Winter Sonata (2002)


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 Title Winter Sonata [겨울연가], Winter Ballad, Winter Love Song, Endless Love 2
 Genre  Drama, Romance
 Episodes  20
Network  KBS2
 Main Cast
  • Bae Yong Jun as Kang Joon Sang/ Lee Min Hyung
  • Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yu Jin
  • Park Yong Ha as Kim Sang Hyuk
  • Park Sol Mi as Oh Che Lin
  • Lee Hye Eun as Long Jin Suk (Yu Jin’s best friend)
  • Ryu Seung Soo as Kwon Yong Kuk (classmate who reads palms)
  • Song Ok Sook as Pianist Kang Mi Hee (Joon Sang’s mother)
  • Ha Jae Young as Jung Hyun Soo (Yu Jin’s father)
  • Kim Hae Sook as Yu Jin’s mother
  • Jung Dong Hwan as Professor Kim Jin Woo (Sang Hyuk’s father)
  • Lee Hyo Choon as Sang Hyuk’s mother
  • Jung Won Jong as Park Jong Ho (teacher)
  • Jang Hang Sun as Supervisor Min
  • Kwon Hae Hyo as Lee Min Hyung’s subordinate
 Director  Yun Seok Ho, Lee Hyung Min
 Screenwriter  Kim Eun Hee, Yoon Eun Kyung, Oh Soo Yun
 Official Website(s)  http://www.kbs.co.kr/end_program/drama/winter/
 Fan Website(s)
 Description An introverted high schooler opens up and falls in love with the girl next door, but disappears suddenly. Ten years later, they have a high school reunion – and maybe another chance at love!

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Cinderella’s Sister (2010)


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 Title Cinderella’s Sister/ Cinderella’s Stepsister/ A Modern Story of Revenge
 Genre  Romance, Melodrama
 Episodes  20
Network  KBS2
 Main Cast
  •  Moon Geun Yong as Song Eun Jo
  • Seo Woo as Goo Hyo Sun
  • Chun Jung Myung as Hong Ki Hoon
  • Taecyeon as Han Jung Woo
  • Lee Mi Sook as Song Kang Sook
  • Kim Gab Soo as Goo Dae Sung
  • Kim Dong Hyun as Goo Joon Su
  • Kang Sung Jin as Yang Hae Jin
  • Choi Il Hwa as Chairman Hong
  • Yun Woo Jin as Dong Soo
  • Go Se Won as Jong Ki Jung
  • Seo Hyun Chul as Mr. Jang (Kang Sook’s true love)
  • Kim Chung as Ki Hoon’s mother
  • Seo Ji Eun as Nam Yi
 Director  Kim Young Jo, Kim Won Suk
 Screenwriter  Kim Kyu Wan
 Official Website(s)  http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/cinderella/
 Fan Website(s)  http://www.soompi.com/fanclub/cinderellas-sister
 Description  A new take on the Cinderella story – everyone loves Cinderella (Hyo Sun) while the stepsister (Eun Jo) struggles.

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Vampire Prosecutor (2011)


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 Title Vampire Prosecutor [뱀파이어 검사]
 Genre  Crime/Mystery, Action/Thriller, Horror
 Episodes  12
Network OCN
 Main Cast
  • Yun Jung Hoon as Min Tae Yeon
  • Lee Young Ah as Yoo Jung In
  • Lee Won Jong as Hwang Soon Bum
  • Jang Hyun Sung as Jang Chul Oh
 Director  Kim Byung Soo
 Screenwriter  Yang Jin Ah, Han Jung Hoon, Park Hyung Jin
 Official Website(s)  http://series.lifestyler.co.kr/vampire
 Fan Website(s)  http://www.facebook.com/Official.Vampire.Prosecutor
 Description He’s secretly a vampire, who uses his powers to solve crimes while planning to get revenge on his enemies!

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CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: Challenging Gender Roles in Korean Dramas @ Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

She Is Straight Gangster: Challenging Gender Roles in Korean Dramas

Dr. Crystal S. Anderson

Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

January 8-13, 2012

ABSTRACT

Korean television dramas (Kdramas), particularly those that are historically based, represent sprawling stories that blend history with culture.  Often consisting of high production values and unfolding over 50+ episodes, these Kdramas reconstruct historical narratives and legendary stories.  They also infuse a contemporary sensibility by drawing on nontraditional notions of gender, heroism, cunning and valor.  While such Kdramas are broadcast to Korean audiences, non-Korean, English-speaking audiences from around the world also view these dramas via Internet sites such as Drama Fever and Crunchyroll.com.  These global audiences construct alternative femininities related to the female characters that challenge traditional notions of gender.  Using qualitative methods and discourse analysis, I argue that global audiences construct female characters in ways that challenge traditional notions of gender. In the 2009 critically-acclaimed and popular Kdrama, Queen Seondeok, Korean women are represented as aggressive major power brokers in national politics, rather than passive bystanders, even as they occupy more traditional historical roles for women.  They also exert power over men who are characterized as more powerful both politically and martially, using cunning rather than their feminine wiles. Finally, women also engage each other in ways that showcase their intellectual talents. Such constructions by global audiences allow for more diverse notions of gender in popular culture.