[What Mary Thinks] Why I Couldn’t Finish Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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Korean drama ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon’ just recently came to end and just like how it started, it also concluded strongly. However, I am in the minority in that I am one of those people who did not finish the drama and eventually dropped it for several reasons.

Prior to the airing of the drama, I did not watch any of the teasers or trailers to the drama because as much as these teasers and trailers are designed to increase one’s excitement and anticipation for the show, I find that sometimes they don’t do much for me so I just don’t watch them. Since Park Bo Young is my ultimate favorite actress, I was planning to watch the drama to support her (since her last drama ‘Oh My Ghostess’ was also a successful enjoyable hit). I ultimately came into the drama with a blank slate, not having watched any teasers and watching this drama for Park Bo Young (+ Ji Soo).

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Upon the first few episodes, I noticed the various different plots/story lines existent within the drama. And while some might argue that these plots kept the drama intense, intriguing, appealing, and that each have their own charms (in which I agree they do), the execution of these plots left me feeling distracted, frustrated, and annoyed. You had the plot of Bong-soon and the ways in which she deals with her powers, her relationship/love line with Minhyuk, the gangster/crew plot, the kidnapping case, Bong-soon’s parent’s relationship, and so much more. I wouldn’t have a problem with how many plots there were in Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon as I think dramas should have multiple plots to keep the drama going, but with SWDBS, I personally felt like some plots didn’t necessarily blend or flow well with each other causing me to become frustrated or confused as I continued to watched the drama.

As someone who’s watched many Korean dramas for the past decade, I understand that there’s a need for dramas to have multiple subplots and it should. It has to or else it’s going to get boring and drag on, but my problem with SWDBS was that there were too many subplots and although the drama tried to have them all interrelated and connected to one another somehow, they were just too different in contrast to each other. I could be enjoying and squealing over Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s interactions with each other one second and then the next I’m watching the kidnapper torture and harm the girls he has trapped in the prison/cells and it was just too much for me. These plots were just too different from each other that they didn’t blend well even when the drama tried to.

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Honestly, I didn’t care too much about the gangster plot, but it’s unfortunate that the drama continued to carry on that plot throughout the drama. I would have enjoyed the drama a lot more had the drama not spend so much time on it, but instead give me more time on the development of our main couple or on the development of Bong Soon’s parents abusive relationship or something else (more time on this would have been wonderful to be honest). But the drama did not cease on the scenes with the gang and this lead me to enjoy the drama less and less. I felt like this plot didn’t necessarily serve any purpose in the drama. It was just kind of there for comedic times and moments which I always appreciate in a drama, but in SWDBS I felt like it was forced and wasn’t actually all that funny (maybe I just have a different sense of humor but it wasn’t that entertaining to me). The boss ends up becoming a monk and then the members go and visit him at the temple and that just became a mess to me. I simply did not care about the gang. As unfortunate and sad as it was that they all ended up in the hospital and stayed there the majority of the drama, to me they didn’t really do anything for the drama. If they weren’t going to contribute to the overall storyline or provide any comedic moments, then it probably didn’t need to exist in the first place but it did and I felt like the drama tried too hard to push them onto the audience and spent too much time focusing on them. But for what?

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The kidnapping plot was interesting and intriguing, but it continued to drag even to the very last episodes causing me to eventually lose my interest and patience with the drama. The kidnapping plot was interesting to the point where it could have been a drama of its own (something similar to ‘Signal’), but combined with the gang plot + Bong Soon/Minhyuk relationship, Bong Soon’s family relationships, it was just too much. Especially considering that the kidnapping plot was a lot more intense, dark, and evil compared to the other scenes like the gangster scenes that were “funny” or Bong Soon and Min Hyuk that were so sweet, cute, and lovey-dovey, the tone of the plot didn’t mesh well with the others, affecting the overall tone of the drama. There was too much going on at the same time and they differed too much from each other. I was expecting SWDBS to be breezy, light, fluffy, fun, and cute and the drama were all of those things and more, but it was also intense and dark with the kidnapping plot which caused a lot of confusion for me because I wasn’t so sure what the drama was supposed to be. One scene it’s light and fuzzy and cute and then the next it turns dark and scary and suspenseful and for me there was just too much going on at the same time so I couldn’t appreciate the drama for what it was and had a difficult time enjoying it, much less watching it.

