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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    NoemiVillagranLeon Aug 22, 2017

    I'm asking myself if they're gonna try a somehow similar ending as the
    manhwa... I'll need to be prepared with my tissues... Please let it be a
    happy ending. I won't be able to handle a Scarlet Heart type of
    ending..For some reason the opening sequence in the first chapter keeps
    me thinking a lot...I can't say what conclusion I've gotten from it. I'll know tomorrow if I made the right guess. Wow, I can't believe all the negative comments. This is a story I would watch again, it's cute and lighthearted. Loved it!

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    MysticLullaby Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    Everyone is hating this drama apparently and honestly most did not even give it a chance, there was nothing but hate since the very first episode, well I find nothing wrong with it, I've really enjoyed it, it's been a fun cute watch.

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      KingLouie Aug 21, 2017

      Agree with you..and its common to like or dislike drama..but everyone ends up watching it anyway and they always like it..

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      Knavery Aug 21, 2017

      I didn't mind the first few episodes but it slowly started to lose it after that.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Aug 22, 2017

      The pretty in this drama is overwhelming - it is funny, adorable, lots of eye-candy :D Possibly short on extended logic, but the characters seem consistent & the short-term logic (ie within an episode or series of related scenes) holds together enough to make sense. So I just don't do any deep thinking when I'm watching, LOL

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      flarofl Aug 22, 2017

      I agree with you.. I put it on hold at eps 11 though... but still wanna know further.. FYI I dropped goblin already at eps 8 hahaha

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      Foodie Aug 22, 2017

      I watched 5 episodes before i decided to drop it tho

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    green_tokki Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    Geez... just die together. Tragic but at least it would give weight to this drama at the last minute.

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    Benedict Aug 21, 2017

    Lack of plot and direction really hurting this series. It obviously didn't follow the Manwha, but to have no clear direction on its own is disappointing.

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    Foodie Aug 21, 2017

    Dropped. Such a disappointment :/

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    RhopalocerA Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    Perfect example of drama with no significance plot. Just a love story between a jealous (god?) guy and a (pshyciatrist?) lonely girl..Pity though, the story could have been better if the writer use more of her brain cells.

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    falcon Aug 20, 2017

    2 more episode left but the there's no development on the story. It seems like CEO Shin is the protagonist compared to the main leads. His character and acting srsly save this drama.

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    Yuuki Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    I was excited about this drama at first but then watched few episodes and dropped it.
    Does it get better afterwards?

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      green_tokki Aug 20, 2017 - edited

      Nope. But on the bright side it is consistently bad so it is watchable. He he

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      Yuuki Aug 20, 2017

      Thanks for replying
      Does the acting get better?

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      Samantha Aug 20, 2017

      It depends on how you see it.
      Some people like it.. Some don't..

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      KingLouie Aug 20, 2017

      There are some things which doesn't suit to be in the story or not played fine..but you will surely find things that can appeal to it is watchable..right now the story is turning a bit so it is interesting..

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    H8PE Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    Does anybody know a name of Nak Bin's actress?

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    MaShh Aug 20, 2017

    I had a very high expectation for this, but after the first couple of episodes I told myself it will get better, I keep telling myself that even till now that there are only 2 episodes left. If you are expecting a legendary show this is not it. there's just tooooooo many things wrong with this show, so many pointless scenes with no context and filled with characters that reallty no one cares about. once in a blue moon you'll see a scene you might like and then its back to the same mess it was before. At this point my sister and I just watch it to nag/scream at the TV, Its a very good stress reliever

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    soepspaansenler Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    this drama is such a huge mess just unwatchable at this point
    And ssk can't kiss it just looks so ugly, poor nam joo hyuk

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    winsom3 Aug 19, 2017

    I felt like Hoo Ye saved her. What are your thoughts?

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    newbie Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    well,i started this drama with great expectations but it disappointed me a lot.but as everyone says i don't find any fault in their acting but the problem is no deity is acting like the god, thats driving me fact mr.shin is seems like god for some come gods get jealous,anger and hatred.i m really pissed off with Bi ryum's character.he best suits for devil character.and i really like to ship so ah and mr.shin.but it's really not my cup of coffee..

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      Brownie Aug 19, 2017

      Rookie mistake there. Lol I watch dramas without any expectations whatsoever so if it goes South I'm not so disappointed.

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      newbie Aug 21, 2017

      lol,u r saying like "no expectations,no disappointment"..may be that better suits for this drama

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    Lotus Aug 18, 2017 - edited

    Who else ship So Ah and Hoo Ye? I find Habaek just immature and narsisstic. I watched the drama because of Nam Joo Hyuk, but I just couldn't like his character in the drama. Hoo Yee's character is much more mature and relatable.

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      green_tokki Aug 20, 2017 - edited

      LOL. @Neyjour gurl i'll fight you to have Hoo Ye! He's mine! ❤(ˆ‿ˆԅ) hehe

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      green_tokki Aug 20, 2017
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      green_tokki Aug 20, 2017 - edited

      sigh. i can't wait to wrap this up and move on to another. tbh this drama may be so flawed and yet i enjoy watching this one. I want answers... can HB/SA be together? What will happen to the world? to CEO Shin?

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      Neyjour Aug 20, 2017

      green_tokki - Sorry... I called firsties! LOL!! ;) Oh lordy... is this going to turn into a double wrist-grab scene, with Hoo Ye in the middle? You better back off, or my next move is going to be the mother of all face-slaps. :D :P

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    changwookie Aug 18, 2017 - edited

    In all honesty whenever So Ah and Habaek are together they are like immature hormonal teens with only feeling lust. All they do is get jealous or leave each other and the cycle repeats again. However when So Ah is with Hoo Ye, they both seem very mature and you can see they care for each other. So Ah is so much more mature yet still childish around him. Their chemistry click more that Habaek. Although we all know they wont end up with each other.


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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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