A Crimson Mark 2004
A secret relationship between two Korean government employees is complicated by the difference in the men’s ranks.On a rainy day during the Joseon Dynasty, a chancellor casually recites a poem of solitude. His secret yearning is dedicated to a young scholar in his commission. They have contrasting viewpoint when it comes to politics, however, the two are discreetly having a homosexual affair.
Short Movie/Gay/Main Storyline
Stephanie Note: Eh, seems more of a chance for a couple of boom boom jiggity scenes.
Answer Me 1997
Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married.
Drama/Gay/Side Character/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: Gah, he might just be a side character but he really is the heart of this drama, check it out.
Antique Bakery 2008
As an heir to the family fortune, Jin Hyuk has money, the looks, the charm, everything except finding the love of his life. So he sets up a cake shop where women are sure to come. He hires Sun Woo, a talented patisserie who had a crush on Jin Hyuk back in high school. Along with an ex-boxing champion Gi Beom and a clueless bodyguard Su Young, the four unique and handsome young men stir up the quiet neighborhood at their cake shop, Antique. Although seemingly careless and happy, each of the four men have unforgettable past that they are afraid to face, but their secrets slowly begin to unravel.
Movie/Gay/Side Character/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: People call this a gay movie, but really, it just has the one gay character. I first didn’t like this movie, but after a rewatch I find it delightful and have big hopes that, in the future, way off screen, the owner and the baker end up up togehter.
Beating Heart 2005
Beating Heart is a MBC experimental omnibus drama composed of six chapters with the title: “When did you feel your heart beating the hardest?” Conveying answers, such as love, sorrow and joy, are six pairs of directors and screenwriters who participated in this drama. Each team took one chapter consisting of two episodes.
Boy Meets Boy 2008
On a warm spring day Min-soo, a small boy, meets tall and broad-shouldered Seok-yi inside a bus. Min-soo keeps looking at the intimidating boy whose sharp eyes are hidden under his baseball cap. Min-soo’s heart starts beating. What will happen to Min-soo and Seok-i ?
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note:First part of the trilogy that includes Just Friendsand Love at 100 Degrees C. It’s a cute very short bit with no dialog. Do yourself a favor and shut it down before the singing fairy begins, trust me you’ll know what I mean when you get there.
The Boy Next Door (2017)
College students, Park Gyu Tae and Seong Ji Jae are two awkward neighbors that have a small disliking towards each other. After an accident, the two boys move in together. They soon figure out that they are both friends with Kim Min Ah. The two end up in hilarious, awkward situations that lead Min Ah and her closeted boyfriend to believe they are gay.
Web Series/Gay/Main Storyline
Stephanie’s Take: The whole series is a big thing of are they, aren’t they. I’m not entirely certain it wasn’t a case of gaybaiting. It’s cute though, espeically that side story of the guy who is actually gay.
Cheese in the Trap 2016
Having returned to college after a year long break, due to her family’s poor background, Hong Sul, a hard-working over-achiever, inadvertently got on the wrong side of Yoo Jung, her senior who is athletic, good looking, gets good grades and has a kind personality, but also a hidden dark side. From then on her life took a turn for the worse and Sul was almost certain it was all Yoo Jung’s doing. So why is he suddenly acting so friendly a year later?
Stephanie Note: I haven’t watched, I probably won’t, I hear the whole thing is pretty problematic, and, from what I understand is the gay storyline is a bit of gay-baiting.
Gay Out Soon 4: Rumor 2014
[Open] Han-do lives alone and was doing his homework with a friend when his drunk girlfriend comes by. This is the start of a three way tug-of-war.
[FMSM] Expession of emptiness that isn’t satisfied by loneliness and lust by watching “A Gay’s Night”.
[Tea Time] A guest visits Gwang-ho and his mother. It’s his boyfriend Joon-won. The three of them have tea and his mother starts saying Gwang-ho lost his memory in an accident…
[Cohabitation] Mal-lo wants some time alone but Bok-hee is an unwelcome guest. In the end, Mal-lo hooks up Bok-hee and virgin ghost Sang-won together. However, Sang-won with a special tendency and and angry Bok-hee appears in front of her.
Movie Short /Gay/Main storyline
Stephanie Note: If you find this one subbed, please let me know!
