9 romantic shows you can binge watch on Valentine’s Day

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Song Kang and Han So-hee in Nevertheless.
Song Kang and Han So-hee in Nevertheless.

Instead of being metaphorically shot with arrows, most of us will have been duly reminded of the approach of Valentine’s Day through the peppering of marketing messages and notifications on your phones.

If your idea of a nice date night includes a movie at the cinema or simply staying at home and watching TV, we've rounded up a list of romantic movies and dramas that you can binge on with your partner.

And even if you're single, these shows will put you in the Valentine's mood too.❤️

Yu Na Bi (Han So Hee, left) and Park Jae Eon (Song Kang) are university students and ardent lovers in romance drama Nevertheless.
Yu Na Bi (Han So Hee, left) and Park Jae Eon (Song Kang) are university students and ardent lovers in romance drama Nevertheless.

1. Nevertheless

Love or loathe K-dramas, Korean directors have romantic dramas down to a T. It’s like an art form; be they good or bad, Singaporeans and international fans alike are hypnotically drawn to romantic K-dramas like moths to a flame.

Nevertheless was released last year, featuring every teenage girl’s major crush and son of Netflix Song Kang, starring alongside Song Hye-gyo lookalike, Han So-hee.

If you’re into tall, dark and mysterious men who like to play mind games with girls, then this K-drama is definitely for you.

Nevertheless is centred around university students in a faculty setting, so if you’re eager to relive your younger days of post-pubescent dating, this drama will definitely take you back.

Read our review of Nevertheless here.

Jung Hae-in and Son Ye-jin in Something In the Rain.
Jung Hae-in and Son Ye-jin in Something In the Rain.

2. Something In The Rain

This next one is perfect for cuddling with someone (or yourself) on a rainy day, as the title suggests.

Something In The Rain feeds into every older woman’s fantasy of a younger guy’s relentless and persistent attention.

Who wouldn’t be enamoured with puppy-eyed heartthrob Jung Hae-in’s vapid and determined pursuit of Son Ye-jin, who plays the ditzy older lady who can’t seem to catch a break with men.

Just a caution, the series is rather meandering when it comes to plot pacing and may feel draggy.

Choi Woo-shik in My Beloved Summer.
Choi Woo-shik in My Beloved Summer.

3. Our Beloved Summer

Next up is the latest romance drama to hit Netflix, Our Beloved Summer, currently clinging onto its position on the 9th spot on the Netflix Top 10 list.

Our Beloved Summer is a visually delightful, coming-of-age romantic drama that takes its time with exposition, moving unhurriedly from the past to the present with a rather charming narrative.

Before long, you’ll be thoroughly invested in the lives of our endearing lead couple, Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-soo, and despite all their struggles and conflict, the relationship never sours or turns toxic. Now that’s a relationship goal.

In Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Shin Min-a is an ambitious dentist Yoon Hye-jin and Kim Seon-ho is jack-of-all-trades Hong Du-sik. (Screenshot: Netflix)
In Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Shin Min-a is an ambitious dentist Yoon Hye-jin and Kim Seon-ho is jack-of-all-trades Hong Du-sik. (Screenshot: Netflix)

4. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

This drama starring Kim Seon-ho and Shin Min-a is a remake of the 2004 Korean movie Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong.

It follows the story of a dentist Yoon Hye-jin who moves to the seaside village Gongjin and meets odd-job man Hong Du-sik (Kim Seon-ho).

Time and again, the seemingly nonchalant Du-sik helps Hye-jin out of trouble, and the two develop an unlikely relationship. Cute and amusing moments ensue.

Read our review of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha here.

Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe.
Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe.

5. Always Be My Maybe

Starring stand-up comedian Ali Wong and Randall Park from Fresh Off The Boat, Always Be My Maybe is perfect for you if you like second-chance rom coms.

The duo were awkward childhood lovers that fell in love as teenagers, but never really made it past the awkwardness. 16 years on, they cross paths again and try to rebuild their friendship while trying to put the past behind them.

There's some great dialogue and likeable tropes that makes the movie an easy binge.

Billkin Putthipong and PP Krit in I Told Sunset About You. (Screenshot from Vimeo)
Billkin Putthipong and PP Krit in I Told Sunset About You. (Screenshot from Vimeo)

6. I Told Sunset About You

If you’re attempting to take on this tear-jerker of a Thai BL (boy’s love) drama, I suggest you stock up on Kleenex tissues first.

Thai BL dramas are all the rage now, and are enjoyed equally by women and the LGBTQ community.

At the apex of this nascent BL wave of popularity sits I Told Sunset About You, a series about two young high school Thai boys who find themselves invariably entwined through their love for the Chinese language, and each other of course.

The series illustrates the full extent of the human emotional spectrum perfectly, from longing to adoration, from animosity to shame and guilt, moving the plot steadily forward through the streets of Phuket.

Before long, you’ll be done with it and wonder why your cheeks have been constantly wet throughout.

Be prepared to be swept off your feet by the gripping performances of the young actors, the immensely talented singer-actor Billkin Putthipong and PP Krit with his willowy grace, as they will leave you spellbound by the complex enchantment that is adolescent love.

Allen Ren Jia Lun in One And Only.
Allen Ren in One And Only.

7. One And Only

This Chinese period drama is one of the rare ones that have accrued outstanding overall scores for its production values and plot — the costumes, cinematography, visuals and pacing have rendered netizens catatonic with delight.

Neither do these aspects detract from the love story between Prince Zhou Sheng Chen, played by the boyish Allen Ren, and Cui Shi Yi, a maiden from an esteemed aristocratic family, played by Bai Lu.

Be prepared to be floored by the amazing acting from these two leads, with their arresting chemistry enhanced by poignant micro-expressions which will evoke all the emotions needed to turn on the waterworks.

Philemon Chambers and Michael Urie in Single All The Way. (Photo: Netflix)
Philemon Chambers and Michael Urie in Single All The Way. (Photo: Netflix)

8. Single All The Way

As Netflix's first gay rom com, Single All The Way may be slightly formulaic but makes for a comforting and festive watch.

Peter (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie) is preparing to enjoy his first Christmas with his boyfriend, but goes through a bad break-up instead. He asks his best friend Nick (newcomer Philemon Chambers) to come home for the holidays with him and pretend to be his boyfriend.

The façade is soon exposed, but the family becomes invested in making a real relationship happen between Peter and Nick.

Jennifer Lopez as Katalina “Kat” Valdez in Marry Me. (Photo: UIP)
Jennifer Lopez as Katalina “Kat” Valdez in Marry Me. (Photo: UIP)

9. Marry Me

If you want a meaningful and feel good rom-com for Valentine's, then Marry Me will do just the trick.

Featuring Hollywood stalwarts Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, the flick is about an unlikely relationship between two very different people: a celebrity singer and a math teacher.

Marry Me features amazing chemistry between J.Lo and co-star Maluma, an unorthodox romance and a fitting soundtrack to go along with it.

You can read our review of Marry Me here.

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