-Snow White 2004-This is actually one of my top suggestions for those of you who have watched all of the regular favorites and are starting to search deeper into the drama vault. Even though it is not a 10 rated drama, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily watch it again. So sit back and enjoy some big hair and pretty boys in this sweet and funny romance about a younger brother falling for his older brothers best friend.
Ma Young Hee has been in love with her best friend Han Jin Woo since the first time they met in high school. Han Jin Woo, on the other hand, does not see Young Hee's love for him and blindly goes out with other girls in front of her. On a trip to Japan, Young Hee meets a young man on the street who takes her back to his apartment since she is drunk. Young Hee accuses this man of raping her even though he didn't, but before she can rightfully press charges, he runs away as the government officials of Japan chase him down for an expired visa. Upon returning to Korea, Jin Woo stops by her apartment and introduces his younger brother, Han Sun Woo who just happens to be the young man she met in Japan. Jin Woo asks if Sun Woo may stay at her place, and Young Hee accepts out of love for Jin Woo. The story unfolds as a sudden high school classmate of Young Hee, Jang Hee Won, begins to court Jin Woo.
-Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy 2005-
A tough teacher with an attitude and her cute student have an exciting time at school.
Na Bo Ri was a legend in high school for being a troublemaker and getting into fights. Then one day she gets expelled from school for being involved in a fight. After overcoming numerous hardships, she gets a job as a substitute teacher at her old high school. She is excited with the fact that she will be able to meet her old teacher, Ji Hyeon Woo, whom she has had a crush on for years. But a womanizing troublemaker in her class, Park Tae In, keeps getting her into trouble. Tae In is a smart and an athletic student. From Tae In’s point of view, he dislikes Bo Ri because she isn’t smart, but at the same time, has a headstrong personality. As his relationship with his teacher turns for the worst, he gradually becomes attracted to her through a series of complicated events...
-What's Up Fox 2006-
Single 33 year-old Go Byeong Hee works as a reporter for a sex magazine. She wants more romance and a more respectable life but isn't sure how to get it. 24-year-old Park Chul Su, mechanic and world traveler, is the younger brother of Byeong Hee's best friend. He's free spirited and not concerned with what the world thinks. One night the two old family friends get drunk and wake up in bed together. Go Byeong Hee wants to forget it ever happened, especially since a good marriage prospect has just made an appearance. Unfortunately for her, Chul Su has other ideas.
-My Queen 2009-
Shan Wu Shuang (Cheryl Yang) is a 33 year old magazine reporter who devotes herself to her career after her fiancee Yun Hao (Wen Sheng Hao- Office Girls) leaves her. Lucas (Ethan Ruan) is a 25 year old romantic who barely scrapes by doing odd jobs. When he ends up helping her on an assignment, the two begin to fall for each other, despite their age difference. But when Yun Hao returns to Taiwan hoping to rekindle his romance with Wu Shuang, she doesn't know who she should trust: the former love who knows her inside out, or the young romantic offering her a fresh start.
That completes my list of classic noona dramas. What do you think? Do these stack up against the current older women, younger man dramas? Are you done with the trend or do you still want to see more socially forbidden love? Be sure to let me know your thoughts and also tune in for my top 5 kdrama countdown this week. A certain noona/jail-bait drama takes up several spots in my favorites list.
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