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Beyond The Romance Drama Podcast

Everything we love about Asian dramas and more.

Welcome to Beyond The Romance Drama Podcast, or Beyond The Romance, for short, the podcast where I, your host Carolyn Hinds, and guest/s discuss our favorite Asian dramas, (both old and new). In each episode we'll explor
12/23/2021

Beyond The Romance of 'Hellbound'

Season 1
In this episode of Beyond The Romance, I'm joined by my friends and fellow drama fans Joycelyn and Josephine, to chat about the Korean supernatural drama Hellbound, directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan, Peninsula), and co-written with Choi Kyu-seok. Based on their web-comic of the same name, Hellbound is a drama that goes that explores how religion, religious fanaticism, loneliness and faith are all intertwined when people who can't find their own direction and purpose in life, are exploited by through the use of the media by those who seek to control others. Starring Yoo A-in as Jung Jin-soo, a young charismatic leader of The New Truth, a conservative religious movement where members are admonished to repent their sins lest they fall victim to "a demonstration", - a violent act carried out by three, tar black monsters, who brutally beat their targets before sending their souls to hell in a blaze of fire. In the cast with Yoo Ah-in are Kim Hyun-joo, a lawyer who crosses paths with Jung Jin-soo, Park Jung-min as a PD and journalist and his wife played by Won Jin-ah who seeks the truth after receiving devastating news, and Kim Do-yoon as an unhinged social media influences who convinces his young audience to enact violence on unsuspecting victims in the name of The New Truth and God.Hellbound is available for streaming on Netflix.To see what shows I’m currently watching and live-tweeting, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Carriecnh12, for my drama live-tweets with #DramasWithCarrie, nightly at 8pmEST. Feel free to join me, ask for show recommendations, or spill any tasty K-pop tea. Yes, I’m also very much into K-pop. You can also watch me, and my guests over on my YouTube channel here.
10/4/2021

Beyond The Romance - Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Squid Game and Yumi's Cells Recap

In episode 5 of Beyond The Romance Drama Recap, Carolyn shares her thoughts on Korean dramas Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Squid Game, Yumi's Cells and The Tasty Florida.Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a charming and sweet rom-com that's the perfect palate cleanser if you've been watching a lot of heavy dramas and films recently. Centered around Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-ah) a dentist who winds up moving from the hustle and bustle of Seoul where she was sought after for her work by the city's socialites, to the small fishing village of Gongjin where she has to learn a new way of life. And of course this is where the romance begins to bloom for her as she grows closer to handsome handyman Hong Doo-sik (Kim Seon-ho), a man who loves to help everyone around him, except when it 's his day off. One of my favorite things about this drama is the relationship between Hye-jin and her bestfriend and assistant Pyo Mi-seon (Gong Min-jung). Both of these women while, unsure of how to navigate their burgeoning romantic lives, they are very sure about their friendship and the ways they support each other. They're true BFFs.Adapted from the popular Korean webtoon of the same name, Yumi's Cells is another light hearted drama I'd recommend to help lift your mood and make you smile. Starring Kim Go-eun as Kim Yu-mi, Yu-mi's Cells gives audiences a look at the lives of the cells who keep her alive. Through Love, Hunger, Naughty, Nervous, Detective and Persona we get to see what goes on in side Yu-mi's head as she interacts with the people around her. To put a hilarious and novel spin on the story, there's Gu-woong (Ahn Bo-hyun) the shy but protective game designer she's learning to open herself up to after heartbreak, whose own cells offer a fun and dynamic counterbalance to the others.With colorful and engaging animation and voice acting, the cells are hilarious in the ways they represent the different emotions, personality traits and facets of the body, and interact with each other and the world outside of the body.Below is a list of the shows discussed and the streaming platforms they can be watched on:Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha - NetflixSquid Game - NetflixYumi's Cells - VikiThe Tasty Florida - VikiTo see what shows I’m currently watching and live-tweeting, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Carriecnh12, for my drama live-tweets with #DramasWithCarrie, nightly at 8pmEST. Feel free to join me, ask for show recommendations, or spill any tasty K-pop tea. Yes, I’m also very much into K-pop. You can also watch me, and my guests over on my YouTube channel here.