Korean drama production has long spread, which has become a promise not only in terms of the growing global interest in this industry, but also in the presentation of Asian culture after the world has been globalized according to the American formula. commercial store today, even here in Muscat, can be As a witness to this, there are Asian meals that are in great demand by especially teenagers, in addition to the increasing demand for sushi restaurants in recent times, or in the words of one of the owners of these restaurants to me, “Sushi Trend.” It reminds me of many questions such as: Is there a clear vision on the execution of this culture by the producers of these works? Is there a certain characteristic to all Korean works, or is the Hollywood experience repeated here, when the latter mass works are presented to us, produced by major international production companies, at a time when it is on the sidelines of film and independent drama production? is what is more differentiated in terms of industry, issues and dramatic treatments? And South Korea, which after the World War to a large extent Westernized, and many talk about the loss of its own cultural character in the light of the domination of capitalist institutions, how does it appear in these works? I decided to subject myself to looking at more than just an integrated Korean work, to get to know it more. The boundaries of my knowledge of Korean literature that come from South Korea, it is dark, and it reflects traditional values that are still present in the traditional lives of the people there, in addition to the hierarchy of the family and access to space.
I personally remember that in the middle of the first decade of the second millennium we exchanged Asian series on tapes, the most famous of which at the time was “A Liter of Tears”, based on a novel of the same name that was recently translated into Arabic. It was the tragic nature of these works and their ability to evoke our pent-up emotions the most that makes us attached to watches in front of computer screens, but these works quickly disappeared, and interest in anime increased more than any other art form to come. from Asia. Today, with easy access to these works and their translation into Arabic, they see great demand. I watched six complete works, all falling into sixteen episodes, two of them are historical series set in the governor’s palace, and the rest are modern social series, the plot of modern works depends on stories of love, paradoxes and coincidences , the hero is usually supernatural because it can for example To recognize things by their smell and discover crimes in them, or he is a genius unmatched by anyone in math and so on, the encounters between these two lovers are complicated, she is older than he, or she is his teacher at school, or the workers keep tension based on the assumption that this taste The most successful is to keep followers eager to achieve the encounter and confession of love. Social relationships appear in these series as we hear of this culture. There is great respect for father, mother and the elderly. The designs of houses are usually also traditional from the inside, with the ability to reflect modern residential buildings in which people rent. small rooms, and they are cramped in a cramped space. Asian meals are emerging in the business as if they are a major player in the business. Eating food is sacred, and choosing and eating food takes up a large portion of working time.
As for the traditional soap operas, it is primarily based on a paradox, as the prince is not a young man, but rather a young woman, hiding in a man’s dress, protected by a loving man, in an atmosphere that reflects the nature of power at that time and the position of women in it, and the king and his symbolism in this culture. I felt like both works were shot in one studio, I think there is actually a studio for historical works of this kind.
According to elee.com, Korean food exports recorded a significant increase in 2020 to the United States of America, which is the largest importer of Korean food. Since the same year, the world has seen a remarkable increase in the sequel to Korean works, especially after the Korean film Parasite won the Oscar. As the first Asian film to win the Best Film Award.
K-dramas are also free of nudity and sex, making it more acceptable for a wide range of age groups and countries. According to Elle, K-dramas make us feel less alone, and we often benefit from crossing our shared human experiences and emotions.
Korean dramas have always been one of the main drivers of K-pop and other Korean cultural exports. The Korean Gulf spread rapidly around the world, but it’s hard to say when K-dramas began to appear outside of South Korea. Some sources refer to the 1997 success of the family drama What Is Love? among Chinese audiences as a starting point for Hallyu; As for the Korean wave, some say it started before it in 1993 when China broadcast the Korean drama Jealousy (Jiltu).
According to dr. Jung Bong Choi, a former professor of film studies at New York University, said Korean network executives undertook business trips to Japan in the 1980s and 1990s to inspire the style of drama there, as Japan pioneered the 12-episode miniseries. In addition, the South Korean government has played a major role in laying the foundations for the burgeoning Korean wave by developing the TV broadcasting infrastructure and allowing different channels to compete.
Undoubtedly, this phenomenon deserves study, either through its cultural impact or its growing economic importance as a cultural industry that has become the biggest competitor to Hollywood. He also recently published on Apple TV, a promising Korean series, which talks about Japan’s occupation of Korea. The name of the work “Pachinko” is taken from the name of the same novel by Min Jin Lee, which was translated into Arabic by the Arab House of Science Publishers under the name “Pachinko”, the epic of liberation of the heart and body .