A Gentleman's Dignity
Are you into mid-40's Korean men with bad hang-ups? Me either BUT these mid-40's Korean men with bad hang-ups are hysterically awesome. It may not appear so at first, but eventually their elderly good looks will charm you into thinking they're handsome as well. This Kdrama has everything: foolishly prideful men, hopelessly strong and enduring women, lots of attitude and a hilariously witty script writer and, of course, Woo Bin, I mean what else could you ask for! *sigh* Woo Bin...(*pokes head out of the darkness* ok...will you just admit I'm right already woman *fades back into the darkness*) Never!!
This was a Kdrama I kept putting off, not because I didn't honestly want to see it but mostly because I kept finding something better--or so I thought. It was always high in my queue but never quite there until one night I said, fine...let's do this...and before I knew it, it was over. I flew through this this Kdrama like nobody's business and I pushed it on others to watch because it's that awesome.
The Kdrama tells the story of four high school best friends that can't seem to grow the hell up. Each of our starring male leads are successful, handsome, and for the most part, very likable...except they have their own personal issues. The four leading ladies are all attitude, spunkiness, funny and charming in their own ways. There is no "love at first sight" in this Kdrama and each person has to hilariously work out their kinks to make their relationship work and along the way bring the audience lots of laughs and tears--and everything in between.
Kim Do Jin & Seo Yi Soo
Lee Jong Ruk & Park Min Sook
These two are by far my favorite. Love-Love-Love. They're the only couple that are already married and is the power-house for the men--I even go so far as to say it was a practical arrangement. This relationship has the most issues and is cause for some serious tears of frustration but overall, they're perfect for each other and keep each other on their toes. Jong Ruk starts off as a dou--umm...he's a cheater. Takes-ring-off-kind of cheater but lucky for the audience he has many other redeeming qualities. (For instance, look at his smile...) He's loyal, he's funny, and provides for nearly 25% of the show's hilarity. Min Sook, his powerful, sexy, stern wife always who struggles to keep him in check and has a heart of gold. It's hard to describe their relationship; she knows he's no good but can't seem to let him go and he realizes he's a dou--umm...cheater but just can't seem to make himself stop until finally...she decides she's had enough and she's ready to let him go.
Im Tae San & Hong Se Ra
Choi Yoon & Im Me Ari
Probably the saddest couple of them all. I immediately clicked with this couple and was rooting for them even before I was rooting for the main leads. Me Ari is Tae San's younger sister--and by younger I mean..like 15 years younger (give or take) and she is unabashedly head over heels IN LOVE with Yoon. Yoon on the other hand, has never treated her as anything other than the affection little sister she is. However, through her persistence, he starts to view her as someone other than his best friends little sister and more of...a potential woman. The only problem is getting her brother to agree to the relationship...and of course...getting over his own history. (Ahh..spoiler...right here...skip this if you hate spoilers....ok, you've been warned. Have a box of tissues next to you when you start episode 16...just...ah...a warning...cause it's excruciatingly sad...)
There are a few supporting characters are worth mention:
Kim Dong Hyub & Colin
This Kdrama is original from start to finish--despite the cliched lover's quarrels and male adversion to love; the story line makes complete sense and rarely leaves the audience needing to take creative leaps to justify the character's actions and/or plot twists. Even the beginning of the story is creatively fun...
The Leading Man and Lady randomly meet each other on the street--a couple of times actually--after a loose strand of yarn from her knitted dress gets attached to Do Jin's messenger bag and starts to slowly unravel her dress. Eventually Do Jin notices the stray strand and follows it back to it's source, Yi Soo's butt who--luckily--is wearing an underskirt and has no idea that she's been flashing all of Seoul. Do Jin, quick on his feet, makeshifts a table cloth to be a skirt and does it so convincingly well that...I kinda wanted one too...