Revenge is best served cold. And Moon Dong-eun from The Glory is the epitome of retaliation, making her the ideal embodiment of the phrase. This revenge drama, in which Song Hye-kyo plays the lead role, quickly rose to the top of the streaming rankings after the first few episodes were released. Hye-kyo puts on a fantastic performance as she takes on the role of Moon Dong-eun, who sets out to exact revenge on the bullies who tormented her in high school after meticulously plotting their destruction for more than ten years.
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The story’s frequent twists and turns keep the audience and spectators on the edge of their seats. Moon’s life and goals are motivated by her desire for retribution against the ones who have harmed her. She exerts effort into devising a complex plot to hold her abusers accountable.
If you are going through a slump of this hit series, we would like to recommend you some of these Kdramas which have similar themes explored in the show.
Director: Park Bong-seop
Cast: Seo Yea-ji, Park Byung-eun, Yoo Sun, and Lee Sang-yeob
Eve follows Lee La-el, a scientist’s daughter who, after the murder of her father, sets out on a dangerous mission to avenge him by taking revenge on the LY Group, one of the wealthiest families in South Korea. For 13 years, she holds all of her frustration and rage inside while putting together a strategy to bring down LY Group. She uses Kang Yoon-gym, the group’s heir, as her target in order to take her vengeance. She weds him, then sues him for a staggering 1.6 billion dollars in an effort to create a scandal surrounding the family. She goes to ridiculous lengths to exact retribution, but as she develops feelings for the offender, her resolve falters.
The show features many ethically dubious individuals, including the main character, which helps to create a gripping story of suffering and treachery.
Director: Jung Dae-yoon
Cast: Song Joong-ki, Lee Sung-min, and Shin Hyun-been
Reborn Rich is the ultimate reincarnation with a twist turned revenge drama where Yoo Hyun-woo, a loyal employee of chaebol Soonyang group. He is murdered by a member of the family to cover up the company’s fraudulent tax evasion schemes. However, instead of dying, he finds himself transported back to 1987 in the body of the family’s youngest chaebol Jin Do-joon. He uses his knowledge about the family from his previous life and also the economic situation of the ‘future’ that he had lived in to wedge his way up in the company and seek revenge for the injustice done to him.
The drama features an intriguing plot, outstanding performances from Song Joong-ki and Lee Sung-min, and a mind-blowing finale that will remain with you long after the credits have rolled.
The series is based on a webtoon The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate.
Director: Jo Hyun-tak
Cast: Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra, Kim Seo-hyung, Lee Tae-ran
SKY Castle examines upper-class families and their hedonistic aspirations. The abbreviation “SKY” refers to the three most prestigious universities in South Korea – Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University – and the show takes place in a luxurious residential complex called SKY Castle, where wives of professors, doctors, and others compete to send their children to the best schools in the country. In this competitive educational system, Kim Joo-young, a coordinator and private teacher with a high success rate in helping students gain admission to Seoul National University, is at the centre.
The World of the Married
Director: Mo Wan-il, Kim Sung-jin
Cast: Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, and Han So-hee.
In this story, Ji Seon-u, a doctor who believes her marriage to Lee Tae-oh is perfect with a loving husband and a happy son, discovers that Lee Tae-oh is having an affair with Yeo Da-kyung. She tries to get to the bottom of the incident, seeking vengeance while trying to keep her son out of it.
Director: Joo Dong-min (S1–3), Park Bo-ram (S1), Park Soo-jin (S2–3)
Cast: Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon, Eugene, Um Ki-joon, Yoon Jong-hoon, and Park Eun-seok
Penthouse centres around a group of affluent families residing in Seoul, notably in the Hera Palace, an opulent highrise. The people who live in the building are well-off and powerful, and they are constantly competing with one another to send their kids to the top institutions in the nation. Oh Yoon-hee, who comes from a low-income family, enters Hera Palace and sends her daughter to Cheong-ah Arts School, where she competed against Cheon Seo-jin.
Due to the success of the series, the show was renewed for two more seasons which explore secrets, revenge, pressure to be the best, etc.
Director: Kim Seong-yoon
Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung, and Kwon Nara
Itaewon Class is based on a webtoon of the same name and stars Park Seo-joon as Park Sae-ro-yi, a young man who opens a bar-restaurant in the neighbourhood of Itaewon after being wrongfully expelled from school and loses his father in a tragic accident.
Director: Kim Jin-min
Cast: Han So-hee, Ahn Bo-hyun, Park Hee-soon, Lee Hak-joo
The story follows Yoon Ji-Woo, who on her birthday witnesses her father’s horrific death. Her obsession with vengeance drives her to search for his killers. Ji-Woo is helped by a powerful crime boss who later instructs her to enter the police force. Ji-Woo then encounters a series of perilous encounters and revelations.
The K-drama’s action and emotions will keep you hooked as the protagonist risks everything to avenge her family.
Director: Kim Hee-won
Cast: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Yeo-jin, and Kwak Dong-yeon
It is about a Korean-Italian consigliere (Song Joong-ki) who leaves Italy after being betrayed by the mafia family he worked for to return to Korea. There, he embarks on a mission to recapture a building held by the Babel Group, where he had previously concealed 1.5 tonnes of gold for a Chinese businessman who had suddenly gone away. Vincenzo finally meets and joins forces with Hong Cha-young, a lawyer seeking revenge for her father’s murder at the hands of the same firm he’s after.
This revenge and intrigue tale is more character-driven and was incredibly well-liked when it first came out. This show is among the best new k-dramas now on the market thanks to its expertly crafted plot and stellar performers. The show also maintains its grip thanks to its compelling blend of drama, violence, and humour.
Revenge of Others
Director: Kim Yoo-jin
Cast: Shin Ye-eun and Park Solomon
This teen vengeance thriller similar to The Glory emphasises the horrible and tragic effects of bullying. Chan-mi, a high school girl who is saddened by the passing of her twin brother Soo-heon, is the protagonist of the suspenseful K-drama. She looks for the truth about her brother’s passing and wants retribution from those to blame. She receives assistance from Lomon, a classmate who supports bullied pupils. He has a brain tumour and doesn’t have long to live; as a result, he makes the most of his time left by fighting—literally, by using his fists—for students who have been mistreated. But when she learns a startling secret about her brother, everything in her world is turned upside down.
Week Hero Class 1
Director: Yoo Soo-min
Cast: Park Ji-hoon, Choi Hyun-wook, and Hong Kyung
Yeon Si-eun, one of the top 1% of students in his class, has no interests outside of academics. Despite his physical weakness, Jeon Yeong-bin’s bullies in his class do not intimidate him. (Kim Su-gyeom). Si-eun defends himself from their increasing acts of violence by using his fast judgment, understanding of physics, and the items in his environment. But when he finds himself in serious danger, Ahn Su-ho, the best fighter in their class, and Oh Beom-seok, the troubled son of an assemblyman, come to his aid. The three get to know one another while attempting to endure a violent high school experience and discovering what it takes to be genuinely resilient.