I also think there was the concern of the way that the drama was portraying homosexuality/marginalized identities in the drama. I don’t know myself how I feel about it so I won’t comment much on this topic, but it’s one of those things where it’s a grey area and you’re not really sure what to think or how to feel about it. If there were others who dropped this drama, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was for this reason though (among a variety of other reasons). I think I was able to look past this after reading how others positively interpreted these scenes, but with all the other things going on in the drama, there was more than enough reasons for me to drop the drama than for me to keep watching it.

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Unfortunately, SWDBS did not live up to my expectations. I watched it hoping that it would improve and get better but it stayed the same throughout. This was good because it was consistent throughout, but it did drag for me a little bit too much (I lost so much hair from the kidnapping plot because for some reason they could not capture the damn kidnapper even though they visited the warehouse 50,000 times) and just wasn’t as appealing and interesting as I thought it would be. Since this was Park Bo Young’s second drama and ‘Oh My Ghostess’ was an enjoyable and exceptional drama, I think I came in also maybe expecting a little bit too much (which is my fault). I do think the premise was interesting and I liked how Bong Soon was strong so she wasn’t your typical candy girl who always needed someone to save her, but everything else in the drama didn’t impress me. However, the drama was great for many others, both domestically and internationally, which is always great news. The ratings for the drama were fairly high and successful especially for a cable channel and the drama was always strong and consistent which I always appreciate in a drama. So while I necessarily didn’t enjoy the drama, many many others did and the drama was in the end successful. It ended just as strongly as it started and I’m glad that the drama was enjoyable to many people. This drama was just not for me and I might be in the minority, but I’m probably gonna feel this way about this drama for a long time and I honestly don’t have the motivation to go back and watch it despite the ratings and positive comments that people have made about it. This drama is some people’s cup of tea and isn’t for others and unfortunately it wasn’t my cup of tea, but I’m glad that it was a successful hit nonetheless.

Oh My Ghostess!: Episode 2 recap

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Episode 2 once again manages to impress and deliver with its hysterical jokes and sarcasm but also adds in some sentiment and sympathy as we learn a little bit more about the other characters in the drama. Just as Bong-sun’s confidence and thirst for affection continues to show even more in this episode, so does Sun-woo’s relationship with his mom where we learn a little bit more about their complicated relationship and feelings for each other.

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From where we left off in episode 1, Soon-Ae (Kim Seul-gi) had already entered Bong-sun’s body and possessed her. Now with the spirit of a witty, out-going, and adventurous lady inside of her, Bong-sun’s personality has completely changed. She arrives at the restaurant where everyone awaits her arrival. Boss Sun-woo asks her for the key to the back storage room since she was the last one to enter the room, but Bong-sun remains oblivious. Everyone there think she’s joking around and playing dumb but really Bong-sun doesn’t know (because it’s not her!). Sun-woo extends his hand, expecting the quiet and timid Bong-sun he once knew to quietly hand her the keys but instead she throws him onto the floor once he attempts to search her (LOOOL YOU GO BONG-SUN. GIRL POWER!). Everyone is shocked at the sight of a small Bong-sun flipping a grown man like Sun-woo onto the ground and are in utter confusion as to if this is the Bong-sun that they knew all along.

They suspect her of being drunk and yell at her to apologize to Chef Sun-woo immediately but Bong-sun remains confused (Chef? Who’s chef? Who is this person that I just threw onto the ground right now? Hahaha). Bong-sun manages to find the key to the storage room in her pocket and hands it to Sun-woo who immediately takes it and walks away to the storage room. Meanwhile, everyone is amazed at Bong-sun and questions her but Bong-sun pays no attention to them. Soon-Ae, realizing that maybe being in Bong-sun’s body isn’t too good for her, tries to escape and flee out of the body but finds it impossible. She realizes that Bong-sun is the perfect match for her soul and is unable to leave (tsk tsk tsk, didn’t take the shaman’s warning seriously). Soon-Ae causes Bong-sun to faint once she realizes what has happened. Everyone gathers around her in panic and fear as they ponder over what to do next.

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They ended up placing Bong-sun on a table in the restaurant, discussing over her fainting incident. But Bong-sun didn’t faint; she’s actually conscious but just pretended to faint to escape the situation earlier. She deliberates over whether she should wake up or not and reaches her decision once she slightly opens her eyes to see well…a certain body part from the guys that makes her lick her lips and think twice about working at the restaurant. “It might not be so bad after all,” Soon-Ae adds after having seen that body part. Sous Chef Min-soo tells Bong-sun to wake up since he saw her open her eyes slightly earlier. He knows she’s just faking it now. Hahaha.

