A Crimson Mark (2004)
A secret relationship between two Korean government employees is complicated by the difference in the men’s ranks. On a rainy day during the Joseon Dynasty, a chancellor casually recites a poem of solitude. His secret yearning is dedicated to a young scholar in his commission. They have contrasting viewpoint when it comes to politics, however, the two are discreetly having a homosexual affair.
Short Movie/Gay/Main Storyline
Stephanie Note: Eh, seems more of a chance for a couple of boom boom jiggity scenes.
Am I The Only One With Butterflies? (2018)
I met her on the first day of work.
My stomach is fluttering with butterflies because of my manager nowadays.
Am I the only one with butterflies?
Movie/Unrequited Love/ Lesbian
Answer Me 1997 (2012)
Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married.
Drama/Gay/Side Character/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: Gah, he might just be a side character but he really is the heart of this drama, check it out.
Antique Bakery (2008)
As an heir to the family fortune, Jin Hyuk has money, the looks, the charm, everything except finding the love of his life. So he sets up a cake shop where women are sure to come. He hires Sun Woo, a talented patisserie who had a crush on Jin Hyuk back in high school. Along with an ex-boxing champion Gi Beom and a clueless bodyguard Su Young, the four unique and handsome young men stir up the quiet neighborhood at their cake shop, Antique. Although seemingly careless and happy, each of the four men have unforgettable past that they are afraid to face, but their secrets slowly begin to unravel.
Movie/Gay/Side Character/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: People call this a gay movie, but really, it just has the one gay character. I first didn’t like this movie, but after a rewatch I find it delightful and have big hopes that, in the future, way off screen, the owner and the baker end up up togehter.
Beating Heart (2005)
Beating Heart is a MBC experimental omnibus drama composed of six chapters with the title: “When did you feel your heart beating the hardest?” Conveying answers, such as love, sorrow and joy, are six pairs of directors and screenwriters who participated in this drama. Each team took one chapter consisting of two episodes.
Be Melodramatic (2019)
Im Jin Joo, Lee Eun Jung, and Hwang Han Joo are best friends who are 30-years-old.
Hwang Han Joo is the head of a marketing team for a drama production company. She is a single mother who struggles to balance her work and personal life as she is raising a kid.
Im Jin Joo is a drama writer with a lot of emotional ups and downs. Her personality is unique, talking to a luxurious purse at times. Even though she is a drama writer, she tries to write her scripts in a literary style.
Lee Eun Jung is a documentary director. She runs her own production company, although she’s the only employee. One of her documentaries surprisingly becomes popular overnight.
Drama – Gay Storyline
Between Two Seasons (2019)
Hae Soo moves to another city and opens a cafe to start her new life. Ye Jin, a high school girl and frequent customer, starts to work at the cafe and falls for Hae Soo. Ye Jin confesses her love to Hae Soo when she is sure about her feelings.
Boy Meets Boy (2008)
On a warm spring day Min-soo, a small boy, meets tall and broad-shouldered Seok-yi inside a bus. Min-soo keeps looking at the intimidating boy whose sharp eyes are hidden under his baseball cap. Min-soo’s heart starts beating. What will happen to Min-soo and Seok-i ?
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note:First part of the trilogy that includes Just Friendsand Love at 100 Degrees C. It’s a cute very short bit with no dialog. Do yourself a favor and shut it down before the singing fairy begins, trust me you’ll know what I mean when you get there.
The Boy Next Door (2017)
College students, Park Gyu Tae and Seong Ji Jae are two awkward neighbors that have a small disliking towards each other. After an accident, the two boys move in together. They soon figure out that they are both friends with Kim Min Ah. The two end up in hilarious, awkward situations that lead Min Ah and her closeted boyfriend to believe they are gay.
Web Series/Gay/Main Storyline
Stephanie’s Take: The whole series is a big thing of are they, aren’t they. I’m not entirely certain it wasn’t a case of gaybaiting. It’s cute though, espeically that side story of the guy who is actually gay.
Camellia Project: Three Queer Stories at Bogil Island (2005)
Three stories of contemporary gay life in South Korea.
1. Kim Chu-ja directed by Choi Jin-Sung. A fantasy musical about two men who were lovers in the past meet again by chance. Each of them has his own life now. One of them also has a daughter from his marriage. How will this reunion end?
2. Drifting Island directed by So Joon-Moon. A quiet, sad love story about a man who wants to leave and a man who wants to hold him back.
3. La Traviata directed by Lee Song Hee-Il. A woman comes to Bogil Island to meet her dead husband’s lover. She’s angry when she sees him happy. She sees the red camellia flowers and she comes to terms with her husband’s homosexuality while recovering from the hurt.
Cheese in the Trap (2016)
Having returned to college after a year long break, due to her family’s poor background, Hong Sul, a hard-working over-achiever, inadvertently got on the wrong side of Yoo Jung, her senior who is athletic, good looking, gets good grades and has a kind personality, but also a hidden dark side. From then on her life took a turn for the worse and Sul was almost certain it was all Yoo Jung’s doing. So why is he suddenly acting so friendly a year later?
Stephanie Note: I haven’t watched, I probably won’t, I hear the whole thing is pretty problematic, and, from what I understand is the gay storyline is a bit of gay-baiting.
