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In these apartments, hell is others

In Stranger From Hell, Im Si-wan (above) plays Yoon Jong-woo, a young man starting out in life, with things taking a dark turn.
In Stranger From Hell, Im Si-wan (above) plays Yoon Jong-woo, a young man starting out in life, with things taking a dark turn. PHOTO: VIU
Actors Fandy Fan and Kuo Shu-yao in the second season of The Teenage Psychic.
Actors Fandy Fan and Kuo Shu-yao in the second season of The Teenage Psychic. PHOTO: HBO ASIA

K-drama Stranger From Hell takes that premise to the extreme, while the narrative of Taiwanese supernatural drama The Teenage Psychic is lacklustre

Hell is other people, wrote French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in his 1944 existentialist play No Exit.

It is often misunderstood to mean that relations with other people are hellish and the premise is taken to its extreme in the K-drama Stranger From Hell, an adaptation of a webtoon of the same name.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'In these apartments, hell is others'. Print Edition | Subscribe