Was Bulgasal worth watching?

I have finally finished watching Bulgasal, the South Korean drama about a 600-year-old monster. It was 16 episodes long, which sometimes felt like too many. But was it worth sitting through? Bulgasal stars Lee Jin-wook as Dan Hwal, the monster of the title. With his strong jaw and highly symmetrical face he must be one... Continue Reading →

The Silent Sea: K-scifi equals Squid Game

I thought The Silent Sea would be a formulaic drama about astronauts in danger on the Moon. There’s not much on the lunar surface, so it’s hard to imagine how anyone could come up with an original story that goes beyond oxygen shortages, aliens or interpersonal tensions. But how wrong I was! The Silent Sea... Continue Reading →

Is My Love from the Star too cheesy?

My Love from the Star is credited with popularising Korean drama outside South Korea. The 21-episode romantic comedy first aired on SBS in 2013 and 2014. It now has classic status and is a must watch for K-drama fans. So, why is My Love from the Star so good? I resisted watching it for a... Continue Reading →

Is Hellbound better than Squid Game?

Stuart Heritage of the Guardian newspaper thinks Hellbound is “insanely good” and better than Squid Game. He says, “It might currently find itself swept up in Squid Game’s wake, but I guarantee that, of the two, it’s the show that will still be talked about a decade from now.” Stuart Heritage is a professional reviewer... Continue Reading →

TV: Holo the nice Artificial Intelligence

Minor spoilers I’ve just finished watching My Holo Love. The 12-part South Korean drama deserves a lot more attention than it receives. I think it’s one of the most original shows on Netflix. It’s a lovely romance and an interesting take on Artificial Intelligence. I first blogged about My Holo Love when I was only... Continue Reading →

Hellbound episode 1 (Netflix K-drama)

Hellbound is a brand new horror from Netflix in South Korea. The six-parter is directed and co-written by Yeon Sang-ho. In 2016, Yeon achieved global recognition for his zombie movie Train to Busan. Yeon’s co-writer on Hellbound is Choi Kyu-seok. Until now, Choi was best known as the writer of the webtoon Awl. This story,... Continue Reading →

TV: Abyss by Moon Soo-yeon

I try to watch a whole Netflix series before reviewing it, but I couldn’t resist coming here to tell you about Abyss. So far I’ve watched five of the sixteen episodes of this South Korean drama. I think it’s just brilliant. Abyss first aired in 2019 on tvN in South Korea and on Netflix worldwide.... Continue Reading →

TV review: Is Squid Game worth watching?

It seems that everyone loves Squid Game, the nine-part drama about a contest to win 38 million dollars (US). The South Korean Netflix show is popular with viewers across the globe. Why is that? At first glance Squid Game looks like just another survival saga. Several hundred players compete in a series of schoolyard games.... Continue Reading →

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