From Korea with Love

"I carry your heart with me… always."


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My  blog has been dormant for days, but it’s not because I am preoccupied with other things. We have a guest staying in our computer room and I can’t use the computer… argh! When I’m done with all the house chores, I usually stay on the computer, but for the past couple of days, I have been stuck in my room, watching downloaded movies or random Youtube videos on my tab. This is how I came upon this fascinating  video called HOW TO MAKE A KOREAN DRAMA, made by a group called “The Ming Thing”.

The 5-minute video shows the common plot of a romantic 한국드라아 (Korean dramas or K-dramas). If you are a K-drama fanatic, you know how the story goes. Rich guy unexpectedly meets ordinary girl. They keep bumping into each other. They bicker all the time. First, they hate each other, and suddenly, they fall in love. Either one of them is loved by somebody else, but that love is often unrequited. Just as rich guy and ordinary girl’s love for each other deepens, for some reason, they have to break up or part ways. Most often, it’s the rich guy’s parents who cause the break up. One of the couple gets sick, or worse, is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Contrary to what my husband says, (that men don’t cry) I noticed that the men in most Korean dramas I’ve seen cried more than the women. Oh well, it’s drama, so there’s got to be endless crying. Some scenes might show the hero or the heroine drinking soju out of despair while tears are rolling down his or her face.

One of the characters either dies or makes an ultimate sacrifice. Another sad event in the story which should happen to bring the couple back together… but just as things are going well with the couple, one of them has to leave. Then there’s always that overly cheesy scene when the one being left behind says “Don’t go!”, and the one leaving pauses without turning to look behind him or her. The drama ends with the famous Korean back hug or a lame, steady kiss on the lips.

Not all Korean dramas share the same plot, of course, but they do follow a pattern, a series of intense, unrealistic events, which nevertheless captures human emotion.