How Kim Eun-hee is leading South Korean drama into a new era

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 the first time Kim Eun-hee tried to write a love story, the film flopped. "I realized that romance wasn't working for me," she said.



It's not surprising -- the South Korean screenwriter famed for historical zombie epic "Kingdom" has a rather pessimistic take on love.

"Doesn't all love expire at about three years? Does true love even exist? I think this way quite a bit," she told CNN. "I don't think I can write screenplays that make people's hearts flutter."

Now, more than 15 years after her attempt at a romantic movie, Kim's job as a television writer is about offering a sort of "catharsis" to her audience. But, she said, "I don't want to give too much false hope that appears in dramas."

She is talking about the genres and tropes many Korean TV shows are traditionally known for -- romantic comedies and melodramas that some say include rather unrealistic depictions of love.

Kim's stories tend to be around societal issues, including crime, class divide and politics. "I want to write about how vice is punished ... poetic justice," she explained.

Her 2019 Netflix series "Kingdom" explored those themes with a 15th-century zombie twist. Against the backdrop a zombie epidemic in South Korea's Joseon dynasty, "Kingdom" features the epic journey of the crown prince as he searches for the cause of the outbreak.

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How Kim Eun-hee is leading South Korean drama into a new era How Kim Eun-hee is leading South Korean drama into a new era Reviewed by BALITANG PINAS on October 25, 2021 Rating: 5