Soul swapping, cross dressing or otherwise disguisng-pretending to be someone to deceive others are fairly popular themes in Asian mini soaps. They problematise the question of identity inasmuch the subject deconstructs himself/herself by adopting a new coating layer. A variant is when a person presents a different, more professional image at work, in public but at home is really different. Another variant is that of masked vigilantes, sometimes reluctant ones.. The theme tends to asks the question- who am I and whether I am really who they think I am and whether I am who I really think I am.
- Don Quixote
is a soul swapping bromance.
- Coffee prince
features crossdressing theme and one which clearly asks the question – does gender matter at all in finding love?
- Secret Garden
a cold chabeol meets a tough stuntwoman. A classic “It’s a boy-girl thing” kind of theme
- Hana Kimi
cross dressing in school.
- My Bratty Princess
a comedic period piece – she disguises herself and in disguise meets the emperor and prince consort-to-be.
- Eternal Happiness
really similar to my bratty princess
- The Switch
a period piece which dealt with the switching at birth theme.
- The Painter of the Wind
a more serious take on the crossressing take- a girl disguises herself in order to learn about reading paitings and uncover the truth about what happened in her past
- Sungyunkwan Scandal
another comedic period piece about female crossdressing
- The Duo
they’ve been switched at birth
- Cinderella Man
he takes the place of his brother
- Princess Pearl
comedic peiod piece in which look-alikes echange places-by accident.
- Bu bu Jing Xin
- You’re beautiful
crossdressing for her brother, a girl becomes a member of a popular boysband
- The Princess Man
she takes the place of the princess because she wants to meets him..and it has consequences for the future
- Ma Boy (2012)
boy crossdressing as a girl
- Hotaru no Hikari
her workplace image is VASTLY different than who she is at home
- Switch Girl!
same as above
- The Last Princess
- Queen SeonDuk
Deokman has little choice in the matter–she has to survive
- My boss, my hero [j drama]
a gangaster disguises himself for a teen in order to finish schooling..hilarity ensues
- Bridal Mask
- Return of Iljimae
- Descendants of Hong gil Dong
- If I were you
Chinese mind-switching movie.
As with the rest of the posts, more dramas will be added. I think I have finally come up with a good way of indexing them for this purpose.