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Name That Drama: Buses, cliffs, and hanboks
by | January 5, 2014 | 84 Comments

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  1. Aw, just reading Ashley’s question gives me warm memories…

    This has been killing me for so long, and I’ve been trying to hunt it down for the longest time. The drama isn’t terribly old — probably within the last decade or so. It was a romance-comedy, where the guy and girl didn’t get along at first (lots of bickering!) but they fell for each other by the end. I know that this sounds like every drama ever, but there was this one scene, where to two got into a fight or something. She went on the bus, and he followed her on it and sat behind here. And as she started nodding off to sleep, her head was about to hit the window. So he held her head from behind so she could have a more restful sleep.


  2. Here’s a question from pinkhearts about a ten-year-old (or thereabouts) drama:

    There is this drama that I saw on TV when I was young (it was dubbed), but I am pretty sure it was a Korean drama. It aired in the early 2000s and was about gambling. The main guy was really good at gambling. I do not remember much about it except for two scenes. The first scene is when the main guy sees the main girl again after many years being apart and she is no longer the innocent girl like the past and has toughened up. The second scene that I remember is the ending. The main guy dies and the main girl is left alone with their son (or daughter?).


  3. kanya asks:

    I am looking for an old drama. It aired on my national TV station in early 2000s, so probably it originally aired in the late ’90s or early 2000s. I can’t remember if it’s Korean, it could be Taiwanese/Japanese. The story is about two brothers whose parents died, and when the dad died, the brothers escape from home. Unfortunately, one of them slipped onto the cliff, the other tried to help by giving his handkerchief to hang onto, but he couldn’t and his brother fell instead. Years later, the brother somehow was alive and they met as grown-ups, thus it created conflict between them. I remember mostly the cliff scene. So if anybody can help me I would greatly appreciate. Thank you!


  4. Grace’s question is about a movie:

    Can you help me identify this one Korean movie? I believe this to be a Korean movie because of the clothing that they wore in it.

    I don’t really remember, but it was set during a war, which I can only assume to be the Korean War. Boy and Girl fall in love, and the boy went off to war. At the end, the girl was dress in a (I think pink) hanbok and was walking to a place (I think a house) in the snow, with a mountain in the background. I think she was crying. If my memory serves me right, I think the boy died.

    I don’t really much but I watched in perhaps in the late ’90s or early 2000s. The movie was very sad and it left a deep impression on me, however, I can never find it again. It was a translated movie that my parents borrowed from a friend to watch.

    I specially think that this is a Korean movie because of the clothing that the girl wore in it. Thanks in advance!



84 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kala

    1) Sassy girl Chun Yang

  2. Emma

    No.1 is Delightful Girl Choon Hyang!! So cute.

    • 2.1 Nicole

      Yes! Javabeans calls it a sentimental favorite and I couldn’t put it better myself. My favorite since it first aired. I rewatch it almost once a year haha.

      • 2.1.1 mary

        I rewatch it almost once a year too! ๐Ÿ˜€

        Wow. That was 9 years ago but I’m still waiting for Jae Hee and Han Chae Young to star in another drama. Hehe

        (Or any great drama individually. They seem to have really bad luck in choosing projects after DGCH.)

      • 2.1.2 Beng

        i think i will rewatch this too. I first saw it dubbed in our language. I will watch it in the original voices. One of my “A Must” in 2014 =)

      • 2.1.3 outsider

        now i know my sister isnt the only one religiously watching this drama every year!! I ask her why but then I’ll find myself beside her watching it again too.

        still enjoyable even after all these years!

      • 2.1.4 Divyrus

        Don’t bash me up people when I say I didnt like it much(?)

        It was cute and fun, and I could see how it is such a favorite for all with it being so old and classic, but am someone who discovered dramaland just in last 3 years or so, and I personally found it got dragged lot both in first half and also second half!

        But I did love that scene mentioned at top!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 2.2 ahjummabunny

      wow! number 1 was any drama with a male and female lead to me.

