15 highly rated ghost dramas

Is there life after death, and where does the soul go when leaving the mortal body – eternal questions to which there is no exact answer. Which does not prevent filmmakers from fantasizing about this topic and even showing guests from another world on the screen. Like to shoot such stories and Korean directors. Our selection of the most interesting ghost dramas – from new releases to time-tested series.

Cool Real Estate (2021)

Hong Ji Ah deals with the resale of houses, from which he first exorcises evil spirits. The girl buys housing at a low price, because the owners of dubious real estate are in a hurry to get rid of square meters with a bad reputation. Together with Ji Ah, there is a swindler Oh In Bum, who is able to extract the necessary amounts from potential customers. But the beautiful exorcist actually needed a lively assistant for another purpose …

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

Original title:  
Daebakbudongsan

Genre:  
Detective, fantasy

Actors:  
Jang Na-ra, Jung Yong-hwa, Kang Hong-suk …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8


Extraordinary Demon Hunter (2020 – 2021)

The list of the best Korean series about ghosts in Russian continues with the story of a secret organization called “Counter”. During the day, the guys work in the noodle shop, and none of the visitors have any idea what unites the friendly company. Each of the cafe workers has unique abilities and knows how to fight evil demons that attack defenseless people.

Original title:  
Gyeongiroun somun

Genre:  
Detective, fantasy, comedy

Actors:  
Cho Byung-gyu, Yu Jun-san, Kim Sae-jong…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:  
16+


Spirit of the Game (2020)

Schoolboy Shi Guang finds a board for the popular intellectual game Go in the attic among the old rubbish. Together with the game, the young man gets a ghost whose soul was sealed many centuries ago. Chu Ying was known as a champion in the Liang era, and now he dreams of freedom and peace. The young hero of the drama agrees to help the ghost, but for this, the partners need to find a “divine move”.

Original title:
Qi hun

Genre:
Sports, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Hu Xianxu, Zhang Chao, Hao Fushen…

Country:
China

Rating:
IMDb – 8.7


Bar on wheels (2020)

The Korean drama about spirits, available for viewing with Russian voice acting, will delight fans of romance and stories about the supernatural. Every night, a mysterious diner appears out of nowhere, where both the living and the dead come. The owner of the bar, Wol-ju, must atone for her guilt before heaven, so for several centuries she has been helping people get rid of old grievances. When a woman is close to completing a mission, the number of visitors plummets. Wol-ju needs to have time to find more wards before the end of the term, otherwise her soul will go to hell.

Original Title
Ssanggappocha

Genre:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama

Actors:  
Hwang Jung-eum, Yuk Sung-jae, Choi Won-young…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0


Hello mom and goodbye! (2020)

Cha Yoo Ri died a few years ago, but turned into a ghost and was able to watch her growing little daughter and husband. For the next incarnation, a woman needs to finally say goodbye to her past life, but because of her love for loved ones, it is not easy for her to do this. Yu Ri gets a chance to return to his family, but the husband managed to remarry, and heaven measured out only 49 days for this decisive visit before reincarnation.

Original title:
Haibai, mama

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyun, Ko Bo-gyul…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
18+


Hotel Del Luna (2019)

This haunted hotel drama will tell the story of Jang Man Wol. A strict woman owns an unusual establishment where the spirits of the dead come for support. Man Wol is cursed, but she has the hope of leaving a responsible position, finding herself a young successor. 20 years ago, Chan returned life to a man, and he promised the savior to give his son. However, the young man is not happy about the frightening prospect of heading a hotel for ghosts.

Original title:  
Hotel Delluna

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:  
Lee Ji-eun, Yeo Jin-gu, Cho Hyun-chul …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3


Obsession (2019)

The protagonist of the Korean series with elements of mysticism – a rude detective Kang Pil-son – hunts an elusive maniac . A series of horrific murders forces a police officer to seek help from the medium Hong So-jung. The detective understands that the girl’s unusual abilities can be useful in the investigation , and invites the guide to the other world to join the team.

