MOONFACE

Reviews For MOONFACE

My only complaint is that it felt too short. I wish I could have heard more about Paul and not just a couple of weeks of his life. Still 5 stars though. Great acting, music, and sound design.

5/5

By jhsc08
this story was beautiful and painful and felt so real. i listened to the entire thing in one sitting at 3am. thank you so much to everyone who worked on this or believed in it- we need more stories like this. i need more stories like this.
incredible storyline, i couldn’t stop thinking about it even after i finished listened to it. a work of art.
I started this at 10 am and finished at 3 pm the same day THATS HOW GOOD THIS SERIES IS!! Fell in love with it from the first episode and bawled my eyes out the entirety of the last episode. Rich in culture, family dynamics, first generation immigrants and so much more. Part of me is heartbroken there is only 6 episodes but the other part of me is glad I even got to experience it.
Beautiful podcast. One will get a great flavor of culture, acceptance and self awareness.

5/5

I loved this so much!!! a heart warming story highlighting coming out, immigration family dynamics, and friendship. I need more content like this in my life. ❤️❤️❤️
I loved every part of this, from the characters to the sounds. A very emotional, heart felt story that I would recommended to everyone!
The sound design and story in this podcast is excellent. Riveting themes surrounding the relationship between mother and son. I love how they put in Korean language references and didn't always feel the need to translate, understanding that the reader can pick on the meaning through context. Perhaps a few too many obscure podcast/Terry Gross references, but I enjoyed this story on the whole!
So glad Code Switch sent me over here, what an absolutely phenomenal show! Sound design, story, voice actors, it’s just awesome. Yes, there are parts that are NSFW so be prepared to listen with headphones. James Kim
What a phenomenal job the creators did!
This was so powerful and was very creative in the way the story unfolded I hope there will be more from this author
Having a Korean immigrant for a parent and also living next to Downey, there was so much to relate to. Going in I didn’t know how relatable it would be, but whether it’s the LA Riverbed or Nakdong river, the story about harmonizing identities and responsibility towards one’s family and ones’s self is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this story!
I really enjoyed listening to this story, the scoring/ music was great. The storyline was also sweet and relatable. I’m not from Downey, but I think the feeling of not loving your hometown, but then coming to love it over time is relatable. I recommend it
James Kim and team, you all deserve an applause. Not sure why it took me so long to listen to this—BUT—I AM SO HAPPY THAT I FINALLY DID!! Not sure how anyone could give this less than 4 stars! This was absolutely beautiful and beautifully raw; what an amazing story, beautiful voice acting, lovely concept, truly all of it was just superb. It hit all of the right notes. Nice job to the team that did the mixing. Sound was excellent throughout. I could connect with this story so well on several levels. Especially when Paul was trying to learn Korean and felt inept. I’m not Korean but I went through smothering similar as a child trying to learn Akan and again as a teenager; I never quite mastered it so I understand how not being able to speak your own language makes you feel disconnected from your culture enough for you to say “you don’t care” when in reality, you really do care. You just don’t like being the outsider of your own family/culture.
Downey, CA...story about a Korean American guy and his relationship with friends and especially his mom. It’s a story about trying to love your parents, feeling guilty, trying to come to terms with who you are, growing up, accepting your friends, cultural pride, etc. I felt like I knew these people personally.
A wonderfully produced story with impeccable sound design and editing. Each episode builds a more poignant and beautiful story. By the final episode I didn’t want it to end.

