• 271828

    Because women over the age of 30 are extremely sexy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G4YEZ75723SO7262VEMHAJ4W4M nou

    When I was younger I used to think that women dating younger guys was wrong. As I grew older I can understood what they feel because sometimes I find myself attracted to younger men too, *knock on head* but that’s because I’m not aware of their true age…yet. Haha. More interestingly is that it seems okay to have an older woman and younger man relationship while if you have an older man and a younger woman, the man is sort of in a bad spot…

    Anyway, I think the older-woman-younger-man trend is because there are more promising younger actors than there are actresses haha.  

    I like Lee Min Ho, but he needs to loosen up a bit though because sometimes he’s very stiff, and I am eagerly waiting for Kim Hee Sun to return! I’ll be looking forward to this drama.

    • 271828

      Aren’t relationships expected to be older man and younger woman though? Older woman/younger guy has connotations of “useless guy who has to rely on a woman aka sugar mommy (is there even that term)” and “man with mother’s complex”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/G4YEZ75723SO7262VEMHAJ4W4M nou

        Yes, that’s what it should be, but I meant older as in 10 years or more…you know what I mean? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I prefer within 3 years older, the limit would be 5 years older. 

      • Seri Park

        Why should relationships be between older men and younger women?  likewise to the mama boys you mention, there are negative stereotypes of older male “sugar daddies” with younger female “gold diggers.”

        In fact, older women and younger men tend to be more equal in relationships because the age difference counterbalances the sexist gender imbalance.

        • 271828

          It’s not that they should be between whatever but society’s general expectations are that the man is older.

      • Black_Plague

        This is the 21st century, mate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    It may really have something to do with the fact that the older, established actors are all either serving in the military or have already moved on to movies, only occasionally dabbling in dramas when they feel like it. Lots of popular actresses are in their late 20s and early 30s, while their male counterparts are nowhere near dramaland. It makes sense to just cast a hot, rising, pretty boy young actor that would surely bring in the ratings. Lee Minho, Jung Ilwoo, and Kim Soohyun’s careers are on fire the past few years, and it makes sense to capitalize them now before they start their military service in a few years, especially since they’re all pretty much the same age.

  • muggle87

    i think it has a lot do with the fact that these older men aren’t around. Most of the big shots are doing movies most of the time which honestly i can’t blame those big shot actors for doing movies instead of dramas cause sometimes doing a drama can be hell on earth cause of those live shoot schedules and its not worth the average pay.

    Like for ex. Did u know that Lee Byung Hun got paid 25 million won ($22, 242 usd) for each episode of IRIS.

    If they going to bring in the big shot actor, then the drama production better be prepare to pay a lot of $$$ for these guys to take on the lead role for their drama. 

    I won’t be shock if they paid lee min ho a pretty penny to take on this drama. Faith been on the backburner for 2 YEARS and Lee Min Ho is a new hot shot actor with two mega hit dramas under his belt. I also won’t be shock if Song Seung Hun and Jang Dong Gun are getting paid a pretty penny as well. 

    So yea, i can see why there is a trend of young guy/older woman cause the drama production would settle for the young and upcoming actors who have enough popularity to get people interest and cheap enough that they don’t have to break the bank.

    Ah there is also the military duty so that leaves an empty space for new and upcoming actors.

  • Seri Park

    In Korea, the “cougar” trend is also in action, by the way.

  • MidoriAkiko

    It only got worse when SHINee came out with “Noona Neomu Yeppeo” and all the noonas went apesht pedophile. And the older woman/younger guy isn’t limited to Korea. I see it happening a lot more worldwide.

  • Black_Plague

    Not like Korea’s exclusive when it comes to older women & younger men dating.

    I myself am more attracted to older women or those at the same age as me (as long as the age gap does not exceed 3 years, though being a T-ara fan, So Yeon and Boram are an exception LMAO) but that’s probably since most younger women I’ve come across to are overly dependent, immature, irrational, more likely to stab me in the back for God-knows-whatever-reason, easily judgemental etc. the list goes on and on. I could probably write a whole damn essay about it.

