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)
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the main lead is from a fantasy world.
he also has superpowers
the plot is interesting
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    KingLouie 27 days ago

    Finally ended it..Really had high hopes for it..but i am a bit disappointed to be honest..Acting..not good, story maybe good if run properly, didn't like Habaek character, liked CEO Shim much..liked So Ah first than ended up despising the character..
    What the hell was wrong with Habaek, he would insult So Ah with bad words again and again, act like he is something but he is nothing but a named king and in another world..the next moment act like he said nothing to So ah to hurt her..well she didn't get was true that a person loses herself in love but not so much..every time he insulted her..i wanted to smash him but she would just act like he said nothing...AAAhhh..really writers...
    Story was good..but just didn't touch at all..Maybe I am wrong but its the first drama that i am actually relieved that i completed it.

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    Marina 28 days ago

    I've just finished binge watching it and I don't know what to say. Despite the bad comments and reviews I decided to give it a try because "it can't be that bad".... Well, it was. I tried to like this drama, I really tried. Biggest disappointment of the year.

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    Thia 28 days ago - edited

    it's a miracle i finished this.

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      KingLouie 27 days ago

      Me too..first KDrama, that i am actually relieved to lingering feelings..

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      LianHua 25 days ago

      Same. I was soo bored and irritated. But I don't like to give up after 12 episode.

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    Lita 28 days ago

    I enjoyed it, but there was not an actual story, just lovey dovey things, then they suddenly came up with a story for the lead's dad wtf... And they didn't develop well the story with Bi Ryeom and Hoo Ye. Idk what to say. But still, it was nice to watch for the kisses and funny parts.

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    joyje 28 days ago

    Was expecting more from this drama after Goblin but was quite disappointed. Mainly watched the drama because of Nam Joo Hyuk. Nam Joo Hyuk was especially cute here. The combination of male and female lead was a bit weird and chemistry didn't quite happened.

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    Mitchinyeoja 28 days ago

    Man did SSK strike again. I thought her acting go better MAN WAS I WRONG

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    Ineta 28 days ago - edited

    This drama brought me a lot of mixed feelings. And by no means it was perfect; it was actually quite far from that.

    I remember not liking it after episode 1, but then somewhere in the middle my interest suddenly went up and I liked most of the episodes after that. My most favorite things were the visuals, the cinematography and Moora and Biryum's relationship all through the drama.

    As for Yoon Soah and Habaek, something made them seem weird as a couple, maybe some lack of chemistry. I did quite enjoy each of theirs scenes individually and their non-romantic scenes.

    My biggest complaints would be that there were some unnecesarry characters and uneven, sometimes way too slow pace. A lot of people also complain about the acting, which certainly wasn't the highest possible level for everyone, but I don't recall cringing too much, so it was quite okay for the most part.

    If this interests you, maybe give it a try but watch it at your own risk and don't have any expectations! Who knows, maybe this will end up being your type of a drama.

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    Meowtastic 28 days ago - edited

    For the first time I feel like saying "FINALLY it's over". I was curious as to how they'll end this crappy show, and now I know. Aaah, too much time spent on this... Do not waste yours...

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      Hime 27 days ago

      Exactly. I just wanted to finish it fast so I could move on to something better, which to be honest will not be hard to do since this was pretty bad.

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    soepspaansenler 28 days ago - edited

    worst drama of the year!

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    LeeJ0onGI 29 days ago

    I thought Kang Ha Neul was supposed to play a cameo in this drama??

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    Pinocchio 29 days ago

    Aww so glad it's not a sad ending!

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    Ami 29 days ago - edited

    I still have to watch the last 4 eps as I totally had no will to watch ep 13/14 last week, but so far this drama really has been hard to watch for me! I really had high expectations of this drama, but the quality went down with every episode, and with every episode it was harder to go through it. I actually dont have any will to watch the last four eps, but i want to finish it as im already that far :/

    besides, the only thing i am finishing this for is the actors, altho their roles are pretty bad and throughout the whole how i started hating the main couple, because no story?? nothing to see??? only interesting characters are those played by krystal and gong myung

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      ineedtreatment 29 days ago - edited

      Yeah, I have the same feeling. I finished this only because I waited sooooo long for this drama. The storyline looked awesome and when I saw that NJH will be main actor I was very happy. And because of that I had high expectations.
      I waited long for this drama and only because of that I finished it. But from the first episode it was hard to go through it. I really wanted to drop it when I finished 10/11 episdoes. But I thought if I already wasted so many hours for it so I will finish this. But with every episode it was harder and harder to go through it. -.- I thought I would never finish the last two episodes ...

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      Ami 29 days ago

      To be honest I wonder how people actually were able to watch this properly (altho most reviews do seem negative).

      besides, how is it rated 7.3? istg i'd rate it a 6.5 at most lol

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      ineedtreatment 29 days ago - edited

      I had a headache after every episode. But I insisted that I will finish this. Aish. -.- I wasted 16 hours for it. I could watch better drama at this time.
      Ikr. Well, on the begning this rated was over 8.0...

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    Sani 29 days ago

    completed only now It was really sweet and cute 9.5/10

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    Shioon 29 days ago

    the only thing that was good about this show was Im Joo Hwan's acting

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    MaShh 29 days ago

    The last 2 episodes were even worse than the other 14. I liked a couple of songs on the OST but if i listen to them I will be reminded of the show. I dont really blame the actors, the problem was the story writing, its very flat. I didnt really feel the romance, there's no real plot to the story, no real conflict, overall very very disappointing.


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    South Korea
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    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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