Pierce Conran

Pierce Conran

A journalist, producer and consultant, Pierce Conran has been based in Seoul since 2012, where he serves as an editor of the Korean Film Council’s website KoBiz. He is also an advisor for the Fribourg International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. Pierce has produced half a dozen feature films, frequently appears on radio and TV news, and has occasionally featured in films, series and variety shows.

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K-drama Beyond Evil: slow-burning serial killer drama that echoes Korean genre film classics will get under your skin

Teaming up Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo as a pair of detectives, Beyond Evil might take a little time to get going but is the most cinematic K-drama we’ve seen so far this year.

2 Mar 2021 - 7:15PM

Teaming up Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo as a pair of detectives, Beyond Evil might take a little time to get going but is the most cinematic K-drama we’ve seen so far this year.

K-drama Beyond Evil: slow-burning serial killer drama that echoes Korean genre film classics will get under your skin
K-drama The Penthouse season two: wickedly fun and twisty drama has lost none of its addictive power

Kim Seo-yeon and the rest of the cast of the Korean drama return for more fast-paced scenes of intrigue, one-upmanship and death among the back-stabbing residents of Hera Palace.

2 Mar 2021 - 2:10AM

Kim Seo-yeon and the rest of the cast of the Korean drama return for more fast-paced scenes of intrigue, one-upmanship and death among the back-stabbing residents of Hera Palace.

K-drama The Penthouse season two: wickedly fun and twisty drama has lost none of its addictive power
Netflix K-drama Sisyphus: The Myth – escapist fun as sci-fi action-drama series kicks off with outrageous set pieces

The stars of this Korean drama series are Cho Seung-woo, playing a Korean Tony Stark, and Park Shin-hye, playing a warrior from the future. It is frenetic, not at all believable, and highly entertaining.

28 Feb 2021 - 8:15PM

The stars of this Korean drama series are Cho Seung-woo, playing a Korean Tony Stark, and Park Shin-hye, playing a warrior from the future. It is frenetic, not at all believable, and highly entertaining.

Netflix K-drama Sisyphus: The Myth – escapist fun as sci-fi action-drama series kicks off with outrageous set pieces
New K-dramas to watch in March 2021: Joseon Exorcist, Mouse, Oh My Landlord, and more

River Where The Moon Rises’ Kim So-hyun returns alongside Song Kang in season two of Love Alarm, and Song plays a young dancer teaching a retiree ballet in Navillera. Lee Seung-gi plays a detective tracking a serial killer in Mouse. And there’s much more.

27 Feb 2021 - 12:37PM

River Where The Moon Rises’ Kim So-hyun returns alongside Song Kang in season two of Love Alarm, and Song plays a young dancer teaching a retiree ballet in Navillera. Lee Seung-gi plays a detective tracking a serial killer in Mouse. And there’s much more.

New K-dramas to watch in March 2021: Joseon Exorcist, Mouse, Oh My Landlord, and more
K-drama midseason recap: L. U. C. A.: The Beginning – strong action dragged down by thin drama and repetitive plotting

While full of thrills and pyrotechnics, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning has a simplistic and repetitive plot, and there has not been much character development. What can we expect from the final episodes?

26 Feb 2021 - 4:21PM

While full of thrills and pyrotechnics, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning has a simplistic and repetitive plot, and there has not been much character development. What can we expect from the final episodes?

K-drama midseason recap: L. U. C. A.: The Beginning – strong action dragged down by thin drama and repetitive plotting
Netflix’s huge US$500 million bet on Korean content in 2021, and what it means for viewers and the country’s other content producers

The streaming giant is going big on Korean content in 2021, spending nearly as much this year as in the five previous years put together. Included are its first original Korean films and a raft of star-studded Korean drama series.

25 Feb 2021 - 6:34PM

The streaming giant is going big on Korean content in 2021, spending nearly as much this year as in the five previous years put together. Included are its first original Korean films and a raft of star-studded Korean drama series.

Netflix’s huge US$500 million bet on Korean content in 2021, and what it means for viewers and the country’s other content producers
K-drama River Where the Moon Rises: period action-romance has too many moving parts and too few sparks

There’s plenty going on in this period drama based on a classic Korean folktale, and a refreshingly strong woman character, but the series is hampered with clunky scripting and uneven casting.

25 Feb 2021 - 3:15PM

There’s plenty going on in this period drama based on a classic Korean folktale, and a refreshingly strong woman character, but the series is hampered with clunky scripting and uneven casting.

