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[Drama Chat] The drama that wrecked your heart

Whether you’re a new fan, or a veteran drama watcher with decades under your belt, chances are we’ve all experience the same thing: that one drama that wrecked us. Okay, maybe it’s more than one, but I’d wager the list of dramas that laid waste to your emotions is smaller than the ones that didn’t.

For me, that drama will always be Answer Me 1988. I can’t rewatch it, I can’t revisit it, and I can’t even think about it without getting a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Part of this is because I live-watched it as a distraction when my family was going through a crisis; part of it is because of how real all of the characters felt, and how attached I became to them. But of course the biggest reason is the utter devastation I felt over the conclusion of the Jungpal love line. Good God, that hurt. Even so many years later, it still feels like it just happened, and like someone punched me in the stomach and then walked away without even looking back after I collapsed. Pain aside, my hat is off to writing that can evoke such strong and long-lasting emotions.
 

So, what was the drama that wrecked your heart?

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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Precisely at this moment literally cannot think of anything else but The Red Sleeve. It really has been a while since a drama break my heart THAT bad

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Me too.
Both of the main characters are palpable to me,especially Deok Im's and her choices in difficult times.

Especially when I am living not only in political crisis of our country but also in personal crisis.

Sometimes,making choices are not luxurious in difficult times .
When the one I chose doesn't make me feel the best ,
blaming myself for making current choice and regretting for not choosing the other one put me into a loop of misery.

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That one admittedly hurt a lot more than I thought it would (and I knew what was gonna happen!)

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Oh my gosh yes. I loved this drama from the minute I started watching, got a bit bored around episodes 11-12, but when I came back to it to watch a few episodes at a time it was so bingeable. I stopped myself from watching the last 2 episodes until just recently because I knew something big was in the works. Deok-Im. I just respect her and her choices so much, but at the same time GIRL EVERYONE'S HEART IS BROKEN. And the king. I was a bit less forgiving of him for a while, until I watched the last episode and they really drove home how incredibly LONELY it was for him. All those gorgeous shots of him walking ahead of his advisors, or pausing alone in the courtyard... Oh my gosh.

So... definitely one of my favorites, and it broke my heart. Tore it out and ripped it to shreds because even in her final moments she was holding out on him.

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Oh, me, too. I never cried for almost 45 minutes during a drama before. My face was literally raw from the crying - and I knew the history so I KNEW what was coming. I don't know any recent drama that matched the chemistry between Lee Jun Ho and Lee Se Young. He particularly broke my heart - JunHo nailed that role. It wasn't just the tragic ending - it was what she gave up to be with him and his aching loneliness that was so very painful.

I mean, so many people will say Goblin, but the other one that brought me to tears was "Live Up To Your Name". If they hadn't thrown in the final few scenes to give it a happy ending, I think it would have broken my heart (but I am a big, BIG, KNG fan, so YMMV).

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Re: LUTYN, me too. I was actually confused when the ML didn’t really act like he was looking forward to coming back to the present I was so confused because I thought he was acting out of his character. But then with the “happy ending” I was ok with it. My reasoning was that the moving between worlds power has already been transferred to his Secretary, hence they will live happily together.

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I think it tied it up nicely. He went back and did all the things he was supposed to do in the histories, and left (by accident!) about the time he stopped being mentioned. After that he was free to choose love over duty. I think he was just very confused that he ended up back in the present, because it wasn't suppose to work for him again. I guess it was just fate giving him one final reward for doing the right thing and fulfilling his purpose.

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Yes, absolutely. Episode 17 was particularly difficult. I already knew of the events that it showed us and it still hit hard.

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Mother.

No explanation needed.

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Right.

Mother came closer than any other show I can recall to... not exactly wrecking my heart or any other part of me, but at least having some impact of the type this article seems to be fishing for.

Other kdramas that may lay waste to other viewer's hearts are more likely to arouse other emotions in me, like snarkasm, amusement or fury at illogic or historical innacuracy/absurdity. Remember the horseback archery practice scene in Hwarang where the targets were on a ridge top so any miss would go flying off to where ever and possibly skewer some farmer in the next valley?

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Have I never really known this word, “snarkasm “??? It’s beyond fantastic!

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I have officially added it to my personal vocabulary.

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I've never watched it precisely because this is the most common sentiment from everyone who HAS watched it 😦

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If you're ever feeling masochistic, I highly recommend it.

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Oh, I also wanted to give a huge shoutout to the DB team for these new features! Between all of these and the Love, February posts on the fanwall, the site has been so much more active in the past few weeks! This site has been a huge part of my life for years now, so I really appreciate the efforts to keep it active. These little prompts that combine the writers' thoughts with the community are a great idea and very much in the DB spirit. I've also noticed more and more writers interacting with users, which is hugely appreciated!

And hopefully once the new batch of dramas start, we'll see more recaps and weecaps as well! Keep up the good work!

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Yes, seconding this! It’s been really nice to see so much more activity.

