3 Kdrama Couples that Should Reunite

Fall is here, and that means I’m starting to daydream again about fake dramas. Sometimes I’m trying to correct something I felt went wrong; other times I’m cramming everything I love together in one place in the hopes that something awesome will happen. Whenever news of a new drama in the works comes out, it’s fun to speculate with my friends about who we’d love to see in the lead roles. So here are three kdrama couples I would love to have reunite, plus the kind of drama I’d love to see them in if I had several spare million dollars to bankroll the project and industry contacts to make sure it all worked out.

#1 – Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki

These two were one of the absolute best things about messy melodrama Nice Guy, and I’d love to see them back together in a similarly dark romance. While they’d both be fun in and have experience with a Joseon-era historical, what I’m really itching for would be a drama centering on the April Revolution and the establishment of the eight-month Second Republic of Korea. Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki could be associated with Korea University (teachers/staff/etc., but not students) or be political activists, and the finale could be the May 16 Coup.

#2 – Go Ah-sung and Lee Joon

I loved these two as teenage parents battling against rich monsters in-laws in Heard It Through the Grapevine, and I’d love to see them again in a workplace drama. (I know, I can’t believe I want that either.) Just normal, slice-of-life, try-not-to-get-fired, scraping-by-paycheck-to-paycheck stuff, where they fall in love slowly, one bitching-about-their-bosses (offsite) coffee break at a time. No rich-man/poor-girl drama going on in the background, just supportive parents who want what’s best for their children, and children who are trying to figure out what they want in life. Maybe they’ll end up together in the end; maybe someone will get transferred to an international office—either way, they’ll struggle with post-college years and adulthood and find brief moments of contentment together.

#3 – Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo

You know what would honestly make my day? These two in a mystery/thriller. Yoon Eun-hye’s brother goes missing (AKA murdered, probably for witnessing something he shouldn’t have), and no one seems to care about it but her, so she starts her own investigation. Gong Yoo can either be the one detective that believes her or the PI who thinks it’ll be easy enough to track down some wayward younger brother—either way, he needs several excuses to wear nice suits so Yoon Eun-hye can wear lovely, slinky dresses. Together, the two of them will follow the corruption all way back to the brother’s body and the people who murdered him.

What kdrama couples would you like to see reunite on the small screen? What kind of show would you want them to star in? I’d love to hear it!

Opinion Polls, Body Positivity, and Drama News

The K-Entertainment scene is no stranger to last-minute switch-ups or injuries (unfortunately), and this week was a very hectic one on both those counts.

  • “8 out of 10 Korean-Americans express need for Korean unification.” This is a short but interesting look at Korean-American attitudes toward reunification, including why people think reunification should happen, predictions on what would happen if the current government collapsed, and foreseeable difficulties in a post-unification world (including fears of increased taxes). I wonder how these stats compare to Koreans currently living in South Korea. Time to google.
  • “Walking in Beauty: On Seeing Fat Women in Asian Dramas and Body Positivity.” This article focuses primarily on Korean dramas, but it does mention a few others in passing and includes links to other essays/studies on the topics. I am definitely interested in seeing more fat women in media of all types, especially when they aren’t seen as something that needs to be fixed or serve only as the comedic or protagonist-supporting prop.
  • “‘Train to Busan’ to premiere at Cannes.” ZOMBIES. GONG YOO AND ZOMBIES. How could I not be excited about this? Here’s the trailer:

Sex, Murder, and Drama News

This week I ran into a number of interesting articles/casting news, including the state of sex/sex education for teens in South Korea, murder and the statute of limitations, and teasers for people who desperately miss Signal.

  • Korean teens fight for rights to birth control, sex life.” This piece from The Korea Herald was brought to my attention by Outside Seoul. It discusses everything from school punishments for dating, 19+ age requirements to get info online about birth control, forced adoption and abortion, among other things. I was reminded of the few lines we got between In-sang and Bom in Heard It Through the Grapevine when In-sang confessed that maybe the condom he had was too old or was damaged during sex (or that he didn’t use it properly). This article casts that discussion in a new light–it’s likely that these two very intelligent teenagers simply didn’t have access to the knowledge they had needed in order to prevent Bom’s pregnancy (and the rest of the plot from unfolding).

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