I just came to the sad realization that I have committed what I consider to be a cardinal Kdrama blogging sin; I have never posted a top ten sageuk list to share with my readers. Today I will correct this misdeed to the best of my ability.
10).Queen Seon Deok
I loved this drama because of one villain named Mishil , the heroine Seon Deok was pretty awesome but the formidable Mishil was in a league of her own. A woman who could keep husband and lovers working together to achieve her goals and a whole country under her thumb all before breakfast, now that is a woman worth watching.Please check out the scene where she makes beautiful music using glasses while she plots murder and mayhem ,it is a scene totally worthy of the godfather trilogy.
9.Warrior Baek Dong Soo
Sageuk dramas have heroes who seem to have perpetually bad hair days thus the good hair in this sageuk was a pleasant change. The cute actors and the strong story line are also guaranteed to keep your attention..
- Lee Jun Ki’s Iljimae
I love Lee Jun Ki’s acting he is the only actor I have ever come across within the Kdrama universe who can manage to keep you laughing while he maintains a perfectly serious demeanor, check out Arang and the magistrate if you do not believe me.
- Tree with deep roots
I loved this drama because of Kang Chae Hyun (Jang Hyuk) and King Sejong, the great (Han Suk Kyu) anyone who can play a king and a human being so impressively gets my thumbs up. Kings in sageuks are rarely nice people so this one was a welcome change. This sageuk has plenty of action and mystery as well as some very compelling conflicts. I just loved it.
Again another Jang Hyuk drama as you can tell by now I am quite the fan, he is one of the few actors who can cause me to break away from a sageuk in order to watch a modern K-drama (not a great fan of those). Jang Hyuk’s acting is awesome in this and disgusting sometimes, look out for the scene where he cries with food in his mouth, moving but also pretty gross! One blogger labeled this drama,a literal feast and boy was she right.
Song II gook is just great in this epic drama about a prince who founded a dynasty, I totally loved his martial arts skills and the supporting cast was equally awesome,this sageuk had just the right blend of comedy, romance and action for everyone.
- Kingdom of the winds
Just when I thought Jumong was awesome, I crashed straight into Song II Gook playing his own grandson, oops ! I mean Jumong’s grandson in the follow up epic drama to his already epic drama. Am I making sense here?
- Dae Jang Geum
This drama introduced me to the world of sageuk and I have never looked back since. The drama helped me appreciate how much Korean Society values excellence as well as a meticulous approach to detail. The food presentations in this drama were awesome and I appreciated the romance without the aggressive sexuality that is so commonly seen on TV.
- Yi San
This drama was such a success here in Kenya , I think it was aired annually on GBS due to popular demand, good acting, plenty of action, plenty of romance and of course Lee Seo Jin’s sunshine smile helped bring great popularity to this lovely story.
- Dong Yi
A slave girl who attracts the attention of the king, throw in a jealous concubine and a few power hungry ministers and you have the perfect sageuk right there. The theme song is also great I still have it on my phone to this day. This drama is like my comfort food when I feel down I just watch the reruns, the bliss of it.