20 dramas whose characters went from hate to love

Folk wisdom says that from sincere love to burning hatred is just one step. Plots of Asian TV series prove the possibility of a return journey, when a romantic relationship arises from hostility. This collection features captivating dramas about love and hate, where incredible chemistry is born between the characters, and yesterday’s enemies bury the hatchet together.

Glittering Pearl (2021)

Praumuk is given in marriage by calculation in order to improve the financial situation of the family, and Chalanton, hated by her, becomes the girl’s husband. The groom is also not happy with the wayward bride, whom he once had a chance to face. Praumuk did not forget her long-standing resentment and came up with an insidious plan to break Chalanton’s heart, but the hero of the series stubbornly resists the tricks of his young wife.

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

Original title:  
Praomook

Genre:  
Melodrama

Actors:  
Nalinthip Sakulongumpai, Navash Phupantachsi, Ratawan Aomtisong…

Country:  
Thailand

Rating:  
IMDb – 8.5


So I Married an Anti-Fan (2021)

The Korean novelty of cinema is a drama with an interesting plot, where the characters have gone through a difficult path from hatred to love. Journalist Lee Geun-young goes to an interview with idol Hoo Joon to boost the publication’s ratings. A meeting with a popular performer ends in a loud scandal, and the reporter is fired in disgrace. The girl intends to punish the singer and ruin his life, but fate has its own plans for the future of young people.

Original title:  
Geuraeseo naneun antipaengwa gyeolhonhaetta

Genre:  
Comedy, Romance

Actors:  
Choi Tae-jun, Choi Su-young, Hwang Chang-son …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5


There’s clearly something wrong with us (2020)

The Japanese series , released in Russian, combines a storyline about love with an unpredictable detective story. Little Hanaoka Nao liked to visit the candy store where her mother worked. A happy childhood was destroyed by a monstrous tragedy. The store owner was brutally murdered, and the son of the deceased pointed to Hanaoka’s mother. Years later, the daughter of the arrested woman also becomes a confectioner, and at one of the competitions she accidentally meets the accuser.

Original title:
Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Minami Hamabe, Ryusei Yokohama, Mahiro Takasugi…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 7.4


Takane and Hana (2019)

Continues the list of the best TV series drama about hatred growing into love. The self-confident heir to a large corporation goes on a blind date with a 23-year-old stranger. However, Yukari cannot come at the appointed time, so her younger sister Hana goes to the meeting. A young man provokes a high school student with his disrespectful behavior, but she rebuffs the spoiled rich man. When Yukari is finally ready to meet a rich fiancé, the guy’s thoughts are already occupied with a daring Hana.

Original title:
Takane to Hana

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Mahiro Takasugi, Aisa Takeuchi, Junki Tozuka…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 6.4


From hate to love (2018)

By an absurd accident, the famous actress Kluay wakes up in the same hotel room with a regular doctor . The couple is in a hurry to part, but it is not so easy, because the ubiquitous reporters have already filmed them. The news about the mysterious chosen one of the actress quickly spread in the media, and the characters are forced to pretend to be in love. A fictitious relationship does not bring pleasure to a couple until they begin to get to know each other better.

Original Title :
Love at First Hate

Genre:
Comedy, Romance

Actors:
Yuke Songpaisan, Worranith Thavornwong…

Country:
Thailand


Brilliant Rookies (2016)

A selection of dramas on the topic “from hate to love” would not be complete without a foreign series about heroes with completely different characters. Zhong Yutang was considered the best student in school, and subsequently got a job in a large corporation. Ji Wenkai was the worst in the class, so the grown-up A student was very surprised to see yesterday’s loser in the position of the new general director.

