Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…hey built they drama’s marketing posters around, and plots its episodes accordingly. Episode 20  —One of my favorite parts of this entire show has to be the tiny cameo from the ridiculously adorable Jung So Min as President Ma’s new pick for Miss Korea. It’s especially great because the two also played mother and daughter in last year’s Can We Get Married. Finally, we have a girl who won’t just drop trou on command. Outside Seoul…

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

…ut their experience of subbing in general, and SLA in particular. Below the cut are interviews with two of these subbers—one who requested anonymity, and another who goes by the name anaisanais. Tamra, the Island a fusion sageuk centered around the diving women of Jeju.(And a castaway from England who can’t speak English.) Anonymous subber —How did you come to know both Korean and English? I spent my early years in Korea before I mov…

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Secret Love Affair: Winding to a close

…oach life in different ways. Where Hye Won is wily and hardworking, Young Woo is flighty and careless. We know Young Woo bribes her younger boyfriend to be with her. He mostly seems to treat her with casual disinterest—is that as good as it gets between them? Does he see other rich women in his spare time? Does Young Woo know? When it comes to her interactions with Hye Won, Young Woo’s primary motivation is consolidating her power at Seohan. Bu…

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New Dramas: King of High School, Joseon Gunman, and Trot Lovers

…ypical jerkface male lead. He’s caring and friendly from the very beginning, which always scores points in my book. I have to admit, though, that I’m just pretending that he’s a college student instead of a high school student. I enjoy a good noona romance, but rooting for an older woman to pick up on a high school kid crosses my pervy boundaries. Can we all just agree to pretend he’s closer to Seo In Guk’s actual ag…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…ing, dress unbuttoning, I Need Romance-style men? I could sure use one. (Although I shouldn’t complain too much. My kind father let some repair people into my house while I was at work today, and while he was at it vacuumed the whole place and shoveled the deck. All that, and he even speaks English!) • Episode 9. I’ve heard people that Kim Tan in Heirs was meant to be an example of a second-lead type getting the girl. I don’t really buy that—the…

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