I’ve a confession to make. I’m hooked on Korean films. So are 1000’s in Mizoram, Manipur. Properly principally 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 so forth.
It has been a while now since I watched my first Korean film – it was My Sassy Woman. (By the way, My Sassy Woman was the most well-liked and exportable Korean movie within the historical past Korean movie trade in line with Wikipedia. So widespread that it outsold The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter which ran on the similar time. It offered 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 Keep in mind, Joint Safety Space, My Little Bride, A Soiled Carnival, You’re my Sunshine, Silmido, and so forth to call however a couple of!
I’m fully completely hooked!
When a pal first invited me to observe My Sassy Woman I used to be frankly unsure 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’s not significantly shocking to me that I fell in love with Korean films contemplating the truth that I really like French films. Korean films have the identical therapy of their topics like that of French films. I commonly watch TV5 French films and Arirang TV each time my cableguy permits me! After all completely different style of films offer you 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 stated, are very talked-about within the Northeastern states of India. Even in New Delhi there’s a video library or two the place you may get Korean films. You may be certain I’m a daily! In a extra critical notice, the query is why… why do the northeasterners love Korean films?? Even after a long time of Hindustanization with Bollywood, Hindi classes and Indian politics are we considerably eager for HOME!
It’s actually good to see one among your personal (learn chinkies?) on the display screen after so many a long time of it being crammed by the Amitabhs and the Khans and the Roshans of Bollywood. Korean dramas are like a breath of contemporary air after a lot stale Bollywood films which I seldom watch aside from Ram Gopal Verma films. The intricate plots of twists and turns and far 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 much like our expressions. The reasonably 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 incidence for the Korean movie trade. In reality Hollywood biggies Dreamworks has paid $2 million (US) for a remake of the 2003 suspense thriller Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Story of Two Sisters) evaluate that to $1 million (US) paid for the precise to remake the Japanese film The Ring.
It’s true that we, Northeasterners, love every part that’s new to our tradition not like 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. Which may be another excuse for our latest dependancy 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 should 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 pal of mine he remarked,”Are we within the fallacious nation?”. “Will you be comfortable 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 films like My Sassy Woman and the like from our kin Korean movie trade. Giggle your coronary heart out and overlook the troubles of this nation till, in fact, Chak De India has larger roles for Northeasterners!