Chinese Drama V.S. Korean Drama

I want to introduce you to the riveting and colorful world of C-Dramas and give you compelling reasons on why it’s a must-watch and why it’s worth bingeing and investing our feelings in.

I had always been a huge fan of Korean Drama ever since my high school year. I watched and rewatched the most high-ranking and popular ones, and constantly looked for more. 

Even though I enjoyed these new discoveries, I still had the feeling that they lack something and was not sure what. That would be still my constant routine of watching and being eager for something unfamiliar if I didn’t encounter Chinese Drama TV series and let myself engage in something that fulfills all the demands that emerged after every Korean TV series I watched.

My story of the exploration of these two different kinds of Asian Drama TV series and comprehension of the advantage of one over the other propelled me to share these 3 most important and prominent reasons why I now prefer watching Chinese TV series.

  1. Impressive Production Values

The cinematography in c-dramas is nothing short of stunning. Also, a lot of thought goes into the sets, costumes, and battle scenes; while the romantic scenes are simply gorgeous. C dramas are overall better at the historical/costume genre and the fantasy genre. Most of the top Chinese fantasy dramas are set in ancient China and thus fall into the costume genre as well.  Consider the likes of “The Glory Of Tang Dynasty”, “The Yanxi Palace”, “Under The Power”, and other epic C-Dramas. 

Be it in historical or modern settings, the Chinese exudes elegance and elaborate costumes and wardrobe. You will either marvel at the grandness of the epic costumes or wish to flawlessly dress like the male and female characters set in modern, cosmopolitan China. Dramas such as “Ten Miles of Peach Blossom”, “Love and Redemption” or “The Long Ballad” reign supreme above everything that comes from Asia in this genre. Chinese historical dramas often pay great attention to art design and set design, being fastidious about costumes, makeup, and props. 

Just look at how Chinese historical dramas always like to include wide shots! In comparison, Korean historical dramas tend to put less effort into set design and art design, which is the reason why they usually give more closeups or medium shots than long shots. 

   2. You Encounter A Variety In Chinese Dramas

C-dramas are often based on novels; this gives them a larger variety of themes and feels fresher than their Korean counterparts. In the absence of leisure travel in recent times, watching a C-Drama is like being transported to different places and at different times in China. You get treated to a taste of Chinese culture in terms of architecture, customs, tradition, clothing, places, and even when it comes to the culinary aspect.

 Unlike K-Dramas which usually end after 16 episodes, C-Dramas are a bit of a commitment with shows usually lasting up to or beyond 40 episodes. The great news is, with expanded episodes, the characters and the storyline are more fleshed out and in much more detail. You have a better appreciation of them. With intense plot developments and just the right pacing, time actually flies when watching a C-Drama and before you know it, you’ve finished an incredible series.

The vast lands of China ensure a variety of content ranging from the different periods—from historical to modern; from the city to the countryside; from the varying regions with different cultural practices and even different tribes and the 13 dynasties that ruled China. The possibilities are endless when it comes to C-Dramas and the entertainment sector has been creatively exploring and maximizing these diverse sources for interesting, gripping, and dramatic storytelling.

   3. There are Fewer Cliches With Chinese Dramas

There is a distinct difference between female characters in c-dramas and k-drama. In historical and fantasy c-dramas, almost without exception, the female character is strong and independent. Often she is a ruler, a war strategist or she leads armies into the battle (for example: “The Long Ballad”, “Ashes of Love”). On the reverse side of the coin, however, in most modern-day K-dramas, the female character is often very naïve and angel-like. The comparison shows that the love story is less predictable in c-drama. It is not uncommon that the hero of the story finds love with someone else by the end of the drama. The concept of love runs on the idea of personal affinity rather than destiny. However, sometimes, this love bond can be so strong that it can transcend time and the lovers reunite centuries later.

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Written by Lina Zhou

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