A lone Korean drama fan discusses her latest Kdrama obsessions, a bit of Korean history, folktales and drama thoughts. New episodes every Friday (unless Lee Evie is on one of her short in-between seasons breaks).
This week Lee Evie is so excited to present a very special episode. She asked listeners on Patreon to talk to her about a favourite kdrama and tell her why they love it. This GUEST GABBLE episode features lots of very special guests and Lee Evie thinks it might be her favourite episode of this show ever! Guests are: Izzie, Shade, Katherine, Barisbi, Catalina, Lizzie and Lilliana, thank you all SO MUCH!
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Are you an amnesiac Joseon prince whose lack of memories definitely don’t turn you into a nicer person? Are you a tragically doomed assassin (with really excellent eyebrows) busily involved in an epic love story that gets barely any screentime? Or are you Hong Shim, a shining example of a cool peasant girl? Because if so, does Lee Evie have the show for you!! Come join in this discussion about the 2018 romance sageuk Kdrama, 100 DAYS MY PRINCE.
A cutie-pie dimpled angel called Dan (!!) and a cold tragic ballerina who doesn’t know how to love; tie them together with a random supernatural handkerchief …. what could possibly go wrong? Everything, apparently! Come join Lee Evie as she discusses the very charming, sweet and surprisingly emotional 2019 Kdrama ANGEL’S LAST MISSION: LOVE!
Arang is a plucky ghost from legend, determined to discover the truth of her identity! Eun-Oh is a nobleman with mummy issues and a chip on his shoulder who most definitely absolutely utterly doesn’t want to help her out! What follows is a moody, atmospheric adventure through a tiny Joseon village (via the underworld!), featuring a whole bunch of exhumed dead bodies, bickering gods in terrible wigs, and a literal goat that is a stand in for earth …. or something. Welcome to the utterly charming Korean drama ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE. Listen as Lee Evie discusses her 10 reasons to love this Kdrama!
Be a money hungry social climber and marry a man you don’t love, and then be fully surprised that you don’t feel very happy (what a shock! how unexpected!), because this week Lee Evie is discussing her first impressions of the completely inappropriately marketed 2019 Korean drama BEAUTIFUL LOVE WONDERFUL LIFE. Her main point of discussion is: what the f**k even is this kdrama?
A down-trodden college student falls in love with a literal sociopath and then proceeds to ignore the very lovely second male lead … forever. Even though they are clearly perfect for each other! Blurg! Lee Evie has severe second male lead syndrome… 😦
Grab an old typewriter (that has a ghost living inside it), and fend off both crazy fans and memories of your past life, because today Lee Evie is discussing the 2017 fantasy romance Korean drama CHICAGO TYPEWRITER, which stars Yoo Ah-In, Lim Soo-Jung and Ko Gyung-Pyo. This Kdrama dips into a fascinating and dark time period (Japanese occupation era Korea) and also features one of the best kiss scenes … maybe ever?
Be a rich and successful (yet emotionally damaged) South Korean lady and fly to North Korea (oops!) in a parachute, only to crash land on a random (handsome) soldier’s head, because this week on the show Lee Evie is discussing her feelings on the 2019 mega-hit kdrama CRASH LANDING ON YOU. This Korean drama stars Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-jin, and just the largest cast of absolute scene-stealing side characters Lee Evie has ever seen! From the second lead couple to the gaggle of idiotic soldier boys, through to the mother-in-law and the village ladies, this show’s side character’s were absolute gold! Also, the rest of the show is excellent too!
Poke a stick into your ear (it’s fine! it didn’t even hit anything important! don’t even worry about it!) and go completely crazy, before being usurped by a doppleganger who is in love with your wife, because this week on the show Lee Evie is ranting about the 2019 Korean historical drama THE CROWNED CLOWN. Starring Yeo Jin-gu as both the stick-poking mad king of Joseon and his clownish look-alike, as well as the always beautiful Lee Se-young as his very confused queen, this is both a wonderful sageuk filled with secret identities and plot twists, as well as an ethically confusing conundrum. Well, at least that was the case for Lee Evie, listen to her ranty waffle to find out why!
