A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Grit is discussed and an underlying theme is that it takes perseverance to make it in K-dramas.
The cast is half Japanese and half Korean. Stereotypes are sometimes voiced, e.g., "I've heard that Korean guys tend to come on really strong."
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Violence & Scariness
The directors sometimes yell at the actors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The plot revolves around romance and falling in love. Every week actors are shown performing kissing scenes together, as well as forming romantic relationships off screen.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown smoking and having alcohol with meals. A woman says, "I love wine, I always drink too much of it," and getting drunk is discussed in the group.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Like a K-Drama is a reality show that puts Japanese actresses with a group of Korean actors to audition for a romantic K-drama. It focuses extensively on dating, and each week actors are shown performing kissing scenes; their love lives offscreen are also covered. Adults are shown smoking and having alcohol with meals. A woman says, "I love wine, I always drink too much of it," and getting drunk is discussed in the group. The show does focus on teamwork and perseverance throughout the long auditions process, as well as empathy for others' struggles.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot going on here, including a love experiment, behind-the-scenes K-drama insights, language barriers, and even commentary from a couch full of onlookers. Because of this chaos, the decision in Love Like a K-Drama to use Japanese actresses unfamiliar with the Korean language feels unnecessary. The most intriguing aspect of the show is the cutthroat world of K-dramas, yet the episodes the actors produce are also the most boring part of the series; it feels like they're showing only the tail end of a story. Additionally, the peculiar kissing scenes, where actors appear to merely press their lips together, are repeated frequently and may leave some viewers squirming. As one commentator aptly notes, "The people back at the house, not filming, are the ones most likely to fall in love."
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