Everything You Need To Know About South Korean Dramas And Movies That Have LGBT Themes
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are still considered taboo by most Asian people. the people who fall into this category don’t get separated from blasphemy and social treatment that is considered bad. In this day and age, many dramas and films that touch on LGBT themes are worth watching to add social insight. The theme of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) identities has become old material for various dramas and films.
The LGBT story has also been raised in several Korean dramas and films. Some of the following titles even clearly describe same-sex love, but some are just included in the story just to make the plot interesting. At present, the LGBT community is no longer a taboo in South Korea. A series of music videos, films, and even popular dramas have begun to include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in them, whether it’s in the elements of the story or the characters. Although not so many, over the past few years popular dramas and films have seemed less reluctant to show the LGBT community. Some even got praised for their actions.
Characteristics of same-sex lovers are often present in every drama and film we watch. Not only that, it seems that Korean actors and actresses also seem to have no objection to portraying someone who likes partners of the same sex. For them, for the sake of their careers, they have to be professional with whatever challenging roles they are given. Do you want to know what South Korean dramas and films have dared to use LGBT themes?
In this article, Channel-Korea will show you some South Korean dramas and movies that are bold and clearly show same-sex love or LGBT themes. So, stay tuned!
Moment at Eighteen
18-year-old Choi Joon-woo (Ong Seong-wu) has gotten used to being lonely. He is not good at expressing his emotions, but he has a sweet side to him. He moves to a new school, where he meets Yoo Soo-bin (Kim Hyang-gi). Yoo Soo-bin is a top student, but her life is controlled by her mother. Yoo Soo-bin herself dreamed of becoming an independent person. After meeting Choi Joon-woo, she underwent a small change in her life. Meanwhile, Ma Whi-young (Shin Seung-ho) is a student who looks perfect and full of tenderness. He acts like a strong person, but he is actually a shy 18-year-old boy. After Choi Joon-woo moved to his school, his life began to change.
One of the characters, played by ASTRO’s member Moon Bin, comes to realize that he has different feelings for a classmate. He felt it was strange and unnatural because of falling in love with the same sex. One touching conversation about this:
Moon Bin: “I’m weird, aren’t I?” / Ong Seong-wu: “No, that’s just your feeling” / Moon Bin: “That’s right. I am also confused how I feel.”
Yoo In-soo: “Why is this strange? He just likes someone else. You are even stranger. Just go back to playing games.”
Love With Flaws
The Korean drama “Love with Flaws” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a woman who hates boys who have beautiful faces. It also centers on a man who is obsessed with his good looks, when he overcomes prejudice against people with disabilities. Jo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) is a middle-school track coach. She grew up with three beautiful and handsome brothers. But the ideal type that Jo Seo-yeon hopes for is a man who is not handsome, and has a normal face.
On the other hand, there is Lee Kang-woo (Ahn Jae-hyun), a man who believes and considers that the world is centered around him, and he enjoys getting the attention of many others. Lee Kang-woo also became obsessed with his external appearance. He previously had an ugly appearance in the pas,t that he has discarded and tried to forget.
“Love With Flaws” has a tougher part about the LGBT community. One of the supporting characters in the drama, played by the late Cha In-ha, works at a gay bar. Previously, he was told through hard times to confess about his sexuality to both of his parents. After his attempted suicide, finally both parents provide support for his choices.
The Korean drama “Reply 1997” tells the story of a high school student named Shi Won (Apink’s Jung Eun-ji), who is crazy about a boy group which came out in 1997, named H.O.T. Of all the members of the group, she was crazy about the member named Tony Ahn. For Shi Won, her idol is everything, rather than selfishness. Because of her madness for Tony Ahn she was often scolded by her parents for her poor performance. She was willing to skip school just because she wanted to watch the H.O.T Concert; not only that, she also suffered in front of the idol’s house just to meet him.
“Reply 1997” seems to be one of the most popular K-dramas featuring LGBT stories in it. Stories about the LGBT community in this drama even have a sizable portion. In the drama, the high school student character played by Hoya falls in love with his best friend, played by Seo In-guk. Although finally the love is unrequited, the twists and turns of Hoya’s character become a breath of fresh air in this drama.
Kim Jin-hyeok is a rich person who one day suddenly quits his comfortable job opening a cake shop. Only he knows the reason. Kim Jin-hyeok was kidnapped for a long time, and finally returned safely. He remembers nothing about his kidnapper, except for one thing; every day the kidnapper always gave him a cake. When he returned to his house, every time he ate a cake he always vomited, at first he did not understand why, until a little memory of the kidnapper had returned.
