I saw this drama by chance. Or by ‘force’, if you will, because I spent a weekend at a hotel room with some friends to do a Korean drama marathon and this was on the playlist. I didn’t expect to like it, but honestly, I did.
Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy a Korean drama without the need to use your head too much. Playful Kiss belongs to this category. It’s kiddie stuff, but all of us have a little child inside that you just want to summon at times.
Kim Hyun Joong’s acting is miles better here compared to Boys Over Flowers, where he was just a statue most of the time. His acting still lacks depth, but at least he’s convincing enough to play the genius with good looks and arrogant manner, but could be a softie inside. When the girls swoon over him, you understand why.
Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni reminds me so much of Yoon Eun Hye circa Princess Hours. Also, sorry if this sounds shallow, but it’s such a refreshing sight to see a Korean female who actually has hips and thunder thighs. I mean this as a compliment.
By the middle of the series, I found the Bong Joon Gu character really annoying. I mean, it’s one thing to be hopelessly in love, but to be obsessive and needy, especially for a guy? At some point, I just want to slap him silly.
You wanna know how Song Hye Kyo would look like about 10-15 years from now? Look at the actress who played Baek Seung Jo’s mom.
I’m not comfortable looking at Lee Si Young’s face. Sometimes it looks crooked; sometimes, it looked like it’s going to crack into pieces or something.
While this drama is not lacking in “kilig” moments, somehow I feel that there’s an invisible wall between Seung Jo and Ha Ni especially when they hug. It looked and felt weird because those moments when they hug were moments where I feel like hugging Baek Sung Jo because he’s so lovable despite being an ass, but when Ha Ni finally hugs him it’s like, “…eh? That’s it???” I don’t know if it’s bad acting on the part of the actors. They look so self-conscious during sweet moments. The kissing scenes weren’t the usual Korean drama kiss where two statues would press their lips together (at least, in this drama, we saw some jaw action from Hyun Joong and So Min lips move a lil’ bit), but because of the ‘invisible wall’, it still feels a bit lacking.
Episode 2 of the YouTube edition is a cringe-fest with all those needles.
The main theme sung by G.Na has been ringing in my head for more than a week now.