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beez
6 days ago

– I found The Exchange. It’s weird though because I had to hit “forgot password” and create a new log in but I had never created a password to begin with. I guess it was just letting me onto the home page and a few articles because it recognized that I was a Patreon member just because I’m responding from an email. 🤕 After typing that, I realize that makes zero sense because that’s how I was still trying to access The Exchange with no success.

I’ve reset my non-existent password 😉 but I don’t think I’ll be hanging around The Exchange much. I kinda don’t like the set up. (No offense to KFG if she sees this. After all, it’s not as if she set it up.)

beez
9 days ago

@KFG @Everyone – Is anyone watching The King’s Affection? I’m in love with Kdrama again! I’ve always loved the trope of girl disguised as boy but I think this is the best set up/reason for it that I’ve ever seen.

I was so sure that

Sort of a spoiler but not really because I think the synopsis makes it clear
FL would be the one in the King’s affection that I kept thinking “since she’s a princess, her family must lose power for there to be a king she’s not blood related to in order for there to bea romance, but it finally hit me that she’ll be the king! And it’s the ML who would be in her affections
. 😉 Love it! Everybody else probably already got this from the synopsis but I just saw “girl disguised as boy” and knew I would watch it so…

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – you talked me into it – on E1 now. 😉 I think I can fit one more on that gigantic plate of KDramas! 🤣😂😆😅 Let’s hope this one is good!

beez
9 days ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– My fingers are crossed🤞. I’m excited for a new twist on an old trope.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – Done with first 2 episodes and I am in on this one. Yes, this is different and you need a certain viewing lens but I like it.

– Yes she most certainly is. Park Eun-bin is kicking a$$ and taking no prisoners. She shows up, as Beez says at the end of E2 but she surely makes a statement for the future.

Last edited 9 days ago by phl1rxd
beez
8 days ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– now I just need to figure out how to use KFG’s patreon site so we can discuss it as the episodes air. I hear KFG has an open discussion area on Patreon but even if someone replies to me directly, I can’t figure out how to get to wherever their comment came from (received by email). (Too many times without the context of what I said, I don’t recognize what they’re answeringb and even if I do, I can’t figure out how to go from my email to the right Patreon thread/page. It usually takes me to the latest post of KFG’s.)

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
8 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – The Exchange is rocking. 💥🧨💥🧨Boom! I can barely keep up. I would love to discuss this over there because this drama has such a different take. When I get a reply to one of my comments, I get an email letting me know “Fangurl (for example) has replied to my comment” and I click in that email and it takes me right there.

That being said I just cleaned out my inbox and I have nothing to test this against. Hmm…bear with me Beez and let me see if I can get someone to do a test…I will reply to your question once done and verify that if it takes me directly back to that particular comment.

beez
6 days ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

– You’re awesome! So this is how the email that I receive when someone replies to me on Patreon looks. I’ve clicked on everything that’s a link, but nothing takes me to the actual thread (or place) where I must’ve made a comment. Obviously, this example was probably from Kfangurl’s Patreon where she talked about Squid Game prior to her official SG review on the actual blog, but in most cases someone replies on Patreon, and I have no idea which comment they’re relying to or which Patreon thread it was from (*stupid memory*). But no matter what I click on the email, it takes me to the Patreon home page.

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phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – sorry so late getting back to you on this! I understand exactly what you are saying. I am reaching out to Fangurl on this. I will post back to you on this thread.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – here is something helpful to do right away – Bookmark the Exchange Page to get to it quickly. Not sure how to do this on your phone Beez.

j3ffc
j3ffc
9 days ago
Reply to  beez

So sad! My drama plate overfloweth and this will have to wait. But one question: is Park Eun-bin as fantastic in this as I think she might be?

beez
9 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– I’m not familiar with this actress but the first episode is entirely the younger version of the actors and the majority of the second episode as well.

j3ffc
j3ffc
9 days ago
Reply to  beez

Interesting! She is the female lead, so it’ll be interesting to hear what you think of her performance as the show goes on. I really liked her character in the Age of Youth shows and have enjoyed her work since.

