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Thursday, December 6, 2012

[article] Way Back Wednesday: K-dramas Part 2 (2001-2005)

"I just posted part 2 of this article, which is associated with this blog. But for those who are interested to read the full article, please click the link at the end of this post. Thank you." ^__^

Reposted at soompi/willenette
original source: allkpop

Last week I started to take a look at my favorite Korean dramas from 1995-2000 and today we round out the list with my favorites from 2001-2005. I’m going to warn everyone up front that there are going to be some notable exclusions; a few big time dramas aren’t included. Basically, it all boils down to the fact that there are a few dramas out there that are popular but that I just didn’t enjoy. I also don’t include any historical dramas here either because those just aren’t my thing and I can only take so many guys grunting with weird facial hair and scowling expressions.
However, I will say that it was much harder to whittle down this list to just 5 compared to the previous one. The early 2000’s will probably be looked back upon as a renaissance for Korean dramas. This was the start of the Hallyu Wave with Korean pop culture being exported internationally and that’s reflected in the number of really good dramas that were produced during this period. It also marks new stories and plots with interesting twists and broadening the scope of what a Korean drama could be. But in the end, Korean studios know the formula of what works and why mess with that success?

Winter Sonata – 2002

It would have been an egregious omission not to include ‘Winter Sonata’ on this list. The groundbreaking drama that put Bae Yong Joon, Choi Ji Woo, and Korean television on the international map is one of the most influential piece of Korean media in the past ten years. Its success was a catalyst for Korean companies to begin aiming globally with their products, and the result is the thriving entertainment industry that exists today. It’s not a reach to say that your favorite K-pop artists promoting overseas (especially in Japan) owe a small amount of gratitude to the doors opened to the country by Bae Yong Joon’s scarves and overcoats. He was revered in Japan, even receiving the honorific name of Yon-sama. In fact, due to the popularity of Yon-sama and “Winter Sonata”, many Japanese women became attracted to Korean male stars.

This drama had all the important K-drama elements in it: crisscrossing love stories, car accidents, amnesia, recapturing old love: everything fun about K-dramas. I won’t go into the plot so much because it’s so well known. But I will say that if you haven’t seen it, you should make the effort to check it out and find out what all the fuss is about. Don’t be freaked out if you have the sudden urge to wear scarves and take long walks in the snow… that’s natural.

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