Review of Korean Drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity”

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Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes:  20

Story Premise:  Four 40-year-old “Playboys” experience love and friendship in modern day Seoul.


Synopsis:
  While there are four stories happening at once, the main story line centers around the hero, Kim Do Jin, and his romantic interest, Seo Yi Soo.  Do Jin considers himself a “Bachelor Playboy” who can pretty much get any woman he wants.  He is a successful architect who neither wants love nor is looking for it and he is content with his life the way it is.

Enter Seo Yi Soo.  Yi Soo is a high school teacher at an all-boys school during the week and an umpire on the weekends.  She has a crush on Do Jin’s business partner, who also happens to be dating her roommate.  She is also content with her life and is fine with having a “one-sided love” that will never go anywhere.

From the moment that Do Jin first sees Yi Soo, he is infatuated with her.  When he quickly discovers that she has a crush on his friend, he uses the information against her as only a true stinker can do.  From confessions of love to buying him dinner, Do Jin acts very much like a high school boy with his first crush – keeping her off guard so her attention stays focused on him.

Yi Soo, on the other hand, is used to dealing with high school boys and she is not impressed by Do Jin one little bit.  She is more than willing to give into Do Jin’s childish extortion in order to keep her crush a secret.  But with each joke and prank that Do Jin pulls, she finds herself becoming more and more intrigued by the man that just doesn’t seem to want to grow up.

So basically, you have the “Naughty Man” hero and the “Tomboy Teacher” heroine having a battle of the wits as they fall in love.  Add to the mix three more men who keep reverting to their 18-year-old personas, one wife who is determined to catch her husband cheating on her, the 24-year-old girl who is determined to win one of the gentleman, and the roommate and business partner who have just as much fun fighting as loving, and you have a story that is hysterically funny.

What I like about this K-Drama:  This is without a doubt one of my new favorite K-Dramas and if I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would.  Every single episode has something that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.  I loved loved loved the hero because he was such a stinker, and yet also incredibly clever.  The way he kept trying to win the heroine’s heart was truly touching.  I also really liked the heroine because she was “without wiles” and honestly had no idea what to make of the hero.  She also had no intention of gaining her one-sided crush by destroying her friend’s relationship, which made her seem honorable in my opinion.  Plus, whenever she was in a scene with the hero, the sparks really seemed to fly.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama (SPOILER ALERT):  There were two things I didn’t like about this Drama.  One was when the hero found out he had a kid.  Suddenly, both he and the heroine acted as if his life were over.  Now, I don’t know if that is how it really is in Korea or not, but their view of how an unknown child could destroy love was unrealistic to me…but then again, I’m an American and the culture here is different.

The other thing that bothered me was the way the heroine would occasionally wiggle her body and whine when she was frustrated.  Most of the time it was funny, but when she was truly upset, she would even flop down on the bed and cry and whine.  I just found that really irritating in some scenes.

But other than those two things, I still loved this show.

Favorite Scene(s): There are so many scenes to choose from it is hard to pick just one.  Literally, there was something that would make me laugh hysterically in every episode.  However, I will pick out two – one between the four male friends and one between the hero and the heroine.

  1. Between the four friends, there is a flashback scene where they are supposed to be back in high school and about 18 years old.  They got into trouble together and they start the scene by making a mutual decision to take the blame and get a beating instead of having their parents called in.  However, when they finally stand before the teacher together, three of the friends cleverly set up the fourth to take the beating since throughout their friendship, he is always the one getting them in trouble.  (This is the first five minutes of Episode 4 and is SO FUNNY to watch.)
  2. Between the hero and heroine, I liked pretty much all of Episode 3, but especially the scene where the heroine steals the hero’s car.  As usual, he is being a stinker and he has finagled their situation so that the heroine was forced to ride in the car with the hero to get to a baseball game she is supposed to umpire for.  He then decides to take a side trip when she falls asleep, and he does so without giving her notice.  When he gets out of the car despite her protests, gives his keys to the valet, and goes into a hotel to meet a friend, she then takes the car and leaves him behind.  When he catches up to her, he gets his revenge (also in true stinker fashion) and blackmails her into behaving in a way that makes him look like hot stuff.  From the moment he picks her up for their road trip to the moment where he returns her to Seoul is absolutely hysterical.  (Episode 3 – From the 23-minute mark to the 51-minute mark.)

However, since I couldn’t find either of those scenes on YouTube, here is a video clip someone made up took three really great romantically-tense scenes from the show and put them together.  I especially loved the second scene.  In that clip, Yi Soo ends up at the hotel with Do Jin when the guy she likes shows up at the hotel.  (Basically, Do Jin and his partner rent the hotel room all year long for guests or when they want a night away.)  Yi Soo ends up running into the bathroom to hide from the guy she likes (because she doesn’t want him to know that she went to a hotel with Do Jin) and Do Jin was already in there.  Since he’s a stinker, he obviously has to take full advantage of the situation.  It’s an awesome scene…

Unfortunately, this video tends to clip the tops of their heads a bit, but it was the best I could find.