Original title:
Hou Cai Niao De Can Lan Shi Dai

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Roy Chang, Jenny Chen-Ni Huang, Lene Lai…

Country:
Taiwan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7


Ice Fantasy (2016)

Fans of a beautiful fantasy with elements of an action movie will appreciate the Chinese series . The Ice Clan is at war with the Fire Nation after the tragic and mysterious death of their leader. Prince Ka So miraculously manages to stay alive, and the heir decides to turn the tide of a brutal confrontation in favor of his comrades-in-arms. According to legend, magical crystals are stored in the human world. Magical artifacts are capable of endowing their owner with incredible strength and power, and Ka So goes in search of them.

Original title:  
Huan cheng

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Romance

Actors:  
William Feng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0


Starry Night Ko Ho (2016)

The action of the multi-episode drama with comedy elements does not develop according to the classical principle of “at first I hated, and then I fell in love”, but captures a few more plot moves. Koh Ho’s life is like a black streak due to constant failures. The management does not appreciate the efforts of the subordinate, and the lover fled without explaining the reason for the separation after several years of relationship. Ko Ho decides to put aside his personal life, but one day he becomes the object of courtship from several men at once.

Original title:  
Gohoui byuli bitnaneun bame

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Kwon Yu-ri, Kim Yong-gwan, Lee Ji-hoon …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6


Hate contrary (2014)

Keane is the president of a large corporation and a happy newlywed. After several years of relationship, the businessman married his beloved Ganok, but tragedy strikes on their wedding night. The bride remembers that she forgot her wedding gift at home and immediately leaves the hotel for a surprise. On the way, Ganok gets into an accident and dies, and Kin blames the death of the chosen one on the culprit of the disaster. Tavan was so busy thinking about the betrayal of her beloved that she did not notice the approaching car. Keene vows to avenge Ganok’s death, but his perfect plan goes awry.

Original Title :
Sanaeha Sunya Kaen

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Pakorn Lum, Jenny Tienposuwan

Country:
Thailand

Age Restrictions :
18+


Emergency Doctors (2014)

A comedy drama with Russian voice acting will tell about hatred that turns into love again. The heir to a wealthy family, Chang-min falls in love with nutritionist Jin-hee, but powerful parents are against marriage to a commoner. Despite a strict ban, their son marries the chosen one. Soon the lovers get divorced due to financial difficulties. Chang-min blames his ex-wife for his failures, and Chin-hee cannot forgive his ex-husband’s financial dependence on his parents. Months later, fate brings the couple together in the emergency room, where the characters of the series are forced to work together.

Original title:
Eunggeubnamnyeo

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:
Song Ji-hyo, Choi Jin-hyuk, Lee Pil-mo …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4


All About My Romance (2013)

No Min Yong decided to devote her life to politics after the death of her sister, and Kim Soo Yong became the people’s choice, having become disillusioned with the bureaucratic system of judging . The girl is a member of the progressive liberal party, so she is considered an opponent of the conservative guy. Both participants in the national assembly find themselves in the center of a complicated story, and sincere feelings arise between young people, which they have to hide from the public.

Original title:
Nae yeonaeui modeungeot

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Shin Ha-gyun, Lee Min-jeon, Park Hee-sun…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.7


Mystery (2013)

The top of the coolest Asian TV series continues the drama, where hatred turns into passionate love. The good-natured Yoo-jeong is about to marry the young prosecutor Do-hoon, but a tragedy ruins the couple’s plans. The lovers get into a fatal accident, and the lawyer’s girlfriend agrees to take the blame, although the groom was driving. The fiancée of Min-hyuk, who decided to take revenge on Yoo-jung years later, died in a car accident.

Original title:
Bimil

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Hwang Jong-eum, Chi Sung, Lee Da-hee …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1


Empress Ki (2013 – 2014)

Ki Sung Yang has to survive in the cruel world of men without the support of loved ones, so a smart orphan pretends to be a guy. Political intrigues and a bloody war lead to the enslavement of Korea, which is included in the Yuan. In a difficult time, fate sends Ki a meeting with the future emperor, but the relationship of young people begins with mutual hostility.

