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  • Chae Won

    Hi! I would like to ask and seek for your help if you don’t mind. I am a graduating student from Philippines, currently taking Media Production course (similar to Mass Communication but in our school we use the term Media Production). I am doing a thesis titled as “Motivation of male and female adolescents in watching Korean drama”. I am in need of a study about the motivation of male adolescents in watching Korean drama. Maybe you can give me some information or any legit articles about young male fans of korean drama. You may kindly reply to me at my email: [email protected]
    Looking forward to your reply asap. Thank you very much! :)

  • Tenma

    Hi Mr. X, hope you’re doing okay!! Every once in a while I’ll get flummoxed by a drama and just want to be a sheep and let others do my thinking for me, and then I always think of your site haha. Anyway, right now Mirror of the Witch is troubling me…on the surface it seems like a pretty competent production, but it’s not clicking for me at a fundamental level. I just don’t get how something so cheesy can feel so soulless. Is there something more to it that I’m missing, I wonder?

  • annoyinggoldone

    Hi, I have the same question but did not pay using Pay Pal – how do I unsubscribe so there are no more payments? Thanks.

  • Tenmatic

    I see the header changed :) I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on The K2! Most international fans are pretty hostile to a) genre shows and b) male fantasy, so while I feel dumb for saying this about a show that isn’t exactly thinky, I don’t feel like most fans really “get” it or Kwak Jung-hwan.

    I’d also love to hear your thoughts on Scarlet Heart hahahaha but don’t want to torture you. “Sageuk” has found a new low this year. I hope that you’re healthy and doing okay!!

  • thersites

    Hi and hope you’re well Mr X. Like @Tenmatic below, I’m here because the header has changed :) Also, I’ve just finished Awl, and Ahn Nae-sang’s performance reminded me of your review of Conspiracy in the Court, where you mentioned that he’s a former student activist.

    Hi @Tenmatic. I really shouldn’t be commenting on The K2 because I’ve only caught bits and pieces – without subtitles! – but I’m afraid I actually laughed out loud at the “traumatised warrior softened by fragile flower” parts. Song Yoon-ah’s character seemed quite fascinating though.

    • Tenmatic

      Hi @disqus_JRMTdM6SrY:disqus :) I really miss reading Mr. X’s take on things, too! Awl is in my queue, so it’s good to hear good things about Ahn Nae-sang’s performance. Maybe I’ll bump it up a couple spots haha. Right now I’m trying to get started on This Week My Wife is Having an Affair, and looking forward to Han Seok-kyu and Seo Hyun-jin in Romantic Teacher Doctor whatever. A lot of glasses half full this year, but I’ll take them.

      I agree that The K2 is more than a bit ridiculous and certain aspects work a lot better than others, but I think it’s doing some interesting stuff by turning political gamesmanship into physical proxy wars. I also think there’s a difference between reasonable criticism like yours–which it more than deserves!–and the sort of derision and ad hoc demands for realism it’s received from certain parts of the fandom, which gloss over gross ineptitude and narrative failure in trendies on a regular basis. As with a lot of this director’s work, it feels like a lot of people were determined to hate it going in.

      • Tenmatic

        Sorry, I wrote thersites, guess I messed up somehow? Sorry haha.

      • thersites

        Hi Tenmatic! (I’m pretty clueless about this online chatting/commenting stuff, so I’ve given up on using the “@”.) I confess I only remembered that Kwak Jung-hwan also directed Conspiracy in the Court after I clicked “Send”… But it is the writer I blame, for The K2 looks beautiful, and the acting is mostly fine. And it IS irritating how people have different standards for different occasions, especially when they seem to be criticising just for the sake of it. Anyway, you have almost convinced me to check The K2 out properly, but could I first ask whether you have seen Kwak Jung-hwan’s last show Local Hero, and, if you have, what you think of it?

        Yup, I’m with you about the half-full glasses. In fact I have sort of given up on current Korean drama – hence my marathoning of older shows like The Chaser and Awl at the moment. I might give that Romantic Doctor thing a try, just for Han Seok-kyu in a contemporary setting, but the last show I properly followed was Marriage Contract in March/April. I don’t know much about Jung Yoo-gyung, but her script for Marriage Contract was surprisingly subtle and consistent, and certainly worthy of PD Kim Jin-min’s talents.

