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Review: Netflix’s “Record of Youth” Highlights Millennial Struggles in the Fashion Industry

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Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam star in a drama that eschews K-drama romance clichés, instead highlighting the frustrations of millennials

Review: “Lucky Chan-sil” Displays Burdens of Female Expectations in Korean Society

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"Lucky Chan-sil" illustrates a career-oriented woman’s struggle with gender inequality and expectations in Korean society.

Review: Korea’s “#Alive” Is a Perfect Zombie Movie for the Coronavirus Era

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Starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye, “#Alive” is an entertaining zombie flick that seems tailor-made for the time of coronavirus.

Review: “Peninsula” Offers Ample Korean Zombie Action, But Less Originality

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"Train to Busan" sequel "Peninsula" paints a dynamic post-apocalypse filled with flares and car chases, but lacks depth and distinctiveness.

Review: “The Shaman Sorceress” Explores Clashes Between Competing Faiths

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Based on a 1936 short story, "The Shaman Sorceress" portrays how Westernization and modernization affected a Korean village through their shaman.

Netflix’s “TWogether” Highlights the Legacy of English in Asia

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Featuring Lee Seung-gi and Jasper Liu, Netflix reality show "TWogether" reveals the traces of colonial English in Southeast and South Asia.

Review: “House of Hummingbird” Paints A Bleak Coming-of-Age

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In "House of Hummingbird," Korean director Kim Bora examines adolescence and alienation in 1990s Seoul.

Korean Film “Beauty Water” Depicts the Horrors of Keeping Up with Beauty Standards

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Debuted at Annecy 2020, Korean animated movie "Beauty Water" provides a dark view of using plastic surgery to change one’s socioeconomic standing.

Review: Netflix’s “Extracurricular” Is a Dark High School Drama Exploring Teen Problems

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Netflix original K-drama "Extracurricular" subverts traditional high school teen drama cliches by exploring issues like compensated dating.

Review: “The World of the Married” Is an Intense, Controversial Drama About Extramarital Affairs

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Through affairs and divorce, smash-hit K-drama “The World of the Married” explores why marriage isn’t all sunshine and butterflies.

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