Television stations in the Philippines has been remaking dramas. One of the most successful remakes is “Marimar”, originally an export from Mexico. The original version made Thalia super famous in the Philippines. It also made Marian Rivera, the newbie who starred in the Philippine version, a phenomenal hit last year. Aside from “Marimar”, old Sharon Cuneta movies have been remade to television shows like “Bituing Walang Ningning” on ABS-CBN, “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita”.
This week, a remake of the popular Korean drama “My Girl” started airing on Philippine TV. It stars the “love team” of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (yes they’re Pinoys with foreign-sounding names). I’ve seen the first episode online (with English subs!), thanks to Youtube. If ABS-CBN asks to take down the video, head on to Jhay’s Online Logs for the live broadcast.
The original Korean series made Lee Dong Wook, Lee Da Hae and Lee Jun Ki famous. I remember that that time Lee Jun Ki became a household name also for his role in “The King and the Clown.” He also had an annoying CF for a pomegranate juice that time.
I honestly haven’t seen the original version of “MY Girl” so there’s no way I can compare the remake. (And I won’t even if I’ve seen it) However, I just thought that the actors in the Pinoy version are a little bit young for their roles. Or maybe they just need more acting lessons? Kim Chiu is a delight though, even if she sometimes seem too perky. The Philippine remake uses English names for the characters. I wonder with the pinoy version of “My Name is Kim Sam Soon.” At least, they made me interested to watch the original version. By the way, the leads are good looking!