Sharing: Storytelling in Korean Drama

Talks on Creative Journeys

Date: 7th August, 2022

Venue: Jao Tsung-I Academy Resource Centre

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Mentor: Natalia Chan (poet and cultural critic)

Speaker Natalie Chan spoke on viral Korean dramas of various genres in recent years. She started from screenwriter Jung Sook’s viewpoint and explained how Korean dramas tell their stories. Rom-coms, legal dramas, or ethical dramas never simply throw the dialogue onto the screen but combine visual images, characters, and events of the moments, which the audience can appreciate as the comprehensive structure of a story.

The second part is about how to tell a good story, which involves decisive elements such as image narrative, plot twists, dialogs and memorable lines, themes and issues, etc. Chan drew examples from the daily lives rhythm in My Liberation Notes, the boy’s love scenes created because of crossdressing from female to male in Love in the Moonlight, plot hints and twists in Monster, and the disappointing ending in The Penthouse: war in life.

Chan also mentioned three types of time in a film or TV series: the time in the story; the time when the story is shown; and the time of the audience’s impression. The manipulations of such times depend on the audience and the medium through which it is shown. We often see the leap of time in a film or TV series. The screen time of fifteen minutes could be telling the events of a whole year. It can also be as slow as real-time, which invites the audience to experience the fatiguing and suffocating repetitive life and expresses the theme that the main character wishes to change her life.




@創作營 2022



第二部份——到底要如何講出一個好故事?當中的影像敘事、情節與扭橋、對白與金句、主題與議題等都是取決的要素。洛楓提出了許多例子,譬如《我的出走日記》中的日常節奏,《雲畫的月光》那些女扮男裝造就的男男情色鏡位,《怪物》如何埋伏線和扭橋,《The Penthouse: war in life》的反駁與爛尾等等。