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K Drama Chat is a weekly series where we take one Korean (K) Drama each season and and recap and analyze each episode. We're Joanna, Sung Hee and Jen. We love K Dramas and we want to go deep and explore the many layers and meanings of our favorite K Dramas. Here are the shows we've covered:

Season 7 - Queen of Tears
Season 6 - Gyeongseong Creature
Season 5 - Mr. Queen
Season 4 - 25, 21
Season 3 - Mr. Sunshine
Season 2 - It's Okay to Not Be Okay
Season 1 - Hotel Del Luna

K Drama Chat Joanna and Sung Hee

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

K Drama Chat is a weekly series where we take one Korean (K) Drama each season and and recap and analyze each episode. We're Joanna, Sung Hee and Jen. We love K Dramas and we want to go deep and explore the many layers and meanings of our favorite K Dramas. Here are the shows we've covered:

Season 7 - Queen of Tears
Season 6 - Gyeongseong Creature
Season 5 - Mr. Queen
Season 4 - 25, 21
Season 3 - Mr. Sunshine
Season 2 - It's Okay to Not Be Okay
Season 1 - Hotel Del Luna

    8.1 - Podcast Review of Episode 1 of Crash Landing on You (CLOY)

    8.1 - Podcast Review of Episode 1 of Crash Landing on You (CLOY)

    Today, we’ll be discussing Episode 1 of Crash Landing On You, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Hyun Bin as Ri Jyeong hyeok, Son Ye-jin as Yoon Se-ri, Seo Ji-hye as Seo Dan and Kim Jung-hyun as Gu Seung joon. We discuss:
    * The song we feature during the recap: Give You My Heart by IU.
    * The title of this K Drama in Korean is 사랑의 불시착, which translate to Love’s Emergency Landing, or Love’s Crash Landing.
    * How this show was inspired by a real event involving South Korean actress Jung Yang, whose leisure boat drifted into the maritime boundary between North and South Korea and had to be rescued.
    * Some familiar elements that we saw in Queen of Tears.
    * We introduce our characters:
    Captain Ri Jyeong hyeok
    Yoon Se-ri
    Captain Ri’s men, including Sergeant Pyo Chi Su, Soldier Kim Ju Meok, and Private Geum Eun Dong
    Se-ri’s father, the Chairman of the Queens Group, and her mother
    Se-ri’s competitive brothers and their conniving wives
    Gu Seung joon
    * Why there is a North Korea and a South Korea.
    * A bit about the origins of the Korean War.
    * Sung Hee’s visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in 2011, with her father.
    * How the Chairman has just been released from prison and he names Se-ri as his successor, causing anger and angst among her brothers.
    * Se-ri goes paragliding to test out a new line of extreme sportswear, and she gets caught in a freak tornado.
    * How Se-ri ends up in North Korea, gets caught by Captain Ri, runs away, and ends up in a North Korean village.
    * How Se-ri is almost caught by commanding officer Cho Cheol Gang but Captain Ri grabs her and tucks her away inside his gate in the nick of time.
    * Why Captain Ri would save Se-ri from Cho Cheol Gang.
    * The grave robbers who turn out to be hired by Cho Cheol Gang, and who orders the grave robbers killed after they disclose the locations of the artifacts.
    * How we are up to 45 K Drama elements!
    * What we’re watching right now, besides Crash Landing On You, of course.

    • 50 min
    7.9 - Final Podcast Review of Queen of Tears

    7.9 - Final Podcast Review of Queen of Tears

    Today, we’ll be doing our final review of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, and Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye. Ernabel Demillo is back to help us analyze this amazing show! We recap the entire show and then we discuss:

