Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dramaworld - A Viki Experiment Gone Right!

When I first heard about the Dramaworld project I was quite taken with the idea of K-Edrama. As technology continues to shrink our world, we now can enjoy instant access to all kinds of content from across the globe. It was only a matter of time before someone realized that shows didn’t have to be written and produced in only one language and began to tackle how to create content that blended different languages together. Josh Billig and Chris Martin did just that with Viki’s new series, Dramaworld
I was present at the Dramaworld premiere and was very pleased with the first ever bi-lingual production of a series created through the cooperation of global entities. By the end of the first episode, we were sucked into Dramaworld right along with the main character, Claire, played by actress Liv Hewson (Do You Mind?, I’ve Got No Legs).  Sean Dulake (Athena: Goddess of War, K-Town Cowboys) was really fun as the arrogant leading man, Joon Park. Bae Noo Ri (The Moon Embracing the Sun), who played the second leading lady Seo Yeon, a shy sous chef, and Kim Sa Hee (A Witch's Romance, Rosy Lovers) who played the antagonistic love interest, Ga In, were both beautiful and captivating. Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga, Man Up) was adorable and funny as the Kdrama facilitator in the know, Seth Ko, and Woo Do Hwan was cute as a button as the local florist/flower boy, Do Hwan. Even the cameos were well placed and really funny. It was everything I was hoping for. 
The entire cast seemed to have great chemistry, in spite of language barriers, and they worked together well to create a cohesive series that will have you laughing at their gentle and loving spoofs of typical Kdrama tropes and melodrama. Also, the flow between English and Korean in Dramaworld was seamless and the subtitles were beautifully timed and easy to read. I was very impressed and could hardly wait for a week to go by so I could see the next episodes! 
Kudos to Viki, South Korea’s EnterMedia Contents, United State’s Third Culture Content, China’s Jetavana Entertainment, Josh Billig, Chris Martin and the cast and crew of Dramaworld for being the pioneers in multi-language global content. 
I hope to see more content like Dramaworld soon!

Original title
Volunteer Team
The K-Drama Lovers
Broadcast Period
04-17-2016 to 05-15-2016

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