2023 has given us an abundance of dark and heavy dramas. But you might now be keen on relaxing and ending the year with some lighthearted shows, and there’s no better K-actress to lead the way than the brilliant Shin Hye-sun, who’s popularly known for the highly-rated K-drama Mr. Queen.
Best Shin Hye-sun dramas
1. Welcome to Samdal-ri
Her co-star in this drama is K-heartthrob Ji Chang-wook. He plays the role of Cho Yong-pil who’s passionate about his work as a weather forecaster in Jeju Island after losing his mother. She was once a haenyo (or female diver) who died due to an incorrect weather report. Meanwhile, Hye-sun plays the role of Cho Sam-dal, his childhood friend and ex-lover who always dreamt of leaving the island and making it big in Seoul.
Sam-dal becomes a popular fashion photographer who’s about to open her first exhibit. But her bright future comes crumbling down after she’s wrongfully accused. This drives her back to her hometown where she inevitably bumps into Yong-pil.
Stream it on Netflix.
2. Mr. Queen
Hye-sun plays the role of an arrogant chef Jang Bong-hwan who wakes up in the body of a 19th-century queen (imagine the chaos that ensues!). He finds out that he’s engaged to King Cheoljong, who’s played by Kim Jung-hyun (known for his breakout role as the conman Alberto in Crash Landing on You). He also discovers that the queen is surrounded by enemies and that there’s a suspicious side to the king — all while trying to get back home.
Watch it if: You’re on the lookout for a fun saeguk (historical K-drama) like the gender-bender drama The Tale of Nokdu.
3. Angel's Last Mission: Love
She takes on the role of a cynical and distrustful ballerina. But you can’t help but be sympathetic towards her after everything she’s going through — sight loss, the death of her parents, and people who are after her and her parents’ money. She gets entangled with Kim Dan (Kim Myung-soo), an angel who’s always getting into trouble and gets the difficult task of being the cupid for our distraught female lead.
Watch it if: You’re a fan of the hate-to-love tropes like My Love from the Star. It’s also the kind of drama that will tickle your funny bone one minute and make you grab a box of tissues the next.
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