Dear My Friends

Dear My Friends (2016)

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A realistic, cheerful story about “twilight youths” and the young people who befriend them.

  • Native title:

    디어 마이 프렌즈
  • Also Known as:

    My Dear Friend

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iamgeralddd
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Jul 3, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Thank you writer Noh for making this heart-warming story come to live.
I enjoy this drama so much, always keeps me excited for the weekends.
i laugh hard and i cry even harder till my head and eyes hurt, in almost every episode.

So much feels when I watched this drama, and so much life lesson learned.
Makes you think of future life, what will i be when i get older later read more and cherish our time even more.
Every time i finished watching each episode, i miss my mom and feel like calling her.
I can say that this drama has taken a special place in my heart.

This drama is beautifully made, i can feel that there's so much heart has been put into it.
Hats off to all senior actors. Everybody did a great job, I can't even find any flaws to be complained about.
Oh so much things to say but i can't put those into words..
I'll be re-watching this soon while waiting for writer Noh's next drama for sure :)
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Dounie
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Jul 3, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I know for some, stories following and telling the lives of older people can sound unappealing but I promise you it's far from being boring, if you decide to give it a try you might even have lot of fun. It has absolutely everything most of us are looking for in dramas to be considered as awesome : comedy, slice of life, a little touch of romance, great friendship and family bond and read more a bit of drama ; the writing is so sincere. A lot to learn from the elders as well.

I was burning of impatience to start this drama especially with such talented and acclaimed actors, Go Hyun Jung, Shin Goo the best father of dramaland (in my opinion # ROYOW), Na Moon Hee, Yoon Yeo Jeong, Go Doo Shim (it was my first time seeing her), Park Won Sook etc. It was not only because of the cast but because of the story which I kinda guessed would be easy for me to connect with and I was right. It's a straight 10 for me, and my first of the year *.*

A big part of the story revolves around Park Wan's relationship with her mother and her Aunts (her Mother's friends) who all are around their late 60s (some in their 70s) but not only as we also get to learn bit by bit about all of them , our 6 other main female characters of the show (Jeong Ah, Hee Ja, Nan Hee, Yeong Won, Cheong Nam and Ssang Boon) and 2 male characters Seok Gyun and Seong Jae.  I really love how Wan is so close to all those people who are for most of them 30 years older than her.[off topic= I'm really envious of her as I consider elders as the most adorable and caring people of the world (with kids), they make me feel comfortable, happy and also more at peace and generally I have more healthy discussions with them and I learn a lot from them especially about their personal experiences. I definitely feel more at ease and more like myself in their presence. End of off topic].
Wan is there for them and share most of her free time with them as much as possible and we can feel all throughout the drama the special attach between Wan and her aunts, this special and indescribable love they have for each other, the genuine and soothing one.
As I said Wan is not the only main focus of the drama, all the veteran actors have equal screentime and have their own stories to share (I mean the characters they portray).
The drama mostly narrates us the stories of Wan's Mother and her friends, their own adventures and anecdotes worth being told to their own children, grandchildren or nephews, some are very sad, painful and heartbreaking and will move the most sensitve ones to tears (like me :p) and some more funny and sweet. I love all of those Helmoni because despite having a very hard life and some being deprived of freedom (partially) they always look cheerful, they laugh and have fun on their own way like anyone else, they are true bon vivant I'd say. They all touched me and broke me because they are genuine, sweet, sometimes very funny and weird too.
My fave characters are definitely Jeong Ah and Hee Ja, I can already tell you that both of them made me cry not less than 50 times, mostly happy tears but some were also sad tears. Those two women caught my attention since the first minutes of the drama, other characters I love them too so so much but I found Jeong Ah and Hee Ja's stories more powerful and heartbreaking, and their friendship is so strong and unwavering, they have their moments of doubt of course but it's what make them even closer.
I've said enough about them but they are such lovely and cute women, they are honest to themselves and to others too, never hiding their true feelings especially Jeong Ah who always speaks her mind even if it can be a little bit hurtful anyway I love her for that. As for Hee Ja I think she's the kindest and the most innocent one, this makes her so gorgeous and what a delicate woman she is *,*. I also need to mention that the Hee Ja/Min Ho's bond really got me, so real, beautiful and unshakable, Min Ho is such a filial son, their scenes were the sweetest ^^
Of course all other characters are so fantastic and deserved to be loved, Ssang Boon the lovely grandma who's always playing with her phone, Yeong Won the elegant and caring friend, Cheong Nam the curious and honest friend, Nan Hee the hot tempered and caring mother and Wan our lovely young woman who's having some issues dealing with her love and family life. All of them made this drama the gem it is to my eyes.