    * The song we featured during the recap: Way Home, sung by Kim Soo Hyun.
    * How we rewatched the first few episodes and realized a few things, e.g.,
    * When Hae-in was an intern, Hyun-woo would roll up his sleeves whenever he helped her out at the copier; this is probably when she realized he had sexy forearms.
    * In episode 1, after going out drinking with Kim Yang-ki, Hyun-woo walks home, while pulling leaves of a branch
    The character arcs of each of our characters:
    Soo-cheol
    Cheon Da-hye
    Hae-in’s parents
    Hyun-woo’s parents
    Hyun-woo’s sister and brother
    Grace
    David Yoon or Yoon Eun-seung
    Moh Sul hee
    Hae-in
    Hyun-woo
    * How the death of Su-won caused Hae-in’s family to unravel, and Hae-in’s miscarriage caused her marriage to unravel.
    * How Hae-in’s mom and David Yoon’s mom both neglected their children, but believed they had time to repair the relationship. * In Moh Sul hee’s case, she never got the chance because David Yoon died.
    * How Hae-in had the most dramatic story arc and it’s ultimately Hyun-woo who was the catalyst for her transformation.
    * Hae-in’s feelings toward Hyun-woo change over the course of 16 episodes and there are key moments in the show when her feelings changed.
    * When we think Hyun-woo started to fall in love with his wife again.
    * How the show did a great job of showing the same scene from two different perspectives to show how misunderstandings happen.
    * Our favorite K Drama elements.
    * Our favorite lines from the last two episodes.
    * The show that we will recap and analyze in Season 8 of K Drama Chat. Want to find out? You gotta listen to the episode!

    • 1 hr 53 min
    7.8 - Podcast Review of Episodes 15 and 16 of Queen of Tears

    7.8 - Podcast Review of Episodes 15 and 16 of Queen of Tears

    Today, we’ll be discussing Episodes 15 and 16 of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, and Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye.
    Ernabel Demillo is back to help us analyze episodes 15 and 16! We discuss:
    * The songs we feature during the recap:
    * More Than Enough by Kim Tae Rae
    * Heart Flutter by dori
    * How crazy it was that David Yoon got to claim that he was Hae-in’s fiancé by donating a lot of money to the medical center.
    * How Hae-in’s notebook was found by David Yoon, tossed into a fire, salvaged, and eventually made it back to Hae-in so she could read her own words about herself and Hyun-woo.
    * How we despised Grace but she did manage to redeem herself by encouraging Moh Sul hee to track down Hae-in, returning the pink MP3 player, and making sure that the notebook made it to Hae-in.
    * How David Yoon’s lies were so evil but because they had elements of truth, they became believable.
    * But despite David Yoon’s lies, Hae-in is uncomfortable around him. Her body “remembers” David Yoon and Hyun-woo.
    * How Hae-in decides to learn more about Hyun-woo because she is uneasy around David Yoon, Hyun-woo is clearly an important piece to her life’s puzzle, and her heart races when she sees him.
    * Kim Soo-hyun’s acting throughout this show, but especially when Hae-in goes in for surgery, when he’s arrested, and when he sees her afterward.
    * How our hearts just couldn’t take it when Hyun-woo is hit by the car and then later shot in the back.
    We learn more about David Yoon’s dark childhood and the secrets he kept about his mom.
    * The beautiful ending where we see Hyun-woo and Hae-in get married, have a daughter, grow old, and eventually, Hae-in comes to get Hyun-woo and bring him to heaven.
    * Comments from our listeners about Queen of Tears, as well as their recommendations for shows to analyze in Season 8 of K Drama Chat.