Sun-woo’s younger sister, Eun-hee, ends up treating Sun-woo’s injuries that he got from Bong-sun. Eun-hee encourages Sun-woo to give Bong-sun another chance to work for him even though she was the one who had written the resignation letter herself. The guys push Bong-sun into the dressing room that the siblings are in so she can apologize to Chef, causing their sibling time to be interrupted. Eun-hee voluntarily leaves to let Sun-woo and Bong-sun talk to each other and figure things out.

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Once alone, Bong-sun starts off by admitting that she did wrong when throwing Sun-woo onto the floor and asks for forgiveness. This doesn’t cut it for Chef though and he gives her…well…what he gives best – a lecture. Okay, so maybe it’s not a lecture, but a compromise. Sun-woo will give Bong-sun one month and within that month she is to decide whether she thinks being in the kitchen is right for her or not. Unexpectedly, Bong-sun excitedly calls it a deal and jumps up while doing so, scaring the life out of Chef (HAHAHA omg so funny). They even shake hands to make it official. Lolol. Scared, Chef walks out of the room in disbelief that the Bong-sun he once knew is standing in front of her.

Bong-sun takes some time to wander around in the kitchen and become familiar with it since the restaurant hasn’t opened yet. She admits that for some reason she doesn’t feel strange being in that kind of environment and rather likes it. She looks at knives, lits the stove on fire, and tries things that she has always wanted to do. She is interrupted though when the other guy chefs come entering the kitchen reminding her that her station is in front of the dishwasher. Chef Sun-woo hands Min-soo another assignment to which Min-soo gives it off to Bong-sun to do but she complains. “He told you to do it so why are you telling me to do it?!” OMG THIS IS TOO FUNNY. I LOVE HOW SASSY SOON-AE IS INSIDE OF BONG-SUN WHICH JUST THROWS EVERYONE OFF. She quickly apologizes and excuses herself to go to the restroom. Soon-Ae can’t seem to figure what kind of person Bong-sun was like; if she had an idea, then it would make things easier for her. Good luck finding out Soon-Ae!

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The restaurant opens and just like usual things are busy. While everyone else is busy cooking, Bong-sun is busy washing dishes at her station. She is delighted when Joon (Kwak Shi-yang) stops cooking for a little bit to wipe off his sweat and cool down and stands near her to do so. He flaps his shirt up and down exposing his stomach and wipes the sweat off his neck teasingly. Bong-sun sure is a happy girl, her eyes wide opened in excitement and her hormones raging. LOL. (omg this is so awkward for me to write. Hahaha). She is interrupted when Chef Sun-woo calls for her to mop the floor. She literally mops for two seconds and returns the mop back to its original place only to get scolded by Chef because he almost slipped. After reminding her not to mop the floor with water because it’s dangerous in that someone can slip, he asks her if this is her way of getting revenge (and he’s literally asking her this while holding a cucumber in his hand and pointing it at her! LOLOL). Bong-sun is rebellious, talking back to her boss and complaining that she’s busy. Once she leaves, Chef receives a call and even his excuse of working isn’t enough for what is to come.

In the next scene, we see Sun-woo in the police station, bewildered and enraged over a complaint that was filed against him for assault. This complaint was filed by none other than the photography woman that was kicked out of the restaurant the other day for mistreating Bong-sun and embarrassing her in front of the whole restaurant. No matter what Sun-woo says, it doesn’t change the fact that she has filed a lawsuit against him. Uh-oh.

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Back at the restaurant, all the guy cooks and Bong-sun gossip about the assault charge that has been filed against Sun-woo. She asks the guys if Sun-woo really did punch anyone when the incident happened which confuses the guys. They’re like, “You’re the one who caused it. What are you talking about?” LOL. Awkwardddd. While pretending to recall the incident, Bong-sun plays around with Joon’s fingers, making everyone confused and baffled. Bong-sun quickly removes her fingers and pretends that she lacks affection so she tends to get attracted to skin. Hahaha. Omg, perfect excuse! She slowly retreats and brings up another subject to distract the guys but it doesn’t seem to help. Bong-sun is still embarrassing herself.