5/5

By AB : )
This podcast might not be for everyone but it’s tender and earnest. More please!
The characters come alive, the sound-scaping is beautiful, the emotions are raw. This story also gave me a glimpse into someone else's world and I could see the ways in which we are the same and different. Really well-done; thank you for making this!
Excellent storytelling. Loved the characters, dialogue, music, and that there are multiple dimensions and threads and NO explanatory commas and things of that sort.
Was listening to Code Switch when they did an episode about this series. I love it enough to tell my friends about it
I stumbled upon this randomly, and it’s so good! The story is intriguing and it goes over modern issues, so it’s not a podcast you should pass by and the character development is deep and meaningful.
Want MORE! Also being an offspring of Korean immigrants, I feel more about this character and his mom. WELL DONE! Highly recommend! So glad I stumbled into this podcast.
One of the most unique podcast I’ve ever heard. But also reminded me of classic radio like “The Archers” and other old story line stuff. Interesting the whole way through. I’m cis and not Korean but a son of immigrants and there was so so much I could relate too. So worth the listen.
First off, be aware it's definitely NSFW. With that out of the way... The way I describe this show to friends is the podcast version of that movie you heard about winning an award at some indie film festival. This show explores so much. The devastating feeling of being a young person without a 9 to 5 with benefits, of being a second generation immigrant, of being a queer man in a culture you're not sure will accept you, of having a passion that doesn't pay the bills. The raw emotion of the story is hard to look away from. The love and tension of family, of friends, it all draws you in and breaks your heart. And it's funny! This show captures the feeling of being stuck between things in a way that is beautiful and hurts. It's honestly, truly beautiful.
I really enjoyed this. After scrolling past it a few times I’m so glad I took a listen. Great job!
Sensitive and lovely.
It’s been 25 years since I’ve been in that amorphous post college space, but this podcast portrays that challenging time with sensitivity and real humor. I felt so seen as a black woman through Shayla and her mother- fine acting and real dialogue! And the friendships with Shayla and Danny- it shouldn’t be revolutionary to hear a multi ethnic friend group realistically portrayed in 2019, but it is! And finally Paul and his mother- so well done, not only bc I learn about Korean culture but also because Paul the writer leaves space for moments and lines spoken in Korean that aren’t explained and that allow me to wonder and respect what is not for me. And the final episode! My heart! His mother’s life and love was almost too much for me in it’s heartbreak and hope. The way this series sounds should be goals for everyone. The soundtrack is perfect and the soundscapes so real I had to pause to see if someone was walking around my house at times. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!
Great story, I related a lot. The sound and music is amazing.
Not really like anything I’ve ever heard before but I was hooked from the first ep!! Binged the whole thing in one morning, I need more!!!
Really enjoying this podcast. How refreshing. Lost art form of storytelling!
Loved Paul’s story. Enjoyable, moving, and heartfelt. Thank you.
This was my first time listening to a fiction podcast. It was a great and emotional story that I could not stop the tears from rolling down. I really resonated with the storylines. The sound design was also so incredible that I could vividly picture all of the scenes in my head. I hope there will be a season 2. Thank you James Kim!
Thank you for bringing this story to my ears! Absolutely perfect.
I heard an interview with the creator on the radio and thought I’d check it out. Each episode got me deeper and deeper involved with the characters. At the end I was binge listening. It’s an amazing podcast. Thank you for making it.
Stuck it out until the last episode hoping that it would get better and it did not! The main character is so unlikable that at times it feels impossible to root for him. Give him some redeemable or endearing traits instead of just throwing out a bunch of mediocre pop culture/podcast references to hide the fact that he has a boring personality. The initial intriguing premise was completely overshadowed by the poor quality of the writing and lack of character depth.
I am thrilled for this podcast! I heard about it through a boost from Code switch and I was sold! It speaks to me as a millennial and Pul’s deflections (dismissing when people mistreat him) and his relationship with his mom, my goodness! I rarely Binge podcasts but did with this one.
An interesting and revealing ‘fictional’ look at a young man’s life. I heard about the podcast on NPR’s code switch and I’m glad I did. This is excellent.
This podcast is thoughtful, complex, and thrilling. The storytelling is beautiful and super artistic. I grew up in Downey and went to Flux during my coming of age years and this podcast brought me back. Thank you!
I mean that in the best possible way. Loved the series.
I’m only two episodes in and this story is flooring me. As a child of immigrants from Mexico and growing up gay in a catholic household I related to a lot of the struggles that were experienced by the main character. Growing up I never realized how ashamed I was of my culture. I think it was mostly because I felt like they didn’t get me. They could never understand me. And the relationship Paul has with his mother struck such a strong chord with my heart. Thank you for sharing this story with us!
I don’t think I’ve ever been this moved by a podcast. The spectacular audio design boosts the emotional weight of the story, totally immersing you in the headspace of the characters. A truly contemporary story of a young man struggling with his identity, family, and life path. I’m praying for a season two where we get to hear what happens as Paul attempts to repair his relationship with his mom 😭
I really enjoyed & was deeply drawn in by the story and sound design. A very beautiful piece of storytelling. And as a queer person of color, it was an especially meaningful listening experience. Thank you.
Thanks to the Code Switch interview for putting me on. I’ve never been able to get into story telling podcasts, but I LOVED this one. It felt like watching an episode of Insecure. Well done and I can’t wait to hear what you come up with next!
Wow wow wow. This show made me feel seen in a way that no other form of media has ever been able to. I literally NEVER rate podcasts or write reviews but this one... this one is important. This one is required for Korean Americans feeling lost or disconnected from their parents/their language. This one is required for the friends of those who are Korean. It is BEAUTIFULLY produced, the soundscapes are gorgeous, the songs are the best... and no words can describe the perfection of the story. I cannot sing its praises high enough. Just listen.
One of the most heartbreaking, inspiring, creative, and beautiful podcasts I’ve ever heard. Thank you.
This is the representation i look for. Thank you for using your gift to help create a voice for others and to emotionally move others like you. Thank you for the representation and inclusitivioty.
I loved this story. It’s told in a way that was incredibly immersive, and the sound design was the cherry on top. I felt like I was front row center watching everything unfold. I loved all of the featured artists at the end of each episode. It’s introduced me to so much new music!