The Korean dorama Memories of the Alhambra is the kind of production designed and executed to delight all ages. The mix of genres it provides – there’s a lot of action, but there’s also romance and room for comedy – can be great for reaching out to wider audiences (watch here).
One of the coolest things about Memories of the Alhambra, being a totally Korean production, is that is sets all its action in Spain. Alhambra is in Granada, which in turn is part of the province of Andalusia, Spanish territory. With this, there is a strangeness in perceiving a dorama spoken in Korean happening in totally different places than they usually are. After the shock of the first moment, in a little time we are already used to it and we come to think it’s natural that everyone in the series speaks Korean, with the exception of few supporting roles necessary to situate the locality where the characters are.
So, Yoo Jin-woo – that’s the name of the director of the company – starts to search for the boy to find out what happened to him, at the same time that he gets involved with the hostel owner who has some kind of connection with the missing person. In addition, he discovers what the revolutionary game the kid has produced and begins to play it – at the same time he needs to fight against his rivals in business, so they do not take possession of this new technology.
There is no doubt that Memories of the Alhambra is a very ambitious dorama. The special effects, in particular, are quite convincing, revealing the investment that production has made to make the story more credible. So, following the first few episodes, when Yoo Jin-woo is learning to play the most realistic game he has ever seen, which even uses the whole city as pieces on a war board, it’s quite exciting.
Still, the first season of Memories of the Alhambra has a positive balance. Although it is tiring at times to solve the problems that it proposes, the project has, in its main story, a great force to hold the audience to the end. And after a while, who watches even sympathize with the novel that is gradually being created. In the end, it makes a leap of quality and establishes itself as a very nice drama and undoubtedly is one of the best Korean productions to reach Netflix, in every way.
Synopsis 1: While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain.
Synopsis 2: While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain.
Age rating: 14;