One of the hottest trends in drama land this year is the “Noona Romance”. “What’s a Noona Romance”, you say? Well, let me explain a bit. In Korean, the term Noona is used exclusively by males to describe a close relationship with an older female. You might think of a Noona as your older sister and the term is used as sign of respect. Lately though, quite a few dramas have take this classic male-female relationship and turned it on it’s head leaving fans laughing out loud at the hysterical situations these couples find themselves in and swooning over their favorite male leads who are pursuing their lovely Noonas. So without further delay lets take a look at the top three new dramas featuring our favorite leading men and the older woman they cant help but love!
In at number 1 is…
I Need Romance 3
The first show that brought the Noona Romance to the forefront was TvN’s hit series I Need Romance which aired it’s third installment between January 3rd and March 4th. The I Need Romance series takes a look at the various types of dating situations that we all find ourselves in and in this third installment Shin Joo Yeon (Kim So Yeon) is a successful at work, not so successful in love 33 year old career woman and Noona to the 26 year old music producer Joo Wan (Sung Joon). Joo Wan returns to Korea after 17 years in the United States and runs straight back to Joo Yeon who does not take too kindly to her little “brother” returning and disrupting her life. She does, however, fall in love with his alter ego Allen Joo a big city music producer and DJ. She remembers him as an ugly little boy and doesn’t recognize the handsome man he has become. If you haven’t checked out this amazing title we highly recommend it for it’s realistic and mature take on dating and the absolutely adorable situations that this pair finds themselves in. This show is sure to make you laugh till your stomach hurts and cry your eyes out. If that’s not enough for you to check out this show maybe this will convince you, Sung Joon in a bathtub, it happened.
And the award for cutest Noona Romance in a Korean Drama goes to…
The next show that’s brought the Noona Romance to the forefront this year has just been added to Viki (European and Latin America Regions) and was a Dramafever exclusive in North America is the hit series also on TvN Emergency Couple staring the hilarious Song Ji Hyo and beastly Choi Jin Hyuk. This show marks the long awaited return of Song Ji Hyo to drama land and is Choi Jin Hyuk’s first leading role. Choi Jin Hyuk plays medical intern Oh Chang Min a 29 year old whose faced some ups and downs in life, but has overcome them and is on the path to success. Everything looks great until he discovers that he’s actually working with his ex-wife, 33 year old Oh Jin Hee (Song Ji Hyo) whose also become a medical intern and hilarity ensues. This title not only depicts the Noona Romance, but throws divorce into the storyline making for some seriously awkward situations. If romantic comedies are your thing or you just love to laugh Emergency Couple is one you can’t miss.
Secret Love Affair
This is the show that takes the Noona Romance to the extreme. Currently airing is Secret Love Affair, staring Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae, which tells the story of Lee Seon Jae (Yoo In Ah) whose a young man in his 20’s and a prodigy pianist. He falls in love with a much older woman, Oh Hye Won (Kim Ae Hee), whose in her 40’s, and maybe it’s their love for music or simply their unbridled love for each other but these two highly unlikely people end up in a very Secret Love Affair that is sure to thrill. This drama is a bit on the mature side and tackles the issue of age head on. If you’re looking for a more serious show with a never before seen storyline in a Korean drama this one is definitely for you! Don’t miss it every Monday and Tuesday right here on Viki and Dramafever.
There it is folks, three great titles featuring three of the hottest young actors in drama land today chasing after their Noonas!