A Pattisiere who graduated in France, Min Seon-woo applied to work at Kim Jin-hyuk’s place. Kim Jin-hyuk realized that Min Seon-woo was his friend who when he was in high school claimed to love him, and Kim Jin-hyuk rejected him harshly. The problem was that Min Seon-woo was a man. Min Seon-woo also shamelessly admitted that he was gay, and he was not an ordinary gay, he was nicknamed the “Demonic Charm.”Ggay men and straight people would all definitely fall in love with him.
Because of hiring Min Seon-woo, Kim Jin-hyuk could not hire female employees because of Min Seon-woo’s fear of being near women. Kim Jin-hyuk was upset! Eventually he recruits the former Asian Light Weight Champion, Yang Ki-bum, and his family’s rigid and careless bodyguard, Nam Soo-young. Both Yang Ki-bum and Nam Soo-young look like they have feelings for Min Seon-woo.
This story tells about three young women in their 20s who work in television networks. Im Jin-joo (Chun Woo-hee), Lee Eun-Jung (Jeon Yeo-bin), and Hwang Han-joo (Han Ji-eun) are best friends, and they are all 30 years old. Im Jin-joo is the writer of a drama series. She experiences emotional ups and downs. Her personality is rather unique. Even though she is the writer of a drama series, she tries to write her script in a literary style. She also chatted with fancy bags in a shop window.
Lee Eun-jung is a documentary director. She has enjoyed documentaries since she was a child. She runs her own production company, and she is the only staff member in the company. One of her documentaries became an unexpected hit. Hwang Han-joo is the head of the marketing team for the drama series production company. She is a single mother. Hwang Han-joo struggles to balance her work and raise a child.
Actually, this drama does not show any of the characters as a lover of the same sex or LGBT. But one of the characters, Im Jin-joo (Chun Woo-hee), is a drama writer. The way she designed the drama script is quite surprising, because it was designed as literature.
Behind her passion to become a drama writer, it turns out that there are dark facts. She was disappointed with how her boyfriend treated her, because her boyfriend had turned to another woman. This disappointment could be buried by being accepted as a drama script designer.
The Boy Next Door
Based on the webtoon about two neighbors who started living together. Rich student Park Gyu-tae is a neighbor to Seong Ji-jae, while Kim Min-ah is good friends with the two of them.
Actually this drama does not raise the theme of LGBT or same-sex enthusiasts. But it is more about Bromance. This drama tells the story of two students who live next door in the same apartment building. They are Park Gyu-tae (Choi Woo-shik) and Sung Gi-jae (Jang Ki-yong).
Whenever they meet, Park Gyu-tae and Sung Gi-jae often act awkwardly with each other. But uniquely, they continually meet. One day, because Park Gyu-tae’s room was being renovated, he moved to Sung Gi-jae’s room. This is what made them finally develop a bromance relationship. But because they are almost always in a position that others can easily misunderstand, people think they are gay!
Seonam Girls High School Investigators
Five students are members of the private detective club at Seonam Girls High School. The five students faced problems such as private education, abortion, intimidation, and suicide. They do their best to solve these problems.
This drama tells the story of a group of high school students who joined a detective club and solved various cases that happened at the high school. In one of the cases, there were lovers who were both women involved in the case. In the drama, one episode featured a kissing scene between two women.
The drama ‘Secret Garden’ is about the life of Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin), a handsome young man whose life is luxurious and smart. He is trusted to manage his family’s shopping center. One day, he meets Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-won), who works as a stunt double.
The unintentional incident finally dragged them to a mysterious place called Secret Garden. There, the owner of the place kept giving them alcohol to the point that they fell asleep. When they awoke, they were surprised that the bodies of Kim Joo-won and Gil Ra-im had been swapped. Since the incident took the people wrong, their love story began. Kim Joo-won fell in love with Gil Ra-im.
The drama “Secret Garden” is more about the two characters who have switched gender when they go to a place called Secret Garden. The soul of Kim Joo-won, played by Hyun Bin, is confused with the soul of Gil Ra-im, played by Ha Ji-won. The same-sex enthusiast is played by the handsome actor Lee Jong-suk. Lee Jong-suk plays the role of a sexually oriented writer, creator, and songwriter as a gay.