Reading some of the older post I came across this show, being a bit of a sucker for romantic comedies, I found the whole show on YT(not available on Viki for me) and boy was it a doozy!
After watching the show I was not sure if it was a spoof of dramas, but I didn’t find anywhere stating that it was a spoof and it seemed to point to actually being a serious attempt at producing a drama.
(Possible spoilers, as if it could be spoiled! )
- The main leads were pretty (male was in a K-pop band or something) That’s about it.
Being 10 episodes of 10 mins each, take out the opening sequence and end preview of the next episodes, 8 mins tops,
- time is money in terms of content real estate.
They start with male lead being able to read customer types in the shop he works at for half of the first episode, an intro of the male lead and a vehicle to deliver a few gags perhaps but had no bearing for the entire series.
In trying the electronic door lock, the female lead makes wrong guesses despite her being locked up in the house daily, and she sees the combination a few minutes prior. I thought ‘we’re going to be here all night!’ as she reels out a sequence of 7 digits then the guy is filmed pressing every individual digit of just given sequence, only to find it was incorrect! They filmed 3 pointless wrong attempts, knocking a full minute off a 8 minute episode for what is unknown because they opened the door after the 3rd attempt!
- Everyone’s acting was bad.
Which led me to think it was a spoof, were they all deliberately playing bad acting? The male lead I could understand, boy band, looks good, can sing but can’t act maybe.
The evil manager was just short of an evil “Bwaaa haaaa haaa” laugh to go with his ‘I’m evil’ acting.
His evil assistant was so wooden, her acting of evil henchman expression came across as ‘she was doing his bidding reluctantly’. I genuinely did think there was going to be a reveal later on that she was in fact an android with super strength.
- The fight scenes were like slow motion play fighting, but with adults.
- Everything was bitty.
Maybe budgetary/time constraints but it’s like they edited bits of longer shoots and joined them together to try and form something. There’s scenes that suggest they were cut to save the gags from a longer scene or story arc.(supporting characters). Bits with special effects because we spent so much on it. Also save the stunt woman clips, we spent tons hiring her, where the hero saves the model just as she falls from the rooftop. (she is at one point, being held onto from falling to her death by him pinching onto a couple of her fingers! )
I’ll stop here as this post is way too long already (it could easily double!)
The whole series was like something produced by a high school AV club.
But I am grateful that this gem exist, it shows that they tried, they really, really tried! with all seriousness to producing this and committed it to film.
So it got me thinking, given the seasoned drama watchers here, are there any other genuine dramas not spoofs, that could top (bottom?) this? By that I don’t mean ones where maybe you didn’t like a particular actor or actress, etc, but overall bad as exampled above.
Surely China, Japan or Taiwan must have produced dramas of this calibre?