The Bride of Habaek

The Bride of Habaek (2017)

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When the narcissistic Water God Ha Baek visits earth in order to find a magical stone powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So Ah, whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for a total lunatic suffering from delusions. Things read moreget even harder for Ha Baek, when the Wind God Bi Ryum, the Water Goddess Mu Ra, and a hotel CEO/Demi-God Hu Ye show up to complicate things and stop him from reaching his goal.

  • Native title:

    하백의 신부 2017
  • Also Known as:

    Habaekui Shinboo 2017; Bride of the Water God; Bride of Habaek 2017;

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Suchismita Tripathy
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1 day ago
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 5.5
  • Acting/Cast 3.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Are you looking for a great plot?
Are you looking for a gripping adrenaline fest to watch on the edge of your seat?
Are you looking for a mature story line and brilliant characters?

THEN DON'T WATCH IT !!!!

Not only that this is a huge snooze fest, The actors and the characters have absolutely spark and the story makes no sense. This was the biggest disappointment of 2017 after last year's read more uncontrollably fond. Not only they managed to completely destroy a beautiful story but they reached new heights of trying to make a fool out of the viewers.

This whole drama was just pretty people declaring themselves as deities and acting like snobby little bastards and squabbling like high school kids. The story was long lost and there was almost no chemistry between the leads.


Genre : rom-com, supernatural, manwha

Story : This drama was inspired from the manwha series Bride of water god by Yoon Mi Kyung and then they went ahead to rip the story into shreds turning it into bullshit. If you're looking for a similar story as the manwha about sacrifice, love and grace and politics, then go watch something else because this has absolutely none of that shit.
The so called god of water is a narcissistic asshole who's self-centered to the point you're annoyed. Yoon So Ah is a materialistic bitch who is way too involved in acting like the victim. The story makes no sense till a while and the characters that actually were exciting like the one of Im Joo Hwan and the nurse aren't developed further.
At least Goblin developed all the characters well.

Actors : Shin se kyung is a bad actress and i don't think i am going to watch any of her other dramas. Nam Joo hyuk's acting was a wasted opportunity same as In joo Hwans story. There is almost no chemistry between the leads and the other side actors aren't that commendable. The only surprise in the package was Crystal who surprisingly was way better than the drama.


Will i watch it again... Hell No.
Will i recommend it to anyone?... I am doing a public service by advising you to go look for some other drama. Seriously there are tons of better ones out there.
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kingsqueen
10 people found this review helpful
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19 hours ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
I had higher expectations for this drama, so I was slightly disappointed that the plot and the acting didn't quite live up to those. HOWEVER, despite this, I was still engaged with this show and enjoyed it even though it was flawed.

My first criticism is for the plot. I want to preface this by saying that I've never read the comic, so I wasn't influenced in any way by the source read more material. The issue is that the backstory information that would have been so helpful to understanding what was going on was dribbled out like crumbs on the trail in Hansel and Gretel. I wanted to know more, but the writers would have the characters give some cryptic piece of dialogue and then fail to explain well enough that I felt satisfied as a viewer. The answers came "too little, too late" for many people and I felt somewhat like that myself. I was mostly satisfied with the answers we finally received, but not 100%. I also tend to believe that the budget may have been cut early on. The reason I say so is because the "realm of the gods" was only shown briefly, even though it was splendid. And Ha Baek came through to the human's realm without his powers. He was able to use them twice, and they were marvelous special effects, but then they were not used again. I think they made a good choice to cut the special effects rather than lose production value, but I think they made it a little obvious anyway since the show really could have been something special with a bigger budget.

