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The "Whys" of Asian Cinema
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why must they all look good in dramas but not in real life?
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xone2freex wrote:

why must they all look good in dramas but not in real life?


disagree ^

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Very easy questions to answer:
1) Although some women, in fact, take their heels off; it's a matter of shock and fear. Just like how everything moves too fast when you're in a car crash or when people freeze with fear. When in immediate panic mode, many people don't have the mental clarity nor the time to plan something out or to take notice of their shoes. The immediate response is usually to freeze, faint, scream, run, etc. The basic natural behaviors.

2) Guys carry women on their backs because it's probably the most platonic thing you can do while carrying a girl; yet, still be romantic. Two other comfortable carrying methods will be over your shoulder or wedding style. But the wedding style is correlates to wedding night and it's also uncomfortable. The over the shoulder thing is obviously uncomfortable, possibly painful, and not really romantic in the traditional sense. If your on a guy's back, you can feel the warmth of his back, not be hanging in the air at a weird angle, and it's like a constant hug. If you are the guy, you have an easier time carrying her and your faces aren't bumping or anything uncomfortable. There's also a warm sentimental connotation to it where you always see a brother or father carrying the child over their back as a sign of love and care.

3) Bombs get defused w/ 1 second to spare? Of course. They want to put the audience in suspense, no?

4) That's also another way to bring out the Hollywood aspect of life. They obviously know that you shouldn't shoot a gun holding it sideways. But it looks cool. Or at least it used to look cool. If you notice they are doing it less and less in action movies because there seems to be a trend towards realism in shooting movies nowadays.
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catex wrote:

- When running from a crazed killer, why does a female victim still wear those high heels? Why not take them off and run?

- Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama?

- Why does a hastily-disconnected bomb timer always stop at 00:01?

- Why do those clueless guys hold their guns sideways?


for the whole k-drama thing, why can't they just make them walk?
they have legs.

good lord.
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catex wrote:

- When running from a crazed killer, why does a female victim still wear those high heels? Why not take them off and run?

- Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama?

- Why does a hastily-disconnected bomb timer always stop at 00:01?

- Why do those clueless guys hold their guns sideways?



When running from a crazed killer, why does a female victim still wear those high heels? Why not take them off and run?
(Not only Asian film..i think they do this Everywhere}


Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama? {That is sooo tru omg omg lol)

Why does a hastily-disconnected bomb timer always stop at 00:01?{Agian not only asian)

Why do those clueless guys hold their guns sidewayp(what the hell you talking about asian film dont do that..are u sure its not BET movie u watching LOL)
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- why doesnt the main girl in a kdrama get whiplash from being pulled from behind by the main guy?
-why can anyone make a u-turn anywhere in a kdrama?
-why is it that a poor, average looking girl with a spunky attitude always falls in love with a rich, jerky, spoiled and well connected guy?
-why does the girl always sacrifice herself for the well-being of the guy and suffers alone?
-why can one man beat off 20 henchmen/gangsters by himself?
Posted 1/28/08
why are there always scenes where the characters get drunk at some side bar place? [Kdrama i think]
XD
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catex wrote:



- Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama?





in coffee prince the girl pigy baacked the guy =D
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catex wrote:

- When running from a crazed killer, why does a female victim still wear those high heels? Why not take them off and run?

- Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama?

- Why does a hastily-disconnected bomb timer always stop at 00:01?

- Why do those clueless guys hold their guns sideways?


Im sure if some psychopath was gungho about eating my intestines or something crazy like that, the only thought I would have is to run my ass off.

Carrying someone on your back usually brings back the memories of your parent carrying you around on their back. Its another for of intimacy.

I wouldnt know, actually Ive only seen one korean movie and that was about this special kid playing baseball.

As for the last question: never seen those movies or shows with armed robberies in the states? Its not just an asian thing. Go ask some gangsters.
Posted 1/31/08
- When running from a crazed killer, why does a female victim still wear those high heels? Why not take them off and run?
To create more suspense ? Either that or just plain stupidity like , " I forgot to take them off ... "

- Why do guys carry women on their backs in K-drama?
Not sure . But Asians don`t usually carry anyone bridal style .

- Why does a hastily-disconnected bomb timer always stop at 00:01?
To create more drama . ' So close ! We could`ve died . '

- Why do those clueless guys hold their guns sideways?
They`re clueless after all ...

- Why it seems there's always a fish tank in an Asian action movie?
Not really sure about this one ...

