen between him and a girl-next-door — I think at one point, he stays overnight (nothing happens) and the girl accidentally runs in on him taking a shower in the morning …

    From what I remember, this might have been a weekend/family-type drama, although I’m not really sure …

    • 23.1 YY

      Could be Lee Dong Wook’s “Precious Family” except for the part he stays overnight and takes a shower….can’t recall any shower scenes at all in that drama, and besides, he was in love with his childhood sweetheart and for the life of me, I don’t recall him working in a supermarket. I’m really bad at this, but this is so fun I had to join in LOL

      • 23.1.1 shen

        Many thanks! I think that’s the drama 🙂

  24. 24 SusieQ

    I think 1 is hello miss

  25. 25 anvesha

    I never thought I would be able to guess one, but this time I know the first one! I didn’t finish Once Upon a Time though. And then I realized I watched a lot of dramas in the last few years…

  26. 26 Ss

    Omg! 4th drama (tropical nights in december) made me so mad at the family and husband >:( that drama has uhm junghwa! And it’s a really really old drama!

  27. 27 eka

    Cindy ; it s sad love story, kwon sang woo and kim hee sun playing the lead acror and actress, and yeon jung hun as the second male actor 🙂

  28. 28 ck1Oz

    🙂 🙂 ROFL.
    All I can say is you guys must have watched a lot of melo in those days. They are all such awful, awful, suffering plots.

  29. 29 vee

    Hey guys! I’m looking for a drama/movie from the early 2000s (I think…). The heroine is rich and nice, and her best friend is poor. In the beginning they’re still in high school, and it was against the rules to have a job or something. But the poor best friend ended up taking a job singing at a night club and got busted by a bunch of her school teachers. Then the heroine ends up becoming poor because the best friend’s dad did something..that’s all I remember up to!

    So please drop any names if you think you know what drama/movie I’m talking about! Thanks!!

  30. 30 Miyukiwi

    For yurika’s: I don’t know if anyone mentioned this but I think it’s Springtime with jang dong gun and kim hyun ju

  31. 31 syr

    When I read no. 1, I immediately thought of Once Upon a Time in Saengchori. & reading the comments, I think that’s definitely it. The drama is so underrated(being aired in a cable channel) but it’s awesome!

  32. 32 pandamay

    No 3 is springtime

  33. 33 Julia

    Can I have some help too?

    It is a science fiction time travel JDrama. My guess is it was made late 1990’s as the climax came at Y2K. Multiple people end up being thrown back in time while they are watching a foreign film. They change things in the past but keep looping back at midnight 2000. Son deals with his mother’s death and his anger at his father and romance with his girlfriend.

  34. 34 Jihwan

    First one is saengchori and the individual mentioned ha suk Jin

  35. 35 QueenCW

    i really enjoy this kind of game haha!
    btw, i also remember this korean comedy drama about a guy came from somewhere (i forgot) and when he comes back, he finds a family which is actually disguising or acting to be his family. please help!! TT..TT

    • 35.1 YY

      Bad Family?

      • 35.1.1 all4movies

        Bad Family involved a car accidentwhere a little girl survived but lost her family so the gangster guy (Kim Myung Min) creates a fake family to help her remember. Is that the one?

  36. 36 kisa

    I have a korean song that I can’t remember the name of. I dont know if this is the best place to post , but what the heck, its really bugging me 🙁

    It’s by the male singer and its kinda ballad-y. The music video is about a guy who finds this girl by the beach and he takes her home. But she doesn’t know how to normal “human” things. He teaches her and they fall in love (naturally). Turns out in the end that shes a mermaid and she returns back to the sea, even though she loves him. I think its based on a korean folk tale


  37. 37 Gom

    For some reason, I think this is one of the best segments ever on Dramabeans. Even if I’ve never guessed anything correctly yet, it’s really fun reading through the comments and knowing about all these bizarre kdramas that I’ve never heard of before!

    • 37.1 Gom

      I forgot to add, I think the reason why I find these discussions awesome is because if you read the descriptions from a kdrama-outsider point of view, you’ll definitely end up with a bewildered expression and you’d be like, “WHAT? Are you serious right now?”