Color Rush (2021)
Living with neurological blindness that limits his ability to see color, Yeon Woo has grown up in a world that looks very different from the one most people are accustomed to seeing. Only able to decipher varying tones of gray, Yeon Woo knows the world is full of colors but he has never seen them for himself. At least not until the day Yoo Han comes crashing into his world.
As if brought together by fate, Yeon Woo’s life is forever changed the day he meets Yoo Han. Falling for the boy’s many charms, Yeon Woo is overwhelmed by the unexpected rush of emotions he feels every time Yoo Han is near. What’s even more surprising is the sudden rush of color that washes over the world whenever Yoo Han walks into the room. Could this be a sign that Yoo Han is his destiny?
While Yeon Woo ponders his fate, his aunt Yi Rang searches desperately for the sister who went missing years ago. Joining his aunt on her quest, Yeon Woo recruits Yoo Han’s help and together they search for his mother. As they dig deeper into the mystery surrounding her disappearance, an unexpected story begins to unfold. Will these fated boys be able to solve the mystery of a missing mother while simultaneously unraveling the mysteries of their own hearts?
Stephanie’s Take: This was like a soulmate fanfic come to life. It’s a little bit of unexpected Sci-fi in there a world that we could have spent a whole series in. I mean, what happened to his mom? This time I hope she’s NOT dead but there’s huge story setups that we just were left hanging in. I did like that they were both dependant on each other, it made it a little less creepy.
Yoon Jae moves to a new high school and starts hanging out with Se Joon, a mysterious student. Needing money for his sickly mother, Yoon Jae accepts a job offer by Se Joon. However, he doesn’t exactly know what it is. This movie will bring out cold sweats as tension never ends.
Movie/Main Storyline/Think this may be more bro than romance
The Depths (2011)
Depths is a Japanese-Korean movie Korean photographer Bae-Hwan (Kim Min-Jun) & gay Japanese hotel employee Ryu (Hoshi Ishida) work together on a series of photographs. Their relationship crosses uneasily between friendship and love, while they also battle their own internal scars. Their salvation comes by their photographs which helps them find the meaning of their lives
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet Ending
A middle-class couple is set in their monotonous life until one day the husband has a homosexual affair with a young male prostitute. Suspicious of her husband’s infidelity, the wife seeks the truth and eventually ends up in bed with the young man after learning he was her husband’s lover.
A sensational teen web-drama : Discipline
A neighborhood in Korea that is nothing out of the ordinary: a truly tranquil small town. In this town, Tae Woo and his best friends do all kinds of things, good and bad.
The five of them decide to go to a party hosted by a group of delinquents from the notorious Samdeok High School in an abandoned basement parking lot.
They went thinking they would have the time of their lives little did they know of the dangers that were to come.
Discipline Z: Vampire (2020)
A YouTube streamer who is a big fan of mysterious events and a man with a mutated gene.
Series/Gay/I don’t think its the main storyline but will be happy to find it to check.
Kingdom, a condom for convenience stores, is selected and sold by Ji Hoon. Kingdom is presented to Hyun Duk, Ji Hoon’s lover, but when he wakes up, he finds himself in an unexpected place. What is the final destination of Kingdom?
Short film/ Gay
Don’t Say Sorry (2018)
Choi Yeon, who is rumored to be a lesbian, doesn’t care about the rumors. However, she feels special about Ha-gyeong’s friendly manners. Choi Yeon gets confused when the rumors about her become true.
Short film/ Lesbian
Family Plan (2016)
Nine years ago, two high school girls in love came up with a whimsical idea to have a child together who would resemble both of them. Now one of them is getting married and it’s time to put their plan in action.
Short Film/Lesbian/Open Ending
Fantasy of the Girls (2018)
On the stage of the play “Romeo and Juliet”, a transparent love begins. Seon-hwa (Roh Jeong-eui) who was helping her friend’s audition in the department of theater, is spotted by Soo-yeon (Jo Soo-hyang), her senior from the department of theater and plays Juliet. Her co-star is Ha-nam (‘Nara’), every girl’s dream boy playing the role of Romeo. Seon-hwa gets attracted to Juliet while preparing for the play.
Is this love? While preparations for the play are coming to an end, Seon-hwa gets a feeling there’s something going on between her two seniors…
Five Steps To Accept Farewell (2016)
yejoo and eunmin had two years as a couple so far. one day, yejoo wants to finish the relationship that she had with eunmin.
eunmin gets angry and asks if there’s another girl, yejoo says she got a boyfriend.
Short film/lesbian/main plotline
Free Bird (2017)
Yoo Sung, who has a crush on Tae Woo, is an aspiring webtoon writer. Yoo Sung tells Tae-woo the story of the romance genre with his own heart
Short Movie/Gay/Main Storyline
Frozen Flower (2008)
Under the pressure of the Yuan Kingdom, the King of Goryeo is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. But the king is in love with his loyal general Hong Rim. After seriously pondering the issue, the king asks his lover Hong Rim to sleep with the Queen, with unexpected consequences.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet Ending
Stephanie Note: Haven’t seen this one, but I’ve heard what happens and I can say pretty strongly that I will not be watching it. Not only is this bittersweet it actually has a TERRIBLE ending. Unless you are fans of castrations and then–Go team!