        • Tenmatic

          I did see Local Hero. I thought it was okay for the first half, with some interesting bits (mostly the contracting work Jo Seong-ha was doing with Ahn Seok-hwan), then became a big nothing in the second half. The script and the actors were very limited, but Kwak Jung-hwan did surprisingly well with camp. I don’t know, I do recognize that The K2 is quite flawed, and Local Hero was even more so. But this hostility and refusal to understand his work on its own terms goes back to Chuno, which is what makes me question its motives. It was literally criticized right out of the gate for being too pretty. Like, what?

          I hadn’t seen Marriage Contract, so that’s cool to hear! I have to confess I avoided it because of UEE, but I bet if anyone could make her watchable it’d be Kim Jin-min. I’ll have to add it to the queue. But hey, maybe you should give Age of Youth a try! It was written by Park Yeon-seon and aired in July/August this year. The directing is fairly basic and the rest of the cast is limited, but it has Park Eun-bin and Han Ye-ri! Anyway, you know that old feeling, when you watch a drama, slowly sinking into its world, getting to know its characters because they actually feel like human beings, engaging with its themes? That’s the kind of experience I had with it. It’s sad how few shows even try to take you there anymore.

          • thersites

            Park Yeon-seon!!!!! I didn’t know Age of Youth was hers! Going to start watching it RIGHT NOW. And I know exactly what you mean by that old feeling, which I definitely got from her dramas.

            Marriage Contract is essentially a melodrama, but an intelligent one. I didn’t know Kim Jin-min was the PD when I first started watching it – with extremely low expectations, I might add – so I was completely amazed at how everything seemed to ring true. And UEE was more than watchable; she was actually believable as a working-class single mother, and her character is strong in a way that we seldom see in Korean dramas.

          • Tenmatic

            Oooh, I will definitely have to watch. It’s great when a show can surprise you like that! I am not opposed to melodramas at all, especially smart, feminist ones 😉 I actually would love to see a kdrama tackle single motherhood, because while dramas fail so hard so often at gender, the good ones deal in uniquely Korean concepts of womanhood and female experience, which come together into an interesting alternative perspective for a westerner like me.

            Are you going to tune in to either Goblin or Legend of the Blue Sea? I usually try to watch one of the buzzed about trendies every year (did Oh My Ghost last year, not too bad), but idk. I don’t know whether to put up with Kim Eun-sook for Kim Go-eun’s sake, or sit through Lee Min-ho in You From Another Star 2.0. Bleh.

          • thersites

            Reporting back after 6 episodes of Age of Youth, which is just what I need after The Chaser and Awl! If I were not so much older than what I think is its target audience, I think I would love it to death. But I do like it a lot, and I hope it has appealed to twenty-something females as much as I think it should. PYS hasn’t lost her knack of making ordinary, flawed people interesting, surprising AND sympathetic (as opposed to making supposed paragons or special snowflakes boring and annoying). The Han Ye-ri character’s arc slightly unbalances the whole thing, though, and I’m not terribly fond of secrets and past traumas. But PYS has never disappointed me, so I’ll be forging ahead with episode 7 immediately after I send this!

            Not touching either Goblin or Legend of the Blue Sea with a ten-foot pole. A couple of episodes of Secret Garden were enough to put me off Kim Eun-sook for life (though I have a soft spot for Lovers in Prague), and a hefty dose of Lee Min-ho after a diet of Son Hyun-joo and Ahn Nae-sang would probably kill me. Btw before I sign off, let me wax lyrical about Ahn Nae-sang in Awl. He was simply sensational. End of.

          • Tenmatic

            Yep, as a 24-year-old woman who doesn’t know what to do with her life and had her first brush with mortality last year, it clicked on so many levels it was amazing. Fingers crossed you enjoy it all the way through! :)

            Agreed, Kim Eun-sook and Lee Min-ho are both awful, and Heirs put me off both for life haha (I don’t know why I gave her a second chance after Secret Garden, but that was like the third drama I ever watched and I had no standards at that point). Yet here I am lol. I’m leaning Legend of the Blue Sea at this point–Park Ji-eun is not quite as offensive as Kim Eun-sook and I think Jeon Ji-hyun is fabulous, even if she’s just okay as an actress.

            So so glad to hear that about Ahn Nae-sang. He’s one of those actors you root for but never quite gets the roles he deserves. btw I love The Chaser!! So many amazing performances, such great dialogue. I’m still haunted by some of Park Geun-hyung’s monologues. Thank god for old dramas. Right now I’m watching Great King Sejong and loving it (it’s like Secret Door, except it works and it’s awesome!) and muddling through Seoul 1945 (I probably should have watched it before Eyes of Dawn ruined me for everything else haha).