      • 2.2.1 juja

        Yes, I think it’s a recurring motif in many rom-coms, especially the ones with younger couples, too, can’t come up with a certain name right now, and can’t really remeber it being used in Chung-hyang.

        • javabeans

          Ahhh, such a classic scene: Pic here

          • Dduk

            kyaaaaa!…One of my first ever korean rom com. still has a special place in my heart. LOVE ITTT

            I still can remember his dad in the playground yelling for his son to come back and that he wouldn’t hurt him… cackling so hard.

          • Quaggy

            That’s the first scene I think of when I think of that drama… but I clicked on the picture anyway just to get the warm fuzzies all over again. Definitely need to rewatch soon!

    • 2.3 Jules

      As soon as I read that one line about the bus, I just melted inside. I knew it was Delightful Girl Choon Hyang! I think it’s about time for another marathon… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bndeena

    Is the first Delightful Girl Choon Hyang? That was what immediately came to mind when I read the description.

    • 3.1 mems

      Yes, it is! My first kdrama and I don’t like re-watching dramas much, but this one is so good and fun every time <3

  4. Soonami

    2nd one, all in?

    • 4.1 froyo123

      I thought that too but I don’t think the guy dies at the end…Do they even have children?

      • 4.1.1 dearly

        It was a happy ending to All In. No one died and they definitely didn’t have any children. The ending was a circular camera motion showing the two kissed.

    • 4.2 ahjummabunny

      It could be all in except he dies several times. the kids could be the kids in the orphanage after he dies the (2nd time?) I haven’t seen swallow the sun but I think that one has a father dying.

      • 4.2.1 Mawiie

        I haven’t seen All In but how can you die several times??? O.o

        • dearly

          The main lead didn’t die. He was shot multiple times when he worked as a bodyguard. He was presumed dead by his fiance and others. What really happened was he became a rich guy after winning the poker game (he went ‘all in’ at the game) and just wanted to win his fiance back. I actually enjoy All In. And I really thought the two would get married in real life.

    • 4.3 coffeenlucia

      that was exactly what i was thinking! key word for me: “gambling”

  5. Kate

    #2 sounds like Sad Love Story .. just because the male lead dies in the end. In the end, the son of the main female lead was playing the guitar and it reminded her of the dead male lead

  6. dearly

    I have two to request. Please and Thank You.

    (1) It was an American (??) TV show that broadcast when AZN Network was alive on Comcast. It was an Asian lady (perhaps Korean) who married a Hindu/Muslim (forgive me for not knowing). And it just talks about the clash of the two cultures (his family and her family). It was cute and hilarious and I really enjoy the show.

    (2) It’s an old Japanese movie that I really want to re-watch it (It was actually on Crunchyroll until the whole licensing thing happen and it’s gone), another version of Sleepy Beauty. The little girl had a sleep syndrome (?) and was staying at the hospital. She’s sleeping and hasn’t woken up in years. Every day, a little boy would kiss her in hopes of waking her up. He does this everyday until he’s in high school, I believe. She eventually wakes up and although she’s a teen, her mind and abilities are that of an infant. He taught her how to walk. They went on a date to an amusement park. And I forgot what happens afterward.

    • 6.1 adette

      not sure about the first one but I believe the second one was called something like “sleeping bride”

      • 6.1.1 dearly

        Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m going to re-watch it. ^^

    • 6.2 Mawiie

      #2 sounds like Sleeping Bride. Didn’t see it but I did a little search on Google and it sounds really similar to what you’ve described.

      • 6.2.1 dearly

        Thanks. Your google search is awesome and powerful. I tried googling at one time but couldn’t find anything. Thanks once again. ^^

    • 6.3 alua

      I googled too, and it does seem to fit the synopsis for ใ‚ฌใƒฉใ‚นใฎ่„ณ (Garasu no no/Sleeping Bride, Japan, 2000). Sounds so intriguing!

