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Shin Hye Sun's 9 Best Dramas for You to Watch

Shin Hye Sun has proven her acting prowess time and again. Born in 1989, she has been a significant presence in the entertainment industry for a considerable period. Her career in acting took off in 2012.

Since her debut, Hye Sun has graced the screen in numerous dramas and movies. For those interested in exploring her work, we've compiled a list of Shin Hye Sun's most engaging and entertaining dramas. Dive into the list below to discover her best performances!

1. Mr. Queen

Year 2020
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Cast Shin Hye Sun Kim Jung Hyun
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Imagine wanting a life where you're free to do what you want, but then suddenly, you find yourself having to follow strict royal family rules. This is what the South Korean drama series "Mr Queen" is all about. The series, filled with laughter, is inspired by a Chinese web series named "Go Princess Go."

The story unfolds around Jang Bong Hwan (Choi Jin Hyuk) who lives in the present. He's a chef at the Blue House, the official residence of the President of South Korea. In a bizarre twist of events, he's transported back in time to the Joseon dynasty.

But that's not the only surprise. Jang Bong Hwan finds himself in a completely different body – that of a woman! And not just any woman, but a royal princess soon to be crowned Queen Cheorin (Shin Hye Sun). To add to the confusion, she is set to marry King Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun).

King Cheoljong is a strong leader with a kind heart. However, he's being manipulated like a puppet by his mother, Queen Sunwon (Bae Jong Ok). Amidst all these challenges, Bong Hwan has two big goals: help King Cheoljong regain his power and find a way back to his own time. Will Bong Hwan be able to pull it off?

The South Korean drama series "Stranger," created by Lee Soo Yeon, has become a big hit both in Korea and internationally. This drama is about a detective and a prosecutor teaming up to solve a murder case, all while navigating through the murky waters of political corruption in South Korea.

The story revolves around a prosecutor named Hwang Si Mok (Cho Seung Woo). He underwent a partial lobotomy when he was in junior high due to a brain condition. This surgery left him with a unique side effect: he can't hear noise, and he struggles to feel emotions. This has a big impact on his job as a prosecutor, as he relies solely on logic and keeps his emotions out of his decisions.

During his career, Hwang Si Mok is pulled into a murder investigation. This is where he meets Police Lieutenant Han Yeo Jin (Bae Doo Na). As they delve deeper into the case, they discover a shocking truth: the murder is connected to both of their workplaces! Can they work together to uncover the real story behind the murder?

3. Welcome to Samdal-ri

Year 2023
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Shin Hye Sun
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As 2023 draws to a close, K-drama enthusiasts are treated to the new series "Welcome to Samdal-ri," directed by Cha Young Hoon. Spanning 16 episodes, this drama showcases the talents of renowned actor Ji Chang Wook and the beautiful Shin Hye Sun. Together, they bring to life a tender story of childhood love that endures and evolves into adulthood, set in the picturesque region of Samdal-ri.

The series revolves around Cho Yong Pil (Ji Chang Wook) and Cho Sam Dal (Shin Hye Sun). They were close friends in their youth, but as time passed, their lives took different paths, leading to an eventual separation. Yong Pil now works as a weather forecaster on the scenic Jeju Island, while Sam Dal has made a name for herself as a celebrated photographer in Seoul, operating under the pseudonym Cho Eun Hye.

However, Sam Dal's career takes an unexpected hit due to an unforeseen incident, causing her world to crumble. In the wake of this setback, she returns to her roots in Samdal-ri. It's in her hometown that she meets Yong Pil again, her ex boyfriend, and reconnects with friends from her childhood.

Though the initial reunion is fraught with discomfort and challenges, Sam Dal endeavors to adjust and make peace with her past. As she navigates the complexities of homecoming and rekindled relationships, Sam Dal discovers a deeper sense of joy and fulfillment in the village where she grew up.

4. Thirty But Seventeen

Year 2018
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Cast Shin Hye Sun Yang Se Jong Ahn Hyo Seop Ye Ji Won
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Imagine being a teenager who gets into an accident and remains in a coma for years, then waking up in an older version of your own body. That's the fascinating storyline presented in the South Korean drama "Thirty But Seventeen," under the direction of Jo Soo Won.

The drama tells the story of Woo Seo Ri (Shin Hye Sun), a 17-year-old girl who is in a coma after an accident while heading home from school. Thirteen years later, she wakes up and finds herself in the body of a 30-year-old woman, with no family members welcoming her back into the world.

Meanwhile, there's Gong Woo Jin (Yang Se Jong), who has an emotionally traumatized past where he was involved in an accident and he feels guilty for the death of a girl he liked. The accident has left him emotionally scarred and detached from the world around him.

As fate would have it, Woo Jin and Seo Ri's paths cross, and they quickly become best friends without knowing that each of them holds a secret that could change their relationship forever.

