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

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

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)

“Descendants of the Sun” (Series Review)

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)

Yong Pal (Q1 & Q2 Review)

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)

“Swallow the Sun” (Series Review)

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)

“City Hunter” (Series Review)

“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