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I think I know the "secret" behind the success of Korean dramas over all other Asian drama. |
Firstly, I think the TV drama industry in Korea may be the most competitive; the weak and the poor just gets weeded out and only the best remain. In China, there probably is not much of competitions between their own Chinese productions; it may be all about "guan si" which is one of the worst for "allocation of resources" for economic productions. Bad directors, bad everything could still survive due to connections with the TV stations, etc. It is the same reason the socialist economic model of former Soviet Union failed.
Story line - If you notice, the story lines of Kdrama are generally far better than those from China. I very much want to be able to watch China drama as I don't need to rely on English Subtitles, but I just fail to find any that I could follow - simply put off almost from the start (except Huan Zhu Ge Ge 2001). I very much wanted to watch "Sound of the Desert, 2014" - but I just simply cannot go. A girl child growing up in the desert goes to the city and gets immediately street-wise/city-wise almost instantaneously knowing all the ways of the world - simply ridiculous.
The cast - the Korean directors seem to be very strict about the looks; all the cast, male, female,young or old have charisma. Again the best from fierce natural selection.
Attire - The popular Cantonese saying : "The immediate respect is for a person's clothe; then follows the respect of the man's true worth". In Korean dramas, the man is always in suit and tie most of the time - even the gangsters! Even old farmers are well dressed - fully covered. I think it is the conservative Korean culture to never show the bare body (much similar to Islamic traditions) - even for a man to appear bare body - shirtless - is impolite. In China's drama, the directors don't understand that TV drama is all "illusion" - they think they should respect "truth" and "reality". What is so "entertaining" if in a Philippine drama, everything is shot in the slums showing all the sheets garbage! The Korean drama directors are "streetwise" - they have to survive. So they create fairy tales like Cinderella meeting a prince charming - never mine about the "cheating part" - a glass shoe that fits only one fair lady in the whole village! The Chinese directors have way, way long to go.
An advice to China's directors: Ask why the stories like Cinderella, Pipe Piper of Hamlin, Snow White, Tom Sawyer, etc could be internationally recognized. Second, read the I-Ching.
Finally, the "secret" to enjoying Korean drama :
Have the magnanimity of Zi Gong He Sang,
1) You must make sure to first "allow yourself to be lied to" (允许自己被骗).
2) Forgive the Korean directors: when they choose an actor to act Chinese characters, eg, Tang Tai Zhong, they'll make sure they choose from their pool of actors with bad face features (after consulting some face diviners!).
Chan Rasjid Kah Chew.