Sweet 18 (Korean Drama 2004)


Kwon Hyuk Joon’s grandfather, the head of the traditional Kwon family agrees to an arranged marriage between his grandson (Lee Dong Gun) and Yoon Jung Sook (Han Ji Hye) when Yoon Jung Sook is born. 18 years later, the two families lose contact because soon after the contract is signed, Jung Sook’s family encounters financial issues and is forced to run away.

Meanwhile, Jung Sook has grown up to be a rebellious and strong-willed girl who just wants to live her life as she sees fit. With little aspirations, she is the direct foil of her achievement-bound counterpart, Hyuk Joon. When the two meet each other, they clash horribly; Jung Sook thinks her fiancee is nothing but boring, and Hyuk Joon believes Jung Sook to be nothing but an immature child. Despite all this they do marry. The rest of the series follows their life living together as a couple, and the obstacles they are faced with.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

This is a story about an 18 year old girl named Yoon Jung-Sook meeting the man of her dreams who is 10 years her senior. Kwon Hyuk Joon is a prosecutor in Seoul and incidentally he is the same man whom Jung-Sook fell in love with. Unknown to both of them, they were already betrothed to each other by their families when they were younger. The story evolved in this plot with lots of mishaps especially in Jung-Sook’s side.

I have this penchant for liking Romantic Comedy genres, so this caught my interest back in 2004. The pacing of the story was alright for a light rom-com genre. The humor was placed in all episodes but dwindled in the later part, which happens to almost all Kdrama rom-com, where the show’s atmosphere turns into a more serious note then suddenly pulls back into comedy right before it ends. Despite that, I continued on watching this because of all the cute. Since I was still a teenager back then, I had this whimsical feeling of falling in love with a man 10 times older than me. Heh!

This is the drama where I also first discovered the actress Lee Dae Hae who played as Moon Ga-young, Hyuk Joon’s ex-girl friend. I started following all her drama’s after this, including her hit drama My Girl. Getting back on track… having watched this drama made me appreciate Han Ji-Hye and Lee Dong Gun as rising stars back then. Both were capable on portraying their roles exactly the way it should be. I feel that this drama was written for them because I couldn’t imagine any other artist acting as Jung Sook and Hyuk Joon.

The music was definitely a plus point for me because I fell in love with the OST. I could still remember the melodies of the opening and closing theme songs up to this day. I would definitely re-watch this drama in the near future.




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