[News] Remakes of Japanese Dramas Continue to Score with ′That Winter′ and ′God of the Workplace′.
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Following the successful landing of screenwriter Noh Hee Kyung′s That Winter, the Wind Blows, KBS2′s God of the Workplace has also found its way into the hearts of viewers, scoring another win for dramas with Japanese originals.
God of the Workplace, which aired its first episode on April 1, is based on a Japanese drama that aired through NTV in 2007. It starred such actors as Ryoko Shinohara, Ai Kato, Yo Oizumi and Kotaro Koizumi, son of the former Japanese Prime Minister.
The drama was fairly popular in its time for its comical depiction of a talented contract worker.
Viewers applauded the drama as an acceptable description of the joys and woes of contract workers, and the colorful acting of Kim Hye Soo, Oh Ji Ho, Lee Hee Jun and Jung Yu Mi added to the praise and expectation.
Noh Hee Kyung also recently scored with her own first remake. The SBS drama That Winter, the Wind Blows is based on a Japanese drama titled Love Isn′t Necessary, Summer, and despite the concerns voiced in its production stages, managed to find its way into the favors of viewers.
Officials especially believe Noh Hee Kyung′s way of mixing in Korean emotions without changing too much in the original was what made the drama a success. Add to this That Winter′s stylish videos, Zo In Sung and Song Hye Kyo′s perfect chemistry and such actors as Kim Tae Woo and Bae Jong Ok, and you get a remake that goes beyond the boundaries of a remake.
The remake trend is expected to continue for some time. MBC plans to soon produce a remake of the 2005 Japanese drama The Queen′s Classroom, a drama about an tyrranical female teacher and her students, with Go Hyun Jung is in talks to join the drama.
Remakes have been fairly successful so far in 2013, proving the unique and creative subject matter of Japanese dramas definitely appeal to viewers.
Concerns about the flood of remakes, however, still remain, leading officials and viewers to continue to keep their eyes on whether the boom will soon die down.