2012 – How I got addicted to Korean Dramas…

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The movies and dramas kept me really busy throughout the year. I got really bored watching the same type of romantic and thriller flicks from the West and so started a search on the best romantic movies in Cantonese and Mandarin due to the impact of the Asian DVD shops in my locality. I would never regret for that, because that is when I found the movie ‘In the mood for Love’ which was listed as one of the Top 10 romantic movie ever made in the Asian world. With this, my movie hunting expanded and I was completely anchored to Asian romantic movies after watching ‘Nodame Cantabile’, which is a live action drama with 11 episodes and 2 special episodes which can be considered as a movie.

After watching a lot of Chinese romantic films, when I was totally disappointed with the endings of some of them, my brother recommended ‘My Sassy Girl’ a famous Korean romantic movie. To be frank, I was not impressed with the famous Korean romantic flick and was not able to figure out what was so special about that film, may be the period when it got released was really dry in Korean cinema or may be the funny puking heroine looked cute or may be the climax.

I couldn’t convince myself to watch more Korean movies but the movie ‘Old Boy’ did change my perspective towards Korean Cinema. Again after a few back and forth to Cantonese and Japanese movies, I got reminded of the movie ‘My Sassy Girl’ and continued searching for other romantic movies and found a beautiful romantic movie world at this other side of the world. So far, in India, Korean thriller and horror movies have only got attention but my focus was completely on the romance genre. I am now totally addicted to Korean romantic movies and dramas which made my life really blissful.

Some of the romantic dramas and movies that I can never get rid of my mind are listed below with a simple reason that made me choose them specifically.

1) In the Mood for Love(Movie: Cantonese):

Mesmerising story telling on screen, Cast, On-screen performance, BGM, Direction, Cinematography. The movie was like a magic world.

2) Love Rain(Drama: Korean):

Cute and Refreshing way of presenting the drama, Minute details to the props and locations, Sountrack, BGM, JKS and his acting as In Ha and Seo Joon. The spell created by JKS made me watch this drama 3 times.

3) Nodame Cantabile(Drama: Japanese):

Rejuvenating classic music with romance. Comedy, Cast, story. On-Screen performance in live action made me wonder that a movie/drama can also be like a Anime. Chiaki and Nodame ruled a few months of my life with their excellent performance.

4) You’re Beautiful(Drama: Korean):

Capturing the modern Idol band members perfectly. Cast, Soundtrack, BGM, JKS and his eye liners and his costumes. This was the first JKS drama that I watched and I thought he is a girl. He was still so adorable.

5) April Snow(Movie: Korean):

This movie made me realize how cold it will be when it snows. Screenplay, Story, Cast. Bae Yong Joon and Son Yi Jin were truly amazing on the screen.

6) Playful Kiss(Drama: Korean):

Innocent romance and comedy. Kim Hyun Joong was really handsome in this drama especially when he smiles at Ha Ni. Characterization for the entire drama.

7) Marry me Mary(Drama: Korean):

JKS Hair Style and Moon Geun Young’s acting, Soundtrack. What could be so special in a drama which has no great story, it is the lead actor and the lead actress and their performance. This is why we say acting is more important in films because it can make an excellent story into a flop at box office hit and a flop story into something really special.

8) Secret Garden(Drama: Korean):

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won were perfect, there is no wonder why they are so famous. The character Oska was really really cute especially whenever he loses to his younger brother and just like Gil Ra Im even I was wondering why he looks happy when he loses to his younger brother in a funny way. Comedy, Cast, Location, Cinematography.

9) Chungking Express(Movie: Cantonese):

Screenplay and Story, Cast, Soundtrack, BGM, Director. Tony Leung was really a ‘Lovable Oppa’ in this movie.

10) Seducing Mr.Perfect(Movie: Korean):

Perfect sweet ending romance like in Mills and Boon stories, Characterization of the female lead.

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