Best Korean Dramas : Most of us spent 2020 locked up in our rooms, binge-watching all that was available to us. These are some of the Korean dramas and movies that were exceptionally brilliant and left a mark on its audience.
1) ITS OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY (Korean name- Psycho but Its Okay)
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, (IOTNBO in short) a south Korean web series starring Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Yeji and Oh Jung Se, can be described as a dark fairytale. IOTNBO reveals deeper layers for every character with each episode as it follows the lives of the three main characters as they each face their past and inner turmoil. The dark romantic tale was high anticipated even before its release, but rose in popularity once it was revealed that the show would be raising awareness about mental disorders and health.
The story revolves around two odd brothers- the older being on the autistic spectrum while having an irrational fear of butterflies which is somehow linked to their mother’s murder, and a successful children’s book author with anti- social disorder and a dark past. The show brought into the light the fact that some fairy tales are cruel fantasies that illustrate the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.
IOTNBO balances its act using three, occasionally distinct classifications – drama, romance and mild horror. Every scene in the Korean drama is set within a backdrop that tells a story. The color palettes of each location add to the emotional weight of not only each scene but also the emotional weight of each character’s story.
The sound track is both haunting and upbeat, with a touch of angst and reflects the atmosphere and even the audiences’ feelings. IOTNBO exceeded expectations with not only the brilliant acting and humor mixed in dark themes, but with the way it brought in feelings of healing to the audience.
2) HOTEL DEL LUNA
“Hotel Del Luna” is not like any other hotel. The story is based on a hotel that exists in between our and the afterworld. A supernatural place, the hotel is not visible in its true form during the daytime as humans can only come across the hotel under special circumstances. Its staff and clients are all souls/ghosts coming to terms with unfinished business in their former lives before they pass on to the afterlife and cycle of reincarnation: the staff in particular have been there for decades and even centuries as they have not settled their grudges.
The Korean drama is a mixture of fantasy, horror and romance. It is nothing short of magnificent and downright hilarious with several quirky characters and unique main lead characters.
The Owner of the Hotel, Jang Mal Wol (played by famous Korean singer IU), is a cold psychopath who has love for only food and shopping. Due to her past mistakes, her soul is bound to the hotel for 1000 years. Through Gu Chan-sung (the human manager that is forcibly kept at first), the audience is introduced to the mysteries and the secrets behind the Hotel and its owner.
Show is easy on the eyes, with high production values that bring a creatively conceptualized fantasy world to life, a fabulously rich wardrobe for female lead IU, and several handsome leading men to top it all off. The sets of the hotel, past life structures, the clothing, humor, storyline, soundtrack- everything is on point.
Hotel Del Luna was one of the most hyped dramas of 2019 and it certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations.
Parasite is a brilliant dark comedy thriller Korean film that is described as “a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains” by the creator. The film has some really eye-opening metaphors and truths that helped it gain the recognition it truly deserved. The plot follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
There are many shots which metaphorically convey the social and economic disparity that is the central theme of this film. Director Bong Jon-ho masterfully constructs stylized, dramatic sequences set to a brilliant background score as the film rapidly moves from one plot point to another. It results in a gripping yet poignant watch.
With an insightful and searing exploration of human behavior, ‘Parasite’ is a masterfully crafted film that is a definite must watch. Precisely controlled and drolly ironic in tone even as its events grow more and more berserk.
The film is unique in every sense of the word, and grips its audience with dread for whats to come and sympathy for everyone on screen. Parts of this movie were hilarious. Parts were heartbreaking. Other parts were insanely suspenseful. A movie worth watching, for sure.
An exciting horror show that paces itself wonderfully and sets up the plague zombie outbreak beautifully.
5) CRASH LANDING ON YOU
A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea – and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.
6) TRAIN TO BUSAN
8) UNCONTROLLABLY FOND
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