Korean dramas cover many themes both in and out of the realm of reality, and scenes showing characters involved in any form of farming and fishing are no exception.
Here is a list of Korean dramas that have touched on the life of farming and fishing, both in the ground and under the sea.
Warning: this article contains spoilers.
Crash landing on you (CLOY)
Crash Landing on You is a K-drama that will transport your imagination to North Korea and make you more curious about the country and its culture. Although not filmed there, the drama depicts life in North Korea.
CLOY is a story of love and bravery, which happened after the accidental landing of Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye Jin), South Korean CEO of a successful fashion and cosmetics brand, in a DMZ in North Korea, where she met Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin), aka Captain Ri, an officer in the North Korean military.
After hiding and finding a way out for Se-ri, the story revealed the nurturing sides of the characters when they grew plants they got for each other.
In the final episode, despite returning to their respective homes, Se-ri still receives scheduled phone messages and random gifts from Captain Ri, who by this time, had already resumed her normal life in North Korea.
In one of the text messages, he wrote, “Today is Mangzhong season. It’s the day when we [North Koreans], plant seeds,” to which Se-ri reacted, “What? Mangzhong? Was he a farmer in his past life?
“Thus, you will receive a flowerpot. You will know what it is after you grow it. It can be tender and tough, but if you do what you’re told, it will germinate after two weeks. It should be watered, but as it is sensitive to humidity, do not give too much. Give him a moderate amount of water,” Captain Ri added.
“It also needs sun, but don’t expose it to too long in the sun. Keep it under the sun for moderate time. And finally, this is the most important part when growing plants. You probably know that well. Say nice things to her every day.
“It’s so much work,” Se-ri remarked, then followed Captain Ri’s instructions, stating 10 beautiful things in her life, including her last name.
Se-ri later discovered that it was an edelweiss flower.
The next scene showed Captain Ri on the other side of Korea admiring his flowering tomato plant, which Se-ri gave him as a thank you gift in episode three. For this, Captain Ri referred to himself as a “tomato farmer,” and you will find out more about it by watching the drama.
Disparities between North and South in terms of food production and processing were also significantly evident in CLOY.
The North Korea portrayed in the drama is not exposed to many food options and systems. Rice cookers, for example, are associated with luxury and are mostly owned by wealthy families. To cook food, most households use grills and fire pits.
Additionally, power cuts are commonplace, so locals rely on centuries-old food preservation techniques. Fresh produce and fermented foods like kimchi are kept in an underground pantry instead of refrigerators that require electricity.
In contrast, in South Korea, almost anything can be acquired in an instant. This was shown in the episode where the North Korean soldiers marveled at the large amount of food, especially rice, at the convenience store when they sneaked into the South.
My release notes
This slice-of-life drama series features three siblings who are exhausted by life and seek freedom from different things, including their tedious daily commutes.
On weekdays, they work and return home from Seoul to Sanpo, a countryside village a few hours from Seoul. On days when they are free, they help their farming parents with household chores and agricultural work.
Several scenes in the series showed the family harvesting crops like sweet potatoes, chili peppers, squash, etc.
This drama depicts the difficulties of a farming family, as seen in episode 13, where the mother offers to sell her field because “farming is too much”.
Because of her frustration with the unfortunate events they encountered that day, one of them being mean and being compared to another family because of their performance, she said no more.
My Liberation Notes is a realistic depiction of a family living in a rural area and the silent battles they must fight every day as individuals.
Lee Min-Ki (Yeom Chang-Hee), Kim Ji-Won (Yeom Mi-Jeong), Lee El (Yeom Gi-Jeong), and Son Suk-Ku (Mr. Gu) are part of the cast.
You don’t have to travel far to see breathtaking scenery that will soothe your heart and soul, because Our Blues offers just that.
It is a Korean feel-good drama that features bittersweet stories of people living in a small farming village on Jeju Island, where the sea is the main source of income.
In this drama, they spotlighted the haenyeos, also known as sea women or divers, who snorkel in the ocean to harvest seafood like abalone at the market. He also showed how the villagers treat each other like family while everyone else is busy making a living.
Seeing this drama will make you want to quit the hectic city life in exchange for a simple, laid-back life by the sea.
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