 

And here’s one more great scene between Yi Soo and Do Jin.  Basically, Do Jin has a pen recorder that records everything about his day.  Yi Soo ends up taking it home without knowing it right after Do Jin kissed her, and she ended up saying things to herself that she never would have wanted Do Jin to know.  However, Do Jin gets it back and listens to everything.  When Yi Soo finds out, she runs over to Do Jin’s house to get the recorder back.  It’s another great romantic scene between the two.

 

Overall Opinion:  I loved this show so much, I watched many of the scenes several times before I actually ever finished the show.  I then had to watch it again immediately because I couldn’t believe how funny and clever the show was.  This show is a definite “must watch” and then a “must watch it again” show.

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Review of KDrama: Faith (aka The Great Doctor)

faith-the-great-doctor-aka-faith-32024424-1280-720At the moment, I am currently watching “Faith” (also known as “The Great Doctor”). It is a Korean Drama that is still airing, and it is too good to wait til the end to watch. If you are thinking about watching a KDrama, this is a great one to start with.  It airs on Mondays and Tuesdays in Korea, so you can usually see it by Tuesday and Wednesday in America.

Here’s the stats:

Genre: Historical, Romantic Comedy
Number of Episodes: 24 (but at this point in time, 10 have aired)

Story Premise: A Young Warrior General from the Goryeo era travels through a time portal, kidnaps a modern-day female plastic surgeon, and drags her back to his time to save his Queen’s life.

Synopsis: Lee Min Ho (one of my favorite Delicious Korean actors) plays General Choi Young from the Goryeo period.  He has been a personal guard to the past several kings and he has always obeyed the current ruler no matter what his personal feelings were about that person.  However, there is a new young king in power and it is Choi Young’s hope that the king will release him from his duties so he can live the rest of his life as a normal man.  Unfortunately, the new king has no intentions of letting him go, and so Choi Young serves the king grudgingly, but with all the honor he has learned as a warrior.  When he’s not fighting to protect the king, his favorite thing to do is sleep.  (I kid you not…the man LOVES to sleep.)

Yoo Eun Soo is the doctor that is dragged into the past.  All she wants is to marry a rich man who will take care of her and she basically doesn’t even practice medicine anymore.  When she first meets Choi Young, she thinks he is some kind of terrorist and she doesn’t believe that he actually dragged her into the past; instead, she thinks she’s on some fancy movie set.  Yet as her life is put in danger again and again, she soon comes to realize that she has gone back into the past.  When everyone around her seems to believe that she is a doctor sent from the actual heavens (and she gets the nickname “The Heaven’s Doctor”), she soon finds herself being used as a pawn between the new King and the Villain who wants to dethrone him.

What I like about this K-Drama:  This is not your usual Historical Drama.  It is a blend of contradictory principals that makes the show absolutely fascinating.  For example, there is a really good blend of the Past and the Present.  The show also seamlessly blends together Magic and Medicine.  The fighting scenes are also fantastic; they are fast-paced with a very interesting use of “Magical Energy.”  For example, Choi Young is able to harnass electricity and use it as a weapon.  Another character uses music to kill, another uses fire as her weapon, and yet another can use energy to freeze things.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama:  So far, the only thing I am not liking about the show is the Heroine’s character.  She goes from being a whining, crying gold digger to a competent doctor, to a woman who will stand up to the Villain and tell him “F– You” in her modern day language.  At times, you really want to smack her, but then you also find yourself cheering her on.  My only wish is that the writers would have made her strong from the beginning and not so greedy about money.  But then again, it seems the K-Drama way to create an unlikable character and then eventually make them lovable.  They are doing an excellent job with that over this heroine.

Favorite Scene(s):  So far, I am fascinated by all the Martial Arts scenes (and pretty much any scene with Lee Min Ho).  Choi Young’s character is awesome, but watching him do Martial Arts with some magic mixed in is truly intriguing.  I can’t help but watch the scenes again and again.  Plus, his character is so calm and controlled, and he just has no idea what to make of the heroine.

If I had to pick a scene so far, it would have to be when they are walking in the forest after Choi Young has just told the Villain that he is in love with the Heroine.  Choi Young was lying in order to save her from the villain, but Eun Soo thinks he was serious, so she keeps teasing him about it.  The way she teases him drives Choi Young absolutely crazy, but as much as he obviously wants to strangle her, he just grits his teeth and bears it.

There is also a great scene where the Eun Soo offers to “watch over” Choi Young so he can sleep.  At first, he just thinks she’s crazy, but then you see a bit of a turning point between them as he gives in.

Rating:  I definitely give this one five stars all the way and I wait for it with a lot of anticipation each week.  It is a total Must-Watch if you like Korean Dramas at all.

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Review of Korean Drama “Personal Taste”

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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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