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

…uncated and do/can not convey some of the best word play in the original dialogue. Angel Eyes: Who doesn’t love a guy who loves a joke at his own expense? —There seems to be a lot of variety in the treatment of names in Korean dramas. Some subbers translate names, but others don’t. (In Secret Love Affair, some subs translate the screen names “ignorant ears” and “I’m a genius,” but others don’t. Another example is that the dog in To the B…

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Drama Review: My Love from Another Star (2013)

Grade: B Category Supernatural romantic comedy What it’s about Chun Song Yi seems to have everything: In spite of her reputation as an airhead, she’s a top actress. She’s got an angelic best friend, a closet full of designer clothes, and a kind, well-mannered chaebol heir who desperately wants to marry her. But everything begins to fall apart when she’s implicated in a suspicious death, reminding Song Yi that her life wasn’t so perfect in th…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…s, we followed it from its beginning through years of believably nuanced tribulations. Its participants knew and loved each other, failings and all, and their shared intimacy felt as real as any I’ve seen on Korean television. Ultimately, though, that show’s greatest love story was the one about its three female leads, friends who supported each other and had relationships that existed outside of their romantic lives. Maybe I would have liked th…

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My love affair with Love Affair

…ower. They have hardly anything in common at all, in spite of their stated relationship—the director of Secret Love Affair bought the rights to Tokyo Tower, and its title is referenced in SLA ’s closing credits. Was Secret Love Affair actually inspired by the novel that  Tokyo Tower was based on, rather than the movie itself? Did the film slice and dice the source material so severely that it’s practically unrecognizable? Korean d…

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Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…ey can support themselves in a world that no longer wants what they have to offer. That’s a scary thought, and I love that this drama is smart enough to take advantage of it. Final verdict I wanted to love this cute, quirky character study, and I almost did. Miss Korea is wonderful for a lot of reasons, and my favorite of them is how respectfully it treats its female characters. Finally, this is a show that tackles gender politics in a way tha…

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