Older Women, Younger Men: In Asian Dramas
Oh My Lady and My Queen
In recent years, more and more Asian dramas have paired older actresses and younger actors as lovers. This does not seem to be a one-off trend as shown by the repeated occurrence in these Asian dramas. When mentioning Asian dramas, I specifically refer to Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese series which I watch more frequently.
Among the 2010 Korean dramas, this trend can be seen in series like Oh My Lady where the young Choi Si Won (of Super Junior) is paired with the “ahjumma” Chae Rim. There is a seven year gap in the series. This is similar to the Taiwanese series, My Queen where Ethan Ruan falls in love in Cheryl Yang who is also about eight years older. Just recently, My Queen was remade into Korean drama, Witch's Romance, which stars the older Uhm Jung Hwa paired with the younger Park Seo Joon.
Oh My Lady: Chae Rim versus Choi Si Won
Persisting Trend in Korean Dramas
Even earlier on, the younger men older women pairing has been used before like in What’s Up Fox? where Chun Jung Myung loves his “nuna” (elder sister in Korean) played by Go Hyun Jung. In another series Cinderella’s Sister, we see another example, but this time with just a one year gap in age, between Taecyeon (of 2PM) and Moon Geun Young. A slightly larger gap exists between Ji Hyun Woo and Lee Bo Young in the Korean drama Birth of a Rich Man (also known as The Birth of the Rich).
The popular series, Personal Taste or Personal Preference, also features young actor, Lee Min Ho and the more experienced and older Son Yae Jin. Although the focus of this drama is not their age, it was also one of the first things that caught my attention when I watched this drama.
We Got Married: Kim Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo
Besides Korean dramas, a popular Korean variety show called We Got Married, where two celebrities are "married" also led to a memorable couple which has a six year gap. Hwang Bo, who is formerly from girl band Chakra is six years older than her young bridegroom, Kim Hyun Joong (leader of boy band SS501 and famous for his role as Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers). During their interactions in the many episodes, it was interesting to see how they would care for each other and grow closer as a couple.
Taiwanese Series My Queen 败犬女王
Older Women, Younger Men in Japanese Dramas too
In a recent Japanese series, “Sunao Narenakute” (Hard to Say I Love You) there is also a side plot where the series’ main character Nakaji is having an affair with an older married woman, Kiriko. Ignoring the consequences of the affair and concentrating on just the age gap, what does this imply? Does this mean that there is no longer any stigma associated with this type of relationship?
Personal Opinion on the Older Women, Younger Men Relationship
Personally, I believe that there is still some stigma. However, it is definitely more acceptable compared to say 10 years ago. It does make you wonder why there is less stigma and controversy when it is the reverse: older men, younger women. Most likely the case is that a younger man is deemed to be unable to bear the responsibility of caring for a more mature and older woman. What do you think?