Play heaps of piano, fall in love with a cranky pretty boy, and then get punched in the face by the dumbest drama ending of all time! This week on the podcast, Lee Evie is discussing her complicated feelings around the 2020 romance Korean drama DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL (which has a title that is literally impossible to remember!). Starring Go Ara in a luminous and vivid performance, and Lee Jae-wook as her cranky pretty boy hero, this drama starts off like a warm hug and ends with a punch to the throat. Lee Evie loved it … until she hated it.
Do you want to get sucked inside your phone and end up starring in your favourite Korean drama? Of course you do! And so does Claire, the American lead of the charming, silly and funny 2016 show DRAMAWORLD. Join Lee Evie as she discusses how refreshing it is to watch a (sort of) Korean drama that has clearly been specifically made with the non-Korean Kdrama fan in mind, and how awesome it was when Claire pretends to fall over only to have Woo Do Hwan swoop out of nowhere to save her! Yay!
Kdrama kdrama! Haha.
Podcast Episode 35
Do you want to get hit on the head by a rogue flower pot? Would you enjoy to have two gorgeous boys fall madly in love with you (even though you are actually kind of a brat)? Do you want to sing and dance your teen years away and follow ALL of the dreams? Because Lee Evie sure does! Come join her discussion about this excellent 2011 Kdrama starring the ever lovely Suzy, insanely pretty Kim Soo-Hyun and motorbike riding Taecyeon, and hear about Lee Evie’s ten reasons to love the Korean drama DREAM HIGH!
Be a young, handsome and ethically confused doctor, and then get transferred to a backwater hospital so you can learn from the genius surgeon Dr Romantic, and maybe, just maybe, even become a Dr Romantic yourself! This week on the show, Lee Evie is discussing DR ROMANTIC season one, also known as ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, which stars the gorgeous Yoo Yeon-Seok, lovely Seo Hyun-Jin and Dr Romantic himself; Han Suk-Kyu. What a show! After complaining about hospital dramas previously on the podcast, it turns out Lee Evie is a total hypocrite, because doctors are heroes and this show is wonderful! Lee Evie felt aaaaalllll the emotions!
First impressions only! Conduct emotional interactions over a dying body instead of actually helping them, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing her first impressions of the hospital kdrama DR ROMANTIC SEASON TWO, starring the very gorgeous leads, Lee Sung-Kyung and Ahn Hyo-Seop. Expect gothic hospitals, high drama accidents and lots of emotionally damaged doctors!
Discover you are in fact not real, and actually just the product of a writer’s imagination, and then proceed to live your best and most romantic life anyway! You go girl, Dan-Oh, the heroine of my heart! Come discuss the zingy, funny, sweet (and surprisingly clever) 2019 youth romance Korean drama EXTRAORDINARY YOU, where the boys are tall, the girls are dying from inexplicable comic illnesses, and you could literally disappear at any moment. This kdrama is Lee Evie’s idea of a good time, hitting all the sweet spots. SPOILER ALERT: She loved it!
Get kidnapped by a very handsome man in armour, sucked through a hole into the distant past, and then be poisoned. Like … a lot. Because this week on the show, Lee Evie is doing a deep dive into one of her classic favourite kdramas, the 2012 time slip fantasy romance FAITH (also known as THE GREAT DOCTOR). This historical Korean drama stars Lee Min Ho, who is gold in this, and also Kim Eun Sook. Lee Evie still reckons this is her favourite Lee Min Ho role ever. Yes, it is old and a bit clunky, but Lee Evie will shout her love for this show from the rooftops forever!
Oh, that lovely damaged Dok Mi, what a charming heroine! And Enrique, the king of all energiser bunnies! Come hang out with Lee Evie in a rundown apartment block with a whole bunch of cute flower boys, as she discusses her ten reasons to ADORE the 2013 Korean drama FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR, starring Yoon Si Yoon and Park Shin-hye!
