20 most interesting dramas with an exciting plot

Usually, the countries of the East are associated with exotic dishes, spiritual practices and the latest technology. However, in recent years, interesting series have become another feature of Asia. The work of Korean, Chinese and Japanese filmmakers has pretty much squeezed out American shows in the battle for the audience’s hearts. In our selection of interesting dramas, detective investigations, love passions and even magical confrontations are waiting for you.

Mouse (2021)

An intriguing new movie in the genre of detective thriller . Although modern DNA technology makes it possible to identify psychopaths even in the womb, the homicidal maniac that terrifies the whole country remains elusive. A young man who firmly believes in the ideals of fairness and justice, comes to work in the police and is going to put an end to the crimes of the villain.

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

Original title:  
Mauseu

Genre:  
Thriller, detective, crime

Actors:  
Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-jun, Park Choo-hyun…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.7


Itaewon class (2020)

The list of the best Korean dramas you can’t put down continues with a new drama series based on the popular webtoon. Due to a serious conflict with influential people, the main character goes to jail and loses his father. Having been released from prison , the former prisoner is trying to open a restaurant , and at the same time get even with ill-wishers.

Original title:  
Itaewon keullasseu

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Park Seo-jun, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Na-ra …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:  
16+


Kill (2019)

A police officer is having a hard time with the death of her boyfriend, a well-known journalist . The heroine intends to conduct an independent investigation and find out who is behind the murder. All threads lead to a skillful elusive killer . The services of a mysterious assassin are resorted to by criminal organizations when they want to eliminate someone, but at the same time not incur suspicion.

Original Title
Kilit

Genre:
Thriller, Crime

Actors:  
Chang Ki-young, Nana, No Jong-i…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7


Reach Sincerity (2019)

An interesting South Korean drama with an exciting plot will surprise you with both a romantic line and legal intrigues. The career of the star of the TV series began to decline due to the high-profile scandal with the inheritance. After a lull, the actress is offered to play a lawyer’s assistant. To prepare for the role, the girl gets a job as a secretary to a real lawyer and unexpectedly falls in love with her employer.

Original title:  
Jinsimi dahda

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:  
Lee Dong-ook, Yoo In-na, Lee Sang-woo…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7


Psychometric (2019)

A handsome self-confident guy goes to college. The handsome man carefully hides his superpower from others – the ability to read memories when touching a person. Soon a girl is transferred to the same institute, forced to mask her low self-esteem and severe psychological trauma with her ideal appearance. Two strange people have to help each other.

Original title:  
Saikometeuri geunyeoseok

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Chinyoung, Shin E-eun, Kim Gwon…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7


Tramp (2019)

An interesting drama with beautiful actors and a plot with unpredictable twists will appeal to fans of detective thrillers. A talented stuntman has always dreamed of starring in the first roles, but he is forced to only perform stunts. An intelligence officer wanted to do paperwork, but she has to become an operative. The original couple will have to investigate the plane crash that claimed the life of the taekwondo team.

Original title:  
Baegabonde

Genre:
Detective, crime, action

Actors:  
Lee Seung-gi, Bae Su-ji, Shin Sung-nok …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.2


Suffocating Sweetness, Frosty Ashes (2018)

An interesting Chinese fantasy series unfolds a truly gripping love story over 63 episodes. The dying Goddess of Flowers gave her daughter a pill that could kill love feelings so that she would not repeat her fate. When the two sons of the Heavenly Emperor show interest in the young beauty and fight for her heart, will the rivals be able to get anything more than friendly favor from Jin Mi?

Original title:  
Xiang mi chen chen jin ru shuang

Genre:  
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Dan Lun, Leo Lo, Yang Zi…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.4


Come and hug me (2018)

An interesting drama from South Korea with Russian voice acting is worth watching for anyone who appreciates non-trivial love stories. The man brutally dealt with the family of his son’s beloved. Even after many years, an orphaned girl who became an actress cannot recover from the consequences of the horror she experienced. A young man who made a career in the police still feels guilty about his father. But one day the former lovers will meet again.

Original title:  
Irawa anajwo

Genre:
Melodrama, detective

Actors:  
Jang Gi-young, Chin Gi-ju, Ho Jun-ho …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Secrets of the Three Kingdoms (2018)

In ancient China, a confrontation between three powerful states is unfolding. After the death of the emperor of one of the powers, the brother of the late ruler comes to power. The new sovereign previously lived in an ordinary family, and now, taking his best friend with him, he goes to the capital to rule the country. Over time, the views of the monarch on the future of the state began to diverge from the point of view of the old comrade.

Original title:  
San guo ji mi zhi qian long zai yuan

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama, history

Actors:  
Elvis Han, Ma Tianyu, Regina Wan…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
IMDb – 8.5


Hwayugi (2017 – 2018)

A drama with a twisted plot that deservedly received a high rating and rave reviews from the audience, based on an old thrilling novel. The main character has a rare gift to see ghosts and other supernatural beings. A resident of the underworld wants to use Sun-mi’s extraordinary abilities to take possession of a valuable magical artifact.

