A huge part of the Korean drama industry has been taken over by remakes of foreign dramas and anime. An example of a recent remake would be MBC’s “Fated to Love You,” which is an adaptation of a Taiwanese drama of a similar name. Recently, a list of the Best three and Worst three drama remakes were made:
“It doesn’t get any better than this” Best 3
The top remake of all time is 2009 KBS drama “Boys Over Flowers,” which brought upon a worldwide F4 syndrome with a best rating of 33.5% and an average rating of 28.5%. It started Goo Hye Sun, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Joon, and Kim Bum. “Boys Over Flowers” was a remake of a Japanese manga of the same name. Just like it gathered an enormous amount of popularity as a manga, the drama adaptation brought much success as well. There were also other television adaptations as well, in Taiwan and in Japan, both of which were hits in their respective countries.
The second in rank is the 2010 KBS drama “God of Study,” starring Yoo Seung Ho, Kim Su Ro, Bae Doo Na, Go Ah Sung, Lee Hyun Woo, and T-ara’s Jiyeon among others. It was an adaptation of Japanese drama “Dragon Zakura,” putting the spotlight on the harshness of the education system. Its best rating was at 25.1% with an average rating of 21.6%.
Third in rank is 2007 MBC drama, “White Tower,” an adaptation of a Japanese drama of the same name. Its best rating was at 20.8%, and brought the lead Kim Myung Min a Top Excellence Acting Award in the MBC Drama Awards later that year. It was a story about the political tension and the fight for power and control behind the setting of a university hospital. A gallery of the drama was also created, and they even used stills of the drama to make a second production.
Some other top remakes were “That Winter the Wind Blows” (SBS) and “God of Workplace” (KBS) among others.
“The depressing record of remakes” Worst 3
Not all remakes necessarily have the best records. The following are in chronological order:
The first is 2006 SBS drama “101st Proposal,” which was a remake of a 1991 hit Japanese drama of the same name. There was also a previous adaptation in 1993 as a film starring Kim Hee Ae and Moon Sung Keun. Because both the original and the film adaptation were both very successful, this remake garnered much anticipation from fans. However, it ended up having an early termination after 15 episodes due to its low ratings, especially since it aired simultaneously with MBC’s hit drama “Chumong.” It had also been during the time of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. With all of these factors contributing to the low ratings, the drama inevitably came to a quiet ending.
The worst remake drama of all time with the lowest ratings was 2010 MBC drama “Mischievous Kiss,” starring Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So Min. It had been a remake of the Taiwanese drama of the same name, and recorded its lowest rating at 2.8%, its best at 7.5%, and an average of 4.9%. It was Kim Hyun Joong’s attempt at continuing his popularity from “Boys Over Flowers,” but ended up being unsuccessful due to its overdramatic and childish setup.
A fairly recent drama from 2012, “To the Beautiful You” (SBS) also had similar ratings. It was a remake of popular Japanese drama of the same name that had an average rating of 17.4%. Comparable to the ratings of the original, the Korean adaptation hit its best at 7.3% and a low at 4.1%. The viewer criticism had been that the setup was too unrealistic and that the flow of the drama had been too slow.
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