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

She Was Pretty (Q1 Review)

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Warning: This post is merely a shameless excuse to post screencaps of Choi Siwon. We’re four episodes into She Was Pretty and it’s time for a 1st quarter review: stay or go? With a plot based on hidden identities and first loves, this MBC romantic comedy isn’t breaking any ground. But it’s a well-executed broad comedy featuring … Read more

Last KMHM Post!

Okay, maybe I have a small problem. Yesterday I thought I was moving on—we can get past this! I can watch other stuff!—but then today I started missing Kill Me, Heal Me again. Darn you, Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-Eum! I’ve been trying to wean myself off KMHM by watching dramas from Ji Sung’s dark past—and I’ll share reviews soon. But … Read more

The Bit with Spoilers: “Secret” (a.k.a. “Secret Love”)

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Note: This is part two of my post about Secret—the bit with spoilers. If you’re planning on watching the show, I recommend the main review post, which doesn’t contain spoilers.  If you want to tell a twisted story of despair and grief, you might do better to use film as your medium rather than television drama. K-dramas can … Read more

“Secret” (a.k.a. “Secret Love”) Series Review

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Note: It’s the truth. I haven’t entirely moved on from Kill Me, Heal Me. But that’s a good excuse to write about other dramas with Ji Sung, who definitely knows how to pick the odd, interesting projects. If you want to see Ji Sung playing a good guy, Secret (2013) isn’t your show. We first meet his character, … Read more

“Commercial Film” Curiosities: Ji Sung vs Jeon Ji-Hyun

I will never stop being impressed by fan energy. The creative thinking, hard work, artistic know-how and time that go into fan videos, illustrations, fiction, etc., could power the world for days on sheer brain electricity. An example is the giant collection of fan-made Kill Me, Heal Me videos over at the Talking Cupboard. (Careful: … Read more