The Ost is also very beautiful and the songs perfectly fitted for each scene, the funny, the cute, and the sad ones. Probably among the best Ost I heard this year, very addicting and memorable, especially ''Want to Be Free'' by Lyn and '' Wonderful'' by Jannabi.


If I were to say in a few words what truly made me fall in love with the drama, I would say : its realism, its endearing and funny characters, its serenity, peaceful tones, and its natural and brillant writing. Dear My Friends from start to finish made me feel jovial and calm which is something that happens very rarely when I watch dramas especially Kdramas but this is one of the few exceptions, and that's exactly why I'm watching dramas : feeling relaxed, connecting with the characters, evading from reality, spending a good time and not feeling anxious, DMF gave me all of that so I'm very thankful to the actors's hard work and the team who worked on it. Indeed finally South Korea came up with a realistic and heartwarming drama, never letting me feeling uneasy nor angry about the events or the characters. From this country the only other drama which gave me the same feelings was Ruler of Your Own World,I hope more dramas like this one and Dear My friends will be produced though I don't have high expectations.

I decided to give it a 10 for personal reasons, though the drama can sound slow or simple due to its length (around 70 mins per ep). But here are some of the reasons why I went for the highest rating.
- The story, exactly what I've always been waiting for, a drama which would mostly focus on friendship between elders and make them the center of the story.
- Every second was precious and meaningful for me, never I felt bored and I savored every moment.
- Great family and friendship drama and all actors portrayed their characters so flawlessly and convincingly.
- The characters are so relatable.
- Showing the true love of mothers for their children and vice versa, thanks Dear My Friends for those great moments of emotion <3


Na Moon Hee and Kim Hye Ja, My lovely actresses <3
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If you love Dear My Friends so bad and you want another movie with girls friendship theme? So 'Sunny' is the perfect movie for you.

This is one of my fave! I'm not really good in giving explanation but...just see it yourself, I'll guarantee the movie is worth to try! Go watch it!!
Recommended by iamgeralddd
If you enjoyed the slice of life feel that Age of Youth offered then Dear My Friends is a perfect follow up for it. I would say the obvious difference would be their age, otherwise both dramas have a strong emphasis on friendship and sisterhood, coming of age for the younger set and coming to terms with their age for the older women. Their stories and their feelings are so relatable.

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    geurae 15 days ago

    i have no words for this. it's just the best of all time. no joke.

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    Panda 29 days ago

    fastest 10 ive given

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    guccigall May 13, 2017

    Passed on heaps of highly rated Kdramas but this one... Is by far the best of the recent ones.

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    green_tokki May 3, 2017

    Yes! I'm so happy Noh Hee Kyung got the best screen play. Her dramas may not be a blockbuster but it always has a heart in it. I hope she'll have another drama soon.

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    souldoc70 May 3, 2017

    Congratulations! Baek sang awards-best drama and best script

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    SHIRLEYMOLINA Apr 24, 2017 - edited

    For me getting older was hard. Watching this drama gave me so much I can't even describe. The writers wrote a most amazing script for Koreas most elite actors. Watching dramas I often wondered who the women were who portrayed the mothers and grandmothers whith such ease and grace, often even with some of their evil ways you could always see the mother and grandmother shining through. These women together in one drama for me was epic and the life's lessons we all learn so wonderfully shown was astounding. Life is for all of us a challenge it's how we face them that makes us who we are. I am so grateful for this wonderful drama for giving me days of enjoyment and so much food for thought. It also gives a deep appreciation for the elders in ones life and view into their feelings. Enjoy this amazing drama .

