PODCAST

K-Botak: K-Drama and Korean Movies

Jon

I record short podcasts at night to recommend K-dramas and Korean cinema highlights.

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K-Botak Podcast Intro
Oct 5 2021
K-Botak Podcast Intro
A short intro episode on why I decided to make this podcast. Thanks for your interest.RVvrIiOFwXDqmrbNSXpH
Money Heist Korea - Joint Economic Area: First Impressions
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Money Heist Korea - Joint Economic Area: First Impressions
Money Heist Korea is here, starring Jeon Jong-seo, Park Hae-soo and Yoo Ji-tae in this South Korean adaptation of the Netflix hit La Casa de Papel. Join me as I catch up with a very different Tokyo, Berlin and Professor, for some first impressions on this remake and spin-off.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
The Vengeance Trilogy, by Park Chan-Wook
4d ago
The Vengeance Trilogy, by Park Chan-Wook
On this special episode I am  talking about SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE, OLDBOY, AND LADY VENGEANCE, all directed by Park Chan-Wook.Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director, an auteur known for these films in addition to Joint Security Area, I'm a Cyborg But That's OK, Thirst, The Handmaiden and the (at time of recording) upcoming Decision to Leave. He is known for combining strikingly beautiful visuals with heavy themes and often intense, graphic violence.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.    Music used in this episode:"Searchers" and "Cries and Whispers" from Oldboy: Motion Picture Soundtrack by Cho Young-Wook"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" and "None of Your Business" from Lady Vengeance: Motion Picture Soundtrack by Cho Young-Wook"Sympathy" by Uhuhboo Project from Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Motion Picture Soundtrack
South Korean Creature Features
Jun 13 2022
South Korean Creature Features
Why aren’t there more monster movies from South Korea? I’d love to see more creature features hit the box office from such a fine film market. On this episode I’m covering THE HOST, dir. Bong Joon-Ho and starring Song Kang-Ho and Bae Doona, and MONSTRUM, a Joseon action drama featuring Choi Woo-shik and Hyeri.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.    Music used in this episode:“Prologue - Mighty Han River - The Creature is Growing”“In Praise of the Han River - B4-A3”“In Praise of the Han River - Trumpet Version”By Brian Suits and Byeong Woo Lee, from “The Host: Original Soundtrack.”
Mr. Sunshine
Jun 6 2022
Mr. Sunshine
Mr. Sunshine is a critically lauded drama romance from South Korea. It is one of the smash K-dramas that has come from the creators of shows like Descendants of the Sun, The Guardian: Great and Lonely God, Sweet Home and Jirisan.  Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri dazzle as the leads in this gorgeously staged and photographed period piece.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.    Music Used in This Episode:“Mr. Sunshine” “Wild Flower”By Nam Hye Seung and Park Sang Hee“Like A Beautiful Flame”By Shin Seung HunFrom “Mr. Sunshine (Original Television Soundtrack)
The Pirates (and The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure)
May 30 2022
The Pirates (and The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure)
The Pirates and its sequel, The Last Royal Treasure, are swashbuckling action comedies set on the high seas of the early Joseon dynasty period. With ensemble casts including the likes of Kim Nam-Gil, Son Ye-Jin and Sulli Choi (RIP) among others, you might be wondering if these are worth a watch. Well, one of them is! Tune in to find out what I thought of the two movies. The K-botak Podcast is a podcast where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
I Saw The Devil
May 23 2022
I Saw The Devil
I Saw the Devil is an inarguably brilliantly made film that may make you very unhappy. This staggeringly violent revenge thriller stars Lee Byung-hun as an NIS agent hellbent on tormenting the serial killer, played by Choi Min-sik, who murdered his wife.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Everything Everywhere All At Once (and Why Michelle Yeoh is Brilliant)
May 16 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once (and Why Michelle Yeoh is Brilliant)
In a break from my normal theme I’m covering the best movie of the year so far: Everything Everywhere All At Once. When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
South Korean Crime Movie Special #1
Apr 18 2022
South Korean Crime Movie Special #1
In this episode we'll be talking about four South Korean crime films from the past ten years, including one of my favourite crime films ever:Nameless Gangster (2012)Asura: The City of Madness (2016)Tomb of the River (2021)Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (2022) The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
The Films of Lee Jeong-Beom
Apr 4 2022