The four cooks can’t seem to put up with Bong-sun anymore and eventually leave the kitchen to discuss about her. They feel like she’s Bong-sun but she isn’t (to which one of the cooks makes up lyrics about the situation and sings it to the rhythm of SoYu and Junggigo’s hit song ‘Some.’ omg this is hilarious and genius!). The four guys conclude that maybe she has Intermitten Explosive Disorder. Ya know, that disorder where like you get outbursts of rage and you go crazy and murder people for no reason. It’s especially bad when employees receive bad mistreatment by their bosses so they eventually explode and stab and cut and thrust and murder. One of the cooks predicts that Bong-sun could be going through this disorder but the other guys don’t believe him. “No wayyyyy” they all say. That can’t be.

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However, their ‘no wayyyyy’s changes into ‘yes wayyyyy’s when they enter the kitchen only to find Bong-sun with a sharp knife in her hand, swinging it around them and pointing it at their faces. LOLOL. She goes off about the knife complimenting it in many ways and asking questions like “can it kill people?” while all the guys panic and plead for her to put it down (one cook is even holding up a spoon in self-defense, lolol). OMG. THIS SCENE IS GOLD. Bong-sun eventually scares the cooks away and out the kitchen door. Hahaha.

Sun-woo leaves the police station, still furious over what happened. Brother-in-law Cop Sung-jae comforts him by handing him a drink and advising that maybe he should just apologize to the photographer. But Sun-woo is stubborn and refuses to do so.

The guys are taking a shower together at the restaurant only to freak out when they find Bong-sun at the door peeking in at them. LOLOL. OMG BONG-SUN PLEASE.

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Bong-sun catches up with Joon (BAEEEEEE) while he’s leaving work. She suggests grabbing some beer together to which he surprisingly doesn’t decline. But what is not surprising is when he rejects Bong-sun’s request to rest together because he rather prefer to rest at home. He leaves Bong-sun behind but Bong-sun doesn’t know where she lives. Fortunately she finds out when the owner of the dormitory calls Bong-sun to remind her to leave the complex (reminder that Soon-Ae is inside Bong-sun’s body).

At home, Chef Sun-woo searches the blog of the photographer that had filed a lawsuit against him. He finds a post written by the photographer saying bad stuff about his restaurant like they have no common sense when it comes to either service or food, which only angers Sun-woo even more. To make himself feel better, he posts several different comments – each with a different account name – saying positive stuff about his own restaurant to defend himself and his restaurant and to regain his pride. Haha.

The next day at work is hectic. An article about the assault was released and it’s tarnishing Sun-woo’s image and reputation and affecting those around him. Even through all this, Sun-woo is not shaken and refuses to apologize. The guys are worried about what’s going to happen now that everyone believes Sun-woo supposedly beat up a woman. Everything literally goes from concern and sadness to rainbows and unicorns the moment Bong-sun bursts into the room with her loud and high-pitched “GOOD MORNING!” Lolol. I love the new Bong-sun.

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Work hasn’t been this slow in foreverrrrrr. There are barely any customers at the restaurant and if there is they would gossip about Sun-woo’s incident. While the guys are dismissed to clean the back storage room, Bong-sun stays to clean the kitchen. She is then called by the customers at the restaurant who request for their pasta to be boiled down. Bong-sun ultimately does what they ask even though she doesn’t want to and this angers Sun-woo. How dare she step into his kitchen and try to fix his cooking. Omg. She’s crazy! Bong-sun defends herself and says that she was thinking of Sun-woo the whole time. His image is already deteriorating, she was just trying to help out (and plusssss, he wasn’t at the kitchen during the time anyways). Sun-woo doesn’t tolerate her actions though and prohibits her from working in the kitchen. From now on, she is to work only in halls. *sigh*

At work, Sun-woo receives a call from the police commissioner that Sun-woo’s mom has talked to the photographer and has figured things out by apologizing and delivering money to the woman for the agreement. Sun-woo is mad and confronts his mom about it. Why would she get involved in his personal affairs? Mom complains that she’s his son and it’s her responsibility to take care of him. That’s when Sun-woo brings up memories of his childhood, with not having a proper childhood and not having his mom be there for him growing up. Sun-woo adds that he’s 33 years old now and doesn’t need his mom anymore. Instead, where was she when he did need her earlier in his life? But Mom couldn’t help it at that time; she was too busy studying, eating, and living to be with Sun-woo and to raise him. Ugh, this breaks my heart (why can’t y’all just get along? T__T).

