21 Korean Drama Remakes Of Other TV Series & Dramas

You know it’s common to see remakes of movies & TV series. When a movie or a series becomes popular or its story is great, it is most common to see their remakes.

Different countries take inspiration or simply copy the movies & series from other countries. For example, here are some Bollywood Remakes Of Korean Movies. Hollywood is also an example as remakes can be seen.

While most of the audience hate remakes, some of them are more popular & good than their original ones. In the end, it’s your choice whether to watch the original one or the remake.

Korean Drama Remakes Of Other Series

While Korean dramas & movies are remade into different languages, some Kdramas are also inspired or are based on dramas & TV Series of other countries. They may be good or bad.

Korean Drama Remakes Of Other Series

If you want to know the Korean dramas that are remakes of dramas or series from a different language, here is the list. These Kdramas are remakes of Japanese dramas, Taiwanese dramas, American & U.K. TV series.

1. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

the smile has left your eyes

A detective takes on a female university student murder case. He has a sister who meets a man who is not a good person, but she has sympathy for him. The detective tries to push him away from his sister as he suspects that the man is somehow involved in the murder case.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “One Million Stars Falling from the Sky”.

One Million Stars Falling from the Sky

Cast –

  • Seo In Guk as Kim Moo Young
  • Jung So Min as Yoo Jin Kang
  • Park Sung Woong as Yoo Jin Gook
  • Seo Eun Soo as Baek Seung Ah

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

2. Love Affairs in The Afternoon

Love Affairs in the Afternoon

Ji Eun is a housewife who works part-time at a mart. She is quiet and sincere, even as she feels trapped in her sad life. One day, she meets biology teacher Jung Woo and her heart starts beating. They cannot seem to stay away from each other even when they know the consequences.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “Hirugao”.

Hirugao

Cast –

  • Lee Sang Yeob as Yoon Jung Woo
  • Park Ha Sun as Son Ji Eun
  • Ye Ji Won as Choi Soo Ah
  • Jo Dong Hyuk as Do Ha Yoon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

3. Mother

mother

Soo Jin, a temporary teacher and bird researcher at an elementary school realizes that one of her students is being abused at home by her family. She makes an impulsive decision to kidnap the child and acts as a substitute mother in an attempt to take care of her.

The drama is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name.

mother japanese drama

Cast –

  • Lee Bo Young as Kang Soo Jin
  • Heo Yeol as Kim Hye Na
  • Lee Hye Young as Kang Yeong Shin
  • Go Sung Hee as Shin Ja Young

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

4. Liar Game

liar game

Nam Da Jung is invited to join the reality show Liar Game, a psychological survival game wherein participants trick each other and the one who succeeds wins the prize. She asks genius ex-con swindler and former psychology professor Ha Woo Jin to help her win the game.

The drama is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name. The Japanese version has three more seasons.

liar game japanese

Cast –

  • Lee Sang Yoon as Cha Woo Jin
  • Kim So Eun as Nam Da Jung
  • Shin Sung Rok as Kang Do Yeong
  • Cha Soo Yeon as Lee Yoon Joo

No. Of Episodes – 12

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

5. The Suspicious Housekeeper

The Suspicious Housekeeper

Bok Nyeo is a housekeeper that works for a family that includes a widowed father, and his four troubled children, all of whom are grappling with the aftermath of their mother’s death. Unsmiling and unexpressive, she guides the family into healing their wounds and rebuilding bonds.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “Kaseifu no Mita”.

Kaseifu no Mita

Cast –

  • Choi Ji Woo as Park Bok Nyeo
  • Lee Sung Jae as Eun Sang Chul
  • Kim So Hyun as Eun Han Gyul
  • Wang Ji Hye as Yoon Song Hwa

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Viki, YouTube

6. Rich Man

Rich Man

Yoo Chan is the CEO of the IT company Next In. He suffers from a condition where he can’t recognize faces, and this makes him very guarded. Bo Ra came to Seoul to attend college. With her imminent graduation, her dream is to work for Next In. When they meet, what will happen?

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “Rich Man, Poor Woman”.

rich man poor woman

Cast –

  • Suho as Lee Yoo Chan
  • Ha Yeon Soo as Kim Bo Ra
  • Oh Chang Seok as Min Tae Joo
  • Kim Ye Won as Min Tae Ra

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

7. The Queen’s Classroom

The Queens Classroom

The drama centers around Ma Ye Jin, a cold-hearted elementary teacher of the 6th grade, and her students. Her students are instilled with fear, stung by hurtful remarks, and betrayed by classmates under Ma’s manipulative ways. But gradually, they learn to become independent and self-reliant.

