WEST MEETS EAST: DRAMA EDITION! I think these dramas are begging for an Asian re-work...
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13 Sep 2017 - 10:31 AM  UPDATED 13 Sep 2017 - 10:32 AM

Whether you’re a fan or not Hollywood has been remaking classics of Asian entertainment and vice versa for some time. Some have been successful and others not so much e.g. Hollywood’s version of 'My Sassy Girl' starring Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford. 

Here is a list of Hollywood TV series that could work as an Asian Drama.

1. Game of Thrones 

Game of Thrones and all its glorious medieval fantasy could work as a Chinese period drama. Loyalty, crime, punishment and civil war could be epic if executed in a ‘Dynasty Warriors’ kind of style. Imagine your favourite Asian pop stars as the hunky Khal Drogo, the flawless Danerys and most loved character King Joffrey Baratheon.

2. The Walking Dead

I consider Asia to be on the cutting edge of Horror cinema and I’ve always wondered why this has yet to transpire to the small screen. A gritty horror TV show is one of the many things lacking in current Asian TV entertainment.

I am a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead (I love you Daryl) and I can’t help but think how brilliant this could be as a Japanese Drama. I’d love to see a spinoff in Japan of people trying to survive the post-apocalyptic zombie/walker horror. Can you imagine Hachiko Square crawling with walkers? How about being chased by a harajuku walker? Sorry PopAsians, no back hugs in this one.

3. Vampire Diaries

This could be the perfect idol K-drama because let’s face it; you always thought your bias would make the perfect vampire. This fast paced TV series has all the makings of a K-drama. Your biases, flashbacks, cliffhangers and everyone’s favourite shape ‘the love triangle’.

If vampires are more your thing, check out the Korean sitcom Vampire Idol starring Lee Soo Hyuk, Kim Woobin and Hong Jong Hyun. You’re welcome ;)

4. Glee

I know for sure Glee would work as an Asian drama. K-dramas Dream High and Monstar have successfully followed the ‘high school musical’ format. What’s not to love about this TV show? Misfits become friends, endless supply of pop song covers and the nerd ends up with the jock. Did I mention in Glee we elevate from love triangle to love square? Boom!

5. Friends

Even now, people say Friends is still the greatest TV show of all time. Friends could be an Asian Drama purely because of the characters. Each character has a distinctive personality and you don’t just love one friend, you love them all.

It would be interesting to see a quirky character like Phoebe as well as the bromance between Chandler, Ross and Joey come alive in an Asian Drama. This one is a no brainer. You can never go wrong with the universal story about the trials and tribulations of Friendship.

But who would star as each Friends' character? Here are my picks:

  • Monica - Miss A's Fei as the smart and cynical Monica Geller-Bing. 

  • Rachel - If f(x)'s Krystal can be the perfect little Heiress in Heirs she can definitely play the spoiled yet adorable Rachel Green.  

  • Ross - Running Man's Lee Kwangsoo would make the perfect intelligent and romantic Ross Geller.

  • Joey - Got7's Jackson Wang could capture the hearts of every woman Joey Tribbiani style. "How you doin'?" ;)

  • Phoebe - IU singing Phoebe Buffay's infamous "Smelly Cat" song. So much win.

  • Chandler - Daesung as the witty, sarcastic and dry humoured Chandler Bing.

 

Honorable mention

The Original Full House

Just because…

What Hollywood dramas do you think would work in Asian dramaland? Who would you cast? Let us know

<3 your resident drama queen, Shay Shay ;) 


 

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