Anyone who is a fan of Yoon Eun Hye (of 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and Goong fame) would have tried to catch the latest drama that she’s doing (the name of which has been changed so many times I can hardly keep up with it all), which is known as:
I’m a little late in reviewing this, since approximately 8 episodes (subbed) have already been circulating for weeks, but my excuse was that I wanted to have the whole series before I even started, since I tend to be a little obsessive about continuing episodes. Alas, I couldn’t make myself stay away from temptation and succumbed to the first couple of episodes, after which I felt I just had to share about it.
YEH is one of my favourite Korean actresses (let’s face it, Coffee Prince was made for her) firstly because she’s distinctive (Korean female faces all tend to blur after a while, since plastic surgery…well, let’s not go there) but mostly because she’s oh-so-talented at acting it makes me want to hug her.
In this drama, she plays a haughty ‘princess’ (unlike the pedestrian roles she used to take in her previous dramas) who not only excels at all the masculine sports such as horse-riding, shooting, and kendo, but is also gifted with the face of an angel and the body of a sinner. Unfortunately, she’s also impossible to control or please. She’s rude, uncouth, and quite ruthless when it comes to vengeance (or so it seems), and fires people at whim (Got her hair caught in your ring? Fired. Can’t remember what she said and want her to repeat it? Fired).
The first episode begins with her grandfather setting her up for a blind date (similar to a Goukon if you know Japanese) and she completely ruined it by casually telling the other party that all the “scandals” about her past was real (living together with men in two, no, three countries, having a child – all of which I thought was quite hilarious since it seems pretty normal to me, but I suppose you have to factor in conservative Korean culture here) and then after she stalked out of the room and was followed by the man who was supposed to be her goukon date, she lays him out flat, crushes him beneath her stiletto heels and then walks off like it doesn’t matter (which I found rather endearing but also I understand why everyone in the drama finds her a bitch HAHA).
Speaking of which, the outfits that they dress her in are just fabulous. Every single scene that she appears in, I salivate, lusting after what she’s wearing (except some of them also look damn uncomfortable, and I can’t help but think only YEH would have been able to carry it off).
The boys on the other hand in the drama…aren’t quite the eye-candies I was looking forward to, but manage to grow on you somehow through the show. So back to Episode 1:
As Dong Chan mutters that to himself beneath his breath, he is greeted by 3 guys who are, obviously through the smirks on their faces and their sauntering as well as all that bling bling and gadawful print shirts, loansharks and dearest Dong Chan immediately makes a run for it…right into a dead end. So we learn that Dong Chan is, apparently, deeply in debt, and has worked as a gigolo to pay for his dead mother’s hospitalization bills (although it wasn’t enough, since he’s had to borrow from the loansharks as well) and in order to save his butt, he promised to cough up another $50,000 won…soon.
Dong Chan, however, doesn’t have any money as we all know, and is in fact working for his childhood friend in the flowershop that she and her mother operate/own (he lives with them too. Can you spell freeloader? Although I suppose he has a good reason, so he’s forgiven). His friend, Yeo Eui Joo who is played by Moon Chae Won, has a really obvious crush on Dong Chan that I’m surprised he (or her mother) hasn’t figured out (I wouldn’t be surprised if they have figured it out and just don’t want to deal with her feelings, hoping she’ll outgrow them, but alas, if it were to be, then this drama wouldn’t exist, would it??) and even asked her mother whether they have the money to lend Dong Chan (unfortunately the answer is no).
So how do our two protagonists meet? Simple.
To be honest, I can see why he would be furious (who wouldn’t?) and of course, Dong Chan isn’t going to take something like this lying down (and I can’t see why not) so he gets out of his car, all armed with righteous wrath, and stomps angrily to Hye Na’s gorgeous car, tapping on her window and gesturing wildly to make her roll her window down, which Hye Na does while rolling her eyes (LOL this girl is such a bitch, I love her).
The two are brought to the police (and you can see the obvious differential treatment here) and in anger, Dong Chan decides to teach Hye Na a lesson when she refuses to apologise and keeps offering him (or rather her lawyer keeps offering him) money instead. He refuses the out of court settlement (which went up to $50,000 won!) and brought her to court to see justice done (it’s all very good in principle, but doesn’t quite put bread on the table for poor Dong Chan as we find out later), where Hye Na was sentenced to 140 hours of community service and fined $10,000 won.