Futureless Things (2014)
At AM 07:00, Ki Chul begins his part-time job at a convenience store on the outskirts of town. He is learning the ropes from Ha Na who is about to quit. Ki Chul hesitates to reveal his feelings for Ha Na as she is heartbroken over a failed relationship.
At PM 1:0, A university student, dropout, indie musician, lesbian and others gather at the small convenience store to do part-time work. At PM 6:00, Light goes out at the 24 hour convenience store. Customers try to enter the store, but the door is locked. An unsuspected ending takes place for the day.
Stephanie Note: Finally found this subbed and it is an omnibus drama (lots of little stories) and the one gay story is suuuuper tiny.
Gay Out Soon 4: Rumor (2014)
[Open] Han-do lives alone and was doing his homework with a friend when his drunk girlfriend comes by. This is the start of a three way tug-of-war.
[FMSM] Expession of emptiness that isn’t satisfied by loneliness and lust by watching “A Gay’s Night”.
[Tea Time] A guest visits Gwang-ho and his mother. It’s his boyfriend Joon-won. The three of them have tea and his mother starts saying Gwang-ho lost his memory in an accident…
[Cohabitation] Mal-lo wants some time alone but Bok-hee is an unwelcome guest. In the end, Mal-lo hooks up Bok-hee and virgin ghost Sang-won together. However, Sang-won with a special tendency and angry Bok-hee appears in front of her.
Movie Short /Gay/Main storyline
Stephanie Note: If you find this one subbed, please let me know!
Gay Out Soon 5: Free Dating (2017)
*** Part 1: Dome | Director: Lim Hyung Gyu ***
Ji Hoon offers Hyun Duk a condom on their first night, but Hyun Duk breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Woo Chan is introduced to a new man and the two head to a motel. This is the story of a condom traveling between three people.
*** Part 2: The Turning Road | Director: Kim Sang Baek ***
Soon Ho lands a job as a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant. When he gets his first paycheck, he buys Eugene sweet and sour pork and delivers it while Eugene is showering.
*** Part 3: Tilted summer | Director: Kim Min Gyu ***
On their second anniversary, Jun Oh and Min Jae take a trip. However, Jun Oh makes a mistake and they wind up in a guest house instead of a hotel.
Going South (2012)
Gi-tae who is going to terminate his military service goes on a road trip with Jun-young by drugging him with a sleeping pill. They learn more about each other and come to terms with their sexuality.
Stephanie Note: I may have watched this one unsubbed. One sexy bit but the rest of it was a big blur of what? Probably would be fixed if I watched with subs.
The Handmaiden 2016
1930’s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, Sook Hee is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko, who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sook Hee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Happy Together (2008)
Jeong Im’s husband comes out of the closet and the two divorce. One day, she sleeps with a young man, Byeong Seok. To her surprise, he is her daughter’s boyfriend. Meanwhile, Seung Rok moves into the same apartment where his fist love, Jeong Im, lives. Seung Rok enjoys a date with her, but soon Jeong Im learns that he is Byeong Seok’s father. Four people experience conflict in entangled relationships. However, they ask themselves what it means to be a `true family.’
Hello My Love (2009)
Hyo Jeong works at a radio station as a scenario writer and DJ. Her boyfriend of 10 years Won Jae, promised to marry after he returns from his studies in France. When Won Jae returns to Korea he brings along another man named Dong Hwa. Hyo Jeong then discovers Won Jae and Dong Hwa’s relationship is more than platonic.
A quirky male version of Sex and the City, this drama is about four single 30 year old men and how they live their daily lives.
Jealousy Is My Guest (2016)
Hun, working part-time at the bar, crushed on the boss, Mr.Jang. But Mr.Jang always shows deep interest to a regular customer, Misuk. One day the moment to close the bar, Misuk comes in alone.
Movie short/ Gay / Main Storyline/Open Ending
Stephanie’s Note: Meh. Watched it. Boy has crush on boss, boss treats him nicely until someone better comes along, someone better leaves, boss is nice to boy again, boy still has unrequited crush on bosss.
Just Friends? (2009)
Min-soo is on leave from the military and visits his boyfriend Seok-yi. While having fun out on the town, they run into Min-soo mother’s mother! When the Min-soo’s mother asks about their relationship, Min-soo replies “… just friends.” Making things more complicated, Min-soo’s mother ends up sleeping between them that night!
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie note: Watch it watch it watch it watch it watch it watch it! This is adorable.
King and the Clown (2005)
At the height of the 16th-century Chosun Dynasty, a pair of rural male actors – boisterous, macho Jang-seng and quiet, feminine Gong-gil – travels to Seoul and team up with a struggling acting troupe. When their irreverent show, complete with enough bawdy humor and gender-bending to make a contemporary audience blush, mocks the famously hedonistic king, they get more than they bargained for. After being promptly arrested, they’re given a chance to spare themselves if they can make the king laugh. To everyone’s surprise, the ecstatic monarch loves the show and names the actors official court jesters, giving them more extravagant food and shelter than they’d ever imagined. But the king’s attentiveness to Gong-gil makes it quickly apparent that humor isn’t the only thing motivating his generosity. The king’s mistress, the country’s ministers and Jang-seng soon grow suspicious, and jealousy and anger spring from all sides.
