Plot: In 2013, the Choi family has moved back to the city. While In Ha has spent the last three years after college studying to become a reporter after failing her job interviews 35 times, Dal Po works as a taxi driver. In Ha finds herself in a tricky position, as she cannot tell a lie without a dead giveaway: breaking into a violent hiccup. Meanwhile, Choi Dal Po proves his remarkable memory and communication skills by downplaying his good looks with a dumpy veneer of bad hair and clothing.
Plot: A series of misunderstandings causes Lee Shin (Jung Yong-hwa), the cocky leader of “The Stupid” and Lee Gyu-won (Park Shin-hye), a college student majoring in Traditional Korean Music to start on the wrong foot. Gyu-won does not understand why Lee Shin is so popular, until one day she is forced to go the band’s concert with her friends, who are fans of “The Stupid”. There, she sees Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.
When Gyu-won decides to join the performance for the upcoming 100th anniversary performance for the university, everyone sees her potential and talent, particularly Kim Suk-hyun (Song Chang-eui), a Broadway composer-turned-music director. She competes with Han Hee-joo (Kim Yoon-hye), the spoiled daughter of the Chairman, for the role of the leading actress (but lost to her, as Hee-joo had previously bribed the judges). Lee Shin also decides to join the musical due to his crush on the dance professor, Jung Yoon-soo (So Yi-hyun), who is also the choreographer and muse of the musical. As Gyu-won and Lee Shin spends more time together, they began to fall for each other.
Fearing that Gyu-won might outshine her daughter, Hee-joo’s mother schemes with Im Tae-joon (Lee Jung-heon), one of the school’s administrators; and they plot to destroy Gyu-won’s image to force her to quit the performance. Lee Shin works with Suk-hyun in order to clear Gyu-won’s name. Meanwhile, Joon-hee (Kang Min-hyuk) struggles between his ever-growing feelings for Hee-joo and helping his friends as she threatens their university lives.
When Hee-joo is found to be suffering from vocal chord infection, Gyu-won is given the chance to replace her and go on stage. However, the kind-hearted Gyu-won chooses to let Hee-joo stand on stage instead, while she sings for her backstage. When the media found out that Gyu-won was the actual singer, she was offered a chance to go overseas to record an album. A new conflict occurs as Gyu-won is made to choose between her dreams and love.
Plot: Go Dok-mi (in Korean, literally “lonely beauty”) is a shy, frugal freelance copy editor who refuses to leave her apartment or interact with people as much as possible. Every day, using a pair of binoculars, she steals peeks at her neighbor across the street, Han Tae-joon, as he goes through his daily morning routine. She had fallen in love with Tae-joon at first sight, after witnessing him pick up a puppy in a box and taking it home. When she looked out her window and saw him living in the apartment opposite hers, she thought of it as fate.
Webtoon artist Oh Jin-rak lives in the same apartment building as Dok-mi. He has been in love with Dok-mi for ages, and anonymously leaves a carton of milk with a post-it attached by her door everyday. He created a webtoon with his drawing partner Oh Dong-hoon, titled “Flower Boy Next Door”, based on Dok-mi’s life as well as his desire to draw her out into the world.
Enrique Geum, a genius video game developer, arrives in Seoul from Spain. His reason for coming is “cupid’s arrow.” Though he’s in love with his best friend Yoon Seo-young, she has feelings instead for his older cousin, Han Tae-joon, so he intends to play cupid for the two. That same day, a new neighbor Watanabe Ryu moves into the apartment across to Dok-mi and Jin-rak.
When Enrique comes to stay at Tae-joon’s apartment, he catches Dok-mi in the act. Naturally curious and inquisitive, Enrique decides to find out the reason why Dok-mi is living in recluse. Meanwhile, Jin-rak is threatened by Enrique’s sudden intrusion into Dok-mi’s life. With all these new men suddenly entering her life, Dok-mi’s solitary and orderly world is turned upside down.
What I Think: Park Shin-hye + Kim Ji-hoon + Yoon Shi-yoon, should be enough to get your attention. However I felt like this is just a so-so drama. The plot is very light and the scenes were not that captivating. Honestly, I just ran thru the scenes. This one has happy ending. Some might think this is a must watch so who knows, you might just love this.
This is my feel-good movie! Every time I’m stuck with a feeling, I go back to Episode 4 at 26:00+. I will forever love the scene of Kim Rae-won getting off the helicopter plus that soundtrack. If you haven’t watched this one yet, please do so. Super kilig ang moments nila ni Hong + Hye-jung. I can’t get over the cafeteria scene where Hong had to introduce her as his girlfriend to his close friends.
Cast: Kim Rae-won plays compassionate neurosurgeon Hong Ji-hong. Park Shin-hye is the headstrong neurosurgeon Yoo Hye-jung who is bent on finding out the truth of her grandmother’s death. Some people believes that there’s not much chemistry between them but I strongly disagree! Hong’s smiles will melt your heart.
Story: This is not your usual aloof and cold chaebol lead, this is about romance in a work setting. Although Hong is the adopted son of the director, that did not influence Hye-jung’s career. Hye-jung has a very strong personality and has always handled her problems on her own. She had to learn to accept help from Hong. I suppose this is normal for career driven independent women.