Adultery, Army Duty, and Drama News

We’ve got a couple of interesting articles this week, including an unexpected boom in the PI business, whether or not North Korean defectors serve in the South Korean military, a new museum exhibit about differing art tastes between Joseon social classes, and casting news for two fall dramas.

  • End of Adultery Law Boosts Private Snoops.” Turns out when adultery got decriminalized and police no longer needed to investigate alleged adultery, suspicious Korean spouses turned to private investigators to get the dirt on the alleged cheaters. There’s been a boom in PIs running around–and a boom in the “unscrupulous” methods to get info, and the illegal bits either get thrown out in divorce proceedings or carry little weight. This could make an interesting drama…
  • A North Korean in the South Korean army.” Male North Korean defectors living in South Korea are exempt from mandatory military service, but they can volunteer for it. The article talks about a man who volunteered in the Air Force and how not serving in the military can be a severe social barrier in adulthood.
  • A Snapshot of Korean Women Today.” This infographic gives some interesting stats about healthcare, relationships, employment, and education, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing.
  • Exhibitions offer glimpse into two very different lives of Joseon.” The Seoul Arts Center’s Calligraphy Museum has two displays from now until August 28 the feature two different styles of art that were popular with the nobility/aristocrats and wealthy commoners during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
  • Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah to Collaborate on tvN Political Thriller Drama K2.” No, it’s not about mountaineering. I’m very excited that Ji Chang-wook will be coming back to dramaland. I’m a bit leery, considering this is coming to us from the writer of trainwreck Young-pal, but with a September airing date, maybe they’ll have their shit together this time. Regardless, Ji Chang-wook in a thriller as a discarded soldier! Gimme lots of angst and danger and moral compromises, please.
  • Shin Sung-rok cast as Kim Haneul’s husband in On the Way to the Airport.” Shin Sung-rok is coming back to dramaland, too. The plot doesn’t sound all that interesting on the surface, and I’m not sure I’d want to spend the entire time wondering when SSR is going to turn evil/creepy. XD