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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    summs 29 days ago - edited
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    EmpyreanConqueror 29 days ago

    The start was absolutely amazing, then it dragged on for too long. I can see why people would rate this so low, but come on, 7.3? This deserves at least 7.5+ The ending was satisfactory.

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    Lotus 30 days ago

    I watched it because I started it, but it was so difficult to finish with it's boring plot line and none existence character development. The only character that I liked was the CEO.

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    irida_space 30 days ago - edited

    I really don't know why such cast decided to take on this project..

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      Zardua_ 27 days ago

      Well, this type of show did have lots of potential, in my opinion, I was excited to watch it before it came out, but it soon turned out to be worse than anyone expected

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      irida_space 27 days ago

      I'm sure the cast read the script beforehand. Usually you can tell by the script how it's gonna turn out. Plus the story was so lame. Shouldn't have been hard to tell it would flop

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    Serin 30 days ago

    Ending was so sh*tty that it was even worse than the main couple's non-existent chemistry and acting skills. If you don't value your time at all and want to waste it on some nonsense go ahead and watch this drama. It'll definitely meet your expectations.

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    Maya 30 days ago - edited
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    gunedai Aug 25, 2017

    oh my god !soo cute.i loved it .i cried a lot at the last episode

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    NoufAli Aug 24, 2017 - edited

    The only two good things about this drama is the poster and Im joo hwan

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      K-Sun Aug 25, 2017

      Oh yeah! lol
      Where is the storyline?
      What was the story btw...? hahaha
      Shin Se Kyung as usual is a disappointment in terms of her acting skill!

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      xcrystalstarx Aug 25, 2017

      I liked the OST.

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    8man Aug 24, 2017

    T E R P E R O S O K

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    Jelena96 Aug 24, 2017

    This drama isn't that bad. Yes, the story needed little changes, but, despite that, I really enjoyed watching it. It has that 'sweet love sadness' and a happy ending. I personally think this drama is underrated.

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    palak Aug 24, 2017

    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 Aug 24, 2017

    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 Aug 23, 2017

    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 Aug 23, 2017 - edited
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    WolfDog Aug 23, 2017 - 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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    South Korea
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    Jul 3, 2017 to Aug 22, 2017
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.2 (scored by 3,645 users)
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