Surprising Douban scores of April K-dramas: No.1 is a drama with low domestic ratings

Which K-drama is receiving the most love from the Chinese audience?

April has welcomed a great variety of K-dramas that cover a huge range of genres, from investigation, action, to sci-fi. Recently, these series have been receiving reviews on the Chinese site Douban, and the resulting scores are quite surprising.

Scores of April K-dramas on Douban are as follows:

  • My Liberation Notes: 8.9/10
  • Our Blues: 8.6/10
  • Again My Life: 8.1/10
  • Green Mothers’ Club: 6.7/10
  • Tomorrow: 6.6/10

It is apparent that My Liberation Notes, which stars actress Kim Ji Won, is being considered the best Korean series released in April by Chinese viewers. Revolving around introverted characters who struggle with self-expression, My Liberation Notes has a slow and somber pace, and thus has not gained much hype. As a result, the drama is seeing declining domestic viewership ratings, which dropped to 2.3% in the latest episode, despite gaining positive reviews. 

My Liberation Notes
Kim Ji Won

On the other hand, the highly-anticipated drama Our Blues, which features a star-studded cast, came in second with a Douban score of 8.6. Coming in third is Lee Jun Ki’s comeback project, the fast-paced and thrilling legal series Again My Life.

our blues
Again My Life

Tomorrow, which stars SF9’s Rowoon and Kim Hee Sun, opens at the lowest rating on Douban. Chinese viewers believe that the series’ plot, which follows grim reapers who try to stop the death of suicidal individuals, is unoriginal, while action scenes are too graphic to see. There were also multiple complaints that Lee Soo Hyuk’s character gets too little screentime, despite completely stealing the show from the less outstanding male lead, who is played by the idol-turned actor Rowoon.

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