In most cases, one of the main factors that attracts K-Drama fans to a series is its amazing cast. They left a noteworthy impression with their acting prowess that viewers can’t help but watch their various performances. But no matter how good their acting is, even they can’t save a drama full of plot holes and unnecessary twists that just make your head spin.
But that is not the case for the Hong Sisters, Hong JungEun and Hong MiRan, who have gained worldwide fame for writing several award-winning series. They earned a reputation for writing hit after hit, becoming a respected name in the Korean entertainment industry. They specialize in romantic comedies full of divisive puns and weirdness that will leave you begging for more.
Now, let’s take a look at 7 K-Dramas written by the legendary Hong Sisters.
1. “You are Beautiful”
“You’re Beautiful” is a certified classic. SBS series features Park Shinhye, Jang Keun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa CNBLUEand Lee HongGi from FT Island. This drama is about Ko Mi Nyeo (played by Park Shin Hye) who pretends to be her twin sister while she is recovering from a serious injury. This includes standing as a member of the popular boy band ANJell. After being with the band, a parade of funny and astonishing events happened with Ko MiNyeo in the middle.
“You’re Beautiful” is over a decade old, but it still retains the novelty that has allowed it to stand the test of time. The smile-inducing humor remains the same, along with K-Drama signature elements of love triangles and more! Above all, this drama has an unforgettable OST that will make you hum as you learn the melody.
2. “My boyfriend is a Gumiho”
“My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” isn’t the first K-Drama about a nine-tailed fox. However, it was the first to introduce the modern gumiho roaming the busy city streets. Iconic drama star Lee Seung Gi, Shin MinAand No, Minwoo. It follows an aspiring action star, Cha TaeWoong (Lee SeungGi), and his fateful encounter with the legendary nine-tailed fox (Shin MinA), who becomes known as MiHo.
At first, Cha TaeWoong was careful and wary of MiHo. This was out of fear that he might eat his liver! However, his worries quickly died down and the two shared many experiences, drawing laughter from viewers. “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” presents a touching love story that makes it an easy party from start to finish.
3. “Sun Master”
Who can forget the multi-award winning SBS drama, “The Master’s Sun”. The critically acclaimed series features the legendary So JiSub and Kong HyoJin. This drama is about an arrogant CEO, Joo JoongWon (So JiSub), and Tae KongSil (Kong HyoJin) who are in trouble. Due to an accident, KongSil has the ability to see ghosts. However, the ghost disappears when the two touch.
“The Master’s Sun” keeps it light and fun with the usual Hong Sisters humor and quirks. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t depth, as the characters change significantly throughout the series. The character development and romance make it worth watching, even years after its release.
4. “Korean Odyssey”
“A Korean Odyssey” is a journey and a half, leveraging multiple genres and a proven cast to produce a series worth watching. This tvN drama features Lee SeungGi, Cha Seung Won, Oh YeonSeoLee Hong Gi, and Jang Gwang. This is a story about the supernatural being Son OhGong (Lee SeungGi) and his fateful relationship with Jin SeonMi (Oh YeonSeo).
“A Korean Odyssey” offers a lot of comedy, making it an easy drama to get into. But don’t let that fool you, as it covers gripping topics like life and death, as well as romantic entanglements that transcend human logic. This drama will bring great entertainment on all fronts that you will want to watch again and again.
5. “Warm and Cozy”
Nearly 8 years later, “Warm and Cozy” continues to be an excellent choice for any K-Drama fan. Heart touching series features Kang Sora and Yoo Yeon Seok as the main clue. It tells a refreshing story about workaholic Lee JungJoo (played by Kang SoRa), who moves to Jeju Island to make a new start. There, she meets Baek GunWoo (played by Yoo YeonSeok), a free-spirited and unambitious chef and owner of the ‘Warm and Cozy’ restaurant.
This drama lives up to its name and takes us to the cozy countryside of Jeju. Despite its slow tempo, “Warm and Cozy” touches and helps relieve the stress of everyday life. There is something magical about the beautiful scenery of Jeju, coupled with the amazing stories of the Hong Sisters.
You know how schools make reading mandatory? “Hotel Del Luna” is probably a must-watch for all K-Drama fans. “Hotel Del Luna” is a timeless drama that ages like fine wine. This world famous show employs the main cast, IU as Jang ManWol and Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chan Sung. This tvN drama explores their fateful relationship, full of ups and downs.
The pacing of the show is excellent, providing a fair amount of hilarious hijinks while advancing the plot. The characters may start out prickly and unwavering, but in the end they bloom with beautiful bright colors, bringing some much-needed color to their somber and colorless lives. Writing over the award-winning performances of the cast makes “Hotel Del Luna” unforgettable and precious every minute.
With both seasons receiving international acclaim, “Alchemy of Souls” and “Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow” are among the Hong Sisters’ finest work! The first season saw Lee Jae Wook and Jung SoMin take on the role of the main character, temporarily Go YoungJung took on the role of the female lead in the second season. The fantasy romance premise is set in the fictional land of Daeho, where magic thrives and the life-changing stories of our characters begin.
The tvN series has it all: hard-hitting action, touching romance, and heart-pounding bromance. Just minutes into the first episode, viewers can already tell that the Hong Sisters have written another hit song. With a good script comes amazing actors who bring the whole series to life. “Alchemy of Souls” is sure to be dubbed a K-Drama classic in the distant future.
What dramas have you watched written by the Hong Sisters? What do you think about them? Let us know in the comments!