The Depths 2011
Depths is a Japanese-Korean movie Korean photographer Bae-Hwan (Kim Min-Jun) & gay Japanese hotel employee Ryu (Hoshi Ishida) work together on a series of photographs. Their relationship crosses uneasily between friendship and love, while they also battle their own internal scars. Their salvation comes by their photographs which helps them find the meaning of their lives
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet Ending
Five Steps To Accept Farewell (2016)
yejoo and eunmin had two years as a couple so far. one day, yejoo wants to finish the relationship that she had with eunmin.
eunmin gets angry and asks if there’s another girl, yejoo says she got a boyfriend.
Short film/lesbian/main plotline
Frozen Flower 2008
Under the pressure of the Yuan Kingdom, the King of Goryeo is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. But the king is in love with his loyal general Hong Rim. After seriously pondering the issue, the king asks his lover Hong Rim to sleep with the Queen, with unexpected consequences.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet Ending
Stephanie Note: Haven’t seen this one, but I’ve heard what happens and I can say pretty strongly that I will not be watching it. Not only is this bittersweet it actually has a TERRIBLE ending. Unless you are fans of castrations and then–Go team!
Futureless Things 2014
At AM 07:00, Ki Chul begins his part-time job at a convenience store on the outskirts of town. He is learning the ropes from Ha Na who is about to quit. Ki Chul hesitates to reveal his feelings for Ha Na as she is heartbroken over a failed relationship.
At PM 1:0, A university student, dropout, indie musician, lesbian and others gather at the small convenience store to do part-time work. At PM 6:00, Light goes out at the 24 hour convenience store. Customers try to enter the store, but the door is locked. An unsuspected ending takes place for the day.
Stephanie Note: Finally found this subbed and it is a omnibus drama (lots of little stories) and the one gay story is suuuuper tiny.
Going South 2012
Gi-tae who is going to terminate his military service goes on a road trip with Jun-young by drugging him with a sleeping pill. They learn more about each other and come to terms with their sexuality.
Stephanie Note: I may have watched this one unsubbed. One sexy bit but the rest of it was a big blur of what? Probably would be fixed if I watched with subs.
The Handmaiden 2016
1930’s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, Sook Hee is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko, who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sook Hee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Happy Together 2008
Jeong Im’s husband comes out of the closet and the two divorce. One day, she sleeps with a young man, Byeong Seok. To her surprise, he is her daughter’s boyfriend. Meanwhile, Seung Rok moves into the same apartment where his fist love, Jeong Im, lives. Seung Rok enjoys a date with her, but soon Jeong Im learns that he is Byeong Seok’s father. Four people experience conflict in entangled relationships. However, they ask themselves what it means to be a `true family.’
Hello My Love 2009
Hyo Jeong works at a radio station as a scenario writer and DJ. Her boyfriend of 10 years Won Jae, promised to marry after he returns from his studies in France. When Won Jae returns to Korea he brings along another man named Dong Hwa. Hyo Jeong then discovers Won Jae and Dong Hwa’s relationship is more than platonic.
A quirky male version of Sex and the City, this drama is about four single 30 year old men and how they live their daily lives.
Just Friends? 2009
Min-soo is on leave from the military and visits his boyfriend Seok-yi. While having fun out on the town, they run into Min-soo mother’s mother! When the Min-soo’s mother asks about their relationship, Min-soo replies “… just friends.” Making things more complicated, Min-soo’s mother ends up sleeping between them that night!
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie note: Watch it watch it watch it watch it watch it watch it! This is adorable.
King and the Clown 2005
At the height of the 16th-century Chosun Dynasty, a pair of rural male actors – boisterous, macho Jang-seng and quiet, feminine Gong-gil – travels to Seoul and team up with a struggling acting troupe. When their irreverent show, complete with enough bawdy humor and gender-bending to make a contemporary audience blush, mocks the famously hedonistic king, they get more than they bargained for. After being promptly arrested, they’re given a chance to spare themselves if they can make the king laugh. To everyone’s surprise, the ecstatic monarch loves the show and names the actors official court jesters, giving them more extravagant food and shelter than they’d ever imagined. But the king’s attentiveness to Gong-gil makes it quickly apparent that humor isn’t the only thing motivating his generosity. The king’s mistress, the country’s ministers and Jang-seng soon grow suspicious, and jealousy and anger spring from all sides.
Movie/Gay/Main storyline/bittersweet ending
Lady Daddy 2010
In the comedy “Lady Daddy,” a young child from a divorced family searches for his father. What he doesn’t know is that his father is now a woman after having sex reassignment surgery. His father Ji-hyeon (Lee Na-Young) was a medical student but is now a photographer …
Life Is Beautiful 2010
The story of a blended family comprised of multiple generations living on Jeju Island.