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/bittersweet ending
Lady Daddy (2010)
In the comedy “Lady Daddy,” a young child from a divorced family searches for his father. What he doesn’t know is that his father is now a woman after having sex reassignment surgery. His father Ji-hyeon (Lee Na-Young) was a medical student but is now a photographer …
Life Is Beautiful (2010)
The story of a blended family comprised of multiple generations living on Jeju Island.
Drama/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: You have to muddle through a lot of other Weekend Drama junk, but it’s worth it for the son’s storyline. One of the first main gay storylines in Korean drama.
Stephanie Note II: Reading my note I don’t think I properly explained how awesome this is. It really is so, so, so good. You’ll laugh, you’ll sob, you’ll forever love Tae Sub and his boyfriend.
Life Is Peachy (2011)
What is it like when you love a woman?
Yoon Ji-woo, who had been plotting a fake suicide with pickpocket Kang Ji-woo, is cuffed by detective Min-yong and falls in love as destined. Jeong Ji-woo and Hee-jin hear about their love story and start asking questions. Director Kim Soo-hyeon’s latest film, “Life is Peachy”, is a story about three people, all named Ji-woo, that brings a new approach to presenting the sentiment of love through the language and bodies of women. Did they truly fall in love? Did they tell the truth? “Ashamed” travels between reality and fiction as it caresses the wounds and memories of love.
Like Grains of Sand (1995)
A psychological drama about love, longing, homosexual desire and psychological turmoil–i.e., the perils of puberty. Ito is a shy boy in the top class at secondary school. He feels attracted to his classmate and best friend Yoshida, who is not aware of Ito’s intimate feelings. They spend alot of time with Kanbara, whose comic actions hide his sensitive nature. Aihara is new at school and remains aloof with her cool attitude. No one knows that at her previous school she was raped and is now in therapy. Meanwhile Yoshida, who’s currently involved with the insecure Shimizu, is interested in Aihara, the mysterious new girl… It is obvious, the each teen is hiding behind a wall which they must break through in during this tough process of maturation.
Like A Virgin (2006)
Dong-gu is not your average Madonna fan. Listening to the Material Girl’s second album (and applying a little lipstick) allows the young teenage boy to escape into his imagination, away from his dysfunctional family — his pathetic alcoholic father, a former boxer, is prone to violence, his older brother is beginning to resemble the old man, and his mother has fled family life to work at a Disney-esque amusement park. Things aren’t much better at school, where he’s bullied for his effeminate tendencies. But once again, fantasy comes to the rescue in the form of a young male teacher who, Dong-gu imagines, beckons to him during class. But when a wrestling coach discovers the boy’s natural talent, and a potential goldmine in those stocky thighs, Dong-gu starts training, striving to win a competition for the cash prize that will allow him to realize his ultimate fantasy: becoming a woman.
Lily Fever (2015)
Long Time No See Korean (2017)
The renown hitman, ‘Flying Dagger’, bumps into ‘Wild Dog’, who happens to be a hired assassin for mobster ‘Black Leopard’. While both of them try to be incognito, they cannot help falling in love with each other. However, ‘Wild Dog’ has a secret that he couldn’t confide to ‘Flying Dagger.’ After all, ‘Flying Dagger’ and ‘Wild Dog’ reveal their secret identities to each other during the fight led by their bosses. They run into danger as gangsters brand them as traitors. Will they be able to overcome obstacles and keep their love?
Web Drama/ Gay/ Main Storyline/ From what I understand it’s a happy ending.
Stephanie’s Take: This is GREAT. I really suggest you watch it. There is one plot point that gives me pause, and its a good one regarding motivation, but 1) I’m not going to say as it will spoil the whole thing and 2) turns out? I don’t care. Cute.
The Coldest Day (2017) Korean
In the middle of winter, Jungsoo asks Hobin, his ex-boyfriend, to meet him again on the Han riverside.
Movie short (think teeny tiny)/Gay/Main Storyline
Love 100 C (2011)
A hearing-impaired boy, Min-so is gay, and he likes his classmate, Ji-seok. One day, Min-so impulsively has sex with a man who works in a public bath, an experience that lends him a new-found confidence, but at a heavy price..
This is considered to be part of a trio of movies including Just Friends and Boy Meets Boy
Movie Short/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet
Stephanie Note: Not sure what the point of this was except for some icky sexy bits and then a terrible, terrible ending. I’d steer clear of this one.
Love With Flaws (2019)
A romantic comedy about a woman who hates men with pretty faces, a man who is obsessed with his looks, and how the people with flaws get over their prejudice.
The Lover (2015)
The series talk about four different couples living together in one apartment complex.
Lee Jun Jae is a loner who prefers to stay at home, but is forced to find a roommate for financial reasons. He doesn’t even want to exchange unnecessary small talk so he advertises for a foreigner who can’t speak Korean very well. Enter Takuya, a Japanese guy on his travels. Takuya thinks Jun Jae is wasting his youth, and begins to draw him out into the world.
