“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

“It’s Okay, That’s Love” (Series Review)

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“It’s Okay, That’s Love” is a gutsy and outstanding story despite its bland title. Never judge a K-drama by its promotional ads. The poster image of Gong Hyo-Jin and Jo In-Sung in a bathtub is supposed to look cute. In fact, it looks chilly and uncomfortable. Of course they’re wrapped around each other—that porcelain’s cold. The script for … Read more

“Coffee Prince” (Series Review)

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Why is Coffee Prince responsible for drawing in so many new K-drama fans? It’s not like this 17-episode series from 2007 is flawless. Nor is it typical. Its character-driven plot and naturalistic style set it apart from most K-dramas. But it has so much quiet charm that it’s a touchstone for overseas fans of Korean television. … 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