Review of Korean Drama “Personal Taste”


Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes: 16

Story Premise: A woman accepts a male roommate into her home under the mistaken assumption that he is gay.

Synopsis: Park Kae In is a woman who has just been dumped in the worst possible way. She finds out her boyfriend is about to marry her long-time friend and roommate on the day she attends the actual wedding. Desperate for money, Kae In has to find a roommate immediately in order to pay back a loan her employee borrowed against her house and under her name.

Enter Jeon Jin Ho. Jin Ho is an architect who is bidding on a big construction project that could make or break his company. The man who is awarding the project just happens to be a huge fan of an old eccentric architect – an architect who happens to be Kae In’s father and who happens to have designed the house Kae In lives in. Jin Ho wants to move into Kae In’s house so he can search the house for the old blueprints and find out why his client likes this house so much.

Through a series of misunderstandings, Kae In comes to believe that Jin Ho is gay and so she agrees to let him be her roommate. While at first Jin Ho tries to tell Kae In he is not gay, she assumes he must be “in the closet” and she tries to soothe his pride by saying she understands and will keep his secret. Eventually, Jin Ho stops trying to convince her and begins to build a friendship with her that soon turns into romance.

What I like about this K-Drama: Lee Min Ho as Kae In…period. He is so yummy and so good in everything he does. Even acting as an uptight architect, Lee Min Ho is still delicious to watch.

But other than my little crush on Lee Min Ho, I did like the way his character was developed. When he gets “out-ed” by the heroine as gay, he is horrified, until his business partner convinces him it’s for the best to go along with the act. Throughout the story, I truly felt like the character’s actions were true to the part and not forced or altered in order to make him look good.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama: The Heroine’s character was often difficult to stomach. In the first episode, her ex-boyfriend describes her as a soaking wet puppy and that is exactly what the character is throughout the entire story. Even when she is kicked around and humiliated, she still remains steadfast and loyal to her friends. In many places, it was admirable, but more often than not, I found myself wanting to shake the heroine and say “grow a pair.”

Favorite Scene(s): Without a doubt, my favorite scene was the first night that Jin Ho moved into the house. He was exploring the house late at night and looking for the blueprints when he ends up in the father’s office. Earlier that day, the heroine had warned him about wandering through the house and that she would “chop it off,” so he is doing it secretly without the lights on when the heroine discovers him. I don’t want to spoil the scene, but let’s just say, she scares the crap out of him in a big way that sends him running while screaming like a little girl. It was hysterical. (Episode 2 – 57-minute mark to the 59-minute mark)

However, I could not find that on YouTube to show, so here is my second favorite scene.  It is where Lee Min Ho’s character is first thought to be gay and it is hysterical.  The hero’s friend and business partner (the guy with the glasses) totally eggs on people’s belief that the hero is gay just because he thinks it’s funny.  Enjoy.

Why I Gave It 4 Stars: While I do love watching Lee Min Ho in action, and while the chemistry between the actors seemed genuine, there are only a couple of scenes that I could watch several times. For me, if I can’t watch the story over and over again, but I could watch it at least once more or watch certain scenes several times, than it is a 4 star show. This is one of the shows that I could watch certain scenes over and over again, but not the whole story more than twice.

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