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[Film Review] Alice in Earnestland (2015)

Why does black comedy work? It’s no easy feat to delve into the darkest depths and pull out laughs. The key ingredient is pathos. Take the lovable Jack Lemmon in “The Apartment,” perhaps the most successful black comedy of all time. Sure, he’s a sleazy guy involved with…

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London Korean Film Festival Review: The Shameless (2015)

Head out from Gangnam in any direction. Within a few miles you’ll hit places where people are living out their rock bottoms. Seedy karoke joints, hostess bars, dumpy apartments. From its opening shot, The Shameless is out to remind you of this cold hard fact.

“The Shameless” isn’t…

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4 Fan Fiction Tropes Found in K-Dramas

K Dramas and fan fiction share a lot of common ground. Both are filled with inexplicable plot twists and couples coming together against all odds. Both often act as a form of wish fulfillment and fantasy for the audience. And both skew towards the same young & female demographic. So…

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Utopia Does Not Exist: Debt and Fantasy in Korean Dramas

Korean dramas are a fantasy space. They don’t show the world we live in but the world we wish we could access. The underdog conquers all obstacles; the painfully average person achieves greatness. Love is always true and good always wins. The poor gain opulent wealth without surrendering their…

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Korean Film Resources – The Best of The Best

If you don’t speak Korean, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s happening now in Korean film and even harder to learn about films made before the first Korean wave. This list of resources will give you a fuller picture of Korean film and its place…

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Reading Between the Lines – Sexual Innuendo in K-Dramas

Much has been made of the extreme “chastity” in Korean Dramas. In a previous article, I’ve already covered the emphasis on female purity in dramas, where women’s storylines have more in common with June Cleaver than Detective Stella Gibson. Dehlia has also shown the connections between squeaky 60s…

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Our Predictions for “The Heirs”

Most of the other members of the BH writing team don’t watch those blockbuster chaebol-following K Dramas. You know, the ones where big-name stars spend a lot of time wandering about in terrible (but expensive) outfits acting all love-sick and what not.

Me? I love ’em…

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The Behind the Scenes Gender Divide in K-Dramas

Lots of time and attention is given to the stars of K Dramas, but rarely is the spotlight shone on those working behind the scenes. Screenwriters and directors are equally important to a drama’s success (or failure) but are largely ignored. So I set off to answer the question…

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