Someone douse me with water, are my eyes deceiving me? OCN making a rom-com? And a typical, generic one at that? I don’t know whether to scream in horror or jump up and down with joy. Grab a punching pillow or one to cuddle with because this drama is bound to hit you with all those feels you get from…hmmm maybe 2001?
The drama is a rags to riches tale about a prickly chaebol and the President of a nutrition company, Chae Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) a rich party boy that’s a player. He meets Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) a conservative girl, who doesn’t care much for her appearance and has a bright personality at a resort in Jeju, where they’re caught up in misunderstandings and a few mishaps.
She becomes victim to his charms and the two eventually spend the night together but she disappears the next morning, leaving Jin Wook confused and distraught, putting an end to what was merely a one night stand. Hurt by what’s happened, Jin Wook completely sheds his partying and easy-going lifestyle to be uptight, solely work orientated, feeling betrayed by the girl who he thought shared mutual feelings for him.
The two meet three years later as Yoo Mi ends up working at Jin Wook’s company as a cafeteria Nutritionist resulting in restrained physical attraction and so many questions left unanswered. They try to ignore one another but with so many things driving them closer to each other, it’ll be a losing battle.
Okay so if they’ve been thinking of each other at all over the past three years can I get my hopes up for some sizzling romance? I mean….they’ve already slept together ? I know I said the drama seems highly reminiscent of the early 2000s but this one doesn’t linger at first base with simple hand holding but runs right to third base from the get-go. It seems quirky and light but I’m going to go ahead and say that this is definitely not the same as a cute high school drama. So yes, it’s cute but a different kind of cute.
It still amazes me that OCN has finally decided to venture out of the dark side with their intense thrillers, but since they’re a network that deals with ‘mature’ content I’m hoping that this drama will address more adult issues of the consequences of having a fling, struggling to find a job and work alongside someone you’ve slept with, and even figuring out what you really want in life alongside all the comedy. Don’t make me regret this OCN!
Frankly though, I don’t have high expectations at all for this and will probably find satisfaction in it being a simple rom-com even with a plot that’s been recycled and re-used on numerous occasions.
I’m mainly excited about this because of Sung Hoon – the man looks amazing and has a voice that sounds like velvet and butter. Of course with a network that’s been producing some incredible dramas this year I’m all for this. I’m also a romantic with a soft spot for cheesy goodness. Pizza without cheese is lacking therefore, the world without rom-coms is lacking…don’t question my logic.
It’s also more digestible, only 12 episodes long so it’s ideal for those who simply want to indulge and watch something adorable but cringey and may turn out to be the perfect drama for the Spring season.
Release Date: April 17, 2017 (Eng Sub available on DramaFever)
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