Podcast Episode 23: Kdrama, Not Korean Soap Operas

Posted by Cherry Cordial on April 15, 2015



We had a couple of issues this episode 1) our terrible moods and 2) some technical issues which made Cherry sound like a robot for a while. (If you’re wondering, no, this did not help the moods.) On the upside? We got a wee bit ranty — which is always fun.

In this episode we put our ranty hats on and talk about how delightful we think it is when people call Kdramas “Korean soap operas,” and if they can say it while rolling their eyes? Even better! (This is a lie, neither of these things are good.) We talk about what we’re watching and Stephanie lays a big surprise on Cherry Cordial, add on some newsy type stuff and a listener-question-inspired topic about the changes of Kdrama through history which we “Uhhh…” our way through, and you have the perfect recipe for an interesting podcast.

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Song of a Day

B1A4 – What’s Going On (Rock Version)

Lee Jung Hyun – V

Listener Question

If you have a listener question you’d like to ask us, be it drama related, casting, recommendations, really anything you can think of, please let us know. We can be reached via our website contact form, podcast@kchatjjigae.com, or if you’d like to leave a voicemail we could play on the air give us a call at 1-347-674-9310.

Dramas Mentioned

Ando Lloyd
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit
The Lover
We Are Dating Now
Unkind Women
Angry Mom
Kill Me, Heal Me
The Girl Who Sees Smells
Smile Dong Hae
Temptation of Wife
Ugly Alert
On Air
It Started With a Kiss
Kimi Wa Petto
Bad Family
Hana Yori Dango
My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Links Mentioned

Epik High SXSW footage
Light It Up
Born Hater
Burj Khalifa
Eyes Nose Lips
Happen Ending, Map The Soul
Kill This Love

Kang Sora
Lee Kwang Soo
Kim Young Kwan
What’s His Face (Cherry: I think she means the guy who has chemistry with everyone, Park Seo Joon, lol)

Stephanie would like to apologize to the following
  • Stupid face. She’s beginning feeling bad for referring to you that way and will attempt to rectify this.
  • CNU, for that brief moment when she had inappropriate thoughts towards you.
  • Maripaz for butchering your question.


  • Reply connieindramaland April 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Cherry, I stopped watching Roommate season 1 because I was so upset about them kicking off Bom as well.
    Stephanie, I lost all respect for Min Woo when he was being so babyish, and hearing you talk about season 1 made realize how much I missed Kang Joon being immature. Did you see when he dressed up as Kang Dash Man?

    • Reply Purplerrr April 16, 2015 at 2:31 am

      I too stopped watching Roommate because of Bom being kicked off. Loved Kang Dash Man! And Mama Chen.

      Kimi Wa Petto is one of my favorite comfort watches. Cherry – if you ever want to talk about it, you have someone willing to do so here.

      Stephanie – I’ve seen the movie and it is at best a pale imitation of a shadow of a scent of the manga and Japanese series. The Korean version really desecrated the story and it’s feeling it as far as I’m concerned. I love me some Jang Keun Suk but compared to the Japanese Momo the version they had him play was anemic. Cherry is right. The J version is so weird and the chemistry between the leads great. Momo is the ultimate Beta hero!

  • Reply Christina May 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    It’s been awhile but I’ve seen Kimi wa Petto as well. I enjoyed it for the most part, enough that I own a bootleg copy, and that’s largely due to the awesome Matsumoto Jun. He was Momo.
    The Korean movie wasn’t very good at all. To me Korean adaptations of mangas don’t work. They never seem to have the right tone or pacing, and their tendency toward sappiness works against them.

    • Reply Cherry Cordial May 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Good to know about the Korean movie; I hadn’t even tried that one since it seemed so different from the J-drama. I agree with you that Matsumoto Jun was the one that made the drama so watchable. Not that Kato Koyuki was bad, but he’s the reason I could understand her continuing the relationship, weird as it was.

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