K-Drama Binge

Hi Globetrotters,

With taking staycations, I have scared down a lot of K-Dramas. I am very open to foreign films and series, and like Bong Joo-Ho, Director of the Oscar-winning movie, Parasite, said, “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

I love K-Dramas, even though they are overly romanticized and a lot of hand-grabbing as the female lead walks away. Beep anyone would ever be grabbing my hand like that. However, it often has the idea about soul-mates, sometimes supernatural elements and cute humor.

Here are a few I would highly recommend:

1. Black

In the spirit world, there are grim reapers tasked with collecting lost souls. These grim reapers don’t know their identity and until they do, they can’t go to heaven. The main character, he doesn’t know that he lost his identity. However, in an attempt to catch a lost souls, he starts getting tangled in this suspense and little by little, he learns about his life on earth.

2. Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey)

A girl who has the ability to see spirits and gods meets the monkey God. She later grows up as an awkward, isolated person due to her ability. She remeets the monkey God and makes a pact with him for his protection against the evil spirits. Things become more complicated and the question of love under a spell or love under freedom comes to light.

3. It’s Okay not to be Okay

One of my favorite K-Dramas to date. It brings up a taboo topic, mental illnesses. A caretaker sacrifices his dreams for his autistic brother and eventually meets an old childhood crush, an antisocial girl. Each character reveals their past and the main character faces the decision to be “selfish” or selfless.

Those are some good places to start. I will probably binge until the world opens up again. Best to get comfy on the couch and do some snuggling.

Let me know if you have watched.

Ciao,

Amy

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