Original Title :
Bingui

Genre:
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Ko Jun-hee, Song Se-byok, Yong Jong-hoon…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
16+


Phantom Detective (2018)

The top drama continues with a mystical thriller about a talented private detective Lee Da-il and his assistant Jung Yeo-ul, who is able to make contact with ghosts. A detective is assigned a complicated case of the disappearance of children – and the policeman enters the fight against a mysterious enemy. The usual investigation leads Lee to the afterlife, where death is not the end of life’s journey. The only clue in the chain of terrible crimes is a mysterious woman in red.

Original title:
Oneului tamjeong

Genre:
Detective, thriller, horror

Actors:
Choi Daniel, Lee Ji-ah, Park Eun-bin…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0


Guest (2018)

The plot of the drama begins with a series of strange deaths, but the culprit in the tragedy can not be found. Local residents connected the death of people with the tricks of the evil demon Pak Il-do, who emerged from the depths of the sea. But years later, the murders recurred. A detective’s daughter, a priest’s brother and a medium team up for a new investigation. The guys lost their relatives in long-standing terrible events, so they intend to figure out a strange crime.

Original title:
Son: The Guest

Genre:
Horror, detective, thriller

Actors:
Kim Dong-uk, Kim Jae-uk, Jung Eun-chae3…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Hwayugi (2017 – 2018)

The heroine of the drama Jin Sung-mi has the gift of seeing ghosts, but the little girl is not at all happy about this. An encounter with the wizard Ma Wang gives the child hope, as the man promises to give him an umbrella to protect him from annoying ghosts in exchange for a small favor. Sun-mi is supposed to bring back a magical fan from her mountain home, but a simple mission ends with the accidental release of a treacherous god .

Original title:  
Hwayugi

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, romance, adventure

Actors:  
Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Oh Yeon-so …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:  
16+


Let’s Fight Ghost (2016)

The comedy drama will introduce viewers to Park Bong Pal, a student who works as an exorcist. The guy knows how to fight ghosts, but chooses weak opponents so as not to risk his life. The next fight ends in failure for Bon Pal, as the ghost of the schoolgirl turned out to be much stronger. High school student Kim Hyun Ji does not remember the circumstances of her own death, so she asks a medium for help, not wanting to spend eternity between the two worlds.

Original title:
Ssauja gwisina

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Taegyong, Kim So-hyun, Kwon Yul …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


My ghost (2015)

A modest young girl Na Bong-son works as a chef in a restaurant in the capital and is secretly in love with her handsome colleague Kang Seong-woo. Natural shyness prevents you from taking the first step towards your happiness, but everything changes after contact with a ghost. The spirit of the brave Shin Sun-e instills in the timid Bong-son, and the mystical transformation does not go unnoticed by those around her.

Original title:
Oh naui gwishinnim

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Park Po-young, Cho Jong-seok, Lim Joo-hwan …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Lord of the Sun (2013)

Tae Gong-shil tries to lead an ordinary life, hiding magical abilities from others. The medium can communicate with the spirits of recently deceased people, and they constantly turn to her for help. Thanks to Gong-shil, ghosts complete earthly affairs and go to eternity, and Tae can only dream of peace. Salvation comes in the face of a cynical manager, whose presence neutralizes the girl’s gift.

Original title:
Jugunui taeyang

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
So Ji-sop, Kong Hyo-jin, So In-guk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Who are you? (2013)

During the detention of a dangerous criminal, Yang Shi-on was seriously injured and fell into a coma for a long six years, and her fiancé died. When the girl wakes up, she discovers the ability to communicate with ghosts. One day, the spirit of the deceased chosen one appears to Shi-on and begins to help his beloved in investigations. No one realizes Yang’s gift until newcomer Cha Gong-woo shows up in the department.

Original title:
Huayu

Genre:
Thriller, detective, melodrama

Actors:
So I-hyun, Taegyeon, Kim Jae-uk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9


Frightening Romance (2011)

E-ri has been seeing ghosts since childhood, but considers her superpower to be a curse that interferes with a quiet life. Magician Cho-gu notices a sad girl at his performance and decides to make her his assistant. Joint work gives rise to sincere feelings in the soul of a guy, but the inhabitants of the other world are not happy with this development of events. Cho-gu has a lot to learn about his partner, having received an answer to the question about Ye-ri’s unsociableness.

Original title:  
Ossakhan yeonae

Genre:  
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-gi, Shin Sung-hun …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


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