Drama/Gay/Main storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie Note: You have to muddle through a lot of other Weekend Drama junk, but it’s worth it for the son’s storyline. One of the first main gay storylines in Korean drama.
Stephanie Note II: Reading my note I don’t think I properly explained how awesome this is. It really is so, so, so good. You’ll laugh, you’ll sob, you’ll forever love Tae Sub and his boyfriend.
Life Is Peachy 2011
What is it like when you love a woman?
Yoon Ji-woo, who had been plotting a fake suicide with pickpocket Kang Ji-woo, is cuffed by detective Min-yong and falls in love as destined. Jeong Ji-woo and Hee-jin hear about their love story and start asking questions. Director Kim Soo-hyeon’s latest film, “Life is Peachy”, is a story about three people, all named Ji-woo, that brings a new approach to presenting the sentiment of love through the language and bodies of women. Did they truly fall in love? Did they tell the truth? “Ashamed” travels between reality and fiction as it caresses the wounds and memories of love.
Like Grains of Sand 1995
A psychological drama about love, longing, homosexual desire and psychological turmoil–i.e., the perils of puberty. Ito is a shy boy in the top class at secondary school. He feels attracted to his classmate and best friend Yoshida, who is not aware of Ito’s intimate feelings. They spend alot of time with Kanbara, whose comic actions hide his sensitive nature. Aihara is new at school and remains aloof with her cool attitude. No one knows that at her previous school she was raped and is now in therapy. Meanwhile Yoshida, who’s currently involved with the insecure Shimizu, is interested in Aihara, the mysterious new girl… It is obvious, the each teen is hiding behind a wall which they must break through in during this tough process of maturation.
Like A Virgin 2006
Dong-gu is not your average Madonna fan. Listening to the Material Girl’s second album (and applying a little lipstick) allows the young teenage boy to escape into his imagination, away from his dysfunctional family — his pathetic alcoholic father, a former boxer, is prone to violence, his older brother is beginning to resemble the old man, and his mother has fled family life to work at a Disney-esque amusement park. Things aren’t much better at school, where he’s bullied for his effeminate tendencies. But once again, fantasy comes to the rescue in the form of a young male teacher who, Dong-gu imagines, beckons to him during class. But when a wrestling coach discovers the boy’s natural talent, and a potential goldmine in those stocky thighs, Dong-gu starts training, striving to win a competition for the cash prize that will allow him to realize his ultimate fantasy: becoming a woman.
Lily Fever 2015
Long Time No See Korean (2017)
The renown hitman, ‘Flying Dagger’, bumps into ‘Wild Dog’, who happens to be a hired assassin for mobster ‘Black Leopard’. While both of them try to be incognito, they cannot help falling in love with each other. However, ‘Wild Dog’ has a secret that he couldn’t confide to ‘Flying Dagger.’ After all, ‘Flying Dagger’ and ‘Wild Dog’ reveal their secret identities to each other during the fight led by their bosses. They run into danger as gangsters brand them as traitors. Will they be able to overcome obstacles and keep their love?
Web Drama/ Gay/ Main Storyline/ From what I understand it’s a happy ending.
Stephanie’s Take: Plan on watching this on the weekend with the ladies! I’ll let you know.
Love 100 C 2011
A hearing-impaired boy, Min-so is gay, and he likes his classmate, Ji-seok. One day, Min-so impulsively has sex with a man who works in a public bath, an experience that lends him a new-found confidence, but at a heavy price..
This is considered to be part of a trio of movies including Just Friends and Boy Meets Boy
Movie Short/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet
Stephanie Note: Not sure what the point of this was except for some icky sexy bits and then a terrible, terrible ending. I’d steer clear of this one.
The Lover 2015
The series talk about four different couples living together in one apartment complex.
Lee Jun Jae is a loner who prefers to stay at home, but is forced to find a roommate for financial reasons. He doesn’t even want to exchange unnecessary small talk so he advertises for a foreigner who can’t speak Korean very well. Enter Takuya, a Japanese guy on his travels. Takuya thinks Jun Jae is wasting his youth, and begins to draw him out into the world.
