Hello, PEPsters and tweeps!
I promised my Twitter followers that I would write something about the Korean dramas. So I decided to give you a rundown of my favorites.
Most people would like to watch a good romantic comedy to ease their tiredness and veer their attention away from life’s chaos. I understand naman.
But, as you know, Korean Drama is not all about romantic comedies.
Today, we will focus on the rom-com, the most-liked genre.
Siguro, I like the Oppas because puwede silang gawing crush at walang complications and tsismis.
Out of all the Asian dramas I have watched, I noticed that the Koreanovelas are very particular about promoting careers or professions. It’s like subliminally encouraging the viewers to look for a job.
Mas nakakatuwa naman talagang ma-in love sa lalaking may totoong trabaho at pinapakita ang kaalaman nito sa trabaho niya.
Ito ang dahilan kung bakit napro-promote din ang iba’t-ibang industry or negosyo nila sa Korea.
After the airing of Kang Sang Woo’s Cinderella Man in 2009, where he played a merchant who owns a stall at the Dongdaemun Market, sales of clothes, fabrics and designs increased.
Anyhow, let’s review the 2012 Koreanovelas and Films.
Currently airing now is Five Fingers, starring Joo Hi-Hoon, the crown prince sa Princess Hours. I decided to watch this because of him. Well, usually naman sa amin ni Gelli pag di guwapo yung lead, di na namin pinapanood.
The start of the story is rather slow. If you are interested in pianos, this may be of interest to you. Joo Hi-Hoon is a piano genius who will be bullied by his stepmom and half-brother. Honestly, just watch the 1st and 2nd episode, then jump to episode 9 or 10, okay ka pa rin. Ngayon pa lang ako naaaliw sa series na ito.
I’m currently waiting for the last 2 episodes of Innocent Man/Nice Guy. Yes na yes, watch niyo ito. Guwapo na yung bida, exciting pa yung plot.
The cast is very good, especially Song Joong-Ki. Sungkyunkwan Scandal pa lang ay naaliw na ako sa kanya.
Pero dito sa drama na ito, nakaka-in love siya. Familiar ang mga mukha ng mga artista na kasali dito at nakakagulat na ang laki nang hinusay ng mga artistang ito sa pag-arte.
Para sa mga gusto ng romantic comedy pero hindi na gaanong bagets, A Gentleman’s Dignity ang swak na swak sa panlasa niyo.
It’s about men in their 40s who fall in love but remain as boys forever. I like how they always start an episode with a flashback, which relate it to . The writers co-relate the flashbacks with the present situations.
In The King 2 hearts: Once again, Lee Seung-Gi has captivated me with his good looks and portrayal. The action scenes of course is once again provided by actress, Han Ji-woo (lead of Secret Garden).
The story is set in an alternative universe where modern South Korea is ruled by a constitutional monarchy. This is a story about uniting North and South Korea by uniting the hearts of two people.
The cultural differences of the two sides of Korea were shown here. The plot was not unusual but it’s very entertaining.
The first half of 2012 were all about time travels… Some of them were successful in using the time travel, while others failed to sustain my interest.
Queen In-Hyun’s Man used time travel to create conflict and mystery. It’s a certified kilig story.
Faith: Another time-travel drama where Lee Min Ho, skilled warrior is the lead male who transported a doctor from the present time to save the queen. It is not as exciting as City Hunter, but how it tackled political war is interesting.
The other star is mainly for Lee Min-Ho’s presence.
Love Rain: The first 5 episodes were really very slow. If you are a fan of Jag Keun-Suk, watching the slow episodes may be okay.
It’s a love story that started in the 1970s and resumes to the present. If you have a lot of time to spare, go and watch. A certified laugh trip!
Rooftop Prince: Time travel na naman!
The crowned prince travels to the present time to hunt the killers of his princess.
There were a lot of hilarious scenes. If you’re after some good laughs, not the storyline, then this for you.
It was interesting in the beginning, but as plot thickened, the writers seemed to have a hard time reconciling everything.
Dr. Jin: Honestly, crush ko lang yung bida…
Pero OA kasi sa blood effect ang pinakita dito. A medical story and a love story rolled into one and time-travel scheme.
A modern-day surgeon was transported to Joseon era, where he cured so many people without the modern-day technology.
I like most parts, but found some of the medical practices featured as impossible.
Fashion King: I was expecting glamor and elegance from this series. Bitin!
The lady antagonist wore beautifully-structured outfits that I looked forward to. The lead guy was such a disappointment though. I don’t want to put all the blame to him. The script was also at fault, big time. It was a waste of airtime. Dapat nga, di ko na sinali dito at sayang din space.
Dream High 2: The first Dream High was so much better.
There were new characters to look forward to. It was a totally new plot with no relation with the 1st.
What’s up: A teeny-bopper story. Para siyang Dream High na ibang genre. Aliw. Walang complications pag pinanood mo, nakakabata.
BIG: Gong Yoo is back after Coffee Prince.
The plot is cute… just for Gong Yoo, who is ultimately yummy.
The soul-switching and body-swap conflict would lead to the discovery of so many truths. I was entertained.
Once again, the writers couldn’t end the story logically without disappointing the fans. It has its moments. Go and watch!
I do, I do –It could have been promising…
The Moon Embracing The Sun: This series is highly-rated, and has won an award for Best Drama and Best Actor at the 48thPaeksang Arts Awards.
It’s about the love story of a fictional Joseon king and a shaman, plus, the politics they had to go through. I really liked this series. The shaman (manghuhula) character is very interesting. It clearly shows that the Asians are really fond of fortune tellers and magic. A must-watch series.
Wild Romance:It could have been a great series but the female lead was too OA for me (to think OA na ako).
I couldn’t find the chemistry between the two leads.
To the Beautiful You: The original Japanese Hanakimi is still the best. This adaptation is a poor loser to the other versions.
Arang and the Magistrate: A love story between a ghost and a magistrate, who can see and speak with ghosts. Very entertaining with unpredictable twist.
Heaundae Lovers: It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It didn’t affect me at all. No catharsis effect.
Equator Man: Interesting.
I Need Romance 2: Bawal sa bata. Relationships. Falling in love and falling out of love.
Bridal Mask: I wasn’t able to watch it but it was highly-rated.
Answer 1997: I’m still trying to find time to watch it. Gelli insists that I should. I trust naman her reco. This series is also highly-rated. She really likes it, and has re-watched it na.
There a lot of series kasi na sa sobrang aliw, you will watch it again. May mga ganun talaga.
Just recently re-watched We Got Married’s season 1, featuring the JoongBo couple. The same intensity ang aliw ko kina Kin Yun-Jun and singer Hwangbo, who is older than the groom by six years.
We Got Married is a reality show for pretend-to-be-married couples. Korea is really trying to promote marriage since it has high divorce rates.
Next entry, I’ll talk about the films naman at baka sobrang haba na nito.
Pero sa true lang, iba pa ring gumawa ang Pinoys ng teleserye. Nakakatuwa lang kasi sa Korea pag na-touch ang culture or magpakita ka ng mga probinsiya at scenery, subsidized na ng government.
Kaya naman, ang dami nilang nagagawa dahil may subsidy at suporta ng pamahalaan.
Tayo, wala pang ganun, may husay na. What more kung di masyadong corrupt ang mga government officials natin, di ba, then the industry would be so much better and would have a chance to compete globally. Yun na.