Like two drops of water: 10 dramas about doppelgangers

Meeting your double has always been considered a bad sign, but not in modern cinema, where a mystical event can bring not death, but good luck. Stories with identical protagonists make it possible to create films of any genre – from comedies with funny confusion to thrillers with unpredictable endings. From the many South Korean dramas about twins or doppelgangers, we have selected the best series that will not let you get bored.

One Woman (2021)

Cho Yong-ju, the daughter of a gangster , trained as a prosecutor to help her father. The servant of Themis does not disdain violations of the law and bribes, but an accident radically changes her life. Yong-joo spots his doppelgänger and gets hit by a car while chasing him. The prosecutor wakes up in a hospital room , surrounded by a strange family, who mistook the victim for her relative. From that moment on, the girl is the daughter-in-law of a wealthy dynasty, so she is in no hurry to tell the truth.

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Original title:
Won deo umeon

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Lee Hani, Lee Sang-yun, Lee Won-geun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4


Train (2020)

Detective Seo Do Won works in the Serious Crimes Unit and the next task is to catch a serial killer . The criminal leaves no evidence, and one day his victim is the detective’s girlfriend. Do Won goes on the trail of a maniac, and finds himself in an alternate reality where copies of his acquaintances operate, and his beloved is safe and sound. The protagonist of the doppelganger drama is trying to influence the tragic events that happened in his real life, but any intervention leads to unpredictable consequences.

Original title:
Teurein

Genre:
Detective, crime, fantasy

Actors:
Yoon Shi-yun, Kyung Soo-jin, Shin So-yul …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.9


Seven Day Romance (2019 – 2020)

An ordinary shift at a cafe changed the fate of Jung Da Eun, opening the doors to the world of show business for her. During the delivery, the girl meets the manager of a popular idol group, and the man notices the courier’s striking resemblance to lead singer Kim Bel. The hit singer is unable to tour due to panic attacks, and Da Eun becomes the only chance to save her career as a star.

Original Title :
7ilman romaenseu

Genre:
Melodrama, Music

Actors:
Seo Ji-soo, Shin Jun-sop, Park Kong-il…

Country:
South Korea


Crowned Jester (2019)

The doppelgänger Korean drama is set during the Joseon Dynasty. The ill-wishers of King Li Hong are intriguing, and the ruler decides to resort to an unusual method of protection. The emperor changes places with a street jester who looks like him like two peas in a pod. While Li Hong is safe, the buffoon falls in love with the beautiful queen, who is pleasantly surprised by her husband’s improvement in character.

Original Title :
Gwanghae, wangyidoen namja

Genre:
Drama, History

Actors:
Yeo Jin-gu, Lee Se-young, Kim Sang-kyung…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9


Welcome to Life (2019)

Ambitious and dishonest lawyer Lee Jae Sang takes on any case if the client pays well. A lot of scammers escaped court thanks to a cunning lawyer, but the guy’s ex-lover is not happy with his actions. The girl works as a detective, and Jae San crosses out the efforts of Ra Shi On with a deftly built line of defense. Once a lawyer finds himself in a parallel world, where he holds the position of a prosecutor. Here, Lee is an exemplary family man and an honest prosecutor, so it will not be easy for a lawyer to get used to the image of a double.

Original Title :
Welkeom 2 raipeu

Genre:
Comedy, Fantasy

Actors:
Rain, Lim Ji-young, Kwak Shi-yang…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
IMDb – 7.3


Dear Judge (2018)

Due to his quick temper, Han Kang Ho managed to go to jail , for which his relatives called the guy a walking nuisance. The real pride of the family is Su Ho, who holds the honorary position of a judge and decides the fate of people. The twin brothers have identical looks but completely different personalities. The plot of a Korean doppelgänger series takes a dramatic turn when Soo Ho suddenly disappears and Kang Ho has to pretend to be a judge.

Original title:
Chinaehaneun pansanimkke

Genre:
Drama, detective, crime

Actors:
Yoon Shi-yun, Lee Yu-young, Kwon Na-ra …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7


Switch the World (2018)

The brilliant swindler Sa Do Chan cleverly evades justice, cashing in on wealthy crime bosses . The perpetrator is very similar to prosecutor Baek Chun-soo, who fell into a coma after a serious accident. A colleague of the accuser decides to use a scammer-double, not suspecting that forced cooperation will bring a lot of headaches and problems.

Original title:
Seuwichi: sesangeung bakkwora

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Jang Geun-seok, Han Ye-ri, Jung Un-in…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5


Duel (2017)

Detective Jang Deuk Cheon is an honest servant of the law and a loving father who alone raises his daughter after the death of his wife. The man does not stand on ceremony with criminals, using not entirely legal methods during detention. When Duk Cheon’s daughter is kidnapped, the detective throws all his strength into searching for the bandit. Following the kidnapper, the man finds himself in the center of a secret development of human clones.

Original title:
Dyueol

Genre:
Drama, thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Jung Jae-young, Kim Jong-eun, Kim Gi-du…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9


Mask (2015)

Pen Ji Suk’s father is forced to hide from creditors, and the girl dreams of a quiet life without pursuers. When an opportunity presents itself, the debtor’s daughter seizes an amazing opportunity. Ji Sook is very similar to the heiress of the influential Eun Ha family, so she decides to try on the mask of a rich aristocrat . However, a kind and pure soul cannot be hidden behind an ostentatious gloss – and the son of the owner of a large corporation falls in love with the impostor.

Original title:
Gamyeon

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Sue, Chu Ji-hoon, Yong Jong-hun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7


Bride of the Century (2014)

Choi Kang-joo will have an arranged marriage – the beautiful Jang Yi-ken should become his wife. The girl’s parents are delighted with the prospect of joining a rich family, but the groom is forced to hide the truth. The first wife of any man from the Zhu Dynasty is the victim of an ancient curse , so the bride dies within a few months after the wedding. And Ken, having learned the secret, runs away in fear on the eve of the celebration, and the father finds his daughter’s double in order to complete a deal with the rich.

Original title:
Baeknyeonui sinbu

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Lee Hong-gi, Yang Jin-son, Choi Il-hwa …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1


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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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