Oriental Magic: 20 Fantasy Dramas

If one-tailed vixens don’t impress you, then isn’t it time to take a look at nine-tailed foxes from the exciting Asian series? Fantasy dramas will open the doors to the wonderful world of magic, romance and sorcery. Gumiho, dragons, demons, sorcerers, fairies and other mythical creatures will help you believe in a miracle and will not let you get bored. In our selection you will find amazing stories where old legends meet modern reality.

My neighbor is gumiho (2021)

A new movie from South Korea will introduce viewers to a werewolf who dreams of becoming an ordinary person. Shin Wu-ye belongs to the oldest family of nine-tailed werefoxes, but wants to live among people. To carry out the rite of transformation, the gumiho filled the magic bead with energy for years, but the pearl was accidentally swallowed by a student Li Dam. To return the magical relic, Shin Wu-ye decides not to let the girl out of her sight, because she is in mortal danger.

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

Original Title
Gan tteoleojineun donggeo

Actors:  
Jang Ki-young, Hyeri, Kang Han-na…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Once Destruction Knocked at My Door (2021)

The main character of a popular Korean drama about magic and magic sees no point in continuing to exist due to a fatal diagnosis. Doctors discovered that Tak Dong Ken had an inoperable brain tumor, so she is only expected to live for a few months. The girl considers the disease a great injustice – and in her hearts she screams a curse, calling on the demon of destruction.

Original title:
Eoneu nal uri jip hyeokgwaneuro myeolmangi deuleowatta

Actors:
Park Po-young, Seo In-guk, Lee Su-hyuk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1


The Story of the Nine-Tailed Fox (2020)

For many centuries, the demon Li Yong has been protecting people from the intrigues of evil spirits. Gumiho himself volunteered to protect the earthly world, pursuing his own goal. Several centuries ago, he lost his beloved, who died under tragic circumstances. Since then, Li Yong has been closely watching mortals, trying to recognize the reincarnation of his chosen one in human form.

Original title:
Gumihodyeon

Actors:
Lee Dong-uk, Cho Bo-ah, Kim Bum…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.9


Bar on wheels (2020)

A new fantasy drama with Russian voice acting is worth watching for fans of mystical stories. Wol Zhu committed an unforgivable offense – since then, the doors to paradise for the sinner are closed and she lives in the world of ghosts . Wol Zhu will find peace if he helps 100,000 mortals get rid of sorrow. In a traveling haunted diner, a girl heals the emotional wounds of visitors, but they are less and less frank. Wol Zhu’s trial period is coming to an end when acquaintance with Han Kang Bae returns hope for salvation, because the guy is able to make anyone pour out his soul with one touch.

Original title:
Ssanggappocha

Actors:
Hwang Jong-eum, Yook Sung-jae, Choi Won-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0


Indomitable: Overlord Chenqing (2019)

A fantasy Chinese series with a bright bromance revolves around the eternal struggle between dark and light forces. For a long time, the Celestial Empire was ruled by five powerful clans, but the head of one of them decided to seize all power. The noble Wei WuXian becomes a victim of a conspiracy and dies with the shameful seal of a traitor. Lan Wangji does not believe in the deceit of his best friend, and years later he meets Wei Wuxian again, incarnated in a new body. Two loyal comrades begin a battle for justice to restore the balance of good and evil before it’s too late.

Original title:
Chen qing ling
Actors
: Sean
Xiao ,
Wang Yibo , Meng Ziyi…

Country:
China


Suffocating Sweetness, Frosty Ashes (2018)

One of the best highly rated fantasy dramas is a captivating love triangle series . The days of the Goddess of Flowers are numbered, but even on her deathbed, she is worried about the fate of her daughter. The mother had a vision that her child would suffer from unrequited love in the future, so she decides to save her daughter from a painful experience. Jin Mi receives a magic pill of Insensitivity, but fate cannot be easily escaped.

Original title:  
Xiang mi chen chen jin ru shuang

Actors:  
Dan Lun, Leo Lo, Yang Zi…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.4


The Tale of the Kyoren Fairy (2018)

Song Ok-nam descended from heaven to earth to bathe in a waterfall, but the stolen clothes prevented her from returning home. The fairy lives among mortals and marries a lumberjack, who soon dies. Song Ok-nam cannot resurrect his beloved, so he decides to wait for his reincarnation. Centuries later, an ever-young widow works in a cafeteria where two guys walk in. The fairy senses that one of the visitors is her husband and is determined to find out the truth.

Original title:
Geryongseonnyeojeon

Actors:
Moon Chae-won, Yoon Hyun-min, So Ji-hoon …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1


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

The list of the best fantasy dramas continues with a romantic series made in China with voice acting in Russian. The meeting of the fox goddess Bai Can and the mere mortal Ye Hua was destined by fate, but because of the insidious envious, the story ended tragically. Unable to withstand the betrayal, the girl dies and asks to erase the memory of her past life before a new rebirth. A century later, Ye Hua meets Bai Zan, but she doesn’t recognize her lover. The guy does not despair and is ready to win the heart of the beautiful goddess again .

Original title:  
San sheng san shi shi li tao hua

Actors:  
Yang Mi, Mark Chao, Ken Chan …

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.3


Hwayugi (2017 – 2018)

Little Jin Sung-mi can see ghosts and talk to them, but the superpower does not benefit the girl. Those around her consider her abnormal, and the spirits themselves attack and harm. One day in the forest, Seon-mi meets the magician Ma Wan, who promises to give him a magic umbrella to fight ghosts in exchange for a favor. The girl must bring a fan from an abandoned hut to put out the fire . In the shack, Jin discovers a god incarcerated. Song Oh Gong tricks the girl into releasing him and erases her memory. What will happen years later when all the heroes meet again?

