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Although the title of this post is “kdrama that will make you cry”, this list actually includes other forms of Asian drama such as films from Japan and Taiwan. All of them are sad and guaranteed to bring on the water works. If you’re in the mood for a good Tearjerker tonight, check out our Top 10 Kdrama that Will Make You Cry.
10.) Fated to Love You – Taiwanese Version
This is the original televised version of the series, based on the comic book of the same name. The plot follows closely to the comic, beginning with a case of mistaken identity which finds the two main characters (Chen Xin Yi and Ji Cun Xi) sleeping together resulting in an unplanned pregnancy. The male lead is being pressured by his family to produce an heir for his company, and so the two strike a bargain in which Xin Yi will live there for 9 months (the duration of her pregnancy) and then sign over rights to the child to Cun Xi and leave the picture completely.
But a lot can happen in 9 months. The two begin to develop feelings for eachother and their unborn baby while living together. The family members on both sides also grow attached to their potential new inlaws. Things however become complicated when Cun Xi’s fiancee, Anna, returns from overseas and discovers the situation.
Although this is generally a comedy series, there are some tragic things which happen along the way. and even some mundane daily things which struck me enough to move me to tears. Check out the spoilers below for some of the highlights.
Perhaps the saddest thing, is that late in this series, Xin Yi loses her baby in an accident. It’s made even sadder due to a misunderstanding / lie brought about by Anna. In desperation to win back her love, Anna tells Xin Yi that Cun Xi wants her to have a late term abortion, although he never really wanted this. Distraught by the news, Xin Yi runs out into traffic where she is hit by a car and loses the baby. This event triggers the next series of events and changes everyone’s lives. Xin Yi finds her independence and becomes strong, while Cun Xi, finally realizes he is in love with her and spends the next several years of his life trying to find her again to apologize and beg her to come back to him. Due to the misunderstanding from before, Xin Yi genuinely hates him and it takes a long time before she discovers that this was not what he wanted to happen.
Although this is the big “sad” event in the series, several other touching and moving things happen such as: The main characters share the same birthday. The girl says that she has never had anyone wish her happy birthday before. When Cun Xi discovers this, he plans a beautiful date for them to celebrate together, however, in the middle of driving to their destination, he receives a phone call from his fiancee, Anna, saying that for one day only she is flying back to spend his birthday with him. He apologizes and leaves Xin Yi in order to go spend time with Anna. Cun Xi leaves her with the chauffeur and an itinerary of their proposed date. Unable to enjoy the date alone, Xin Yi decides to follow Cun Xi and spy on him during his date. When Anna stands him up and doesn’t show up, Xin Yi dresses in costume to present a gift she bought for Cun Xi, signing Anna’s name to make him think that Anna kept her promise and did not forget his birthday. This scene probably made me cry more than any of the others. It was just so touching, and I felt so bad for Xin Yi.
There’s also another scene in which Xin Yi is living with Cun Xi’s grandmother in the baby’s nursery as her due date draws nearer. Cun Xi is a jerk at this time, and living in an apartment with his fiancee, Anna. He very rarely stops by to see how Xin Yi or the baby or his family are doing. Xin Yi is busy preparing the nursery all alone. Prior to this, the two of them had gone shopping together, and Cun Xi had picked out a rocking horse for the baby. The store clerk offered him the floor model, but Cun Xi said he wanted to build it with his own hands. It is very hard to assemble, and it seems that Cun Xi has forgotten all about this. Xin Yi spends night after night, forgoing sleep trying to put together the rocking horse. She has fallen into depression at the thought of having to leave her baby, and she begins a notebook for the baby, in which she writes to the baby, pretending to be Anna, so that the baby will have a baby book to look back on. She writes very touching things, includes his measurements at his checkups, and writes about his father and also about Anna, but never writes about herself. Finally, exhausted and depressed, she falls asleep on the floor one night in the baby’s room. Cun Xi comes back to the house one night, and sneaks into the nursery. He helps her to put together the rocking horse, and tucks Xin Yi into bed, comforting her, before sneaking back outside, returning to Anna, unnoticed.
9. Someone Like You
This is another Taiwanese drama about a blind man who falls in love with his caretaker who has a striking resemblance to the man’s fiancee who was killed in a car wreck (which also cost the man his eyesight). There’s several different love triangles, and lots of drama. There’s also quite a bit of comedy too.
8. Absolute Boyfriend
This is based on the manga by Yuu Watase (and happens to be my favorite manga of all time). I prefer the Taiwanese version, but the Japanese version is also good. They’re also working on a Korean version now too. The story follows a young female who is very awkward around men and considers herself to not be very popular. She lives next door to a childhood friend who’s always teasing her, but also always helping to take care of her and watch out for her when her parents are away. — The Taiwanese version does a better job depicting this. In the Japanese version, instead of child hood friends, it’s her boss at work. The drama comes in, when the main female mistakeningly orders an adult-sex-toy robot, and that robot becomes self aware, and the two of them fall in love. She must hide his identity as a robot from everyone. And it deals with a lot of ethical issues, such as can a robot ever really replace the need for human companionship? A robot cannot give you kids, or a family. A robot can never grow old with you. A robot who’s sole purpose is only to love you, then serves no other purpose once you die, what becomes of the robot then?
