As a senior citizen one might wonder why I am was hooked with these Korean Dramas. Just like fangirling, I joined the bandwagon quite late. I was wondering why a lot of people are swooning over these KDramas and most of the Korean actors. Most are not really the handsome type based on Western standards same is true with the girls.
My first KDrama was Boys Over Flowers..I cant remember what year it was shown here in the Philippines but it was dubbed in Pilipino.
I was hooked starting from the first episode..story of poor girl meets haughty and proud rich boy. Reminiscent of my high school and early college days where most of us were swooning over Mills and Boons and Barbara Cartland. I replayed this Kdrama several times already and I still enjoy it. This also started my admiration for Lee Min Ho and Geum Jan Di (until now I can not remember her real name…so hard to remember Korean names its Ku Hye Sun. Then there was a short focus on Lovers in Paris…but I was not really hooked. After that, I totally abandoned watching these Kdramas.
Recently, my son was watching Legend of the Blue Seas and I was curious. The lead actor is Lee Min Ho…and I was hooked again. It is more convenient to watch almost everything on line. These started my spending a lot of my evening watching until the final episode. Then I searched for other dramas of Lee Min Ho and watched the Heirs. Then I stumbled upon another pretty Korean actor Ji Chang Wook..and I became an avid fan.
I searched everything about him and discovered that he really adores his Mom…he gave his earning to her and she has a lot of pictures in his Instagram. By the way I followed him in instagram! It was a bit disappointing as the time I discovered him he has already enlisted for his mandatory military service…so his fans will see his projects again in 2019!! First watched his KDrama, the Healer, the Suspicious Partner and Smile Again and K2.
So, why a lot of people love this KDramas?? I think these are some of the answers:
- Plots are refreshing not bombarded with sex plotlines, though romance is in the story, they handle it so well that audience really feel the kilig. I noticed Korean actors respect their partners a lot as touching is limited and in most case the sensitive parts are avoided. This can be a factor of the production, from the director but I have noticed this in almost all romantic KDramas.
- The stars look good and the chemistry is very strong despite lack of of the so-called LoveTeams that Filipino showbiz are crazy about. In addition, it seems stars from different management are free to be in any drama as long as management agrees to the arrangement. Unlike here where contract stars are barred from appearing in rival network. It limits the creativity of the actors and most of the time audience has to contend to the old and lame LoveTeams.
- It clearly shows the Korean culture. In Smile Again Donghae, the Korean all time favorite Kimchi was focused. The process in making the dish, from selection of very good quality raw materials, the process itself, temperature control, packaging and how it can be used in other dishes. As a food technology student, we were exposed to the production of Kimchi, we saw how it is done in Korea through videos and we prepared batches in the laboratory. Is one KDrama, It is My First Life, marriage beliefs and traditions were highlighted and how the current young generation coped with antiquated mores and traditions so suit their lifetsyle.
- The audience picks up a lot from the drama, how the economy is run specifically when conglomerates are involved, influence of politics and how the justice and police system works.
- The pace of the story is fast enough so one wants to go on to the next episode, never mind if it is already three o’clock in the morning and I have to be up early for a travel. So unlike Filipino teleseryes where the leads sometimes get all the unlucky stars in the universe, drums of tears are shed, and venomous actions are done for revenge and the story keeps going round and round most especially if the ratings are high.
- The end of the story is sometimes unexpected, the same is true with twists and turns in the plot….thus after watching several episodes (for the completed dramas) I jump to the last episode. I don’t want to watch a Kdrama where the leads die or go separate ways. I want a feel good drama as indeed I want to be entertained.
- The production of the KDramas are very good, location wise and soundtrack is also very good despite the fact that I can not understand the language except for a few phrases here and there. I also discovered that the actors and actresses are really good in their craft, a lot studied in the universities and most can sing very well.