Get kidnapped and forced to become the King of Joseon, only to discover the dude you hired to look after your woman back home is secretly kissing her while you are busy running the country! Today Lee Evie is discussing the upsides and downsides of love triangles in the 2019 Kdrama FLOWER CREW: JOSEON MARRIAGE AGENCY, starring Kim Min-Jae. This Korean drama was both more and less romantic than Lee Evie expected, so join her for a discussion to discover what the hell she means by that!
Be the coolest girl in the entire world and defeat all your enemies with your big brain, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing her feelings around the excellent (and very long) 2016 historical kdrama THE FLOWER IN PRISON. Starring the fantastic Jin Se-yeon and Go Soo, as well as a vast array of wonderful side characters, this sageuk is epic, edge of your seat, twisty Korean drama fun. The heroine Ok Nyeo is also one of the coolest characters ever created! Lee Evie adored her!
Don’t like that Kdrama ending? Write your own!! No … seriously, Lee Evie was so frustrated by one of the side character storylines in the 2013 Kdrama GU FAMILY BOOK that she literally wrote a whole book to rectify it!! Join Lee Evie today as she celebrates the publishing of her Kdrama inspired novel PROMISE SEASON, about a young gisaeng slave girl who is forced to become a spy for a shady political conspiracy during Korea’s Joseon dynasty. This novel was very directly inspired by GU FAMILY BOOK, and Lee Evie also discusses the aspects of this Korean drama she loved and hated, and the history behind the national Korean hero, Lee Soon-Shin (also written as Yi Sun-Sin), who appears in this drama.
Be a super cool night messenger whose only weekness is lurrrve, because this week Lee Evie is discussing her adoration for the 2015 kdrama HEALER, which stars Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young. This Korean drama is comfort food at its highest level … want something sweet and fun, romantic and exciting, thrilling and moving? Well, Healer has you covered!
Get drunk, solve some crimes and then become the king of Joseon, because this week on the show Lee Evie is discussing her feelings around the 2019 Korean historical drama HAECHI. Starring Jung Il-woo (who basically carries this entire show on his shoulders … wow!) and Go Ara, as well as a whole heap of stellar side character performances, this story is based on the true history of Prince Yeoning, a Korean prince born to a lowly court maid. This show is fast-paced, filled with edge of your seat plots and twisty conspiracies, and also features a wonderful performance from Jung Moon-Sung as a despot power craving prince. Lee Evie throughly enjoyed this wonderful sageuk!
Listen as Lee Evie goes on a tangent discussing the best and most interesting (and most handsome!) side character ever, played by the very pretty Kim Kwon. His story is tragic and fascinating! Make this character the star of his own drama, stat!
Is there truly a ghost living in the shoe closet of the AGE OF YOUTH – SEASON ONE sharehouse? Will Yoon and her Chef ever find a way to be together? How psycho should a boyfriend be? (for instance … kidnapping = too far?) Come discuss HELLO, MY TWENTIES with Lee Evie and her character by character breakdown.
Cute romances, quirky characters, messy breakups …. and some really really really really really really really really really really dark and traumatising crazy SAD storylines!!!!!!!!!!! Holy moly! Come join Lee Evie as she discusses the twisty mystery that is AGE OF YOUTH season two!
Wear a pink summer trench coat with matching summer shorts, while screaming at everyone about how you are totally completely absolutely NOT IN LOVE, because this week Lee Evie is chatting about the gorgeous (and hilarious) 2018 Kdrama mini-drama HIGH END CRUSH. Starring the fantastic (and fantastically attired) Jung Il-woo (dude, make this man the lead in every kdrama ever!!!!!) and Lee Evie’s newly discovered and beloved actress Jin Se-yeon, this wacky Korean drama is pure ‘turn your brain off’ fun. Charming, very funny, and revolving around Jung Il-woo’s perfectly ridiculous performance as an arrogant jerk entertainment CEO, this is an addictive and romantic ride, and Lee Evie loved it!
