Kingdom: Kingdom Season 2, Ep 0
After the shocking double-reveal cliffhanger at the end of season 1 (currently at 93/97 on Rotten Tomatoes) this South Korean period drama, set soon after the Japanese invasions of the 1590s, is back for another 6 episodes with more palace intrigue, class warfare, beautiful costumes and gorgeous cinematography, set against the backdrop of a massive plague of flesh-eating monsters. On Netflix.
Crash Landing on You: Season 1 - all episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea -- and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks to sustain their livelihood. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. [more inside]
Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth. Previously on the blue.
When a group of con men pose as church elders to swindle a village facing destruction due to the building of a new dam, an earnest priest brought in to tend the congregation and a vicious local drunk find themselves caught up in the con men's game. [more inside]
The quiet mountain village of Goksung is plagued by outbreaks of violence. Suspects include: a foreigner, a ghost, a rash, and bad mushrooms. Jong-goo — an affable, bumbling cop — must solve the mysteries to save his own family. Directed by Na Hang-jin (of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea). Run time: 2h 36m. [more inside]
Spoiler-friendly zone for discussing Society Game, a Korean variety show broadly similar to Survivor. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: LGBT Discrimination Season 2, Ep 26
This week.... Hostilities flare up between North Korea and South Korea. Vladimir Putin bans the import of many types of food from the West. Greece President Alexis Tsipras resigns (but will still run for reelection) after just seven months in office amidst controversy over his bank-mandated austerity measures. And Now: Another Check-In With The Most Patient Man On Television. (That would be Steve Scully of C-Span's Washington Journal.) The main story: discrimination against LGBT couples still legal in surprisingly much of the nation. YouTube (15m) And Now: The Most Patient Man On Television Faces His Greatest Challenge. Finally, a follow-up on the business of John Oliver's church, Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption. They got rather a lot of mail, including a giant bag of seeds, followed by gianter bag of seeds the next day. They also got beef jerky and a 100-Trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe (worth about 40 cents). Last Week Tonight is taking a break for two weeks. [more inside]
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. [more inside]
In The Host, toxic chemicals create a monster of a problem in Seoul, South Korea. The director is Bong Joon-ho of Snowpiercer fame. It's funny, scary, and good fun. This is the pick for April 10. [more inside]