      • 6.3.1 TS

        Yeah, I want to watch it.

        • TS

          Oops, I take that back. I just read the description on wiki and want to cry.

      • 6.3.2 dearly

        Thanks for the confirmation and for writing the Japanese title. I really appreciate. Makes it so much easy to search for it. It’s a beautiful love story. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 6.4 TS

      I’m really curious to see No. 1 here. I hope someone recognizes the drama.

    • 6.5 Midori

      I cannot remember the name of the drama but watched it on AZN. The drama takes place in Singapore. He’s a Hindu Indian man and she is a Buddhist Chinese girl.

      • 6.5.1 dearly

        Yep. It’s that one. I really want to watch the whole drama. I’ve only seen some episodes but I still enjoy the drama.

    • 6.6 Halimah

      If it’s a singaporean drama, I think it’s this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achar! . There’s 2 seasons.

      • 6.6.1 Midori

        Bingo! Thanks Halimah.

      • 6.6.2 dearly

        Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 6.7 Rachel

      Hi! First one is a Singaporean drama called “Achar!” it’s about two families related via an interracial marriage between a Singaporean Chinese lady and a Singaporean Indian man ๐Ÿ™‚ hope this helps!

    • 6.8 megumi

      the first one is drama called Achar or something like that, it was an american tv series, i saw little bit of it but didn’t finish it, the main lead girl is not korean but singaporean chinese actress and the guy is indian i think, don’t know about the second one…

    • 6.9 megumi

      the first one is a drama called Achar but the main lead is not korean but chinese actress from Singapore and the guy is indian i think…i saw a little bit of it but didn’t finish it…

  7. febe

    No. 1 – Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang, one of the first dramas I watched and all-time favourite.

    No. 3 sounds like Snow Angel, except that the brothers were hanging on to a teddybear which tore, and the younger brother fell.

  8. juja

    I think javabeans pretty much confirmed the first one being DGCH with the pic posted above, I don’t really like this drama (and I’m expecting glares right now from pretty much everyone), but Jae Hee is the only thing I liked about this drama, and not from the beginning.
    Maybe it’s because I watched it just recently, but I like (almost) all of the other Hong sisters’ dramas, My Girl was my first kdrama, MGIAG was pure crack, and the recent MS was skinship heaven, but in DGCH I was scared by cute Uhm Tae-woong, the sassy turned meek Chun-hyang was off-putting, and don’t get me strted on Chae-rin.

    • 8.1 mary

      I always say this to those who find DGCH doesn’t live up to its hype:

      It’s ok. ๐Ÿ˜€

      It really is annoying and bland and full of “recycled” plots if you watch it after a load of kdramas, especially the newer ones.

      But if you watched it way back when/as a kdrama newbie, it will look crazy (in a good way).

      Also, the first kdramas I watched (in order) were:
      Lovers in Paris
      My Girl

      I hated My Girl. I thought it recycled so many gimmicks from Chun Hyang. Wasn’t until later that I learned they were written and directed by the same team.

      TL;DR the order in which we watch kdramas matters.

      • 8.1.1 juja

        Lol, I think order does matter, since the way you’re describing My Girl is the same I’d describe DGCH, guess what you watched first, regardless of the order of the release, comes first.

      • 8.1.2 hanie

        I hated My Girl too but because of a different reason.
        I was riding the 2nd lead bus at that time. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • mary

          This too. Hehehe

          Team Jun Ki all the way! They had such cute first (few) meetings.

          Plus she spat rice in the casanova’s face and he still laughed and liked Yoo Rin!!! Kyaaaaa~ I was sooo hoping he’d kiss her during Se Hyun’s party when he caught her. *sadface*

          Junki is like Chilbong in AM1994 when he just laughed and liked all the crazy things the lead girl did.

        • pogo

          I loved My Girl but it was my first experience (in Korean dramas) of Second Lead Syndrome, so even though I loved the OTP and they had great chemistry, my heart was breaking for poor Jun-ki the entire time and I was all ‘give him to ME, I’ll comfort him!’

