Everyone and their mother has enjoyed some form of Korean content in some way. Hallyu (or the Korean wave) is a hard phenomenon to ignore; the growth of the Korean entertainment industry has grown exponentially in the last few years and is hardly a niche interest for teens. It has become a global force to be reckoned with. The Korean government’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism even has a Hallyu department, whose main goals are to diversify Hallyu content and create a sustainable environment for it to thrive.
Filipinos are considered to be early adopters of the Hallyu wave, way back when Filipino dubs of “Koreanovelas” (a pre-K-drama term) grew in popularity on local T.V. Today, many of us enjoy binge-watching on streaming apps like Viu, which has brought in a huge catalog of Korean shows and films — and other Asian-focused content — through their platform.
In fact, internet provider PLDT Home has partnered up with Viu to give more Filipino households access to K-content. Beginning this month, PLDT Home subscribers can enjoy a Viu Premium subscription (an ad-free version of Viu) for a discounted rate of ₱80/month. It also comes with a free one-month access to Viu, which includes unlimited downloads and first dibs on the latest shows on the platform. To enjoy the special rate, PLDT Home users just need to subscribe to Viu by adding it on top of their existing PLDT Home subscription.
To anyone looking to get started on their Viu watching experience, it can feel intimidating to go through their wide range of content. Of course, K-dramas such as the hair-raising “A World of Married Couple” or the satirical “Sky High” are good places to start. But if you’d prefer to start with something more low commitment, here are three Korean films on Viu that you might enjoy. And because it’s not a K-movie fest without a snack buddy, we recommend the perfect food pairing to go with your film of choice.
Starring Doh Kyungsoo of boy group EXO and Kim So-Hyun (“Goblin”), “Unforgettable” is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age film about five friends from a remote island. One fateful summer brings them all back together; memories resurface and feelings are realized.
Watch it with: A steaming bowl of white rice and doenjang-jjigae, or soybean paste stew. It’s hearty, healthy, and feels like a warm hug. (Works especially well if you are watching this by yourself, to stave off the emo feels.)
My Wife Got Married (2008)
This romantic drama features a surprisingly risque topic for typically conservative Korea. It’s exactly what the title says — a man proposes to his girlfriend to quell his doubts about her fidelity, but she soon reveals that she’s also in love with another man. Son Ye-jin (“Something in the Rain”) leads the cast in this offbeat romance, and proves that she really is an actress worth her mettle.
Watch it with: At-home samgyeopsal and soju with friends and family. Because if this movie proves anything, sharing is indeed caring.
200 Pounds Beauty (2006)
Based on a Japanese manga, this musical/romantic-comedy follows the story of an overweight ghost singer who undergoes intensive plastic surgery and becomes a pop star of her own. Given the age of the film, there are some fairly questionable takes on body dysmorphia and beauty standards, but at its core is a very lovable heroine (played by Kim Ah-Joong, a role that she became most known for) who you can’t help but root for till the very end.
Watch it with: Think of your favorite Korean comfort food and manifest it. Then eat to your heart’s content. This is the kind of movie that will be a joy to eat with anything.
All films and shows mentioned are available on Viu Philippines. You can subscribe to Viu by adding it on top of your PLDT Home subscription. Just visit www.pldthome.com/viu.