“The Glory”, a variety of overseas reactions created by cultural differences
“The Glory” is receiving enthusiastic responses not only in Korea but also abroad.
Netflix’s original series “The Glory” part 2, which was released on March 10th, depicts the full-fledged revenge of Moon Dong Eun (Song Hye Kyo). The perpetrators Park Yeon Jin (Lim Ji Yeon), Jeon Jae Joon (Park Sung Hoon), Lee Sa Ra (Kim Hieora), Choi Hye Jeong (Cha Joo Young) and Son Myeong Oh (Kim Gun Woo) all faced a tragic end.
Most of the reviews from overseas viewers were favorable, but some viewers said they could not immerse themselves due to cultural differences with Korea. The main point they pointed out was that they did not understand why Dong Eun prepared for revenge over ten years instead of immediately solving it when she was bullied at school. In particular, this reaction stood out in North America and Europe, which respond sensitively to the issue of “school violence”.
The United States treats “school violence” as a zero-tolerance principle. In some areas, not only the perpetrators but also their parents are punished. In the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Education and the Judiciary cooperate to deal with school violence. France has passed a law to punish school violence as a crime.
Viewers in cultures that respond strongly to school violence did not understand why Dong Eun prepared for revenge for a long time. Viewers said that they could not form a consensus on Dong Eun’s revenge, and therefore could not immerse themselves in the drama.
Of course, most of the evaluations were not much different from Korean viewers. Basically, the main praise was for writer Kim Eun Sook’s solid script and the actors who completed it nicely.
There were also overseas viewers who could not sympathize with the love line. To some overseas viewers, the love line between Dong Eun and Joo Yeo Jeong (Lee Do Hyun) became a black mark.
There were various opinions about the ending. Regarding the end of Yeon Jin, who was imprisoned, some argued that she should have suffered the same physical or psychological pain as Dong Eun. There was also an opinion that Jae Joon and Myeong Oh, who faced death, “should have suffered longer”.