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Often, we hear or read Filipino director Joey Reyes’ name when a movie of his has yet again become another box office hit or when he has one that’s in the works.

This time around, though, he’s going viral on social media for his thoughts on local television series.

In his Facebook post, Reyes compared the gists between recently-released Korean dramas and Pinoy teleseryes.

Start Up is about setting up businesses. It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is about mental health. Life is about health care and business. Itaewon Class is about dignity in ambition. Sky Castle is about parents and education. Record of Youth is about choices in life and the sacrifices you make,” he writes. “This is K-Drama today.”

Reyes then points out how Pinoy teleseryes still stick to traditional storylines and plot twists.

Eh, tayo nagkakapalitan pa rin ang mga babies sa ospital, may nawawalang diary, may kabit na kampon ni Satanas, kulot pa rin ang buhok ng kontrabidang babae habang banat ang inaaping martir na bidang babae, laging late pa rin ang pulis sa krimen, palpak ang lahat ng kidnappings, alagad ng kadiliman ang lahat ng mga mayaman, hindi nilikha ni Lord ang mabait na biyenang babae at stepsister, at laganap pa rin ang hindi magamot-gamot na amnesia na mas masahol pa sa COVID-19,” he explains. “Diyos ko, ‘day!

Many on the post’s comment section have echoed the director’s sentiment.

“[It is] high time to venture outside the box,” a Facebook user by the name Maila Gumila writes. “[The] tendency is to stick to [a] formula that has worked for ‘hundreds of years.’ Takot mag-experiment!

Another comment has also pointed out one other reason why Korean dramas are wildly popular—sub plots.

“Direk, what I’ve also realized in this K-Drama phenomenon (on top of the amazing breadth of topics and well thought out narrative devices) is that they take time to also build very interesting sub plots revolving supporting characters that we also root for,” Alvin Miranda shares. “From the North Korean aunties and soldiers in Crash Landing On You, the older brother in It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, the childhood girlfriend in Itaewon, the grandpa in Record of Youth, the grandma in Start Up, they all add depth to the series. There’s no extra for the sake of having an extra!”

As of writing, the post has already been shared more than 5,000 times and has more than 12,000 reactions.

Reyes’ post is a follow-up—sort of—to another viral blog of his back in April 2020, where he enumerated reasons why Filipinos are hooked on Korean dramas. At the time, fellow director Erik Matti, in a widely criticized Facebook post, described K-dramas as “faux Cinderella stories with Belo-fied actors whiter than white.”

Featured image by Ariana Maralit


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