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 Ghost Doctor: Rain and Kim Beom star in easy-going medical comedy-drama with a supernatural twist

Combining two genres popular with fans of Korean series – medical drama and supernatural comedy – and with Rain and Kim Beom in starring roles, Ghost Doctor has a lot of potential.

Combining two genres popular with fans of Korean series – medical drama and supernatural comedy – and with Rain and Kim Beom in starring roles, Ghost Doctor has a lot of potential.

15 Jan 2022 - 6:15AM
Song Kang-ho’s 12 best movies: from Parasite to Memories of Murder, the South Korean film star’s top performances ranked

As Parasite star Song Kang-ho celebrates his 55th birthday, we rank the incomparable South Korean actor’s 12 best performances.

As Parasite star Song Kang-ho celebrates his 55th birthday, we rank the incomparable South Korean actor’s 12 best performances.

13 Jan 2022 - 5:15PM
K-drama midseason recap: Snowdrop –Disney+ drama starring Blackpink’s Jisoo takes several baffling turns

Blackpink’s Jisoo stars in this awful Disney K-drama, which 300,000 viewers petitioned to have cancelled over its handling of history. That’s not the worst of its problems, however.

Blackpink’s Jisoo stars in this awful Disney K-drama, which 300,000 viewers petitioned to have cancelled over its handling of history. That’s not the worst of its problems, however.

13 Jan 2022 - 1:35PM
Netflix’s Sweet Home season 2 shaping up; Gong Yoo, Kim Tae-ri eyed for The Devil – K-drama casting latest

Netflix horror thriller Sweet Home is back for a second season, while Squid Game stars Heo Sung-tae and Kim Joo-ryoung join veteran actor Choi Min-sik in Casino.

Netflix horror thriller Sweet Home is back for a second season, while Squid Game stars Heo Sung-tae and Kim Joo-ryoung join veteran actor Choi Min-sik in Casino.

8 Jan 2022 - 11:15AM
Kim Mi-soo, actress in Disney+ K-drama Snowdrop, dies aged 29, cutting short a promising career

A rising star in South Korean film and television productions, Kim Mi-soo, who appears alongside Jisoo of Blackpink in Snowdrop, died suddenly on January 5, her representatives said.

A rising star in South Korean film and television productions, Kim Mi-soo, who appears alongside Jisoo of Blackpink in Snowdrop, died suddenly on January 5, her representatives said.

5 Jan 2022 - 6:39PM
5 new K-dramas to watch in January 2022: Rain’s return in Ghost Doctor, Netflix zombie horror All of Us Are Dead, and more

From Netflix survival-action horror All of Us Are Dead (starring Lee Yoo-mi of Squid Game) to global icon Rain’s return in Ghost Doctor, here are five new Korean dramas to look out for in January.

From Netflix survival-action horror All of Us Are Dead (starring Lee Yoo-mi of Squid Game) to global icon Rain’s return in Ghost Doctor, here are five new Korean dramas to look out for in January.

31 Dec 2021 - 5:45PM
The 15 best K-dramas of 2021, from Vincenzo and Mr Queen to Squid Game

The Korean drama machine produced some of its most enjoyable and compelling shows this year, from Squid Game to Vincenzo and One Ordinary Day. We rank the 15 best K-dramas of 2021.

The Korean drama machine produced some of its most enjoyable and compelling shows this year, from Squid Game to Vincenzo and One Ordinary Day. We rank the 15 best K-dramas of 2021.

30 Dec 2021 - 7:15AM
Review | K-drama review: The Silent Sea – Netflix sci-fi series starring Bae Doona and Gong Yoo is the latest fail in Korean attempts to nail the genre

Adapted from the well-regarded 2014 film The Sea of Tranquility and starring Bae Doona and Gong Yoo, The Silent Sea starts terribly, is dull and repetitive, and lacks characterisation.

Adapted from the well-regarded 2014 film The Sea of Tranquility and starring Bae Doona and Gong Yoo, The Silent Sea starts terribly, is dull and repetitive, and lacks characterisation.

24 Dec 2021 - 7:55PM
Disney+ K-drama Snowdrop: Blackpink’s Jisoo and D.P.’s Jung Hae-in star in controversial period romance that risks being cancelled over political content

Controversy surrounds Disney+’s first Korean original drama as Snowdrop finds itself accused of historical distortion and at risk of being cancelled as sponsors pull out.

Controversy surrounds Disney+’s first Korean original drama as Snowdrop finds itself accused of historical distortion and at risk of being cancelled as sponsors pull out.

22 Dec 2021 - 12:41PM
Review | K-drama review: One Ordinary Day – Kim Soo-hyun stars in Korean court and prison drama that is easily one of the year’s tightest shows

My Love from the Star actor Kim Soo-hyun delivers one of his best performances in One Ordinary Day, an evenly paced Korean court and prison drama adapted from a British legal series.

