It all started in February. Nobody had the slightest hunch that this Korean drama would leave a lasting impression on their lives. Today, ‘Descendants of the Sun’ has created an army of addicts across the world.
For the past three months, Descendants of the Sun invaded the televisions of Korean homes. The show’s adorable protagonists Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, along with the equally charismatic Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won, slowly pierced through the borders and stole many hearts in China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Today, these characters have become household names in Asia and, to an extent, in the West.
In just a month’s time, Descendants of the Sun became immensely popular among the Chinese audience that China’s Ministry of Public Security posted a warning on its official Weibo site against watching the show. This caveat, however, only heightened people’s curiosity, thus boosting the show’s viewership. In fact, preparations are in full swing to make a Chinese version of Descendants of the Sun.
When the younger tech-savvy audience in Asia started watching the military K-drama on their smartphones, it went viral. This prompted people in the US and Europe to find out more about the show. When they did, they too were hooked on to Descendants of the Sun.
To cater to the non-Korean audience, the publicity experts soon started sub-titling the episodes in English. Today, the Descendants of the Sun has become a Harry Potter-like phenomenon, and Song Joong-ki effect is sweeping across Asia.
What makes Descendants of the Sun addictive? Emma Roberts, a huge fan of Korean dramas, answers on Quora: “Descendants of the Sun has all the elements— a good story, outstanding landscapes (the K-drama was filmed in Korea and Greece), beautiful actresses and handsome actors.”
Om Bee, another K-drama addict, offers offers an interesting perspecticve. “The plot caters to both testosterone-type viewers (action) and estrogen-type (romance). It’s a perfect combination of both. The main characters are played by great actors.”
Gaitsiri Mongkolsmai Lin, who lives near Koreatown in Sunnyvale, says:
“The world loves the romance, and while it wasn’t a perfect drama, as none are, the focus was always on the love, the banter, the tension and angst, while trying to inject interesting happenings.”
Jessica Jones, another fan on Quora, says: “Descendants of the Sun is a very enjoyable drama. It has an interesting premise (developing relationships in a warzone), romance, bromance, hijinks, natural disasters, strong female characters, slight changes in world history, silliness, cool fight scenes. I love the main and second leads to bits, and the ongoing ‘car killer’ storyline is a great little nugget of continuity from the writers, and one of my favorite things about this drama right now is one of the side characters because he’s breaking my heart.”
It has been confirmed that there will be no sequel. But for the fans, the show still goes on. After the end of the three-part special series, fans are now enjoying the behind-the scene clips of Descendants of the Sun. Here are some videos that will make your DOTS journey memorable.