Movie/Gay/Side Story/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Take: This one I watched as it simulcast, so I’m not certain why I never put a note on it, but one pairing is gay, or potentially gay. Its cute and ends in a way that might not be gay baiting!
Man On High Heels (2014)
Ji Wook is a cold-blooded detective who would brutally assault and stop at nothing to catch criminals. However, despite his perfectly masculine appearance, Ji Wook struggles with a secret desire to be a woman. At last, he decides to get a sex change. However, a gang Ji Wook had brutally arrested by force plots revenge against him. While he resigns and secretly dreams of transforming into a real woman, people close to him get caught up in a conspiracy and killed. When the one person he must protect, ‘Jang Mi’, also falls in danger, Ji Wook faces a crossroads in making his choice.
March Winter (2018)
Minwoo is working at the bar and has been interested in the woman who lives on the 3rd floor, watching her walking along the alley at dawn every day. One dawn, Minwoo happens to have a conversation with her about the seasons, he comes to have a curiosity about her, and a good feeling toward her begins to grow. But the very next day, Minwoo is told by the bookstore owner about the rumor that she is a transgender…
Movie Short/Gay? Trans?/Main Storyline/Open Ending
Stephanie’s Note: The question marks above are apt as is it gay? Is it trans? Its not really clear. And if it is trans and not gay essentially Minwoo comes off as a dick…. and the woman in the alley is a little creepy. And for such a short video, the production spends an awful lot of time focused on Minwoo singing.
PARK will play Jae-ha, a stage actor who co-stars with a younger Kpop star in a stage play called Unchain. The characters they play become a gay couple and as both actors get more involved with tense rehearsals, reality and fiction begin to mingle.
A veteran actor and an idol are starring together in a play called ‘Unchain’.
In the play, their characters become involved in a relationship and as they rehearse, the distance between reality and fiction starts to get blurry…
Stephanie’s Note: Turns out this sounds like its going to be terrible and emotionally draining and even though I’ve had several chances to watch it, I keep skipping it.
Miracle on Jongno Street (2010)
When it gets dark, people pack the Nak-Won neighborhood in Jong-Ro District, Seoul. There, gay men comfort each other, meet their friends and find love there.
Moonlit Winter (2019)
One winter, a mother (Kim Hee-ae) and her daughter (Kim So-hye) live together alone. The daughter, a high school student, accidentally reads a letter to her mother and finds out the secret her mother has been hiding all her life. Although it’s too late, the daughter wants to comfort her mother’s heart now. So the beautiful journey of the mother and the daughter begins. In Otaru, a quiet village with white snow, the mother and the daughter take the path of reconciliation, while building up exciting memories. The mother’s unfulfilled past love and the daughter’s new love are lying there. And there is someone who greets them. That mournful ‘someone’ who has lost her father and is living with her aunt is the secret character who will revitalize the life of the mother and the daughter.
My Pistachio (2018)
Muyeong, who has a crush on his senior Hanbit, is too nervous to confess his feelings. In the play directed by Hanbit, Muyoung applied as an actor, but Hanbit doesn’t even pay attention, saying, “The lead actor is already chosen.” Can Muyeong really confess his feelings to Hanbit?
(The poster on this makes it look adorable, and it’s Korean, which Korean LGBT? Few and far between.)
Short Film/Gay/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: I was right, it is adorable! Its the possible start of a really cute relationship, or at least I hope it is. Love the ending!
Mr. CEO is Falling in Love with Him
From YouTube I learned this might not be the actual name of the movie. Which would make sense considering I can’t find a synopsis for it. Making one up myself it is then! Fresh out of college, boy gets fired from his first job by the CEO of the company. Little did the CEO know this guy would vow to come back and be a big star, or that they would fall in love.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/happy ending
Stephanie’s Note: This story got a little too tied up in the antagonist, it really could have spent a lot more time with the main couple, and it would have been a much better movie. It’s not terrible, I just wish it could have been better.
Mr. Heart (2020)
Despite the fact that things just never seem to go his way, Sang Ha (Lee Se Jin) always manages to find a reason to smile. A member of the school track team, Sang Ha loves to run, but distance has never really been his thing. For Sang Ha, sprinting is what brings him the most joy. Jin Won (Cheon Seung Ho), on the other hand, is exactly the opposite. A record-breaking marathon runner in high school, Jin Won is well on his way to becoming a marathon superstar. Determined to live up to the expectations of his coaches and colleagues, Jin Won cares about one thing and one thing only: running his next race. When Jin Won finds himself struggling to maintain his record-breaking stats, his coach suggests Sang Ha step in to help as a pacemaker. Disappointed in the coach’s decision, Jin Won is anything but friendly to his new partner but with time and determination, the two runners come to find they share a similar passion, both on the track and off. As the two become closer, they begin to realize their feelings for each have taken an unexpected turn. But can they move from friend to friendlier without risking everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve? The followup project to the popular BL drama, “Where Your Eyes Linger” (2020), “Mr. Heart” is a 2020 idol web drama directed by Park Seon Jae.
Series/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: This is the cutest thing ever, please rush out and watch this~
My Personal Trainer (2019)
YouTuber Jin Ho starts going to the gym to collect subscribers. But somehow he’s more interested in good-looking trainer Seok Hoon than he is in shape. Looking at Seok Hoon, who is exceptionally friendly, Jin Ho is sure that Seok Hoon is also in love with him. Then, Seok Hoon and Jin Ho met in the shower. “Are you free today, sir?”
