Category: International TV

DryedMangoez recaps, reviews and commentary about international (non-American) television programs.

Good Ol’ Review: With Some Investment and Strong Performances from Jang Ki Yong and Nana, OCN Drama “Kill It” Results in a Thoroughly Rewarding Experience

Kill It (킬잇) is a compelling example of a series that requires an upfront investment that will lead to a surprisingly emotional and satisfying conclusion. The 2019 OCN drama series starring Jang Ki Yong and Nana starts off with some intrigue before settling into a sort of oddly flat succession of disjointed stories. But that aforementioned investment and being able to stick with the series through to its almost abruptly exhilarating final minutes results in what ends up being a rewarding television experience.

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Good Ol’ Review: Kim Myungsoo and Shin Hye Sun Carry the Bewildering “Angel’s Last Mission: Love” On Their Shoulders
Good Ol’ Review: Interesting, but Unfocused KBS drama “Born Again” Carried by Excellent Performances from Jang Ki Yong, Jin Se Yeon and Lee Soo Hyuk
Good Ol’ Review: tvN’s “Signal” a Breathtaking, Unforgettable Experience
Good Ol’ Review: KBS Drama Special “To My Assailant” Offers a Unique Perspective on Familiar Themes

The KBS Drama Special has been home to some of Korean television’s most envelope-pushing and experimental storytelling. And being on a national public broadcast network as opposed to a cable network, that’s a pretty big feat to accomplish. The 2020 slate of the KBS Drama Special again features some unique stories. And To My Assailant (나의 가해자에게) is one of them. Though tackling a familiar theme, the episode brings to light a different side of an all too familiar issue in a way that is enlightening and engaging.

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Good Ol’ Review: Kang Insoo and Lee Sang Have Strong Chemistry in “Wish You”
Good Ol’ Review: “The School Nurse Files” is Absolutely Bonkers, but With Heart and Sincerity

Absurd. Hilarious. Random. Trippy. Terrifying. Foreboding. Bonkers. Insane. Confusing. All of these words can be used to describe The School Nurse Files (보건교사 안은영/Nurse Teacher An Eun-Young). But you could use words like emotional, heartfelt, thought-provoking, enlightening and deep as well. And it all depends on how you approach the Netflix original Korean drama series and take it all in.

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My Top 10 Korean Dramas of 2020!
Top 20 Pre-2020 Korean Dramas I Watched This Year!

It’s been an unprecedented year in which we all have had to adjust to a new normal. That has included needing to stay at home. Whether it is working remotely or having to self-quarantine to avoid contact with other people as much as possible. Both are certainly the case for me this year. And being at home more (pretty much 24 hours a day now) has allowed me to enjoy something that I haven’t had a chance to do very much in a while: Korean dramas!

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Good Ol’ Review: Character-Driven “Start Up” a Surprisingly Thoughtful and Ultimately Satisfying Journey

Going into tvN’s much-talked about Start Up (스타트업), I was fully aware of the hype and the passionate debate surrounding the series. Usually when a series garners this much attention, it’s easy to have certain expectations about it before ever watching a minute of it. Perhaps because of those expectations, I found myself being pleasantly surprised by what the series actually was. That is, a hopeful and relatable story about family, friends, following your dreams and working to make those dreams a reality.

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