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It is not just more site activity- it is a useful way of talking about the entire universe of k-dramas out there which is all the more valuable because it taps into the collective memories of the Beanies as a whole.

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I agree! These prompts really help to get people talking and interacting more.

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I agree--I used to look forward to the open thread every Friday, but at some point I stopped posting (I think it's becaue the function I used open thread for moved over to the "What We're Watching" post, and I never got into that post as much)

But I'm loving these prompts! I'm starting to enjoy commenting again. :)

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💖

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Absolutely! Well said, Mindy! I join you in thanking the DB team for incorporating feedback and introducing new site features. I also love the new focus on authorial voices in weecaps and recaps and other articles - they're all such great conversation starters. This rejuvenated DB is looking good :)

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I just rewatched Mother!

And again had to blow my nose :-)

It’s not cheesy. It’s not overly sentimental. It is not slow paced.

What it is:
- suspenseful vs slow paced
- poetic & lyrical vs annoying slo-mo
- tells it as it is vs cheesy sentimental (especially the young kid)

Love it!

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That little girl was EVERYTHING.

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Thinking about my most favorite scenes in Reply 1988 always pool up tears in my eyes. Does scenes that made you shed tears count as favourites? Because I don't know how to explain how I feel with that drama.

One scene that will always stay in my head rent free will be when Bora's mum defended her over some policemen. The way she stood in front of her daughter, fiercely defending her reminds me of my mom and how countless number of times she has always and will always be there for me. No drama has made me feel the way I felt when watching Reply 1988. The drama was the reason why I fell really deep into the rabbit hole of k-dramas.

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MR SUNSHINE for me. A re-watch is out of the question. The drama is so well made and the deaths of the main characters incredibly moving, from Kim Min-jung dying on Yoo Yeon-sook's back, he himself watching his lifeless body dragged along the ground, Byun Yo-han being tortured to death and Lee Byung-hun on the uncoupled train looking back before being shot.
It must be one of the drama's with the highest death toll.

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I came here to say this but looks like you beat me to it. Even just thinking about that scene with Ae-Shin breaking down in the train carriage, blood dripping from her wedding ring, with Good day playing in the background makes me all choked up.

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Yes. Yes. My first K drama and I was broken and remade. The scenes you've described above @uwozin came back to me instantly with all the feelings. Oh my goodness.

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Oh, I was 100% on Team Goo Dong Mae. The scene on the beach BROKE ME.

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MR. SUNSHINE won critical acclaim for good reason.

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Reply 1988 was my first kdrama, and ranks up there as one of my favorites. My son (adopted from Korea) had been studying there, and came home and said "Mom, you need to watch this drama." My husband and I began the series shortly afterwards. I didn't know that would become the beginning of my viewing addiction.
Kdramas seemed so foreign to US dramas, but the feelings! How we could become so invested in those families. It was the family love and care that stood out to me, and brings back the best memories.

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I loved Reply 1988 for the families as well... and for the nostalgia it brought me about my own childhood despite being from a completely different culture (and part of the World). Thus the heart wrenching scene for me was the final scene of the empty abandoned street...

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You took the words right out of my mouth. That ending scene was the most heart wrenching for me. So bittersweet. People appearing in dreams taking you back to the happiest time of your life!!! Sob sob. I'll never forget that scene in my life. Equvalent to Rose's dream in Titanic at the end.

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I second everything you all wrote about Reply 1988. Also, the scene where a heartbreaking confession is made and, then sadly taken back is a constant and painful reminder of the road not taken. I also wished that I hadn’t know that a much loved SL’s story was partially inspired by a RL tragic ending.

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Yes to all of the comments about Reply 1988! @DancingEmma, waitwhat? What irl tragic ending? I was about to remark that the SLS was at least somewhat mitigated by the couple getting together irl but am I missing something else?!

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@graceofbeing: Sorry for being cryptic. 😢 I read in an article that our beloved SL’s (bsl for reference) arc was partially inspired by the real life fate of an airforce pilot who crashed and died. Someone else wrote something incisive (at least to me) that the reason our bsl became largely absent in the last 5 or 6 eps was because the writers/show runner had apparently incorporated that aspect into the story but changed their mind due to the feared backlash. I don’t know whether any if this is true though.

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Does it show my age if I say Stairway to Heaven? It was one of the first few k dramas I watched. All I remember is crying buckets and buckets of tears. If I don’t recall wrongly, even the ending was tragic.

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I once watched Tree of Heaven by the same team and was so traumatised by the tragedy of it that I literally had to quit dramas for a few weeks 😂
So I completely understand choosing Stairway to Heaven! Older romance-tragedy dramas were RUTHLESS

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Me too!!

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I didn't consider this drama to be that heart breaking, but months ago, i rewatch Solomon's Perjury and the ending scene made me cry so much. My heart hurt. I couldn't stop thinking about the rooftop scene, the imaginary conversation, for days.
Even now that i'm talking about this.

