Perfect K-Dramas for Men: Why They Don’t Exist

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My brother-in-law recently had his first encounter with a K-drama. And it was a certain rom com about a woman weightlifter. I want to share his reaction with you. But first, a question that haunts many K-drama fans—and every K-drama producer looking for a big ratings hit: What are good K-dramas for men? Now and … Read more

“Descendants of the Sun” (Series Review)

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The military romance Descendants of the Sun left me with one question. How can commando gunfights, car wrecks, natural disasters, gangsters, North Korean spies and a CIA-backed military coup be this boring? When Descendants of the Sun wrapped up on April 14, its ratings in Korea topped 40%. The show’s popularity in China has made it … Read more

Yong Pal (Q1 & Q2 Review)

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Earlier this week, a bad case of insomnia gave me a chance to catch up on Yong Pal, Korea’s big summer hit. It’s almost halfway through it’s 20-episode run, so I’m not judging it too soon. I can confidently declare that this show is completely and totally insane. Korean medical dramas take a famously casual approach to plausibility, but Yong … Read more

“Swallow the Sun” (Series Review)

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In my imagination, the paperwork for an official License to Fangirl includes this question: which of the actor’s lesser-known and/or lesser-appreciated works have you seen? I have an answer for that question now. I’d never heard of Swallow the Sun, a 25-episode drama from 2009, but it stars Ji Sung. Naturally I had to watch it. I hope someday to be able … Read more

“City Hunter” (Series Review)

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“City Hunter” is a fast-moving action show, but its roots are planted in a dramatic father-son conflict. The action consists of smart cloak-and-dagger deceptions, martial arts fights and an extensive set-piece gun fight in the first episode. It’s dynamic television, but the thriller elements aren’t really the best thing about “City Hunter.” The bad guys’ schemes are … Read more