Be a tragic boy-band star from the 90s and then time travel into the future and fall in love with your son’s girlfriend (what?!), because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is ignoring all things virus related and instead discussing the very silly and fun 2017 Kdrama HIT THE TOP (also known as THE BEST HIT). This show has a pretty twisted mystery at its heart, and a whole lot of hijinks, petty jealousy, dance numbers and complicated romance to enjoy, the perfect show to make you happy! It also stars the always wonderful Yoon Shi-Yoon and beautiful Lee Se-Young.
Be a hospital show with a huuuge cast that is basically about nothing (doctors do doctor stuff and then play music) but also somehow is THE BEST SHOW IN THE WORLD, because today Lee Evie is discussing the 2020 kdrama HOSPITAL PLAYLIST. This drama is moving and charming and immersive, it will make you laugh and cry and swoon! It stars a hell of a lot of people, including the wonderful Yoo Yeon-Seok, Cho Jung-Seok, Jung Kyoung-Ho and literally a million other people. This show is absolutely beautiful! (Did Lee Evie mention that she likes it?)
Be the absolute best man in the entire universe and swear ultimate revenge against a food company … and then go and make … your own food company … really slowly … over many years? So the 2020 kdrama ITAEWON CLASS sure sounds like a silly story, but this week Lee Evie discusses what makes it work for her, including the wonderful performance by Park Seo Joon. This Korean drama is of the tried and tested underdog trope variety, yet is elevated into something interesting, emotional and fresh by a central hero who captured Lee Evie’s heart. Sigh.
Live inside a modern gothic fairytale, and then fall in love and face your fears, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is talking about the gorgeous 2020 romance Korean drama IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY, also known as PSYCHO, BUT IT’S OKAY. Starring the blindingly pretty Kim Soo-Hyun and Seo Ye-Ji (Lee Evie needed to shield her eyes because these two are so shiny!), this kdrama has it all – swoony kisses and romance, dark secrets and hidden trauma, found family and healing (and a truly wonderful performance by actor Oh Jung-se), all wrapped up in a dreamy storybook aesthetic that makes this show gorgeous to look at! Did Lee Evie mention she loved it?
Grab a lip balm, a mad futuristic face care mask, a cool sports car, a foundation stick, a ziplock kimchi bag and a whole heap of BBQ fried chicken, because this week Lee Evie is discussing one of the most anticipated kdramas of 2020, THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH. This Korean drama stars a smorgasbord of cool actors, including Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Woo Do-Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam. It also stars a whole heap of fried chicken. And also those delivery apps you use to order fried chicken when you are too far from the fried chicken shop to just walk there and order fried chicken yourself. Lee Evie has complex feelings about this drama, both loving aspects of it and feeling a bit ‘meh’ about others. So you are warned!
Will Hanjo ever exact his revenge and actually kill someone? Will the mysterious evil gunman turn out to be a rather sympathetic guy? (sob sob) Will Soo-in realise that the swaggering new Japanese dude in town is actually her deceased boyfriend? Find out in this discussion about the 2014 Korean historical drama JOSEON GUNMAN, starring the ever fantastic Lee Joon-Ki and Nam Sang-Mi. This is absolute epic sageuk Kdrama at its best!
Get stuck under a collapsed shopping centre and then fall in love with a very damaged (yet handsome) dude, because today Lee Evie is discussing the ten reasons why you should love the 2017 kdrama BETWEEN LOVERS (also apparently known as RAIN OR SHINE). This Korean melodrama is tragic, gorgeous, slow-burn and romantic as hell. It also has some boring construction bits in it. But let Lee Evie tell you, if you like your romance dramas to be filled with agony and longing (yet still have a happy ending earned through the quiet power of falling in love) then does she ever have the perfect show for you!
Sell your soul to the devil in return for vengeance, and then change your mind seven years later, because today on the show Lee Evie is discussing the slick 2019 Korean drama JUSTICE, starring Choi Jin-Hyuk and Nana. If you are in the mood for some murky moral grey areas, some twisty plots and a complete psycho-killer of a villain, then you have definitely come to the right place! So strap in and enjoy this Kdrama show!