7. La Dolce Vita
This is a story about an older married woman with children, who ends up falling in love with a much younger man, and leaving her husband and children to be with him. The young man is also involved in some spoilery stuff below.
6. Cinderella Man
This was the first Kdrama I ever seen. It’s basically the prince and the pauper. 2 brothers were separated at birth. One of them searches for his birth mother, he’s also a successful business heir and so he trains his brother (who he meets by chance and does not recognize/realize as his brother.) to be his stand-in with the company so he can spend more time searching for his mother. The other brother grew up in a orphanage and lives a poor/meager, but happy life. There’s romance too, the poor brother meets an aspiring young fashion design student, and falls in love with her. The wealthy brother is very sick. And then spoilers happen.
5. I Hear Your Voice
This is a supernatural/crime drama. A young boy has the ability to read people’s minds and he teams up with a public defense attorney to help those who are wrongfully accused. The two of them also share a sad past, and blossom a new romance. Their past comes back to haunt them as the main villain who appears time and time and time again. He does very very very horrible things to the young girl and her family. It starts out not very sad but as the villain begins making his moves, and the story builds, it becomes increasingly more dramatic and depressing.
4. Angel Eyes
A young girl and young boy are both impacted by a tunnel collapse which takes the lives of their parents. One is a firefighter who pulls the young girl out just in time, but dies himself trying to go back to save her mother. The girl is saved, but becomes blind from the injuries. Years pass, and the two meet by chance. The young boy delivers soup that his mother makes, and on his route every night he sees a young woman who he “assumes” is gazing at the stars, reciting names of constellations. She works at a planetarium and he goes there one day on a school field trip. The projector gets stuck during the presentation, but because she’s blind, she can’t see this and continues her speech as if nothing’s wrong. The audience begins laughing/teasing her, and then other boys in his class begin to play pranks on her, realizing she’s blind. The young boy runs up to the stage to save her from falling for their pranks, and then every day he begins visiting her. She turns him away time and time again, but he is very persistent despite her being very rude to him. The two fall in love, a pure young happy love, she meets his family, and his mother becomes like a second mother to her. Then spoilers happen.
3. 90 Days Time to Love
This series bombed/flopped in it’s homeland of South Korea, but it remains one of my all time favorite Kdramas. It’s about two young children who fall in love, only to later be told by their family that they are actually cousins, and therefore, forbidden from seeing eachother. They are reunited and torn apart again and again throughout their lives, until finally spoilers happen….
2. Autumn in My Heart
This story is sad on many levels. It’s about two babies who were switched at birth, and later switch back, but they’re already (approximately) 14 at the time and attached to their own families. This is where most of the drama comes in initially in the first half of the series… but it gets much more complex and depressing as it goes on. The main character is in love with her “brother” (not related by blood). He has a fiancee who loves him desperately. It’s complicated again by the appearance of an additional love interest for the leading lady, a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Sometimes with misguided intentions, but always with love and care in his heart for her. The two mothers also struggle with their feelings for both of their “daughters”.
1. 10 Promises to My Dog
Do you know the 10 promises you must make to be a responsible pet owner? The hardest promise of all is number 10. This movie is very sad for any pet lover, and it takes my number 1 spot for saddest Kdrama (it’s actually a Japanese film though). I think I hyperventilated for almost 3 hours after watching this film. In this story, a young girl finds a dog outside one day while she is playing. She asks her parents if she can keep him, but her father hates dogs and adamantly refuses. Shortly after the puppy is discovered, the girl’s mother becomes gravely ill. She passes very quickly, but not before talking to both her husband and daughter about the dog. The mother explains to the very young girl that there are 10 promises that she must make before she can be allowed to keep the dog. Things such as feed him, bathe him, groom him, play with him, love him, but ultimately, someday, when the dog is old, she must promise to be there and help him pass away without fear, sadness, or pain. The mother explains how short a dog’s life is, usually only about 7 years, and that although to the young girl, this may sound like a long time, it will pass very quickly. Unaware of the full responsibility of her promise, the girl agrees, and the movie revolves around her growing up with her friends, father, and her dog. All starts out cute and happy, but all does not remain calm. Several heart-breaking things happen which change relationships within the family, both between humans as well as the animals.
I spent several days making this list, and then today it occurred to me I forgot one of my favorite dramas so I have to add it here.
Golden Rainbow: This drama is about an ex-convict who adopts 7 orphans, one of which is the biological daughter of his true love, who is presumed to be dead, after being kidnapped as a very small child. This is a very lengthy drama and in the beginning the children are only about 7 years old, in the end they’re in their 30s. It has a LOT of heartbreak. Spoilers happen below.
What do you think of our list of the 10 saddest Kdrama? Have you seen any of the above series? Did they make you cry too? Or maybe you have seen even sadder Kdrama that you think should be on this list. Leave us a comment below!
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