My Love from the Star actor Kim Soo-hyun delivers one of his best performances in One Ordinary Day, an evenly paced Korean court and prison drama adapted from a British legal series.

21 Dec 2021 - 6:42PM
Netflix’s D.P. set for season 2; My Name’s Han So-hee, Happiness’ Park Hyung-sik join music-themed romance – K-drama casting latest

Netflix has its second series of D.P. and a new drama, Mask Girl; catch Han So-hee and K-pop’s Park Hyung-sik from ZE:A in Soundtrack #1.

Netflix has its second series of D.P. and a new drama, Mask Girl; catch Han So-hee and K-pop’s Park Hyung-sik from ZE:A in Soundtrack #1.

18 Dec 2021 - 8:15AM
Review | K-drama review: Jirisan, despite starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, is a baffling mountaineering drama that somehow squanders all its potential

Jirisan, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, should have been a thrilling mountaineering drama. Instead, it was a baffling mix of confusing storylines with unnecessary supernatural elements.

Jirisan, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, should have been a thrilling mountaineering drama. Instead, it was a baffling mix of confusing storylines with unnecessary supernatural elements.

15 Dec 2021 - 9:16AM
Review | K-drama review: Happiness – zombie romance is one of the year’s most unexpected delights

Upbeat Korean horror series follows residents of an apartment block infested with zombies during a quarantine lockdown.

Upbeat Korean horror series follows residents of an apartment block infested with zombies during a quarantine lockdown.

14 Dec 2021 - 10:56PM
Review | K-drama review: Dr Brain – Apple TV+’s slick sci-fi action noir series winds to thrilling finale

Korean drama series Dr Brain succeeds as a slick and self-contained six episodes of must-watch, visually stunning TV, with the door left open for a second series.

Korean drama series Dr Brain succeeds as a slick and self-contained six episodes of must-watch, visually stunning TV, with the door left open for a second series.

10 Dec 2021 - 4:00PM
Review | K-drama review: Reflection of You – dreary Netflix melodrama indulges in explosive, but unearned, finale

One of the show’s most intriguing thematic motifs is brought full circle in Netflix K-drama Reflection of You, but its finale is hardly justified by the dreary narrative that led up to it.

One of the show’s most intriguing thematic motifs is brought full circle in Netflix K-drama Reflection of You, but its finale is hardly justified by the dreary narrative that led up to it.

6 Dec 2021 - 12:45PM
K-drama midseason recap: Happiness – Han Hyo-joo shines in breezy zombie survival drama that remains appointment television

Happiness remains breezily enjoyable two-thirds the way into its run, with lead Han Hyo-joo in one of her best roles since the 2013 action thriller hit Cold Eyes.

Happiness remains breezily enjoyable two-thirds the way into its run, with lead Han Hyo-joo in one of her best roles since the 2013 action thriller hit Cold Eyes.

1 Dec 2021 - 4:45PM
K-drama One Ordinary Day: Kim Soo-hyun leads edgy Korean remake of BBC legal drama series Criminal Justice

BBC drama series Criminal Justice gets a Korean remake, with Kim Soo-hyun playing a student who is accused of murder after a drink- and drug-fuelled night of sex.

BBC drama series Criminal Justice gets a Korean remake, with Kim Soo-hyun playing a student who is accused of murder after a drink- and drug-fuelled night of sex.

30 Nov 2021 - 4:00PM
8 new K-dramas to watch in December 2021: Blackpink’s Jisoo debuts on Disney+, Netflix sci-fi drama The Silent Sea, and more

Korean drama is set to end the year on a high as Blackpink’s Jisoo makes her screen debut in Snowdrop on Disney+ and Netflix unveils sci-fi series The Silent Sea.

Korean drama is set to end the year on a high as Blackpink’s Jisoo makes her screen debut in Snowdrop on Disney+ and Netflix unveils sci-fi series The Silent Sea.

29 Nov 2021 - 7:07PM
K-drama Now, We Are Breaking Up: Song Hye-kyo returns in tawdry romantic melodrama

Star actress Song Hye-kyo plays a fashion designer who tries to resist the advances of a photographer, played by Jang Ki-yong, in a clichéd romance with a farcical storyline.

Star actress Song Hye-kyo plays a fashion designer who tries to resist the advances of a photographer, played by Jang Ki-yong, in a clichéd romance with a farcical storyline.

24 Nov 2021 - 6:45PM
K-drama Melancholia: Lim Soo-jung, Lee Do-hyun play teacher and student in forbidden high-school romance

Korean drama set in a private high school draws the viewer in with its enticing set-up, but relies too much on coincidence and glosses over the contradictions in its storyline.

Korean drama set in a private high school draws the viewer in with its enticing set-up, but relies too much on coincidence and glosses over the contradictions in its storyline.

