Let’s face it: K-dramas have given us lifetime relationship goals. Each relationship has something to offer, whether it’s swoon-worthy love leads, squabbling siblings, heartfelt friendships, or lovable bromance. We look back at some of our favorite bromance moments from the year’s most talked-about dramas.
- Squid Game
Despite the highly competitive atmosphere of ‘The Game’ and the monsters it created out of ordinary human beings at the end of each game, ‘Squid Game’ provided us with some amazing friendship goals in 2021. Seong Gi Hun, Cho Sang Woo, and Abdul Ali, played by Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, and Anupam Tripathi, all exhibited highly ‘humane’ emotions of greed, power, betrayal, fear, and ambition. On the other side, Jung Ho Yeon’s Kang Sae Byeok and Lee Yoo Mi’s Ji Yeong, exhibited impressive sisterhood and bonding.
‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,’ they say, but Song Joong Ki’s Vincenzo Cassano took this adage a step further when he took Jang Han Seo (Kwak Dong Yeon) under his wing and helped him in his fight against his nasty step-brother Jang Han Seok (Ok Taecyeon) and his cruel ways. The two characters provided us with some emotional bromance moments that we will never forget.
3. School 2021
The flagship franchise of KBS is recognized for its high-octane school dramas, growing pains, and ‘bromantic’ moments! ‘School 2013’ starred Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk, ‘Who Are You: School 2015’ starred Nam Joo Hyuk and BTOB’s Sungjae, and ‘School 2017’ starred Kim Jung Hyun and Jang Dong Yoon. In the new part of the School series, Kim Yo Han and Choo Young Woo portray ‘best friends become sour enemies but still care for each other sort of mates,’ and it remains to be seen whether they continue the ‘School series’ bromance legacy or not.
4. One Ordinary Day
It’s not your average K-drama bromance, but rather a brotherly bond born of empathy, kindness, and oppression in the face of a corrupt legal system. When Kim Soo Hyun’s Kim Hyun Soo is accused of murder and imprisoned without due process, Cha Seung Won’s Shin Joong Han, a third-grade lawyer, is the first person to reach out to him and offer to assist him get out of this complicated situation.
5. Move To Heaven
Another drama that isn’t quite a ‘bromance,’ but tries to highlight qualities of care and nurturing in men that are generally associated with women. Han Geu Ru (Tang Joon-sang), a young guy with Autism, and Cho Sang Gu (Lee Je-hoon), his guardian, develop an emotional bond in the series. They work as trauma cleaners, discovering untold stories that help them heal from their own pain.
‘D.P.,’ set in 2014, follows a team of Korean military police on a mission to capture deserters. Private Ahn Joon Ho (Jung Hae In) and Corporal Han Ho Yul (Koo Kyo Hwan) join forces to track down the deserters, and they start on an exciting journey. Don’t miss out on the series’ moments of friendship and bromance.
- Beyond Evil
‘Beyond Evil’ tells the story of Lee Dong Sik (Shin Ha Kyun) and Han Joo Won (Yeo Jin Goo), two daring police officers from the Manyang Police Substation who partner up to find a deadly serial killer on the loose. ‘Beyond Evil’ portrays the strange relationship created between these two headstrong men, almost as if it were a mirror to society and themselves.
8. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,’ one of the year’s best and most heartwarming K-dramas,’ brought a lot to the frontline, including normalizing mental health, a romantic relationship between two people of unequal social standing, the friendship between opposite sexes, and, of course, showcasing a progressive and cool bromance between the male lead’ and the second lead’ without unnecessary melodrama! Full marks for creative thinking!