    • 2 hr 14 min
    7.7 - Podcast Review of Episodes 13 and 14 of Queen of Tears

    7.7 - Podcast Review of Episodes 13 and 14 of Queen of Tears

    Today, we’ll be discussing Episodes 13 and 14 of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye. We discuss:
    * The songs we feature during the recap:
    Promise by Choi Yu Ree
    Last Chance by So Soo bin
    * How our predictions about the secret fund didn’t pan out. The most obvious thing actually happened: David Yoon and Moh Sul hee found the money and are using it to buy Queens Group stock illegally.
    * How we feel about Hyun-woo, Hae-in’s dad, and Hyun-woo’s dad keeping a secret from Hae-in about the possible side effects of the operation that could save her life.
    * Hyun-woo’s burden throughout the show. He’s been taking care of Hae-in and her family, and battling David Yoon. All the attention is on Hae-in, but his burden is great.
    * How there’s so much crying in these two episodes – by everyone!
    * The amazingly sweet segments between Hyun-woo and Hae-in, including during their trip to Gurang-ri, scenes from their honeymoon in Germany, and how the couple is always touching while in Hyun woo’s apartment.
    * How Hae-in decides against the surgery because without her memories, she won’t be herself. We don’t blame her!
    * How it was ultimately Hyun-woo who changes her mind about the surgery. When she saw how miserable he was when he thought she had died in the car crash, she decides that she must live.
    * We finally learn the origins of David Yoon’s obsession with the Hong family and how he fell in love with Hae-in.
    * We wonder why both sides are still talking to Grace, who is double crossing everyone.
    * How we’re crushed that Hyun-woo has been arrested and he wasn’t by Hae-in’s side when she woke up from her surgery.
    * The other couples in the show: Soo-cheol and Da-hye + Beom-ja and Yeongseong
    Korean funeral customs.
    * The importance of kimchi and kimchi making.
    * The K Drama elements in these episodes, including all the crying, the food, the realization by Hyun woo that he had met Hae-in in the past, gazing at someone sleeping.
    * The amazing screenwriter Park Ji-eun!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    7.6 - Podcast Review of Episodes 11 and 12 of Queen of Tears

    7.6 - Podcast Review of Episodes 11 and 12 of Queen of Tears

    Today, we’ll be discussing Episode 11 and 12 of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, and Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye. We discuss:
    * The songs we feature during the recap:
    * Can’t get over you by Paul Kim
    * From bottom of my heart by Kim Na Young
    * Some recent comments from listeners and mistakes from last week’s episode
    * Hae-in’s mother’s regret now that she knows her daughter is sick and she reflects on how she’s been so awful to her daughter all these years
    * How and why Hae-in continues to reject Hyun-woo, who knows she loves him and is desperate to show Hae-in that he will stay by her side
    * Hyun-woo and Hae-in appear to be working together to take down David Yoon but they’re still keeping secrets from each other
    * How Hyun-woo’s small apartment fills Hyun-woo and Hae-in with regret. Could their marriage have been different if they had lived in a small apartment and had to be together at the end of each day?
    * Kim Soo-hyun’s amazing acting, especially when he was playing David Yoon in the car. He had David Yoon’s stare, mannerisms and tone of voice.
    * How Hae-in’s dad and brother are going through a transformation.
    * Cheon Da-hye is back and Soo-cheol takes her back, against his mother’s wishes.
    * How David Yoon is unraveling. He’s lying to Hae-in, he basically kidnapped her, and he ordered that Hyun-woo be killed!
    * The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because we learn that Moh Sul-hee had David Yoon’s adoptive parents killed, and she burned the orphanage where David Yoon was abused.
    * The chairman’s ultimate sacrifice when he realized Moh Sul-hee’s treachery and killed himself to end her power of attorney over his assets.
    * The hunt is on to find the 900B won that both sides believe is somewhere in the Hong residence. It looks like Hyun-woo leads the Hongs to find the secret panic room, but what is inside?
    * We welcome Naa Evans, aka as KDrama Bingo, to the show! We talk about the K Drama elements in these two episodes and she talks about her K Drama tropes and her bingo cards!

    Find us on Instagram @KDramaChat to see pictures of Naa, Sung Hee and Joanna, and the bingo cards that Naa sells online at https://linktr.ee/kdramabingo!

    • 2 hr 6 min
    7.5 - Podcast Review of Episodes 9 and 10 of Queen of Tears

    7.5 - Podcast Review of Episodes 9 and 10 of Queen of Tears

    Today, we’ll be discussing Episodes 9 and 10 of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, and Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye. We are joined by Ernabel Demillo, a frequent guest on K Drama Chat and Department Chair of the Communication and Media Culture Department at Saint Peter's University and host of the Emmy-award winning "Asian American Life" show on CUNY-TV. We discuss:

