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 →

Bulgasal: good but not great

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls arrived on Netflix last December seeming like it might be as amazing as Hellbound or Squid Game. The first episode is set 600 years ago and looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, from episode two onwards, when the story moves to modern times, Bulgasal feels like a very different drama. That’s not to say... Continue Reading →

Is Bulgasal any good? Episode 1 response

Hooray! There’s a new Korean drama on Netflix. This one’s called Bulgasal: Immortal Souls. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about yet. Netflix is only releasing two episodes a week. The first one premiered on 18th December, 2021. From what we know after the first episode, it seems Bulgasal is a 600-year-long revenge story... Continue Reading →

Fantasy K-drama recommendations

We all know how Netflix works. Watch one show about cars and it suggests you see all the other shows about cars. The same happened after I saw Hellbound, My Holo Love and Abyss. Netflix is now advertising all its other South Korean fantasies at me. So this week I tried four I hadn’t seen... Continue Reading →

TV: Is Hellbound worth watching?

Minor spoilers Hellbound is an intelligent six-part horror drama made by Netflix in South Korea. It works well as an entertaining story and as social commentary. Where Squid Game has its sights on economic matters, Hellbound takes aim at religious certainty and group think. The action revolves around visitations by supernatural beings. An influential Christian... 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 Review: Midnight Mass Remarkable

Make sure you’re alert if you watch Midnight Mass. This Netflix miniseries is exceptionally heavy on the dialogue. You’ll still follow the plot if you zone out, but you might miss a lot of the texture. There are so many layers of meaning in Midnight Mass; it feels like a banquet. I think I’d have... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Nobody dies in Skarnes

I really enjoyed Post Mortem: Nobody dies in Skarnes (2021). This quirky Norwegian series is a fresh and original take on the vampire myth. The vampire in this instance is care home assistant Live Hallangen. In the first episode she’s found dead in a field but doesn’t stay like that for long! When she wakes... Continue Reading →

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