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They end their argument by agreeing to just mind their own business but Mom can’t let that happen so easily. She starts hitting Sun-woo outside of her office which grabs the attention of students walking by (Mom is a professor) so to make herself look innocent, she smiles at them and pretends that Sun-woo is her boyfriend, not her son. LOL. Sun-woo agrees to send his mom money to compensate for the money that she used on the agreement.

Sun-woo meets up with his friend So-hyung where they end up talking about the new TV program that she’s in charge of. She had previously asked Sun-woo to appear on it, but he respectfully declined. He gives her offer a second thought.

The cooks can’t seem to stop worrying about Sun-woo and the restaurant. It doesn’t seem like all the attention is going to die down anytime soon (we also learn that Min-soo might be one of those annoying netizens who likes to criticize and say mean harsh comments about celebrities lol). Other chefs are ecstatic at the sight of Sun-woo’s downfall (that means they can finally get a chance at success!). To counter-attack, Sun-woo decides to go on So-hyung’s new TV program in hopes of clearing his image and reputation. He will need a second chef at his side during the program to assist him so he asks Min-woo to which Min-soo of course excitedly accepts. Haha.

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Shaman is contacted by Sun-woo’s mom for a meet-up to talk about Sun-woo. After reaching an agreement on when to meet up and where, Mom spends some time reflecting on her life while drinking some soju alone. She speaks to the cook of the mini-restaurant that she’s at about her life, putting herself down for being a failure as a mom and feeling sad for her kids who was never around their mom growing up. She heads to the restaurant where Sun-woo and Eun-hee are still at. Sun-woo takes her back home since she’s drunk and along the way finds a stray dog following him around. Although he had initially refused to take care of the dog, he brings it some food and gives it a shelter that night. *____*

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While walking home, Bong-sun notices a crowd that has gathered outside of an apartment complex. She approaches the crowd not because she’s curious as to what’s happening but because…she’s interested in one of the police officers who is none other than Officer Sung-jae. LOL. When the corpse is brought out from the apartment complex, he covers the eyes of a young child standing in front of him, melting Bong-sun’s (and mines too I gotta admit) heart. SOOO COOL OPPAR.

The next day Sung-jae heads to the same restaurant that he frequents often. He comes just in time to solve an incident from almost happening and saves the day with just his presence alone. YAAAAAAAY.

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It’s the day of the recording for So-hyung’s new TV program. As preparations are being made, Min-soo forgets Chef’s very own knife specialized just for him and calls Bong-sun who is at the restaurant at the time to deliver it to him. As Bong-sun prepares to drop off Sun-woo’s knife, Mom meets up with the shaman to talk about her son. The shaman reveals that she’ll need to see Sun-woo in person herself to get a better sense of his fortune so they both head over to the restaurant, just in time to encounter Bong-sun who tries to avoid them both (especially the shaman since it’s not Bong-sun but Soon-Ae that’s inside of Bong-sun!).

Bong-sun arrives in time to give Sun-woo his knife while Min-soo struggles to get back inside for the recording since he doesn’t have his pass on him. The security guard forbids him to enter so Sun-woo has no choice but to hire Bong-sun as his assistant chef since she’s the only other chef there with him. Ooh la la, this shall be interesting~

Once the problem is solved, the recording starts and the mission that the chefs will have to work with is revealed. We find out that the mission sent in has to do with a meal that would be cooked for a son who drank the night before. Chef Sun-woo seems to panic once he finds out what the mission is while his competitor doesn’t seem so affected.

Sun-woo faces obstacles along the way while the other chef seems to be doing just fine. In fact, he prepares his dish while there’s still time remaining. Sun-woo doesn’t seem to know what he’s making but that’s when Bong-sun comes to the rescue. Noticing that the rice they cooked is burnt and that there’s not a lot of time left to cook a whole new meal, Bong-sun decides to mix in the broth from one of the pots they were cooking with with the rice, calling it burnt rice pollack soup.

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We return to a flashback of the restaurant owner that Officer Sung-jae visits often (who I am also assuming is Soon-Ae’s father). He reveals to his customer that they don’t serve the burnt rice Pollack soup anymore which was what the customer had wanted to eat. It’s a bitter scene as we also find out that the owner’s daughter isn’t around anymore and had left somewhere. Maybe that’s why the owner doesn’t serve the soup anymore.

