I started this K-drama with the assumption there would be a whole lot of kissing. I mean, it is titled Playful Kiss. *grin* However, there wasn’t an overabundance of kissing, but that’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyable.
I was drawn to this title, not only because Netflix suggested I watch it, but also because Kim Joong Hyun from “Boys Over Flowers” portrayed the character Beak Seung Jo. That man is so effin’ beautiful, it’s hard to pass up on a show with him starring in it.
His counterpart, Jung So-min, was brilliant as Oh Ha Ni, although majorly annoying at times. She was foolishly smitten with Beak Seung Jo. And this is not a crush that went on for a few months. This was a crush that lasted 4 years! She followed him around like a lost puppy and he didn’t even return her affections. Or better yet, he pretended not to be into her. Unfortunately, this only made her fall deeper in love with him. *rolls eyes* The more he pushed her away, the tighter she clung onto him.
Get this… In high school, she wrote him a letter professing her love to him. You know what this dude did? He edited the letter, corrected the grammar and the spelling errors, then he gave it back to her with a big fat D on it. And he did it in front of the majority of her peers, totally humiliating her. I was floored! If a guy did that to me in high school, I would’ve slapped the crap out of him. After that, I would never speak or associate with him again, no matter how good looking he is.
The thing about him though… the moment he thought she would drift away as his personal fan girl, he would do something to keep her hanging on. Like kiss her. The first kiss he gave her was done out of pure malice, but it was enough to leave her speechless and wanting more. He was such an asshole. Although, I have to admit, it was hard to hate him because he was so damn fine.
In the beginning of the show, Oh Ha Ni and her father found themselves homeless after an earthquake destroyed their house. An old friend of her father’s saw the tragedy on the news and reached out to them. He and his wife opened their home to Oh Ha Ni and her father. Well guess who also lived in that house.
That’s when things got good. I knew it would be awkward for them two to live under the same roof, but I also knew it would get heated somewhere along the line. And it did! When Seung Jo dropped his guard and kissed her in the rain… Ohh, such a hot scene. I don’t know about the characters, but I needed that kiss. It almost made up for all the times he was jerk to her. Almost.
Even though Seung Jo shunned and humiliated Oh Ha Ni every chance he got, he did little things to stay close to her. Like attend the same college. She was accepted at a college by pure luck, because although she’s crafty and a hard worker, she wasn’t that bright. Seung Jo, who was an outright genius, could attend any school he wanted to. He was even courted by a few Ivy League universities, but nope. Once he found out what college Oh Ha Ni was attending, he applied at the same college, which was the first sign that he really liked her.
As far as supporting cast, Seung Jo’s mother was awesome! She fell in love with Oh Ha Ni on sight. In the previous K-dramas I watched, the hero’s mother was always a stone-cold witch. She would do everything in her power to get her son away from the undeserving heroine. But in Playful Kiss, the mother used her tricky ways to get them together.
That was a refreshing change.
By the end of the series, I too was smitten with Seung Jo. When he admitted his love for Oh Ha Ni, it was the highlight of the series. Of course, he did this when he was on the verge of losing her for good. He still teased her at every turn, but he did it with love.
In short, this was a great series. It was bubbly, fun and even sad at parts. Watching the two characters grow and come closer together made the show extra exciting. I’m glad I watched it.
This was another 5 star journey for me. Thanks again, Netflix.
Next on the list; Coffee Prince.