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    joannesmith Apr 5, 2017 - edited

    How much of a role does Jo In Sung have in this? He's in a supporting character capacity. Can u give me an idea? Am watching all his works right now.

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      fallensnowflakes Apr 17, 2017

      He appears from time to time. Like maybe 1-3 scenes each episode? He mostly appears when the younger female lead is alone and he doesn't interact with the other cast, but his role is important. And he looks good in this drama.

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      joannesmith Apr 18, 2017

      Thx!!!

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      Ancutel 8 days ago

      Even if it is not a main character Jo In Sung show us once again that he is first of all a great ACTOR, and that he is unbelivable hot even in a wheelchair.

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      joannesmith 8 days ago

      thx!

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    LPA Feb 12, 2017 - edited

    I just now finished "Dear My Friends" and it was an Excellent drama. Realistic, warm, funny, touching. So true to life with all emotions portrayed so perfectly. For those of you who discount getting older 30-40-50-90? you may gain a lot of insight into your own life as well as the friends and family around you. Stop thinking you're above it all and take a real look. This is a wonderful drama (including the romances) and I'm so happy I didn't miss it. Great job to everyone--directors and actors as well as all others involved in creating this beautiful series. Every actor was amazing! I can't say enough. Also, let me say that the music was amazing and perfect for every scene. I'm going to find the soundtrack tomorrow. You will want to make sure not to miss this drama. It truly deserves all the high ratings. I give "Dear My Friends" a perfect 10! So well done!!! Take care.

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    rationalbeings Feb 11, 2017

    this drama was an amazing insight into the lives of the elderly and how colourful, fun, depressing, agonising and amazing life can be. It really highlights life in an almost realistic manner, where even the big events that you would think might define a character are actually depicted as just part of their journey. You really feel like Wan-ah is all of their daughter with the way her life is interwoven into everyone's life. She is not portrayed as the bight shinny one dimensional main lead but a complicated human being who like all of us has many selfish thoughts but understands deeply what she has to do. I loved all of the older actors, you can tell they are talented in their art but Choong Nam's character was my favourite. She was a straight talking independent yet soft-hearted lady that loves everyone so deeply. In my opinion she was the most admirable character in the series and I loved when she was on screen (esp when she was going to school with her backpack...soo cute).

    For me personally the drama also made me realise how perhaps my own mother would have felt through the stories of these ladies and made me appreciate her so so much more.

    Definitely watch this drama at some point in your life. It gives you glimpse of what lies in store for us and how to handle life with dignity.

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    fiflydramalover Jan 17, 2017

    Wow best friend goals, Jeong Ah and Hee Ja <3 <3 <3 so much love for these two.

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    Mikhal Jan 12, 2017 - edited

    I really am thinking about watching it since I've read tons of good reviews but I'm afraid that because the drama evolves around the life of older people, it will be boring. What do you think?

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      Mic Jan 14, 2017

      Give it a shot! It's as real as it gets.

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      choimari Jan 20, 2017

      This drama may wreck your assumptions that old people's lives are boring, proceed with caution ;)

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      Ancutel 8 days ago

      I thought that way too, but from the first episode I couldn't stop watching it. For me is the most touching drama I've ever seen.

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    Pat Jan 7, 2017

    I love this! It was such a great watch. I hope to see dramas like this in the future. <3

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    Mighty_Brosia Dec 25, 2016 - edited

    Im in episode 4 and those awesome oldies has more life than me.. :) I love how the story goes. It shows the life and how old thinks..Surprisingly I never got bored.. So dont hesitate to watch. looking forward for the next episode. My favorite is the tandem of Hee Ja and Jeong ah.. #bestfriendgoals

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    Lili Dec 23, 2016 - edited

    romance?

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      Wanderingjinny Dec 23, 2016

      The focus of the drama is 100% on friendship and family, so it's not a romance drama. That being said, there is a romantic subplot in the background (that has some absolutely beautiful moments of its own) so the show is not completely devoid of romance either. I highly recommend you give it a chance and see what you think - definitely my favorite drama of the year.

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    SunFlower Dec 19, 2016

    Watched with all of my heart....

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    May 13, 2016 to Jul 2, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 795 users)
  • Ranked:

    #29
  • Popularity:

    #466

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