Mid-Year Report Card (Part 2)

Okay! Now that we’ve sussed out the best/worst kdrama offerings for the first half of this year, it’s time to check out the lead performances and everyone’s favorite topic: the OTPs!

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Favorite Female Roles (Part 1)

Here is Part 2 of our Favorite Roles poll. Part 1 is here.

Twenty actresses and seven of their most recent or most famous roles. (They must have at least seven to qualify for this poll. Sorry, Yoon Eun-hye.) Again, in random order except for the one who reigns deservedly at the top: Korea’s first win at Cannes for Best Actress.

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Barking Dogs Never Bite

Ever since I fell in love with Bong Joon-ho‘s Memories of Murder, I knew I had to get hold of his first movie, Barking Dogs Never Bite (a.k.a. A Higher Animal or Dog of Flanders, 2000). I looked specifically for it when I was strolling in touristy Myeongdong on my first visit to Seoul and found it easily in the second DVD store I hopped into. Joy!

(By the way, “barking dogs never bite” is commonly understood as an idiom about people who issue threats all the time but don’t make good on their word. You know, the ones who yell a lot but it’s all din and no damage. Speaking of din, my dogs bark at the mailman the moment they smell him coming a block away, but I can vouch for them never ever biting him. That doesn’t make the man like the pooches any better, alas.)

Written and directed by him, Bong Joon-ho’s debut work has been seen by a lot fewer people than his later two movies (The Host is still king in Korea in terms of tickets sold), but that doesn’t mean it’s any less well-made or entertaining. Barking Dogs Never Bite ranks up there with the likes of The Quiet Family, Guns and Talks and My Scary Girl, all of them my favorite comedies because of their blend of dark and quirky humor. All certain to elicit gasps, chortles, and even some knee-slapping.

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