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Beautiful Bromance in Dramaland

We love it when our favorite characters in a drama got crazy chemistry that involves endless bickering, awkward moments, a little bit of hatred but brotherly affection inside. When those things happen between good lookin dudes, it’s called bromance and that makes a drama more interesting to watch. So, let’s check out some of the beautiful bromance in dramaland!  

School 2013 - Go Nam Soon & Park Heung Soo 

The rollercoaster bromance, between ramen lover Go Nam Soon and Park Heung Soo. They were once best friends, turned enemies when Nam Soon broke Heung Soo’s leg by accident and crush his dream as a soccer player. But thanks to Teacher Jang Na Ra, they reconcile and are finally best friends again. 

Boys Over Flower - The F4

The exclusive bromance. The legendary F4. They are childhood best friends who share the same sophisticated wealthy lifestyle. Everyone has their struggle and sadness, but in the end they prove their friendship. Besides, they still support their buddy, Gu Jun Pyo, who curls his hair and wears that fur to school. That’s love. 

The Heirs - Kim Tan & Choi Young Do 

The hormonal bromance. They were childhood best friends, they fought due to hormones and family issues during puberty. Later they survived puberty, fell in love with the same ordinary poor girl. Though their old conflict was resurfacing again, they could find peace and reconciliation in the end. Bless them. Love is their moment. 

Jealousy Incarnate - Lee Hwa Shin & Ko Jung Won

The full of jealousy bromance, between a famous anchorman and his super rich buddy. They get jealous of each other because they fell in love with the same lady. Even though all the love triangle troubles are caused by Hwa Shin, later Ko Jung Won became a bigger person who chose friendship over love. Their drunk moment is the sweetest btw. 

Fantastic - Ryu Hae Sung & Doctor Hong Joon Gi

The in sickness and health bromance. A sad yet beautiful bromance between Hallyu star Ryu Hae Sung and a cancer patient/doctor Hong Joon Gi. They were love rivals who turn into best friends. Though their friendship was short due to sickness, the bond is strong. They bicker over stupid things, shop together, have deep talks, and eat ramen secretly during hospital stay. 

Oh My Venus - Coachnim and his boys 

The healthy bromance. Coach Kim Young Ho took in two little brother-buddies, MMA athlete Joon Sung and little manager Ji Woong. They stay together, overcome troubles together, train together, get healthy together and do the cute dance together. 

Cheer Up! - Kim Yeol & Ha Joon 

The surviving bromance. Ha Joon is a tortured soul who experienced a suicidal attempt, while Kim Yeol is so afraid that Ha Joon might disappear someday. Ha Joon knows about Kim Yeol’s fear so he’s trying his hardest to survive for his best friend. And as always, they happened to fall in love with the same girl. 

Descendants of The Sun - Captain Yoo Shi Jin & Sergeant Seo Dae Young

The military bromance. They always got each other’s back in the battlefield. They bicker sometimes as they are best friends, but Sergeant Seo always respects his big boss who has higher rank than him. In the end, nothing makes a bromance stronger than flying bullets and fanboying a girl group together. 

Bad Guys - Detective Oh and prisoner boys. 

The badass bromance, between a detective, a gangster, a contract killer and a genius psychopath. Though in the beginning they didn’t trust each other well but their special bond becomes stronger through every case. Together they fight crimes and support each other with their special skills. 

Another Oh Hae Young - Park Do Kyung & Jin Sang

The natural bromance, between two long time buddies who turn into brothers in law. Jin Sang might have given Do Kyung wrong advice at times but he always be there when Do Kyung is down and Do Kyung always saves Jin Sang from his troubles which makes their friendship so natural and beautiful. 

A Gentleman’s Dignity - Kim Do Jin and boys. 

The ahjussi bromance. 40s are the new 20s for Kim Do Jin, Im Tae San, Lee Jung Rok and Choi Yoon. They are successful mature men with boys at heart when they hang out together. Through ups and downs they manage to protect their friendship, survive their love life and maintain their dignity. 

The Three Musketeers - Crown prince and his warriors

The historical bromance, back in Joseon era when a crown prince wants to fight crimes in his country secretly. He gathered a group of warriors who loyally follow him to set justice and peace in the country. 

Hwarang - Dog Bird & Mak Moon

The till death do us apart bromance. Mak Moon and Dog Bird/Moo Myung grew up together as orphans, Moo Myung is a fearless fighter and adventurer while Mak Moon is cowardy and weak. They always stay together and protect each other. Even though their friendship ends up in sadness but it’s really amazing to see them sacrificing themselves for each other till the end.

