07 August 2014 08:45 | By Ng Jia Yi
The battle of the Asian drama remakes

We take a look at all the Asian drama remakes that have happened in recent years, and some that shouldn’t have



The battle of the Asian drama remakes (© Nodame Cantabile)
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Japan, Korea and Taiwan tend to take a cue from each other’s hit drama vehicles, remaking each other’s most popular shows in hopes of emulating successes like Taiwan’s It Started With A Kiss (which was also a remake from the original Japanese series in 1996) and Japan’s rating monster, Kaseifu no Mita.

The latest drama title to be receiving a remake – in Korea – is Japanese drama series, Nodame Cantabile. The much-talked about remake was plagued by a fair bit of controversy - even before production began, when news got out that Girls’ Generation’s Yoona was offered the lead role of Nodame. That did not work out (thankfully) and the immensely talented Shim Eun Kyung (from Sunny and Miss Granny) will be taking up the role of its quirky main protagonist and genius pianist, Nodame, instead.

A well-rounded production that had excellent casting for its characters – even the incredibly Asian-looking Franz Stresemann (Takenaka Naoto) – and a lot of heart, the original Japanese series is done to perfection and hard to top. That said, we can’t wait to see what Eun Kyung has to bring to her rendition of Nodame, and if this remake would live up to the success of the original.

Read on as we compare some of the most popular remakes done in recent years to its original productions, some of which got butchered horribly due to various reasons such as lack of understanding for the original, bad casting, low production values, and so much more.

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