It was a simple drama, but it touched my heart

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Solomon's Perjury was really a great drama. They chose very good young actors to play these wounded teenagers.

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I'm glad i'm not the only one enjoying the drama and yes, those young actors were doing great job

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I love Solomon's Perjury as well. I was so moved by Jang Dong Yoon's acting, in particular, that I promised myself I would watch whatever else he was in. And then, of course, he was in A Poem A Day after that 💔

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Solomon's Perjury was also a discovery of Jang Dongyoon for me. I was impressed by his acting in the scene where his character removed his clothes and showed his scars.
I haven't watched A Poem A Day, but after seeing your other comments here... i get it. Must be disappointing

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Yes, I think was the scene that also moved me, where he revealed he had been abused. So well acted.
Definitely avoid A Poem A Day if you're a Jang Dong Yoon fan!

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Thank you for the tips!🤝
I don't watch sageuk dramas, but i watched Tale of Nokdu cos of him and was about to watch Joseon Exorcist before...
There this next drama with Nana. Even though i'm not convinced with this pairing, i think i'll check it out

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Tale of Nokdu was fun

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I don't remember this scene at all, and I loved Solomon's Perjury!

A rewatch is clearly overdue.

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I was feeling so cold for him. He did it outside in a park in the winter. He showedo the bully and Seo Ji-Hoon's character how his father burt him with his cigarette, etc.

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There are lots of scenes from various K-dramas that have wrecked my heart (e.g. when Ji-an uninstalls the bugging app on her phone in My Ahjusshi), but the one drama that didn’t release its grip on my tear ducts from start to finish was Assembly from 2015. That was mostly because of the speeches of its lead character, a labour organiser turned newbie assemblyman called Jin Sang-pil. I cried when Sang-pil demanded an apology from the judge in ep1. I cried when he asked why the economy was always being revived at the expense of ordinary people. I cried when he insisted on keeping his word even when threatened with expulsion from his party. And his one-man 23-hour filibuster always reduces me to floods of tears, no matter how many times I watch it. Of course it helps that Sang-pil is played by my favourite Korean actor Jung Jae-young, but tbh his delivery of the speeches can be pretty shouty sometimes. So it’s really the writer, Jung Hyun-min (better known for sageuk like Nokdu Flower and Jeong Do-jeon) whom I’ve got to thank for the leaky faucet effect.

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Ooh political drama - one of my favourite genres! and as a newly-minted Jung Jae-young fan, after ON THE VERGE OF INSANITY, this is a show I will check out for sure! Thanks for the rec!

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Gotta warn you: unlike Choi Ban-seok, who becomes quieter as he gets angrier, Jin Sang-pil is an alarmingly eye- and vein-popping shouter. Still made me cry, though. In some scenes, even some actors (including a red-eyed Taecyeon) were shedding tears.

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Haha. I'm bracing myself! I'm interested in it mainly for the genre. My tear ducts don't really work well :/ so I'm not expecting much there.

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Agree with the previously referenced titles. Also

Yi San - as sad as RSC is, the chest stomping occurs after spending 15 hours with the OTP -- not 70 or so, where it almost feels like saying goodbye to a friend.

Queen for Seven Days -- if they could distill the essence of this show into a bottled fragrance, it would have to be called Heartbreak.

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Omg I've totally forgotten about queen for seven days!!!
That was one helluva heartbreak.

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I think usually it's more movies that impact me. Dramas are longer and there are up and down that made the story bearable.

Stories about abused children are the hardest ones and Mother striked a cord, like Silenced for the Korean movies or Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) for Japanese animated movies.

Others dramas that touched me by their ambiance/impression are
- The Snow Queen : the story with the tale, the winter, the terminal illness...
- Valid Love : I really hoped for another ending. Not that I necessarly wanted her to end up with Lee Soo-Hyuk's character (he was super hot in this role) but I wanted her to find freedom.
- The Third Charm : This drama started as a cute first love story and showed the life is way more complicated and not like we imagined. Esom was really great in the last part.

Otherwise, the last scene of My Country...

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That last scene in My Country 😭
On second thought, most scenes with Do Woohan in MC, because Nam Seonho really couldn't catch a break. Stabby OTP Forever💚⚔️

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I loved their relationship in this drama.

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My Stabby OTP. 💔

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Yep. Sooo sad.

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Oh, bless you for remembering Snow Queen. I had the good luck to watch it with 3 long-distance friends and we cried and cried and cried together. For me it was the pinnacle of the early tragic kdramas like Stairway and the Season series and got everything right, including the addition of a lot of humor, while twisting my heart into a worn rag. And the OST! Still listen to it.
Definitely 💔💔💔

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I tend to avoid dramas that I suspect will break my heart: that leaves out all hospice/hospital related dramas, and things where somebody's mothers/children die because those are mainly the stuff my nightmares are made of. Admittedly it's hard to avoid these in Dramaland, and sometimes they just show up without warning. The Third Charm had the audacity to pull a crap-combo on me: they got a character battling cancer, and they even got the child dying across the world, in my birth town😱 Instead of wrecking my heart in a good way, it triggered me, and I still can't forgive drama for that, even if I still adore Seo Kangjoon 😭
Queen for 7 days broke my heart in a good way. Chicago Typewriter and more recently Nokdu Flower also made me ugly cry

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I really liked The Third Charm even if it wasn't that I was expecting. I really liked the scene who he teaches her how to cook one meal and later she can do it alone at home.

