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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    Dreamwalker Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    I feel like the chemistry issue is based on the current irl relationship of Nam Joo Hyuk. They recently announced that the relationship had ended. However, more than likely they had been having issues through the entire filming of this show. His acting throughout the show was average at best in my opinion. It would be a completely different story had the chemistry been great coupled with the breakup, but now I see it as Shin Se Kyung keeping her distance given the outside issues that might have bled into the work. Again, could be absolutely nothing, but that was my take on it.

    I was always off on Shin Se Kyung until her two latest works, otherwise I would have just thought it was her, but I don't see that being the case anymore. I'm impressed by how much she has improved over the last couple years.

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    green_tokki Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    This wasn't a horrible watch for me... overall my rate for this drama is a 6.5 - still watchable but not recommended.

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    Brownie Aug 22, 2017 - edited
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      Pinocchio Aug 22, 2017

      Haha nam soo ri is so loyal n im sad that its over too

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    Zinneerah Aug 22, 2017

    I was really anticipating for this drama ever since they announced but I'm really disappointed after watching. I really love the main leads but as a character I really don't like, they have no chemistry at all and it was sometime boring :( So Ah (her character) always crying and she is really weak and Habeak's character was really pathetic ! Moo Ra and Bi Ryeom character: they don't act like deities but more like kids !! Pff I really disappointed about this drama !

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    Hyuna Aug 22, 2017
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    Nancy Aug 22, 2017

    All I want to say after completing this drama - love you Lim ju hwan ( hoo ye is my reason to watch this drama )
    Biryum moora and Sec. MIN and shin je ya characters are also good.
    But lead actor's are good and best but there characters are not written upto remarkable.
    I'm also disappointed even until the end they don't revealed hoo ye'sfather.

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    namopanik Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    so did Kang Ha Neul make his cameo or not?

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      Nancy Aug 22, 2017

      No kang ha neul I'm also so disappointed

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    KMR Aug 22, 2017

    I dropped it long ago because you could sense early on that it was gonna be messy and disappointing. But I still came here just to read how bad it is LOL and also those who get mad because they think it was not that bad. So funny. ah ah ah

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    mikkan Aug 22, 2017

    The only good thing in this drama was Gong Myung (btw he looked like a Greek God with long hair)

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    _Muffty_ Aug 22, 2017

    The best about the last episode was the earth deity. I'd totally leave Habeak standing in the dust and take that cool Ahjussi.

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    KeyUsual Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    So.. after BOTWG final my first thoughts was – I want new drama with Im Joo-hwan as main lead. Something dark and dramatic, “Vampire Prosecutor” style.

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    TokkiLily Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    I haven't seen this drama yet but I see clips of it everywhere (youtube/instagram). When you watch a clip or video you get an idea of what the drama is about but not from this one. Because it looks like the only thing they do in every single episode of this drama is make out. There is no plot. Even the actors look confused.
    *puts on dramas to avoid list.

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      Kat39 Aug 23, 2017

      "Even the actors looked confused" That is how I felt every episode. The actors and the source material were not to blame for the problems with this drama. I felt nothing but sympathy for the actors trying to work with what they were given. I hope they continue to receive support and respect in their future projects.

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    94loveKdrama Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    I've seen 7 episodes.
    NJH character is meh, I just squeal for a moment because of his gorgeous long hair/deity look after that I felt nothing.
    No chemistry between SSK and NJH (correction I ain't bitter because of the break-up news)
    Character that I find quite interesting basically Bi Ryum, Mura and Hoo Yee.

    Because of NJH I keep trying to say to myself it's ok but it isn't.
    Dunno if I have to drop it or not but for the sake of those 3 characters maybe ill try to stay.

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    B_ann1 Aug 22, 2017
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    Emily Aug 22, 2017 - edited

    This took a nosedive on the quality scale REAL FAST.

    I was a big fan at the beginning, but the drama then devolved into a flailing mess of "what exactly was the plot again?".


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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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