beez
8 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

– I’ll be sure to let you know about the actress. You’re right that there are too many new dramas right now. It’s hard to decide what to watch, and what to binge later. My problem has been never getting back to the shows that, because of time, got pushed to the Monster watchlist.

manukajoe
manukajoe
8 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

Oh she was great in Hot Stove League. I really liked that show.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
8 days ago
Reply to  manukajoe

– I agree 100% with you Joe – she was very, very good in that.

j3ffc
j3ffc
8 days ago
Reply to  manukajoe

I liked HSL too and agree that Park Eun-bin was excellent in it, but it was an ordinary sort of role, as much as I enjoyed her character’s trajectory. If you haven’t seen “Age of Youth”, I do recommend it heartily. It’s a bit of a slow reveal over two whole seasons, but she is so charismatic in a complex and engaging role that she practically steals the show despite being part of a strong overall ensemble cast.

I still haven’t seen “Brahms” yet, despite KFG’s strong recommendation, but that is also in the Big Playlist for a future watch.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 days ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – I seriously want to pinch Kim Geon’s cheeks – he is that darn adorable. What a cutie pie!

Tess
Tess
11 days ago

Hi, I am a huge fan of your reviews and loved your in-depth analysis of the shows that often offers insightful perspectives.
I would like to highly recommend a Chinese Movie called “Better Days” (2019) that is around 2hours 15mins. It is one of the shows that I find it around the same level as “My Mister” (2018) and would like to hear your opinions about it. Cheers and thanks in advance if you do review it.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
9 days ago
Reply to  Tess

Hi Tess – I did see this and it was very moving. I initially watched it for the two leads who I think are very good actors – Zhou Dong Yu (she is just pure magic) and Jackson Yi (he was outstanding in Longest Day in Chang’an). They were both very good in this movie.

manukajoe
manukajoe
8 days ago
Reply to  Tess

Oh it’s on Youtube!

manukajoe
manukajoe
13 days ago

Hi KFG thought this article might interest you 🙂 https://www.salon.com/2021/10/10/k-dramas-asian-men-tv-crash-landing-on-you/

manukajoe
manukajoe
13 days ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I need similar for white women 😀

beez
12 days ago
Reply to  manukajoe

– Maybe I should read the link you provided first (I’m going to) but my first knee-jerk reaction is “you’re a woman?????!”

manukajoe
manukajoe
12 days ago
Reply to  beez

Not as far as I know 🙂

beez
9 days ago
Reply to  manukajoe

– I’m relieved. You think tough know a person and… Don’t want any surprises. 👍

Elizabeth Carmichael
Elizabeth Carmichael
16 days ago

I have subscribed to your patreon but I dont know how to block the ads or sign in. Help! I did the $5 a month one.

beez
3 days ago

@Elizabeth Carmichael – I was having trouble to but since I’ve downloaded the app, it’s much easier.

simple
simple
19 days ago

Dear kfangurl,
IM SO PROUD OF YOU. As one of your first website followers and still is. i seldom comment since im not good in writing english.. I seen you grown like my child.. if you can only see my big happy smile. Reading you will try to review Squid Game.. looking forward to this review.. i like move to heaven and dp more. i went over your list and notice you have reviewed Signal(?) and Voice Season 1..our fave jang hyuk is in that. Take care and Keep safe my dear kfangurl. im always be here supporting you.

Volta
Volta
1 month ago

Hi, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend the modern Chinese drama “To Love.” The narrative in the forms of flashback for the first 1/3 of the show is very different from the vast majority of Chinese dramas I’ve watched but effective. The cinematography (filmed in Yunnan province as opposed to Shanghai), pacing and music scores/OSTs were so well done. Acting was top notch- the main actor Kenny Lin is apparently quite popular but it’s my first time watching him and he was utterly delightful in his portrayal of an undercover narcotics officer/restauranteur. And as a bonus, this show is not dubbed and hearing the actors’ real voices was a treat for me. Really hope more Cdramas will emulate this gem of a production.