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That scene is great! But, still, it was a pain-fest of a drama😭

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Oh, Third Charm... I still haven't made peace with the Third Part of that drama.

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I wasn't prepared for Chicago Typewriter's ending. 😭

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But it was the only way it could end. I really appreciate the creative team ending that arc the way it needed to end.

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Yes. It was perfect (the ending).

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@flyingcolours: Oh, Queen for 7 days: Be still my aching heart. What TRS could have been if it had taken note of the importance of and capacity for reflection, deep remorse, regret and genuine apology for a ML while retaining soulful banter and recognising the inherent tragedy of oppressive norms. Alas.

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Currently re-watching Nokdu Flower and ugly crying...

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My brain is drawing a complete blank. What happened in the drama to induce crying? 😨

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There are 2 dramas : Nokdu Flower about Donghak Peasant Revolution and The Tale of Nokdu, a fusion sageuk. The first one has a lot of touching moments.

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Nokdu Flower and Chicago Typewriter are definitely high on my list as well.

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Instead of the usual suspects like Reply 1988, I'll mention one show which I did not expect to wreck me as much as it did - Chicago Typewriter.

Starting with the scene in Ep. 9 where they visit Gwanghwamun, I was basically an emotional mess. It made me think about how much was sacrificed by the youth of so many colonised nations so we could live in today's free world.

And then the ending just broke my heart. I was pretty much bawling for most of the last two episodes. The heart-breaking and brave choices the leads had to make still sadden me to this day.

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Chicago Typewriter (*silently holding your hand)

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I have added Chicago Typewriter to my list of must watch shows. Thanks for this moving tribute Miso.

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Yes to Chicago Typewriter. It truly is one of the all-time greats. The last two episodes left me absolutely broken.

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Among k dramas, it would be BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE. I was so invested in that drama that I made an account on db just to comment on the recaps even though I was a lurker for quite some time. I loved every bit of it till episode 14. After that ji ho's decision broke my heart and her and sehee's reunion in the last episode wasn't enough for the anguish I felt in the last 2 eps. I know most, if not all beanies love this drama to bits and will probably not agree with me, but those 2 episodes ruined the drama for me and I can't go and enjoy the earlier episodes because of the (in my opinion) irrational behavior of jiho.
Among non kdramas it would definitely Be HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Admittedly I didn't follow the series from the beginning and only caught up to it in season 6 or 7. But that doesn't mean that my frustration was any less than the people who started watching it from beginning. I felt robbed of 3 years of my life after the series finale. I couldn't imagine that one, JUST ONE episode could ruin the entire series for me but it did here. Even though I know there's an alternative ending, the fact that the creators did it just to placate the fans and that their minds were made up from the beginning made me decide not to watch it because it was just damage control from all the backlash.

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I am right there with you on BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE. That ruined the drama for me completely.

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You're from the minority that didn't like BTIMFL finale, I'm from the minority that loved HIMYM finale lol.

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I'm pretty sure that there is a majority of people here who would prefer to forget the last separation in BTIMFL. It didn't make any sense and brought nothing to the characters and the story.

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Just here to pile on against that last separation in BTIMFL. I marathoned that drama last year, and was enjoying it so much, but that separation totally ruined it for me - still hold a grudge 😂

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I think Jung So-Min is used to disastrous endings : Bad Guy, Hundred Million Stars From the Sky (they could change the original story), Monthly Magazine Home and of course Because This Is My First Life. It hurt so much because of the drama was so good. If they didn't have a story for 16 episodes, they should have stopped at 14... or focused on other characters... anything from that >_<

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My wife and I watched HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER from beginning to end- and I know exactly how you felt about it. We were so scarred that we gave up on American television except for College football and baseball. That is how I ended up watching T-dramas and then K-dramas- expanding into selective C-dramas and J-dramas (and now a Thai drama). My wife has become a huge fan of Chinese Costume Dramas.

I agree about the last two episodes of BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE but I still recommend the show very highly- but again always with the caveat that the story ends with episode 14. It is simply a shame that the writer, having delivered a show to that point that was a good as anything written by Shakespeare simply ran out of steam. The last two episodes are badly written filler delivered because 16 episodes was contracted for. The action of the FL was not even in character with her character and did not fit the story at all- that is why it was so jarring. A better way to handle the problem would have been to shift the focus onto the two side romances while giving us scenes of our leads happily-ever-aftering. Perhaps the writer was too exhausted to think of that.

