BH Discuss: Are Korean reality talent shows unethical?

Brad Moore, the American drummer of Korean band Busker Busker, stirred up a lot of controversy and discussion this week when a tell-all interview about his time as a contestant of MNET’s music talent show Superstar K was released by VICE.
The portrayal of the show in the…

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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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Educating a changing Korea: Interview with 'Even The Rivers' Director

Until very recently South Korea was a very homogeneous society with little ethnic diversity which prided itself on a single ethnic identity. Recently this has begun to change very rapidly and the number of immigrants living in Korea has more than doubled in the past ten years to 1.5…

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South Korean Cinema and Revenge: Why Is It So Prevalent?

It seems that the theme of revenge, no matter what other sub-genre it’s paired with, is the key to both domestic and international success of South Korean cinema.

Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Tale of Two Sisters, Lady Vengeance, A Bittersweet Life, To Sir…

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The problem with remaking masterpieces: OldBoy

Some movies have a way of sticking in the minds of their viewers; from The Exorcist in the early 70’s to Ghost in the 90’s, movies can stay with viewers for a lifetime. But it is always a true masterpiece of filmography that has a way of entwining…

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The Rise of Anti-Heroes in Korean Dramas

Korean dramas are a highly imitative genre. If something is successful once you will surely see many variations on a theme cropping up. How many “Boys Over Flowers” clones are there out there? Since the release of the critically acclaimed smash hit “The Innocent Man” in 2012 it’s no…

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