The acting was fine, but not phenomenal. I think Nam Joo Hyuk was not quite the right choice for Ha Baek. He's adorable, sure. And I've enjoyed his other works. But I don't know that he carried the weight of the role as well as a more experienced actor may have. He wasn't a horrible choice, but I just think they could have done better. On the plus side he was VERY cute. :) And Shin Se Kyung got a lot of criticism for her acting, but I don't think she is a bad actress at all. She played her role fine. The chemistry between the two was hit and miss. Sometimes I thought it was there, and other times, not so much. Im Joo Hwan really knocked it out of the park, though, and was one of the lone actors that really stood out in this show. So much so, that a lot of viewers kept watching for him alone. The other actors were fine. Not anything special, but just fine.

Now, the music on the otherhand, was beautiful. I absolutely loved the track, Glass Bridge. Mesmerizing song! I don't know the names of the others, but the music was lovely. The cinematography was beautiful as well.

I can't say whether I would re-watch this. Maybe after I read the comic, more of the story will fall into place and I'll understand it better. I do think they ended the show very well, and much better than I was expecting. This show wasn't horrible by any means, and I hate that so many people gave up on it so quickly. But it was a decent watch even though it didn't live up to its potential. I'm not mad I spent the time watching it.
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the main lead is from a fantasy world.
he also has superpowers
the plot is interesting
Recommended by Topokki
i believe it will be interesting to watch as there is a mix couple as in The Bride of Habaek. Though the fantasy character is a girl.
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    palak 56 minutes ago

    People are criticizing the leads but problem was with the story all along and probably character narration. They needed a better script and deeper characterization. If they were going to bring the story into the modern world, they should have actually written a decent script. Otherwise, they should've stuck with the original story. I honestly found this a waste of an otherwise-pretty-decent cast.In fact, this was the first time I didn't find Nam Joo Hyuk's serious portrayal a bore. I love his fun-loving characters (Surplus princess, cheese in the trap, Weightlifting fairy) but whenever he does something serious (Moon lovers, school 2015), I always feel like he lacks in skills. I think he really improved his serious role acting.

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    RaeZ 3 hours ago

    When you ship the second lead couple (MuRa + BiRyum) rather than the main couple.... LOL
    I basically watched this drama for the second leads xD

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    QueenCherry 6 hours ago

    huge fan of female lead with that said This is Worse than Fashion King HATED IT turning my original 6.0 rating into 1.5. I LOVE Shin Se Kyung if you want to watch her in an AMAZING EPIC drama try SIX FLYING DRAGONS an Instant Classic this drama right here is TERRIBLE.

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    Brook 6 hours ago - edited
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    WolfDog 7 hours ago - edited

    OK so I know we all have our opinions. We all like different genres and different plots. All I'm gonna say is it give it a try. I'm always all for experimenting. If someone didn't like it, it doesn't mean you won't. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure. In my case, I liked the drama. It had some cute moments, it had some funny cringey moments. I was more than satisfied.

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    Tatiane 9 hours ago

    not horrible but not good. just meh, boring. if you think you should watch or nah: don't.

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    green_tokki 9 hours ago

    Would you believe this is a TVN drama? Before whenever it is in TVN it must be good but now I have doubts of their dramas.

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    BAEBunnij 10 hours ago

    I didn't watch i've been waiting to see if it was good I wasn't sure about the leads chemistry and looking at the comments looks like I was right.

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    Samantha Kollman 10 hours ago

    Only made it through to the end because of Im Joo Hwan. After this and Uncontrollably Fond, I so hope he is in a better scripted show for his next project.

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    KdramaInspirit 12 hours ago - edited

    I was thinking of writing a review for the first time but I've already wasted too much of my time watching this sorry excuse of a drama to write one. HAHA. :)

    This show could've been good, even great had they chose to explore beyond the sad back story of So Ah and Habaek and their blossoming romance. It was such a letdown. It was over-hyped and the people behind this drama looked like they just banked on Nam Joohyuk's rising popularity post-WFKBJ. He wasn't exactly the best actor out there but I liked him on WFKBJ and I attributed that on the good plot and story-writing and a fairly good cast that the acting seemed natural. Whereas here it looked like he was just standing there saying random stuff. I'm sorry if this is coming off a bit harsh. I rarely comment on dramas I watch here but I feel so disappointed that I can't keep this to myself.

