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[Ishani's Picks] Top 5 Dark Romance K-Dramas

The K-Drama world is an ever-expanding universe of entertainment that has something for everyone's taste. If you're tired of the good old cute and light-hearted K-Drama, here are some dark romances that you'll love!

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"Tale of the Nine Tailed"

Starring Lee Dong-wook, Jo Bo-ah and Kim Beom in the leading roles, "Tale of the Nine Tailed" revolves around modern day gumihos, rivalries spanning decades and love that transcends it all. The gothic fantasy elements make the watching experience even more immersive. The drama is also slated for a second season so if you haven't watched the first season yet, now is the perfect time to catch up.

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"Nice Guy"

A saga of revenge, romance and the complexity of human emotions, "Nice Guy", starring Song Joong-ki and Moon Chae-won is a must-watch. Kang Ma-roo (Song Joong-ki), manipulated and disillusioned by his lover, is obsessed with vengeance and the means to his end is Eun-gi (Moon Chae-won). From the riveting pace to the constant twists and turns, "Nice Guy" will keep you on your toes throughout the show.

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"Flower of Evil"

Another Moon Chae-won starrer, "Flower of Evil" is a modern masterpiece. This drama presents a crime/psychological thriller unlike anything we've seen before. Lee Joon-gi plays Baek Hee-seong, a picture perfect man who hides a dangerous secret and Moon Chae-won plays Cha  Ji-won, a passionate detective. Hee-seong and Ji-won are happily married but their loving family faces the threat of collapse when the ugly truth rears its head. Will the couple persevere? Watch "Flower of Evil" to find out!

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"Missing You"

Three individuals whose lives are intertwined by fate navigate feelings of love, loss and longing in this melodrama that quickly spirals into a suspense thriller to keep you hooked. Han  Jeong-woo (Park Yoo-chun) and Lee  Soo-yeon (Yoon Eun-hye) are high school sweethearts but an accident causes them to part ways. Years later, they still can't get each other out of their minds even though Soo-yeon now has a lover, Kang Hyeong-joon (Yoo Seung-ho). "Missing You" is especially good for binge watching and I highly recommend it.

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"Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo"

Finally, no list about dark romances could be complete without one of the most iconic historical dramas ever, "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo". With its star-studded cast including Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun, Kang Ha-neul and more, this drama blends fantasy seamlessly with the essence of period dramas, giving us a story that is simply unforgettable. If you're new to dark romances, "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" is a great place to start.

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By Ishani Sarkar.

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