K-drama River Where the Moon Rises: period action-romance has too many moving parts and too few sparks
K-drama midseason recap: She Would Never Know – flimsy romance navigates troubling thematic territory

With its questionable views on poverty and the disturbing stalker-like tendencies of its male lead, only a dramatic improvement can save this show from going down in the annals of forgettable K-dramas.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:45PM

With its questionable views on poverty and the disturbing stalker-like tendencies of its male lead, only a dramatic improvement can save this show from going down in the annals of forgettable K-dramas.

K-drama midseason recap: She Would Never Know – flimsy romance navigates troubling thematic territory
Review | K-drama review: Mr. Queen – period comedy ends on a high with cathartic finale

The period body-swap comedy fearlessly looked at gender issues, social customs and homosexuality in South Korea. The final episode successfully wrapped the series and drew one of the biggest audiences in its channel tvN’s history.

16 Feb 2021 - 11:15AM

The period body-swap comedy fearlessly looked at gender issues, social customs and homosexuality in South Korea. The final episode successfully wrapped the series and drew one of the biggest audiences in its channel tvN’s history.

K-drama review: Mr. Queen – period comedy ends on a high with cathartic finale
From Sweet Home to The Uncanny Counter, K-dramas use monsters and demons to bring our feelings to life on screen

K-dramas Sweet Home, The Uncanny Counter and The School Nurse Files are more than thrilling horror stories, they also mirror social issues and our repressed desires and fears.

15 Feb 2021 - 8:15PM

K-dramas Sweet Home, The Uncanny Counter and The School Nurse Files are more than thrilling horror stories, they also mirror social issues and our repressed desires and fears.

From Sweet Home to The Uncanny Counter, K-dramas use monsters and demons to bring our feelings to life on screen
Song Ji-hyo to play a witch, When the Camellia Blooms’ Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul cast in new K-dramas

Korean drama continues to go from strength to strength, with new projects starring Song Ji-hyo and Kang Ha-neul to go into production later this year.

12 Feb 2021 - 7:15PM

Korean drama continues to go from strength to strength, with new projects starring Song Ji-hyo and Kang Ha-neul to go into production later this year.

Song Ji-hyo to play a witch, When the Camellia Blooms’ Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul cast in new K-dramas
K-drama L. U. C. A.: The Beginning – Kim Rae-won stars in sci-fi action thriller that could use an extra spark

In this science-fiction-tinged action thriller, a man with mysterious electrical powers goes on the run when a group of genetically enhanced mercenaries find out about his abilities.

11 Feb 2021 - 1:57PM

In this science-fiction-tinged action thriller, a man with mysterious electrical powers goes on the run when a group of genetically enhanced mercenaries find out about his abilities.

K-drama L. U. C. A.: The Beginning – Kim Rae-won stars in sci-fi action thriller that could use an extra spark
Review | K-drama review: True Beauty – teen romance takes the easy way out at the end of a strong season

After 16 emotional and energetic episodes, Korean drama True Beauty played it safe and gave its audience exactly what they were expecting in the season finale.

9 Feb 2021 - 2:27PM

After 16 emotional and energetic episodes, Korean drama True Beauty played it safe and gave its audience exactly what they were expecting in the season finale.

K-drama review: True Beauty – teen romance takes the easy way out at the end of a strong season
Review | K-drama review: Run On – Netflix romantic drama finds happy endings in its closing episodes

Netflix K-drama series Run On didn’t have a strong start but has improved over time. Genuine emotional reactions, a break-up and making up, and a coming out all add to its happy endings.

5 Feb 2021 - 10:00PM

Netflix K-drama series Run On didn’t have a strong start but has improved over time. Genuine emotional reactions, a break-up and making up, and a coming out all add to its happy endings.

K-drama review: Run On – Netflix romantic drama finds happy endings in its closing episodes
K-pop idol Daniel Kang offered lead role in K-drama Our Police Class, first Disney+ original series in Korea

Kang’s agency said he is positively considering the role in Our Police Class, which would mark both his debut as an actor and Disney’s production debut in South Korea.

1 Feb 2021 - 8:27PM

Kang’s agency said he is positively considering the role in Our Police Class, which would mark both his debut as an actor and Disney’s production debut in South Korea.