Movie Short/Gay/Main Storyline/Open Ending
Stephanie’s Take: This is actually the one which got me to not think twice about signing up for GagaOoLala. I had seen clips of it on Instagram and really wanted to see it. I hate to say that the smut you see on Instagram is a fake out but with how the show ends, I cross my fingers that its only a matter of time that these two kids get together for real.
Night Flight (2014)
Three teenage boys who were once close friends grow apart when they reach high school: Yong Ju lives hiding his true sexual orientation, Gi Woong becomes the leader of the school gang, and Gi Taek an obsessive manga fan. Tired of the constant malicious bullying by Gi Woong’s gang, Gi Taek betrays them by disclosing that Yong Ju has loved Gi Woong for years. Surrounded by an insecure boundary of the school and wounded by betrayals, the boys are driven into catastrophe.
No Regret (2006)
Leaving the country orphanage where he grew up, Su-min comes to Seoul to study design. However, after several tough jobs, he unexpectedly ends up working as a prostitute in a gay bar. There he meets Jae-min. Su-min refuses Jae-min who’s been trying everything he could to win Su-min’s heart. Jae-min is from a rich and conservative family…
Nobleman Ryu’s Wedding (2021)
One warm day during the Joseon Dynasty, the wedding of Ryu Ho Seon and the beautiful bride Choi Hwa Jin begins. But on the first night, the bride he expected is suspicious. It’s not a woman, but a man! Choi Ki Wan, brother of Hwa Jin who disappeared before the wedding because of her hatred for political marriages, is sitting in the room with Ho Seon instead. He tries to reverse the marriage, but his ill mother opposes it. They pursue their union and should never be caught by anyone!
A few days later, Kim Tae Hyeong, a senior at Ho Seon’s school, comes to congratulate him. But he falls for Ki Wan and courts him, putting them in a difficult position. With the interests of the sick mother and Tae Hyeong who sends letters tirelessly, there is no time to rest. And one day, Hwa Jin reappears. How to get everything back in place? And what is this pain in their heart?
Stephanie’s Note: Will We Watch? SQUEEEEE!!!!!!! Yes. Woot! Very excited for this show. The interesting thing is that it actually stars main actors from three of the other Korean BLs! There is the pacemaker from Mr Heart, the musician from Wish You, and the bodyguard from Where Your Eyes Linger! Plus a historical BL? Sign me up.
One Last Order (2019)
He goes to the same cafe to study every day. One day he starts receiving anonymous letters. In the anonymous letter, a poem is written. Each day a different poem is made. Who is writing the letter?
Movie Short/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: Not so much as the whole thing is gay it just turns out that way. Its a cute little movie and you want to shout at the guy for not being so dumb about who his secret admirer was. Major credit for him just going with it at the end. Major ding? SUB THE NOTE HE WRITES AT THE END. I really need to know what it says.
One Night Only (2014)
Han Jae meets gay men at a bar in Jongno District, Seoul. He first meets them through an internet site. Once they get drunk, Han Jae steals their money. He is accompanied by Hoon and pretends he is his boyfriend. Hoon is popular, but Han Jae ignores Hoon’s feelings for him. One day, Hoon suddenly kisses Han Jae.
One Summer Night (2017)
In the winter of 2013, Yong-jun and Jae-sung, a member of the Korean People’s Army, are caught having sex by a superior. After that, Yong-jun decides to defect from North Korea leaving Jae-sung.
Ordinary Family (2017)
Su Young is a lesbian who plans to go on the first vacation with her girlfriend, Young Mi. But the day before the two leave for vacation, Su Young receives the news about her father’s hospitalization. She reluctantly pushes back a day and goes to visit her parents. Will she be able to safely go on the vacation with her girlfriend?
Stephanie’s Note: This looks adorable!
Our Love Story (2016)
Yoon Joo is a graduate student of fine arts and is working on her graduation exhibition. One day, while she is searching for materials for her project, she runs into Ji Soo at a junk shop. Watching Ji Soo in an odd place, Yoon Joo finds herself drawn to her. After their initial encounter, Yoon Joo once again runs into Ji Soo at a convenience store, and the two eventually start dating. Never having enjoyed dating men, Yoon Joo finds Ji Soo fascinating and becomes completely infatuated with her.
Movie – Lesbian – Main Storyline
The Perfect Man’s Man (2011)
Korean short film about a schoolboy, Hye Sung Won, who struggles with his feelings of inadequacy and tries to rationalize his guilt over a betrayal to his cherished and seemingly perfect friend, Jeong Hyuk Moon.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: Eh. This wasn’t great. It was nice to see one that was Korean as they are a bit behind there, but that, with their dumb misunderstanding was not enough to recommend it.
The Poet and That Boy (2017)
Hyun Taek-Ki (Yang Ik-June) is a 40 year old poet. He doesn’t have much talent in writing poetry and he doesn’t make any money. His sperm count is also low. His wife (Jeon Hye-Jin) gives him a hard time, but she does care about him. Hyun Taek-Ki agonizes over his poetry and wife badly wants a baby. One day, a teenage boy (Jung Ga-Ram) appears in front of him. Taek-Ki feels something he never felt before.
