There are so many beautiful moments in K-drama. They are what make you sit down time and time again to suffer through the exhausted tropes and infuriating endings. They suck you in and cause involuntary replays. I want to share my favorites with you because they are what draw me to K-drama and keep me coming back for more, more, moar!
(Song Joong-ki hamming up the bromantic love for Yoo Ah-in’s hand in Sungkyunkwan Scandel.)
To define “a moment” is a difficult thing to do. What makes a moment special? It’s dependent upon the individual but the basic premise is the same.
“A moment” is a scene, or part of a scene, that jumps out at you. It seems to be suspended in time. You react to it without realizing. It reaches out, grabs onto you and doesn’t let you go. “A moment” produces a knee-jerk response: tears, laughter, awe, jaw-dropping, horror, surprise, infatuation, goosebumps. The actors lose themselves in their characters; the on-screen chemistry is intense; the moment is as real to you as your heartbeat.
(Kang Ji-hwan and Sung Yu-ri in Hong Gil Dong.)
How do I go about choosing my favorite moments?
I follow my gut.
When I look back on a drama, which moments still make me tear up? Which moments still make me laugh? Which moments still leave me in awe of a character’s growth? Which moments stayed with me long after I finished the drama?
As I began planning for this series, I discovered that the most powerful moments for me centered around character development and parent/child interactions. You would think a sap like me would choose the sexy, steamy kisses or the back hugs.
Well, I did choose a few…
Anywho, I also discovered that a few moments were strong as I watched them, but didn’t come to mind when I was through with the drama. I’m not going to include those, but if you experience them, they deserve applause and re-watching.
Some dramas didn’t leave any impact on me at all. As I tried to recall a juicy moment, I drew a blank. They are stricken from the awesome moments hall of fame. (Like Lie to Me. Poor Kang Ji-hwan. I love you, but that drama is exiled. It doesn’t get a link. Don’t ask for it or I’ll sic Bitter on you. Mwahaha!)
As always, this is an interactive series. Share your favorite moments and explain why and how they lodged themselves into your memory. I will include them here!
From the 2010 K-Drama Secret Garden starring Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won:
“Secret Garden” – Instrumental. No composer found. I’m trying to contain my ire. This drama has my favorite OST. It’s so well written and listening to any song off this album elicits a strong emotional reaction.