In this final batch of dramas, you’ll find a certain number of trends. The Hallyu wave is still going strong – as many Korean pop stars and K-drama influences have made their way to multiple dramas on this list. Scandals also seem to fuel a star’s popularity in Japan – not hurt them. Veteran actors/actresses are also continuing to return to the small screen after a long hiatus. Finally, while it’s not a trend, you’ll also find my drama pick of the season (and perhaps the entire year) on this list.
A powerhouse, fast-paced drama about love and changing the world, Daemul is the story of Korea’s first female president and the lawyer who loves her. The all-star cast includes Cha In Pyo (White Tower), Lee Soo Kyung (Soulmate), and Hallyu star Kwon Sang Woo (Stairway to Heaven). The thespian heart is revered actress Go Hyun Jung, however, who gives her usual fiery, sympathetic performance as a politician passionate to protect her fellow citizens while also torn by her heart.
America’s longest running film festival featuring artists of Asia descent, the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City, is looking for films for the 2011 festival.
For every school drama out there in J-drama land, there is a detective drama. Arguably, I believe that the detective drama is the most popular genre, as you will always find a flurry of them every season, whether they’re new or old. The long-running Aibou, which is now in it’s 9th season, is currently raking up nearly a 20% ratings average and has two successful movies under its belt. So what do I think about this season’s detective dramas so far? Let’s find out.
School dramas are a standard in Asian dramas and this season, Japan brings us three of them! First impressions of Jdramas Misaki Number 1!!, School!! and Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta.
Beloved actress Kim Nam Joo, who returned to dramas last year with smash hit Queen of Housewives, takes the lead again in the semi-spinoff Queen of Reversals. She is joined by an ensemble of charismatic acting talents: Jung Joon Ho (Iris), Park Shi Hoo (Prosecutor Princess), and Chae Jung Ahn (Coffee Prince). Romantic and well-written, Queen of Reversals was extended twice, giving it time to develop a secondary storyline which led ultimately to a surprise (but highly satisfying) ending.
Mei Le, Go! is based on a novel and is a romance set in the world of a bakery shop. Cyndi Wang is a bakery shop owner, while Mike He is a famous music producer and award-winning musician. Based on the character descriptions and the roles these actors have played in the past, I’m going to guess that Cyndi’s character is sweet-tempered but stubborn, while Mike’s is high-maintenance and demanding, and of course gradually falls for Cyndi’s quiet charms.
BANANA 2 will bring together a Who’s Who of Asian American bloggers on February 26, on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, CA.
Top Taiwanese actor/pop star Wilbur Pan recently released a music video in which he collaborated with Nichkhun from Kpop group 2PM. Read more to watch the video.
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