Finally, the South Koreans join the current Boys Love craze that originated in Japan and has been deconstructed and re-designed by the Thais. Entitled Where Your Eyes Linger, it’s already making waves for its poignant and unique storyline.

Most publications that announced the new BL – of 8 episodes to premiere on May 2020 – fail to mention that award-winning Korean filmmaker Lee Song Hee-Il has already wowed the international audience with his gay trilogy back in 2006. There is actually no “breaking the stigma” because it has been broken already. It’s just a matter of reinforcement. Anyway, let us put more perspective into this new BL after the jump!

With reports by Krishna Naidu (Twitter-krishnaidu88)

24 April 2020 Update: Rakuten uploaded a teaser which can only be seen at their YouTube channel. Here are a few select screenshots!


What the Story is all about + Cast Roundup

Tae Joo, 18 years old, is a member of the distinguished family. Regarded as a “chaebol heir” (A chaebol is a large industrial conglomerate that is run and controlled by an owner or family in South Korea), he is known to be a spitfire, with an unpredictable attitude towards the people around him. He has a bodyguard named Gook, who is also 18. With an intimidating physicality, Gook is close to his master and swears to protect him at all costs.

Cast to play Tae Joo is newcomer Han Gi Chan. Actor Jang Eui Su portrays his bodyguard, Gook. A rival of sorts named Pil Hyun is portrayed by Jeon Jae Young. A young female actress (Choi Gyu Ri) is thrown in to spice up the all-male dynamics.

Han Gi Chan plays Tae Joo in the South Korean BL series, Where Your Eyes Linger.

Newcomer Han Gi Chan (한기찬) makes his acting debut as the main lead in this web series. His management company Fantagio, in an official statement released on 20th April, confirmed the casting news. Prior to his acting debut, Gi-Chan worked as a Fantagio model. The buzz points out that he participated as a trainee contestant in boy-group survival reality show ‘Produce X 101’.


Jang Eui-Soo plays Gook, Tae’s bodyguard in the South Korean BL series, Where Your Eyes Linger.

Jang Eui Soo (장의수) has acted in several Korean dramas. He plays supporting characters in A Gentleman’s Dignity, Dokgo Rewind, Bad Papa, He is Psychometric and Jal Pa Gin Love. He recently enacted the role of Park Sung Bum [Seo Kyung’s stalker/ex-boyfriend] in on-going popular drama Memorist. At 30 years old, the challenge for Eui-Soo is to act 12 years his junior.

Where Your Eyes Linger teaser poster. Broadcast is slated for 22 May 2020.

The BL Scenario in Korea: A Closer Look

Where Your Eyes Linger is directed by Hwang Da Seul. Da Seul is popular for writing the web drama Love As You Taste and won an award at the Catholic Film Festival with the 2018 short film Spring in Summer.
The web drama series features 8 episodes, each around 10 minutes long. The drama will be released on 22 May 2020 and will premiere on Viki. It will be available in Korea and Japan and then edited for a director’s cut theater version for release in June.

While Your Eyes Linger may be the first BL web series to be translated into a live-action drama, it is not the first gay-themed show in South Korea. In 2015, Mnet broadcast The Lover, starring Lee Jae-Joon and Takuya Terada. They play roommates in what can be considered a full-blown bromance. Jae-Joon went on to star in Night Flight (2014), directed by Hee-Il. The acclaimed Korean filmmaker is a trailblazer, having created the gay trilogy composed of Night Flight, White Night (2012) and No Regret (2006).

Further, in 2017 there was Long Time No See, a truly full-blown BL composed of five 15-minute episodes.

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  1. One thing I hate about Korean BL movies is that they suggest that Koreans are prejudiced against homosexuality. But it is good that there are some directors who are trying to make people understand it as part of cultural conditioning.
    Among the Korean BL movies, No Regret is one of my faves. And The Lover is something revolutionary and modern, I guess.

    I can’t wait to watch this new Korean BL.

    • HI. I read your review of Fuccbois and I love how you inserted your personal experience while actually watching it. I find it refreshing because you allowed me to be “there” too.

      Yup! No Regret is also a personal favorite. It’s raw, very unpredictable and it was done on a small budget – something similar to Lan Yu and equally poetic and sad.The cultural conditioning is prevalent until now which is the only thing I don’t appreciate in Korea. The biggest argument is that since a lot of Koreans look handsome and cute, homos should never be allowed to “taste” them. Another extraordinarily stupid WTF moments.

      • Thanks for reminding me of Lan Yu. Yup. That is poetic and sad too. I think it’s the first Chinese BL movie I’ve ever watched if I’m not mistaken. It was very typical of a homo couple in the olden days.

        “…since a lot of Koreans look handsome and cute, homos should never be allowed to “taste” them.”

        Me: Indeed, that’s a ridiculous argument. I’ve been teaching Koreans for many years. Most of them, based on my personal observation, are still queasy about homos. They try to understand them but they can’t bring themselves to accept their homo life . What surprises me more is that young students find them strange as if homos should be avoided like the plague. So, I’m glad that nowadays some open-minded Korean directors are trying to change Korean perspectives on gender orientation or expression. The saddest thing is that more Koreans are still suppressed by their real sexual feelings. And I shudder at someone’s argument that there are no homos in Korea. They should watch porns to open their eyes. Most of them turn out to be way more handsome and cuter than celebrities.

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