    • 8.2 Z

      I agree that Tae-woong was mad creepy in that drama. And I did hate the way they declawed Chun-hyang halfway through but I still love this drama. And it was not even among my early dramas. I had probably been a full fledged addict for about a year when I discovered Chun-hyang. I think the awesomeness of Chun-hyang during the first half and the charming dorkiness of Myung-rong totally won me over.

    • 8.3 cinthy

      I’m totally with you I watched my girl first and I loved it (except all the unncesary drama) and then GDCH was like ugh, I didn’t like it, only some parts too much drama for a romantic comedy.

  9. AnOpinion

    The first one may be Shoot for the Star which aired in 2002 too. I think there was a scene similar to that.

  10. 10 Cheliwel

    #1 is definitely Deloghtful girl! chun hyang. The third korean drama that I’ve watched. Remains in my top 5 favorites kdramas of all time.

  11. 11 littlebearfashionson

    Hey guys,

    I thought maybe someone could help me with this; I have been into Taiwanese dramas lately and I am wondering if you guys know of a website that is sort of like this wonderful Dramabeans website that gives updates on new dramas and such. Any help is appreciated thanks!

    • 11.1 neyrie

      I think the best I can suggest is koalasplayground.
      She mostly all taiwan, korean, japanese and chinese entertainment news, drama updates, and recaps….
      I found out about Sunny happiness (Taiwan) from her as well as Scarlet Heart (chinese) and they have been awesome….
      KP is really good…

    • 11.2 oozzeee

      try these sites:
      givemedramas (dot) com

  12. 12 fatpanda269

    Hey, I’ve been reminiscing about this drama for quite a while.I think it aired around 2000 but I don’t remember. It was either chinese or korean. I only remember the first few episodes but it was about a rich boy who one day loses his memory and lives and fall in love with a normal girl, soon after i think his family comes searching for him and brings him back home. He loses memories of the normal girl and lives a new lifestyle. The girl follows him and though he forgets who she is she is still persistent . I remember in this one scene, while the girl was sleeping, she had a locket with a note in it and the guy open and read the note which i think was significant…. I really want to watch this drama, hopefully you guys can help me out. Thank You in advance

    • 12.1 Bellamafia

      save the last dance for me (Ji Sung – Eugene)

      • 12.1.1 neyrie

        yup that is it…
        Funny how Lee Bo Young was like the scary 2nd female lead for Jisung’s heart.. but in real life she and jisung are fated to be married…

        • Beng

          i suddenly realized, i haven;t finished that kdrama. I stopped when he regained his memory. I wonder what episode was that so that i can continue it. I was watching it via a vcd player which conck out on me =(. Then i discovered the different websites =).

          • neyrie

            What part of memory did he regain?
            the one where he finally remembered his real identity.. or the part where he remembered his life when he lost his memory..
            this one had amnesia after amnesia story…

  13. 13 Herlene

    3. Taiwanese idol drama ‘Snow Angel’

  14. 14 neyrie

    #2 how about tazza?
    there is gambling and the girl changed after years from innocent to no so innocent…
    just dont remember the ending,,,

    • 14.1 Juhina

      I thought of Tazza too but I actually never watched the drama so can’t really confirm it.

  15. 15 lanweoij

    Number 5 sounds a bit like Classic starring Son Ye Jin and Jo In Sung. There isn’t a part where she wears a hanbok though. I am pretty sure it isn’t that movie but it does have war in it and it is an amazing movie. Definitely recommended!

  16. 16 ftlove

    No. 1 sounds like more than 1 k-drama to me. Hahahaha.

  17. 17 lulu

    #2 could be Into the Sunlight with Cha Taehyun, Jang Hyuk, Kim Haneul, and Kim Hyunjoo? Just a guess since CTH and JH play brothers who grow up in different homes. JH is a gangster. Falls in love with KHN. Plays around with KHJ to make CTH jealous. He dies in the end. Do these initial confuse you all? Hahaha.