K-pop idol Daniel Kang offered lead role in K-drama Our Police Class, first Disney+ original series in Korea
The Uncanny Counter: what to expect from season 2 of Netflix’s fantasy K-drama

Fans of Korean drama The Uncanny Counter can celebrate as everyone’s favourite demon hunters are set to return for a second season.

1 Feb 2021 - 6:45PM

Fans of Korean drama The Uncanny Counter can celebrate as everyone’s favourite demon hunters are set to return for a second season.

The Uncanny Counter: what to expect from season 2 of Netflix’s fantasy K-drama
New K-dramas to watch in February 2021: Song Joong-ki’s Vincenzo, L. U. C. A.: The Beginning, The Penthouse season 2, and more

Song Joong-ki plays an Italian mob lawyer in Vincenzo, there’s a second season of over-the-top drama The Penthouse, Park Shin-hye plays an elite warrior in Sisyphus: The Myth – and there’s plenty more for Korean drama fans.

31 Jan 2021 - 3:01PM

Song Joong-ki plays an Italian mob lawyer in Vincenzo, there’s a second season of over-the-top drama The Penthouse, Park Shin-hye plays an elite warrior in Sisyphus: The Myth – and there’s plenty more for Korean drama fans.

New K-dramas to watch in February 2021: Song Joong-ki’s Vincenzo, L. U. C. A.: The Beginning, The Penthouse season 2, and more
In K-drama She Would Never Know, toxic masculinity overlays regressive office romance despite bright, colourful set-up

This Korean drama stars K-pop star Rowoon as rich man who falls in love with a marketer who is already having a secret affair. His controlling and possessive behaviour towards his love and his sister further spoil this already limp office romance.

28 Jan 2021 - 5:48PM

This Korean drama stars K-pop star Rowoon as rich man who falls in love with a marketer who is already having a secret affair. His controlling and possessive behaviour towards his love and his sister further spoil this already limp office romance.

In K-drama She Would Never Know, toxic masculinity overlays regressive office romance despite bright, colourful set-up
K-drama midseason recap: Mr. Queen – period comedy slips in subtle queer themes amid fun set pieces

Korean comedy drama Mr. Queen continues to mix subtle queer themes and exciting set pieces to great effect as it builds up to its big season finale.

27 Jan 2021 - 5:34PM

Korean comedy drama Mr. Queen continues to mix subtle queer themes and exciting set pieces to great effect as it builds up to its big season finale.

K-drama midseason recap: Mr. Queen – period comedy slips in subtle queer themes amid fun set pieces
K-drama midseason recap: Run On – Netflix romantic series is still finding its feet

Popular Korean drama Run On continues to dish out plenty of romantic entanglements as the supporting couple begin to outshine the leads.

26 Jan 2021 - 6:16PM

Popular Korean drama Run On continues to dish out plenty of romantic entanglements as the supporting couple begin to outshine the leads.

K-drama midseason recap: Run On – Netflix romantic series is still finding its feet
Review | K-drama review: The Uncanny Counter – Netflix fantasy show’s ending satisfies fans despite late-season lull

Demon-hunting Korean drama seemed to lose its way for a while – the comedy less funny, the banter between characters dry, and with throwaway interludes creating a distraction – but it came to a satisfying, if predictable ending.

25 Jan 2021 - 7:30PM

Demon-hunting Korean drama seemed to lose its way for a while – the comedy less funny, the banter between characters dry, and with throwaway interludes creating a distraction – but it came to a satisfying, if predictable ending.

K-drama review: The Uncanny Counter – Netflix fantasy show’s ending satisfies fans despite late-season lull
Crash Landing on You’s Hyun Bin’s big K-drama win – he takes APAN Star Awards’ grand prize for role in hit romantic drama

Hyun Bin won the grand prize at the APAN Star Awards for his role as a North Korean army captain in hit romantic drama Crash Landing on You.

25 Jan 2021 - 5:17PM

Hyun Bin won the grand prize at the APAN Star Awards for his role as a North Korean army captain in hit romantic drama Crash Landing on You.

Crash Landing on You’s Hyun Bin’s big K-drama win – he takes APAN Star Awards’ grand prize for role in hit romantic drama
South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung dies aged 26, another bright young light from country’s entertainment scene extinguished before her time

Known for the MBC series Make Your Wish, Song Yoo-jung died on January 23 and is another bright young light from the South Korean entertainment scene extinguished before her time.

