Editing the K-drama Part 2 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

Editing the K-drama Part 2 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

I wrote in part 1 about video editing—how Korean TV tends to use relatively lengthy scenes and shots. This is one reason K-dramas sometimes recall Hollywood movies of the thirties and forties. (K-dramas also resemble Asian movies, but non-Asians like me are usually struck first by the resemblance to old Hollywood flicks.) But I felt … Read more

Editing the K-drama Part 1 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

Editing the K-drama Part 1 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

The first time I watched a K-drama, something just felt different. Besides obvious stuff like the language and culture, there is something else, a difference in the rhythm of the shows. A rhythm that draws us into the everyday lives of the characters and leaves us refreshed afterwards. This is partly because the K-drama style … Read more

“The Entertainer” (Q1 Review, Plus Final Thoughts)

“The Entertainer” (Q1 Review, Plus Final Thoughts)

I’m not rational when it comes to Ji Sung, so how can I review his new show The Entertainer? I might just start babbling about how great he looks in that ridiculous white suit in episode one. Or in that black leather jacket in episode four. The show raises deep issues. Does he look better in … Read more

“Answer Me 1988” (Quasi-Review)

“Answer Me 1988” (Quasi-Review)

(Editor’s note: Sorry for the January hiatus! I meant to publish my thoughts on Answer Me 1988 two weeks ago, but my computer’s motherboard failed catastrophically early in January. I’m up and running again, but won’t have time to post much this month while I’m busy paying off the new computer. Meanwhile, a few fighting words … Read more

10 Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

10 Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday I posted numbers 6–10, while in the meantime I agonized over which scenes from 2015 K-dramas would get the final places of honor. I was trying hard to choose only one scene from each show, but as you’ll see, I gave up in the end. Despite my disappointment with a few big-hype K-dramas this year, … Read more

Ten Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

Ten Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

I’m enjoying the end-of-year wrap-ups at Dramabeans, but the new format this year got me thinking about the 2015 K-dramas that won’t get a mention. While my favorites Kill Me, Heal Me, I Remember You and Healer get plenty of love, there were a few mediocre shows that also came up with memorable scenes. I don’t want to forget the things … Read more