5. See You in My 19th Life

Year 2023
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Cast Shin Hye Sun Ahn Bo Hyun Ha Yoon Kyung Ahn Dong Goo
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In 2023, a Korean drama called "See You in My 19th Life" really caught fans' attention. This 12-episode series stars Shin Hye Sun and Ahn Bo Hyun and is about a woman who lives many lives.

Ban Ji Eum (Shin Hye Sun) has an unusual life; she gets to live over and over again. This frustrates her, as not all her lives turn out well. She wishes not to be reborn after her death.

In her 12th life, Ji Eum meets a boy named Mun Seo Ha (Ahn Bo Hyun). They grow very close but later lose touch. Then, in her 19th life, Ji Eum meets Mun Seo Ha again who is now all grown up.

With Seo Ha back in her life, Ji Eum finds new joy and falls deeply in love with him. But what happens next in Seo Ha and Ji Eum's story?

6. Angel’s Last Mission Love

Year 2019
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Cast Shin Hye Sun Kim Myung Soo Lee Dong Gun Kim Bo Mi Do Ji Won Kim In Kwon
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Shin Hye Sun always shines in dramas, doesn't she? Her shows are captivating and full of surprises, just like her 2019 drama, "Angel's Last Mission: Love," which aired on KBS2. This enchanting story revolves around an angel tasked with one final mission before returning to heaven.

The angel, Dan (Kim Myung Soo), is known for his optimism and cheerful demeanor. Despite this, he often finds himself in trouble, struggling to successfully complete his missions, which hinders his return to heaven. He has help a cold-hearted woman in finding true love and happiness.

This woman is Lee Yeon Seo (Shin Hye Sun), a renowned and talented ballerina known for her pride. She comes from a family that owns a prestigious ballet academy. Unfortunately, an accident shatters her career, leading to her becoming even more aloof and harsh towards others.

Initially, the interaction between Yeon Seo and Dan is quite strained. However, as time passes, they start to grow a closer bond. But will Yeon Seo discover that Dan is not just a regular person? And what about Dan's crucial mission? Be sure to catch their intriguing story to find out!

"Hymn of Death" is a tragic romance drama adapted from the 1991 series "Death Song". Unlike typical Korean dramas that have many episodes, the series starring Lee Jong Suk and Shin Hye Sun tells its story in only 6 episodes, focusing on a dense and emotional narrative, as hinted by the title.

The drama follows the tragic love story of Yun Sim Deok (Shin Hye Sun) and Kim Woo Jin (Lee Jong Suk). Woo Jin, a playwright, works to present interesting shows to the Japanese soldiers who occupy Korea at the time. Although he is already married, he struggles with loneliness and is unhappy in his marriage.

One day, he works with the first soprano of the Joseon era, Sim Deok. At that time, he immediately falls in love with her. However, their love faces relentless challenges and obstacles.

In the end, they decide to suicide together while Sim Deok's song Praise of Death beautifully accompanies their final moments. It should be noted that this story is based on true events, which makes things even more heartbreaking.

8. Five Enough

Year 2016
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Cast Ahn Jae Wook So Yu Jin Shin Hye Sun
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Check out this engaging South Korean family drama, "Five Enough," which spans an interesting 54 episodes. It follows the story of two strangers, each with their own heartbreaking love stories, who gradually develop feelings for each other.

Sang Tae (Ahn Jae Wook) is a widower left to raise his two children on his own after the untimely death of his wife. He balances his family life while working as a marketing team leader at a fashion company. At the same workplace, Mi Jung (So Yu Jin) holds a position as a manager.

Mi Jung's past is marked by heartache. Her husband betrayed her with her best friend, leaving her to care for their three children alone. A chance meeting brings Sang Tae and Mi Jung together, sparking a connection that soon turns into affection. The big question is, if they unite, can they successfully blend their families and make it work with all five children?

Starring Park Si Hoo, Shin Hye Sun, and Seo Eun Soo, this family drama aired from late 2017 to early 2018 and was well-loved by viewers; marked by high ratings in each episode.

The storyline revolves around two families living separate lives, unaware of each other's existence. One is a simple household headed by Seo Tae Soo (Chin Ho Jin), while the other is a wealthy family headed by Choi Jae Sung (Jeon No Min). Both families have several children.

Tragedy strikes when one of Tae Soo's twins dies. In his grief, he meets a young girl crying by the roadside. Moved by compassion, he takes her home and adopts her. Years later, Jae Sung searches for his missing daughter and it turns out that the missing child is Ji An (Shin Hye Sun), the girl who was raised by Tae Soo's family. Ji An, who finally returns to her original wealthy family, undergoes major changes in her life.

The drama delves into the complexities of family relationships and personal growth in the midst of life's changes. Be prepared for an emotional journey as you watch this heartfelt story about a family, and have tissues nearby for the touching moments!

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