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.

– Gong Hyo-jin has the biggest number of connects: Aside from those in her current drama, she has professional connections to one person in almost all currently airing primetime dramas, directly or indirectly.

– Kang Ji-hwan is the only male lead on the chart who has been the love interest of someone in almost every May drama. Get it, boy!

– Lee Seon-kyun is the only actor who isn’t on the cast of a currently airing drama to have multiple professional connects with actors who are in current dramas.

I’m sure this isn’t a complete collection of connections, and I didn’t list all redundant relationships (ie, Lee Da-hae and Sung Yu-ri have both been leads in Hong Sister dramas).

I’m sure everyone personally knows everyone else, but it was surprising how many people actually worked with other people already. And seriously, what the hell is this coincidence that all five dramas had so much in common?

Whee, this was fun, hope you enjoyed :)

  • Lisa

    This colors of this graphic are super adorable, now this is a web that I find wonderfully informative!

  • Elle

    ahah that’s really cool It reminds me of how small KOREA is honestly. It always blows my mind how quickly word gets around the country in general. So in some ways, I suppose I’m not surprised by your pic. I think someone did a similar chart with Hollywood stars – if I recall correctly Tom Hanks was the one who was the “most” interconnected.

    Anyway – interesting indeed!

  • http://bechedor79.deviantart.com/ bechedor79

    This looks super cool! I…don’t have much to say beyond that. Great graphic!

  • http://astromantic.org f

    The same goes for Japanese dramas, too. I watch so many that I’m always recognizing someone from something.

  • S

    you know I’m always playing this game whenever I’m on anyone’s dramawiki page and want to check which project so and so in in and how so and so drama is doing…I always start connecting the dots to get to the person I’m looking for…It’s really fun

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  • http://ofstrangersensibilities.blogspot.com Joy

    I wasn’t going to comment but I just remembered one thing: Park Min Young and Lee Min Ho have acted already together once in the past in “I am Sam”. Great chart.