The following “noona romances” of the Korean screen prove that there’s no age limit on chemistry between the main couples.
Korean productions in recent years have become more creative and bold when portraying forbidden and tempting love stories. “Noona romances”, the pairing between an older woman and a younger man is always an attractive topic for the viewers because it offers a new and exciting look on love and age in society.
1. Something in the Rain
Referring to one of the most iconic K-drama “noona romances”, it is impossible not to include “Something in the Rain”. Not only is it filled with sweet and heart-fluttering scenes, but “Something in the Rain” is also the drama with the most bedroom scenes of Son Ye Jin. The drama centers on Yoon Jin Ah (Son Ye Jin), a woman in her 40s who is under pressure to get married. Her life turns upside down when she becomes attracted to her best friend’s younger brother – Seo Joon Hee (Jung Hae In).
2. I Need Romance 3
In “I Need Romance 3”, the intimate scenes are shot in the most realistic and romantic way. When it was broadcast on TV, “I Need Romance 3” was a rare Korean drama rated 16+. The story revolves around Shin Joo Yeon (Kim So Yeon), a female director of a shopping marketing channel. After encountering failures in relationships, Joo Yeon is flirted with by Joo Wan (Sung Joon), a younger brother from her childhood. He has been in love with Joo Yeon since he was a kid and is determined to return to Korea to reunite with his first love.
3. A Witch’s Romance
“A Witch’s Romance” sparked great controversy during its broadcast in 2014 because of the huge age difference between the main cast. However, “A Witch’s Romance” still successfully captures the hearts of many viewers with the oozing chemistry between Park Seo Joon and his senior Uhm Jung Hwa in the most intense kissing scenes. The drama revolves around the troubled romance between Ban Ji Yeon (Uhm Jung Hwa), a lonely 39-year-old “witch” and Yoon Dong Ha (Park Seo Joon), a 25-year-old man, who runs an errand center with his friend.
4. Secret Love Affair
The 19+ drama “Secret Love Affair” depicts the illicit romance between Lee Sun Jae (Yoo Ah In), a poor man in his 20s who is passionate about music, and Oh Hye Won (Kim Hee Ae), an ambitious married woman in her 40s. The two embark on an affair, despite their age gap and the social norms.
“Everglow” is probably the most controversial Korean film among those that exploit the relationship between an older female and a younger male. The movie’s main couple has a shocking 33-year age difference. “Everglow” depicts the unconventional romance between female diver Jin Ok (Go Doo Shim) and Kyung Hoon (Ji Hyun Woo) – a young producer who comes to Jeju Island to work on a documentary. The two gradually fall in love after working together, despite the large age gap.