After sparking the Korean wave back in the mid-2000's, it would seem that the Japanese market still has fond nostalgia for Korean drama produced in that era. These are findings of a list published by the Japanese video rental store chain TSUTAYA, which to this day still makes decent income by renting out Korean dramas.
Number one on the list is, as expected, "Winter Sonata", the first major Korean drop to be exported overseas, and which aired on Japanese television only a year after its local run. Next at number two is "You're Beautiful", a 2009 drama legendary for its zany gender bending plot involving a nun and pop stars. "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", another gender-bending drama involving the Joseon era, and which launched the career of Yoo Ah-in, ranked at number three.
The historical dramas "Dong Yi" and "Yi San" took the fourth and fifth spots. "Boys over Flowers" was number six. "Land of wind" was number seven. "My Princess" was number eight. "Coffee Prince" was number nine and "Naughty Kiss" was number ten.
The list is skewed to older drama because they have had a longer lifetime to be popular. TSUTAYA also had individual lists for certain years. "Pinocchio" was the number one drama for 2016, "Descendants of the Sun" was the number one drama for 2017, and "Goblin" was the number one drama for 2018.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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