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I had the whole HIMYM episodes on my laptop-all the seasons. As soon as the finale ended, I deleted the entire thing. I was so traumatized 😔.
Regarding BTIOFL-agree with everything you said.

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there are many dramas that Wrecked My Heart.. left me Bawling with having my heart checked between my fingers and almost gasping for life....
*and thats not exaggeration cause the heartbreak i get from my kdramas is either this deep or not at all*
1. Scarlet Heart's ending scene
IU looking at that painting and we get to see LJK on other side of universe (i can't recall exact scene) as i couldn't muster up my courage to rewatch thay scene ever again in my life.
I cried so so bad aftet it ended and spent good 2 months to come out of that trauma.

2. R1988
epi 18 end... RJY made such a beautiful confession only to take it back and turn it into a prank.... i cried with him (may be more than him)... i never wanted to watch next 2 episodes but finsihed just for formality and R1988 for me has just 18 episodes and with my alternate ending.. Hyeri n JRY together in real life... done.

3. My Ahjussi
this whole drama was heart wrenching.. each n every scene of IU with thise gloomy eyes it was enough painful for me that i kept last 2 episodes on hold for good 4 months and only after i had handled pain of 14 episodes i restarted last 2 episodes.. that too with tissues, tears and heartache by my side.
I can never forget this one show for being soo soo sad but same time allowed me to unload my own suffering thru tears i had while watching it... after every episode i used to feel light.. light after putting down a some of the emotional baggage i dint even know i was carrying all this while.

4. INAR
epi 13... YSHs confrontation scene with CSB... it was damn painful scene to witness. How much Poor YSH had to go thru to become so closed hearted but then how much AJI3 helped him to learn to open only to be get hurt again... it was sorted out all well but it was sooo heart breaking scene.

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checked = clenched

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Number 4 still hurts me when I think about the show. ;_;

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yes it does.. i finished just last week so its still so vivid for me as it watched yesterday.. YSH soo damn great actor while emoting so many emotions in that scene..

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The ending of Scarlet Heart left me so broken that it took me months before I watched kdramas again. I drowned myself watching Running Man, 2 Days 1 Night and Roommate to forget about it.

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same same to same here.... it was so hard to overcome the trauma and heartbreak SHR's sad ending had on me.... i literally had existential crisis as to what now .. it was so hard time then

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Great list!

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thank you.

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1 and 3 😢 😢 😢
Scarlet Heart was full of tragic loss. My Ajussi 😭 😭 😭

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i know right..😭😭😭
both were painful watch but at same time beautifully addictive to not to watch...
i just love these 2 dramas just so much❤❤❤

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Still upset about what you mentioned in Reply 1988. I can never go back and rewatch that wonderful drama just for that reason.

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exactly.. i cant try for a rewatch despite knowing how much i loved those 18 episodes cause i know everything is unreal by the end...
that confession and how he took it back was soooo tragic i had to rewatch to confirm did he really cancelled it out .. like really how cruel was that by PDnim to make him suffer that cruelly and us with him...💔💔💔💔

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I've started Reply 1988. Up to episode 2. Like others here, I may have put it off because I did not want to revisit the 80s, but so far, it's fun. And there are so many familiar faces, although they were so much fresher in 2015. It's funny to think it was set only a year away from where Snowdrop ended, but it seems like a different world.

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Scarlet Heart broke me as soon as I saw IU walking with a permanent limp as a result of torture. They stole her youth.

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Black: Everything in this show was so damn sad, but: the dog, gaesae, gaesae's girlfriend, 444 backstory (finale)... You can ask my mom, this show destryed me completely.
School 2013/Angry Mom: school dramas always break me that's way I'm not watching them at the moment. LET THE KIDS BE KIDS, AVEMARIAOME.

Be Melodramatic/Live/My Ahjussi/Love Affairs in the Afternoon: These shows were sad in such a real/relatable way.

There's also subplots that broke me like Jung Pal's loveline broke you:
Hello Monster: Min... He just wanted his hyung to find him...
Misaeng: When Suk Yool stopped smiling...
Prison Playbook: Lee Kyoo Hyung's character... He just wanted love.

Ps. But Jung Pal got the girl... lol sorry, I'm out.

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I am still mad about the ending for Black.

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I loved it😂
It was devastating and I loved it.

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Hello Monster: Park Bo-gum was just perfect as Min-a. I watched it for Seo In-guk and Park Bo-gum was such a great surprise for me at the time. And as you wrote: Min just wanted his brother to find him. It was heart wrenching.

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I also met Bo Geom with that show! He was awesome.

I was so invested in Min's story and I liked his character so much I started to dislike Na Ra's character for hating him😂 I was like "girl, he had a hard life give him a break. I know he's a serial killer but he did it so his bro could find him. You gotta understand, he's still a kid. He doesn't know anything." I'm the worst I know but the writer made Min so likeable and pitiful :c

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I fully understand that feeling!

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Secret Love broke me. The things that poor woman has to go through. Everyone just wants a never-ending piece of her.