Original title:  
Hwayugi

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, romance

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

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
16+


Three Lives, Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (2017)

A piercing Chinese series is recommended for viewing by connoisseurs of romantic stories with mythological motifs. The charming fox goddess and heir to the kingdom of heaven was born under an unlucky star. For several rebirths, the heroes try to find happiness, but bring each other only pain and disappointment. The continuation of the cycle of suffering, if you do not get out of it, can lead to eternal torment.

Original title:  
San sheng san shi shi li tao hua

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Yang Mi, Mark Chao, Ken Chan …

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.3


Ice Fantasy (2016)

The drama, which is watched in one breath, is based on the novel by Chinese writer Guo Jingming. Between the clans of Ice and Fire, a grandiose confrontation unfolded. The victory of one of the parties does not bring joy and prosperity, but only intensifies internal strife. A young prince, dreaming of a quiet life with his beloved, is forced to get involved in a power struggle.

Original title:  
Huan cheng

Genre:  
Fantasy, action, melodrama

Actors:  
William Feng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song …

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0


Scarlet Heart (2016)

A fantasy costumed series about getting into the past is impossible to put down thanks to an unpredictable plot and excellent acting. A modern girl is transported to medieval Korea and finds herself in the body of a young aristocrat. A bloody struggle for power boils around. Even in a cruel and unfamiliar world, friendship and love can be found, especially knowing the further course of history.

Original title:  
Dalui yeonin – bobogyungsim Ryeo

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Lee Jun-gi, Lee Ji-eun, Kang Ha-neul …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 8.7


Starry Night Ko Ho (2016)

The plot of an exciting melodrama with excellent voice acting in Russian is built around an ordinary employee of an advertising agency. The boss gets the poor thing with constant nit-picking, and the former lover left without explanation. At the new place of work, the heroine unexpectedly meets her former love, and several more handsome and free guys begin to seek her attention.

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


You are surrounded (2014)

The top interesting dramas continue with a detective story with an exciting plot. From the criminal history, full of sharp turns, it is impossible to break away. An orphan who witnessed the murder of his mother many years ago comes to work in the police. The young man is going to solve a long-standing murder, and at the same time bring to light an influential detective with connections to crime.

Original title:  
Neohuideuleun powidwaetta

Genre:
Comedy, Action, Romance

Actors:  
Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Ko A-ra …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits
18+


Pinocchio (2014 – 2015)

A young girl suffers from a rare disease – any attempt to lie causes a severe attack of hiccups. The young lady decided to connect her life with a profession where only the truth must be told – journalism. Having got a job in the editorial office, the heroine understands how much in the field of mass media is involved in outright lies, and even falls in love with a colleague – a truly skillful and eloquent liar.

Original title:  
Pinokio

Genre:
Detective, Romance

Actors:  
Lee Jong-seok, Park Shin-hye, Pyon Hee-bong…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
16+


Empress Ki (2013 – 2014)

An exciting historical melodrama filled with love and political intrigue will take viewers to the Middle Ages . The Korean aristocrat will find herself in several love triangles at once . The woman either has to fight with a rival for the love of the emperor, or she herself becomes the object of claims for two candidates for the throne from the opposing parties.

Original title:  
Ki Hwanghu

Genre:  
History, biography, drama

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

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Faith (2012)

The head of the royal guard receives an important state task – to find a skilled healer who can save the princess . The search leads the brave guard through a magical portal to the future. The faithful hero, even in an unfamiliar and alien world, continues to carry out the mission. The warrior even finds a suitable doctor , but a charming woman who works as a plastic surgeon is not eager to go back in time.

Original title:  
Sineui

Genre:  
Fantasy, romance, history

Actors:  
Kim Hee-sun, Lee Min-ho, Park Sae-young …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:  
16+


Kingdom of Two Hearts (2012)

An interesting plot unfolds in the world of alternative history, where the confrontation between North and South Korea unfolds. The ruling circles have a daring plan to reconcile the warring regimes. The tools for the realization of a large-scale idea are a prince from the South Korean royal family and a girl from the north serving as a military instructor.

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


White Christmas (2011)

All the students in a private school far away in the mountains have left for the Christmas holidays . Only seven children remained in the school under the supervision of a teacher . Each of the students who did not leave the school received a mysterious message with threats. Schoolchildren will have to find out who is behind the strange trick, and try to hide their dark secrets from others.

Original title:  
Hwaiteu keuriseumaseu

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Kim Sang-kyung, Baek Sung-hyun, Isom…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2


Rating
( No ratings yet )
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.

Leave a Reply

My Release Date - schedule of all popular series
Support Ukraine