LeeJIN’s Top Picks: Historical/Saguek

Okay, so I decided to do up a post on my all-time favorites, but I’ll separate them into different posts, according to genre, and those which can’t fit in into any specific genre, I’ll probably try to squeeze them in somewhere which suits them.

There’s just so many dramas, over the years – and I probably won’t be able to remember all and watch all of them, so if any of you have some good stuff to share, please do so – so that I could probably check them out when I have time, or other readers can check them out too 🙂

The first genre, I’ll be posting is Historical or Saguek dramas. This is one of my favorite genre, so I decided to do this first. (not including dramas set during occupation time)

My Personal Favorites

These are my most loved Historical dramas, and I probably watched each of them more than thrice.

Queen Seon Duk – I loved this. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but it was addicting and so fun to watch. I loved the war scenes, and Bidam was such an intriguing character, and Mi Shil is probably the best villain I can ever point out in a saguek. She was awesome. Too bad the loveline was kind of disappointing.

 Iljimae – I can still hear the OST in my head by Park Hyo Shin. Sad. The ending is kind of…brrrrrrr, I remember I got irritated by it, but still nonetheless, I enjoyed this a lot. SAD. Oh – the loveline is pretty meh too, but I love the drama, still. Hahahaha.

Tamra The Island – I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS. This is just SO CUTE and addictive. The first 10 minutes of the first episode was pretty much nonsense, but the whole drama itself was just so fun. This is unlike most sagueks, because it’s much lighter in terms of tone and it’s just CUTE.

Painter of The Wind – My most favorite performance by Moon Geun Young, and this drama is absolutely breath-taking. Pretty paintings, and Moon Geun Young is just so amazing in this. My definition of perfect. I don’t think everyone would like it though – they focus a lot on arts.

The Princess Man – SO PRETTY TO WATCH. They have good romance too – and heartbreaking. I think this drama has a pretty good balance of everything, romance, politics, and relationships. If you’re a sucker for romance and love sagueks, this could be something you want to check out.

Hong Gil Dong – I wouldn’t say I’m in love with this drama, because it had quite a lot of flaws to me, but I still can’t forget the last scene of Chang Hee letting Lee Nok go to Gil Dong. That was such a depressing scene. He loved Lee Nok, and the three of them were friends – but it’s sad that either Gil Dong or Chang Hee has to die, in order to have peace. So looking at Chang Hee letting Lee Nok go, knowing that he would be the one ordering people to kill them, is just so sad. I love some of the fighting scenes, but dislike most of the comedy in it.

Hwang Jin Yi – I watched this like 5 times? Or more. I didn’t count. Pretty hanboks, and sad loveline. It’s about gisaengs, and dancing (arts), so probably not all will like it. Urgh. I cried so much.

Those are just my top picks.

Of course, there are other notable good ones like Dae Jang Geum, Return of Iljimae, Tree with Deep Roots and some others which I probably didn’t watch.

The recent historical dramas/sagueks which aired, don’t really win me over. It’s sad. I’m just waiting and so excited for Joseon’s Gunman. OH YEAH.

I expected quite a few to be good – but I lost interest in most of them, like Warrior Baek Dong Soo, Empress Ki, Jang Ok Jung In love, etc.

Okay – so that’s it for my top picks for Sagueks 🙂 What’s yours?

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2 thoughts on “LeeJIN’s Top Picks: Historical/Saguek

  1. I adore Arang and the Magistrate, but that’s the only one I really love that you don’t mention. I was happy to see you give Tamra some love since I think it is under appreciated.

    1. OMG. *SLAPS MYSELF* HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THAT. AHAHAHAHAHA. Yes, I loved that too!!! And I even bought the DVD. AHAHAHAHA. Now, let me edit this post. Hahaha. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

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