The first recording is a success! Thanks to Bong-sun, Chef Sun-woo is saved. Min-soo comes in when the recording is finished and apologizes but Sun-woo isn’t buying any of his excuses or apologies (ALL LATE LOL). Because of what happened at the recording, Sun-woo allows Bong-sun to return to the kitchen and cook in there since earlier he had prohibited her from doing so. Hehe. Sooooo cute :3

That night, while walking home from work, Bong-sun comes across a drunk man roaming around the street. She eventually brings him to the police station since she’s unable to get in contact with any of his family members. Although she tries to leave, Officer Sung-jae, who works at the police station she brought the drunk guy to, manages to persuade her to stay so that the dad of the son can thank Bong-sun personally for rescuing his son.

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The father, who is also the restaurant owner, soon enters the police station worried but grateful. While trying to get his son Kyung Mo to awaken, something triggers inside of Bong-sun and causes her to grow dizzy. That’s when we find out that this man that we had been seeing quite often in this episode is Soon-Ae’s father and that Kyung Mo is her younger brother. The way that her dad had been trying to get Kyung Mo to wake up reminded Soon-Ae of the way she would do the same when she tried to wake him up. It’s all too familiar for Soon-Ae.

Flashbacks of Soon-Ae helping her father run the restaurant are shown which explains why Soon-Ae feels familiar in the kitchen. We also learn that it was Soon-Ae who had come up with the rice Pollack soup which makes sense as to why her father stopped serving it once she passed away and how Bong-sun was able to come up with the idea of the burnt rice Pollack soup during the TV program recording (OMGGGG THIS IS SO HEART-BREAKINGGGG).

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Bong-sun can’t believe what she has discovered and what she is seeing in front of her. Tears fill her eyes as she comes to the realization that it is her dad and brother who is front of her.

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Oh My Ghostess!: Episode 1 Recap

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Hello everyone! I am back with a recap of another drama. I know it’s been a while since I’ve last recapped a drama and I’m sorry for making y’all wait but I am finally making my comeback, this time with tvN’s newest drama ‘Oh My Ghostess!’ starring my ever favorite Park Bo Young and her co-star Jo Jung Seok.

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A few of y’all might be wondering why I’ve decided to recap ‘Oh My Ghostess!’ out of all the dramas that have aired within the past few months or even year but I am here to gladly say and pronounce to the world my love and support for Park Bo Young. I first discovered her in ‘Speedy Scandal’ which is one of her most popular movies and fell in love with her from there. I’ve watched her other movies (I especially love ‘Werewolf Boy’ with Song Joong Ki. PLEASE. DRAMA GODS. LET THE TWO REUNITE AND FILM ANOTHER MOVIE OR DRAMA. PLEAASEEEEEEE) and now I am super glad that she’s acting in a drama since it’s been a very long while since we’ve last seen her in one. Park Bo Young has been acting in movies all these years which isn’t bad since she hasn’t disappeared off the face of the earth, but being in movies is just quite not enough. I had voiced that one of my main wishes was to see Park Bo Young in a drama and my wish has come true! I couldn’t be any happier! Although not with the male lead of my choice, I am glad nonetheless that she has returned to the screen with a cast and producing team that I am satisfied with. Without further ado, let’s start the recap!

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I haven’t been following the previews and trailers for this drama much so I’m not so familiar with the storyline, but from what I’ve read and gathered from other websites, ‘Oh My Ghostess’ will follow Park Bo Young’s life as Na Bong Sun who was originally a quiet and timid young lady. It’s not until she gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost, named Shin Soon-Ae (played by Kim Seul-gi) who possesses others to make up for the lack of romance she had when she was alive, that Bong Sun turns into a confident and flirty woman – the total opposite of her personality prior.

This possession is then what fuels the relationship (and potential love line) between Bong Sun and her boss Kang Sun Woo (played by Jo Jung-seok) whom she is secretly in love with. After struggling to catch his attention, it is thanks to Soon-Ae that Bong Sun just might have a chance with the person she had always wanted after all the months of trying. What will all this chasing and trying look like? We shall find out!

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The episode starts out with Na Bong Sun (Park Bo-young) walking on the busy streets exhaustedly while the camera focuses in on an ambulance who rushes to get to the hospital. It turns out that there has been another case of a male having died after being found unconscious on the stairs of a club in Itaewon. Doctors, police officers, and investigators try to piece together the cause of the death but find it difficult as this is not the first death that’s occurred in the past few months. What they do conclude though is that all the males so far have been around women before they died and not just any kind of women – exceptionally beautiful women with nice slim bodies. Surprise surprise.