The Films of Lee Jeong-Beom
The Man From Nowhere, No Tears for the Dead, and Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage are a trilogy of hyperviolent noir action crimers created and released over about ten years that aren't linked narratively, but are arguably linked thematically. Each present dangerous, violent men with specialist training as an anti-hero lead and uses them as a way to explore empathy, moral ambiguity and ultimately humanity. With varying degrees of success. This sequence of films includes at least one which is widely regarded as a classic by K-movie fans. If you like face melting action and some banger performances, you're in the right place. The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Underrated Korean Zombie Movies
Mar 21 2022
Underrated Korean Zombie Movies
Rampant, The Odd Family: Zombie for Sale and The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey are the films covered in this episode. The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
All Of Us Are Dead
Mar 14 2022
All Of Us Are Dead
Wouldn't most high school coming of age dramas be a lot more spicy with a load of zombies thrown in? This hit Netflix thriller is a 12-episode hit of adrenaline and suspense, with a genuinely charming ensemble cast of younger actors and some great twists to its seemingly familiar monsters.The K-botak Podcast is a podcast published 3-4 times a month, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramasJoin the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Hostage: Missing Celebrity
Jan 30 2022
Hostage: Missing Celebrity
All Of Us Are Dead: Webtoon (Now At Our School)
Jan 27 2022
All Of Us Are Dead: Webtoon (Now At Our School)
Netflix Korea 2022 Line-up: Reaction & Discussion
Jan 26 2022
Netflix Korea 2022 Line-up: Reaction & Discussion
Netflix Korea just announced an exciting lineup of films and tv series for 2022, so I thought I’d record my reaction and thoughts. Tune in for some takes that aren’t hot any more, but have at least been kept in the fridge.Highlights include Money Heist Korea, Jung_E, The Accidental Narco, Glitch, Yaksha and more. The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
The Call/ Hard Hit
Jan 23 2022
The Call/ Hard Hit
Reviewing two great films this week, around the theme of “phone calls you wish you never received.”2020’s The Call is an atmospheric slasher with a thunderous performance by the amazing Jeon Jeong-seo, and 2021’s box office smash Hard Hit finds Jo Woo-jin putting in a fantastic turn as a banker with a bomb under his carseat.The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls Episodes 3-9
Jan 19 2022
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls Episodes 3-9
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is a drama currently on TVN and Netflix that has been delivering intriguing episodes of dark urban fantasy week after week, following a pair of stunning opening episodes in its first week. This week, I'm reviewing episodes 3-9. Watch out though, as there will be spoilers.The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
The Medium
Jan 16 2022
The Medium
This Thai-Korean collab is 2021’s best film, at least in my opinion. This is my review of this atmospheric, brilliantly written and highly scary folklore horror piece. The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
The Silent Sea
Jan 12 2022
The Silent Sea
The Silent Sea is a recent sci fi drama on Netflix featuring Gong Yoo, Doona Bae and Lee Joon. The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Thirst: Vampires and Morality in Park Chan-wook’s Masterpiece
Jan 9 2022
Thirst: Vampires and Morality in Park Chan-wook’s Masterpiece
This week I take a deep dive into the themes, production and presentation of 2009’s Thirst, a film that uses European vampire folklore for a uniquely South Korean cinema interrogation of morality and the descent of a man. The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls Episodes 1-2
Jan 5 2022
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls Episodes 1-2
Have you seen Bulgasal: Immortal Souls? It is a dark fantasy drama on TVN and Netflix that has captured a lot of viewers'  imaginations, and I just had to record an episode purely about its incredible opening brace of episodes. As the show continues I will continue to give it coverage. Check out this review and introduction to see if you would like to watch along!The K-botak Podcast is a short podcast published twice a week, where I review Korean films and television series or K-dramas. There is an episode about a film or films every Monday, and about a TV series every Thursday - either with a dedicated full season review or the K-drama catch-up where I review partially watched or ongoing series.Join the conversation on Twitter, be part of the K-botak community and discuss your favourite shows, movies, actors and more.Follow K-botak on Buzzsprout and catch the show on Spotify, Apple, Google and most places you get podcasts.