Wow! I totally didn’t expect that ABS-CBN2 would pick up the “3 Brothers” for Philippine broadcast. So I was quite surprised to find out that “3 Brothers” is now airing on ABS-CBN2 every 3:45pm.
The reason I’m quite surprised is because “3 Brothers” is more of a family comedy Korean drama rather than the usual romantic comedy Korean drama that Philippine TV networks love to rebroadcast in the country. As its title implies, the drama focuses on the lives of three brothers, who each have their own problems and challenges to face every day.
First off, there’s Keith (played by Ahn Nae-Sang) who is the eldest among the three brothers. Because he is the senior, he is expected to be the role model for everyone – with high expectations for a high-paying stable job, an impressive house, and a happy family life. Unfortunately, what happens is exactly the reverse: he gets kicked out of his house, his wife files for divorce, and remarries a woman with more secrets than a closet can hold. What a role model.
On the other hand, the middle child Ervic (played by Oh Dae-Gyu) has always tried his best to get attention from his parents by being a good kid. He worked hard to become a successful businessman, and has the family that his older brother can only dream about. However, being the middle child, this is not enough to get him in the spotlight. His dutiful wife ends up taking care of their mother despite the fact that this is supposed to be the role of the eldest (at least in Korean culture). With all these dificulties and excess baggage, his wife suddenly gives up when he also loses his fortune – putting his perfect family life on the rocks.
Finally, there’s the youngest, Lionel (played by Lee Joon-Hyuk). As the youngest, he has ben showered with love and affection without the burden of too much expectations. No wonder Lionel grows up to be a dashing, handsome, police officer in his father’s footsteps. However, as he grows older – his parents become concerned over his lack of a family. Feeling the pressure for the first time, he initially resists, but then falls in love with the daughter of his father’s mortal enemy.
What I love about”Three Brothers” is its mix of stories. On their own, each of the three main characters could have had a spin-off drama about their individual lives. However, taken together, they seem much more interesting and colorful since it allows us to compare how one brother’s life seems so perfect and the other is just absolutely crap.
Speaking of perfection, what this drama ultimately shows us is that there is no such thing as a perfect life. Each of them, at one point or another, either thinks they’re better off or worse off than their other brothers. Whenever the life of one of them seems going so well, the drama reveals that there are actually problems that the other borthers don’t see. This dynamic makes the drama so much more relatable to.
The comedic touches are also well-timed. These provide a welcome break to the issues that each brother is facing. The drama never seems to get bogged down by the family issues that can sometimes be so irritating because it can really hit so close to home. And even if this is a family drama, there are still enough romantic touches to keep local fans happy. I’m sure most Filipino fans would find Lionel’s story the most appealing simpy because Lee Joon-Hyukwas just in “I Am Legend” hat finished airing locally recently.
Most of all, I love the characters because of how they seem so real. All three main leads, breathe so much life to their characters. I can absolutely imagine them being like a real family. It kind of reminds me of my uncles (since there are also three of them).
You’ll surely love watching this despite the fact that it is a long drama at 70 episodes (of course, it will be longer since ABS-CBN will cut it up to shorter episodes) The long drama format seems to work wel with family dramas unlike with romantic dramas. Just imagine having to endure 70 episodes of love-and-hate if this was your typical romantic comedy. I admit that “3 Brothers” is not my usual cup of tea but what the heck, I love Lionel’s character here. I especially enjoyed that scene wherein he tries the Heimlech maneuver on his love interest and ends up popping out her fake breast padding. Ha ha ha!
Thanks to KBSWorldi for the video.