Goblin: The Lonely & Great God - Goblin & Grim Reaper

The immortal bromance. Goblin accidentally saved a missing soul who was supposed to be taken by the Grim Reaper. One is hot, one is cold. They share a mysterious conflicted fate yet fate brought them to live together as housemates. Since they have been living for hundred years, they are both anti-social but they find each other’s company quite comfortable.

How I currently spend my week
  • Monday & Tuesday: *Excited because Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is on*
  • Tuesday Night: *Super excited for my Wednesday/Thursday dramas*
  • Wednesday & Thursday: *About to cry from the double dose of dramas because The Legend of the Blue Sea and Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo is on*
  • Thursday Night: *Not sure if I can survive the excitement of my Week-end dramas*
  • Friday & Saturday: *On the verge of death because Goblin is on*
  • Sunday Morning: *Dead from too much excitement over the week*
  • Sunday Night: *Coming back from the dead to get ready for my Monday/Tuesday drama*

After seeing a trailer for it some time last year I had the name “Train to Busan” in the back of my mind for quite a while. I’d heard that it was really good and wanted to see it and since it’s been put on Netflix I finally got the chance. Well, it was a genuinely scary zombie movie. Very good film, a little predictable in parts but that goes for any Zombie/Disaster movie but this one had especially good effects, tidal waves and floods of Zombies. It had some really good shock moments and the over all theme of being selfless was nice as well. In all I think it was an exceptionally good zombie movie although to be honest, anything where the zombies can run is going to freak me out (28 Day Later types get me the worst). Anyway, great film.  

Behind a name: Heuksa Chorong, Yeo Woon’s doomed home.

The name of the most skilled assassin’s guild, hired by the Qing’s Dinasty, is strictly related to their purpose and belonging to the underworld of sorts. 

Black, being the color of death, and lanterns, something to be used in the darkness. In resume, a tool to be used for death. The darkness in this sense represents not only the killings but also the world where they belong and feel more comfortable, hidden in the shadows, doing the dirty deeds of those in power. 

It is run by three leaders: 

  1. The Sky Lord 천 (天): the most powerful of the three, highly skilled in combat and killing. They’re in charge of the final decisions when it comes to the organization’s management.
  2. The Earth Lord 지(地): second in command, deadly as the first one. Their opinion is highly respected but they do not hold the final word on the guild’s matters. 
  3. The Human Lord  인(人): third in command, generally the youngest one and an apprentice of sorts. They’re the ones who have more jobs ‘in the field’ instead of ruling in Heuksa Chorong’s HQ. They generally run for becoming the future Sky Lord but it all depends on skill (for example, Dae Ung, was quite mediocre as a Human Lord in comparison to Yeo Woon).

To become the next Sky Lord, one of the two remaining must defeat the current one, and the only way to do it is by killing them. When Woon officially enters Heuksa Chorong as the Human Lord, it is stated that he will become the future Sky Lord, meaning that he already knew that he’d have to kill his master sooner or later. As they progress from one stage to another, the complexity of their uniforms aren’t defined, but their belt ornaments are distinctive. For example:

- Yeo Woon’s Human Lord commanding insignia (beginner): 

- Yeo Woon’s Human Lord commanding insignia (advanced)

- Yeo Woon’s Sky Lord leader insignia: 

It is, apparently, not required for the three leaders to coexist at the same time. For example, when the show begins, the three of them (Cheon, Gah Ok and Dae Ung) are active. When Cheon takes his time to defeat the best swordsmen that exist, it is stated that Yeo Woon, while still Human Lord, has been appointed to be in charge, despite the fact that the Earth Lord (Gah Ok) is still ruling and alive. After the Earth and previous Sky Lords die, Woon commands Heuksa Chorong by himself. It is unknown why he hasn’t taken apprentices like his former master did but, according to the series’ plot, his intention is to disband the guild in a near future.

The Headquarters are at an undisclosed location, and prisoners as well as ‘guests’ are blindfolded to not recognize the path that leads to the fortress. 

The training begins at a very early age, for example, Woon being accepted at age 12 (though, I do wonder if they would have taken him while he was even younger, being he a prodigy). There’s an appointed Training Master that teaches the members not only how to kill but also deceive and manipulate. 

The “Shadowless World” is the spies branch of Heuksa Chorong, working at the Palace. It’s a network that make an inside job to report later to the Sky Lord using doves or other members of the guild to deliver their messages. Just because they look like normal people, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t as skilled as the rest of the group’s agents. 

No task force can be compared to these assassins and they are swift, precise and quick in their killings. Which is precisely why they are so respected among those in the ‘business.’ It is ironic though, that an organization with a no-love principle (’you must leave everything behind, friends, heart, everything to be an assassin’) holds so many tragedies relationship-wise. Still, they are determined to fulfill their missions and do what they do best: play with the kingdom’s strings of destiny.