Archive for May 2011

Kdramaland is a small, small place


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This is a chart of how super interconnected Korea is. It shows how actors in the currently airing May dramas are connected to other actors in currently airing dramas.

The first seeds of this were laid down when I randomly thought to myself, “Kang Ji-hwan is in a new drama. Sung Yu-ri is in a new drama. They did a drama together before!” The Korean industry is tightly-knit, so I knew there were more connections in the May dramas than I bothered to figure out, but it wasn’t until I actually charted the relationships down did I realize that everybody in each of the May dramas is connected to someone else in another May drama in some way, big or small.

The numbers are telling of how tiny the industry is: in a single chart of 16 actors, 5 of them are/were leads of Hong Sister dramas–3 female, 2 male. Everyone has at least one direct connection to someone else on the chart. Other fun things I noticed, after the jump.

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Lie to Me, episodes 5 and 6

There are always the technically good dramas that you don’t like, and the passable-veering-onto-bad dramas that just suck you in. Case in point 1: I just could not get through Return of Iljimae, despite how objectively good everything was–perfect acting, great writing, gorgeous everything. Case in point 2: I gulped Boys Over Flowers down like a water-stricken fiend in a desert. Sense, I know I have none.

So of the early May dramas, my brain tells me that Best Love is the “best” drama because it’s well-written, well-acted, and so friggin’ hilarious. But I just find myself apathetic to it, whereas I gleefully look forward to Lie to Me every week. If I had to really narrow it down though, I would say that I think Kang Ji-hwan and Yoon Eun-hye’s chemistry is more enticing and fluid than Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-jin’s, and thus their bickery-bicker antics are keeping me much more wildly entertained than heart monitors and fake reality shows are.

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Romance Town, episodes 5 and 6

Bad dramas are the ones that make you suspend your disbelief for way too long. Romance Town is certifiably bad, no if’s, and’s or but’s. Unfortunately, I refuse to give it up. Refuse!

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It’s finally getting warm

49 Days, final thoughts

It’s been a long ride, ain’t it? But it’s been a good, meaningful ride. What a wonderful story with insightful lessons and memorable writing.

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