Editing the K-drama Part 1 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

Editing the K-drama Part 1 of 2 (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

The first time I watched a K-drama, something just felt different. Besides obvious stuff like the language and culture, there is something else, a difference in the rhythm of the shows. A rhythm that draws us into the everyday lives of the characters and leaves us refreshed afterwards. This is partly because the K-drama style … Read more

Man Tears (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

Man Tears (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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

Discussion: Weirdest K-Drama Posters?

Discussion: Weirdest K-Drama Posters?

A few months ago, an astute reader raised the question of favorite and least favorite posters, and why K-drama posters are so often bad. The question has been haunting me ever since. Why do fans have to put up with so many lousy publicity images? Will there ever be a good K-drama that also has … Read more

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 2 of 2)

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 2 of 2)

In one of the best scenes in Secret Love Affair, piano prodigy Lee Seon-Jae delivers a musical message to his older teacher and lover Oh Hye-Won that is equal parts rebellion and lament. It’s the third act and Hye-Won is trying to hold onto power by acting like a loyal wife to Professor Kang. Seon-Jae … Read more

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 1 of 2)

“Secret Love Affair”: The Bit with Spoilers (Pt. 1 of 2)

First things first: I figured out it was reader Rouny who recommended Secret Love Affair, back in the September favorites thread. Thank you, Rouny! I’m excited to have any readers at all. And I’m extra lucky to have readers I can learn from and discuss with. In fact, that discussion thread added a few new … Read more

“Secret Love Affair” (Series Review)

“Secret Love Affair” (Series Review)

I spent half of October suffering various flu bugs. (As you can see, that’s slowed down my posting schedule. Sorry!) Last week, I felt doubly sorry for myself: 1) I was in bed with stomach flu and 2) there weren’t any K-dramas I wanted to watch.  And then! Then, I started watching last year’s Secret Love Affair. … Read more