Hindsight Review: TV5’s Baker King Proves the Philippines Can Produce Worthy Adaptations

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
LOTS of finale spoilers! For my spoiler-free-ish First Impression Review, click here. For my Check-In Review with spoilers up to Week 6, click here.

There have been plenty of Filipino adaptations of foreign dramas over the last couple of years. And all to varying degrees of success, both commercially and creatively. From a blockbuster like the original Marimar to creative duds/insults like Maria La Del Barrio.

For Baker King, while being on TV5 may have kept it from being as big a ratings draw as the original was for GMA, it certainly was creatively successful. And maybe, TV5’s Baker King is the best local adaptation of a foreign drama series ever. Yes, ever. Continue reading

Check-in Review: TV5's Faithful Baker King Continues to Do Justice to Original

TYPE OF REVIEW : CHECK-IN REVIEW
Big spoilers up to week 6. For my First Impression Review, click here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

Six weeks into TV5’s Filipino adaptation of Baker King, Kim Takgu, it is evident that director Mac Alejandre and the entire cast and crew know exactly what they’re doing and what they need to do. Continue reading

First Impression Review: TV5 Carefully Mixes Some Filipino Flavor Into Faithful Baker King Adaptation

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Very, very minor spoilers. Read my review introduction here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

After the first two weeks, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in.

I’m coming into Baker King having watched and absolutely Continue reading

Pre-First Impression Review: My Wait for TV5's Baker King

Right up front, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in. (Full First Impression Review here.)

But let’s rewind a little bit first.

It was 2010 when Baker King, Kim Tak Gu aired on KBS in Korea to huge numbers, earning a “national drama” title, raking in awards and propelling the careers of its lead actors Yoon Shi Yoon and Joo Won. It captivated audiences around the world, myself included. In fact, I wondered if Continue reading

For Your (International!) Emmy Consideration – Bread, Love and Dreams/Baker King, Kim Tak Goo

I laughed and I cried. I stood up to cheer and I wanted to throw something at the TV screen. I fell in love and I felt the heartbreak.

That’s the kind of emotional involvement one hopes for from any television series.
It is no wonder why Bread, Love and Dreams (Baker King, Kim Tak Goo/제빵왕 김탁구) swept Korea and the rest of the world. Continue reading

For Your (International!) Emmy Consideration – Yoon Shi Yoon

It can be difficult for any actor to play the title character of a television series or film. So it is impressive when a relative newcomer is given the chance to do so… and do it well.

Before playing the title character in Baker King, Kim Tak Goo/Bread, Love and Dreams, Yoon Shi Yoon made his acting debut in the popular daily family comedy High Kick Through the Roof and was about to star in the sequel to a popular horror film.

But it wasn’t until playing Kim Tak Goo that Yoon Shi Yoon showed what Continue reading

Mara Clara Could Learn a Thing or Two from The Baker King

Aren’t you glad we’re not on a Filipino soap opera?

Well, ABS-CBN’s Mara Clara continues to delve deeper into the bowels of hell for story ideas. The series is past from being salvageable and this remake shitting on the face of one of the most classic Filipino soap operas will probably be written about in textbooks as “How not to write a television series.”

This week, Mara Clara gets a new timeslot competitor when the planets align and they end up against GMA’s tagalized version of Korea’s The Baker King. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: Why Baker King, Kim Tak Goo Might Be My All-Time Favorite Korean Drama

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
No spoilers

I laughed and I cried. I stood up to cheer and I wanted to throw something at the TV screen. I fell in love and I felt the heartbreak.

That’s the kind of emotional involvement one hopes for from any television series.
It is no wonder why Bread, Love and Dreams (Baker King, Kim Tak Goo/제빵왕 김탁구) is the biggest Korean drama of 2010. Continue reading

Review: KBS’ Baker King, Kim Tak Goo – Best Korean Drama of the Year

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Some spoilers for first couple of episodes.

It is only September, but one Korean drama seems poised to be the most watched and quite possibly the best drama of 2010.

This drama has taken the country by storm hurricane, now officially a “national drama” by quickly rising to ratings upwards of 40% and poised to top the rare 50% mark as it nears its finale. A series that probably not even KBS, its network, expected to become such an immense hit.

The drama is Baker King, Kim Tak Goo (제빵왕 김탁구/King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo/Int’l title: Bread, Love and Dreams), an emotional roller coaster of a series that tells a story of revenge, hope, love, and dreams in a way no other Korean drama has done this year.

A Full, Carefully Crafted Story
Baker King begins by introducing us to the Continue reading