Joseon zombies, a badass mysterious tiger hunter and a Crown Prince on the run! Welcome to Lee Evie’s season one overview of the very excellent (and super creepy) 2019 Korean drama, KINGDOM. Starring Joo Ji-hoon and Bae Doona, don’t watch this one at night!
Love the idea of the whole world being destroyed by zombies? Well great, because this week Lee Evie is discussing the thrilling second season of the big-budget production 2020 Kdrama KINGDOM, starring Joo Ji-Hoon and Bae Doona (among a slew of recognisable faces!). This season is exciting, bad-arse, fast-paced and quite short, complete at only six episodes. It’s got action, horror, death, political plotting and super fast scary zombies! Everything a person needs. 🙂
Catch some serious food envy with the 2015 kdrama foodie romance LET’S EAT 2, starring Yoon Doo-joon and Seo Hyun-jin, a story about a man who likes both his pretty neighbour and his food, quite a lot.
Spend your time fighting ghosts, only to (plot twist!) fall in love with one instead, because this week Lee Evie is discussing the 2016 comedy-romance supernatural Korean drama LET’S FIGHT GHOST. Join the always charming Kim So-hyun and Taecyeon as they battle evil spirits, inevitable heartache and *swoon* their growing attraction. This show is basically built on the charming romantic chemistry between the leads, and is sugar sweet escapism … with some scary ghosts thrown in for good measure!
Do you want to ring Lee Evie’s love alarm? Because she wants to ring yours! (Honestly so much innuendo … I don’t think anyone thought this tagline through!) Come join in Lee Evie’s discussion on this 2019 Netflix youth romance Korean Drama LOVE ALARM, starring the ever extraordinary Kim So-Hyun. This was one of Lee Evie’s most anticipated 2019 Kdramas and …. SPOILER: she didn’t totally love it like she wanted to (boo hoo!) but she did still love parts of it. So strap in for a little bit of ranting. You’ve been warned!
Do you like stories about kings and queens, upstanding noblemen and cross-dressing sassy girls? Well too bad, because today Lee Evie is discussing the 2014 Korean drama MAIDS (also known as MORE THAN A MAID), starring Jung Yoo-Mi and Oh Ji-Ho. This kdrama is about the downtrodden slaves and servants of Joseon, and boy do they have it rough! To be honest, this show does feature a king (or two) as well as a hidden illegitimate (sort of) prince so … Lee Evie guesses you just can’t get away from that sort of thing in a sageuk. But that’s fine because she loves this Korean drama!
Lee Evie chats about the 2012 mega-hit fusion sageuk THE MOON EMBRACING THE SUN, starring Kim Soo-Hyun, and the basic plot is this: a sad crying king walks around a palace while everyone screams ‘Jeonha’ at him all day long …
Be a f**king badass tragic Korean samurai called Gu Dong-Mae and use your badass tragic Korean samurai powers to completely destroy Lee Evie’s heart, break her soul and leave her in a small sobbing heap on the floor, because this week Lee Evie is discussing the incredible (and gut-wrenching) 2018 Korean drama MR SUNSHINE. Starring massive movie star Lee Byung-Hun, and other high profile actors Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-Jung, Byun Yo-Han and the (for Lee Evie anyway) scene stealing Yoo Yeon-Seok, this kdrama is a beautiful and thoughtful historical epic, set in one of the saddest and most tragic periods of Korean history. This drama is epic on so many levels, and fair warning, there will be some Gu Dong-Mae fan-girling ahead!
Get stabbed in the belly multiple times with a sword and cough up some blood, but then be totally fine in every way, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing one of her favourite 2019 Korean dramas MY COUNTRY: THE NEW AGE. Starring the beautiful Woo Do-Hwan, Yang Se-Jong and Jang Hyuk, this Kdrama is a bloody and tragic tale of the end of an empire (Goryeo) and the emergence of a new dynasty from the ashes (Joseon). Oh … and it is also a drama in which every major character walks around literally covered from head to toe in blood. Did Lee Evie mention this drama was bloody? Because it is bloody.