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BIG YES to it.... that show was sooo damn heartbreaking i forgot to add into my list as it was long back i watched but you mentioned it and i went down memory lane to recall how much she had to suffer all alone.... so so nerve wrecking to watch

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Just Between Lovers and Reply 1988 are the two for me. I tend to connect more with dramas about working class people, and I haven’t found others that are done as realistically.

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I have been watching dramas for around 14 years now & there have been a few that have wrecked my heart into pieces. But it's not a common occurrence, especially in recent years.
However, one that still is extremely vivid in my heart and memory is ''The red sleeve''.
I don't watch a lot of sageuks, because usually the palace drama & all the murders & political plots just do not fit my taste. But, boy oh boy, has ''The red sleeve'' become one of my ultimate favorite dramas of all time. While at the same time completely smashing my heart into thousand pieces. Whenever I think about it, tears still well up in my eyes.
There are many factors that went into it - the story, the acting, the cinematography, even all the little things. But what I think had the most impact is the real story behind it all. I also found and read a blog post with the translated historical texts about the couple & it wrecked me even more.
I could go on probably in pages & pages about this drama, but in short, it was just so beautifully painfully bittersweet. I am currently debating whether to rewatch it now or do it later when perhaps the strong feeling will have subsided. But I have a hunch that those strong feelings might never subdue & I perhaps just need another trip to that beautiful yet sad story that in the end made me ugly cry so much my face puffed up like a pastry.

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I am not going to be able to rewatch this for a long time. My chest gets tight just thinking about it.

And while the exact events are mainly fictionalized, that the central gist of the tale is essentially true just breaks your heart.

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2014) (Viki US) . P&P was my 12th kdrama and I watched in 2016. It made me a fan of a ton of actors including a young (19) Lee Tae-hwan. There is a devastatingly heartbreaking scene late in the drama between LTH and actress Kim Na-soon who plays a mom. W is the only other LTH drama I have seen but I still have a soft spot for the guy based on that drama and one scene.

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I don't watch melos or shows that will end unhappily unless I'm in the mood to do so or I'm unaware it will take that direction. I think shows like JBL and My Ajusshi don't count because even if they'll make me cry terribly, at the end they'll heal too. Dramas like Chicago Typewriter and Seven The Queen fit this category. They left me sad and wounded without providing a bandage. But I guess they are still not at the level of any Noh Hee Kyung show.
She's a writer who knows how to stir the emotions in your heart and wreck it. I haven't still been able to complete any of her shows because they're so realistically well done and painful. With the exception of The Most Beautiful Goodbye (remake). If you just want to cry for full 4 episodes, this is the show. In fact, I only watched this show knowing that it's a 4 episode NHK drama so I can probably complete it. So heart wrenching, I was a mess watching it. But not for one moment did i regret watching it. Till date I remember clearly how every aspect of this mini drama was beautifully painful.

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Everyone who was on DB in 2018 probably already knows my answer to this but I'll say it anyway: A Poem A Day. I could see the chemistry between Minho and Boyoung instantly. He was so much more fun and interesting than the boring old Dr. Ye. I was rooting for Minho to mature and for Boyoung to get over her silly crush on Dr. Ye and realize that Minho was the one for her. But, alas, the writer caved to public opinion and SWITCHED ships mid-show so Boyoung ended up with Dr. Ye. I, Captain of the Minhoyoung, willing to do whatever I could to salvage my ship rallied the crew of my ship and started a Minhoyoung fanfic to help soothe our broken hearts.

I'm so glad I watched APAD. The experience was truly unforgettable. The fun shipping "wars", the poetry slams, and the island parties on the fanwall truly heightened the experience. However, I will absolutely never watch it again. I can't watch my poor Minho be thrown under the bus (or motorcycle) again.

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Right on @raonah!

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Those were the days.

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oh APAD.. i can never forget how much it made me cry with all the beautiful stories of ensemble cast abt life and pain n suffering and eventually conquering for happy life.
It wasn't just story of OTP for me but stories of some of the most layered n beautiful people.... thanks for reminding those Golden APAD days and those Shipping Wars...

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Same. That's the only one that came to mind until I read a few listed here. Justice for Minho!!!

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Yes! Justice for Minho!

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when Gongmin and Choi Young had a quorrel in Faith, I lost it. but even more when they overcame such moments.
Recently, in Happiness, Ji Hyun cowering under the blanket in despari and Sae Bom being all beauty and beast
and in Bossam just the general vibe of surrendering and carrying ones´ fate in grace, it felt very taoistic

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I usually try to avoid heart wrenching dramas... but I think the first one was the ending of What Happened in Bali. And the last one episode 8 of Reset.

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What Happened in Bali - Korea doesn’t make dramas like this anymore, which I think is sad.

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Ooohhh interesting topic! Gonna name some of the more recent dramas I've watched. First up is Flower of Evil. Lee Joon Gi was fantastic in it and had me tearing up several times. Excellent, emotional thriller.

