Once Upon a Time in Saengchori

Title: Once Upon a Time in Saengchori
Original Title: 원스 어폰 어 타임 인 생초리
Episodes: 20
Year: 2010
Directed by: Kim Young-Ki
Distributed by: tvN

This drama revolves around a group of brokerage firm employees who are relocated to a quiet rural village, where both thrilling and bizarre events occur and romance bloom between the employees and residents.
(from asianwiki.com)

Maybe some of you already know this but I “worked” with this drama. I said “worked” only because it was only a fan project to make this drama accessible to Italian people by creating subtitles for it. It was a nice project the team decided to take on because even after eight years from the Korean release, this drama didn’t have any kind of subtitle in Italian.
My job in the team was to translate the English subtitles we got and maybe add some small annotation to make the Korean word plays more understandable for an Italian audience; luckily, even with my Korean being at base level, I was able to catch some of those, understand them and put an explanation with the subtitles.

The drama was not so bad and it had its own comedy and the story was interesting and so I was also getting entertained while translating, as I was watching the episodes to get what I was writing to match with the scenes displayed. There are various storyline entwining with each other to create the story of this harebrained group of coworkers.

Let’s be honest: it’s not a masterpiece and some of you might consider it even straight bad. That’s also why, in my opinion, he never received a second season despite the finale being open enough to allow it; all the storylines find a conclusion in this series but there was something more that could have been exploited in another season.

Despite all of this, this drama was nice and some turns of events were really unexpected so I personally recommend giving it a shot at least. 


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