Friday, April 15, 2016

Descendants of the Sun (again and again) and some random observations about Korean Dramas

This post has been lying in my drafts folder early this year. I ended changing the original title because it was based from the first Korean drama I finished before the year started, Legendary Women. It took another K drama before I was able to finally complete this post. For those who are familiar with my K. drama obsession, you can easily sense the reason that prompted this post. Blame everything on the conclusion of my current favorite, Descendants of the Sun (DOTS). I will surely miss the few weeks when I have to catch the super delayed telecast in KBS World, only to later discover a lot of sites providing livestream from the original Korean channel, KBS2.  

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I apologize for my repetitiveness but I can't get over Song Joong Ki. Hahaha

I have a feeling I will end up writing a post why I love Song Joong Ki. Hahahahahaha But I have to control my emotions. I have to remain consistent with my working title. So before Song Joong Ki dominates again hahahahaha, let me share my random observations about Korean culture and lifestyle, based from all the K. dramas I've watched. 

1. Most characters in K. dramas love to eavesdrop conversations - Problems is, most of them only listen to the initial part of conversations. The ending, the character eavesdropping will misinterpret everything. While this may feel a little irritating for viewers, I knew in reality that such acts actually thicken the plot.

2. Jealousy is the root of all evil in the world of K. dramas. Hahaha Most of the stories though are propelled by jealousy in different forms.

3. K. dramas don't have excessive and rampant brand exposures / commercials in the during the TV airing  - Most of my Filipino friends are probably familiar of movies and teleseryes where the brand endorsement of the lead character is suddenly forced to enter the plot. The lead character will get soaked in the rain, reach home tired and hungry, the wife prepares a delicious soup with the chicken broth cube being mentioned in the conversation. A few scenes after, the lead character will suffer from colds and there will be a medicine endorsement in the course of the plot. Hahaha While I have nothing against these Filipino practices, I noticed that this rarely happens in K. dramas. I've never watched any K drama that forced one of the actors / actresses to mention the brand being endorsed. The most I have observed is a cameo appearance of the labels or brands being endorsed by the lead character.

4. The villains are often best dressed. The lead character is left with a casual and rugged outfit. This is especially true when the leads are given to female rivals. While my sympathy always goes to the protagonist, I can't help but admire how the production team was able to organize the best ensemble for antagonist.

5. In the local movie and drama scene, I often encounter items from Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine from the rich and famous character. The situation is so different with K.dramas. I never saw any wealthy character carry any of those notoriously expensive signature brands. This leads to my next observation....

6. Korean brands are empowered in their local drama series - I only encounter a few foreign brands acting as sponsors in the K dramas I've watched. More often, Samsung remains as the official mobile phone of all the characters. This is actually the main reason why I stick with Samsung for my mobile phone. Hahahahaha Only to later discover that most Korean actors own and use an iPhone. I was able to prove this from the Korean actors who maintain an Instagram account. 

I maybe wrong but I have a feeling that Korean dramas are encouraged to showcase Korean brands in the course of the series. This explains the constant appearance of Samsung and Hyundai in most drama series. 

7. Female characters have hair color ranging from different shades of brown - It seems to me that a typical Korean actress should have her hair dyed to shades of brown. I only encounter female Koreans in black hair whenever the drama series carries a historical theme.

8. If females are obsessed with hair color, male actors should have the best hair style - I'm about to believe that South Korea offers the best hair styling for men. I love it when the lead actor suddenly becomes handsome just because of his hair styling.

9. Still about leading men .... they tend to become handsomest towards the end of the series! I notice that all of a sudden, the stylist is rendering his masterpiece at the end of the series

11. Soju - Sure enough, there's always a Soju in every K. drama. I tried my best to appreciate this Korean drink..... 

12. All K. dramas have OST - One thing I appreciate about K dramas is the effort to organize a complete ensemble of OST. Some were even original compositions. This is probably the main reason why K.Pop and the country's music industry is successfully thriving. 

13. Family is love - This is a common point of interest among Asian drama series. I always notice that somewhere along the plot of the series, a loving mother, father or sibling will come in the way to help the lead character come back to his / her senses.

14. They love symbolical representations in different material things - In any K drama, there will surely be a necklace or any object that represents something of the other character. Problem is, just like in DOTS, the representation is often a Korean merchandise... the ending, the company producing the merchandise will experience an upsurge in sales especially when the K drama becomes a hit. In the case of DOTS, that J Estina necklace  has become so popular even in countries where the drama is also aired. I heard that in China, the necklace went almost sold out already. 

3 comments :

  1. Wow, what a detail observation. You got it all. kekekekeke
    Was DOTS that good? I've seen my K-Drama lover friends shared the review and all

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  2. Yeah no 11 is so true! And the for the female rival always on best dress! Really nice observations! At KDrama fanatic ka nga! Galing!

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  3. Let me add to your observations. Disclaimer though that most of these came from K-dramas I watched in the early 2000s, which was at the height of my Hallyu fever. The last K-drama I saw was in 2010, so K-dramas must have evolved since then.

    1. The lead girl is crazy, scatterbrained, while the lead guy is proper, straight-laced, as in Lovers in Paris, My Girl, Princess Hours, Sweet 18, Surgeon Bong Dal Hee, even My Name is Kim Sam Soon even if Sam Soon was the older woman.

    2. The second-fiddle guy is a close contender. Minsan mas gusto mo pa sya kesa sa lead guy na makatuluyan ng lead girl. E.g. Kim Jung Hoon for Yoon Eun Hye in Princess Hours, Lee Jung Ki for Lee Da Hae in My Girl, Ryu Si Won for Choi Ji Woo in Beautiful
    Days... and Won Bin in Autumn Tale as well as Lee Dong Gun in Lovers in Paris for myself. :-P

    3. Wala silang concept ng love team. Although may reunion soap ata sina Kwon Sang Woo and Chou Ji Woo after Stairway to Heaven, pero hindi ko na yon napanood.

    4. Ang takaw lang talaga ng mga lead girls nilang kumain, pero hindi sila tumataba. Tuloy napaka-effortless silang i-piggyback carry kapag nalasing na sa soju. Exception si Kim Sam Soon. But then that drama broke the usual mold of girl leads. ;-)

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