Unless you are a complete newbie to K-dramas, you’re likely to have suffered the heartrending pain of the second lead syndrome (SLS). Episode after episode, we hang in there whispering inside our head; “Maybe this one is different. Maybe there’s a twist here somewhere.”
You are in denial. You are crying inside. You are on the brink of dropping the show. You finally give up and accept the inevitable. Your ship’s not gonna sail.
It’s hard to imagine I’d managed to avoid the cdrama bug until now. Though I speak Mandarin and Cantonese, albeit in broken form, I’d had very little interest in cdramas. Superior perhaps for its wuxia or historicals, where action packed fighting sequences reign supreme, but alas, its contemporary counterparts felt cheesy and overly dramatic. Or so I thought.
Until… the day my twin came across a cdrama that caught her eye while flipping through channels after a tiring day scouring the sights of Beijing. Except for Boss and Me where the swoon-worthy Darcy-like Feng Teng held my interest, I had stayed away. But when Park Hae Jin gleamed across the small screen looking dreamy and ever so handsome, that was enough to make me sit up and pay attention.
“That’s the Korean dude from My Love From Another Star!” I exclaimed from my sitting position on the bed. A quick yahoo search later confirmed that yes, this was Park Hae Jin in his cdrama Far Away Love which was filmed in 2013 but aired in 2016.
So here begins the birth of my sustained interest in cdramas.
Perhaps, cdramas are slowly emerging as a legit contender in the saturated Asian drama world. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Korean drama craze in China is forcing the Mainland studios to step up their game and copy the same successful formulae that won drooling fans all over China and overseas.
So, here’s a brief look at the three cdramas I completed in recent months.