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Peruvian Soap Operas - 3 Of The Worst

posted 16 Nov 2010, 11:08 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 16 Nov 2010, 11:09 ]

Televised soap operas are popular in Peru, even though they
are often not produced there. Shown in the evening, they
come primarily from Venezuela, Mexico and India and attract
a wide following. Get in touch with the trashy side of Peru
- pick up a remote control and start flicking channels for
one of these three Peru soap operas.

Popular Peru soap opera #1 - Winter Sonata
A Korean soap opera, " Winter Sonata" , whose story line is
almost as complex as a Shakespearean play but nowhere near
as well written, follows the blossoming of the relationship
of former childhood sweethearts Joon-Sang and Yu-Jin.

Joon-Sang began his life as an introverted music student who
was born out of wedlock which causes him great distress.
However, one day, Joon-Sang and Yu-Jin meet on a bus to
school and Joon-Sang quickly falls in love with Yu-Jin, who
opens up her heart to Joon-Sang. He then gets into a car
accident which causes him to suffer amnesia and erase his
memory of Yu-Jin (of course). He moves to the United States
with his mother and changes his name (as one would). In the
meantime, everyone in South Korea is, including Yu-Jin has
been told that he died.

The story (unfortunately) continues ten years later when
Joon-Sang returns to Korea as a successful architect. It
turns out that he works for the same firm as Yu-Jin, who is
now engaged to someone else. Yu-Jim notices him and decides
to postpone her engagement. The plot deepens as she tried to
find out if Joon-Sang is really her lost lover...

Popular Peru soap opera #2 - Amores de Barrio Adentro
"Amores de Barrio Adentro" which is translated as " Love
Inside the Neighborhood" is a popular Venezuelan soap opera
which portrays the life and political reality in a poor

The plot is basically a love story between a young
pro-Chávez woman and a young man who is politically
neutral, that is he is neither with the government nor its
opposition, in a Venezuela that is highly polarized. The
story depicts on the screen what has become popular in
Venezuela, which is the lies of the opposition and the truth
of the about the revolution, which refers to the peaceful
social movement that Chávez has brought about and the
opposition movement that has worked hard to remove him. The
title of the program is similar to the name of the Barrio
Adentro plan that Chávez undertook in 2003 to bring
primary health care to the slums and poor neighborhoods of
the country. In this program, close to 10,000 Cuban doctors
have played a role in tending to the patients in Venezuela'
s shanty-towns.

If you want to see some creaky acting combined with
shameless political propaganda, here's your winner.

Peru soap opera #3 - King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo
Inexplicably, Peruvians go potty for Korean media. This
other offering, otherwise known as " Bread, Love and
Dreams", this is South Korean drama that tells the story of
how a determined young baker decides to become the best
baker in all of Korea. The dreams of youth, eh?

As the eldest son of Goo Il Jong, the chairman of Geosung
Food Enterprise, a company well known in the baking
industry, Kim Tak Goo finds himself to be a talented baker
and to be destined to succeed his father as President of the
company. However, because he was the son of Il Jong's
mistress, the family plots against him so he cannot
rightfully take over his inheritance. The story revolves
around Tak Goo' s resolve to become the best in the industry
as he has to start his career from the beginning. Naturally,
he has to overcome many trials blah blah blah.

So there you have it - 3 of the best options for watching
hours of your life slide by as Korean bakers, politically
indifferent (and thus probably evil) Venezuelans and
conveniently forgetful architects wander in improbable and
highly dramatic circles. Don't say I didn't warn you...

About the Author:

Gary Sargent is the Managing Director of the tour companies
Escaped to Peru and has lived in South America since 1998.
Gary is passionate about Peruvian life, people, customs and
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