Saturday, February 24, 2024

Love Like a K-Drama, discovering the Netflix reality show: can you fall in love with a kiss?

Love Like a K-Drama, discovering the Netflix reality show: can you fall in love with a kiss?

How many chances are there that love will blossom between those who fall in love professionally? Let’s try to understand it from the first four episodes of Love Like a K-Drama, the new Netflix reality show.

Love Like a K-Drama, discovering the Netflix reality show: can you fall in love with a kiss?

From Japan to Korea to find out if love on set is not just a fantasy, and if life can really be like a K-Drama.
Here we will talk about the first four episodes of Love Like a K-Dramaa branded program Netflix which, through the mechanisms of reality showexplores the feelings that can arise when a group of actors and actresses try to break into the world of K-Dramas… and run the risk of experiencing one first hand.

How does it work

Four Japanese actresses (Rio Yamashita, Ayano Kudo, Nozomi Bando, Honoka Kitahara) are paired with as many Korean actors (Song Ji Hyuk, Kim Won Shik, Lee Tae Gyum, Kim Dong Kyu), with whom they will share the joys and sorrows of working together trying to get the lead roles on a show, week after week. In each episode there is the possibility that the couple “breaks up”, as the matches are formed from time to time with different methods, and in every episode there is the certainty of a kiss on stage. A kiss that will be a prisoner?
This is the concept behind the new Netflix show, Love Like a K-Dramawhich brings together performers with various degrees of experience in the sector (some at the beginning, some more experienced) and places them in a context that is both new and somehow familiar, between written and improvised jokes and the spotlight.

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Presented by the actress Yuko Fueki (known in Korea as Yumin), even among the judges of the program who evaluate the actors’ performances from episode to episode, the show incorporates many of the typical mechanisms of reality TV (we even find a narrator and a group of commentators within the same program ), but tries to add a touch of authenticity (whether he succeeds or not is another matter).


The eight participants begin living together after couples are formed for the first time, and together they will be “forced” to live throughout the duration of the program. This will lead them to deepen their knowledge of each other even if not as part of a particular couple, or if not chosen as protagonists of the series of the week.

But it works?


The first four episodes of Love like a K-Drama will probably manage to intrigue the viewer, regardless of the latter’s penchant for reality shows.

The first episode, after all, is dedicated to introducing the participants and making players and the public understand the mechanism of the program.
There is no shortage of typical reality TV dynamicsstarting from the methods of selecting the couples, which varies from episode to episode (also added are “challenges” very similar to those seen in Korean survivors aimed at forming new idol groups, or in other famous programs such as Project Runway) which allow the situation to move and can represent an obstacle or a help (depending on the case) for the participants. Judges and criteria, as well as the methodologies for choosing the protagonists of each “series within the series”, can also vary, as happens for example in the fourth episode, contributing to making the show less predictable and static.

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After each audition, the viewer is shown both the final result (i.e. the part of the drama whose culmination can be found in the scene rehearsed up to that moment) and how it was achieved (i.e. what happened behind the scenes, how they behaved the actors on the set, the chemistry and interactions between the participants), providing the viewer with one glimpse of life in front of and behind the cameras.

The issue of language barriers (there are those who only know Korean, those who only know Japanese, those who know the other language a bit) is one of the most intriguing elements of Love like a K-Drama, as it not only represents an added difficulty added on the professional, but also personal, although with today’s means it does not represent an insurmountable obstacle as it could have been in the past (participants make extensive use of apps to translate, communicating largely with the help of smartphones).


Regarding instead the protagonists of the reality show themselves and how much they will actually be decisive in choosing whether or not to dedicate your time to the program is obviously up to personal discretion, but the puzzle game that is created from episode to episode could greatly influence your preferences, and perhaps even lead you to completely reevaluate this or that participant. Which one will be yours shipand it will be the same as it will come to be endgame finished the show (if there really will be one)?
Love Like a K-Drama it will be available on Netflix starting from November 28th, when the first episodes will arrive, and then continuing throughout the month of December with weekly releases of two episodes at a time, and concluding on December 26th with the grand finale.