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KDrama: Playful Kiss (장난스런 키스)

Posted on: October 8, 2010

Logistics: I haven’t posted in a while but here we go. If I’m a roll, I’ll write a new post for each new drama that I’ve enjoyed since my last update. Someone suggested that I put a grade for each of the drama I review. I really like the idea and hopefully it will help you guys decide what to watch next.

So the drama I’m writing about is one that’s got my wednesday and thursday night schedules in a mess. I basically stay up waiting for new episodes to be translated and released on at midnight. I usually like waiting for an entire series to be completed before I start watching in order to maximize instant satisfaction but I couldn’t keep myself away when it’s… a KOREAN REMAKE of It Started With A Kiss (恶作剧之吻).

To sum the entire series in one word: it’s Adorable! You’re not going another cuter couple in the entire Korean drama universe. You’ll find that the handsome male lead also played Rui in the Korean Boys Before Flowers. The female lead also appears in Bad Boy as an over-privileged and rebellious teenage girl.

Oh Ha Ni essentially has a six-year crush on her classmate, the world class genius Baek Seung Jo. Unfortunately, she is clumsy and not (by far) the brightest of the bunch. However, higher powers at play help her out a little when her father’s house collapses and they move in with Seung Jo’s family.

Throughout series, Ha Ni is unwavering in her feelings for Seung Jo. She does many of the things that most people are too embarrassed to do – like following and almost stalking her crush nearly 24/7. It takes Seung Jo to reciprocate her feelings; though he never shows it outwardly. He’s too proud and perhaps too afraid to let Ha Ni and the world know that he also cares for her. But through his actions and the occasional secret smiles/smirks, the audience is well aware of exactly how much he enjoys Ha Ni’s attention and affection.

The supporting characters of the shows are funny as heck. First place goes to the Mom (Seung Jo’s) for her stalker tendencies and quirky suggestions for what Ha Ni should do to land the position of her daughter-in-law. The actress Jung Hye-young is just great in this role! The rest of Seung Jo’s family is also lots of fun. The dad looks like he walked out of a Japanese manga book. Little Eun Jo is like a mini version of his pompous brother. The list goes on… I’ve also included a picture of Seung Jo’s “rival” for Ha Ni’s love. Jung Hye Young is a joke and often the butt of the producer’s jokes.

I'm curious: is his outfit inspired by American red-necks?

Hye Young has no chance at Ha Ni’s love but faithfully watches over her through her six-year crush. His often well-intended actions to take care of Ha Ni turn disastrous… in a recent episode, he tries to find Ha Ni who is lost in the woods but falls into a chasm himself and ends up being rescued by his rival Seung Jo. In the end, he is often the comedy relief of the show. At times though you’ve got feel sorry for the guy. He tries so hard to win Ha Ni over but we all know he’s got zero chance of success.

My final rating: A

Finally, what you want to know. 2 places to watch:

ViiKii – best place with the quickest update time and large selection of languages.
Hulu – supplied by ViiKii with an one week lag but still… yay Kdrama on Hulu!!

Title: 장난스런 키스 / Jangnanseureon Kiss
English: Playful Kiss, Mischievous Kiss
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2010-Sep-01 to TBA
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Related TV shows: Itazura na Kiss, It Started with a Kiss

Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni’s house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend’s house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend’s son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she be able to move Seung Jo’s heart?

Kim Hyun Joong as Baek Seung Jo
Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni
Lee Tae Sung as Bong Joon Gu
Lee Si Young as Yoon He Ra

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