          • thersites

            I’m pretty depressed right now about you-know-what, so here I am trying to cheer myself up by commenting on Age of Youth. IMO it’s the most conventional of all Park Yeon-seon’s dramas, but even so it never failed to engage and surprise me. Personally, my favourite thing about PYS is her almost Dickensian ability to write unlikeable characters that are fascinating because of, and not in spite of, their negative qualities. It’s relatively easy to come up with charismatic villains like Loki or Hannibal Lecter, but much harder to write someone as recognisably, hypnotically horrible as Eun-jae’s mother or the restaurant manager.

            My one beef with Age of Youth is that it is not really a slice-of-life drama, more a slice of life with a large topping of melodrama. It is not enough for the characters to be at the mercy of their immediate boss / a prostitute / an abused girlfriend / the daughter of a hopelessly ineffectual mother; they also have to deal with euthanasia / survivor’s guilt / being kidnapped / an apparently murderous father etc. Each thread is convincing and compelling in itself, but I’m not sure if PYS has been entirely successful in combining all these threads in a 12-episode show. For example, there was enough going on at the ‘Night of Men’ party to balance out Jin-myung’s story, and PYS even found a way to combine the two (with Jin-myung poignantly fantasising about attending the party), but other less substantial sequences (e.g. the prep for the party; the cute stuff between Eun-jae and Jong-Yeol) sometimes got in the way of the more serious threads.

            Another thing: if the comments on the usual English-language forums are anything to go by, most (non-Korean?) viewers ship Ji-na and her gigolo friend but hardly anyone has noticed that she actually forms a rather unhealthy romantic attachment to Jong-gyu. In episode 12 she even chops off her hair because of a vague remark he’d made about short hair being fashionable in his time. And this is a guy who was jailed for beating someone to death, and almost did her serious harm (btw we still don’t know how she escaped on that occasion). I know PYS is not one to be heavy-handed about what her characters should or shouldn’t do, but in this case I feel she should have been less subtle and made viewers worry about Ji-na a bit more.

          • Tenmatic

            The two quotes that helped me the most in dealing with you-know-what are, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” (MLK), and “Everything works out in the end. If it didn’t work out, it’s not the end.” (Bob the Drag Queen. Drag Race is one of the American shows I follow, and she won last season). They made my tears feel less bitter. Anyway, I think a lot of people in my generation felt like they could just inherit a better world. Now we know we have to fight for it just like everyone who came before us.

            I think your criticism of AoY is more than fair. Structurally and tonally it was a bit of everything. It’s been a couple months since I watched it, so I don’t feel very confident about hashing out the details anymore, but for me the characters’ hyper dramatic backstories kind of felt like a dip into the surrealism and nihilism, like equating death with staring into an abyss and turning everyday life into “survival,” if that makes any sense at all. Like, the whole thing was exhorting these characters to let go of their demons, look away from the abyss and embrace life fully? It kind of reminded me of David Lynch in that way. I don’t know if you’ve seen Twin Peaks (it’s great if you haven’t :) ), but the show mixed this world of rosy fifties nostalgia with this primordial darkness that infiltrates every nook and cranny, every person, every relationship, and threatens to swallow it whole. AoY isn’t quite Twin Peaks, and maybe I wanted to see the correlation because I’m into that kind of atmosphere lol, but that’s what I got out of it.

            I wish the forums had a more feminist perspective, period. I’ve generally had a lot more fun with shipping in western fandoms, because the shows are almost never about romance and it’s about digging through canon to find validation for your fascination with particular characters/relationships, but I often don’t see the point with kdrama. Most of them are about romance–we know who’s going to end up with who from the start, and which characters are romantic foils–so far from filling a void, shipping starts to preclude any interest in other aspects of the show. And in a show like Age of Youth, it just feels so unnecessary because fair or not, it feels like they’re imposing the same model and expectations on the rare drama that has chosen to do its own thing. I do agree that Jong-gyu could’ve been handled a bit better (especially that cliff hanger she mysteriously survived lol).

            Anyway, internet hugs. It’s so nice to talk to you about dramas right now.

          • thersites

            Twin Peaks was the last thing on my mind when I was watching Age of Youth, but you might have hit on something there. I did get the feeling that AoY was unusually fixated on death, more so, arguably, than even something like Signal. The final shots of the landlady and the empty rooms were kind of celebratory and elegiac at the same time. Completely agree with you about shipping and K-drama, especially your point about shipping to the exclusion of everything else. The best ships are the ones that enrich and/or shed light on aspects of the work itself.

