I’ve a confession to make. I’m hooked on Korean films. So are 1000’s in Mizoram, Manipur. Nicely mainly the entire of Northeast India. I’ve heard it’s extra so in international locations like Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, and many others.
It has been a while now since I watched my first Korean film – it was My Sassy Lady. (By the way, My Sassy Lady was the preferred and exportable Korean movie within the historical past Korean movie trade based on Wikipedia. So standard that it outsold The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter which ran on the similar time. It bought 4,852,845 tickets!) That was round two years in the past. By now I’ve watched scores of them – Windstruck, Intercourse is Zero (Korean model of American Pie?), My Spouse is a Gangster 1, 2 & 3, The Traditional, Daisy, A Second to Bear in mind, Joint Safety Space, My Little Bride, A Soiled Carnival, You might be my Sunshine, Silmido, and many others to call however a couple of!
I’m utterly completely hooked!
When a buddy first invited me to look at My Sassy Lady I used to be frankly undecided if I might take pleasure in it. However the spunky, don’t-care-a-damn-tomboy heroine in that film made me fall in love with Korean films (and soaps even!). It isn’t significantly shocking to me that I fell in love with Korean films contemplating the truth that I like French films. Korean films have the identical remedy of their topics like that of French films. I usually watch TV5 French films and Arirang TV every time my cableguy permits me! In fact completely different style of flicks provide you with a special perspective on Korean films. I believe comedy is the place Korean films are the very best.
Now the Korean films and soaps, as I’ve mentioned, are very fashionable within the Northeastern states of India. Even in New Delhi there’s a video library or two the place you will get Korean films. You may be positive I’m an everyday! In a extra critical observe, the query is why… why do the northeasterners love Korean films?? Even after many years of Hindustanization with Bollywood, Hindi classes and Indian politics are we considerably eager for HOME!
It’s actually good to see considered one of your personal (learn chinkies?) on the display screen after so many many years of it being stuffed by the Amitabhs and the Khans and the Roshans of Bollywood. Korean dramas are like a breath of recent air after a lot stale Bollywood films which I seldom watch apart from Ram Gopal Verma films. The intricate plots of twists and turns and rather more urbane feelings are what attracted me to Korean and French films. Perhaps, simply could also be, race does have a task right here. Being racially related, our habits and cultural nuances are so related! Their physique language and facial expressions are so just like our expressions. The relatively alien Punjabi or Bihari nuances of Bollywood deters me from so many good films!
Korean films are additionally technically superior to Bollywood films and might even compete with Hollywood films. Awards and recognition even within the Cannes Movie Pageant have gotten a yearly prevalence for the Korean movie trade. The truth is Hollywood biggies Dreamworks has paid $2 million (US) for a remake of the 2003 suspense thriller Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Story of Two Sisters) examine that to $1 million (US) paid for the correct to remake the Japanese film The Ring.
It’s true that we, Northeasterners, love every thing that’s new to our tradition in contrast to our mainland Indians. We really welcome change and adjusted we’re to an extent. We effortlessly copy the western model of dressing denims, T-shirts and et al. That could be one more reason for our current habit with Korean films. However by some means I doubt that it’s a passing factor like teenage love affair. It’s got cultural affinity overtones written throughout it. Bollywood must counter this onslaught of Korean films with extra Chak De characters! It has already misplaced a lot viewers to Korean movie trade.
A few weeks again whereas having a chit-chat about our lives in New Delhi – the awkward stares, the down proper patronising calling of names and the abuses in workplaces – with a buddy of mine he remarked,”Are we within the incorrect nation?”. “Will you be blissful if you’re handled like a visitor in your personal nation?” asks one of many two Northeast characters in Chak De India. As for me it’s bearable with the assistance of flicks like My Sassy Lady and the like from our kin Korean movie trade. Giggle your coronary heart out and neglect the troubles of this nation till, after all, Chak De India has greater roles for Northeasterners!