Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Things Korean teenagers like, part 1

Despite the name, there's actually like eleven of them;
I think they reproduce by binary fission. 
The pop song of the month is the boy band Wanna One's “Energetic”—a band that formed from a reality TV show contest and just came out with an album (like exactly two weeks ago). Other top K-Pop acts so far include boy bands BTS, Seventeen, and iKON, girl groups Bolbbalgan4 and Red Velvet, as well as solo rapper Zico and anyone who has been on the rap-contest TV show "Show Me the Money." As far as foreign pop music goes, Ed Sheeran and Adele are super popular (props to Brits), as well as Justin Bieber and (tbt?) anything from the "Pitch Perfect" movies. (Shout-out: the kid who wrote on his questionnaire that he likes Beethoven's third symphony is truly after my own heart, bless his soul.)

The most popular movie of the moment is 청년경찰, released under the title "Midnight Runners" in English, but the Korean title means "Young Police"—studio seems to have rightly guessed that title lacked a certain je ne sais quoi (erm, rather, 뭘 모르는 것) in translation. From the trailer, it seems to be a kind of parody buddy-cop movie, somewhere between "Hot Fuzz" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" in tone. The Marvel movies are really popular with the boys. The Japanese anime "Your Name," which I loved, got some good mentions from the sensitive crowd.

American teenagers love the K-Dramas, but everything I've seen so far indicates that Korean teenagers think reality TV and talk shows are where it's at: 아는형님 ("Knowing Bros") is big, a kind of quiz/talk show where a cast of comedians interact with celebrities in a pretend high-school classroom. (I don't get it either.) 슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다 ("Superman Has Returned"), where celebrity dads watch their kids while their moms go out for a personal day, is big, as well as the show 무한도전 ("Infinite Challenge"), which is a bit like the U.S. show "Celebrity Game Night" in some aspects. The one drama of the moment to garner a mention so far is "학교 2017," the latest season of a teen soap that's a little like a cleaner version of The O.C.

Lastly, the boys and their video games: "League of Legends" remains big, but others have mentioned "Heroes of the Storm" and "Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds" as new favorites. Now I just have to figure out what the heck those are, and I'll be set. (This old 아쩌시 is feeling 좀 낡아 these days...)

1 comment:

  1. How fun! Yes, binary fission is a perfectly sensible way of procreation. I'm sure the Korean teens will explain how to do so if you ask politely. Also the dear boy with Beethoven's third!