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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Pororo the Little Penguin: South Korea's second president?

Recently revealed to be the most searched term on Google Korea for the first half of 2013, he is one of South Korea’s largest cultural exports of the past few years. With his distinctive eyewear, round face and larger-than-life personality, he has invaded the screens of homes…

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The Troubles of Not Starring in a Korean Drama

I imagine to a huge number of avid Korean drama fans, the idea of working as a supporting actor on a K-Drama sounds fantastic. Working with beautiful, well-known stars, playing out fun and interesting storylines and having the opportunity to experience the glamorous world of drama sounds like…

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Underwhelming Romance - The little things that make me cringe

Korean dramas. Whether you are looking for something that makes you tear up at the drop of a hat or for a little action before bed, there is something made for everyone. I often find myself sitting back to watch one every so often to pass the time. But, unlike…

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Can we take a moment to talk about "When A Man Loves?"

There are two things I would like to get across to K Drama makers and viewers: 1. Paternalism is not support, controlling is not caring. 2. Falling in love is not a math equation and you can’t blame someone for who they love.

When I watched the first four…

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The Pressure to 'Be Pure' in Korean Dramas

How many dramas have you seen that stars a woman in her 20s (often her late 20s) who has never been kissed and has never fallen in love? This happens frequently in dramas and I am sure I am not the only one that it strikes as odd. Let’s…

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Dad! Where Are We Going? : Step by Step Guide

Variety shows have always been a top choice for Koreans and fans of Korean culture alike. What other time do we get to view a more human side to our favourite actors, idols and comedians than in a show designed to push them to their very limits both physically and…

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