10 interesting dramas about mental disorders

Asian dramas about mental disorders may not be good for medical students, but they will tell intriguing stories in the spirit of South Korean popular cinema. There are series for romantic viewers, plots with unpredictable twists for lovers of strong impressions and, of course, for all viewers who care about mental health.

Bad and Crazy (2021)

Ryu Soo Yeol is the head of the anti-corruption department, although he often uses his official position for selfish purposes. The detective is ready to turn a blind eye to crimes, exchanging honesty for solid wads of money. The ideal life ends with the appearance of Ryu’s second personality – Kei, who cannot stand injustice. The out-of-control guy gets the better of Soo Yel’s mind at the most inopportune moments, but the corrupt cop doesn’t give up.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Baedeu aen keureiji

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime

Actors:
Lee Dong-uk, Wi Ha-joon, Han Ji-eun…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
IMDb – 8.7

Age limit:
12+


I’m Psycho But It’s Okay (2020)

Moon Kang Tae works in a psychiatric clinic to provide a comfortable life for his autistic older brother . Go Moo Young is a children’s writer who suffers from antisocial personality disorder. The young man and the girl are completely different from each other, but one day fate brings them together. Mu Yong is offended by the coldness of Kang Tae, who does not believe in love, and the writer decides to win the heart of an impregnable guy by any means.

Original title:
Saikojiman gwaenchanha

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Kim Soo-hyun, So Ye-ji, Park Kyu-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Beauty Within (2018)

Popular actress Han Se Kyo is forced to hide the shocking truth about her amazing ability from others. Every month, the heroine of the drama lives for a week in the body of an outsider, after which everything returns to normal. The secret is threatened after meeting director Seo Do Jae, who can’t recognize people’s faces. The guy masterfully remembers the behavior and mannerisms of others for identification, so no one knows about the disorder. Due to his unusual talent, Do Jae is able to easily recognize Xie Ge in any body.

Original title:  
Byuti insaideu
Genre
: Romance

fantasy

Actors:  
Han Hyo-ju, Kim Dae-myeon, Park Shin-hye …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4


Uncommunicative boss (2017)

Parents prepared Eun Hwan Gi for the position of the head of the company since childhood, but excessive pressure led to a mental breakdown. The young man prefers to spend all his working time in the office, without going beyond it. Ridiculous rumors and legends circulate about the boss, and a new employee, Chae Ro Woon, decides to unravel the secret of the silent and withdrawn director.

Original title:
Naesungjukin boseu

Genre:
Comedy, Romance

Actors:
Yong Woo-jin, Park Hye-soo, Yun Pak…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3


I love my boss even though he’s crazy (2017)

The main character of the Chinese drama is the animator Xiao Nian. One day, the director of a large IT company appears on the doorstep of a modest girl’s apartment, demanding that the child be returned to him. The man claims that Xiao Nian is the mother of a wealthy heir, but the dumbfounded interlocutor sees a stranger for the first time. It soon turns out that the head of the company suffers from a paranoid disorder, and the girl’s life changes dramatically.

Original title:
Zong cai zai shang

Genre:
Romance

Actors:
Yvonne Yun, Nicole Zhu…

Country:
China


Kill Me Heal Me (2015)

The plot of the Korean series revolves around the heir to a wealthy company, Cha Do Hyun. The life of a guy can be envied, but only those close to him know the shocking truth. Do-hyun’s body has six different personalities: a little girl, a twin sister , a shy teenager , a confident mature man, a seductive macho man, and the mysterious Mr. X.

Original title:  
Kilmi, hilmi

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Chi Sung, Hwang Jong-eum, Park Seo-jun …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Hyde, Jekyll & Me (2015)

The captivating drama will introduce viewers to amusement park chain owner Goo Seo Jin. The entrepreneur suffers from regular panic attacks, and at critical moments is not able to control his own body. Another attack leads to a split personality, which does not please Seo Jin at all. The first “I” is ready to sacrifice himself for the well-being of others, but the second is the complete opposite of the good Samaritan.

Original title:
Haideu, Jikil, na

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Hyun Bin, Han Ji-min, Hyeri…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0


Heart to Heart (2015)

Uncontrollable blushing turned young Cha Hong Do into a social outcast. The girl suffers from agoraphobia and tries to leave the house as little as possible, and before short outings she disguises herself as an unattractive old woman. Despite his illness, Hong Do works as a servant and cleans up the houses while the owners are away. Strong feelings for an attractive detective lead the drama’s heroine to seek professional help, but meeting a psychotherapist leads to an unexpected discovery.

Original title:
Hateu tu hateu

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Choi Gan-hee, Cheon Jong-myeon, Om Hyo-sop …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4


It’s Okay, It’s Love (2014)

The popular drama has earned high ratings due to its unusual plot and excellent acting. Jang Jae-yeol is a best-selling detective author who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day, the writer receives an invitation to a talk show with the participation of psychiatrist Ji Hae-soo, and the celebrity meeting turns into a real duel. The heroes of the program make a promise to themselves never to meet again, but fate decides otherwise.

Original title:  
Gwaenchana, sarangiya

Genre:  
Melodrama

Actors:  
Cho In-son, Kong Hyo-jin, Son Don-il …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Good Doctor (2013)

The top Korean TV series completes the touching story about the talented doctor Park Si-On, who suffers from autism. The guardian noticed the boy’s phenomenal memory and helped the young man get a medical education. Shi He works as a pediatric surgeon, performs brilliant operations, but the development of the guy’s personality remains at the level of elementary school. Not all colleagues are ready to accept a strange colleague, because the doctor must be responsible for the patient, and Pak is not always able to help himself.

Original title:
Gut dakteo

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Choo Won, Moon Chae-won, Choo Sang-uk…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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