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Why are K-films & K-dramas getting more popular - a newbie's perspective

While all the enthusiasts and veteran watchers will have their own perspective as to why is that - having seen only a small portion of Korean entertainment, here's is my (a newbie's) perspective on why is that and what do they seemingly do better.

Published: Thursday,Nov 04, 2021 15:47 PM GMT-06:00
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Korean Films and Shows

Korean Films and Shows

Having seen umpteen films, shows and all forms of content over the years, it is always refreshing to see a particular language bursting out on the entertainment scene in a way few would have anticipated. While, I have had my share of watching world cinema in an array of languages, I was and still am a relative newbie to watching Korean dramas, films and thrillers.

The popularity of these is immense - be it ranging from K-pop to K-dramas and especially in India, they have managed to create a mark which is at times even bigger than Indian content itself. And while all the enthusiasts and veteran watchers will have their own perspective as to why is that - having seen only a small portion of Korean entertainment, here's is my (a newbie's) perspective on why is that and what do they seemingly do better.

Transcending Languages

Money Heist and Dark

Money Heist and Dark

India - as a country has boomed with OTT in the past few years and while it has worked wonders for Indian entertainment indeed - what it has done is introducing everyone to global cinema that transcends languages. Who would have thought a Spanish show like Money Heist would be the biggest phenomenon here or a German mindblaster like Dark will have conversations going on.

That has been the case with Korean shows and films as well - the Oscar buzz surrounding Parasite and a subsequent release on Amazon Prime Video helped the film get more eyeballs and the recent global success -Squid Game just accentuated that further. We, as a country are more tolerant and accepting to global content when given access to it.

The Bollywood-ness of K-dramas



I know this is a tricky subject where there has been polarizing debates on it. But if you have seen K-dramas, especially K-romcoms, you would not help but agree that those have a more old-school Bollywood feeling to it than any other shows or films. It seems like Karan Johar went on to Korea and sprinkled his style which led to more and more K-dramas just Bollywood-ising their shows and films. And if that happens, how can you not be popular in India especially! I am not kidding - there are legit slow-motion entry shots of the hero or the heroine in a few shows I have seen which instantly remind you of - Bollywood old school style.

Assistance of popularity of K-pop

BTS and Blackpink

BTS and Blackpink

So even before K-dramas became the grand success they are in India or otherwise, there was a burst of K-pop like never before. It was the likes of bands like BTS, and BlackPink that managed to reach more and more ears. Even as the continue to be immensely popular right now, it was their popularity that led to people being more accepting towards Korean content - then came in the shows and films.

Understanding & portraying human emotions better than many

Squid Game and Train To Busan

Squid Game and Train To Busan

This is a point I wholeheartedly believe - as to why is it that these films and shows have managed to create an impact on everyone, especially me. To be clear, I have only seen a couple of K-dramas but have seen the Oscar winner, Parasite, the zombie thriller Train To Busan, the global mega hit, Squid Game, and the lesser-known acclaimed show, Kingdom.

All these shows/films are drastically different from each other but have one thing common that makes them so effective - understanding and portraying human emotions. Even in a zombie thriller like Train To Busan, the scenes where the characters are left with making tough choices that further test human nature are the ones that leave you startled; Squid Game was another example where you see characters juggle between greed, selfishness, empathy, sacrifice and then circle back to any of these emotions in trickier situations.

Be it any genre - thriller, zombie, drama, even comedy - the portrayal of human emotions is what Korean shows/films seem to be doing so well than others.

More To Come

With so much expose to Korean entertainment, we can only imagine being introduced/re-introduced to more and more shows and films from the country which might just continue to leave its impact and get added to the big list of good content.

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HollywoodDog121 @HollywoodDog121 1 years ago Absolutely one of the
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Dipika @RAGHVIFAM 1 years ago Seriously Itv need a big change and good storyline and less toxic content to become successful, I'm not a newbie to k kop and k drama i know why they are popular it is all because of good quality of storyline, They stick to their stories plot not drag them for years with less toxic things, sometimes you start liking more of they're villain on their story not only heroes 😂
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saarrthiispyaar @saarrthiispyaar 1 years ago I hope one day, India follows this trend, rather than having a show go on for years without any real progress and the worst storylines (and most repetitive) known to mankind lol
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saarrthiispyaar @saarrthiispyaar 1 years ago Far superior to Indian dramas. Turkish dramas are good too.
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Sanaa @sweet_chilly 1 years ago Been watching k dramas for more then a decade.. Way past that crazy stage.. Any veteran fan would tell you that the quality has actually degraded of k dramas.. I guess indian shows are so pathetic that even a mediocre k drama(even by korean standards) would be a hit for newbies..
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samarp2 @samarp2 1 years ago they r hit as they dont drag unnecessary dramas like itv..all story r point to point, which makes u enjoy more, then these boring story less hindi serials
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