    Not to mention I’ve seen too many dramas where the female lead is younger than the male - and frankly, it’s gotten boring, repititive and even downright annoying to a degree.  

  • whirlypop

    They don’t really look like they aged a day, and they have such classic beauty. It’s nice seeing girls who look natural on screen. Just helps in making you concentrate on the story rather than finding out what procedures she’s done and what more. Lol.

  • Bstar5

    I think it’s also because it’s mostly women watching these dramas so they pair up the actresses the viewers like with the available actors the women think are hot. So in come the Lee Minhos, Yoo Ah Ins, Yoochuns, Jaejoongs, Kim Soo Hyuns, Lee Seungis, and whoever else floats their boat. Every time a drama gets popular, a lot of the buzz goes to the lead actor and they’re almost always in their twenties. I rarely see the same thing happening with actresses in their twenties. So those rising star actors are often paired with big name actresses who are often in their thirties because two names can bring in the viewers better than one.

  • llamaesque

    I also wonder if the balance of power is different between an older woman and a younger man, giving the pairings a more interesting dynamic for writers. When a drama relationship is older woman/younger man, the woman often seems to be the stronger character who leads the relationship. This is usually the other way around when the couple are the same age or older man/younger woman.

  • goldengluvsk2

    at first, i thought all dramas featured the older man-younger woman thing… i was like “why older women cant date younger men?” so finding dramas like the woman who still wants to marry was refreshing… in that particular drama Kim Beom’s character was as mature as the female lead… i think it works because most of the actresses look amazingly young xD and because the older woman usually gives a real support to the younger man or a more balanced relationship… when its more common to see the clumsy girl getting in trouble all day and the boy trying to protect her.

  • ggoma

    Honestly, I think it’s simply just another trend of “adjusting the plot”.

    I think it also has to do with idol men acting more. The older actors make more money doing movies and they don’t have to stress with the whole live shoot thing.

    Also, I think more Korean women are waiting to get married and/or are in the workforce longer. 30 year old women and those in their late 20s are still out there with younger male colleagues and such. So I think that target audience is growing larger.

  • http://twitter.com/MonicaDBSK Monica

    I never thought kim soohyun and hangain had much chemistry together to begin with. Just sayin’. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

    I don’t think it’s a trend but more to do with the lack of talent available especially when you consider the high frequency of actors/actresses that appear in KDrama over a short space of time. It seems that Directors are less willing to take a chance on a new talent.

    Perhaps it might be influenced on some demographic where females are more likely to watch drama thereby having a young female may not be as neccessary. This may be a factor considering that a KDrama is typically between 16-24 episodes although there are much longer ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ollian.chrollie Ollian Chrollie

    The older actresses probably perform better and are more professional because the younger actresses seem to have a tendency to want to be “cute” even when it is unnecessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230748085 Dewi ten Cate

    beside an unbelievable youth looking, older women are hotter and posses a better acting talent…

  • 내 이름이 재일

    women are more independent and i think that they are more involved in the dynamic of the entertainment industry than the men. its clear that there are more fangirls then fanboys around the world, so its obvious that they would target them to get make more profit

  • jimeous

    oh wait repost

  • Miko Satou

    It took a short time for the “trend ” to annoy me.
    Can we get something else?
    Younger boy + older woman plots are repetitive…Not to mention, more than half of such dramas have the younger boy be a high schooler and the woman an adult ( teacher, someone in her mid 20′s or late 20′s ). Can’t they change it up to : high school boy + high school girl ?
    If they still want to go with the trend then they should at least make both the characters adult in more cases…
    They use their ” trend ” way too often. Wouldn’t a break from it be good? That way, some people could get really excited to watch such a drama after a while…