Yes! Japanese doramas all the way!

unni said:

(Allow me to comment on each paragraph one-by-one)

First of all, the Japanese entertainment is the second biggest entertainment after USA. Everyone is trying to breakthrough Japan. Look at the whole Korean heavy promoting. They’re promoting everywhere and anywhere that they can get their chance to. As for Japanese, once in a year will you see them go to another country. It’s a matter of promoting. The Japanese drama are for its own audience, I don’t think they have any intention to attract other viewer except their own (But with internet access, we are able to catch it, that’s all, it’s freakin’ hard to find information about their actors and actress *gasp*). I don’t think they have the intention to promote. I think they understand where they totally coming from and plus this does get into political matter, they know they are hated by some of the country.

The Japanese people are known to be private people, so no matter what happens, it’s only fan clubs who provide legit information about their favorite celebrity. If you are somehow a bit familiar (or have a background) on Nihongo (and knows how to familiarize kotoeri), you’ll really going to delve on some of the secrets of Japanese celebrities and their vital statistics (LOL).

Second of all, people love the pretty, handsome and hotness main actors in K-drama. These are all the selling point of K-drama. Attracted actors and actress which I think they won by far than the Japanese by hotness and height. But whole heartily, I find Japanese men more warm and down to earth.

IMO, Japanese actors are expected to be MORE than talented and well-rounded at the same time. Look at Yui Aragaki. She’s not only an actress, but also a singer. Her older counterpart Yukie Nakama is also one, but the latter has a certain level wherein she could teach Okinawan dance. My fave Japanese actor Kei Tanaka is so far one of the thespians who deserve a more decent break because he really is a true-blooded thespian — he could be a villain, a teacher, a funny guy, a nerd — even MORE well-rounded than some Japanese actors that I know. He deserves a break.

Hmmmm… with regards to being more down-to-earth and warm… yes. Kinda. And I think that if I choose a Japanese guy to be my beau, I’d be the happiest lass in the whole wide world! LOLjk. Anyways, I could only think of Kwon Sang-woo as one of the most down-to-earth Korean actors — at least he knows how to appreciate non-Korean stuff (no need to mention it!).

This is the time of Korean Wave plus they are heavily promoting their own dramas and movie, I’m sure they are making it big. But how far will this go? I’m sure a lot of the old Korean follower are sliding the other way. Because I was attracted to Korean drama since 2000 or 2001 by Autumn in my heart, by the handsome face, Won Bin. But you know the more, you watch Korean, the more boring it gets. Not everyone feels that way of course, but to me it is.

Korean dramas are overrated. No wonder, when it comes to Korean dramas, I always feel that Taiwanese dramas are much more OK, but Korean dramas? I only liked Success Story of a Bright Girl and err… The Truth (Choi Ji-woo). But the Hallyu craze ruined it–thus making me lean more towards Japanese dramas.

Not only are you bored of their repetitive script. THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT BUGS ME ABOUT KOREAN DRAMA IS THEIR ACTORS AND ACTRESS ACTING!!!!!! What the heck is wrong with them? Did they learn their acting from the same teacher? OMG, from the face expression to the gesture. They all portrayed it with the same thing. They’re so annoying from every character to the main actor and actress in the drama. Their voice, they’re always screaming. Their script doesn’t make sense too, like sometimes out of nowhere, they would said something stupid. It’s always you chase me, I chase you. I haven’t come across any Japanese who try to act like Korean or their script becoming like Korean. If that’s the case, it’ll totally be annoying. The other reason why I love Japanese is because the actors have their own distinct passion of acting. whenever I find one trying to act like the other actor, I would find it extremely annoying because it’s not original.

IMO, Korean actors are really trained to act very well — however, this is not only the case when it comes to “training.” As a matter of fact, Korean actors (most of them) are actually simply attractive. Reiterating on what I said again, it’s pretty hard to find a natural-looking Korean actor (or actress), especially that the Korean society is reputed to be obsessed with cosmetic surgery. Well, not only obsessed, since not all of them are willing to look “perfect,” but they’re actually influenced by peer pressure and the social media (whether it’s online or not).

Truth to be told, Koreans who are not even celebrities in real life tend to be more attractive than the actors. They’re even much more willing to learn as compared to actors who just wanted to become famous because they’re attractive (again, face value over talent).