    Anyhoo, the most prolific scene from that drama for me is when they’re still in high school. KJH goes to a friend’s house and goes into her room but it’s actually CTH’s room. Walks in after taking a shower. Hoo-wee. Crushed on CTH for a while. LOL. Mind you, this was 6th grade era. XD

    My 2 cents. ๐Ÿ˜›

  18. 18 Fe

    #2 East of Eden?

  19. 19 snow

    The first one is my all time favorite drama Delightful Girl Choon Hyang….LOVE it โ™ฅโ™ฅ

  20. 20 Z

    Aw, now I have to go back and watch Chun-hyang again. I’ve actually never re-watched it in it’s entirety since the first time five or so years ago. When I read Ashley’s description of the Bus Scene I was like “I know that from somewhere!” but I couldn’t place it so it’s obviously been too long!

  21. 21 Elvira

    No. 1 Sassy Girl Chun Hyang!!!!
    Everybody has answered that. Love it! The first drama that got me laughing so hard. Aaaaaaaand, Uhm-force-ajusshi!

  22. 22 Jin

    As everyone said no. 1 is sassy girl chun hyang!
    a classic! =)

    I feel like no.2 might be “All in” with song hye kyo and lee byung hyun.

    3,4 don’t ring a bell. sorry~

  23. 23 Joy

    #1 was Bright Girl Success Story – Jang Hyuk x Jang Nara. My first kdrama!

  24. 24 kanz

    Thank you guys who pointed #3 as Snow Angel. I caught the synopsis on dramawiki and it’s the drama i look for. My memory is blurred since i watched it years ago

  25. 25 Ora

    Not sure how helpful it might be, but might #4 be Eyes of Dawn or something? The scene and time period are similar from that.

  26. 26 Ora

    Or #4 might be The Classic…

    • 26.1 Beng

      watched The Classic several times. I think the guy did not die during the war, he got blinded, wasn’t it? But the guy chose not to tell her but just parted with her. Am i recalling it right?

      • 26.1.1 reverie

        It’s not Classic. In the end the couple was siting and kissing near a pond, and she definitely didn’t wear hanbok.

      • 26.1.2 dearly

        He eventually died and had his body cremated. His last wish was to have his love one (the mother) spread his ashes in the river. She didn’t though. The ending was the daughter sharing a kiss with her boyfriend (the mother’s lover’s son). Love that movie. Such a classic. ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. 27 Gabi

    Pretty sure no.3 is Snow Angel besides the handkerchief part because the scene where the younger brother fall off the cliff is the memorable one from the drama. It’s a taiwanese drama starring toro (ex-member of Energy) and margareth wang

  28. 28 peter

    no.2 is tazza.

  29. 29 Anonymous

    No.1 – Delightful Girl Chun Hyang

    No.2 is Queen of of the Game starring Lee Bo Young and Joo Jin Mo I think. It aired in 2006.

    She was innocent/naive, he was after her for some revenge – her father had done something to his family/father who later died – then he leaves or something and after like 5 years or so, he comes back to see that she is all changed and she goes after him for revenge this time for using her.

    • 29.1 Jessica

      But I don’t think Joo Jin Mo dies in the end.

  30. 30 c

    #1 made me try out Delightful Girl Choon Hyang since I *love* watching classics (like Autumn’s Concerto for Taiwanese dramas). I’m only midway through the very first episode but I love the two leads already. The girl is aggressive but isn’t your standard shouty bitchy shrew, and while I’m all for pretty boys, I like how the guy actually looks like, yknow, a guy. Also loving how they outwit each other at every turn – they have real chemistry that, unlike some dramas, stems from more than the fact that they are both very pretty and thus undoubtedly belong together. Really hope this drama keeps it up till the end.

  31. 31 King

    2. Sandglass

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