            Returning to your previous to last post: I too think Legend of the Blue Sea might be the better bet, for the reasons you mentioned, plus Moon So-ri, Sung Dong-il and Lee Hee-joon. Also, Goblin seems to have a particularly nutty and incoherent plot (nuttier than even a story about a mermaid and a conman). I’m still dithering over Doctor Teacher Romantic Kim (or something); I’ve only read the Dramabeans recaps, and already I find Yoo Yeon-seok’s character repellent. Maybe I’ll just fast-forward to the Han Seok-kyu parts. Great King Sejong sounds great, might take a look at it. My sageuk viewing has been sadly limited by my lack of stamina – most of the good ones have zillions of episodes. Currently I’m eyeing Eight Days (only 10 episodes!).

            As for you-know-what, thanks for the encouraging quotes. Tbh I don’t agree with MLK or Bob, but I still believe that fighting for a better world is the only thing we can do. Internet hugs to you too!

          • Tenmatic

            Eight Days is great! I think I would have watched it just to see the opening video every episode lol (it has a turtle in it among other things), but it was a very very good show. It might be cool to skim Lady Hyegyung’s Memoirs as you watch, because it engages with the text really directly and cuts right to the heart of the problems I had with it.

            I have only seen the first episode (which suffered a tragic lack of Han Seok-kyu) but I HAAAAAAATE Yoo Yeon-seok’s character. He’s an unprofessional jackass to say the least (I could really get into it, but suffice to say he meets girl, pulls the usual sexist bullshit over her, gets the hots for her, then leaves her fiancé to die when he catches him talking to a nurse in a stairwell. I am not into that.). I think I’ll give it another episode because I’m an HSK super fan, but I’m doubtful whether it’ll be worth the ride. I really need to catch up on The K2 anyway lol–I think it’s ending this week and I’m still on episode 10. I’ve mostly been rewatching my favorite Star Trek episodes since you-know-what.

            Yeah, I took a closer look at Goblin since we last talked and I have to agree, it’s already starting to stink. The last thing I want to deal with is Kim Eun-sook’s take on teenage brides. I didn’t know half those guys were in Legend of the Blue Sea, though! If I can get my Sung Dong-il fix, that pretty much settles it, thanks :)

          • thersites

            Hi Tenmatic (and Mr X, if you are there). Thought I should pop by to wish you all the best for the new year. And also to ask how Legend of the Blue Sea is coming along. People do seem to be raving about it, and also Goblin, but the show I’ve been watching is Romantic Doctor etc. All for the love of Han Seok-kyu.

            I’m afraid it’s as bad as I’d expected it to be; in fact, it’s worse than just a straightforwardly bad show because it has pretensions to depth and complexity but is actually completely superficial in both plot and characterisation. For example, rather than examining one or two issues thoroughly, it just ticks the boxes (and throws in some tears and uplifting music). Also, what is the point of all its much-vaunted “realistic surgery scenes” when it can’t even do basic human behaviour and interactions? And the most annoying thing to an HSK fan like me is that it is a complete waste of HSK. As Teacher Kim he’s insanely watchable and rootable for, but he can do so much more than just that slightly grouchy, maverick thing. (Actually the Teacher Kim character is not even particularly grouchy or maverick. Unlike, say, Gregory House, he’s nice to most people, especially nurses and patients, and rude only to people who deserve it.)

            Sorry, rant over. There are some good bits – I like the setting, that atmospheric old hospital in Gangwon-do, and the acting ranges from not bad to very good. But I really hope HSK makes a few good films after this.

          • Tenmatic

            I wish you all the best as well! It seems the header changed again and the site is coming back this year, so at least one good thing will come out of 2017. (Yay, Mr. X!!! There at least two of us here who would be over the moon to have you back.)

            I have to confess I did not end up watching either Blue Sea or Goblin. I found that I really could not handle trendies right now–they’re ruled by such pervasive, in-your-face sexism and materialism that they’ve become really hard to deal with lately, for reasons you can probably guess.

