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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Wondering what to watch next that has equal parts fantasy, romance and humor? Wanting something after Goblin, with hopefully less tears? I know I do, and so I’m watching: The Bride of Habaek.

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30 days 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?


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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29 days 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 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, but that's about it. I do think they ended the show much better than I was expecting, even if it was a bit anticlimactic. 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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Both are about higher beings. The female lead in Goblin is "the Goblin's Bride" as I recall it..

Honestly I'm still in the process of finishing this drama (episode 12) but I realized the similarities as soon as the first episode started. The visual editing is very similar... male lead is a higher being, 2nd male lead is also a higher being And both are similar in that their life's story is super sad and unfotunate. female leads are both 'cursed' I would put it..

The Bride of Habaek is lacking compared to Goblin. But in my opinion,The Bride of Habaek is still a good one on it's own. I guess everyone had high expectations after Goblin. I for one was excited to see the cast in The Bride of Habaek, and it's mainly my reason for even watching it. Personally I don't hate the plot, in fact I like how it's a bit lighter than Goblin (Goblin will absolutely make you cry a river lol so get the tissue box out)
Recommended by frvncxss
the main lead is from a fantasy world.
he also has superpowers
the plot is interesting
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    xredbirdrobin 15 days ago - edited

    I watched this for Gong Myung but honestly it was a disappointment. The story had potential but they messed up. Also I think the two lead actors are not suitable at all. I have never seen Nam Joo Hyuk in a drama before I think but judging him from this drama he should take on supporting roles to improve his acting.

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      anokawaii 14 days ago

      You should watch Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo... He is really amazing in this drama

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      Pinocchio 13 days ago

      Gotta agree he's not the best at acting his previous drama WLFKBJ was pretty bad imo don't know why but both leads acting didn't interest me at all

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    Bri 15 days ago

    Biggest disappointment of 2017.....It had so much potential to be great...

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    Mikoto 15 days ago - edited
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    rationalbeings 15 days ago

    I'm glad i read the comments before I watched this because it made me go in with zero expectations and I ended up feeling like it wasn't that terrible. Yes the storyline is a snore fest and they wasted so much potential on prolonged yearning and deep looks and crying. I can honestly say I didn't care too much for the main characters together but I did enjoy them separately. I loved the second couple more and found them adorable.
    Its an okay filler drama but you will easily forget and move on.

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    Niigatachan 16 days ago

    Disappointing, and I don´t really recommend it. I´m fan of original manhwa but this story was boring, messy and characters were undeveloped. The only thing that kept me watching was Krystal/ MooRa.

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    marta 17 days ago

    i liked the drama but the ending was horrible

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    Meg 17 days ago

    that was boring. I skipped almost 4/5 of the whole show. :P

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    Abyss333 18 days ago

    god this was a mistake by NJH. shouldnt have been in this at all

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    Lavendova 18 days ago - edited
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    MissNurul 18 days ago - edited

    so boring :(
    the worst korean drama ever :(

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    shin 19 days ago

    I dropped this at episode 7, I couldn't tolerate the predictable, childish love story and very messy plot. Sadly, there is nothing new that this drama has to offer to the viewers, well maybe except fan service.

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    MrBanana 20 days ago - edited

    One of the worst korean dramas in the last 3 years.

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    Mimi 20 days ago - edited

    Odd one out here since I actually enjoyed the drama a lot lol

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      Brownie 20 days ago

      Nope, I enjoyed it too! Probably a little too much. :-)

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      ChrisCarpenter 17 days ago

      Totally loved it. Don't know what these negative people where on about.

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      Mimi 17 days ago

      Idk too since I enjoyed it a lot lol

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    natia1992 20 days ago - edited
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      IvaK 19 days ago

      I couldn't agree more..

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    Topokki 21 days ago

    really waste of time


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 3,572 users)
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