All the Way to Asia Korean Drama Style
If you're planning to journey to Korea, Japan, Taiwan or other locations in Asia, you might want to watch and enjoy an Asian Drama. The dramas not only tell interesting stories, but include information about locations in Asia, history, and the customs and culture of the people who live there. Most dramas are subtitled in English, so it very easy to follow alongside and enjoy the dramas. It is also a nice way to pick up phrases and learn some of the language before you journey. The dramas are well-produced with excellent directors, actors, and original audio tracks.
Since the year 2000, Korean Dramas have been extremely popular and they are now the rage throughout Asia and the Phillipines. For Korean Drama, I would like to recommend starting out with a few of the most popular sequence during the last 10 years. One of these is the intimate comedy, Full House. It includes two of Korea's top stars, Rain also known as Bi, and Song Hye Kyo. Rain has had an amazing career as a dancer, singer, design and actor. He has also debuted in Hollywood in the 2008 film Pace Racer. Song Hye Kyo, known as one of Korea's most gifted and beautiful actresses has also broken out internationally in the US and China.
Han Ji-Eun (Song Hye Kyo) inherits Full House, a beautiful home that was built on a lake by her parents. Her aspiration is to be a script writer and she is currently writing for the internet. Her two best friends, in desperate need of money, trick her into believing she has gained a free vacation, and while she is absent they sell her house. On the airplane, she fulfills famous actor, Lee Younger-Jae (Rain). On arrival she finds the resort of the aspiration trip is not paid out, but Lee Younger-Jae, although hesitant, loans her the money to stay at the resort and through a sequence of comic events, returning from her vacation, she finds out her house has been sold to him. These two were an excellent combination in Full House and it stays a favorite among Koreans today.
Another excellent drama and one of the funniest out there, is My Lovely Sam-soon. My Lovely Sam-soon also known as My Title is Kim Sam-soon, stars Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam-soon and Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon. These two top Korean actors make an excellent team in this surprising and lovely story of a thirty-year-old feminine pastry chef and younger government resort heir and restaurant proprietor. As you get to know some of the dramas, another nice surprise is seeing Daniel Henney, an American actor of Korean descent and Jung Ryu Gained (singer and actress). Both of these actors have excelled and become very famous in the last five years. A few more to watch to get you started are Boys Before Flowers, The Fugitive-Plan B, Save the Last Dance, Jumong, and the Insadong Scandal.
There are many dramas and movies to choose from in Korea and throughout Asia. There are also Japanese, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dramas that are extremely good. Thailand and the Philippines also produce dramas. The ability to pick a drama in a country that you might be visiting is very do-able and you can see it from the comfort of your home internet prior to traveling.