Starring: Park Shin Yang (Sign, The Painter of the Wind, Hi Dharma!, The Letter, etc.), Kim Jung Eun (Lovers, Marry the Mafia, Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate, etc.), Lee Dong Gun (When It’s at Night, Sweet 18, My Boyfriend Is Type B, etc.)
Synopsis: The first part of the story takes place in Paris, France, where Han Ki Joo (Park Shin Yang) and Yoon Soo Hyuk (Lee Dong Gun) meet Kang Tae Young (Kim Jung Eun) under quite different circumstances, Soo Hyuk as a friend and Ki Joo as a “fiance.”
When the three return to Korea for their own private reasons, events continue to throw Jung Eun in Ki Joo’s path while Soo Hyuk seeks out Jung Eun’s company in the hopes of forming more than just a friendship with her.
The series explores not only the depth of romantic love but also the bonds of familial love as the three are challenged to evaluate what is important under the stresses of the automotive industry.
Musings: Many of you probably caught this back in 2004–how could you possibly escape the Lovers in Paris craze that was sweeping kdrama if you were watching kdrama back then?–but I recently saw it on my shelf and thought that I needed to revisit this series as a “Marathon Drama” selection.
Attempting to do this drama proper justice would require many, many posts as well as a rewatching of the entire series, so I’ll simply list a few things that I still remember…although I’ll probably forget a whole slew of others, which I know the other Twinkles will supply in the comments, right? 😉
What did I LOVE about this show? (Big, deep breath…)
The great one-liners that littered the drama, Soo Hyuk, “Baby,” Paris, Han Ki Joo’s suits (LOL), Kang Tae Young’s overacting (although at one point it was annoying), Soo Hyuk, Tae Young’s vivid imagination, the French language, the way Ki Joo warms up to Tae Young, Ki Joo’s gruff manner, the scene in the dress shop in Paris, the dance scene, Soo Hyuk, Tae Young’s friend, the way Ki Joo comes to Jung Eun’s rescue, Soo Hyuk, the huge piggy bank, Soo Hyuk…
Yeah, I realize I have a tendency to root for a certain type of male character. Heh heh…but yeah, I adored Soo Hyuk…even when he turned all villainous on us. How could one not? LOL
This drama was really instrumental in catapulting all three actors to a whole new level of fame and recognition and won all sorts of awards. On a personal level, for the longest time, I couldn’t see a man’s suit without thinking of Han Ki Joo or facial hair without recalling Soo Hyuk.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch it back in 2004 for whatever reason, I would seriously recommend this drama. The writer blends comedy with drama on a level that caters to any woman’s heart. The only drawback to this series is the ending, a clear indication that a writer should not be forced to cave under the “bad” influence of the viewers. From an artistic standpoint, I personally would have preferred the writer’s original ending to the compromised one we actually saw. Nevertheless, this was ONE very delightful 20 episodes of happy viewing!
Aren’t these two absolutely adorable?! *happy sigh* Brings back such lovely memories….;)