Laughs. Laughs. And more laughs. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much till Chief Kim as a character and drama overall came around, making me laugh at unexpected moments. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for bromance and when the casting goes beyond my expectations and gives me a group of goofs, then I’m sold!
Modern Farmer tells the hilariously unconventional story of members in a rock band called ExSo (omg how can you not laugh already?) who decide that they’ve hit rock bottom, needing funds in order to pursue their musical aspirations. Risking everything they have, they move to the countryside in a small town after the death of Min-Ki’s (Lee Hong ki) grandmother as he gains the inheritance rights over her property, which is acres of land. Determined to give it a shot as cabbage farmers, the group of boys learn valuable lessons in love, life, and family.
Personally, this is Kwak Dong Yeon’s breakout role for me and if you loved him in Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds then his persona here will make your eyes pop. He sticks out as an actor with so much potential for romance and comedy, and while his stoic and shy demeanour in Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds had girls swooning, I prefer Han Ki Joon, the dork here. I went in watching this simply for Lee Hong Ki since I find him irresistible when it comes to comedies but I finished the drama feeling satisfied, having discovered new actors to love.
The drama has layers of other internal stories, and each member of the band has personal struggles alongside all the issues that arise with being new to farming…I mean, it’s an entire industry (agriculture) so what were they thinking? A cabbage miracle over night?
Release Date: October 18, 2014 (Eng Sub available on Viki)
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