On this very important election day, I’ve done what many of us have, cast my vote and then headed for the hills to wait for the smoke to clear. It all made me wonder about the Korean dramas I’ve watched which have focused around an election then I realized….there was only one. I’m not talking sidelines, those evil big bad k-dads who are up for election and can only get there by hiding love ones or the loved ones of loved ones in the always popular mental hospital, but actual dramas where the main plot revolves around a political race. Racking my brain, yep, there was only one. Which made me wonder, do I just not watch political dramas or are there just not many out there?
So let’s do some research.
Luckily, thanks to MyDramaList’s search feature, I was able to narrow it down to South Korean political dramas. From there I just ruled out allllll of the saeguks as…no voting there! From there I ruled out dramas which just took place in the political sphere. Nope, we’re looking for the election process to happen within the span of our drama. All this left….not a lot. I’m pretty surprised. Or. I’m not surprised as I don’t really want to watch a political drama, so maybe others don’t either? Maybe this list I compiled isn’t so much a list of dramas to watch, but instead is a list of dramas to stay away from? Especially during a voting season when all everyone wants to talk about, all you see anywhere is politics?
If that’s the case, maybe you don’t want to try these dramas:
City Hall is a drama that deals with politics in a romantic comedy genre. It’s about the happenings between a young woman mayor and an elite bureaucrat. Jo Gook is an exceedingly smart government official. He passed the Higher Civil Service quickly and basically is the perfect guy.
But being a deputy mayor is not enough for him. He lives with the dream of becoming South Korea’s President. He should have easilygone straight to the top, but due to an unexpected incident, he gets dispatched as a deputy mayor for a provincial small town, Inju City, where Shin Mi Rae is working.
Shin Mi Rae is a low-ranking secretary in Inju, but she works her way up to become the youngest City Mayor. As their paths meet, they have to deal with each other’s personal and social differences. But despite their constant bickerings, will they end up in each other’s arms?
(Actually, this one is pretty good and, though it’s older, you should check it out.)
Three months before the presidential nominating convention, Jang Il Joon, from the New Wave Party, declared his candidacy. On that same day, a woman died in a gas explosion in Sam Chuk. Yoo Min Ki, a documentary producer, heard of his mother’s sudden death and headed back home. As he cast his mother’s ashes in the sea, he thought of his childhood: his father always blurted out that Min Ki was not his son whenever he was drunk. After the funeral, Min Ki returned to Seoul and Jang Il Joon asked Min Ki to work as a PR agent to record the election campaign process. When Min Ki asked Il Joon why he was chosen, Il Joon confessed that Min Ki was his son. Min Ki soon begins to suspect that his mother’s death was not an accident and that Il Joon had actually killed her. –
Kim Je Ha is a former soldier for hire. He is also called K2. He is hired as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo Jin. Yoo Jin is the wife of a presidential candidate and the daughter of a chaebol family.
Meanwhile, Ko An Na is the secret daughter of the presidential. She is also a recluse.
(As this IS Ji Chang Wook, who are we kidding? You’re probably going to watch it.)
Jin Sang Pil is a welder at a shipyard, but when he and his fellow workers get laid off, he fights for their reinstatement as the spokesman for the labor union. To his surprise, this leads to him becoming a newly elected member of the National Assembly. But because of his idealism and naiveté, Sang Pil finds it difficult to navigate the corridors of politics. Enter whip-smart aide Choi In Gyeong, who shows him the ropes and together they work to accomplish real change within the government.
Four. Yeah, four dramas is all I have for you. Is it just me or does that seem odd? Or is there a while vein of dramas I’m missing?