As if there isn’t enough on our K-drama plate, the girls of Couch Kimchi still manage to squeeze in some time for J-dramas and TW-dramas! In this roundtable, we’ll be discussing the differences between the three and our appreciation for the unique elements of each one.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
How long have you been watching dramas?
What attracts you to Japanese dramas?
What attracts you to Taiwanese dramas?
K-drama vs. J-drama vs. TW-drama: Which floats your boat?
Let’s talk remakes!
How about other Asian dramas?
Which elements from all three would you combine to make your perfect drama?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING DRAMAS?
Tessieroo: I started watching Korean dramas at the beginning of 2005, but I didn’t begin a Taiwanese drama until I read buzz about Ariel Lin. I decided to watch “It Started With A Kiss,” which I didn’t like. LOL. I loved some of her later work, especially “In Time With You.” From there, I would search actors’ names and watch other dramas or movies they starred in; it’s something I still do. Also, if a drama tackles a particularly tough subject, like the TW-drama “Mars“ which dealt with rape.
And then Japanese actor Haruma Miura took over when I saw him in “Kiozora” (“Sky Of Love“). Even with that horrible pink/white hair, it was clear this kid could act. His performance in “Hours Of My Life” was amazing. I still try to follow everything he does. So, I guess I’ve been watching Japanese dramas for around seven years.
Clockwatcher: My memory is fuzzy, but I’ll say I’ve been watching Korean dramas for a little over a decade and a little less than a decade for both Taiwanese and Japanese dramas. I started watching J-dramas because I became bored with the lack of variety in K-dramas. I can’t remember my first, but I think my first attempt at “Hana Yori Dango” put me off them. LOL. However, I gave it another shot after I’d gotten use to the J-drama style and enjoyed it after skipping to the fourth episode. I also can’t remember my first Taiwanese drama, but unlike Tess, “It Started With A Kiss” was the first one with which I fell in love. It’s still one of my favorites.
Rinchan: I’ve been a K-drama and J-drama viewer for four years. Although it has been a short time, I have binged through quite a lot since I discovered Asian dramas; however, I have only been watching TW-dramas for a little over two years.