Original title:  
Ki Hwanghu

Genre:  
Biography, drama

Actors:  
Ha Ji-won, Choo Jin-mo, Chi Chan-uk …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:  
16+


Kingdom of Two Hearts (2012)

The action of the series produced by South Korea takes place in an alternate reality, where the country is ruled by a dynasty of monarchs. Prince Lee Jae Ha is forced to marry a representative of the hostile side Kim Han Ah in order to maintain a fragile peace. The newlyweds become pawns in the cunning game of politicians, but the feeling that they both have become hostages of other people’s ambitions creates the foundation for their genuine solidarity and sincere love.

Original title:  
Deokingtuheocheu

Genre:  
Action, drama

Actors:  
Ha Ji-won, Lee Seung-gi, Cho Jong-seok …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7


Masked Avenger (2012)

The historical series received rave reviews from the audience thanks to the magnificent performance of beautiful actors. The action takes place in the 30s of the last century, when the Japanese occupied Korea. In a troubled period, a brave fighter appeared, ready to defend the defeated homeland. The unknown hero hides his identity behind a mask, and an experienced policeman is assigned to catch the elusive avenger.

Original Title
Gaksital

Genre:  
Action, History, Drama

Actors:  
Choo Won, Chin Se-young, Park Ki-un…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.4


Best Love (2011)

At the height of her fame, popular singer Goo Ae Jung finds herself at the center of a high-profile scandal caused by false accusations. No one began to understand the dubious story, so the artist had to end her career . Years later, fate brings Ae Jung to a talented actor named Dok Go Jin. The guy has everything that the singer forgotten by everyone dreamed of, and that an absurd rumor destroyed.

Original title:
Choigowei sarang

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Cha Seung-won, Kong Hyo-jin, Yun Kyo-san …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8


Secret Garden (2010 – 2011)

The heroine of the Korean drama Kil Ra-im was left an orphan at an early age, and from a young age she got used to relying only on herself. The girl mastered the profession of a stuntman in the hope of one day becoming a famous actress. It is not surprising that Kil Ra-im is irritated when he meets a rich and spoiled heir. The guy from birth does not need anything, and the major is surprised by the rude refusal of an attractive stuntwoman. By a combination of incredible circumstances, the couple switches bodies , and each is forced to adapt to an unusual situation.

Original title:  
Sikeurit gadeun

Genre:  
Romance, comedy, fantasy

Actors:  
Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won, Phillip Lee …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
16+


Charming Attorney (2010)

Ma Hye-ri’s wealthy parents paid for her studies at a prestigious law school, but the girl is more interested in fashion than the position of prosecutor. Colleagues constantly mock the university graduate, making her an object for gossip. The management gives Ma Hye-ri a separate office so that the fashionista does not get in the way, and the girl is satisfied with this state of affairs. Everything changes after an ultimatum from parents who threaten to expel their daughter if she does not start working hard.

Original title:
Geomsa peurinseseu

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Kim So-young, Park Shi-hu, Han Jong-su …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1


Bad couple (2010)

The comedy drama presents an interesting love story that the writers would hardly be able to fit into a feature film. To help out a friend, detective Pan Keuk-hyun took out a loan for himself – and now a collector calls him daily. Kim Moo Ryong does an excellent job of making debtors pay their bills in no time. However, the detective turns out to be a tough nut to crack, trying to prove himself right.

Original title:
Bulryang namnyeo

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Im Chang-jong, Om Ji-won, Jung Eun-woo…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.1


Boys Over Flowers (2009)

Chang-di’s parents own a dry-cleaner, and her daughter often takes orders to an elite educational institution. During the next visit, the girl dissuades the teenager from suicide, and as a sign of gratitude, the school administration enrolls the savior in the ranks of the students. On the first day, Chang-di faces off against the four spoiled lads known as F4, but is ready to fight back against the overconfident minions of fate.

Original title:  
Kkotboda namja

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Ku Hye-son, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-jun…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 7.9


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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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