Movie/Gay/Side Story/Happy Ending
Man On High Heels 2014
Ji Wook is a cold-blooded detective who would brutally assault and stop at nothing to catch criminals. However, despite his perfectly masculine appearance, Ji Wook struggles with a secret desire to be a woman. At last, he decides to get a sex change. However, a gang Ji Wook had brutally arrested by force plots revenge against him. While he resigns and secretly dreams of transforming into a real woman, people close to him get caught up in a conspiracy and killed. When the one person he must protect, ‘Jang Mi’, also falls in danger, Ji Wook faces a crossroads in making his choice.
PARK will play Jae-ha, a stage actor who co-stars with a younger Kpop star in a stage play called Unchain. The characters they play become a gay couple and as both actors get more involved with tense rehearsals, reality and fiction begin to mingle.
A veteran actor and an idol are starring together in a play called ‘Unchain’.
In the play, their characters become involved in a relationship and as they rehearse, the distance between reality and fiction starts to get blurry…
Miracle on Jongno Street 2010 Documentary
When it gets dark, people pack the Nak-Won neighborhood in Jong-Ro District, Seoul. There, gay men comfort each other, meet their friends and find love there.
Mr. CEO is Falling in Love with Him
From YouTube I learned this might not be the actual name of the movie. Which would make sense considering I can’t find a synopsis for it. Making one up myself it is then! Fresh out of college, boy gets fired from his first job by the CEO of the company. Little did the CEO know this guy would vow to come back and be a big star, or that they would fall in love.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/happy ending
Stephanie’s Note: This story got a little too tied up in the antagonist, it really could have spent a lot more time with the main couple, and it would have been a much better movie. It’s nto terrible, I just wish it could have been better.
Night Flight 2014
Three teenage boys who were once close friends grow apart when they reach high school: Yong Ju lives hiding his true sexual orientation, Gi Woong becomes the leader of the school gang, and Gi Taek an obsessive manga fan. Tired of the constant malicious bullying by Gi Woong’s gang, Gi Taek betrays them by disclosing that Yong Ju has loved Gi Woong for years. Surrounded by an insecure boundary of the school and wounded by betrayals, the boys are driven into catastrophe.
No Regret 2006
Leaving the country orphanage where he grew up, Su-min comes to Seoul to study design. However, after several tough jobs, he unexpectedly ends up working as a prostitute in a gay bar. There he meets Jae-min. Su-min refuses Jae-min who’s been trying everything he could to win Su-min’s heart. Jae-min is from a rich and conservative family…
One Night Only 2014
Han Jae meets gay men at a bar in Jongno District, Seoul. He first meets them through an internet site. Once they get drunk, Han Jae steals their money. He is accompanied by Hoon and pretends he is his boyfriend. Hoon is popular, but Han Jae ignores Hoon’s feelings for him. One day, Hoon suddenly kisses Han Jae.
One Summer Night 2017 Korean
In the winter of 2013, Yong-jun and Jae-sung, a member of the Korean People’s Army, are caught having sex by a superior. After that, Yong-jun decides to defect from North Korea leaving Jae-sung.
The Perfect Man’s Man – 2011
Korean short film about a schoolboy, Hye Sung Won, who struggles with his feelings of inadequacy and tries to rationalize his guilt over a betrayal to his cherished and seemingly perfect friend, Jeong Hyuk Moon.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Stephanie’s Note: Eh. This wasn’t great. It was nice to see one that was Korean as they are a bit behind there, but that, with their dumb misunderstanding was not enough to recommend it.
The Poet and That Boy (2017)
Hyun Taek-Ki (Yang Ik-June) is a 40 year old poet. He doesn’t have much talent in writing poetry and he doesn’t make any money. His sperm count is also low. His wife (Jeon Hye-Jin) gives him a hard time, but she does care about him. Hyun Taek-Ki agonizes over his poetry and wife badly wants a baby. One day, a teenage boy (Jung Ga-Ram) appears in front of him. Taek-Ki feels something he never felt before.
Prince’s Prince 2015 viki
Park Shi Hyun’s younger sister is so engrossed in video games and her computer, she lives in an imaginary world all her own. Shi Hyun tries to get his sister to return to the real world, however his nemesis Lee Mong Ryong is trying to stand in the way.
Stephanie Note: I watched this one as it was billed as gay drama, but it really isn’t, it’s more gay-baiting—unless the story goes on after the drama ends. This show really irritated me.
