What is your “Full House”?
Product placement is so prevalent in today’s Asian dramas that even meta references elicit only a slight chuckle. Cars, jewelry, phones, couture, anything and everything you see can be purchased.
Except the real estate.
From humble hanoks, to the palatial Full House Take 2 mansion, the production teams strive to find unique locations to film the dramas that make us laugh, cry, and F-bomb. I would love to be a location scout for almost any Asian film studio, just for the sheer ability to walk through and fondle the stonework of some beautiful and amazing architecture. Which brings me to the heart of this blog, and a question for my readers:
If you could live in any house in any Asian drama, which house would it be? They run the gamut from little rooftop places (and can poor people really afford such a view) to huge mansions. I’m going to mention some of my favorites:
Even without Rain lounging around on the couch, the three-dimensional wall treatments and the outside view makes up for this. Growing up next to the Atlantic Ocean, I’ve a fondness for sand and seagulls. Although there was a lot of echo in the kitchen / living room scenes (because of the hard floors), and the place could have used a few more fabrics, it remains one of my favorites.
The eponymous bachelor pad of the rich, with the sensuous curves of the interior design juxtaposed with the whiteness of, well, everything. For me, this one voted The One With The Most Slidable Handrail. And all those windows!
Okay, I’m not too keen on having a racecar in my living room, unless it’s Sprint Cup and comes with Denny Hamlin, but the apartment has those adorable fishtanks and the full-size racing arcade system, so it’s a winner in my book.
One of the few non-sageuk series that features a traditional Korean hanok, with its open courtyard and raised flooring. Not a home that I would prefer, but mostly because of mosquitoes and a lack of air-conditioning. Fates, please don’t send me to the past, pickled babies and Lee Min-ho can’t compare to Starbucks and wi-fi.
Drunken To Love You (2011) –
The main lead of this Taiwanese drama was an architect, and this is reflected in his home, with a huge island kitchen and neutrals and grey tones throughout the house. It has similar features to Ha Ji-won’s home such as a gorgeous deck and big picture windows, but it seems much warmer and inviting to me. Better for a family.
I wanted to include a Thai lakhorn as many of them feature traditional-style homes in that region, and I do like all the exotic plants and balconies everywhere.