I can't do the melodramatic 18-hour marathons anymore. I don't have the patience to sit through the hair-tearing torture of watching people try to communicate with each other through silence and frustrating expressions while expecting the opposite party to just get it. Most Kdramas I watch have at least a few parts where the rationales are never explained until the very freakin' end just so producers meet their episode quota (or trying to milk the drama for all its worth.)
The same for Chinese dramas. The dragginess ohmygawd.
Even with that said, there are a few dramas out there that have met my expectations. They are far and few in between though.
I think Taiwan takes the prize for a whole bunch of useless peripheral characters and overall draggyness. It's rare I can find anything to watch these days in Tdrama - ditto Jdrama (where girls/and even guys tend to over-exaggerate all expressions sometimes to the pt of slapstick).
Chinese (esp HK and Taiwanese fare) just doesn't cut it for me anymore, after Korean.
I still watch the occasional HK and T movies. Then again, while you get great acting from Shu Qi in one movie, and it's total trash in some corny bad comedy from her in another in (the total exaggeration overboard junk I can't stand from HK)
China movies - some are pretty city modern good and edgy, with a fast pace and good narration on social issues.
So I am biased. Even the Kfashion styling/eye candy is tastefully better (esp when compared to the trying hard wannabe HK/Taiwan fare).
Korean drama writers have been getting increasingly better since early 2000 days, with far less mak-jang (heavy melo). Movies are great too - JSA, Old Boy etc. Or very easy watches like The Mood of the Day (again I am very biased - it was really discovering Chilbongie as male lead who drew me in, along with Moon Chae-Young). But those movies are an entertaining watch and leave a good feel, with or without social commentaries.
After yrs of being a viewer, I'd say there's far less melo in Kdrama these days (that's HK drama with all it's plot machinations. And Taiwanese where it's is generally much ado about really nothing with too many irritatingly giggling/bickering characters galore and cheesy scripts with sometimes really bad humour)
Hardly anyone in Kdrama dies of anymore or needs piggyback rides (unless it's the 50 ep types)/runs away endlessly/plays the noble idiot (be it oppa or his lead lady). The wrist grabs, unfortunately are still there.
There's actually a whole lot more modern expectation and direct communication too in K-scripts these days, thankfully - and feminist strong modern women values too. Independent self-reliant women. NOT helpless Cinderellas needing to be rescued all the time, or reformed extravagant chaebols who only know how to shop, bi*ch and look pretty. Homosexuality, depression and mental health (esp after all the suicides in Korea), single women, divorced women and and a whole bunch of other social issues have brought out of the closet with the more daring modern writers/great scripts too. (TVN offerings, esp)
The Dramabeans' team of strong writers generally don't stand for much nonsense in their expectations of a drama (or make excuses because of the gorgeous male leads - that's Soompi) - good guides there.
Edited by nomad 822, 29 March 2016 - 04:21 PM.