In my exploration of other shows outside of the Hollywood shitshow that doesn’t pay its actors or writers enough, I’ve started watching South Korean dramas. And no I’m not just talking about Squid Game. I’m talking about Black Knight, All of Us Are Dead, The Glory, Hellbound, Mask Girl, and (the super weird but entertaining) The School Nurse Files. A new show has entered the arena when it comes to my attention and made me forget about anything I’ve ever watched when it comes to K-dramas: Behind Your Touch.
Behind Your Touch tells the story of Ye-bun. After losing her mother to an apparent suicide, she ends up living with her grandfather. She makes a new friend at school and pushes herself to do the best and be the best, but it’s never enough for her grandfather for some reason. Even when she follows in his footsteps it’s not enough. Her dead-end life takes a swift turn for the crazy when a meteor shower happens, her hand is on a cow’s butt, and she now suddenly has visions when she touches butts.
Dog barking at something under the counter? Just pick it up, accidentally touch butt, and have a vision of the toy that rolled under the counter. A friend brings you a fish? You go and grab it and somehow touch its butt(?) and have a vision of when it was caught! And somehow, all this madness leads her to want to test this on humans after she sees something on psychometry visions aka visions by touch. Predictably she gets arrested, called a perv, and somehow gets tangled up in a series of mysteries in this seemingly idyllic town.
Basically, it’s fucking weird but somehow I am almost through episode 1 and onto episode 2. I’ll report back on what the hell is happening and if this K-drama can actually tell a riveting story about psychic butt visions, especially because in a real-world setting, this is highly problematic and something that women have to deal with all the time. So I’m hoping this show is more than a “funny” gimmick to get me through the rest of the season or some commentary I don’t understand as someone who is not part of the community within the show. Again, will report back.
Also, the end of episode 1 with the old man and his dog…is somehow heartfelt. Color me surprised.
Watch the trailer for Behind Your Touch below:
Behind Your Touch is available on Netflix with new episodes still rolling in.