Original title:  
Hwayugi

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

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
16+


Bride of the River God (2017)

A drama about the adventures of a celestial in the earthly world is an exciting fantasy from South Korea that has received rave reviews from viewers. The high priest instructs the young Habaek to descend from heaven in order to then take the throne of the supreme emperor. The young man hopes to quickly complete the mission, but is faced with a serious obstacle. On the way to the mortals, Habek lost his divine power, and only a representative of an ancient family can help with the return. However, So Ah does not believe in the family legend, and considers a new acquaintance as an interesting patient, because the girl works as a psychiatrist .

Original title:
Paul

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017)

The historical series will appeal to fans of martial arts and fantasy dramas based on legends. Many thousands of years ago, humanity was constantly attacked by demons, and the Wu Yin clan was created to protect against them. Brave warriors fought the monsters using magical skills that stopped the monsters for a while. One day, a meteorite teeming with demons falls from the sky to earth, and the Foreteller and his assistants set off in search of a new head of the clan.

Original title:
Qi men Dunjia

Actors:
Dong Chengpeng, Ni Ni, Aarif Li …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4


Naga Pearl Legend (2017)

Fantasy comedy drama based on the legend of the race of winged people. For centuries, mythical creatures lived peacefully next to ordinary mortals until a brutal war began. People defeated the winged warriors, destroying the magical city to the ground. Years later, the only heir to the defeated leaders finds a way to deal with humanity.

Original title:
Jiao zhu zhuan

Actors:
Darren Wang, Simon Yam, Zhang Tianai …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.5


Ice Fantasy (2016)

The death of the ruler of the Ice Tribe provokes the beginning of a bloody war with representatives of the Fire Clan. The surviving prince Ka So descends to earth in search of magic crystals kept by the wise messenger of heaven Li Luo. Ancient artifacts are able to turn the tide of battle in favor of the Ice Tribe, but the “fiery” neighbors do not want to give up without a fight.

Original title:  
Huan cheng

Actors:  
William Feng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song …

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0


Legend of the Blue Sea (2016 – 2017)

The action of an interesting fantasy drama takes place in the modern world, where a gang of scammers is operating . Ho Chung-jae ran away from home early, unable to withstand the bullying of his stepmother, and the swindler Nam Du became his mentor. Later, the hacker Tae Oh joined the guys , and the trio deftly emptied the bank accounts of citizens. One day, Chun-jae meets a strange girl who cannot speak, knows nothing about human society, but is ready to stand up for herself.

Original title:
Pureun badaui jeonseol

Actors:
Jung Ji-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Lee Hee-jun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Goblin (2016 – 2017)

The top dramas are South Korean fantasy with a romantic plot. Kim Shin leads a secluded life, and no one knows about the true appearance of a man. Through his fault, a detachment of warriors died several centuries ago, and a terrible punishment overtook the commander. The warlord has turned into a demon Tokkebi, doomed to eternal earthly wanderings, and true love can lift the curse. Kim Shin is unaware that the Reaper of Death is already hunting for his betrothed.

Original title:
Dokkaebi

Actors:
Gong Yu, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-uk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
16+


Scientist walking at night (2015)

The action of the popular series takes place in an alternate reality during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty. Jung Yang Song’s father fell out of favor with the king, so the girl is forced to earn a living. The daughter of a nobleman pretends to be a man every day in order to sell books and feed her family. One day, Yang Song meets a young scientist who also has his own secret.

Original title:
Bameul geotneun seonbi

Actors:
Lee Jun-gi, Lee Yu-bi, Shim Chang-min …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Night Watchmen (2014)

During the eclipse, the royal family is attacked by demons, and little prince Lee Rin falls seriously ill. The ruler goes in search of a magical plant, but he himself becomes a victim of evil spells. The king turns into a cruel monster and kills his wife and himself. The orphaned prince is expelled from the palace. Years later, Lee Rin is destined to recreate a secret organization of guards capable of expelling an evil spirit from the earth.

Original title:
Yagyeongkkun ilji

Actors:
So Ye-ji, Jung Il-woo, Jung Yun-ho …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.0


The Little Mermaid (2014)

A full-length film about the adventures of a sea dweller is known to everyone, but comedy fantasy will present the story from a different angle. The royal daughter Eileen loves to watch the creatures that live on land. One day, the princess saves a handsome guy. From that moment on, Xi Gen settled in the heart of the little mermaid , and Eileen decides to get to know the young man better. With the help of a witch’s potion, the mermaid gains legs, but the location of a narcissistic guy is incredibly difficult to win.

Original title:
Ingyeogongju

Actors:
Cho Bo-ah, On Joo-wan, Song Jae-rim …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.5


Gu Family Book (2013)

Gumiho Goo Wol Ren falls in love with the beautiful Yoon Seo Hwa one day. For the sake of the chosen one, the werewolf wants to become a man, and for this he needs to pass a serious test. At the end of the term, a magic book should appear with a detailed description of the transformation ritual, but Wol Ren violates one of the important rules. A half-breed is born, who will have to repeat the fate of his parents, changing the sad ending.

Original title:
Gugaui seo

Actors:
Cho Sung-ha, Jung Hye-young, Kim Hee-won …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.0


My girlfriend is gumiho (2010)

Cha Tae Woon is studying at the university, but dreams of becoming an actor , which causes the anger of his grandfather. The guy is forced to run away from home for a high purpose, and on the way he accidentally breaks the spell on the gumiho. The nine-tailed fox was imprisoned many years ago in a painting, and the girl is glad to break free from captivity. Gumiho dreams of becoming a human, but she needs Tae Woon’s help to do so.

Original title:
Nae yeojachinguneun gumiho

Actors:
Shin Min-ah, Lee Seung-gi, No Min-woo…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8


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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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