Overtime, Dangi, and Drama News

From the culture of overtime work to popular webtoons to an infographic breakdown of stats about Korean women, this week has provided me with a lot of interesting reading. Oh, and Jeon Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho are coming back to dramaland, no big deal.

  • Overtime still seen as sign of diligence in Korea.” I’ve worked overtime before–the latest was until 1:30 a.m., though that only happened a few times a year. And let me tell you, that was a miserable experience where I ended up screaming at cars as I drove 40 minutes home. I can’t imagine regularly putting in 12+ hour days (unless I was being paid massive amounts of money), so here’s hoping that these labor law bills go somewhere.
  • South Korean Webtoon artist tackles sexism at home.” (TW: domestic violence, child abuse) With webtoon-to-drama adaptations so popular nowadays, I would be interesting in something like Dangi being moved to the top of the list of possibilities to shed more light on these problems. This autobiographical webtoon tackles the author’s experiences growing up in an abusive family (and how much of the abuse directed at her was sexist). Season two will be featuring stories sent to the author by her readers.
  • “‘The Handmaiden’ tops box office.” I kept hearing awesome things about this movie via Twitter thanks to the movie’s highly positive reception at the Cannes Film Festival, and I’m happy to report that it is doing well in its domestic release. When will this be coming to the US?
  • A Snapshot of Korean Women Today.” This infographic has a neat breakdown of stats about Korean women, from how many hours they spend on housework, their education and employment rates, and average age of marriage (and remarriage).
  • Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Min-ho team up in new SBS drama Legend of the Blue Sea.” The drama-watching community is going to explode this fall, basically. The initial offer for Chinese distribution per episode is apparently $50,000 grand–in comparison, DotS (the previous record holder) was just $27,000. I’ll probably check it out, but I’m already calling it that I won’t stick with it, considering how much I wound up hating YWCFTS. Still, best wishes to all involved: may you get lots and lots of cash from this.
  • “‘Descendants of the Sun’ director’s cut to be released.” Looks like fans who are still obsessed with the Song-Song couple are in for a treat later this year. The director’s cut will include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and a reedited version of the finale episode.