Three K-dramas That Hit Different
Having too much spare time in hand these days, I revisited my old friend Korean Drama (k-drama). I started watching k-drama long time ago, but only recently I gave more attention to the implied messages and subtle meanings of the stories.
Out of tens of k-dramas I have watched, strangely enough it’s the series with simpler theme that hooked me. While most people associate k-dramas with dreamy love, sometimes with out-of-this world being (read: goblin, ghost, nine-tailed fox), there are stories about normal everyday life which we all can relate.
I thought I should share these underrated k-dramas in case you are looking for things to watch, or are bored with the usual handsome boy and pretty girl story (and yes, all of them are available on Netflix)!
Move to Heaven
It’s a deep show, prepare your tissue. I cried a lot watching the latter half of this series.
The story emphasised on human connection: empathy for the loved ones that were left behind, letting go of the people you care about, and all the regrets that came only after you lost something. As trauma cleaner, the two lead characters uncover messages left behind the deceased in their belongings, and usually these are the words they might not have a chance to say to their loved ones.
I appreciated the breadth of the stories of the deceased — lovers, elderly, murder victim — because everyone has unique tale to tell. Closing the series with cleaning the lead character’s deceased Dad’s belonging was very apt and was a good arch.
The one question to ponder even after finishing the show is if i passes on tomorrow, what do I want to tell my loved ones today
Double uniqueness for this one: ballet and grandpa ballerino (male ballet). Ballet was not my favourites art form but I appreciate the flexibility and the hard work put into it.
It tells a story about an elderly man in his 70s who wanted to learn ballet and a young ballerino who had a lot of baggages holding him back from achieving more. Both of them formed a mutually beneficial relationship — the young ballerino started teaching the elderly man and somehow the elderly man transformed the young ballerino’s life through small acts and his sincerity. Not forgetting the twist — the elderly man had Alzheimer and the symptom worsened as the series progressed, but he persevered in learning ballet and gave his best to achieve his childhood dream.
The message kept repeating as you watch the show — it’s never too late to try something new, it’s never too late to restart your life. I guess it was a good reminder for myself as someone who always wanted to do art but studied and built a career far from art world.
This show might come off as boring, but it might be boring because it was very realistic and close to our daily life.
The male lead was an athlete who had to quit from national team and was ‘lost’ for a while because he did not know what to do. The female lead was a subtitle writer and was content by seeing her name in the end credit. Somehow they met and fell in love, but no, the male lead did not try to go back to national team and the female lead did not become famous. In addition the second lead couple — a rich female CEO and an art university student did not end up together because they acknowledged the love alone could not overcome their differences.
For me personally, watching the show taught me to be grateful of the small wins in life. Not everyone can be CEO, famous actress or president, but you can be the best version of yourself. Isn’t it relatable in this era of social media when comparing yourself to those influencers is almost a habit?