    * The song we feature during the recap: Fallin’ by Isaac Hong.
    * Queen of Tears is now the second most popular K Drama of all time on tvN, after Crash Landing on You; both shows are written by Park Ji-eun.
    * tvN has announced two extra episodes at the end of Queen of Tears; what will the episodes be about?
    * Kim Soo-hyun has been nominated for Best Actor in the Baeksang Awards; we feel that Kim Ji-won, Han So-hee, Park Seo-joon, and Kim Tae-ri were snubbed.
    * The Hong family is in a terrible situation. They’ve been locked out of their house, they don’t have cars, their credit cards have been canceled, they’ve lost control of their company, and they’re lost their jobs.
    * The only people who take them in are Hyun-woo and his family.
    * The Hong family is so unaccustomed to hardship and they’re miserable in Yongdu-ri.
    * There is such a contrast between the two families in the way they treat each other.
    * There is a huge contrast between the two mothers in the way they treat Hae-in.
    * Both dads are having an identity crisis: they have lost their jobs and purpose.
    * Hyun-woo and Hae-in are driving us crazy because they won’t communicate with each other!
    * We think their lack of communication stems from the time Hae-in emptied the nursery and Hyun-woo left the marital bedroom. When this happened, they stopped talking to each other and then their pride wouldn’t let them ask the other back into the bedroom.
    * Hyun-woo and Hae-in kept missing opportunities to patch up their relationship, including when Hae-in overheard Hyun-woo talking about wanting to be by her side, when Hyun-woo came home all beat up, and when Hae-in realized the pink MP3 player was hers.
    * There are many in Korea who think the story of Hae-in and Hyun-woo is based on the true story of the granddaughter of the Samsung chaebol who married an ordinary staffer. In 1999, Samsung heiress Lee Boo Jin married Lim Woo Jae.
    * Hyun-woo does a great job of convincing David Yoon that he doesn’t know where Hae-in is, even though he did pick them up in a van.
    * The reference to Prince Sado, who was the father of the prince Yi San in Red Sleeve, and who later became King Jeongjo.
    * Instead, Hyun-woo is investigating the land broker, the owner of the data restoration company, the failed investment fund, and the location of the Chairman.
    * Hyun-woo convinced the deceived farmers to sue the land broker, which meant the land broker couldn’t leave the country for his honeymoon. Later, the land broker and his thugs try to beat up Hyun-woo, who manages to defend himself ably because he was a champion boxer in his youth.
    * Our crazy predictions for this show:
    -- Hyun-woo is going to try and prove that the power of attorney that Moh Sul-hee signed is invalid because it’s a forgery, she’s not really Moh Sul-hee!
    -- Hyun-woo’s brother, Baek Hyun-tae, is going to be important because he knows a lot about stocks and previously owned Queen Group stock.
    -- Beom-seuk, the Chairman’s estranged son, will have some insight into the embezzlement that could save the Chairman, or the person who knows where the secret fund is.
    -- Cheon Da-hye, Soo-cheol’s wife, will come back and turn on David Yoon.
    * Moh Sul-hee and David Yoon are now at odds with each other because David Yoon didn’t want the Hong family banished. David Yoon wants to be with Hae-in.
    * We speculate about why David Yoon is so obsessed with Hae-in.
    Until the very end, Hyun-woo is in the dark about

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Marquessa of Eminence ,

Truly a fantastic k drama podcast

I discovered your podcast while watching the later episodes of Queen of Tears. I am thrilled to have discovered a well-thought out, well produced and highly entertaining podcast. I appreciate the summaries (so well done) and most importantly, the in-depth discussions. Both of you are so good in diving deeper into what the drama is truly all about - the message, the lessons the writers want to convert, among other things. As the mother of a writer, I really appreciate your insights. Please continue the great work. Thank you!

Amy DW ,

Great podcast!

I found you when I started watching Queens of Tears a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the early episode coverage. Then I couldn’t pause watching so I caught back up with your coverage at 11-12. Can’t wait to rewatch and listen through all your episodes. I could tell you love these dramas and your coverage was detailed. I’m newer to K dramas and this was fun. Now I have back to dramas to watch to see your past seasons. Thanks for the work on this coverage!

Deelishhhh ,

Love this podcast!

I’m a recent bandwagon hopper of Kdrama and now understand the hype. I’ve been listening to recap podcasts after finishing each one and am so pleased to have happened upon this show.

I love how they incorporate historical, cultural, and background context to the shows. Certainly very helpful for this newbie to Kdrama.

I have a request for you to cover Marry My Husband. Pretty please!

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