My Country definitely wrecked me too. Hwi & Seon Ho TT__TT The pain was worth it though to see Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan acting together.

For an sageuk, I would pick Queen for Seven Days.
Loved it, but had me bawling.

Side note: I just love Korean ballads, but especially the deep, heartwrenching ones we get from these kinds of dramas. XD

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For an older* sageuk.

I wanted to give a mention to Queen for Seven Days. (I forgot that My Country is also one.)

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Argh! Flower of evil was heartbreaking on so many levels.

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I can totally understand Yang Se Jong wanting to take a break after getting out the the military, but my selfish self REALLY , REALLY want's him to go ahead already and get to work. And I have been a WDH fan since I saw him in The King. Can't wait for his new stuff.

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Yesss, I want to see YSJ acting again soon!! Hope he picks up a good drama. I'm also a fan of WDH! ^^

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As everyone knows who has been here in the past 5 years, Goblin wrecked me. It was an emotional roller coaster for me. All those after death vignettes were heart-rending. But in the same episode, I’d be laughing so hard, I was crying. It was my first introduction to Gong Yoo. That’s enough to wreck anyone.

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Felt exactly the same way, and my first time with Gong Yoo as well.

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I am glad that you mentioned GOBLIN. It really is that kind of a show. Gong yoo is also one of my favorite actors and he was never better than in GOBLIN.

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Mr. Sunshine broke me, I cried so hard I couldn't breathe. All period dramas are inherently tragic especially if based on history, you know the good guys will die. I can't rewatch it, but if I could erase one drama from my memory to be able to relive it for the first time, it would be Mr. Sunshine.

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I can't even write it, but there was one scene....with the students

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Reply 1988 is the only time I cried because a character got rejected. I think I cried more for Junghwan's broken heart than my own...

I was so angry at Seven Days Queen for teasing me the way it did at the end. It was just plain mean. I will never forgive that drama.

Move to Heaven is the only drama that made me cry at almost every episode.

Not a kdrama but I did cry more than a litre of tears watching the Japanese drama 1 Litre of Tears. The fact that it is based on a true story...ouf.

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Yes! 1 Litre of Tears will forever be a heartbreakers, but in a good way.

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The fact that I had a hard time racking my brain for an answer tells me I don't watch a lot of kdramas after all, lol. I guess the closest one would be Answer Me 1988's last few minutes. It triggered a huge wave of nostalgia in such a short moment. While the show never really made it into my top 5, I can't recall any other drama that had me in that much tears.

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The one that immediately comes to mind is Fated to Love You. One scene in particular, where Jang Na-ra's character finds the secret room and watches the videos Jang Hyuk left for himself because of his condition. It flashing back to various scenes with her gaining context, and I still can't watch that scene without bawling. So good.

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That scene wrecked me too 😭😭😭

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Omo you made me remember it. It's heart rending.

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King2Hearts!! An otherwise meh drama made me fall freakin' head over heals for Jo Jung Suk's Eun Si Kyung. Scarred. Me. For. Life. To this day I think long and hard before I watch a drama live.

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I love King2hearts and yes, that was cruel! But I was lucky enough (I guess?) to be forewarned which made it easier. But even forewarning doesn’t help sometimes - it was obvious the King was going to die at start because he had to in order for the Prince to take the throne, but I still cried so much.

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If getting wind of what happened in episode 19 the day it aired counts as forewarning, then, yes, I had it too (a decade later, I still have not watched, nor will ever watch, the episode). If I'm being honest, I didn't care for the rest of the drama (sorry!!), but if he hadn't.... y'know... I would probably say I loved the drama anyway, just because of him.

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I have shows like that - I know what’s coming so if I never watch it, it never happens 😅

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Surprisly, the scene that made me the most cry with Eun Si-Kyung wasn't the end, but when he's driving to see his Dad after he understood his implication in the King's death. I still listen the instrumental OST from this scene.

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I think I legitimately repress the trauma of this show to get by 😂
From the Princess' accident to Hang-ah's kidnapping to Eun Si-kyung's torture and death - it all still hurts!

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King2Hearts was my favourite drama of all time for a while. It is the reason I have seen every single Lee Seunggi drama to date. I am planning to rewatch it this year but I strongly doubt that it will hold up...

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Almost all dramas made me cry, if not all, since I am such I cried at and for everything. The most memorable scenes that stuck with me are:

1) Lee Seunggi in My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (his crying scene where Shin Min Ah disappeared)

2) Yoo Inna in My Queen In Hyeon (that crying scene in the rain)

3) IU in Ahjusshi. What a helpless and lonely life she was living.

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Rather than Yo In Na my heart broke when he burned that letter. The one person for whom you sacrificed everthing will now foret you forever without even meeting for one last time. One of the most powerful scene for me. And shot that drama to my top 5.

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oh yes. Kim Bung Do will forever be my top Male character and no other character have yet to come close. Such an intelligent gentleman who is willing to sacrifice for his love.

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Yes my ideal hero!! Smart guy way ahead of his time.

