Most of us have caught the K-Drama fever, especially now when we have all the time in the world to binge-watch a 20+ episode series in a matter of days. But not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, and that’s okay. To each his own.
But one Filipino film bigwig recently discovered that the K-drama fandom should not be trifled with. Acclaimed Filipino director Erik Matti (BuyBust, Honor Thy Father, and On The Job) recently attracted the ire of the internet after tweeting his sentiments about seeing K-Dramas ruling over Netflix’s top 10. He tweeted that K-Dramas are just “faux Cinderella stories with belofied actors whiter than white”. This immediately triggered netizens who were quick to call out the director.
Erik Matti is one of those people who can’t overcome the 1-inch tall barrier of subtitle. 😪 pic.twitter.com/BUrKJqKtFz
— Saranghaeyo Oppa (@SaranghaeyOppaa) April 17, 2020
Since Parasite won the Academy Award for Best Picture, more people have started getting into K-Dramas and movies. After all, the love for film shouldn’t be limited to one language and culture.
Ending the toxic culture
Erik Matti is a concrete example of a toxic Filipino culture. Its pure xenophobia and close-minded commentary. Instead of taking it as a motivation or challenge to improve in your craft, you have to badmouth something thats not within your taste and comfort zone.
— ✨얍도니카✨⁷ (@donisparkles) April 17, 2020
Just because you watching K-dramas does not mean that you don’t appreciate local cinema. It just means you’re open to watching media from other cultures that have amazing cinematography and plots.
A source of inspiration to young viewers
erik matti: “Netflix shows us how our movies and tv are doomed in the future”
then how about those accurate and well portrayed medical themed kdrama? not to mention it inspired a lot of young viewers pic.twitter.com/TgTilZJLgI
— LALA (@ailujarab) April 17, 2020
K-dramas take painstaking efforts to portray scenarios that seam real. This means that their medical dramas are well-researched and show what an hospital set-up is like, and some legal K-dramas even base their scenarios on real-life situations.
Local TV shows be like
There are a lot of meme-worthy moments in local teleseryes that we can’t take seriously because it’s just too much. Case in point:
Some K-Drama Recommendations
10 Kdramas I recommend Erik Matti to watch:
1. Sky Castle
2. Mr. Sunshine
3. Chicago Typewriter
4. Reply 1988
6. Hospital Playlist
7. Dr. Romantic
9. Itaewon Class
10. Prison Playbook
— Bean Jean #StayHome 🪂 (@c0rpuscallosum) April 17, 2020
Listen, Mr. Matti, we have a few K-Drama recommendations to prove that K-Dramas aren’t “faux Cinderella stories”. He should check these amazing K-Dramas that range from medical dramas to action filed dramas.
What our dramas are made of
Erik Matti: our movies and tv are doomed in the future
Philippine drama formula since 90s: pic.twitter.com/Vfw8ChmpOy
— Brett 🐦 (@byrdiieee) April 17, 2020
Aren’t we all tired of watching the same thing over and over again? We have amazing screenwriters, so let’s hope that someday we break the stereotypical teleserye and start producing dramas that have different storylines.
May narinig ka ba samin when you brought us Gagamboy?
— Pierre (@fueledbyajitama) April 15, 2020
Well, we’ll never forgot about this one….
He should watch at least one K-Drama
Instead of understanding and studying why kdrama is a hit for filipino viewers, direk erik matti chose to be bitter and whine on petty things. It’s about time that tv and movie industry in the philippines evolve. Don’t blame us for your trash contents.
— vea (@mapother47) April 17, 2020
Before he judges K-Dramas, maybe Mr. Matti should watch at least one?
What are your thoughts regarding Erik Matti’s comments about K-Drama? Tell us below!