I began watching Asian dramas about three years ago, a Japanese drama (or J-drama for short). Proposal Daisakusen (Operation Love) and Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers) are two of my favorite J-dramas and these two launched me into the world of Asian dramas. Different from American dramas, they are not soap operas nor are they episodic TV shows. Dramas in Asia are different. It's usually based on a Manga or Anime story, on average is about 16 episodes, has a beginning, middle and an end. Very rarely do they have sequels or a "part two" to the story. Once it finishes airing, that's it. On to the next drama.
What's interesting about Asian dramas is their acting styles. A bit over the top at times and chaste to a certain degree. Love scenes are left to the imagination rather than played out on screen. K-dramas (Korean), in particular are on par with the best American TV shows--well acted and well scripted.
Kami no Shizuku was the last J-drama that I watched and I can't even finish it; the final episode's link has still not yet been fixed and it's been over a year. Very disappointing. I turned my attention towards K-dramas after watching Soulmate. I love this drama. Twelve episodes long, it's a beautifully told story of four couples attempting to find their other half, their soulmate. Wonderful soundtrack (mostly American artists), it will draw you in and make you a fan. You can watch it on www.video4asian.com.
Genre's I watch? I happen to lean towards romantic comedies and romantic dramas. My current favorite? Personal Taste starring Lee Min-Ho and Sohn Ye-Jin. Here's the trailer:
Sadly, the drama ended but despite its flaws, it was a beautifully done. See my other blog, "Drama Princess" for more info on this wonderfully funny love story. If you like the song playing in the background of the trailer, it's called "My Song" by 2AM (not to be confused with the group 2PM). 2AM focuses mainly on ballads while 2PM is mainly pop. I love this song and it's on the Personal Taste OST (Original Soundtrack).
As mentioned above, check out my Drama Princess blog--I list out the dramas (and movies) I've seen by country (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, etc.). What am I going to see next? I'm on Part 5 of the K-movie Secret Love and the next drama I will be watching is Coffee House. If anyone knows what site I can watch Love Marriage with links intact (not broken) OR where I can buy it, please let me know.
Until next drama...