I have only started watching Japanese drama 2 years ago. J-dorama taught and motivated me to explore life. Taught me to do what makes me happy. Taught me to follow my heart. It’s not sad, it’s not dramatic to point of making you cried but it left you with a sting in the heart. It makes you feel warm and it makes you happy. It makes you smile and it continue to bring the light to your heart. This is what I learned from watching J-Dorama. As for K-drama, what did I learned? NOTHING. Not many things that I have learned because most of them focus on love. Love that are the impossible. So at the end, it’s a matter of preference. I like realistic drama and some people just preferred melodrama. pssh some said J-dorama are vague? Duh, that’s the whole point of the drama. It suppose to leave you to think. It wants you to solve it!

After all, there’s a sheer similarity between Filipino teleseryes and Koreanovelas. I cannot blame the concept of “creativity” among Filipinos and Korean people in terms of simply making a storyline or a script. Here, we’re talking about how the series will be packaged as not predictable. In most Korean dramas and Filipino teleseryes, the plot is actually one-sided and too formula-driven, although Korean dramas diversify (City Hunter, period and patriotic dramas). It only happens that they’re not actually as versatile/flexible as their Japanese counterparts. The only thing that is flawed in most Japanese dramas is that, the actors tend to act in an exaggerated manner that they almost defeated stage actors who cannot totally adapt in on-screen performance.

Also, there are no lessons to be learned in Filipino teleseryes and Korean dramas! Well, not all of them do not provide some interesting points in their dramas, but in general, they don’t actually do that (or failed to do so). If you’re going to delve towards Japanese doramas, you’ll really feel that they diversify more than the dramas I was mentioning and somehow they’re LESSER boring than US shows (not a fan of US shows, because they’re too bland, for instance One Tree Hill — which is the worst crap I’ve ever watched, like seriously). What I only commend is the Big Bang Theory and some sitcoms (from Disney, Nickelodeon…, children-oriented channels).

Now why am I saying this? Most US shows are actually more on the “bold” side — they actually stereotype more and more Asians than black people. Black people and Latinos are not much stereotyped (but in some way they are), but Asians in general are the most stereotyped (one reason why I’m no fan of US shows). Also, the reason why I said that they’re too bland (One Tree Hill for instance) is because they don’t emphasize too much drama. Overall, they’re just, bleh.

Like some people has mention before, what I find very interesting is the lightning in the drama. lol Japanese drama looks very natural as oppose to Korean drama where they used so much lightning, it’s so fresh, it makes their actors looks so flawless. They’re so superficial, Dong Won from Shinhwa said. Believe it or not, he did. He said he admire Japanese so much for their talent (well he was more focus on music) that he have met. He said the Korean entertainment is all about superficial. My interpretation of it is that he doesn’t like it. It’s not that he feel shame for his country or anything, he just wish his country would focus more on talents. And as far as I know Dong Wan, he’s quite a straight forward guy. I think if people are Shinhwa’s fan, they would have read this news before. It’s from one of the shinhwa english fan site. I think it’s sarang shinhwa? I forgot the website already since I haven’t visited for ages. I like Japanese this way and I hope they will keep it this way. Accept the flaws of human is good.

So far, Dong Wan isn’t the only outspoken Korean guy I have encountered (just now). Kwon Sang-woo is another example of someone who does admire non-Korean stuff, such as Filipina women and their face shape (Kamsahamnida, Kwon-ahjussi! I’ll take that as a compliment) and the leniency and tolerance of Japanese society in terms of divorce (you’re still accepted in Japanese society if you’re a single and divorced mom, but you’ll be under the poverty line if you’re not tough enough).

With regards to flawlessness, in Hanamizuki, it seemed that Yui Aragaki is NOT even THAT flawless. Whatever make-up she uses, the blemishes are still apparent (thanks to the full HD thing!). Also, Japanese male actors are not even afraid of getting tan! After all, Japanese society allows their actors to be themselves, for as long as they’re not manipulated by their respective entertainment agencies (most tend to be abusive and super-strict in terms of rules). So if you have the bihaku for women, nobody is afraid to be a ganguro. It just shows how individualistic Japan would be, even though the beauty standard among Japanese people is to be “white-skinned.”

My conclusion is, at this point of time, Korean is the trend. So if they beat Japanese, it’s not a big surprise. It’s hilarious.

Err… ditto here.

Overall Take

EXACTLY! Now why am I saying this?

Japanese doramas have more substance than Korean ones. What is usually repetitive on Japanese dramas is about school life. It’s mostly targeted for teenagers but their other genres are for all ages as well. Try watching Screen Red and go venture on some Japanese movies, too! You’re going to love them, but not all. There are some that absolutely bore me to death.

