Remakes are nothing new in the world of television. What is considered newsworthy, however, is the number of South Korean TV series that are currently prompting remakes in other countries.
Korean dramas have long been popular in Asia, especially in the Philippines, Thailand and Japan. The last two decades have seen several remakes of popular k-dramas. princess hours When my love from the stars However, the recent rise in global popularity of k-media also A remake request for a popular drama. There are at least a dozen k-drama remakes that aired recently, are currently airing, or are in various stages of production.
One example is the 2014 drama bad guyStarring Kim Sang-joong, Ma Dong-seok, and Park Hae-jin. It’s the story of a detective who forms a team of “bad guys” to solve a case. When the CJ ENM-produced series aired on his OCN, nationwide he achieved a respectable 3.083% viewership rating. The drama will be remade in Thailand in 2022, and the Thai version currently being broadcast bad guys reached #1 on Netflix
Another example is flower of evil, the story of a female detective married to a serial killer, starring Lee Joon-gi and Moon Chae-won. In 2020 she aired on tvN and in 2022 became India’s first k-drama remake. Duranga, Currently broadcasting on ZEE5.on modern television interview, Duranga Actor Gulshan Devaiah described the remake as “localized”. He said he purposely didn’t watch the original because the actors behaved differently and the stars wanted to offer a fresh interpretation. flower of evil It was also remade in the Philippines this year as an ABS/CBN Viu production.
K-Drama became popular in Japan after its release in 2003 winter sonata And I still have followers. Drama, but crash landing on youwhich first aired two years ago, still tops the Japanese audience rating charts at times. Another popular k-drama, itaewon class, Create a Japanese remake, Roppongi class, Recently, the audience rating exceeded 10%.
Thomas Kim is a hit k-rom-com producer. Business proposal And time travel revenge drama Again My LifeHis company, Kross Pictures, Itaewon class We are currently working on a number of remakes, mainly in India.
“I think there is a growing demand for K-drama remakes in other countries,” said Kim. “Actually, my team in India is currently reworking several TV projects such as: Business proposal When Again My Life for an Indian audience.
Another remake currently airing in the Philippines is Start-up, originally co-produced in 2020 by Studio Dragon and CJ ENM. While the Korean version starred Bae Suzy, Nam Jun-hyuk, Kang Ha-na and Kim Sung-ho, the remake will feature award-winning actress Bia Alonzo, multimedia stars Alden Richards and Jerich. Filipinos such as Gonzalez and Yasmien Kurdi have appeared. The pilot episode earned Nielsen his 9.7% rating in his Philippines, praising its cinematography.
According to Kim, “A story with a high concept, Business proposal (i.e. go on a blind date with your company’s CEO under a false identity) and Again My Life (i.e. traveling for 15 years to get revenge on the villain who killed you) is likely to be remade in another country. ”
The remake is an advantage for people who have trouble reading subtitles. We may also adapt the storyline to local cultural norms, or change the length or number of episodes, depending on the tastes of our viewers. 2013 k-drama good doctorstarring Joo Won was reborn as a US series good doctor, Starring Freddie Highmore. The US version successfully completed his 5th season in 2022, while the original finished with his 1st season of 16 episodes, which is common in k-dramas.
Considering English remakes of dramas such as squid game clash yoYou and Part-time Lawyer Wu It performed well on the US Netflix charts in its original form. squid game, The critically acclaimed is reframed as a real-life competition show rather than being remade as a fictional series. crash landing on youthe story of a South Korean heiress who accidentally landed in North Korea will be remade, but no one has yet explained in which divided country the main characters will clash. W: Two Worlds, Hotel Del Luna, Vincenzo When Furusato Cha Cha Cha.
South Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM receives a lot of requests for remakes of romantic comedies and crime thrillers.
“Romantic comedies have always been a popular genre and we get a lot of inquiries,” said Diane Min, Head of Format Sales at CJ ENM. “The reasoning behind this is not only because of the great response the original title received, but because the genre itself has universal themes of love and comic elements that are more readily accepted and adaptable in different cultures. Action, crime, and thrillers are also popular genres with many requests due to their solid storytelling and outstanding production.”
The 2021-2022 CJ ENM title remake will include: I Need of Romance 3, Bring It On Ghost, remember you When Good luck Goo Hae Ra Remade in Thailand.Japanese remake version of familiar wife, and remake encounter, Adapted in the Philippines.
according to Korea Times, In 2019, there were 89 million Hallyu fans in 113 countries. squid game Topped the Netflix charts. More remakes are more likely.
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