Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…Seoul’s greatest beauty salon, Ji Young decides to change her life—and save a cosmetics company—by becoming Miss Korea, 1997. First impression In tone, Miss Korea is wonderfully far from a traditional romantic comedy. Even with a scenario right out of a fairy tale, it manages have a serious soul and treat its characters like real people, not drama tropes. It also has bigger thoughts in its head than the one-dimensional romantic shenanigans that…

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Miss Korea Korean Drama Review (Final)

…YYYYYYYYY! I could go on and on and on about all of the minor characters in this show. I really liked all of them, from the fashion directors to the contestants to the Vivi team. I eventually warmed up to the Hwa Jung/Teacher Jung relationship, but Teacher Jung always made me feel just a little uncomfortable the whole time. Does this mean that Miss Korea was a flawless specimen of Kdramas? Not at all. It was a quiet drama, but sometim…

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Substantial: Subbers on Secret Love Affair and the craft of subbing

Subtitles are the key that allows international viewers entry into the world of Korean drama. I didn’t fully understand this until my first rewatch of Coffee Prince. Before that, I blindly followed along with the words flashing across my screen without really critically evaluating them. Han Gyul and Eun Chan were fighting. What more did I need to know beyond that?  But stumbling across fan-created subtitles for my favorite drama chang…

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Halfway Review: Miss Korea Korean Drama Episodes 1-8

…iew of the full series) I don’t usually do reviews halfway, but I just discovered that virtually no one on the internet is recapping Miss Korea.  Seriously, no one.  (Or at least no one who is easy to find in a Google search result.  Because I’m lazy.)  Dramabeans did one recap for the first two episodes, and then they didn’t have time for more. I know that Miss Korea isn’t the hottest drama out th…

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From zero to hero (and back again)

…It was glorious to watch her spar with other actors, and she quickly became my favorite thing about the series. That’s really saying something—Lee took a character that could have been incredibly annoying and imbued her with such humanity that I didn’t even mind Can We Get Married’s lumpy, repetitive second half.   Noh Hee Kung, screenwriter Padam Padam (2012) That Winter the Wind Blows (2013) As is often the case with dramas w…

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