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Submitting New

Dramas, TV Series, Movies, and Actors

You can only add dramas and movies from the countries listed below

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. China
  4. Taiwan
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Thailand
  7. Philippines

 Dramas, TV series, and movies

General guidelines:

  1. Never ever submit drama and movies from other countries that MDL doesn't have a database for under one of the databases here, such as China. For example, some people submit Singaporean movies under the Chinese database. We have to review all your submissions, so please don't waste our time.
  2. Try to always include an explanation or the source for the info you are submitting. We need to check to make sure all info submitted are not fake. Moreover, when changing drama info (for example, the airing dates or number of episodes), please add the link to your source. If you do not, we have to look for it and we cannot always find it (especially if it is not that popular drama).
  3. You can add co-productions (as long as one of them is from the 6 countries we have) to our database. It must contain at least 1 Asian Actor.

Primary Details:


  1. For Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Taiwanese, and Thai shows and films, stick with the official English names given by the producers (if it is the popular title). 
  2. For J-dramas: use Japanese/Romanized titles. And for J-movies: Official English titles, if there is none, use the romanized title.
  3. No special characters in titles. If it does have special characters, it is almost impossible to find it, since most keyboards do not have those symbols.
  4. When adding the “Native title” of a drama, only add 1 title. 
    • Example: in Chinese choose either the simplified or the tradition to add in the box, and the other goes in the “Also Known As” box.
  5. There is no need to include other languages titles, except if the Drama/TV Show/Movie is a joint work.


  1. You have to always add credits to the synopsis. If you took it from somewhere (preferably the distributor or the TV channel) add (Source: website nameafter the synopsis. If you have written it yourself, add (Source: MyDramaList) or  (Source: Your username at MyDramaList)after the synopsis.
  2. A longer and more detailed synopsis does not mean it is a better synopsis. More details only take away from the pleasant feeling of discovering when watching [even if they are not spoilers]. In addition, a long synopsis takes much more time to read and a good synopsis should convey all the important aspects of the plot in a short manner so that the reader does not have to read novels or reviews when they can read a few sentences.
  3. There is no need to include actors' name in the synopsis as it makes it longer, users can always check the name of the actor in the “Cast”,  and the page will keep showing up in the search instead of the actors' pages.
    • Example: Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min Ho). The (Lee Min Ho) has to be removed.
  4. Please do not make character names in caps lock in the synopsis. Not only it is annoying to read, and it is completely unneeded.

Content Type

  1. TV movies go into Drama Specials. Drama specials are for independent short series, not BTS episodes.

Episodes and Duration

  1. Always add the number of episodes from the original premiere of the drama. Some websites split episodes, so please check.

Content Rating

  1. Content ratings should be from a reliable source, don't choose it based on your opinion. Use tables that is at the end of this page, to covert the content rating.

Cover Image:

  • Please submit the original language poster, not the translated one.
  • Please submit good quality covers (Preferably 800 px * 1100 px). I have listed below cover arraigned from the best to the least preferred:  
    1. Official poster with many characters in it. 
    2. Official poster of the one or two lead characters only. 
    3. Poster-size DVD cover. Rotated Official widescreen poster. 
    4. Official character poster. 
    5. Poster or DVD cover from the release in another country. 
    6. Fan made.

Related titles:

  1. Related titles are not to be used when directly not related. Please, don't use related titles to link titles with same historical/real person or titles that have the same genre or elements but are not related at all.
  2. When adding related titles, only add the season before and after the show you are editing. Plus, add the specials related to that season only. For example, on Ugly Miss Young Ae Season 11 page,  you should only add season 10 and 12 in the relation, and add specials related to that particular season.
  3. Only add the original title when linking a remake. Do not add all other remakes, except in the original title’s page. The other remakes will be on the original title’s page. Example: My Sassy Girl. All remakes are linking ONLY to the original title they were remade from, and the original title contains all remakes.
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  1. Check for spaces when submitting cast. Make sure there is no space before and after the character's name, or it would look like this ( Lee Yoon Sung) or (Lee Yoon Sung ).
  2. Most of the character names on the website do not have a dash (-) between them, so please replace them with space.
  3. Add the episode number the guest appears in, some people just watch the episodes their favorite actor or idol was in.
  4. Cameo" already means "guest role" - therefore it is useless to add it as character name when you have the role set as a guest role. Just keep it empty and choose “Guest role”.
  5. If you do not know the “Type of Role” do not leave it as “Select”, choose “Unknown”.
  6. Mostly in sitcoms, actors have the same character names. If the actor or an idol is appearing as the actor or the idol and not as a character who somehow has the same name as the real person, the character name should be written as "himself" or "herself", and not copying the actor's or idol's name.
  7. Don't add Himself/Herself in the "Character" boxes for variety shows. Just use it to indicate the episode number that person has appeared on.
  8. Seven or so main roles? Are you sure this is true? I understand there might be some cases with many main characters [for example, White Christmas], or in those dramas that have different stories throughout [for example, Hometown Legends], but in most cases, I doubt there will be more than 3-4 main characters. In case, there are more than four main roles, please use your common sense and double check it. 
  9. You see the “2 lines” boxes next to the actors' names; those are for arranging the order of the character. So please use them wisely. If any submission that has support/guest actor order changed to be first, it will be rejected.
  10. Recently, in the "Character" boxes became messy, so here are some tips for adding nicknames, segment, episode number, or more info about the character:
Name of SymbolSymbolUsed toExample
Vertical bar|Separate the character names if the actor has two roles in the drama.Ye Hua | Mo Yuan
Slash/Separate other names/nicknames of the same character.Do Hyeon / Se Gi
Quotation marks" "Indicate nicknames.Wang Chun Wei / "Johnny"
Curly brackets{ }Indicate the segment this actor was in if the drama/movie has segments.{Night Bug} Geun Ho
Parentheses( )Indicate episode number.Heo Sook Hee (Ep.1-4)
Brackets[ ]Indicate the extra details about the character.Heo Sook Hee [Patient]


  • Currently, this is strictly for Screenwriters and Directors. Don't add Producers or Assistant Directors.

Production Information:

  1. Don't use the "Production Countries", if it was not a co-produced title.
  2. In the production information, please don't add anything if you do not find the TV channel/Network. You can request the TV channel/Network to be added from here:  [Requests] New Channel/Network addition
  3. Only use the original network where the series or program aired. This is not to tell you where you can find it, it tells you where it aired first. For example, don't add "Netflix" if the show/movie was added there month or years later, it is not a Netflix original and is just add until their licenses end. 

Genres and Tags:


