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'Wholesome' South Korean reality TV proves a global hit

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By Claire LEE

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I’m guilty of binge watching a number of Korean series on Netflix. I’ve tried Japanese Netflix stuff, after like a decade of refusing to watch anything Japanese. Alice in Borderland was mildly entertaining but it was just a watered down version of squid game. Japan is unique and that’s Japan’s problem. Japanese programming has absolutely no universal appeal. It’s unrelatable and translates poorly.

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I’m guilty of binge watching a number of Korean series on Netflix. I’ve tried Japanese Netflix stuff, after like a decade of refusing to watch anything Japanese. Alice in Borderland was mildly entertaining but it was just a watered down version of squid game. Japan is unique and that’s Japan’s problem. Japanese programming has absolutely no universal appeal. It’s unrelatable and translates poorly.

I have also watched both Korean and Japanese entertainment for the last 25 or so years, and yeah especially Korean dramas is miles ahead in quality, but it's not so much about the story, Japan has a goldmine of good manga to take stories from, they just can't compete in quality. Production companies here are probably run just like any other Japanese company, same old people making decisions, and because of the senpai system they never have to yield to younger talent. I think with Japanese Netflix top 10 constantly being filled with Korean dramas they might be forced to change at some point though, but as always things change slowly here.

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"Physical: 100" caused some controversy by pitting contestants of different genders against each other, prompting questions about whether it was fair. Ultimately, the top five contestants were men.

Had to laugh at this. Where are all the people assert that gender is nothing but a social construct, and canceling those who dares disagree?

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As long as they maintain production quality and keep innovating I’m sure Korean reality TV will prosper. When they start to portray the awful human beings we see on many western shows, I’m off!

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Had to laugh at this. Where are all the people assert that gender is nothing but a social construct, and canceling those who dares disagree?

Yep. All the wokiness sounds so “progressive” - until reality enters the picture.

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People always talk about how Korean culture is "gay" or "gay friendly" etc... but the reality is that Korea is very conservative in the western sense, and hence they are popular in conservative countries like the Muslim world and Eastern Europe.

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