Night after Night – Korean Drama


Korean script writers must constantly crack their heads to come out with ideas for dramas. With three major broadcasting stations (KBS, MBS and SBS) to compete for viewship, it’s no wonder the standard of Korean TV dramas is now the highest in Asia, surpassing even Hong Kong. The shows with high ratings are those that require intensive research, even if they’re touted as a romantic comedy. While Hk modern dramas are often about police and triads, Korean dramas cover many grounds. In On Air, the theme centres around the going ons between producers and script writers. In Beethovan Virus, the dramas revolves around a start up orchestra, with a love triangle between the conductor, a deaf cellist and a rooky conductor. In City Hall, the plot is about politics in a small town. Then there are also the numerous medical dramas produced by competing stations that are all equally captivating.
 
In Night after Night, we learn about the cultural artifacts that have been smuggled out of Korea (mostly to Japan) and how investigators try to recover them. The synopsis as given by dvdasian.com describes it well.
 
 A story about a single woman in her late thirties and an art scholar with a roving eye for young nubile girls who try to recover a national treasure.

Professional tomb raiders who can tell apart a Goryeo celadon from a white celadon by just smelling the dirt surrounding them and a detective who can tell what kind of criminals they’re dealing with by just surveying the remains of a looted tomb… There are others such as the inspectors who dedicate themselves to catching tomb raiders out of patriotism and an art expert who uses high-tech gadgets and his extensive knowledge to spot fakes… These people are involved in cases surrounding cultural heritages and the ups and downs of their lives unfold in this drama with exciting episodes. The leading male character is an art expert who detects forgeries and restores original art pieces who doesn’t get along with the leading female character who is an inspector working for the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea but they work together to solve the case of stolen cultural heritage pieces and they find love along the way. Watching their bizarre dating ritual, people will feel sorry for them and at the same time vicariously feel a flutter in their hearts. There are poignant scenes where the inspectors develop a friendship with the looters they put behind bars. Using high-tech gadgets, the inspectors restore art and identify fakes in this interesting, heart-stopping drama.

 

The lead actor Lee Dong Gun and actress Kim Sun Ah share a chemistry that is critical in any romantic comedy, despite the fact that she is five years older than him. The script is funny. When Lee Dong Gun, acting as Kim Bong Sang, returns to Korea with a stolen artifact and unexpectedly sees the media at the airport, he wonders aloud if the media is there because celebrity Lee Dong Gun (himself) is somewhere around.

Kim Sun Ah is not afraid of laughing at her own large size too. In the drama, Kim Bong Sang’s grandparents is heard complimenting her large butt, good for babies, they tell Kim Bong Sang.

This is definitely one of the better dramas I’ve seen in recent weeks.

 

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