The drama is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name.

The Queens Classroom japanese

Cast –

  • Go Hyun Jung as Ma Ye Jin
  • Seo Shin Ae as Eun Bo Mi
  • Chun Bo Geun as Oh Dong Gu
  • Kim Hyang Gi as Shim Ha Na

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

8. Fated To Love You

Fated To Love You

Kim Mi Young is an office clerk who can’t say no to anyone. While on vacation, she accidentally spends one night with Lee Gun, the successor of a big company. She then finds herself pregnant. Her life will never be the same and they must deal with the consequences.

The drama is a remake of a Taiwanese drama of the same name.

Fated To Love You Taiwanese

Cast –

  • Jang Hyuk as Lee Gun
  • Jang Na Ra as Kim Mi Young
  • Choi Jin Hyuk as Daniel Pitt
  • Wang Ji Won as Kang Se Ra

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

9. Legal High

legal high

Tae Rim is a lawyer who has a 100% winning rate. He can’t even imagine ever losing a case & winning is important for him. Meanwhile, Jae In is a rookie lawyer. These two completely different lawyers end up working together to win court cases for their clients.

The drama is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name.

legal high japanese

Cast –

  • Jin Goo as Go Tae Rim
  • Seo Eun Soo as Seo Jae In
  • Yoon Park as Gang Gi Suk
  • Chae Jung An as Min Joo Gyung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

10. Love In Sadness

Love In Sadness

Yoon Ma Ri is an artist and the daughter-in-law of a chaebol family. Her marriage life is miserable. Her husband is obsessed and violent towards her. She decides to escape from her obsessive husband. She meets Jung Won, a good & smart plastic surgeon, and falls in love with him.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “Utsukushii Hito”.

Utsukushii Hito

Cast –

  • Ji Hyun Woo as Seo Jung Won
  • Park Han Byul as Yoon Ma Ri
  • Ryu Soo Young as Kang In Wook
  • Wang Bit Na as Joo Hae Ra

No. Of Episodes – 40

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

11. The 101st Proposal

The 101st Proposal

An old bachelor Park Dal Jae has gone on a lot of blind dates, but he still can’t find a wife. It’s tough since he’s not young, good-looking, or rich, but he’s got his heart in the right place. On his 100th date, he finally meets the perfect girl, a 29-year-old lady Han Su Jung.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “101st Marriage Proposal”.

101st Marriage Proposal

Cast –

  • Lee Moon Shik as Dal Jae
  • Park Sun Young as Han Su Jung
  • Song Chang Eui as Seo Hyun Joon

No. Of Episodes – 15

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

12. He Who Can’t Marry

He Who Cant Marry

Jae Hee is a man in his 40s who is very stubborn and hasn’t gotten married yet. His life will be surrounded by three different women. Moon Jung is a doctor that he meets, Yoo Jin is his neighbor whom he meets due to a disturbance, and Ki Ran is his colleague at work.

The drama is a remake of the Japanese drama “Kekkon Dekinai Otoko”.

Kekkon Dekinai Otoko

Cast –

  • Ji Jin Hee as Jo Jae Hee
  • Uhm Jung Hwa as Jang Moon Jung
  • Kim So Eun as Jung Yoo Jin

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

13. A Witch’s Love

A Witchs Love

Ji Yun doesn’t believe in true love, because her boyfriend disappeared before their wedding. Dong Ha runs a small errand center. He looks like a happy guy, but he lost his girlfriend in an accident. Sparks fly when they meet and find a lot in common with each other.

The drama is a remake of the Taiwanese drama “My Queen”.

my queen Taiwanese

Cast –

  • Uhm Jung Hwa as Ban Ji Yun
  • Park Seo Joon as Yoon Dong Ha
  • Han Jae Suk as No Shi Hoon
  • Ra Mi Ran as Baek Na Rae

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

14. Suits

suits

An acclaimed corporate attorney at a prestigious firm takes a gamble hiring a dropout who studied for and aced the bar under a false name with a photographic memory but no law degree to help him with high-stakes cases who continuously shows his creativity case by case.

