Get a taste of K-pop cul­ture

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One More Time, If you thought South Korean pop cul­ture started and fin­ished with the short-lived Gang­nam Style craze, think again.

From K-pop to soaps and movies, South Korea’s en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is a big deal. (Many have ob­served the sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Hol­ly­wood stu­dio sys­tem in the 1940s, where enor­mous control was ex­erted over tal­ent, but that’s an­other story.)

I am re­minded of the episode of an­i­mated sit­com Fam­ily Guy from sea­son 14 ti­tled Candy, Qua­hog Marsh­mal­low, where Peter Grif­fin dis­cov­ers the di­a­bol­i­cally ad­dic­tive power of South Korean en­ter­tain­ment. He learns that his friend Quag­mire once starred in a South Korean soap opera called Win­ter Sum­mer while sta­tioned there with the armed ser­vices. “What is this and how can I make the rest of my life about it?” a wide-eyed Grif­fin asks.

A few years ago in these pages, my col­league Rowan Cal­lick in­ter­viewed Sam Ham­ming­ton, a young Aussie ac­tor who had stum­bled into star­dom in a South Korean re­al­ity se­ries called Real Men. Ham­ming­ton has since been a reg­u­lar guest on an­other show in the coun­try, In­fi­nite Challenge. He ex­plained that fame in South Korea was sig­nif­i­cantly more in­tense than in Aus­tralia: “Fans send ex­pen­sive gifts — such as com­put­ers. They turn up to ev­ery sin­gle per­for­mance.”

No me­dia pre­views were avail­able of this new se­ries, but it is de­scribed as a fan­tasy drama fol­low­ing an indie band singer who re­peat­edly un­der­goes “time slips”. He also has a girl­friend he must save from an un­spec­i­fied “un­lucky fate”.

A quick count of South Korean TV shows on Net­flix re­veals 42 avail­able to stream now. So don’t laugh: like Peter Grif­fin, you too just might want to make the rest of your life about it. stream­ing on Net­flix.

A scene from a fan­tasy drama about an indie band singer and his girl­friend

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