First love and the tangled emotion that comes with it! This 2019 Korean drama has it all! Free-loaders in the house? Check. Best friends with hidden romantic feelings? Check. An angsty love triangle? Check. Ji-Soo? Check! Everything a youth coming-of-age Kdrama requires, MY FIRST FIRST LOVE has it! Join Lee Evie as she discusses how this Korean drama made her feel a bunch of things.
Be the saddest woman in the world and spend your time listening to your boss breathe (wut?) because this week on the show, Lee Evie is discussing the agonising yet beautiful 2018 kdrama MY MISTER (also known as MY AJUSSI). This slow burn Korean drama stars Lee Sun-Kyun and IU as very very sad people, who connect with each other as a lifeline in a difficult world … and also there is a heap of corporate espionage in there too! Or something. This is the kind of show you sink into, both heavy and slow, with moments of beauty that shine through the sadness. Lee Evie mostly loved it, but had some hate for a few side characters, so be warned … there is a little bit of ranting ahead!
Yoon Si Yoon shooting absolutely everybody in sight? Yes please! Cho Jung Seok fighting for what he believes? Yeah! Han Ye-ri …. um …. buying stuff? Sure, why not! Listen as Lee Evie talks about her current kdrama obsession with a NOKDU FLOWER midway point weigh-in. Also a bit of a waffle on Korean history
Get possessed by a crazy ghost, fall in love with a horrible arrogant chef, and then speak really quietly for an entire drama, because this week Lee Evie is discussing her complicated feelings about the 2015 Korean supernatural romance/comedy OH MY GHOST. Starring Park Bo-Young, Cho Jung-Seok and the always great Kim Seul-Gi, this drama was good, but for very personal reasons, Lee Evie also thought it was bad. Be warned, she didn’t totally love this one!
Repeat the same day forever, and consistently stick to your mean-boy ways, until finally you realise that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return! This week on the show, Lee Evie is talking about a surprisingly cool 2016 Korean mini-drama called ONE MORE TIME, a contemporary fantasy kdrama that starts off dumb and silly, and yet in the end actually holds the answer to the eternal question … what is the meaning of life? (spoiler: it is LOVE, you guys! LOVE is the meaning of life!) Starring the handsome and spectacularly dimpled Kim Myung-soo (also known as ‘L’) and the absolutely gorgeous Yoon So-hee, this is a short hidden gem that is worth your time (Lee Evie reckons!).
Get into a car accident and go blind, and then spend your time alternating between playing the piano and screaming at Ji-Soo, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is talking about the 2016 Korean drama PAGE TURNER. Starring the always beautiful Kim So-Hyun and the absolute goof Ji-Soo (seriously, Ji-Soo is such a goof in this show!), this drama is a beautiful and tender look at dreams … and what to do when they come crashing down. Do you pursue your dream anyway, just because you love it, or do you find a new dream to replace the old one? This is a Kdrama with thought-provoking themes and positive messages, and is funny, silly and emotionally moving. And at only 3 episodes, it is most definitely worth your time!
Only the first few episodes are covered! Are you a downtrodden office worker with nothing to live for? Well, why not try being a serial killer instead? That’s what Yoon Shi Yoon does in the 2019 comedy-thriller Korean drama PSYCHOPATH DIARY, and boy does he do a good job of it. He is hilarious, adorable and damn creepy! Lee Evie feels complicated about this kdrama, it is both excellent and a little bit boring, so come discuss it with her! FYI – this is a first impressions episode!
Be the smartest coolest man on the planet and travel forward three hundred years through time to win your woman’s heart, while also saving a queen, your country and the world (probably!), because this week Lee Evie is discussing the remarkable 2012 Korean drama QUEEN INHYUN’S MAN (also known as QUEEN AND I), which stars Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo Inna. This kdrama starts out as a fluffy fantasy romance yet soon morphs into something much deeper, an achingly beautiful portrayal of star-crossed lovers and a romance that transcends time, space and even death itself. Wow!
