Jun 042020
 

dinner mate kdramaSummary: On her trip to Jeju and after being dumped by her boyfriend, Woo Do Hee meets Kim Hae Kyung, a psychiatrist who happens to be in the island to treat a patient. They share a dinner together. Without high expectation that they’ll meet again, the two find each other and share another meal at a fish market in Seoul. Once again they part without exchanging contact details and leave it to fate to find each other once more.

Trailer: Dinner Mate

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Kim Hae Kyung
Seo Ji Hye as Woo Do Hee
Lee Ji Hoon as Jung Jae Hyuk (Do Hee’s first love)
Son Na Eun as Jin No Eul (Hae Kyung’s first love)

Likes: Another romance drama but this time with some focus on food, psychiatry and content creation. It had its share of melodramatic moments but well-balanced with some light-hearted scenes.

Food. Yes, one can build a solid relationship based on sharing a meal. It’s something very basic that is often ignored. I just like how this drama put so much importance on food and how it brings people together. It’s something that I can attest to.

Psychiatry. Yes, we must not ignore our own personal struggles whatever they are. I like how the characters in the drama dealt with each of their own problems and how other people around them was a help to them. And sometimes, getting some professional help might just be the only option for others.

Content Creation. Oh well, it’s a legit source of income these days but I was just fascinated with the idea that there might be actually businesses only centered in producing hit videos for platforms like youtube!

The Cast…

Song Seung Hun as Kim Hae Kyung – he looked great in all his outfits, so neat and handsome, too handsome for a doctor actually. His crying moment here was quite convincing.

Seo Ji Hye as Woo Do Hee – Seo Ji Hye is really beautiful that she can be quite intimidating. The character was strong-willed, independent, hard-working and who didn’t give up easily on finding love again. It was her kind of role.

Lee Ji Hoon as Jung Jae Hyuk – Lee Ji Hoon is just a great actor and as Jung Jae Hyuk, he was just brilliant! His breakdown moment was impressive! I would hand the best actor award to this guy.

Son Na Eun as Jin No Eul – very pretty and she knows it! Son Na Eun did well as Jin No Eul who was this confident, cool and proud woman who thought she could have everything/everyone whenever she wanted it/them.

The Love Team…

Kim Hae Kyung and Woo Do Hee – they were great together but sometimes I have that impression that they were more friends than lovers. Lacking a bit of chemistry, nevertheless great pair.

Nam Ah Young and Keanu – I love these two, they had better chemistry than the top leads. Nam Ah Young’s persistent character is what we all need if we really wanna have something. And because of that her Prince of Parasol became hers forever.

Jung Jae Hyuk and Jin No Eul – it was being hinted at the end and I like the idea! Why not? They also look great together. And maybe, just maybe, eating ramyeon together will be an awesome start.

OST. Love the upbeat music especially Yummy Yummy! Check out Dinner Mate OST!

The Ending. I love how it ended not just for the lead characters but others as well. I especially like Nam Ah Young and Keanu’s ending and also how Jung Jae Hyuk found healing with the help of his doctor. No loose ends. Well done!

Dislikes: Very stingy with kissing scenes.

It became draggy also towards the end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dec 012016
 

Summary: Born in the present time as Shim Chung and Heo Joon Jae, this couple who had an ill-fated love in the past meet again and are destined to fall in love again. Since Sim Chung is a mermaid and has a limited time on land, she has to capture Heo Joon Jae’s heart so she could be loved by him in return and will make her stay on land possible. The couple is facing a possibility to  repeat all things in the past including their sad end but will a happy ending possible this time?

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh
Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah




Likes: This is another great fantasy drama to love this year! A mermaid falling in love with a human is sure will capture everyone’s attention but adding a parallel story which happened during the Joseon era which is slowly giving answers, unraveling the mystery of the present time adds to the mystic of the whole show. It’s simply a beautiful, quite well-done story-telling!

We’ve got two of the most sought actors in Korea doing the show so this makes its anticipation quite high. But how did they do? Quite well, I would say. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun’s chemistry was just over the top! The two were relaxed and comfortable with each other. And both are extremely good-looking!

Lee Min Ho – though his English pronunciation is still the same, his Joseon accent has improved a lot. Gorgeous in whatever he wears in this drama, he had the chance to showcase his huge wardrobe. Of course, he looked prim and proper in his Joseon outfit but his fashionable outfits in the presents days were outrageous, he looked every inch a model! He’s obviously younger than the leading lady but he successfully able to develop that strong chemistry with her.

Jun Ji Hyun – she’s intimidatingly beautiful and fashionable! Very natural in acting as if she’s just acting herself. She’s quite funny as well but what impressed me more were her underwater scenes. Very graceful and comfortable in water. She might have used a double with the mermaid outfit but did obviously some water scenes. Impressive!

The breathtaking worlds we have in this drama…

The Joseon period – beautiful mountain and coastal sceneries but my most favorite is when they released the lanterns. It looks so romantic!

The underwater world of Sim Chung the mermaid – colourful corals and caves, the water world is just wonderful!

The Spanish charming towns – the first few episodes were shot in Spain showcasting the beauty of the place. Scenic coastal views, beaches, beautiful town architecture add to the romantic feel of the show.

The present Seoul – shot in winter season, a very cold Seoul becomes the place of our lovebirds. Namsan tower, skiing place, even the beach side is full of snow. Brrr, cold but ramained romantic, thanks to our hot couple!

The outfits! Everyone is very fashionable. Well-chosen outfits for every character. Lee Min Ho was very fashionable here especially that he had to change into several outfits due the nature of his job. But I was always looking forward to what Jun Ji Hyun was wearing. This lady can wear everything and will still look great!

The kiss scenes! All of them are good. I took note of them all and surprisingly always labeled it the first kiss. It’s how good every kiss was! But boy, that one french kiss that says all… so passionate, so sexy and so sad as it was saying goodbye. Never seen Lee Min Ho kissed like that.

Most funny scenes! I was mostly entertained by these two…

  • Hae Joon Jae hearing whatever Sim Chung was thinking.
  • Shi Ah thinking Tae Oh really is in love with her.

A family of villains! And they were great villains. Transcending their villainous fate from the Joseon period to the present day Seoul.

Happy ending. I’m glad Shi Ah had her happy ending after desperately chasing Hae Joon Jae for years. The notorious family of villain was brought to justice. Joon Jae finally reunited with his mum. And lastly, after 3 years, Sim Chung coming back healthy to her Joon Jae after recuperating under the sea.




Dislikes: It has uncanny similarity to Goblin. Too bad Goblin ended first so that kind of spoiled the ending for me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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