Cart "카트" (2014) Korean Movie Review


  1. I assume this is the also the reason why the live shoot system still prevails.
    It's a miracle that this system still manages to keep on churning out so many dramas.
    How many dramas does Korea make every year?

  2. I counted 63 not including one offs and daily shows.
    2012, it was 76 but that was a crazy year
    In 2009, It was 41 shows. 2008, 44.

  3. Bah! I can never get I to these types of shows or dramas. But this is a good review, and I like how you highlight the real Korean audience. These dramas are made for them. It gets tiresome reading American comments that can't seem to grasp that important cultural fact.

    I have just a few (count on 1 hand) close female friends, but I tend to be loner so sisterhood of the traveling pants type stories don't appeal to me. The only drama I'm watching now that might be in this vein is Greatest marriage. Maybe not. What a glorious Makjang train wreck! Filled with cartoonish, imbecilic men and supposedly strong women who are suddenly turning to mush after a 3 yr time skip. I'd love to read your thoughts on that if you ever watch it. It's pretty much off the rails at this point, every episode is a twist and turn.

  4. Well I like friends stories because I do not have many! lol
    And it is better for writing purposes. Lot of story devices.
    I haven't really tried Greatest marriage yet. Took a quick look but It was too much so I went to something else. I should try biting the bullet and give it another Chance

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  6. Nice article, very informative.

  7. As with most government/public companies, the management was assigned using the
    GREAT system of “Golden parachutes” that dropped former civil servants as
    explosive payloads .

    I’m sarcastic if you haven’t

    You're only being half-sarcastic, I think.

    It's not as if the US doesn't have the same problems with bureaucracy giving themselves ruinous pensions. However, even with Hollywood being given enormous tax breaks in the welfare state of California, jobs have skittered to other States such as Texas and Florida, as well as other countries like New Zealand and Canada.

    The diversification of distribution and payment plans from Cable to Dish to Net-distribution has also added to the revenue ecosystem.

    Do you have a post describing the effects on the industry - and perhaps the progress in viability - that these technologies and distribution networks have had on Korean Drama, their business models, screening pipelines, and ultimately their profitability? How much does government bureaucracy and public funding/control weigh on alternate methods of distribution and revenue?

  8. not specifically. Maybe for another post. One tidbit is that the networks cannot set the price of ads. It is dictated as a set price.

  9. I see. [I think, maybe]

    So, I surmise that it is set by regulatory dictates that can be manipulated and priced under market value. Or something of a negotiating mis-match between the advertisers and the networks as overseen by the public policy.

    The United States has recently held the "Super Bowl" sporting event, as I'm sure you're aware. The price of some of the ad placements is reported to be in excess of millions each. By your description, this price point would be systematically suppressed in the Korean system.

    It also makes me wonder about how the Korean network companies and business models effect Korean Sports and viewing experience differently, not just Korean Drama. But that is, of course, a different topic.

    And in closing, I finally remembered the analogous American channel your descriptions of Korean networks reminded me of:


    A basket-case financially, incestuously inured, culturally self-reverent, self-assured of its longevity on the tax-payer's dime.

    Yes, that is the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in all its depravity.

    South Korea may suffer this malady in a different vein, but it does not suffer alone.