  1. Please, only add the main genres. Don't add minor genres that happen in 1-2 episodes. 
    • Example: don't add the "School", if there was 1 tiny shot of a school that appeared for a few episodes.
    • Example: don't add the "Romance", if one of the characters has a crush or 1 sweet moment, while the rest of the episodes are not.
  2. Please use genres as specified below:
    • Action: a genre that features extended fight scenes, violence, explosions, daring escapes, and frantic chases.
    • Adventure: a genre that focuses on visiting and exploring exotic locations. Usually, focuses on the protagonist who journeys to epic or distant places to accomplish something.
    • Animals: a genre that focuses mainly on an animal(s). Usually, the animal is one of the main characters.
    • Business: a genre that focuses mainly on company setting and different job positions in the company.
    • Comedy: a genre that focuses on entertaining the audience through amusement, and tells about a series of funny or comical events, intended to make the audience laugh.
    • Crime: a genre that focuses on the lives of criminals or a crime that is being committed  This genre is more appropriate for heist, spy, or Mafia/Yakuza titles, not any random drama/movie that deals with investigating a crime. (e.g See IMDb list)
    • Detective: a genre that focuses on the police force and detectives life (Different from the “Investigation” genre).
    • Documentary: Focuses on nonfictional stories that document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.
    • Drama: a genre that focuses on the in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes (Different from the “Melodrama” genre).
    • Family: a genre that focuses on families or children in the context of home and family problems.
    • Fantasy: a genre with a plot that takes place in imaginary worlds (sometimes consists of kingdoms) where magic and magical creatures (Dragons, elves, and wizards) are common.
    • Food: a genre that focuses on food; eating or cooking food.
    • Friendship: a genre that focuses on friendship; the bonding and fights between friends.
    • Historical: a genre with a plot that takes place in a setting located in the past.
    • Horror: a genre with a plot that seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's primal fears (If it has ghosts but not scary it is not horror, instead it is supernatural).
    • Investigation: a genre that focuses on investigating a crime or some unexplained phenomena by an investigator or a detective – either professional or amateur.
    • Law: a genre that focuses on the system of justice and who work in it; such as lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.
    • Life/Slice of Life: a genre that describes a drama/movie that might have no plot but represents a portion of (everyday) life.
    • Manga: a plot that was adapted from a manga/webtoon.
      •  (This should be a temporary genre until we added a function to state if the plot was adapted from a manga).
    • Martial Arts: a genre that focuses on numerous martial arts fights between characters.
    • Mature: a genre that focuses on adult content and contains sexually explicit scenes and nudity.
    • Medical: a genre that focuses on the hospitals and doctors, and is based around a team of medics helping patients who have been involved in accidents serious.
    • Melodrama: a genre that focuses on a dramatic plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions. The genre tends to use plots that often deal with crises of human emotion, failed romance or friendship, strained familial situations, tragedy, illness, neuroses, or emotional and physical hardship.
    • Military: a genre that focuses on the military setting and soldiers.
    • Music: a genre that focuses on singing and producing music. Usually, the main protagonist is an amateur or professional singer (Can also be used for musical films).
    • Mystery: a genre that focuses on an investigator as he/she attempts to solve a puzzle (often a crime) or a mysterious death.
    • Political: a genre that focuses on political affairs or describing a politician or series of political events.
    • Psychological: a genre that focuses on the mentally disturbed protagonist and emphasizes the psychological condition of the hero that presents obstacles to his objective.
    • Romance: a genre that focuses on emotion-driven plots that are primarily focused on the relationship between the main characters of the story. 
    • School: a genre that focuses on a school setting, students, and teachers, and their interaction.
    • Sci-Fi: a genre that focuses on the use scientific understanding to explain the universe that it takes place in. It generally includes the presumed effects or ramifications of computers or machines; travel through space, time or alternate universes; alien life-forms; genetic engineering; or other such things.
    • Sitcoms (For dramas ONLY)a genre that focuses on characters having to deal with odd or uncomfortable situations or misunderstandings.
    • Sport: a genre that focuses on a sport or a sports team training or competing in a competition.
    • Supernatural: a genre that focuses on anything beyond 'the natural order of things.' If a person could move things with their mind, can see ghosts, or have superhuman reflexes (If a drama/movie has ghosts but is not scary, it is supernatural).
    • Suspense: a genre that focuses on the feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable and mysterious plot.
    • Thriller: a genre that focuses on giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation, and anxiety.
    • Tokusatsu (Literally "special filming"): a genre of Japanese live-action entertainment that usually involves superheroes combatting evil monsters.
    • Tragedy: a genre that describes any sort of disaster or misfortune which happens to the main protagonist. Usually, involves the death of one of the main characters.
    • Vampire: a genre that focuses on vampires and their powers.
    • War: a genre that describes a war or battle that can either be historical or fictional.
    • Wuxia (Literally "martial arts chivalry"): a genre that is best defined as one where Chinese Martial Arts meets heroic men and women.
    • Youth: a genre that focuses on the life of children, teenagers, or young adults, and deals with their ambitions and friendships.
    • Zombies: a genre that focuses on the fictional undead beings and their power.


  1. Don't use foreign words in the tags, if possible. 
    • Example: "Older Woman/younger Man" instead of "Noona Romance".
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Actors, Directors, and Screenwriters

Primary Details:

  1. For adding new actors and actresses: No Dramas/Movies = Profile is Rejected. Adding dramas/movies with no cast is accepted, but adding actors with no credits is not. So please add the dramas/movies and then submit the actor's profile.
  2. As long as a western actor has played a main/support role in 1 Asian film or TV series, he or she can be added to our database. If he played a guest role, do not add him.
  3. Please do not request the addition of actors by writing it the notes when you do not find them in MDL’s database. We are not always free to do that. So it'd be great if instead of that you'd go and add them yourselves. Use can do that from here: http://mydramalist.com/add/people
  4. Add the birth name in the Birth Name box, if the actor uses the same name and doesn't have a different birth name, just add the name again since it is required.
  5. For the Native name, only use the stage name or birth name if there is not stage name. Don't include multiple names, the others go in the Also Known As.
  6. Please don't just straight out copy the entire Wikipedia page of the person, just add the important things.

