K-Dramas with Strong Female LeadsIf you’re like me, you yell at the screen when the female lead of a drama does something you don’t like. And since we are talking about k-dramas, you know that happens a lot. Female leads usually get a bad reputation because dramas tend to show them as weak and a bit dim-witted. I mean seriously, how many dramas have we seen where the woman is poor and basically living on the streets and in walks the strong, rich jerk of a male lead to “fix everything”. Or when the female lead gets slapped around multiple times due to “misunderstandings”. There are countless reasons that I won’t list here but you get the point right? So when a drama comes along where the female lead is strong and refuses to back down, be slapped or dragged somewhere by her wrist, I get interested. This is just a small list of dramas I’ve come across with strong female leads. If you know of any others, please let me know.
Bae Jung Ok) who is a police officer and a single mom. She’s pushy, strong and does whatever she has to do to arrest the bad guy. While she’s an amazing police officer at work, her home life is a different story. She has a horrible stepmother, played by Lee Hye Sook (who’s worse than the moms in Shining Inheritance and Bad Guy COMBINED). She also has a horrid stepsister, played by Han Go Eun, who does things… I would say you would only see in k-dramas but some of the stuff she does, I’ve NEVER seen before. Her father is about as clueless as they come. Park Jungkeum lives with her mother, son and two childhood friends. This drama shows how she goes through life bravely. While that may not interest some people, trust me when I say it’s a great drama. It’s so good that I’ve paused all my other dramas just so I can focus all my time on this one. It is THAT good. I won’t put any spoilers on here and unfortunately I can’t find a decent trailer. You’ll just have to make a leap of faith.
2. IrisIris 2 is currently airing. I watched Iris when I was first starting out in the K-drama world, before I knew what Kpop was (what?!?!). I loved all the action and tolerated all the angst romance. The reason I stuck with it, besides Lee Byung Hun of course, was because of Kim Seon Hwa. She was calculating, smart and seriously badass. I mean her fight scenes were incredible. Kim Tae Hee, who played Byung Hun’s love interest, Choi Seung-Hee, should also be mentioned since this is about strong female leads but in my opinion, Seon Hwa is way more awesome and should have ended up with Lee Byung Hun.
Dr. Jin) and wind up in present day, sitting in Park Ha's house. I won’t get into any more of the drama in case you haven’t seen it but suffice it to say there is a lot of back stabbing from family members in this drama. That is actually why I put it on the list. Park Ha, played by Han Ji Min, starts out as the typical female lead (misunderstandings and getting slapped) but then she gets fed up with it and starts going to town! Throwing water in people’s faces… priceless! She has a lot going against her but she stays very grounded and doesn’t let anyone push her around.
Jaejoong is in it.
Notable mention: Killer Girl K