Episode 20: Roommate, Remakes, and the End of Kdrama?

Posted by Cherry Cordial on March 4, 2015



It’s the twentieth episode! Let’s party like it’s Episode One — you know, except for the fact that we were horribly nervous Episode One and now we are a slick podcast-making machine! Well, maybe not, but we still have fun.

For this episode, we talk about Junsu (Yes again! What can we say, his MV was released, and it is epic — how could we resist?), we squee about Stephanie’s newfound love of Roommate (well, we both squee, and Cherry rocks the ‘I told you so’), we answer a listener question regarding the sister to the sequel and spin off, the remake, then finally, we discuss the troubling news from the big three kdrama broadcasters and what that means for the future of Kdrama.

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Song of a Day

Xia – Flower (feat. Tablo of Epik High)

Listener Question

From Julio

Hi Stephanie and Cherry! My name is Julio and I joined OKC after I found your awesome podcast on iTunes. One question of the many that I have bouncing around is that of the cousin of the sequel and spinoff, the remake and or adaptation.I’m asking this because I read somewhere that a Korean remake of one of my favorite shows, In Time With You was in the works and the original writer thought it would be awesome if the leads could be Gong Yoo and Jun Ji Hyun. Other examples of show like this are:
Fated to Love You (Taiwanese & Korean)
Boys over Flower (Taiwanese, Korean & Japanese) lets assume the American one doesn’t exist
Nodame Cantabile (Japanese & Korean)

What are your thought on shows like this are they good ideas? Bad? What seems to happen when a different version of the same story is told? There are other question about this but I can’t transfer the word from my head to this email but I’m excited about seeing the Korean In Time With You if they are really going forward with it because I want to see what their take is, what they might cut and choose to focus on. The last question that ties in this is is there a show from outside Korea be made into one and who would you cast in it. I would really love to see the Taiwanese show 2 Fathers be made into a kdrama because I love the focus on the family and how in every episode you could see these fathers really love their daughter and theirs actions revolve around that love and doing what they think is best for her even if they don’t like it. I don’t have and casting in mind and I’m afraid that if Korea got a hold of this show it would become a Makjang where the daughter’s mother is a cheboel heiress with and grandfather demanding custody or kidnapping her. I’m probably over exaggerating but I mean come on kdrama they do that from time to time. Sorry for this long email but this is a very interesting topic to me and I would like to hear your opinions. I hope everything gets worked out with the Crazy For Kdrama website and thank you for helping me find new kpop groups to listen to and kdramas to watch.

If you have a listener question you’d like to ask us, be it drama related, casting, recommendations, really anything you can think of, please let us know. We can be reached via our website contact form, podcast@kchatjjigae.com, or if you’d like to leave a voicemail we could play on the air give us a call at 1-347-674-9310.

Dramas Mentioned

Running Man
King’s Daughter, Su Baek Hyang
Gangnam 1970
Hwayi: Monster Boy
Can We Love
Somewhere Only We Know
Fated To love You (Taiwanese, Korean)
Boys Over Flowers / Hana Yori Dango / Meteor Garden / Let’s Go Watch a Meteor Shower (Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
Nodame Cantabile / Tomorrow’s Cantabile (Korean, Japanese)
It Started With a Kiss / Playful Kiss / Itazura na Kiss (Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese)
To The Beautiful You / Hana Kimi (Korean, Japanese)
Liars Game (Korean, Japanese)
My Queen / Witch’s Romance (Taiwanese, Korean)
God of Study (Korean, Japanese)
Queen’s Classroom (Korean, Japanese)
White Tower (Korean, Japanese)
That Winter, the Wind Blows / I Don’t Need Love, Summer (Korean, Japanese)
Queen of the Office / Pride of the Temp (Korean, Japanese)
You’re Beautiful / Ikemen desu ne / Fabulous Boys (Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese)
Queen In Hyun’s Man / The Empress’ Man (Korean, China)
AI Knows Love / Ando Lloyd
Sleeping Forrest
Vomity Unicorn Drama (Atashinchi no Danshi)

Links Mentioned

Big 3 consider cutting back weeknight prime time miniseries
Xia – Flower lyrics

Stephanie would like to apologize to the following
  • To anyone she referred to as five years old. She doesn’t mean it, you look at least 12.
  • Kimura Takuya, for butchering your name even though she is a big fan.
  • To being chicken little with the title of the episode. No, Kdrama is not in danger of ending, its just in a stage of… readjustment.
  • Gangnam 1970, she’s not sure why she refuses to see you out of hand, as its not like she doesn’t like gangster movies.
  • Or maybe she doesn’t apologize. Way to go Gangnam 1970, for making a gangster movie she doesn’t want to see.
  • Anyone who could hear all the sirens in the background — what can she say? She lives in a crappy part of town.
  • America, for possibly implying you have no original programming.

1 Comment

  • Reply connieindramaland March 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I was so sad to hear about what happened to your site, sorry I am so late in saying so as well. I am glad you are not letting the man get you down and you are going to keep going. Unfortunately I am to busy at work to spend much time online that is why I love the podcast so much I can listen while working! I am so glad you are gave Roommate a chance, Jackson is so adorable I want to adopt him.

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