The drama is a remake of the American series of the same name.

suits american

Cast –

  • Jang Dong Gun as Choi Kang Seok
  • Park Hyung Shik as Go Yun Woo
  • Jin Hee Kyung as Kang Ha Yun
  • Chae Jung An as Hong Da Ham

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

15. Life On Mars

life on mars

One day, while investigating a case, Tae Joo has an accident. When he wakes up, he finds himself in the winter of 1988. He is now a detective appointed to work at a police station in a small city. To get back to the present day, he tries to solve the case.

The drama is a remake of the U.K. series of the same name.

life on mars uk

Cast –

  • Jung Kyung Ho as Han Tae Joo
  • Park Sung Woong as Kang Dong Cheol
  • Go Ah Sung as Yoon Na Yeong
  • Oh Dae Hwan as Lee Yong Gi

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

16. Criminal Minds

criminal minds

The drama follows a group of highly trained profilers in the fictional National Criminal Investigation (NCI) team who track down criminals to solve cases. It begins a year after a crucial error results in a bomb detonating at a hospital, killing several officers.

The drama is a remake of the American series of the same name.

criminal minds us

Cast –

  • Lee Joon Gi as Kim Hyun Joon
  • Son Hyun Joo as Kang Gi Hyung
  • Moon Chae Won as Ha Sun Woo
  • Yoo Sun as Na Na Hwang

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

17. Designated Survivor: 60 Days

designated survivor 60 days

Moo Jin is the Minister of Environment. One day, the cabinet is gathered in the Assembly. A terror attack kills many government officials but he is left alive & must sit as the acting president for 60 days. He chases after the person or group responsible for the attack.

The drama is a remake of the American series of the same name.

designated survivor us

Cast –

  • Ji Jin Hee as Park Moo Jin
  • Son Seok Koo as Cha Young Jin
  • Kang Han Na as Han Na Kyung
  • Heo Joon Ho as Han Joo Seung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

18. The Good Wife

the good wife

A husband works as a successful prosecutor and his future appears bright, but he gets arrested for corruption in a political scandal. His wife who worked as an attorney before their marriage now resumes her career after a 13-year hiatus. He begins to find her true identity.

The drama is a remake of the American series of the same name.

the good wife us

Cast –

  • Jeon Do Yeon as Kim Hye Kyung
  • Yoo Ji Tae as Lee Tae Joon
  • Yoon Kye Sang as Seo Jung Won

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

19. Mistress

mistress

The drama is about the scandalous lives of a group of four girlfriends – each on her path to self-discovery as they brave the turbulent journey together. After Se Yun’s husband died in an accident, she begins to receive phone calls and mysterious things take place around her.

The drama is a remake of the U.K. series “Mistresses”.

mistresses uk

Cast –

  • Han Ga In as Jang Se Yun
  • Shin Hyun Bin as Kim Eun Soo
  • Choi Hee Seo as Han Jung Won
  • Gu Jae Yi as Do Hwa Young

No. Of Episodes – 12

Watch On – Viki

20. The World Of The Married

the world of married

Ji Sun Woo, a revered family medicine doctor and associate director at a hospital are married to an aspiring director Tae Oh with whom she has a son. Sun Woo thinks her family is perfect until she finds out that Tae Oh is having an affair with another woman.

The drama is a remake of the U.K. series “Doctor Foster”.

doctor foster

Cast –

  • Kim Hee Ae as Ji Sun Woo
  • Park Hae Joon as Lee Tae Oh
  • Han So Hee as Yeo Da Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

21. Less Than Evil

less than evil

The drama centers on the ongoing psychological battle between a brilliant psychopathic murderer and a hot-headed, justice-driven detective with a strong sense of justice but tormented by the crimes he solves, who is unable to arrest the murderer due to a lack of evidence.

The drama is a remake of the U.K. series “Luther”.

luther

Cast –

  • Shin Ha Kyun as Woo Tae Seok
  • Lee Seol as Eun Sun Jae
  • Park Ho San as Jeon Choon Man
  • Kim Gun Woo as Jang Hyung Min

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Viki


Wrapping Up

So, these were the Korean drama remakes of other series & dramas. As you saw in the list, maximum dramas are based on Japanese dramas. Then, U.K & American TV series.

As per the ratings & views of the viewers, Korean versions are better than the Japanese ones & American versions are better than the Korean ones. The same goes for British TV Series.

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