My Lovely Kim Sam Soon (Korean Drama 2005)

Synopsis:

Kim Sam Soon is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo, cheating on her and breaks up. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men’s restroom and met Hyun Jin Heon. By sheer coincidence, Jin Heon needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam Soon is unemployed. Sam Soon is hired as the restaurant’s chief baker and the two fight like cat and dog.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

The realism of this drama, in which a lot of women verbalized on relating to is so palpable it can’t be explained in words. Why? Not all women look like Son Ye-jin or Song Hye Kyo. Not all women are pretty for a fact. There are more average looking women than to those who look like a walking model. So yes… they could relate big time with Kim Sam Soon because she looks average, even on the chubby side and most of all she’s a dork. A woman in her thirties with no fulfillment in life. This drama would hook up the old maids out there who are mopping for not marrying that guy from their past because he cheated on her or for the teenagers who are in their late blooming stage, crying out and being hopeful because though they won’t grow up looking like a cover model of a magazine, at least they can catch that Hyun Jin-Heon of their life. Even in their average self.

Hyun Bin, why are you so damn good looking?!? *fans self*

This is a romantic comedy that would strike all women in every age level because… it is Kim Sam Soon.

No need for further explanation.

Just kidding! The story has a lot to offer despite having a cliche-ish plot but having My_Lovely_Kim_Sam_SoonKim Sam Soon as the center of that story line makes things very interesting. Since I have mentioned earlier about her characteristics, I’m going to add something as to why she is a charming character despite being an average person. It actually has something to do with her personality. The fact that she faces her problems head and on and doesn’t back out on the things that makes her miserable is something to be proud of. Though sometimes her mouth runs off before she thinks, at least she’s honest about how she feels. Also, as any normal girl could be, she can act like a teenager who’s in her prepubescent years. I think that side of her is cute. Then there’s the young-hot-blooded-rich-good-looking Hyun 347Jin Heon. Pairing him up with a woman who seems like an old maid is kind of peculiar, but these days age doesn’t really matter anymore. Both characters were portrayed by Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin. I couldn’t imagine Sam Soon and Jin Heon as any other actor other than the ones I have mentioned. They were so good at their roles that the character seemed to be themselves in real life. Aside from the two main actors, I particularly liked the second leads who are Dr. Henry Kim and Yoo Hee Jin which was played by Daniel Henney and Jung Ryeo Won. They played an uncanny love triangle with Jin Heon setting aside Sam Soon who doesn’t even have a second lead to lean on, except her bastard ex if that would even count as a love interest.

The catchy thing about this drama is the feeling of a fairy tale like kind of story but at the same time it could also happen in real life. I would also like to add up that the soundtrack of this drama is quite catchy, and this is also the first drama I caught Daniel Henney in. Yep, Hyun Bin isn’t the only eye candy in this drama. I’m throwing in a towel for Daniel too! So even though this drama is pretty old school, I’m putting it in my classic drama list and definitely recommending it to all the women out there.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

 

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Endless Love Series: Spring Waltz (Korean Drama 2006)

Synopsis:

Lee Su Ho’s father was in a huge debt, they tried to escape the loan sharks by relocating to a remote island. To avoid getting caught, his father left him in the care of one of his closest friends. Su Ho was only a young boy and feeling the sense of abandonment from his father, sought out to leave but changed his mind after becoming close friends with a young girl named Eun Young who was gentle and had a pure heart. She was also the daughter of his father’s friend.

Some circumstances and unfortunate events happened to both children which entailed Su Ho to leave the island and disappear while Eun Young, who was sickly all those times, never found out how Su Ho disappeared as she was confined in the hospital.

A couple of years later, Eun Young won an award of a trip to Austria due to her art and craft entry made out of shell. This is where she meets the talented pianist Jae Ha, but he resembled a lot like her old friend Su Ho. This man however was cold and spoke only a few words, but as they became closer to each other, romantic feelings start to develop.

When secrets are revealed little by little, the tragic incident and bitter memories fill the gap of those lost years.

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Words from Me:

Here’s another case of melodrama… but this one, I really liked.

The final installment of Endless Love series, Spring Waltz has its funny aspects but the whole mood of the drama is mainly romance and inner angst. I would have to give some heads up that the first 8 episodes of the drama was dedicated for the past of the two main characters. There will mostly be two children playing around getting to know eachSpring_Waltz_kids other despite their poverty stricken condition and then… it sort of drags on. It seemed so slow I had to stop myself from pressing the forward button and skip the whole thing. If not for the other things that were actually happening in between the child’s play, I’d probably have done that. Near the end of episode though, the reason for Su Ho’s disappearance will be shown and then the time skip happens after.

Lee Su Ho, whose father was debt stricken, was left in the care of Su Eun Young’s mother thus making them live in the same house. Su Ho is actually a good kid despite histumblr_m0w5lfc3JR1r1le8no5_400 brusque personality, he deeply cared for Eun Young while she, on the other hand adored Su Ho. Eun Young is a very talented but sickly girl. Her mother was actually working hard so she could get Eun Young an operation, but due to Su Ho’s father stealing that hard earned money, this drove the two kids apart. Years passed  by and they cross paths once again but both had different names because of their past circumstances. This is also the part where the story picks up it’s pace. The second part of the drama shows both main characters as adults and both meet other people along the way who falls in love with them without having any idea about their past.

852e50bf87b5c9fb4637a68bb841d670--vals-couple-photographyWhat are the things I loved about Spring Waltz? Despite the draggy start and the distressing situation that the characters were in, the back ground setting, the mood and the OST were pure awesome. The main characters had really great personalities and history, the actors who played them were raw actors and I guess that could be a good thing since there is this feeling of freshness as they give their all for the roles they had to play. Given that the setting is spring, the color of the season is all around and made everything becomes an eye candy. The colorful hues of nature and fashion wear within the drama says SPRING SPRING SPRING! The vibrant color of green, purple, blue, pink and everything else in between is accentuated. I couldn’t help but smile while watching it all. It was really great to look at.

Then comes in the OST, it was more on the musical scoring but hearing Loveholic sing One Love was a plus point. Whenever I hear that song, I am reminded of how much I loved this drama.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE, CREDITS TO WHOEVER OWNS THEM.