Get a taste of K-pop culture
One More Time, If you thought South Korean pop culture started and finished with the short-lived Gangnam Style craze, think again.
From K-pop to soaps and movies, South Korea’s entertainment industry is a big deal. (Many have observed the similarities to the Hollywood studio system in the 1940s, where enormous control was exerted over talent, but that’s another story.)
I am reminded of the episode of animated sitcom Family Guy from season 14 titled Candy, Quahog Marshmallow, where Peter Griffin discovers the diabolically addictive power of South Korean entertainment. He learns that his friend Quagmire once starred in a South Korean soap opera called Winter Summer while stationed there with the armed services. “What is this and how can I make the rest of my life about it?” a wide-eyed Griffin asks.
A few years ago in these pages, my colleague Rowan Callick interviewed Sam Hammington, a young Aussie actor who had stumbled into stardom in a South Korean reality series called Real Men. Hammington has since been a regular guest on another show in the country, Infinite Challenge. He explained that fame in South Korea was significantly more intense than in Australia: “Fans send expensive gifts — such as computers. They turn up to every single performance.”
No media previews were available of this new series, but it is described as a fantasy drama following an indie band singer who repeatedly undergoes “time slips”. He also has a girlfriend he must save from an unspecified “unlucky fate”.
A quick count of South Korean TV shows on Netflix reveals 42 available to stream now. So don’t laugh: like Peter Griffin, you too just might want to make the rest of your life about it. streaming on Netflix.
A scene from a fantasy drama about an indie band singer and his girlfriend