Episode 45 – K-Drama Writers

By Monday, February 27, 2017 0 0



n this episode we’ll talk about the people behind the dramas that we love. The K-drama writes.

Who are they? How do they tie our favorite dramas together? Who should we keep our eyes out for in the future? And how important are these writers to the success of the drama? We’ll discuss all this and more. Join us!

K-drama podcast:

The K-drama writers we discuss in this episode

The most obvious of obvious examples:

Hong Sisters – Jung Eun & Mi Ran

Signature Style: Whimsical romcoms, with heart and a live-action manhwa feel

  • Sassy Girl Chyn Hyang
  • My Girl
  • Couple or Trouble
  • Hong Gil-dong
  • You’re Beautiful
  • My girlfriend is a Gumiho
  • Greatest Love
  • Big
  • Master’s Sun
  • Warm and Cosy


Kim Eun Sook
Signature style: Large ensemble casts, supernatural/fantasy-elements, witty snappy dialogue

  • South of the Sun
  • Lovers in Paris
  • Lovers in Prague
  • Lovers
  • The City Hall
  • Secret Garden
  • A Gentleman’s Dignity
  • The Heirs
  • Descendants of the Sun
  • Goblin


Park Ji Eun
Signature style: All over the place

  • My wife is a superwoman
  • Queen of reversals
  • My husband got a family
  • You who came from the stars
  • The Producers
  • Legend of the blue sea

A few of our personal favorites:

No Hee Kyung
Signature style: Angsty melodrama centered around realistic relationships between ordinary people. Sometimes incorporating surreal and supernatural elements.

  • Beautiful Days
  • Worlds Within / The world they live in (Dir Kim Kyu Tae colab (also Scarlet Heart))
  • Padam Padam (KKT)
  • That winter the wind blows (KKT)
  • It’s ok that’s love (KKT)
  • Dear My Friends


Park Hye Ryun
Signature style: —

  • Kimchi Cheese Smile
  • Dream High
  • I can hear your voice
  • Pinnochio
  • Page Turner
  • (Annnounced: While You Were Sleeping)


Jung Hyun Jung
Signature style: Realistic relationship studies. Turning into Korea’s Joss Whedon (toying with known drama clichés).

  • I need romance
  • I need romance 2
  • I need romance 3
  • Discovery of romance
  • Because it’s the first time
  • Five enough

Lee Jung Ah
Signature style: Taboo relationships

  • Coffee Prince
  • Triple
  • Heart to Heart

Even more writers to keep an eye on:

Song Jae Jung
Signature style: Innovative and adventurous time- & dimensional jumps

  • Nine
  • Queen In-Hyun’s Man
  • W

Jang Young-Cheol, Jung Kyung-Soon
Signature style: Elaborate, epic plots

  • Monster
  • Empress Ki
  • Incarnation of Money
  • History of a Salaryman
  • Giant

Oh Soo Yun (Yoon Seok Ho director co-lab – Sprint Waltz, Scent of Summer)
Signature style: Angsty melodrama

  • Love Rain
  • Winter Sonata
  • Autumn in my heart

Lee Hee Myung
Signature style: RomCom with supernatural elements

  • Rooftop Prince
  • The girl who sees scents
  • Queen of Ambition
  • The bad: Beautiful Gong Shim

Lee Kyoung Hee
Signature style: Heart breaking, frustrating, noble idiocy

  • Uncontrollably Fond
  • Wonderful Days
  • Innocent Man
  • Will it snow for Christmas
  • Thank you
  • Sorry, I love you

Kim Young Hyun (& Park Sang Yeon)
Signature style: Intricate historical drama based on real people

  • Jewel in the palace
  • Queen Seon Duk
  • Tree with deep roots

Choi Wan Kyu
Signature style: None? Very versatile.

  • IRIS
  • Jumong
  • Operation Proposal
  • Midas

Park Yeon Seon
Signature style: Ensemble shows; featuring a diverse group of people coming together

  • White Christmas
  • Age of Youth
  • Odd one out: Wild romance

Bonus: Korean comics!

This episode is sponsored by Spottoon. A library of English-translated Korean webcomics (manhwa).
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(Valid until August 1st 2017)

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See you next time. And until then… Fighting!

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