So sorry for missing last week’s post, I was away all week for a conference and didn’t bring my laptop… because I’m a genius who wanted to travel for a full week with only a carry on bag… Never again!
For this week, I thought I’d talk to you guys about Korean Dramas. What are those? They are South Korean TV series. When I say series, I mean that there’s a lot of different ones, because most of them are only one season long, which I love and hate at the same time!
So, what’s great about Korean Dramas, well, as I mentioned before, they are almost always 1 season. Which means that you don’t need to wait 6 seasons to know how it’ll end. I like that. On the other hand, sometimes you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet (no? just me?) The episodes are slightly longer than what we are typically used to in the west, usually between 60 and 85 minutes.
You could compare them to telenovelas, they have ALL the drama… and the fighting… and the romance… and the supernatural… They have everything. Obviously, there are sub-genres, not everything is 100% drama all the time. There’s comedies, supernatural/horror, romance, etc.
The picture above shows some of my personal favorites,
My love from another star (2013-2014)
Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Gianna Jun, this drama is about an Alien that arrived on Earth 400 years ago, Do Min Joon. He lived through a lot but nothing could prepare him for what would happen after Cheon Song Yi, a huge Hallyu star moved next to him.
It’s hilarious, it’ll make you cry, it’s just a masterpiece. Fun Fact: the lipstick used by Gianna Jun in the Drama was so popular after she was seen using it that it caused a worldwide shortage, it was the YSL #42.
Descendants of the Sun (2016)
Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, this drama follows a unit of Special Forces, as well as the Doctors of a hospital. It has been one of the most popular dramas of the last few years and with good reason! The storyline is veryyy compelling and the characters are very multidimensional.
Fun fact: DotS received quite the backlash for featuring too many product placements. It was explained, however, that those were needed financially since the drama was unusually filmed in its entirety before the release. Korean Dramas are usually filmed on a weekly-ish basis.
Age of Youth/ Hello my Twenties (2016)
This drama follows the stories of 5 girls living in the same share-house in Seoul. Each of them has a different story, different struggles and a different opinion on the other girls. This a somewhat light-hearted drama that I love to re-watch often, if only as a background while I do other stuff.
Fun Fact: This is one of the few dramas that got a season 2. After the launch on Netflix, people liked it so much that Netflix partnered with JTBC for the production of a second season that aired in 2017!
Memories of the Alhambra (2019)
My most recent obsession! This drama ended on January 20th so it really is quite recent. It starred Park Shin Hye and Hyun Bin and gathered some of the highest ratings ever. They filmed both in Korea, as well as in Spain and Granada. Therefore, they also got a bit of backlash for product placements. However, the storyline worked them in so it didn’t seem quite as bad.
The storyline is about a new AR (Augmented Reality) game that one can play wearing special contact lenses (Warcross anyone? Yeah, I know! That’s partly why I loved it!). Obviously, stuff happens within the game as well as outside of it. This drama has everything, romance, combat, technology, corporate drama, all of it!
It was aired simultaneously on TvN and Netflix, so people are already signing petitions for a season 2, hoping that Netflix will be all over it. They should because it was an amazing drama and a lot more material could easily come from this universe.
Not to mention, the romance was adorable and squeal-inducing!
So now that I’ve got you interested, how do you go about watching those shows?
Well, you have a few options:
- Netflix: They are coming up with more and more every month, they recently solo produced the horror drama ”Kingdom” which I have yet to watch.
- VIKI: You can watch most Kdramas on there for free with ads. You can also get a premium pass to watch exclusive content and everything without ads.
- OnDemandKorea: They have the best selection, however, not all titles have subtitles, which is a problem for me. What they do have with subtitles though is great, and they have a great selection of variety shows as well.
So there you go, now go forth and binge-watch! And if you happen to know of any great dramas or TV Shows, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new things to watch!
Until next week,