            I’ve gotten to episode 3 of Dr. Kim haha. I will probably try to finish it, because hello, HSK superfan, but I feel like I’ve already seen some of the shortcomings you’re talking about. (For instance, there’s this bit in episode 2 where HSK’s character basically says “screw patient’s rights” in the middle of this monologue about what a great doctor/life saver he is, like that was an example of red tape he needed to cut through, which kind of showed the writer was willing to plow over some fine but very important distinctions in her rush to get her big heroic character moment.) The writer was the weak link going in, but it’s sad that she ended up gumming up the works to that extent, because I am a huge fan of Yoo In-sik’s directing and the cast is wonderful. I hope he makes films too. (I was rewatching The President’s Last Bang with my family the other day, and damn that man is talented!)

            I have heard that Park Kyung-soo is coming back this year, though!! I”m holding out hope that Ahn Pan-seok will be back as well. And I am going to try to tune in for Saimdang. In the event that it’s crappy, my brother and I will still probably have a lot of fun with it, because Song Seung-heon is one of those bad actors that is not so much infuriating as hilarious to watch.

          • thersites

            The new Saimdang header looks gorgeous and I love Lee Young-ae, but the dual roles worry me. In my admittedly limited experience of that sort of narrative, the “present” parts tend to be rather trivial, if not downright redundant, in comparison with the “past” parts. And as for Song Seung-heon…!!! I haven’t seen any of his dramas, but the guy’s reputation precedes him. The only thing I’ve seen him in is the film Obsessed. It’s not a bad film, and SSH could have been a lot worse, but he was more like a teen with a crush than an adult (a shell-shocked officer, no less) with an obsession. And I totally see where you’re coming from when you say he’s hilarious to watch. I guess his looks get him all these dashing, intense roles, but there’s something weirdly goofy or shifty about him, as if even he himself isn’t convinced by the Byronic stuff that has been thrust upon him.

            Yes I was annoyed by the sheer shallowness of having HSK say “screw patients’ rights” in Romantic Doc. I should warn you that saving patients at all costs is something of a theme, possibly even a credo, and to hell with niggling details like patients’ rights, quality of life and the desirability and actual financial costs of certain drugs/procedures. At the moment everyone is gushing about how amazingly accurately a heart operation has been depicted. It was indeed thrilling (and Yoo In-sik is really earning his keep, not just orchestrating the hospital scenes but giving all the characters at least a veneer of believability); however, what motivated the operation, and the circumstances in which it was performed, were extremely dodgy to say the least. Oh well. At least I have Park Kyung-soo’s new drama to look forward to…

            Funny that you should mention The President’s Last Bang, because to me that is just one of the most perfect films ever made. Unfortunately I also see Im Sang-soo as one of the great lost directors, like Bruce Robinson (nothing worthwhile after Withnail and I) and Christopher Nolan (nothing worthwhile after Memento). Recently I watched (a very badly subbed) Intimate Enemies, and I just couldn’t believe it was directed by the same person who did The President’s Last Bang.

            Last but certainly not the least: yes, Mr X’s return will be a great start to the year!

          • Thanks. The site will probably change a little, but I’m back for good now.

            The Saimdang header is there… because it looks kinda nice. No other reason. 😛

          • Tenmatic

            I completely agree with you about dual roles (it’s kind of funny, because a lot of people seem to think the backstories in Blue Sea and Goblin were better than the meat of those dramas). Since there’s nothing we can do about it, I’m just hoping the modern day sections are kept at a minimum. Like maybe episode bookends? idk. I’m not familiar with the writer at all, and I haven’t seen any of Yoon Sang-ho’s stuff since Tamra, but if he can bring a little of that magic back it would be nice. Plus Lee Young-ae! And you pretty much nailed SSH on the head. His facial expressions are pure gold.

            Ugh. Thank you for the warning. I’m getting really, really tired of dramas’ obsession with emergency medicine, I’ve got to say. Golden Time is about the only one I’ve seen that managed to start a conversation about ethics and point to professional tensions without acting like the ends justified the means no matter what because lives! they must be saved! and vilifying specialists in other fields for not saving lives as hard. D-Day was about the worst because it extended this indictment to long-term care patients as well (basically, there was an earthquake and they kicked everyone in the cancer ward out into a disaster zone to make room for all the trauma cases that were supposed to flood the hospital, but never did because it was that kind of drama).

            Oh, no! That’s sad to hear about Im Sang-soo. I’ve barely scratched the surface of Chungmuro so I don’t really have a longitudinal understanding of anyone’s work yet tbh. (Also, yay Withnail and I!! Sorry, that was my favorite movie for a very long time.)

