Korean drama


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Korean dramas are popular worldwide, partially due to the spread of Korean popular culture (the "Korean Wave"), and their widespread availability via streaming services which often offer subtitles in multiple languages. Many K-dramas have been adapted throughout the world, and some have had great impact on other countries. Some of the most famous dramas have been broadcast via traditional television channels. For example, Dae Jang Geum (2003) was sold to 91 countries.K-dramas have attracted attention for their fashion, style and culture all over the world. The rise in popularity of Korean dramas had led to a great boost to fashion line.

South Korea started to broadcast television series in the 1960s. In the 1990s, traditional historical series transformed into the present miniseries format. A single director usually leads Korean dramas, which are often written by a single screenwriter. This often leads to each drama having distinct directing and dialogue styles. This differs from American television series, which can rely on multiple directors and writers working together. Series set in contemporary times typically run for a single season and usually contain 12 to 24 episodes of 60 minutes each. Historical series may be longer, with up to 200 episodes, but they also generally run for only one season.

Korean dramas are usually shot within a very tight schedule, sometimes finishing just a few hours before actual broadcast. Screenplays are flexible and may change anytime during production, depending on viewers' feedback, which can be difficult for production teams.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Korean dramas are different from the Americans' because  

  2. Shooting on a tight schedule would likely mean that  

  3.   is an important element for a Korean drama screenplays.

  4. Korean dramas are very accessible online and are understood by the international audience because of  

  5. The overall unique style of Korean dramas can be attributed to  


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  1. Do you watch Korean dramas? If yes, which ones are your favorites?

  2. How different are Korean dramas from those of the US? from your country?


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