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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Aug 23, 2017
  • 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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Aug 23, 2017
  • 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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    Topokki 23 days ago

    really waste of time

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    Unnie25 23 days ago

    My favorites were the Ceo, Bi Ryum and Moora. They should have given them more scenes. This drama has so much potential but it was like they found their story in the last 2 episodes and then only gave it 2 episodes to develop.

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    shepaintedfire 24 days ago

    This was frustrating 'cause it had so much potential and then...

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    RhopalocerA 25 days ago - edited
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      Farshokoof 24 days ago

      I have read the manhwa and then I heard about the drama, getting all excited and rushed here to read the reviews. Judging by the reviews and the still photos of different episodes, I can tell that the drama shouldn't be even close to the manhwa, I definitely recommend reading the manhwa, Even though the characters seem cold and selfish, there's a whole lot more to them. the main characters totally shined in the manhwa. you should give it a try some time.

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    Overwind 26 days ago

    Has anyone noticed the use of mirrors in some scenes? I found it very peculiar that they would need to show the other person's face in a strategically placed frame.

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    coria83 26 days ago - edited
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      Brownie 22 days ago
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      ineedtreatment 22 days ago
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      coria83 21 days ago

      My thoughts exactly!

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    Red 26 days ago
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    Red 26 days ago

    I personally prefer the manhwa but I still enjoyed the drama :) even tho the last couple of episodes were not my favorite I still don't think they're that bad. So the fact that I was so excited for this drama and Nam Joo Hyuk carried it for me xD

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    hvnlyslayerangel 27 days ago - edited

    It's not horrific but the manhwa is obviously better.

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    xcrystalstarx 27 days ago

    wish they could've explained the smiling boar scene (from the beginning of the show) wondering if that was the High priest or Nam Soo Ri in disguise? lmao

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    miratheway 27 days ago

    Being the fan of the manhwa, i was really excited for this drama. And it had Nam Joohyuk who rocked with his Jung Joonhyeong character in WFKBJ, so you can say that i had very high expectations. But later on, Im Joo Hwan became the only reason for me to keep watching this. The only one keeping the whole drama going is his acting skills. The other four main actors are not doing a very good job, i am quite disappointed.

    I still didn't finish it, i honestly can't even get myself to google the next episode.

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    Maryama 27 days ago

    i agree with hime, i actually started watching this as it started airing but at ep 3, i didn't have time so i postponed it till i was free ( it was finished by then), so i picked it up again and unfortunately; i really couldn't feel engaged and nothing made sense although i have watched ep 3again just to understand better and i remember what happened in ep 1 end 2;, but well, too bad it was disapointing and i just couldn't continu watching so i dropped it after watching 6 eps

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    Hime 27 days ago - edited

    If I did not start watching this as soon as it came out and waited to watch it all at once, I would probably have dropped it. Aside from good looking actors and some funny scenes there is not much to it. The story had potential but went nowhere.

    As someone who read the manwha, this was disappointing to say the least. Aside from the title, name of the characters and some other details, this has nothing to do with the manwha. I gave it a chance anyway and tried not to think of the manwha while watching it but it was pretty bad. Overrated.

    I honestly started watching it hoping to give it an easy 9/10 but specially after the last episode, I just dont feel like giving it more than a 5/10, and that is only because I tried hard to find something positive and I found a few things.

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    MaiLee 27 days ago - edited

    But one question. I didn't catch this part in the drama but how come Habaek had to return and not Mu Ra and Bi Ryum?

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      bri_rawwr 27 days ago

      I'm guessing he has to return because he has to become king

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    MaiLee 27 days ago

    Just finished watching this drama it wasn't bad. Still recovering just like from any other drama. The drama was good. Had funny scenes that would just make me laugh crazy. overall 9/10


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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.


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    7.2 (scored by 3,645 users)
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