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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Just a pretty face? The long, little known history of Korean flower boys

Image above: The cast of popular 2013 drama Flower Boy Next Door
If you are into Korean dramas or Korean pop music, you have probably heard the term ‘flower boy’ (kkotminam 꽃미남) being used to refer to delicate, slightly feminine-looking boys. In dramas the ‘flower boy’  is the cute, generous…

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Misaeng: Women in the corporate world of South Korea

South Korea society, like many others, is deeply patriarchal. While it has advanced technologically and economically at an alarming rate, society continues to straddle both Western influences and traditional Confucian values. Although it is predominantly patriarchal, more and more women are taking part in the corporate work force, even securing…

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