South Korea and Nigeria through cinema

On occasion, Nigerians in contrast Nollywood to movies from different international locations. This would not have been so unhealthy if the target had been to search for methods to enhance. Sometimes, most of those that make this comparability come from the angle at which just about every thing Nollywood is denounced as inferior to the movies of any nation being in contrast. And a few of the films generally used to denigrate Nollywood are (South) Korean films, sequence, and so forth (I will group them below Okay-drama). I’ve had cause to jot down in opposition to this previously by merely declaring that evaluating Nollywood to Korean films is unfair and never a balanced comparability. Can you are taking Okay-drama out of your own home nation of South Korea? As I requested previously, can you are taking Okay-drama overseas with Samsung, Hyundai, and so forth? Individuals usually wish to take Nollywood, or any business in Nigeria that catches their creativeness, out of the Nigerian context. However can any business outperform the nation wherein it’s located?

Although miraculously, many professions in Nigeria have managed to beat the Nigerian circumstances they discover themselves in.

Now, let’s have a look at what the statistics say about Nigeria and South Korea. South Korea has a inhabitants of 51.78 million for Nigeria’s estimated 206 million. Judging by that alone, Nigeria has some benefit. Nevertheless, if we have been to equate every nation’s inhabitants with its GDP, I am no economist, however there have to be one thing to be mentioned for South Korea’s GDP which, in keeping with the World Financial institution, was 1.631 trillion {dollars} in 2020. Share That is between 51 million individuals and examine to Nigeria’s $432.3 billion over the identical interval, in keeping with the World Financial institution. If the GDP numbers do not make a lot sense, think about the truth that South Korea has the 4th largest economic system in Asia and is taken into account the tenth largest economic system on this planet. Nigeria, alternatively, lives in its former glory as Africa’s big, but it surely turned the poverty capital of the world in 2018. I am unsure what the official numbers or Nigeria’s standing are proper now, but when the claims of tens of millions of Nigerians are one thing to undergo, the financial hardships simply obtained worse.

In the long run, it is not useful to make a direct comparability of Nollywood with Okay-drama. That does not imply there aren’t issues we are able to study from them Okay-drama.

Suffice it to say, so far as tales go, there are many Okay-drama tales that Nollywood would have been severely criticized for. Nevertheless, my focus immediately will not be on particular person Okay-drama tales or films, however on the general really feel of the flicks and sequence.

I have been watching numerous South Korean dramas (clearly) and I am at all times noticing apparent and delicate variations between them and movies from different cultures. Though I do not assist the Nollywood/Nigeria vs Okay drama/South Korea comparability for the aim of criticizing Nollywood, I’ve come to take a look at South Korean films and sequence and give attention to the similarities and variations between Nigeria and South Korea.

Rightly or wrongly, viewers see a rustic by means of the eyes of flicks and tv. Prefer it or not, the closest some individuals will get to South Korea or Nigeria is thru these films and TV sequence. And judging by Okay-drama, I made some assumptions, typically subconsciously, concerning the nation.

Do films painting one nation higher than the opposite? I suppose the query may also be requested whether or not films can do all of the arduous work. Can films do all of the heavy lifting?

Talking of taking a look at Nigeria and South Korea by means of their films, you’ll discover the truth that one nation is richer than the opposite immediately. Nowhere is the financial distinction between Nigeria and South Korea extra apparent than within the life of a lot of the characters. In virtually each South Korean film and TV sequence I’ve watched, touring overseas is finished so simply that even supposedly much less privileged characters can get monetary savings and simply journey to the US. There’s normally no point out of a visa and the everyday visa battle that we Nigerians are used to right here is absent.

There are not any pastors praying for individuals’s passports, nobody is promoting their household’s land to Japanese. I do know there will be exaggerations and a few of the tales will be stretched to color a sure image in Okay-drama tales, however real-life statistics assist this portrayal.

Nonetheless about life, rich individuals in Okay-drama are made to appear to be garments, housing, and meals. I notably like that the meals is displayed in a really visually interesting means. For some cause, Nigerian meals will not be proven correctly in our films. As for the best way the rich are portrayed in Nigerian movies, we will not simply blame Nollywood. In actual life, Nigeria’s so-called wealthy do not at all times show the perfect style and elegance. Check out the place the wealthy reside, particularly in Lagos for instance. Have a look at Victoria Island, Lekki, particularly when it rains and inform me if that is your concept of ​​the place the wealthy reside or a spot you dream of dwelling. All of this regardless of how costly properties on the island are.

There’s much more to be mentioned, however this will probably be one other time the place I will give attention to particular Okay-drama tasks and classes we are able to study from them. In the end, I feel that apart from the plain undeniable fact that South Korea is clearly richer than Nigeria, what stands out probably the most to me is the best way Korean tradition is introduced. Each time I end a Okay-drama sequence and swap to a typical Hollywood sequence, I get a tradition shock. Whereas in Nigeria we wish to assume that the one option to be trendy or worldwide is to do no matter Hollywood says is nice, Okay-drama would not appear to thoughts. The conduct that we’d name right here being ‘bush’ is widely known in these works. However then once more, is that this conduct portrayed in our films completely different from what we do in actual life? As I requested earlier, can you are taking a movie business out of its instant surroundings?

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