      Kdramas really have such odd storylines with everyone getting sick, and chaebols falling for maids, and siblings turning out to be fake. These characters are the kinds of people I will probably never ever get to meet personally. It’s both weird and fascinating. I love it.

  38. 38 Fun-Lugha

    Just a random comment, i watched first couple of eps of “a wife’s credentials” and gave it up cuz it seemed to me like i’d be spending 16 eps watching 2 people having an affair…how wrong I was! Thanks for everyone who’s always giving props to that drama cuz you convinced me to finish it…what a ride!

    • 38.1 cindy

      did you find any eng subs?

      • 38.1.1 Fun-Lugha

        Dramacrazy has it fully subbed

  39. 39 Kat

    This is such a nice feature! O:

    Hoping you guys could help me out – I remember watching this 3 part k-drama dubbed in Chinese a long time ago, and can’t seem to remember what it was called or anyone who was in it. It was about a girl who had two sisters (their names were like sequence somehow) and at the beginning of the drama she was about to marry her boyfriend because they were having a baby. She falls down the stairs (I think?) and miscarries, and ends up not marrying him. She also has a good friend who is totally in love with her. Later she marries into a rich family, and when she gets pregnant the family discovers she’d been engaged/pregnant before and lots of drama ensues. She ends up planning to run away with the friend who is in love with her, but the husband’s sister who is in love with him ODs on pills to make sure it doesn’t happen. I don’t really remember what happens after that, but in the end I think she leaves her husband or something and at the very very end he somehow randomly encounters her and their daughter again somewhere.

    Please let me know if anyone has any idea what it might be called, thanks! : )

    • 39.1 Jean Grey

      I think its “terms of endearments” starring Ha Ga In

  40. 40 Kat

    That’s definitely it. Thank you!! : )

  41. 41 Drama addict

    I have one to add. I watched it about a year ago, but it seems older (this past year was spent catching up on all kinds of dramas). Here is the clue:

    The main part I remember was the OTP would go to the movies and the girl would find hidden notes. Seems like it was the first time she ever went to the movies, cause when the second lead took her, she automatically looked for the note in the popcorn and was disappointed not to find one.

    It was super cute and I’d love to find it again.

    • 41.1 amzy

      might be witch yoo hee. Han Ga In and Jae Hee as the otp

  42. 42 Rachel

    Wow.. all I can think is you guys know too well lol

  43. 43 tokai

    #3 could be “Springtime”, though I don’t recall a church scene. 🙂 But the leading girl auditions to become a news reporter/ announcer, has a new boyfriend (somewhat) and is terminally ill.

    Even if it’s not “Springtime”, enough reason to post here and recommend this great drama to everyone. 🙂

  44. 44 hayleebug

    I’m currently hunting for a the name of a particular Japanese Television Drama about this woman who likes to eat dried squid and drink root beer at night, and she does live in a traditional japanese home with like a pond/pool in her house, and lives with this man. I’m sorry if the details are really vague, because I don’t remember much from it. I came out a couple years ago, or something. Please help me, thank you very much…

    • 44.1 jia

      sounds like hotaru no hikari starring ayase haruka
      it has 2 seasons, i only watched the 1st one and it was fun
      the female lead character is an office girl but when she comes back from home she turns into a bum and lazy girl. for whatever reason, her boss came to live in her house and the two of them lived together but work in the same office

  45. 45 sumi

    Hey guys
    I wanted to find this drama dated back awhile ago
    It somewhat sound like no.3
    The lead girl is a TV newsreporter who broke up with her boyfriend (ithink he’s a dentist) Cuzco he cheated on her.
    Then she went to this doctor for check up and found out that he’s her childhood friend/ classmate..
    I don’t know how the rest goes because I didn’t get to finish it
    Help me with the title of this drama!!!!!

  46. 46 Tina

    @YURIKA, I think its most likely “All About Eve”

  47. 47 Alia

    I watched this drama last year, and I’m trying to remember its name but I can’t..:(

    In the drama there are two rich guys (I think they were brothers) like a girl whose not really rich. The main guy gets her number through a competition. She works at a mall. Later the guy has an accident and breaks he’s leg, and makes the girl come do he’s housework. Towards the end the main guy is diagnosed with a disease and does not have much time left. But in the end he doesn’t die. He recovers and gets back with the girl. Please help. I really need to know the name of this series..

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