23 Nov 2021 - 9:15PM
The King’s Affection star Ro Woon to star in Tomorrow; Camellia Blooms’ Gong Hyo-jin eyed for space drama; Netflix cues romantic comedy Love Battle – K-drama casting latest

Ro Woon plays a struggling young jobseeker who falls into a coma and catches a break in Tomorrow. Netflix lines up Kim Ok-bin for romantic comedy Love Battle, and Gong Hyo-jin is headed for space in Ask The Stars.

Ro Woon plays a struggling young jobseeker who falls into a coma and catches a break in Tomorrow. Netflix lines up Kim Ok-bin for romantic comedy Love Battle, and Gong Hyo-jin is headed for space in Ask The Stars.

19 Nov 2021 - 9:08PM
K-drama Secret Royal Inspector & Joy: Ok Taecyeon, Kim Hye-yoon offer compelling lead performances in easygoing period procedural

This drama set in the era of Korea’s Joseon kingdom has it all: food, murder, divorce, corruption, even a superhuman feat, with the lead roles played superbly Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon.

This drama set in the era of Korea’s Joseon kingdom has it all: food, murder, divorce, corruption, even a superhuman feat, with the lead roles played superbly Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon.

19 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
K-drama midseason recap: Jirisan – Jun Ji-hyun can’t save messy mountaineering drama that cries out for more action

It was supposed to be the big-budget, star-studded Korean drama of the year, but mountaineering tale Jirisan is let down by a confusing plot and too little action.

It was supposed to be the big-budget, star-studded Korean drama of the year, but mountaineering tale Jirisan is let down by a confusing plot and too little action.

18 Nov 2021 - 6:36PM
Review | K-drama review: Hellbound – in Netflix’s transfixing and endlessly surprising dystopia, directed by Train to Busan’s Yeon Sang-ho, everyone is pitted against each other

Korean drama series from the director of zombie horror film Train to Busan is one of the best shows of the year, with a unique narrative and massive plot twists.

Korean drama series from the director of zombie horror film Train to Busan is one of the best shows of the year, with a unique narrative and massive plot twists.

18 Nov 2021 - 12:30PM
K-drama Happiness: Han Hyo-joo makes formidable return to TV in focused zombie series

Han Hyo-joo returns to the small screen after a five-year hiatus in K-drama Happiness. The zombie series set in an apartment block has made a promising start.

Han Hyo-joo returns to the small screen after a five-year hiatus in K-drama Happiness. The zombie series set in an apartment block has made a promising start.

17 Nov 2021 - 3:50PM
K-drama midseason recap: Reflection of You – dull Netflix romance can’t do justice to artful metaphors

Netflix K-drama Reflection of You is a plodding story of love among three tormented artists which falls down because of the lack of chemistry between the characters.

Netflix K-drama Reflection of You is a plodding story of love among three tormented artists which falls down because of the lack of chemistry between the characters.

16 Nov 2021 - 3:15PM
K-drama Chimera: Squid Game star Park Hae-soo plays detective in diverting crime procedural

Despite being shelved for two years after a #MeToo scandal, Korean drama Chimera is relatively diverting and should keep crime series fans happy.

Despite being shelved for two years after a #MeToo scandal, Korean drama Chimera is relatively diverting and should keep crime series fans happy.

11 Nov 2021 - 7:41PM
Netflix K-drama Inspector Koo: Lee Young-ae returns in kooky serial killer comedy-drama

Veteran K-drama star Lee Young-ae stars in the comedy-tinged procedural Inspector Koo as the titular former police officer facing off against an unhinged serial killer (Kingdom’s Kim Hye-jun).

Veteran K-drama star Lee Young-ae stars in the comedy-tinged procedural Inspector Koo as the titular former police officer facing off against an unhinged serial killer (Kingdom’s Kim Hye-jun).

10 Nov 2021 - 5:45PM
Apple TV+ K-drama Dr Brain: streaming series starring Parasite’s Lee Sun-kyun is a mind-melding cyberpunk sci-fi noir

This Apple TV+ K-drama stars Parasite’s Lee Sun-kyun as a neuroscientist with autism, who extracts memories from the brainwaves of corpses and starts to have visions.

This Apple TV+ K-drama stars Parasite’s Lee Sun-kyun as a neuroscientist with autism, who extracts memories from the brainwaves of corpses and starts to have visions.

4 Nov 2021 - 11:26PM
Review | K-drama review: High Class – mystery drama starring Parasite actress Cho Yeo-jeong abandons all logic in tedious finale

In an effort to breathe some life into its flagging narrative, mystery K-drama High Class turned into a full-blown soap opera by episode 12 and had abandoned all logic by the finale.

In an effort to breathe some life into its flagging narrative, mystery K-drama High Class turned into a full-blown soap opera by episode 12 and had abandoned all logic by the finale.

3 Nov 2021 - 7:45PM