Korean drama producers have been upping their game lately. From cinematically aesthetic pleasing shots to superb performances from talents and sappy romance stories to plots with unconventional or taboo topics about society, Korea is doing great in producing quality TV series content.
Here are some fun facts about our favorite K-dramas.
1. Princess Hours: The Final Kiss
Wasn’t that last kiss remarkable? The last kissing scene in Princess Hours was shot on a busy street in Seoul. With countless passers-by as the background, one would think how many extras the director had to cast. The truth was, no extras were cast for that scene. The passers-by were actual citizens who just happened to be there when they shot the scene.
2. Full House: Manhwa to TV
Avid K-drama fans know the popular Korean drama Full House, which was top-billed by stars Rain and Song Hye-Kyo. But what people may not have known is that Full House was an adaptation of a rom-com manhwa published in the early 1990s by author Won Soo-Yeon.
3.Squid Game: Survival show queen! From Korea's Next Top Model to Squid Game
Jung Ho-Yeon’s portrayal of Kang Sae-Byeok in the hit series Squid Game is her first acting gig. Originally a model, Jung auditioned for the part, and as the creator said, "Jung's audition tape felt like a gift sent from God."
4.Reply 1988: Based on a true story?
Park Bogum's character, Choi Taek, was loosely based on the Go player, Lee Chang-ho.
5.Signal: Based on True Crime Story
One of the cases shown in the drama series was inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders that happened between 1986-1991. This was also the same case from Bong Joon-ho's film Memories of Murder.
6.Sweet Home: Expensive K-drama
Sweet Home is reportedly the most expensive K-drama that Netflix ever produced, costing the streaming site at least $2.7 million spent per episode.
7.City Hunter: From manga to K-drama
City Hunter is a 2011 K-drama starring the famous actor Lee Min-ho. The series is an adaptation of the 80s Japanese manga by Tsukasa Hojo.
8. Hotel King: The return of our favorite My Girl couple
Before Hotel King, actors Lee Dong-Wook and Lee Da-Hae starred in the famous 2005 rom-com My Girl. The actors reunite after nine years.
9. Fight For My Way: First time leading lady
The female lead role Choi Ae-ra, played by Kim Ji-won, was Kim’s first project as a lead.
10. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Big screen to the small screen
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a remake of the 2004 full-length film, Mr. Hong.
11. Sky Castle: Big in China
Even with the Chinese government's ban on Korean content, Sky Castle was uploaded on Weibo (the largest Chinese online portal) after it aired in Korea. The Chinese hashtag for Sky Castle reportedly garnered 350 million hits on the night of the release in China.
12. Welcome to Waikiki: THE FANS WANT MORE!
Due to its popularity, Welcome to Waikiki was extended to 20 episodes from the originally agreed 16 episodes. People can't get enough of the laughter.
13. Descendants of the Sun: Show ratings rise, Korean cosmetic sales soar higher
All thanks to the famous K-drama Descendant of the Sun, the Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar used by Song Hye Kyo, who played the female lead, noted a hike in its sales in March that year. It even sold out in some stores.
14. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo: From on-screen romance to REAL-LIFE
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo lead actors Nam Joo-Hyuk and Lee Song-Kyung ended up dating in real life.
15. My Name: Han So-Hee's transformation
In preparation for the K-drama, actress Han So-Hee trained so hard and gained 10 kg of muscle.
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Haley Joel Osment, the boy who delivered The Sixth Sense’s famous line “I see dead people,” got the role for one of three reasons: He was the best choice for it, he was the only boy who wore a tie in the auditions, and he impressed director M. Night Shyamalan for reading the whole script three times the night before the auditions.
The scene where Sadako comes out of the well did not use any special effects in the original Japanese horror installation of Ringu (1998). Actress Rie Ino’o was a student of the Kabuki theatre known for exaggerating movement and jerking motions to convey emotions. During the shoot, the production filmed Ino’o walking backward and ran the scene in reverse, making Sadako’s walk seem unnatural and nonhuman.
Lupita Nyong’o in Us (2019) based her character Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that causes involuntary spasms of the larynx. This is to remain in character as Red as it was stated in the script that she had not used her voice in many years. Lupita worked with an ENT specialist, a vocal therapist, and a dialect coach so as not to damage her vocal cords. Welp, that’s a Yale drama school graduate for you.
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