Do Min-joon as The Alien Messiah in My Love from the Star

The alien messiah has not ceased to be a spectre of popular consciousness since the late 20th century. As a character archetype in science fiction films like Superman, the alien messiah is often depicted as one who comes from a place that is both distant from and technologically superior to…

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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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BH Discuss - Is Hallyu used too much to promote Korean Culture?

Go on the website of any governmental organisation aimed at promoting Korean tourism or culture and it won’t be long before you come across something to do with Korean pop culture. Whether it’s the ‘Hallyu Today’ tab right in the centre of the Korean Tourism Organisation’s English…

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Motherly Love: The exploration of womanhood in Reply 1994

The roles of mothers in K-Dramas, particularly in the romance/romantic comedy genre that Reply 1994 vaguely falls into, are usually very limited. Generally they fall into three categories. First is the domineering chaebol mother who cares more about power than her family and is usually determined to break…

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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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