Asian Fanatic. Spreading passion for films from all around the world. Top Girls disguised as boys or mistaken for boys. Dressing as a boy in real life simply to win over a boy you like probably isn't the path most people would choose.
For some reason there has been an upsurge of gender bender stories in contemporary Asian dramas and movies lately. It may be due to the increasing popularity of manga and anime which have long been tackling the gender bending theme so now the live adaptations of these stories are naturally following suit. If you think about it, the concept of a girl disguising as a boy has been done so many times in Asian history and literature - an example would be the well-known epic tale of Hua Mulan. Also, Asian actors and actresses can easily pull off these kinds of roles since there are a lot of androgynous looking males and females in this part of the globe.
I have a confession to make: I love a good gender-bender Korean drama! In case you are not very familiar with this genre, a gender-bender drama involves most of the time a woman disguising herself as a man. Whether it is set in a historical period or in modern times, the reason behind the decision of the female character to disguise herself as a man varies greatly: hide her identity, get access to an all-male part of society or simply because her identity was mistaken and the events set in motion make it difficult for her to go back. Here is a short list with some of the most enjoyable gender-bender Korean Dramas.
So while they might be using flip phones in some of these, but nobody is wearing those transparent Joseon hats. Baron Chen does not understand personal space. As the result of a fortuneteller saying she would die young, which was too bad because if she had been born a boy her life would have been awesome, her parents raise her as a boy until her 26th birthday at which point the FT says she will be fine. During the last few months of her life as a man she falls in love. Sizzling chemistry between the two leads.