*whistles* THAT’S….a long title. Oh well.
I know, at least within my friend group, that there’s a lot of debate which country has the better dramas: Korean, Japanese, or Taiwanese. Now, to me, it really depends on what you mean by “better”. What does Korea do that you like better than what Japan does, or vice versa? What about Taiwan? Are their plot lines so amazing all Korean ones are pale in comparison?? To me, the factors that make a “good drama” are: Plot, Characters/Acting, Cinematography, Emotional. Here are my scores out of 10 for each country in those sections and why:
- South Korea: 7/10. To me, the most popular South Korean dramas have a pretty basic plot: the poor, feisty girl, a rich, spoiled brat of a guy, the poor, sweet second lead and a jealous bi*ch of a second girl. Examples? Too many to list. While some dramas use this to their advantage and they can make a really good drama out of it, some, it just seems like “okay…he’s going to become a better person at the end so can we just skip this??”. Although there are some jewels out there “Mixed-up Investigative Agency” , “Can’t Lose” and “Vampire Prosecutor”, this trope is used so many times it would take me forever to list them all. But remember, there are dramas that use this trope are amazing: “My Name is Kim Sam-Soon” and “Pretty Boy Raymun Shop” are just a couple.
- Japan: 9/10. Yep, that’s right, Japan got the highest score. True, some of their best dramas are based off to mangas, but this isn’t a scoring for originality (okay…maybe a LITTLE). To me, Japanese dramas have some of the most INTERESTING and ENTERTAINING plots ever! The conflicts are good, there isn’t one “I’m going to ruin your life because I feel like it” character, and for the most part the pacing is good. Examples? “Kimi wa Petto”, “Hana Kimi”, “One Litre of Tears”, and “Koizora”. Usually, when I just want to watch a good drama with a good plot, I usually go with a Japanese one (This also has to do with the fact that Japanese dramas are shorter, so there’s no “extra” episodes).
- Taiwan: 6/10 Eh. You want the complete truth?? I watch Taiwanese dramas either for the kisses or for Rainie Yang. The plots, although good, just don’t intrigue me that much. Now, like with all things, there are gems in the rubble. “Hi My Sweetheart” and “Miss No Good” are some of those gems.
- South Korea: 8/10. I have to admit, Korea’s got some pretty darn good actors and actresses. Now, I don’t want to name them all (partly because I can’t remember their names), so you’re just going to have to trust me on this. To tell you the truth, sometimes the actors and the characters are what keep me watching–they’re that well though out and well-acted. But again, this isn’t always the truth. Character examples?? The bi*ch and the bas*ta*d are just to name a few. Oh yeah, and the marriage crazy parents who are there just to keep the main characters apart, even if there’s no reason for it.
- Japan: 7.5/10. Why only seven out of ten?? To tell you the truth? Characters: amazing. Acting:…not the best. Yes, I absolutely LOVE the characters, and usually the actors do a pretty good job. But…it’s the actors, I’m sorry. They’re pretty, they have good lines, good character development and all, but there’s just something missing. Don’t ask me what it is, because I don’t what it is.
- Taiwan: 9/10. It’s really the characters keep me going. They’re funny, adorkable, well-acted, and over-all just amazing. Ranie Yang, Wilber Pan, and Mike He are just a few AMAZING actors. They bring so much to their characters it’s not even funny. Thank you, THANK YOU actors for making me keep watching your dramas.
- South Korea: 9/10. You know, sometimes I think they’re focused more on the cinematography than the rest of the drama. Nine times out of ten the camera work is amazing, and it’s very nicely done. They have amazing angles and different shots, and they all come together to make a nice, cohesive piece of art.
- Japan: 8/10. Hm…really, nothing that amazing. It’s nice, and they do have those moments of “wow, that’s a cool shot!” but most of the time, it’s just too simple for my tastes. Not that it’s bad…it’s just not my cup of tea. Although…they have pretty epic entrance scenes for different characters, I HAVE to say.
- Taiwan: 7/10. simple, but sufficent. It works, fits with the story, and is overall, not that bad. While this decision is only based off of the top of my head, I truly believe Taiwanese Drama cinematography is just…average. Nothing special.
- South Korea: 8/10. While I have yet to cry during a South Korean drama, I’ve been close. But at the same time, Emotional is not all about crying. Korean dramas can make me laugh out loud, go “AWWWW”, and even make me angry enough I almost threw my tea at the screen, but those are only at select moments, and in select dramas. For the most part, Korean Dramas are the ones that have made my parents look in and see me laughing on the ground (That was quickly turned into an awkward moment).
- Japan: 10/10. Wow…never thought I’d give one of those out. For me, Japanese dramas have the emotional aspect down to an art. And yet…the actors don’t have the highest score…strange. It’s strange…I’m not a big crier and I actually CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP watching 1 litre of tears. I’ve NEVER done that in my entire life. But again, emotional is not all about crying. Japanese dramas have also, like Korean ones, made me laugh until my parents have come into my room just to give me weird looks. At times, I even think the Japanese have comedy in dramas down to an art. A literal ART!! THAT is why I gave them a 10/10.
- Taiwan: 7/10. I’m sorry Taiwanese dramas, but I just haven’t been feeling the love. Sure, I’ve laughed a couple times, went “awwwwwwww” a couple times, but that’s about it. Sorry, but that’s about it. SORRY!!! But to give you some credit, your kisses are the best I’ve ever seen in any kind of drama, so GO YOU!!! I think that’d be under emotional….
- South Korea: 8/10
- Japan: 8.652/10
- Taiwan: 7.25/10
So, do you agree with me??? Disagree? Come on, speak out!!!!!!!!!!!!