Too bad Japanese doramas were not marketed towards other countries. However, if you’re going to watch the whole series, you’ll always feel curious about the plot IF you have subtitles.

3 thoughts on “Yes! Japanese doramas all the way!

  1. I agree with you. Most Filipino dramas (except few good ones) and Korean dramas follow a predictable formula. They both have convoluted plots and most of their character don’t develop I suddenly remembered a conversation with a friend of mine when we talked about teleseryes. We noticed also that emotional responses are unrealistic. I remembered another characteristic of the teleserye that bugs me a lot: that the only way the heroine can win if she ‘finds’ her identity which is the rich family. Usually, if she is compounded with problems, she’ll just cry. In some times, the heroines develop but they dump their character development when they meet Prince Charming. Their character development goes back to helpless.

    As for Korean drama (except some good few), their concepts in their stories can get boring. Their humor is sort of flat (except some naturally funny actors). They can suffer from the flaws the plague Filipino drama has.

    On J-Drama, I haven’t seen one but I heard they have good plotting. I’ll try to watch one of this days when I have the time.

    Good article.

    • Thanks for sharing. In fact, when I watched some Japanese movies and dramas, you’re not going to meet your expectations at all. ((:

  2. Reblogged this on Spitfire Rants and Thoughts over the Kimchi & Adobo and commented:
    Hmmm…
    Maybe I have yet to watch more Japanese Dramas and Movies, since I have been into Korean scene for a couple of years since 2006 (the year I started to get active on Korean Dramas, Movies, food, fashion etc. While I honestly say that more and more Korean Dramas are becoming formulaic, but there are dramas in Korea that were really interesting to watch. I have watched so many Korean Dramas–and that includes period dramas. I do not watch romance comedy and dramas that much, and Boys Over Flowers is what I think to be one of the most overrated TV series, as well as He’s Beautiful, Princess Hours (I like the teddy bears, the royal interior, and OST though), My Girl.
    Below are the ff. Korean dramas I have watched and appreciated since 2006:
    Dae Jang Geum
    My Name is Kim Sam Soon
    Emperor of the Sea
    Memories of Bali
    Autumn Fairy Tale (Haven’t watch Summer Scent and Spring Waltz. Winter Sonata is too tragic for my taste, but this is a huge hit in Japan!)
    Stairway to Heaven (I love it at how Tae Mira and Yoori were shamed by Han Taehwa and Pilsu during Jungsuh and SongJoo’s wedding! Ahahha! Epic!)
    Jumong
    Coffee Prince
    I Really Really Like You
    My Rosy Life
    Money War
    Eyes of Dawn (haven’t watched this, but if there is any DVD of this, I’ll gonna watch this!)
    Sandglass
    Foxy Lady
    HwangJini
    Come Back, Soon-ae
    Couple or Trouble
    All About Eve
    Full House (seriously! I love it!)
    The Legend
    My Girlfriend is a Kumiho
    Rooftop Prince
    Answer me 1997 (magaan siya sa loob, walang typical bida-kontrabida relationship, and will make you reminisce your life in the 90s)
    Capital Scandal

    And dramas I should have watched:

    Queen Seon-Deok
    Baker King
    You are my Destiny (I would like to see Yoona’s acting more)
    Daemul

    For Japanese Dramas, Gokuzen series and Hana Yori Dango is something I liked. While I could have watched 1 Liter of tears more, I like the concept of the drama. I also liked Seigi_no_Mikata_(2008). Since I have watched less Japanese Dramas, so I could not judge which is better, though as I see that they are not formula-driven as K-dramas

    I also do not believe that there are no lessons to be learned from any K-Dramas. If you get to explore more, you will see there are lessons to be learned the same way as Japanese dramas do. Not necessarily there will be imparting words to you, but you will be get inspired at how a protagonist continued to rise and move on from tragedies he/she experienced.

    The only flaw about Korean entertainment is, PERFECTIONISM. I seriously don’t believe in perfection, as this is really delusional.

    I agree for one thing, is how bland US dramas are. I like Gossip Girl—mainly because of the styling, or Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen. I also liked Charmed, though I do not watch that always, especially if it is aired by Studio 23. I like Glee, probably because of musicality. US Dramas can make you blinded with action, suspense, bling and luxury, stuff like that, but as for the emotions? Emotion is something that most US dramas don’t have, that is why I don’t feel most of them.

    Lastly, I don’t agree that Korean actors and actresses do not know how to act. How come that some of their movies were able to showcased in the likes of Cannes Film Festival if they don’t know how to act in the first place?

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