KOTW (Kiss-Of-The-Week): Oh Hae Young Again [Episode 9]

Ooh, sparks were all over this one! Thank goodness, an onscreen couple with some decent chemistry (the kdrama-waves have been tepid of late).

We’re more than halfway through the series Oh Hae Young Again, the Monday-Tuesday kdrama starring Seo Hyun Jin (girlfriend is absolutely SLAYING as the show’s titular heroine) and Eric Mun. After witnessing the budding chemistry of our embattled OTP all the way through episodes 9 and 10, an argument suddenly explodes in a burst of passion.

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And then, ah, a pesky ex post facto-WTF-moment sets in. Our leading man, Park Do Kyung (Eric Mun), abruptly halts the feverish moment and walks away.

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Dang, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the kiss-and-run (or, in this case, the kiss-and-wtf-walk-away). Nicely executed, Oh Hae Young Again team. (And did you see Seo Hyun Jin-as-Oh Hae Yong’s face after? I’m still all WTF?!)

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You can catch this scene in Oh Hae Young Again here (at the end of episode 9).

 

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This Week’s Pick: Lucky Romance

Ryu Jun Yeol is back! If you watched Reply 1988, you’re probably already in love with the actor. I’ve been anticipating his next drama, and it did not disappoint.

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Lucky Romance premiered this week, with Ryu Jun Yeol as Je Su Ho,  a technically-minded genius programmer who heads up a video game company. Based on a webtoon, the drama’s off to a good start, with a swiftly moving plot (and some ratings to match).  Hwang Jung Eum (She Was Pretty, Kill Me, Heal Me) stars opposite as Shim Bo Nui, an uber-superstitious sort of lady who visits a shaman regularly after some horrific family tragedies. She’s a struggling part-timer who does nearly half a dozen jobs (cocktail waitress, janitor, garment factory, chicken restaurant employee, convenience store clerk, programmer). (However, in what universe is a programmer out of work in 2016?)

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As mentioned, the drama wasted no time in set-up, while also crafting some fun scenes: Su Ho fights a giant bunny, Bo Nui gets stinking drunk (what kdrama would be one without it) and madly searches for a man born in the year of the tiger (in case you’re unfamiliar, ‘a la the Chinese zodiac signs given for every year). I’ll stop here before I give away too many spoilers.

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Lee Cho Hee (Six Flying Dragons, Who Are You: School 2015) plays an employee at Su Ho’s company, while Lee Soo Hyuk (Neighborhood Hero) plays a tennis star with connections to Bo Nui’s past, while Lee Chung Ah (Vampire Detective) is his manager.

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Huge jump for Ryu Jun Yeol, as the actor blew up from obscurity to megawatt status from Reply 1988’s power, going from an ensemble drama to his first leading role; nice to see a talented actor movin’ on up!

Watch Lucky Romance here.

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Lucky Romance.
Wed-Thurs, May 25 – July 14.
Director: Kim Kyung Hee, Writer: Kim Dal Nim.
Network: MBC.
Cast: Ryu Jun Yeol, Hwang Jung Eum, Lee Soo Hyuk, Lee Chung Ah, Lee Cho Hee, Jung Sang Hoon.

What I’m Watching: Oh Hae Young Again

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My current pick this week: Oh Hae Young Again (또 오해영).

As the eponymous leading lady, Seo Hyun Jin (Let’s Eat 2) is carrying the series for me (in other words, the only reason I’m loving this drama). As a woman who lived under a ginormous shadow in her elementary school days (stemming from a classmate with the same name), Oh Hae Young has grown into an assertive, well-rounded adult with a career at a food company’s corporate office. She’s not afraid of dishing it out to her caustic boss (nicely played by Ye Ji-Won, the awesome office supply-warden from Producer).

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But things get real from episode one: Oh Hae Young is dumped the day before her wedding. Cross that with the male lead, Park Do Kyung (Eric, from Discovery Of Love), who got dumped at the altar a year ago and still has no idea why his fiancee never showed. Do Kyung has yet to fully recover from such a devastating experience, and spends his time perfecting and criticizing his staff members’ work (he’s a sound effects designer).

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And the fiancee that stood him up? None other than Oh Hae Young (Jeon Hye Bin) aka ‘Pretty Oh Hae Young,’ the girl that our heroine spent her childhood unable to escape from and perpetually compared to.

Seo Hyun Jin is, as you may have seen in Let’s Eat 2, brilliantly capable at playing the everywoman; as Oh Hae Young she’s got some of that girl-next-door-type approachability, except more confident and well-adjusted, and with a side of I’m-in-my-30s-now-so-just-fuck-it business. Which makes for a much more fun ride. Especially when Hae Young goes from Back Home Baller to renting out the adjacent room in Do Kyung’s house.

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Supporting actors rounded out with many familiar faces, including Kim Mi Kyung, Kim Ji Suk (Cheer Up), Heo Jeong Min (Marriage Not Dating), and acting newbie Young Ji (of girl group KARA).

I have to say, I found Eric’s work a bit one-note from Discovery Of Love (maybe it was the writing and characterization more than the acting?), so we’ll see how this thing pans out. (Sidenote: why is his stage name just ‘Eric’?) Then again, Discovery Of Love chronicled a long term relationship in many of its tiresome conflicts, maybe it was  just topical.

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Screen shot 2016-05-18 at 9.39.44 PMOh Hae Young Again. Monday-Tuesdays, tvN. 16 Episodes. May 2-June 21.

Cast: Seo Hyun Jin, Eric, Jeon Hye Bin.  Also Ye Ji-Won, Kim Ji Suk, Heo Jeong Min, Lee Jae Yoon, Lee Han Wi, Kim Mi Kyung, Heo Young Ji (from KARA).

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