Pretend to be your identical sister and fall in love with a king with prophetic dreams (who was also shot in the head, but don’t worry, it’s totally fine!) because this week on the show, Lee Evie is chatting about the 2020 historical Korean drama QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR (also known as THE SELECTION: WAR BETWEEN WOMEN). Starring a sassy and cool (for the first half at least) Jin Se-yeon and a very dimpled Kim Min-kyu, this kdrama sageuk is fast-paced, fun and engaging, and though maybe not the highest quality show around, it is well worth your time!
Grab a smallpox vaccine and a romance novel, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing the decidedly feminist 2019 Kdrama ROOKIE HISTORIAN GOO HAE-RYUNG, starring the charming Shin Se-Kyung and very sweet Cha Eun-Woo. This drama turns stereotypical gender roles upside down and inside out, featuring a lonely prince locked away in his castle and the modern intelligent woman who is going to save him (and herself. And the whole of history).
Join a cult and then get hit in the face with a shovel, because today Lee Evie is discussing the ten reasons to love the mysterious, atmospheric and disturbing 2017 Kdrama SAVE ME, also known sometimes as RESCUE ME. Seriously, cults, creeps and Woo Do-Hwan; what else does a Korean drama even need? Also starring the ever earnest Taecyeon and the fragile yet powerful Seo Ye-Ji, this Kdrama was addictive and (almost) perfect, so come and hang out with Lee Evie as she shouts at you to go watch it already!!!
Grab a plastic sword, and a bemused Nam Joo-hyuk, and then … like … defeat some little jellie things … and save some students … or whatever … Mmmh. This show is weird! This week, Lee Evie is chatting about the intriguing 2020 Korean drama THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES, which stars Jung Yu-mi and Nam Joo-hyuk. This show is strange, beautifully shot, kind of haunting, sometimes beautiful, sometimes a little confusing … but overall, Lee Evie actually really really liked it! (Though the ending felt weird!). Come listen as she shares her thoughts!
Grab a gun, a dog, and a bunch of soldiers, and then go hunting monsters in the DMZ, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing the 2020 OCN thriller Kdrama SEARCH, which she thought was half creepy, fun and great, and half slightly underdeveloped (boo hoo!). Starring Jang Dong-yoon, Kyrstal and Yoon Park, this drama has a unique concept and setting, and was very nearly awesome … but not quite (in Lee Evie’s opinion, anyway!)
What do you do if you are a frazzled secretary with a boss who can’t see faces (wut!)? You hoodwink him into falling in love with you … while believing you are someone else, of course! This week on the show, Lee Evie is chatting about the 2019 romantic comedy Korean drama THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY! What a cute, fluffy and quirky show, with a charm factor that belies its simple premise and plot. This kdrama is definitely not rocket science, but if you are in the mood for something silly and fun, this is a surprisingly solid little show that really hits the spot!
Lee Evie is discussing her feelings around the totally swoony, charming and funny gem of a mini Korean drama, SPLASH SPLASH LOVE. This Korean drama was released in 2015 and stars the always wonderful Kim Seul-gi, the very handsome Yoon Doo-joon, and also side roles by Jin Ki-joo and Ahn Hyo-seop. This is a time slip drama worth your time!
Start a business and fall in love with a (very sweet and geeky) LIAR, because this week on the show Lee Evie is discussing the charming 2020 romance kdrama START UP. This show is inspiring, focuses on themes around following your dreams and not letting set backs destroy you, and stars the gorgeous Suzy, sweet Nam Joo Hyuk, and second-male-lead-syndrome inducing Kim Sun-ho. What a lovely Korean drama! You will laugh and cry, and then go tearing out of the house to make your own dreams happen, haha!
Put on a dress and pretend to be a woman (and look pretty damn good while doing it) because today Lee Evie is discussing the utterly charming and delightful 2019 Kdrama THE TALE OF NOKDU. This Joseon set rom-com sageuk stars the always gorgeous Kim So-Hyun and features an absolute breakout performance by actor Jang Dong-Yoon. It has loads of romance, comedy and thrilling action, and Lee Evie reckons it is one of the best Korean dramas of 2019!