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Reply 1988 is my all time favorite! I think it is one of the best shows I have ever seen. It has so many emotional scenes but the one that wrecked me was Bora's wedding. That scene when Dong Il and Bora were reading their letters for each other just hit home for me.

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For me, the drama I cried watching the most is The Gu Family Book. The last episode destroyed me. I'm not even really sure why. It's not a really well written or acted show, and it's actually kind of cheesy overall. But I was so invested by the end and ready for the happy ending that was obviously coming. After all, cute cheesy light historicals always have a happy ending. But then. Then the writers just decided to kill of our female lead and we spend a good portion of the last episode with her slowly dying and saying goodbye to everyone. I was ugly crying so hard, absolutely sobbing, as my promised happy ending got ripped away from me. That is an ending I can never forgive the writers for.

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I knew it was going to happen because I watched it a lot later and I found out halfway through, but I ugly cried through that episode all the same. Where was my happy ending?! 😭😭😭

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The k drama which broke my hear to pieces the most is the The Light In Your Eyes. The tears which started falling at the 10th episode ending did'nt stop for even a bit up to the 12th episode finale. What a twist!!! I won't be spoiling it here. Utterly loved that drama and made broke my heart into million pieces. What a strk contrast between the beautiful dream like conversations and the utter reality of what was happening. Sobbed like a baby.
Other drama which made me sob like that but actually did'nt leave much impact was 49 days. I don't know whether I like that drama or not.

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49 Days's end made me so angry! It was completely unfair!

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No it was not fair.

Reminds me of the ending of High KickThrough the Roof. Who watches a comedy expecting that ending?

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Oh 49 Days!! The details are fuzzy now but I remember sobbing so much for the Scheduler. I didn’t hate the ending entirely but it was so unfair D:

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Yes! The Light In Your Eyes packed a punch.
Though I also got so mad at this drama for how she treated her son.

(Also I keep getting the title mixed up with The Smile Has Left Your Eyes which is somewhat entertaining and somewhat frustrating.)

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1. The king 2 hearts: I shed tears of blood for Earnest Bot, and the love of his life.

2. Goblin (hated Kim go eun's characterization - that’s my only gripe with this drama which I otherwise loved but would never rewatch it as I cringe every time she comes on my screen): will never live down the feeling of realizing the fate yoo inna’s and the grim reaper’s character had to face. It’s just painful to think she and him spent the rest of their lives alone.

3. Prison playbook: pierced my heart with the ending for loony! But that’s realistic k guess.

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Agree with Goblin, but I believe the reasons for Kim Go Eun's characterization at 19/20 was a directing choice to show a big differentiation between her character at that time and at 29. Having said that, I wasn't a big fan of the more exaggerated youthful characteristics. However...the first scene that killed me in Goblin was...Kim Go Eun's wretched sobbing on the rooftop after the Gobin turned to ashes.

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Yoo In-na and the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-wook) were loved by so many people as "The Goblin Couple" that the Drama Lords ended up creating the rom-com TOUCH YOUR HEART for them as a sort of karmic apology.

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Since you asked...

Queen Seondeok: When Princess Cheonmyeon dies and Deokman loses her s***. In the end, when Bidam tries to get to Deokman but is unable to tell her and ends up just mouthing her name (so close but so far away).

18 Again: When Woo Young signs to his dad after the game. When Dae Young/Woo Young is on the basketball court crying/pleading to go back to his older self.

Flower of Evil: When Hyun-soo and Jiwon meet/talk/cry after he finds out that she knows who he is. When Hyun-soo thinks that Jiwon died.

Winter Sonata: The whole drama where Yoo-jin (main girl) longs for Joon-sang (main guy) when gazing at Min-hyung (main guy).

Delightful Girl Chun-hyang: Every time they don't have trust/faith in each other (e.g. elevator scene). When Chun-hyang visits Mong-ryong at the bar where he's passed out and has crumpled their photo. When he collapses at the airport after she leaves.

Hi Bye Mama: Kang Hwa's guilt for Yoo-ri's death then feeling torn when she comes back. When Yoo-ri was able to comfort Kang Hwa (good kind of wrecked). Min Jung period; her loving Kang Hwa. Yoo-ri's parents crying for her after she died.

Mother. The whole thing!

Fated to Love You (Korean): His and her longing for each other. Cabin/rain scene where Lee Gun comforts Mi Young with his words and cares for her when she is sick (holds her hand).

Go Back Couple: Jin Joo and her mom.

It's Okay Not to Be Okay: When Gang-tae reads Zombie Kid (Gang-tae and his mom).

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Thank you for remembering these! 18 Again, Go Back Couple, Hi Bye Mama, many of these scenes you mentioned had me in pieces.
Reading all the comments I realized that I haven't watched that many dramas after all - and probably won't. These days I was thinking about starting Reply 88, but I'll steer clear of it now. I can't handle it. I remember watching the animated Anastasia as a teen and being depressed for weeks - no thank you.

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