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

“Defendant” (Episodes 1-5 Review), or The Truth about Thrillers (with updates)

“Defendant” (Episodes 1-5 Review), or The Truth about Thrillers (with updates)

Dear readers, I’m sorry! I haven’t written for many months, while I’ve been tending to real life. But nothing brings me back to the world of K-dramas faster than Ji Sung. My heart beats for you, oppa. Ji Sung’s new 16-episode legal thriller, Defendant, is getting great ratings in Korea right now. Perhaps President Park’s … Read more

Pride and Prejudice (Series Review)

Pride and Prejudice (Series Review)

Editor’s Note: I would never be able to write a concise review for this show, but it deserves one. It was unusual, thoughtful, and revealed a lot about the post-Sewol zeitgeist in Korea. So when my friend and Dramabeans recapper Saya didn’t have room for Pride and Prejudice in her end-of-2015 wrap-up, I grabbed the chance … Read more

“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

Anthony Kim may be the greatest of K-drama anti-heroes. The cold impresario at the center of the 2012 comedy King of Dramas doesn’t have a sense of humor himself, but he doesn’t need one. The Korean entertainment industry itself is funny. Even without the magnificent Anthony, this show would still be interesting for its behind-the-scenes look at … 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