Queer Movie Butterfly: The Adult World 2015
Cheol Soo, who is also a loner, can’t the ability to save by oneself. Cheol Soo, now an adult, is living alone. As first social life, He began life (the Adult world) at gay host bar “JUNGLE” as an apprentice. As time goes on, The world treated him harshly, also ruined him gradually. This is a story about gay host bar, shedding a more humane light on the hosts and focusing on their stories.
Movie Short/Gay/Main storyline
Stephanie Note: Found this, eh, it’s not great, doesn’t have much a plot, more of a gateway to the boom boom jiggity.
On their 5th anniversary a gay couple film themselves on video in a small motel. During filming they re-confirm their love for each other, but as the day progresses hints come out that this could be the couple’s last day together.
Saving Mrs Go Bong Shil 2011
‘Saving Ajumma Go Bong Sil’ (written by Park Eun Ryung and directed by Yoon Sang Ho) tells the story of Go Bong Sil (Kim Hae Suk) who was living a peaceful life in a village, tending to her flower garden. But when her husband suddenly passes away and she is threatened with bankruptcy, she moves to Seoul’s Itaewon district, starting the second chapter in her life. The drama unravels the heartwarming story of Go Bong Sil as well as others who actively pursue their own happiness.
Secret Garden 2010
The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.
Seonam Girls High School Investigators 2014
Five students are members of a private investigator club at Seonam Girls High School. They face and do their best to solve problems like private education, abortion, bullying, suicide. ~~ Based on the novel “Seonamyeogo Tamjungdan: Banggwa Hooui Miseuteori” by Park Ha Ik.
She Is Wow 2013
A-Ra leads the perfect life. She is a popular actress, has an ideal husband Jung-Han, who is the most popular announcer, and a son Min-Kyu. People adore them as a couple, but their life isn’t as great as it appears. A-Ra struggles to get cast as an actress as she gets older. Jung-Han and A-Ra do not respect each other or love each other.
One day, their troubled son Min-Kyu arrives back in Korea from America. Min-Kyu got kicked out of school over there and is a troubled kid. A-Ra and Jung-Han worry that others may find out about Min-Kyu’s troubles. Making matters worse, a secret, which can destroy A-Ra’s perfect world, exists.
The Spring In My Life 2016
A short narrative of a man torn between his sexual identity and the happiness of his family
Gu Bo is a beloved father and husband, but also a writer who struggles to be true to his identity. The film has tried to focus on the humane aspect of a man torn between his sexual identity and the happiness of his family.
Short Film/Gay/Main plotline
Stateless Things 2012
“Stateless Things” follows three young people – a teenage North Korean defector named Joon who wanders the streets in Seoul, an ethnic Korean girl living in China and a gay boy named Ah-In who exchanges sex for money. These three come together to commit suicide, but find meaning in their lives…
Suddenly Last Summer 2012
6 hours of weakness…can we be able to love? Teacher Kyeong-hoon pushes out Sang-woo who keeps coming closer to him. Will Kyeong-hoon be able to resist his urge that Sang-woo keeps poking?
Two Weddings and a Funeral 2012
A gay man, Min Soo and a lesbian, Hyo Jin are both promising doctors at a general hospital. The colleagues agree to marry so Hyo Jin can legally adopt a child with her lover of ten years Seo Yeong, and Min Soo can please his parents while maintaining his closeted lifestyle. While secretly living with their respective partners, who move in next door, Min Soo and Hyo Jin appear to be a happy, “normal” couple. They enjoy all the benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and are also able to ward off public scrutiny and parental disapproval. However, Min Soo’s intrusive parents begin to get a bit too involved with the couple’s life, threatening their scheme.
The Weight 2012
Born with a hunchback and left at an orphanage, Jung was adopted by a woman who hid him away in the attic only to use him as a child slave for her dress shop. The woman’s own child Dong-bae is younger than Jung; she has always wanted to become a woman, loathing her own male body. While Jung feels affection and sympathy for his younger stepsister, he feels burdened by Dong-bae’s struggles. Under the weight of life and death carried by the dead bodies that he faces each day coupled with his love-hate relationship with Dong-bae, Jung endures the pain and thirst that he feels like a camel crossing a desolate desert in silence. Then he quietly prepares his biggest, his last gift for his sister.
White Night 2012
Won-gyu, a steward, returns to Seoul 2 years after he left with a painful memory. He meets Tae-jun acquainted on the Web and they have a special night at the place of Won-gyu’s bad memory. A queer film by Leesong hee-il inspired by an actual case of random street assault by a homophobe in Jong-no.