Grab Your Tissues: 6 Touching K-Dramas to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

by Abby Gayle G. Repotente   |  Jul 20, 2022
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With everything stressful going on in this world along with whatever personal problems you might have, feeling overwhelmed and somber are extremely valid. Plus, sometimes there are just feelings we could not put into words and are better expressed through tears—it’s super cathartic. Ready to let your tears out? Below, we’ve compiled six touching K-Dramas that will surely make you tear up. Now all you have to do is to make sure you’re comfortable and ready with your box of tissues!

1. Twenty-Five Twenty-One

THE CAST: Kim Tae Ri, Nam Joo Hyuk, Bona, Choi Hyun Wook, Lee Joo Myung

THE PLOT: With South Korea being under a financial crisis, a teen fencer and a then wealthy young man pursue their ambitions as they encounter struggles on adulting, friendship, and love.

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

2. Hi Bye, Mama!

THE CAST: Kim Tae Hee, Lee Kyu Hyung, Ko Bo Gyeol, Seo Woo Jin

THE PLOT: A dead woman who has been a ghost for 5 years undergoes a 49-day long reincarnation project as her husband just got back on his feet, overcoming his then-wife’s death.

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

3. Thirty-Nine

THE CAST: Son Ye Jin, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Ji Hyun

THE PLOT: A group of three friends, all aged 39, experience life’s emotional events related to love, friendship, and heartbreaks.

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

4. Youth of May

THE CAST: Lee Do Hyun, Go Min Si, Lee Sang Yi, Keum Sae Rok

THE PLOT: Set during the 1980’s Gwangju Uprising, a bright medical student and an adamant nurse find themselves falling in love with each other.

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AVAILABLE ON: Viu

5. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

THE CAST: IU, Lee Joon Gi, Kang Ha Neul

THE PLOT: A 25-year-old contemporary woman travels back in time to Korea’s Goryeo Dynasty where she gets associated with royals who are fighting for love and the throne.

AVAILABLE ON: Viu

6. Mr. Sunshine

THE CAST: Kim Tae Ri, Lee Byung Hun, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung, Byun Yo Han

THE PLOT: A young boy who winds up in the U.S. after an expedition returns to Joseon, South Korea as an American soldier who eventually establishes a relationship with a noblewoman.

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

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