KDrama Hits to Watch Instead of Disney Flops

I recently saw one of my favorite Korean actors, and arguably one of the most popular among world wide audiences, Lee Dong Wook, will make a cameo voice appearance in the Pixar sequel Inside Out 2, hitting theaters this weekend.

Wook will be playing a video game character main character Riley loved as a tween, Lance. He looks like the “hot guy” games that come out of t Japan similar to Obey Me and Twisted Wonderland.

Now, I want to give this one the benefit of the doubt, because I enjoyed the first Inside/Out. Disney hadn’t yet gone off the deep end of politics over plot, so it was a huge hit. I do want this one to be good, but Disney’s track record lately has been flop-o-rama. I am always skeptical.

This isn’t the first time Disney has tapped into the Korean drama popularity to try to bring audiences back, but unfortunately they are wasting some amazing talent on badly-written and conceived shows and movies that just are not doing well.

As a KDrama fan, I take this personally. I want my Korean favorites to do well so more people will get a chance to enjoy them. Thus, I’ll share with you a few of my favorite KDramas to watch that are ten times better than the money and viewer hemorrhaging offerings from Disney:

Lee Dong Wook in Bad and Crazy

Even on the chance Inside/Out 2 does well, you’re only getting a voice cameo. Lee Dong Wook is probably best known for the 2016 series Guardian: The Great and Lonely God, but I loved him in both seasons of the fantasy romance Tale of the Nine-Tailed and the Hitchcock-like thriller Strangers From Hell. A great place to start is the insane action comedy Bad and Crazy, also starring Wi Ha-Joon (Squid Game).

Available on Netflix.

Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game

Squid Game was probably the most successful KDrama of recent in terms of Western audiences, so it is likely Disney tapped into its popularity when they cast Lee Jung-jae in The Acolyte. I should be happy a fellow 50something like this awesome dude has been cast as a Jedi Knight. Yet, it is another big fail for Disney. Thankfully, people are noticing this guy deserves better, and it might cause many viewers who haven’t seen the first season of the Netflix original Squid Game to go back and give it a go. For those of us who have, we get to see Lee’s underdog hero Seong Gi-Hun in a second season out this December. Season 2 is going to be huge, and has added some big time KDrama names including Yim Si-wan who starred in Strangers from Hell with Lee Dong Wook.

Park Seo Joon in What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

I think the biggest waste of talent has been putting Park Seo Joon in Marvels. Not only was that movie as massive failure, but from what I hear they cut his character’s appearance down to minimal. The only hot dude in the film, and they slaughter his appearance. Not only is he a popular actor around the globe, he’s everything heartthrob worthy of old Hollywood glamor should be. One place audiences may know him is a cameo role in the Academy Award winning Parasite, but his KDrama list is impressive. Since I’ve gone the action and thriller route, I’ll give you an adorably goofy rom com from him.

Available on Hulu.

I wish all of the actors well in their pursuit of becoming bigger names globally, but they deserve better than the underperforming shows Disney has put them in. Still, I’m happy to see them shine in their native Korea. Thankfully, we can too.

1 comment on “KDrama Hits to Watch Instead of Disney Flops

  1. Queenie says:

    Love your picks! Korean shows are so entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I’ve been a fan for 4 years & don’t watch US tv or movies any more.

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