anatomy of a kdrama (part 1)
Ever since I got hooked on kdrama, it opened a whole new watching experience for me. I still cannot forget the feelings I had after watching my first Korean drama series. I remember feeling sarcastic over what I was watching but somehow it got to me, that I wanted to watch more. So what makes up a kdrama and why did thousands of people around the world fell in love with it?
I took it upon myself to break down (probably for my own sake), what makes up a kdrama.
Kdrama used the word visuals and took it to a whole new level. They know what their viewers like so they give it to them and more.
Polished. As in shiny, shimmering and splendid. Like even if they’re supposed to be regular people, they will most often look like runway ready.
And you cannot for the love of heaven, distort their faces in any way! Even if there are fight scenes or accidents scenes, the main actors will only end up with fat lip (always on the corners) or a bloody eyebrow and a bandaged nose bridge. Nothing hideously interfering with their face!
Cut from the same cloth. They have pre-conceived standards of what their viewers like to see so the actors are styled the same way. It was one of the earlier struggles that I had as a newbie, because they all looked the same to me!
Bangs! Bangs! Bangs!
Stunning sceneries. This is not kdrama specific but I was taken aback by the beauty of South Korea. And the directors sure know how to utilize the beauty of their country well. A feat for the eyes not just with their actors, but with their surroundings as well, kdrama will give you all the best that South Korea has to offer.
Beautiful Cinematography. One thing I have noticed in kdrama is the artistic evolution of their cinematography. South Korea is a beautiful country as it is but the clever techniques used in kdrama cinematography gives another layer of visual treat for the viewers and provides more depth in storytelling. Be sure to watch the most visually stunning kdramas to date!
Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Bonus: Heart Bokeh. So cute. So cheesy!
Once my eyes got used to the kdrama scene, I was able to adapt and apply my own preference and eventually developed a new niche in my beautiful boys category. See some of my favorites below. ^-^