Molu16
Molu16
1 month ago

Dear Kfangurl,

You are my go-to source for K-dramas to watch. I’ve watched many dramas based on your reviews, and they never disappoint. There was one drama that I watched even though you dropped it, and it was all because V of BTS was in that drama. Being a middle-aged ARMY, I cannot pass up on anything related to BTS! 🙂

My question is, why do K-drama writers love to have either the male lead or the female lead disappear for a year or more at the end and come back unannounced? Some of the reasons for their disappearance kind of make sense, such as going abroad for medical treatment or some kind of business training. However, the ridiculous thing is during the time the OTP is apart, there is no communication at all. While one is pining for the other, not knowing when the beloved will return, all of a sudden they show up to surprise them. Another ridiculous plot is, the lead disappears without a trace and is presumed dead, but a few years pass, they show up alive and healthy, to be reunited with their loved one. I don’t understand why the writers make viewer suffer for the majority of the series wondering if the two leads will be together, and when they finally are, one has to go away or seemingly is killed, only to show up out of the blue later.

Molu16
Molu16
1 month ago
Reply to  Molu16

Sorry, I clicked post before I was finished commenting. Just want to thank you for all the reviews and the commentaries you’ve posted. You’re a great writer. Keep us the good work!

Molu16
Molu16
1 month ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I appreciate it, Kfangurl! Looking forward to your post!

navonco
navonco
1 month ago

Hello,

I am a middle-aged American male Navy Officer, who while living in Okinawa Japan about three years ago started watching Asian Drama series so far about 18 Korean, 10 Japanese (to include, Anoiri and Terrace House), and two Chinese.

As you know I am not the target demographic but there is just something about them. It is hard to describe but I just really enjoy them I imagine it is exaggerated but I just like the innocence and simpleness.

I am now watching Put Your Head on my Shoulder (episode 1o) which I discovered a few days ago from your site.

One of the Japanese shows I watched a couple of years ago has a remarkably similar storyline Good Morning Call and was wondering who is more “likable and cute” in your opinion Haruka Fukuhara or Xing Fei.
These shows are so similar and I like them both but so far I am leaning towards a good morning call.

Thanks

Charles

Kshama
Kshama
2 months ago

Hi
Greetings from India !!
First of all let me thank you for being a becon for someone like me who is new to the K-dramverse .
On your recommendation i watched “Coffee Prince” ( that too twice in quick succession ☺️. I watched a couple of them on my own, like It’s Ok to not Be Ok, Crash Landing on You, and they were good) But Coffee Prince blew up my mind through its story, superb acting, direction and last but not the least , the sizzling chemistry between the OTP.
This drama has set a standard for me now. I may not be able to watch anything below the set standard. So may I request you to please suggest some k- dramas as par with Coffee Prince.
And a small question( i hope, it shouldn’t sound stupid)… Doesn’t the name suggest the gender it is referring to in Korean language? I mean, in India , a name itself suggest whether the person is a male or a female. Can’ Kon Eun Chan ‘be a name for both male and female? Thanks .

beez
3 months ago

– Another good 1-hour show is Swine Escape. It’s part of the 2013 MBC Drama Festival. It stars Park Ki-Woong whom I cannot stand and almost didn’t watch this because of my intense dislike for him as an actor. But I couldn’t resist the idea of a yangban being sold into slavery and feeling that oh-so-too-tight shoe on the other foot. As usual the Koreans know exactly the right amount of humor and just a smidgen of the tragedy to keep this light but still get its message across. It also features the ever wonderful Jo Woo-Jin.
I’m adding my suggestion here because I know your list is a mile long and two feet wide so don’t want you to feel obligated but I think this show did a good job for its single hour.

beez
3 months ago
Reply to  beez

– I forgot to add, this show allllmost made Jo Woo-Jin likeable to me.

Annabeth Kerfuffle
Annabeth Kerfuffle
4 months ago

Dear kfangurl, I’ve been watching some older dramas lately, and I was wondering – how did the K-drama tropes that are oh-so-common today come to be? Was it something that happened gradually? Was there one (or a few) seminal dramas? What are your thoughts on this?

kym
kym
2 months ago

I love this question!