This is for the K-drama lovers who need romance in their stories but also love some intense action. These titles are also perfect to watch when you and your bestie or partner are trying to decide on something to watch but like different genres. It’s the perfect balance that will keep you on the edge of your seat while having all the butterflies. Here are eight K-dramas that are the perfect blend of both action and romance!
Ji Chang Wook plays the anti-hero named Seo Jung Hoo, who spends his nights running errands in order to save money. He does this so he can live the rest of his life secluded from the world until one day, he falls in love with Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young).
“Healer” is one of those K-dramas that is pleasantly surprising in that there are action scenes that even a romantic at heart would enjoy watching. There are several scenes throughout the series where Seo Jung Hoo is trying to figure out what happened to his past. It also helps that his job is running errands for anonymous people, which involves quite a bit of action. And for those who love the romantic side, the chemistry and love story between Young Shin and Jung Hoo is one of the greatest ever!
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2. “Flower of Evil”
Lee Joon Gi stars alongside Moon Chae Won in the mystery thriller “Flower of Evil.” His character Baek Hee Sung is a perfect husband and doting father to a little girl. To the visible eye he is perfect, but there’s another life he leads – one filled with murder, deceit, and lies. His wife, Cha Ji Won, is a detective and is in the midst of a cat-and-mouse hunt that will lead her to her husband as the prime suspect.
The success of “Flower of Evil” is owed to various factors: the storyline, the edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers, the character development, and of course, the love story between Ji Won and Hee Sung. It’s a crime/thriller in genre, but viewers were also surprised to see that the romance aspect of the series was perfectly sweet and swoon-worthy. Seeing the true love between the two characters as husband and wife while they try to solve the mystery surrounding Hee Sung is the perfect mix of the two genres.
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“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” stars Park Bo Young as an aspiring game maker who was born with super strength. She meets Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik), the CEO of a game company, who happens to be in need of a bodyguard. He ends up hiring Do Bong Soon with the added bonus of letting her develop a game while she works for him.
When you hear the synopsis of “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,” you may be quick to think that it is more so on the romantic side, but there is surprisingly a lot of action involved. When you have a female lead who becomes a crime-fighting hero while also trying to sort out her feelings, you can expect a lot of cute romantic scenes alongside Do Bong Soon using her super strength to kick some serious butt.
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“Happiness” stars Park Hyung Sik as Jung Yi Hyun, a detective, and Han Hyo Joo as Yoon Sae Bom, a tactical agent of the Gyeonggi Police Station. The two were classmates in high school and end up in an apocalyptic situation where people are getting infected by a virus that turns them into zombie-like creatures. The two are fighting for their lives and for others.
Another Park Hyung Sik series that’s definitely worth noting is “Happiness.” When the backdrop of a romantic story involves a zombie-like apocalypse, you can definitely expect a lot of action. Even more so because of the fact that Yi Hyun and Sae Bom are a detective and police agent. Viewers will be surprised to know that there is a heartfelt romance at the core of this apocalyptic storyline, making the gruesome and grotesque scenes almost bearable.
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5. “Come and Hug Me”
Chae Do Jin (Jang Ki Yong) and Han Jae Yi (Jin Ki Joo) both fall in love with each other in high school. They are each other’s first love, and there is nothing in the world that Do Jin wouldn’t do for Jae Yi. Unfortunately, Do Jin’s father is crazy and ends up killing Jae Yi’s entire family. He isn’t able to kill Jae Yi, but this tears Do Jin and Jae Yi apart. When the two grow up, they find a way into each other’s lives again but Do Jin’s murderous father is getting out of jail, and he wants to finish the job he started by killing Jae Yi.
The intensity of the serial killer story at the forefront as well as the passionate love story between Do Jin and Jae Yi are the perfect counterbalance. The overall vibe of the series is packed with suspense and action, which only makes the love story that much more romantic. You’ll appreciate seeing Jang Ki Yong in uniform as he plays a detective who is willing to do anything to get the bad guys and protect the woman he loves.
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In “Descendants of the Sun,” Song Joong Ki stars as Yoo Shi Jin alongside Song Hye Kyo as Kang Mo Yeon. Yoo Shi Jin is an army captain who falls head over heels for Dr. Kang. They embark on a whirlwind of a romance despite their different backgrounds. Although they want to be with each other, Yoo Shi Jin’s job consistently puts his life at risk, which is difficult for Mo Yeon to handle.
This classic romantic series is centered around two love stories taking place in a fictional country. Although it’s known for the chemistry between the couples, there is a lot of action in the backdrop as the army is faced with multiple issues with various villainous characters trying to commit crimes and hurt people. The action-packed series will not only have you wondering what will happen at the end, but the love story between the two main couples will definitely win your heart!
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7. “City Hunter”
In “City Hunter,” Lee Min Ho plays a character named Lee Yoon Sung, who goes undercover at the Blue House as an IT expert so that he can follow through with his father’s plan for revenge. There he meets Kim Na Na (Park Min Young), who works as a bodyguard. The two of them form an alliance as they realize that their plans for revenge are similar. In the process, they engage in a passionate romance.
This classic series is based on the ever popular Japanese manga, and it gained a lot of popularity in Korea as well as internationally. You get a somewhat rare glimpse of Lee Min Ho doing some very serious stunts and fight scenes all throughout the series. It is surprisingly very entertaining, but the highlight is definitely seeing the blossoming romance between Na Na and Yoon Sung.
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8. “The K2”
In “The K2,” Ji Chang Wook stars as Kim Je Ha, who works as Go Ahn Na’s (Yoona) tough and loyal bodyguard but also ends up falling in love with her. You really can’t get away from the fact that Ji Chang Wook is pretty amazing at action/romance K-dramas. He’s got the ability to make any action scene look effortlessly smooth while continuing to maintain a loving, romantic relationship with his counterpart. And what made this couple even hotter was their love story. Everything about the love story between Je Ha and Ahn Na is heartfelt and beautiful in this series, especially how Je Ha continues to rescue and protect her. Talk about romantic!
Start watching episode one here:
Hey Soompiers, do you know any other K-dramas with a lot of action and a lot of romance? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Our Blues,” “Kiss Sixth Sense,” “Bloody Heart,” and “Woori the Virgin”
All-time favorite drama: “Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart.”
Looking forward to: Won Bin’s return to the small screen.