Cover Image:

  1. Changing actors/actresses’ cover images is not based on personal tastes. We only change actors’ covers if the actors grew in age or the quality is either bad or small. Therefore, it is pointless to submit actors’ photos basing on style and looks with comments like: “he looks better here” or “This hair/look suits him better”. You need to know that is impossible to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
  2. Actors/actresses’ cover images will be changed if:
    • The picture is in black and white.
    • With bad quality, small, or blurry.
    • The picture is extremely widescreen. MDL pages are more geared for the pictures being bigger height-wise (rather than width-wise).
    • The person lost 100 pounds.
    • The picture is several years old and the actor now has gray hairs (from old age) or the actor is now an adult.
    • The picture is of someone else.
    • Something is obscuring the face of the actor/actress.
  3. Criteria for a good actor’s picture:
    • Pictures should focus on the face.
    • Pictures should be of a high quality.
    • The picture should be a close up to the face.
    • Actors should look straight toward the camera so that their full face will be shown.
    • No watermarks are present in the picture.
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Episode Guide guidelines

Primary Details:

  1. Only use English.
  2. The title is optional. Please, don't include it if it is just Episode 2. It has to be words, not the number of the episode, which is automatically there.
  3. You have to always add credits to the summary. If you took it from somewhere (preferably the distributor or the TV channel) add (Source: website name) after the summary. If you have written it yourself, add (Source: Written by MyDramaList) after the summary.
  4. Regarding episode summaries - please have in mind that these are not the same as episode reviews. What I mean is that in episode reviews, you include your opinion and evaluation of the episode, but in episode summaries, you have to keep it strictly professional. In other words, no evaluation or opinion, simply the retelling of what happened in it.
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Extra content

Useful sources for adding a new title:

Useful sources for the synopsis (Make sure to cite them):

Drama/TV shows:

Korean Content:

Japanese content:


Content rating

(use this to covert the rating to an MDL suitable one)

Useful sources to find the content rating:

  • G: All ages
  • 13+: may contain horror, some fantasy violence, some sexual content, little use of strong language, mild blood, and/or mild suggestive themes.
  • 15+: can contain the use of alcohol, more sexual content, mild violence or little strong violence, major blood or gore, and/or suggestive themes.
  • R: almost certainly contain adult themes, graphic sexual content, sexual situations, strong language, and disturbing scenes of violence.
South Korea (More info)
Television programs
IconCountry's ratingMDL's ratingIconCountry's ratingMDL's rating
All(모든 연령 시청가)GAll (전체 관람가)G
7(7세 이상 시청가)G
12(12세 이상 시청가)12+12 (12세 이상 관람가)12+
15 (15세 이상 시청가)15+15 (15세 이상 관람가)15+
19 (19세 이상 시청가)18+/RR (청소년 관람불가)18+/R
Restricted Screening (제한상영가)Restricted Screening


Japan (More info)
Television programsMovies
IconCountry's ratingMDL's ratingIconCountry's ratingMDL's rating
No content rating for TV series.GG


Taiwan (More info)
Television programs and Movies (Both are the same for Taiwan)
IconCountry's ratingMDL's rating
0+ (普遍級(普)G
6+ (保護級(護)G
12+ (輔導十二歲級(輔12)13+
15+ (輔導十五歲級(輔15)15+
18+ (限制級(限)18+/R


Hong Kong (More info: Drama - Movies)
Television programsMovies
IconCountry's ratingMDL's ratingIcon
Country's rating
MDL's rating
No iconsG (general)GSuitable For All (第I級)G
PG (parental guidance recommended)13+PG 12 (第II級)13+
M (mature)18+/R12+ (第IIA級)13+
15+ (第IIB級)15+
18+ (第III級)18+/R


Thailand (More info: Drama - Movies)
Television programsMovies
IconCountry's ratingMDL's ratingIcon
Country's rating
MDL's rating
Preschool - 2-6 years old (ก)GNo good source of the movie content rating icons.P  - EducationalG
Children - 2-12 years old (ด)GGG
General (ท)G1313+
PG (น)13+1515+
PG13 (น-๑๓)13+1818+/R
PG18 (น-๑๘)15+2018+/R
Adults (ฉ)18+/RBanned (Films that are not allowed to screen publicly in Thailand.)Restricted Screening


Philippines (More info)
Television programsMovies
IconCountry's ratingMDL's ratingIconCountry's ratingMDL's rating
SPG15+ or 18+/RR-1615+
Icon unavailableXRestricted Screening
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