Man Tears (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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Somewhere in the second act of Queen of Reversals—the third K-drama I ever watched—I saw the most amazing, unbelievable thing. The second lead cries while sleeping. As he rests in the passenger seat of his car, with the heroine at the wheel, he appears to be sound asleep. But then, one lone tear slowly trickles … Read more

How to Describe K-Dramas to Friends and Critics (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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Good morning! There’s nothing I’m excited about in currently airing shows, so I’m catching up on old stuff: watching King of High School Savvy for the first time (absurd but, boy, does it make me smile) and working on my Deep Thoughts about how to explain K-dramas to the non-fan crowd. Here are some of the … Read more

What’s with K-Drama Angst? (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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The weather is beautiful today on the American East Coast, just like it was 14 years ago today. I was living in Brooklyn, then, working on a graduate degree in Middle East studies. September 11, 2001, was a long day for all of us living in New York, a long day for many around the … Read more

5 Secrets of Korean Drama Kisses (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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Updated, March 2015 Elements of K-Drama Style: Getting Deep about Screen Kissing— It’s easy to complain when television shows repeat familiar stuff, but repetition isn’t necessarily a bad thing: take the Korean drama kiss. When the central couple finally kiss in a K-drama, no one complains. We expect it, and if a romantic couple don’t … Read more

“Boys over Flowers” (Series Review)

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“Boys over Flowers” is usually over-the-top, occasionally awful, but impossible to stop watching. Even several years after it aired, “Boys over Flowers” is still one of the most well-known K-dramas overseas. It wasn’t the highest-rated show of 2009 or the best. But the Japanese manga Hana yori Dango and its many adaptations (in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea) were a … Read more