Sure, the first episode of this historical Korean drama is absolutely bonkers, and yeah it does feature a Frenchman pretending to be an Englishman while sporting the most yellow peroxide mullet in all of history. And yet TAMRA THE ISLAND is one of Lee Evie’s absolute favourite kdramas of all time. Why? Join Lee Evie’s Korean drama discussion to find out why!
Become waaaay too embroiled in your parent’s love lives while immersing yourself in completely avoidable misery, and then scream and cry when it all backfires, because this week Lee Evie is discussing the bonkers (yet strangely addicting?) 2018 Korean drama known as TEMPTED or sometimes as THE GREAT SEDUCER (which is honestly the dumbest name ever!). Starring a group of indescribably gorgeous people, including Woo Do-Hwan, Joy, Moon Ga-Young and Kim Min-Jae, this kdrama is about rich broken teens who keep making everything worse by acting like tiny small children. It’s also a weirdly satisfying show! In this episode, Lee Evie talks about what she liked, what she didn’t, and the overall cringe factor of this drama!
Be a handsome (yet tortured) detective, find some bodies at a train station and then solve that parallel-world serial killer sh*t like a pro, because this week on the show Lee Evie is discussing the 2020 OCN crime thriller (with an otherworldly twist) Korean drama called TRAIN. This kdrama stars the always perfect Yoon Si Yoon, is moody, atmospheric and dark, filled with murders and creepy dopplegangers, and is just so emotionally engaging! Lee Evie absolutely adored this show, however, she also admits she is very biased as it really does tick all her personal taste boxes!
Travel forward in time to catch a serial killer and then realise your house is gone, your wife is dead and everyone you ever loved is completely f**ked, because today Lee Evie is discussing the 2017 kdrama TUNNEL, starring Choi Jin-Hyuk. This Korean drama is dark, thrilling and twisty and Lee Evie loved it!
Be a rich petulant man-child. Whine a bit. Spend your time emotionally manipulating a woman who loves you, and stringing her along because you don’t want anyone else to have her. Then decide you do actually like her. So you whine a bit. You also now spend your time emotionally manipulating her and stringing her along (even though you like her! WTF!). Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Bluuuuuurrrrgggg!!!!!!! Lee Evie is having a meltdown, because this week on the podcast she is discussing the 2015 romantic comedy drama WARM AND COZY. Written by the famous Hong sisters, this kdrama stars Yoo Yeon-Seok (who Lee Evie still loves, even after seeing him play this awful character! Now that’s real love, folks!) and Kang So-Ra. The best thing about this show is that it is set on beautiful Jeju Island. Be warned … Lee Evie has some angry feelings.
GUEST GAB is back, featuring very special guest, Gee, a man who doesn’t watch kdrama at all. This is the show where Lee Evie forces him to watch the first episode of a random Korean drama, and then recap it back to her, along with a fun quiz and other random games. This week on the show, Lee Evie and Gee are discussing the first episode of the 2016 coming of age youth kdrama WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO, which stars the wonderful actors Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk. This show is fun, sweet, romantic, and Lee Evie LOVES it.
Impersonate your identical twin sister and then realise the boy you are falling in love with is already in love with you, but only because he thinks you are your sister (pheww …. that’s complicated folks!!!!!), because today Lee Evie is talking about the very excellent and angsty 2015 youth melodrama WHO ARE YOU: SCHOOL 2015, which stars the gorgeous Kim So-Hyun, Nam Joo-Hyuk and Yook Sung-Jae. This was the sixth instalment in the very popular ‘School’ Kdrama series and is one of Lee Evie’s favourite Korean dramas of all time, probably only because she boarded the correct ship in the love triangle. Listen as she discusses her ten reasons to adore this drama, the power of a love triangle done right, and Kim So-Hyun’s utter perfection.
Live in a frighteningly familiar and broken near-future and attempt the heist of a lifetime, only to become caught in a life and death hunt that will chill you to your bones, because this week Lee Evie is focusing on the 2020 Korean movie TIME TO HUNT. Starring wonderful actors Lee Je-Hoon, Choi Woo-Shik and Ahn Jae-Hong, this is a tense thriller with loads of atmosphere that will have you on the edge of your seat!
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