29 Jan 2021 - 4:13PM

Known for the MBC series Make Your Wish, Song Yoo-jung died on January 23 and is another bright young light from the South Korean entertainment scene extinguished before her time.

South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung dies aged 26, another bright young light from country’s entertainment scene extinguished before her time
K-drama streaming wars: how Netflix hits Kingdom and Sweet Home complicate Korea’s increasingly crowded TV market

Netflix shows Kingdom and Sweet Home have raised the bar for Korean drama productions. Which services will flourish in the streaming wars to come?

24 Jan 2021 - 8:02PM

Netflix shows Kingdom and Sweet Home have raised the bar for Korean drama productions. Which services will flourish in the streaming wars to come?

K-drama streaming wars: how Netflix hits Kingdom and Sweet Home complicate Korea’s increasingly crowded TV market
K-drama midseason recap: True Beauty – love, lies and laughs abound in colourful webtoon adaptation

In Korean drama True Beauty, romantic entanglements and rivalries take centre stage, and there’s even time for a delightful bromance.

22 Jan 2021 - 5:33PM

In Korean drama True Beauty, romantic entanglements and rivalries take centre stage, and there’s even time for a delightful bromance.

K-drama midseason recap: True Beauty – love, lies and laughs abound in colourful webtoon adaptation
Netflix K-drama The Uncanny Counter’s writer leaves the hit show over creative differences in a surprise twist

The highly rated K-drama about a group of demon-hunters who pose as noodle shop restaurateurs by day has been rocked by the departure of its scriptwriter, who disagreed with the narrative direction of its final episodes.

18 Jan 2021 - 4:58PM

The highly rated K-drama about a group of demon-hunters who pose as noodle shop restaurateurs by day has been rocked by the departure of its scriptwriter, who disagreed with the narrative direction of its final episodes.

Netflix K-drama The Uncanny Counter’s writer leaves the hit show over creative differences in a surprise twist
Descendants of the Sun’s Song Hye-kyo, Kim Soo-hyun from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay cast in new K-dramas, and there’s a Korean Inside Out in the works

A Korean Inside Out adapted from a popular webtoon, Song Hye-kyo cast in revenge drama The Glory, and Apink star Son Na-eun joins the cast of Disqualification from Being Human – K-drama lovers have much to look forward to later this year.

15 Jan 2021 - 7:02PM

A Korean Inside Out adapted from a popular webtoon, Song Hye-kyo cast in revenge drama The Glory, and Apink star Son Na-eun joins the cast of Disqualification from Being Human – K-drama lovers have much to look forward to later this year.

Descendants of the Sun’s Song Hye-kyo, Kim Soo-hyun from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay cast in new K-dramas, and there’s a Korean Inside Out in the works
From Jun Ji-hyun’s star turn in Cliffhanger to Netflix’s star-studded sci-fi The Silent Sea, the 12 most anticipated K-dramas of 2021

From Netflix’s The Silent Sea to a mafia-based romance, from supernatural stories and demons to a VIP hospital, here is our pick of the 12 best K-dramas for 2021.

13 Jan 2021 - 3:45PM

From Netflix’s The Silent Sea to a mafia-based romance, from supernatural stories and demons to a VIP hospital, here is our pick of the 12 best K-dramas for 2021.

From Jun Ji-hyun’s star turn in Cliffhanger to Netflix’s star-studded sci-fi The Silent Sea, the 12 most anticipated K-dramas of 2021
In K-drama True Beauty, Moon Ga-young’s sparkling turn carries breezy teen romance

Moon Ga-young shines in True Beauty, a new Korean teen romance series that delves into Korean culture’s fascination with beauty and how people look.

7 Jan 2021 - 12:25PM

Moon Ga-young shines in True Beauty, a new Korean teen romance series that delves into Korean culture’s fascination with beauty and how people look.

In K-drama True Beauty, Moon Ga-young’s sparkling turn carries breezy teen romance
Review | K-drama review: The Penthouse – deliciously overblown melodrama starring Lee Ji-ah and Kim Seo-yeon makes for compulsive viewing

Set in a luxurious high-rise in Seoul, The Penthouse is a glossy Korean TV drama series about power-obsessed people who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

6 Jan 2021 - 6:15PM

Set in a luxurious high-rise in Seoul, The Penthouse is a glossy Korean TV drama series about power-obsessed people who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

K-drama review: The Penthouse – deliciously overblown melodrama starring Lee Ji-ah and Kim Seo-yeon makes for compulsive viewing