    So well, back to the rock where I came from.^^

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      green_tokki 10 hours ago

      Pls do comment more on what you have watched. Honest and unbiased opinion is always welcome.

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    SecondLeadQueen 12 hours ago - edited

    First I have to say I lowered one point from my 8 point rating because the ending sucked. It was like they felt hurried to finish. In a few words I felt robbed. Oh and she never saw him as a god with his long hair which he looked hotter. That was another big bummer.
    I feel like I am the only one that actually liked and enjoyed this drama and saw the chemistry between them two the last few episodes. I actually felt like he was really attracted to her in real life. Those kisses didn't seem fake and I think most ppl didn't like them together because they were obsessed with his real relationship. I personally didn't like them together they never seem to be in love but had more of a friendship relationship. Let me just say he never kissed her like he kissed this actress in their drama. Is like he wanted to withdraw her soul hahah.
    The story was okay, I liked the actors except crystal i never been her fan, the ost was great.
    Give it a chance but don't go in just thinking about weightlifting romance. I really think that they didn't had chemistry or he didn't put his all the beginning because he had a girlfriend didn't know how to react because in his last roles he didn't have a GF this was his first time. I promise they get better. He was adorable with her and like I said the way he look at her I never seen another actor look at another actress like that just being for their roles or because there was something real there.

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    SecondLeadQueen 12 hours ago

    First I have to say I lowered one point from my 8 point rating because the ending sucked. It was like they felt hurried to finish. In a few words I felt robbed. Oh and she never saw him as a god with his long hair which he looked hotter. That was another big bummer.
    I feel like I am the only one that actually liked and enjoyed this drama and saw the chemistry between them two the last few episodes. I actually felt like he was really attracted to her in real life. Those kisses didn't seem fake and I think most ppl didn't like them together because they were obsessed with his real relationship. I personally didn't like them together they never seem to be in love but had more of a friendship relationship. Let me just say he never kissed her like he kissed this actress in their drama. Is like he wanted to withdraw her soul hahah.
    The story was okay, I liked the actors except crystal i never been her fan, the ost was great.
    Give it a chance but don't go in just thinking about weightlifting romance. I really thing that they didn't had chemistry or he didn't put his all because he had a girlfriend didn't know how to react because in his last roles he didn't have a GF this was his first time. I promise they get better. He was adorable with her and like I said the way he look at her I never seen another actor look at another actress like that just being for their roles or because there was something real there.

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    BlackHalo 13 hours ago - edited

    "Huge snooze fest" (review by @Suchismita Tripathy) are hands down the best words to describe this drama! hahhaha

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    ELFfreak 14 hours ago - edited

    So, I have been reading the comments and ppl seems not to like it.
    But to be fair, it wasn't that bad actually. If you choose to watch this you now it's a romcom and we both know that Shin Se Kyung can't act. Like it's normal now and I have get used to it. But calling this the worst drama of all time? It's a bit harsh.
    For me I enjoyed the ride, I didn't have any expectations at all, and I wasn't disappointed either. Haha, I mean I have seen worse dramas than this.

    So I just wanted to say that, not everyone is hating this. ;)

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      Brownie 11 hours ago

      It's very hard to find a positive comment regarding this drama. I agree that it's not the worst drama but we all have different tastes. She might need some support to carry emotional scenes. I quite enjoyed it from start to finish but I'm sure there will be another drama that will take the "worst drama" award in other viewers eyes very soon.

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      Dreamwalker 8 hours ago

      I would agree if she didn't perform well in Six Flying Dragons, but she was really good in that drama.

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    Inessa974 14 hours ago

    What a disappointment! I didn't like it. :(

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Jul 3, 2017 to Aug 22, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 2,096 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1595
  • Popularity:

    #67

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