Of course, Hye Na (like Dong Chan – we start to note the similarities, don’t we?) isn’t able to take this lying down, so she makes her butlers find out where Dong Chan works and what he does for a living so that she can devise her revenge (ahhhh, woman… hell hath no fury and I would continue the quote except she wasn’t really scorned, it was more like she got her just desserts). She also orders her butlers to buy over the place where Dong Chan is living (i.e. poor Eui Joo’s house) so that she can kick him out (which was a bit over the top, I have to admit).
When Hye Na finds out Dong Chan works as a part-time chauffeur, she makes a call…and of course, Dong Chan gets into the car and is all ready to do his chauffeuring without realising it’s Hye Na when…
Of course, just when Dong Chan thinks it’s all over, and that Hye Na’s had her share of fun since he was almost dragged off to jail and locked in (fortunately for him, Hye Na’s grandfather found out about the mess she created and tried to keep it all hush-hush so called the police station to ask them to let Dong Chan go), Eui Joo’s mother rushes in to tell Dong Chan and Eui Joo (who were having a cosy meal of ramen) that the house they were renting had been bought over by the Kang group, and the landlord had asked them to move out the next day! …which is, as everyone knows, virtually impossible. Angered, Dong Chan figures out that it’s Hye Na who was behind this, and once again ran off angrily to confront her.
In the meantime, Hye Na’s grandfather is absolutely frustrated with the mess(es) that Hye Na has been creating, and asks her, “Could it be because of that person?” to which Hye Na replies, “Am I the kind of person who would mope over a first love? Sorry, but I’ve long forgotten him.” (proving that she hasn’t of course, since she managed to pull out a music box with a photo of that man and herself:
and YEH here does a great job acting all morose and melancholic, so we all believe, just a little, that that rich little spoiled brat in her does all that she does in order to keep a distance from people, because she’s waiting for her man to come back, although where he has gone and what he has done, we have yet to find out…)
Going back to Dong Chan, whom we left stomping off in anger to find Hye Na and confront her…now, since Hye Na lives in a freaking mansion, which looks like this:
But thanks to the 3 bumbling butlers that are always following Hye Na around, our intrepid hero, Dong Chan, somehow manages to barge into the mansion (since the butlers 1. cannot fight 2. do not understand what it means to close the gate and 3. somehow are unable to summon security to deal with ONE man) and stumbles upon Hye Na’s grandfather who was trimming some plants in the garden.
Although Hye Na’s grandfather has him carted out ungracefully by the 3 bumbling butlers (I shall henceforth acronym them the “BB”s), we all know some plotting is underway (really, no guesses as to what?).
Hye Na, on the other hand, is planning a quick getaway to New York in order for all this furor over what she’s done to die out (even though her grandfather specifically ordered her to be restrained at home) and is at the airport, ready to board the plane:
And just when you think she’s about to make a clean getaway:
Hye Na, needless to say, is aghast at all this and demands in her usual screechy voice, “What’s happening??! What are you doing?!” to which Dong Chan calmly replies, “Why, kidnapping you, of course.”
At this, Hye Na goes a little bit hysterical (who wouldn’t?) and offers him money (again) to which Dong Chan steadfastly refuses, instead telling her, “I want your apology.” Hye Na, being the prideful woman she is (ah, but pride cometh before the fall!) adamantly refuses to apologise, telling Dong Chan that she would rather die than say sorry, since the word apparently doesn’t exist in her vocabulary…at the same time, when Hye Na seems to have resigned herself to her death (at which Dong Chan is secretly grinning away) she tells him to bid her grandfather adieu on her behalf, all the while choking up as she asks him to tell her grandfather she loves him (so…she can ask him to tell her grandfather she loves him…but…she can’t say sorry?…AHHHH well. The mechanics of drama).
End of the first episode.
I would have tried to do the second, but condensing an hour’s worth of work into one blog entry was enough to kill me already, and I’ve already done this over a period of two days, so I think I’ll save Episode 2 for another day (also, next week = long weekend! = holiday! = may try to go somewhere to chill out, relax, and do some well-deserved shopping!). In the meantime, I have to say, I do love YEH and all that, and think she’s a great actress, but I’ve got some reserves about the character she’s playing in this drama. I won’t voice them yet, since I’m still trying to figure out how it all works, and I’m waiting for the next few episodes to see how it all pans out before I make any (hasty) judgements. Dong Chan is funny but…again, I’m waiting to see how it all pans out. I’ve gotta say, my favourite character here, even though he probably has the least screen time, has got to be that little kid from Speed Scandal (he is the best!) since his face is SUPER CLASSIC and he has, like, THE BEST LINE(S)! It’s not a bad first episode, although nothing too impressive, but since I haven’t yet run into anything that would make me stop watching it (the way I only managed to watch 3 episodes of Boys Over Flowers) I’ll hold my other comments on it.