Prince’s Prince (2015)
Park Shi Hyun’s younger sister is so engrossed in video games and her computer, she lives in an imaginary world all her own. Shi Hyun tries to get his sister to return to the real world, however his nemesis Lee Mong Ryong is trying to stand in the way.
Stephanie Note: I watched this one as it was billed as gay drama, but it really isn’t, it’s more gay-baiting—unless the story goes on after the drama ends. This show really irritated me.
Prison Playbook (2017)
Kim Je Hyuk, a famous baseball player, is arrested after using excessive force while chasing a man trying to sexually assault his sister. Shockingly to him and the rest of the nation, he is sentenced to a year in prison. There he meets his childhood friend and fellow baseball player, Lee Joon Ho, who gave up on baseball after a car accident, but now is a prison guard and one of Je Hyuk’s biggest fans. The drama revolves around Je Hyuk’s time in prison, as well as prisoners he meets and events that take place there.
Series, Gay Character
Queer Movie Butterfly: The Adult World (2015)
Cheol Soo, who is also a loner, can’t the ability to save by oneself. Cheol Soo, now an adult, is living alone. As first social life, He began life (the Adult world) at gay host bar “JUNGLE” as an apprentice. As time goes on, The world treated him harshly, also ruined him gradually. This is a story about gay host bar, shedding a more humane light on the hosts and focusing on their stories.
Movie Short/Gay/Main storyline
Stephanie Note: Found this, eh, it’s not great, doesn’t have much a plot, more of a gateway to the boom boom jiggity.
Rainbow Eyes (2007)
Kyeong-Yoon (Kim Kang-Woo) and Eun-Ju (Kim Gyu-Ri) investigate a grisly murder of an affluent entrepreneur. The victim was slashed over 20 times and there’s blood everywhere in his apartment. The killer was careful not to leave behind incriminating evidence, but nevertheless, a strand of the killer’s hair is found. The police are then able to determine that the killer is male and has AB blood type.
Shortly after the first grisly murder, a second murder occurs. The victims seem to be unrelated but the modus operandi seems the same. When the police delve deeper into the victims’ background they discover that the two victims were stationed at the same military base many years ago. A month prior to their discharge they were transferred to another base along with a third man by the name Jay Bae. The police now believe Jay Bae could be the next victim or the killer. Their investigation has only just begun.
On their 5th anniversary a gay couple film themselves on video in a small motel. During filming they re-confirm their love for each other, but as the day progresses hints come out that this could be the couple’s last day together.
Saving Mrs Go Bong Shil (2011)
‘Saving Ajumma Go Bong Sil’ (written by Park Eun Ryung and directed by Yoon Sang Ho) tells the story of Go Bong Sil (Kim Hae Suk) who was living a peaceful life in a village, tending to her flower garden. But when her husband suddenly passes away and she is threatened with bankruptcy, she moves to Seoul’s Itaewon district, starting the second chapter in her life. The drama unravels the heartwarming story of Go Bong Sil as well as others who actively pursue their own happiness.
Secret Garden (2010)
The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.
Secret Spectacles (2017)
Jin Gyu, who has a crush on his schoolmate, will have glasses with a vision function one day. And he tries to test the secrets of glasses that I want to know alone. Can Jin Gyu’s unrequited love continue?
Stephanie’s Note: Just caught this on GagaOoLala and its cute. Way too short, I could watch this pairing for at least a minidrama worth of plot.
Seonam Girls High School Investigators (2014)
Five students are members of a private investigator club at Seonam Girls High School. They face and do their best to solve problems like private education, abortion, bullying, suicide. ~~ Based on the novel “Seonamyeogo Tamjungdan: Banggwa Hooui Miseuteori” by Park Ha Ik.
Seoul Mates (2014)
A gender-bending tale of Filipino Ladyboy and Korean discreet gay who meet and date each other, with the first one pretending to be a real woman and the latter pretending to be a straight guy.
She Is Wow (2013)
A-Ra leads the perfect life. She is a popular actress, has an ideal husband Jung-Han, who is the most popular announcer, and a son Min-Kyu. People adore them as a couple, but their life isn’t as great as it appears. A-Ra struggles to get cast as an actress as she gets older. Jung-Han and A-Ra do not respect each other or love each other.
One day, their troubled son Min-Kyu arrives back in Korea from America. Min-Kyu got kicked out of school over there and is a troubled kid. A-Ra and Jung-Han worry that others may find out about Min-Kyu’s troubles. Making matters worse, a secret, which can destroy A-Ra’s perfect world, exists.
The Spring In My Life(2016)
A short narrative of a man torn between his sexual identity and the happiness of his family
Gu Bo is a beloved father and husband, but also a writer who struggles to be true to his identity. The film has tried to focus on the humane aspect of a man torn between his sexual identity and the happiness of his family.
Short Film/Gay/Main plotline
Stateless Things (2012)
“Stateless Things” follows three young people – a teenage North Korean defector named Joon who wanders the streets in Seoul, an ethnic Korean girl living in China and a gay boy named Ah-In who exchanges sex for money. These three come together to commit suicide, but find meaning in their lives…
Step for You (2018)
Yu Sang starts to learn to dance for the interview, but he can’t hide his feelings from Jun Han.
