When “Gangnam Style” by Psy hit YouTube like a tsunami, many people were surprised to discover how popular Korean music and dramas are in America and outside of Korea. Korean dramas are hot on video streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix.
Within 20 years, the South Korean Entertainment has successfully launched multiple series of TV shows that have been watched not just by South Koreans alone but by an international audience across continents, a milestone that no one would have guessed possible 30 years ago. And until now, new Korean TV dramas are produced and released every couple of months ensuring the flames of the Hallyu(Korean wave) Fever keeps burning. And this is great for many fans including me.
In a span of 3 years, I have watched close to 10 Korean dramas. I know, that seems small, but note that each drama usually comprises of not less than 50 episodes with episode length that goes beyond 60 minutes. That’s a lot
In this article, I have listed a few reasons why I have watched Korean TV shows over and over again.
A Well-Planned Number of Episodes to Tell the Story
In general, the Korean drama production has done a good job planning ahead how many episodes they need to produce the story. This makes creative and business sense. For the writers, this allows them to be cohesive in their storytelling. For the financiers of the show, the episode limit allows them to plan a budget confidently.
A great narrative…..
….. which could move the audience naturally. The writers, actors, and directors really work hard to showcase what makes the characters human and relatable.
There are different camera shots, and I’ve seen korean drama series utilizing many of them: aerial shots, close up shots, wide shots, point-of-view shots, medium shots, top shots, etc…
Do not get me started on this one, Korean dramas have the best score on television, any doubters should check out the 2003 drama, Jewel in the Palace. A classic in every sense of the word
Scenes are put together like pieces of the puzzle, so much that taking out a scene or putting another 30 seconds, the plot may not make sense anymore.
It’s educational (really!). Watching foreign dramas lets you absorb information about a different culture without the hassle of dreary studying. You learn about different societal norms by watching the day to day life of the characters. Watch even one Korean drama and you will understand that shoes are taken off at the door without anyone needing to tell you.
The fashion in dramas has definite trend appeal. Many outfits are straight from the runway. The accessories are just as amazing as the clothes. Drama stars dress the way most of us would in our daydreams.
The majority of K-Dramas are G-rated and very clean compared to American movies and television. Foul language is rare, violence is minimal, and love scenes rarely progress past kissing. In fact, even seeing a French kiss in a Korean drama is newsworthy. Some types of scenes make more impact to viewers when the show isn’t flooded with them.
Korean dramas successfully create emotional connections with viewers. Characters are developed and brought through trials and tribulations in such a way that the audience relates to the characters and feels the same emotions. The cliff hanger endings of nearly every episode leave viewers squirming till the next episode can resolve the conflict. The tension is built up so expertly that it is more emotionally resonant when the main couple finally hold hands halfway through the series than when a full-blown bedroom scene happens in an American series.
Relatively long summer holiday may be why I have chosen to immerse myself in this art form, its brilliance, however, cannot be denied. My current obsession is Jumong! 81 episode epic created in 2006. Halfway through and I already believe it is one of the best television series I have ever laid my eyes on.
Here are a few recommendations:
Watch any of these, I guarantee you shall be forever happy! Lol.
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