            Hey, do you think there’s any chance at all Missing 9 could turn out okay? The writer makes me very suspicious, but Jung Kyung-ho and Baek Jin-hee!! Story of my life.

          • thersites

            Everything I know about Missing 9 I gleaned from its Asianwiki entry :P. IMO it has a 50-50 chance of turning out ok, because:

            1. Around half of the main cast seems reliable enough. (Though I can’t bring myself to watch Jung Kyung-ho in anything other than Cruel City.)
            2. The PD Choi Byeong-gil appears to have given himself the curious moniker “Ashbun”. This would be disturbingly reminiscent of “McG” if “Ashbun” didn’t have the excellent Angry Mom to his, er, name.
            3. Yup it’s the writer that worries me the most too. I haven’t seen Han Jung-hoon’s latest, 38 Task Force (and probably never will, because of my Seo In-guk allergy), but Vampire Prosecutor and Bad Guys don’t exactly inspire confidence. Well, there are moments in VP that do inspire a bit of confidence, and the one most relevant to Missing 9 is an episode that I can only describe as a Korean take on Murder on the Orient Express, set in a reality TV show. I thought it had a pretty good command of a large cast of characters stuck in one place. Problem is, Han had a co-writer on VP, and the drama for which he got sole credit after VP, Bad Guys, is truly terrible.

            “lives! they must be saved!” LOL. To be fair, Romantic Doc did dip a toe into murkier waters. In one episode, there was a family fighting about whether they should let the father undergo an expensive procedure with no guaranteed results. I suspect it was due to the PD that the family member who argued against the procedure was portrayed almost as sympathetically as those who wanted to go ahead with it. But in the end the show/writer took the latter’s side, and the whole thing was presented as a triumph for those who were willing to risk everything to save lives. Sigh.

          • Tenmatic

            Well, I haven’t tried my luck with Missing 9, but I did start Saimdang! I’m two episodes in and I have no idea why anything happens in that drama. The director keeps things flowing, but if you ever stop to think about the disparate elements–in modern day, we have a beleaguered Korean housewife/grad student whose life is being ruined to ridiculous extents, and in the past we have puppy love–the dissonance is pretty impressive. I am kind of curious to see how the drama plays the love story because if you’ve seen enough sageuk, you know the formula usually goes, “OTP falls in love. OTP struggles to stay together for 1/2-2/3 the drama. Then they must marry other people, because personal sacrifice.” But here it seems like she jumped into the part where she was already married to another man and had kids and SSH was still hanging on. My favorite part, though? There’s a part right in the beginning where SSH wanders into a renaissance fair-style medieval party and screams like a crazy person. Could not stop laughing.

            After sitting through the Hong Sisters’ rendition of HGD, I am not going to touch this Rebel thing with a ten foot pole, but I wonder if Tomorrow With You will be any good? I did enjoy Lee Je-hoon’s acting more pre-army, but I still have a soft spot for both him and Shin Min-ah. All in all I find my kdrama addiction on the wane at the moment–most shows I start I don’t get past an episode or two. I still have to finish the last batch that caught my interest–The K2, This Week My Wife is Having an Affair, and Dr. Kim.

            idk. I’m going to keep watching for now and maybe try to get caught up/sample some new dramas, although Queen Insoo is really
            close to being subbed completely and all bets are off when I get my
            hands on it.

          • thersites

            Dunno if you’ll ever read this, Tenmatic, but hullo again and hope you are well. Haven’t watched any K-drama at all since I last posted here, because (1) nothing has caught my attention; and (2) the bitching and squeeing that passes for discussion out there has completely put me off the whole K-drama thing. In short, I really really miss Mr X, and as a non-Korean speaker I’m not sure my interest in K-drama will survive the loss of the information and criticism that he provided.

            Well at least there is a lot of older stuff out there that is worth watching, like Queen Insoo (have you started on that?). Bad Guys Season 2, with Kim Moo-yeul, Yang Ik-joon and – amazingly – Park Joong-hoon looks tempting, but the first season was really bad so I have my doubts about it.

            And Mr X: it’d be fantastic if you could take this up again some day (hey, even if K-drama is going down the dumper, at least K-movies still seem to be worth writing about…). But even if you don’t, your writing has already enriched my life immeasurably, so thanks a million and all the very best to you!

  • liz

    Hi Mr X! It’s not yet January 15, but somehow I can’t access the content on Dramatic Eye. The Tinypass thing keeps popping up. Is there something I’m missing out on? 😡