Suddenly Last Summer(2012)
6 hours of weakness…can we be able to love? Teacher Kyeong-hoon pushes out Sang-woo who keeps coming closer to him. Will Kyeong-hoon be able to resist his urge that Sang-woo keeps poking?
The Tasty Florida
Hae Won, a freshman college student who is very suspicious of the guesthouse where he lives in. If you follow the guests leading up to the rooftop, you will find Florida Banjeom, a rooftop Chinese restaurant with a full view of Seoul and with four handsome workers. When Hae Won’s mind is absorbed from the sound of eating jajangmyeon. Hae Won’s heart flutters when he sees Eun Gyu hitting his hand! Crackle~ Tak tak~ Hae Won and Eun Gyu’s breathtaking romance begins.
Stephanie’s Note Will we watch? Looking forward to it! I feel like this is Chinese restaurant version of Antique Bakery…or Coffee Prince. I’m in.
To My Star (2021)
“To My Star” depicts the love story between actor Kang Seo Joon, who deviates from the traditional route, and chef Han Ji Woo, who doesn’t want to deviate from the “straight path “. It’s a romance-boosting story that claims to be a type of drama that’s never been seen before.
Series/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Take: I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is my favorite Korean BL so far! It has a great build-up, realistic character development, and a great story. I felt for both of these guys at the end, could see why they were together, and, though it wasn’t all tied up in a bow at the end, and feel like they have a realistic future. I’d totally watch this again!
Two Weddings and a Funeral (2012)
A gay man, Min Soo and a lesbian, Hyo Jin are both promising doctors at a general hospital. The colleagues agree to marry so Hyo Jin can legally adopt a child with her lover of ten years Seo Yeong, and Min Soo can please his parents while maintaining his closeted lifestyle. While secretly living with their respective partners, who move in next door, Min Soo and Hyo Jin appear to be a happy, “normal” couple. They enjoy all the benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and are also able to ward off public scrutiny and parental disapproval. However, Min Soo’s intrusive parents begin to get a bit too involved with the couple’s life, threatening their scheme.
The Weight (2012)
Born with a hunchback and left at an orphanage, Jung was adopted by a woman who hid him away in the attic only to use him as a child slave for her dress shop. The woman’s own child Dong-bae is younger than Jung; she has always wanted to become a woman, loathing her own male body. While Jung feels affection and sympathy for his younger stepsister, he feels burdened by Dong-bae’s struggles. Under the weight of life and death carried by the dead bodies that he faces each day coupled with his love-hate relationship with Dong-bae, Jung endures the pain and thirst that he feels like a camel crossing a desolate desert in silence. Then he quietly prepares his biggest, his last gift for his sister.
Weird Housemates (2017)
Bok Hui and Mal Ro are not your average housemates. Bok Hui has a crush on Mal Ro. The problem is that Bok Hui is a ghost and Mal Ro is not. Besides, Mal Ro is not attracted to Bok Hui. In order to get rid of Bok Hui, Mal Ro tries to introduce her to a bachelor ghost Sang Won. To Mal Ro’s surprise, Sang Won falls for Mal Ro, too!
Movie Short/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: This is a short-short movie and most of it makes you go, um, okay, but I came out of it with a smile.
When You Love Yourself 2 (2019)
‘How to Love Without Losing Myself’ despite the problems of career, dating, and friends.
Stephanie’s Note: A second season and from what I understand the gay character does not appear in season 1.
Where Your Eyes Linger (2020)
This series tells the story about Tae Joo, the 18-year-old only successor to the TB Group. He is blessed with a wealthy family, good looks, and no troubles to worry for often described as a handsome guy in the spotlight. His 18-year-old bodyguard, Goo Koo, has been trained in all different types of martial arts and is physically trained to have a strong body. He is also very thoughtful, and Tae Joo is his only friend, while Goo Koo is the only person Tae Joo feels as though he can trust, and feels relieved around him.
Short Drama/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: Finished this! Thought they were going to romances this, but they didn’t! It’s very much a BL Kdrama.
White Night (2012)
Won-gyu, a steward, returns to Seoul 2 years after he left with a painful memory. He meets Tae-jun acquainted on the Web and they have a special night at the place of Won-gyu’s bad memory. A queer film by Leesong hee-il inspired by an actual case of random street assault by a homophobe in Jong-no.
You Make Me Dance (2021)
Song Shi On is an aspiring contemporary dancer who has recently been thrown out of the house by his family, while Jin Hong Seok gave up on his dream to dance and now lives off his investments as a mortgage collector.
These two wind up sharing a place and the action unfolds from there.
Stephanie’s Take: SO GOOD. We both super liked this show. I want to say it’s one of my favorite Korean BLs but now its so hard to choose. We felt this one. And what was up with his mom??? Is she dead? It’s the first time I’m rooting for a random mom to be dead, but there it is.
You Used To Smile That Way (2009)
A man is calling someone and looks very serious.
He recalls the past with his sad face.
He is wondering the reason..
‘You used to smile that way.. but why?’