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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Which Star Did You Come From? (Korean Drama 2006)

Synopsis:

Choi Seung Hee left Korea for three years after losing his girlfriend in a tragic accident. When he finally came back, he wanted to make a film in a rural area. During the time he was doing an ocular visit, a woman named Bok Shil caught his eye because she looks exactly like his deceased girlfriend, Hye Soo. Seung Hee followed Bok Shil around in order to get some answers and ended up falling for her. 

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Words from Me:

What Star Did You Come From is a Kdrama in which I have total bias in.

The story is about a movie maker Choi Seung Hee who caused the death of his girlfriend named Lee Hye Soo due to a car accident while he was driving. After the horrible incident, he incurred a trauma in driving cars and was consumed with guilt that he swore to never love again.

I know… I know… I told you the cliché!

Anyway… one day during a movie project, he met Kim Bok-Shil, a woman with the exact replica of his dead girlfriend’s face. In total denial, he started to follow her around and discovered that she’s a completely different person. bfb948f31c0ae04aecbd94d2db163ab3The girl was a country bumpkin, uncouth and had no proper breeding of an elite person. She was the exact opposite of his refined deceased lover. As he got closer to her, he eventually falls in love again… but there is a catch! Is he actually in love with Bok Sil because of her face which reminds him of his Hye Soo or does he love her as she is? Aside from this, there were a couple more twists which led me to tear my hair out in frustration, but I gritted my teeth and held my annoyance at bay for the love of Rae Won and Ryu Won. Aren’t they just perfect for each other? Their names are even a match made in heaven! Yeah… that’s just me and my wishful thinking. Aside from the main casts, there’s the perk of the comedy within the drama which made it more bearable to watch.

Although the story line is a total wreck with all the drama cliché, Kim Rae Won and Jung Ryu Won gave justice for the whole show. It even garnered 17% viewership which isn’t that bad in Korea if you ask a couple of netizens. Maybe it’s because of the main lead’s popularity and how they a enacted their characters. I personally liked Bok Sil’s character and her naivety during the beginning of the show. However, as the show progressed and she had to shift into a serious one, it kind of bored me out but still… for the love of hqdefaultwatching her on screen I continued on and rooted for her character. As for Seung Hee’s character, he’s definitely angsty but because he became involved with Bok Sil, his character gradually mellowed out and became more likable. The supporting cast and second leads weren’t that memorable for me. I guess this is just one of those dramas that had a passing through in my memory since I was too focused on the main leads. The story is totally makjang mixed with bits of comedy here and there. It may have been a great drama back in 2006, however it wouldn’t be able to ride through the current dramas airing these days. It’s just not cut as a classic drama. What makes it worth it is simply watching two popular actors with great chemistry on screen.

I couldn’t remember the OST even if I try to rack my brain about it. Over all it was a funny and  melodramatic show. I wouldn’t rewatch it as having seen it once is already enough but I would recommend it to those who love both the main actors because they really did their best for this drama.

Photos are not mine. Credits to the owner.