- There's a belief that hair continues to grow after death, so how is it that a ghost girl's hair is long but a ghost guy's hair isn't?
Guys with long hair would just look weird . Besides , wouldn`t it be scarier if it was a girl ?


mikomiko123 wrote:

Why are the wedding scenes so long in Filipino movies? They feature it like the most important part of the movie.


Filipinos aren`t that bright at making good plots for movies . They often copy other dramas or movies . Anyway , I guess wedding in Philippines are really special though they just usually bore me to death . Weddings are important I guess ...

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they hold their guns sideways because they want to look gansta. not achieving it.
they carry women on their backs because that's their opinion of romanch. uh uh man.
they wear high heels because it looks fashionable. all it does is the need for ice later.
it stops at 00:01 because it makes it look dramatic. so cliche.

oh hair doesn't grow when you're dead. it looks like it because all the skins and stuff are gone. soo all is left is the hair. illusion =]

i got a question. why does some asian movies/dramas keep on have recaps of memories? talk about lagging!
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Nami17 wrote:

-why can anyone make a u-turn anywhere in a kdrama?
-why is it that a poor, average looking girl with a spunky attitude always falls in love with a rich, jerky, spoiled and well connected guy?
-why does the girl always sacrifice herself for the well-being of the guy and suffers alone?
-why can one man beat off 20 henchmen/gangsters by himself?


there's a stereotype of asains not being able to drive. besides, asians don't wanna admit they made a mistake so they don't have u-turns. (i'm asian too so don't call me a racist! just stereotypes)

because it makes us feel that that could happen to us. but then we meet wierd guys on the internet, and when we meet them. we get raped. it's on newspapers, people!

it makes it more dramatic and sad. but siriously, the girl could just call the police for help

because that one man is on steriods. besides, those henchmens aren't even moving that much. if it was real life, they'd be piling on him like a football team

sorry i can't answer your first question =[. sorry, i'm practical when it comes to dramas. they're still cute though


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Nami17 wrote:

- why doesnt the main girl in a kdrama get whiplash from being pulled from behind by the main guy?
-why can anyone make a u-turn anywhere in a kdrama?
-why is it that a poor, average looking girl with a spunky attitude always falls in love with a rich, jerky, spoiled and well connected guy?
-why does the girl always sacrifice herself for the well-being of the guy and suffers alone?
-why can one man beat off 20 henchmen/gangsters by himself?


Easy.
1) They don't really do it that hard. Women tend to like a guy to be physical. Just like how women don't want a guy to ask for a kiss. They go in and kiss them.
2) It's not just kdramas. A good way to show how dramatic or passionate the situation or the person feels is by the dramatic u-turn. Example: You're driving away from the woman you love and leaving for good. But you still love her. Your mind is in conflict... You have a change of heart. You want to be with her and love her. You suddenly make a u-turn and rush on back to her. It makes it dramatic, adventurous, and very romantic. Of course, you shouldn't do that in real life unless you want to die or get ticket. But if I had to get to the girl before she flew off to another country and the next exit in the highway was 10 miles away, I'd try to make a u-turn without causing an accident.
3) Making the girl poor allows for every girl to put themselves in the main character's shoes or to see that everyone has a chance. Not to mention that a struggling or poor girl gets the sympathy of the audience. The guy is rich, spoiled, and well-connected (you forgot ridiculously good-looking) because that's the formula to attracting girls on a superficial sense. Girls usually want a tough, manly, aggressive guy. And power and comfort is a big thing in most of Asia as well as many other countries. But you also don't want to make the guy too perfect. Some of the easier flaws to give him is to make him spoiled and jerky. Some girls don't mind guys being slight jerks since it shows them not afraid to be themselves and that they are confident. Most rich guys in Korea tend to be spoiled, especially if they are handsome. And even if they have bad traits, they are changeable traits which almost always do once they fall in love at the end. It's the typical Cinderella plot yet more realistic with flaws to let the audience easily fall into the story. I think it's also to show that you can't control love. Since you see lots of love triangles where the guy being nice to the girl loses because the girl can't help love the other guy although they don't get along all the time.
4) The girl usually suffers and makes the sacrifice because most of times, girls already like the guy character. Evil love triangles "usually" have 2 girls and 1 guy. Making the other girl worse makes the main girl nicer. And the more the main girl suffers and sacrifices herself for others, the more we fall in love with her root for her. Guys sacrifice even more in some dramas. Some guys give up their eyesight, their family, or even their lives to save the girl they love.
5) A guy can beat 20 guys alone because it'll make girls like him more. And it makes the action scene look better for those movies. It's like how Arnold Schwarzenegger can just stand still and kill hundred of people shooting at him in the open.
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Why doesn't Ron Ng. disappear in TVB series?
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