Let's Talk Kdrama: Gender Bending
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Here at FeverWatch, we spend a lot of time -- and I do mean a lot -- watching, talking, and thinking Korean dramas. We know you all do too. So what are we waiting for? Let's talk kdrama! This week, we want to explore gender bending. What is up with kdramas' fascination with characters pretending to be a member of the opposite sex?
1. Coffee PrinceWe think this trend began with actress Yoon Eun Hye's much-beloved portrayal of Go Eun Chan in the 2007 classic "Coffee Prince."
2. Painter of the WindPainter of the Wind", actress Moon Geun Young plays Shin Yoon Bok, a talented young woman who cross-dresses as a man in order to enter the Dohwaseo, a prestigious academy of painting.
3. Sungkyunkwan ScandalA similar situation comes up in "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" when an intelligent, but poor young woman named Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) takes her brother's place at the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University by cross-dressing as a man:
4. Queen Seon DeokAnd who could forget the cross-dressing, gender-bending, identity-swapping of the epic historical drama "Queen Seon Duk"? The future queen of Shilla played by Lee Yo Won disguises herself as a poor foot soldier named Duk Man:
5. You're BeautifulWhile gender-bending in historical dramas allows characters (in particular, women) to defy social limitations, what purpose does it serve in modern kdramas? Answer: hilarity and romance. Just as "Coffee Prince" did, Korean drama "You're Beautiful" uses the girl-parading-around-as-boy plot device to allow its female protagonist to explore a world she would otherwise never be exposed to. Go Mi Nam, played by actress Park Shin Hye, is an aspiring nun who replaces her identical twin brother in pop boy band A.N.JELL by presenting herself as a man:
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