We get a glimpse of the male victim minutes before he died in a taxi where he’s seen making love with another woman. It turns out that this woman was possessed by the soul of Soon-Ae (Kim Seul-gi) and that it was Soon-Ae who had killed him. Soon-Ae leaves the body of the woman she possessed and walks off only to be taken aback when she realizes that Bong Sun can see her. “You can see? Me?” Bong Sun apologizes to Soon-Ae after having almost bumped into her while Soon-Ae looks back at Bong Sun confused but alarmed. Ooh hoo, this shall be interesting. Puahaha.

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The episode continues with a DJ host of a radio station talking about ghosts and how they exist in daily life and can even be next to someone. While the host is talking about this, we see Soon-Ae doing just that as she casually walks around on the sidewalk like every other human being. LOL. She pretends to fit in and converse with other human beings but like usual finds herself ignored because…well…she is a ghost and no one can see her.

She ends up sitting at a bench by herself where we then get a better understanding of who she is. “I am a ghost. A virgin ghost at that. The ghost with the most bitter grudge out of all ghosts. Imagine how painful it must have been to die as a virgin, to decline the heaven’s invitation, and roam around this ‘other world.’ I’m known as the ill-natured libertine queen of the ghost world. But I wish to be understood. I’m a pitiful love song; a soul full of regrets. And I’m so very bored.” After failing to entertain herself and play alone, she finds a little child not far from her so she approaches the baby. They interact and talk and play with each other until Soon-Ae protects the baby from getting hit by a basketball which she pushed herself with her hand so the baby wouldn’t get hit. She’s surprised that she was able to physically touch the ball and becomes stunned. The basketball players are confused and shocked at what they saw since they hadn’t seen anyone near the baby.

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While Soon-Ae goes to get herself some food, we see a guy yelling at his Hoobaes for slacking off and not cooking the food to his expectations (OMG IT’S THE SAME GUY THAT PLAYED SEO IN GUK’S BEST FRIEND FROM ‘HIGH SCHOOL KING OF CONDUCT’! Also, side note, the PD behind this drama is the same PD that worked on ‘High School King of Conduct’ which is another reason why I’m so excited for this drama. If y’all followed my blog while ‘HSKC’ was airing, I was so in love with that drama! Yay to seeing old actors appear in this drama again!). He yells at each of his Hoobaes for doing a bad job but is soon interrupted when they complain about a burning smell from what seems to be coming from outside the kitchen. They rush outside the kitchen only to find Bong-sun sleeping while cooking some sauce. The Sous Chef (aka Seo In Guk’s best friend from ‘High School King of Conduct’) Heo Min Soo threatens to fire Bong-sun since she failed to be responsible, but he’s stopped by the actual owner of the restaurant, Kang Sun-woo (Jo Jung-seok).

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Inside the restaurant, he gives the both of them a good lecture, reminding them again of their faults and responsibilities. After Sun-woo finishes talking to them, Min-soo drags Bong-sun to the back room and gives her a talk. Bong-sun is left stressed and exhausted, uncertain as to what to do next. She goes back to do her job but yet again she keeps falling asleep. Just as she’s dozing on and off, we are shown the reason why Bong-sun is so sleep-deprived: she can see ghosts (not a good idea to be recapping this alone in my room in the dark at night). She gets a call from her grandmother who calls to check up on her. Poor Bong-sunnie.

Sun-woo is seen relaxing and talking to her younger sister about women (in particular Bong-sun who has an unrequited love towards him – one in which he just ignores) when their mom barges into the restaurant unexpectedly. Sun-woo doesn’t seem to approve of her habit, but Mom doesn’t care. She hands Sun-woo a talisman claiming that a ghost will be attached to him this year but Sun-woo refuses to accept and acknowledge it since he doesn’t believe in ghosts and isn’t superstitious.

Soon-Ae attends a funeral where she reunites with the other ghosts. They talk badly about her once she arrives which drives Soon-Ae so mad and crazy she threatens to fight the main ghost lady that is criticizing her. Just as they’re about to fight, all the ghosts except for Soon-Ae run away once they see the shaman they’re so afraid of appear at the door of the funeral hall. Of course everyone but Soon-Ae sees her so they all have the time to escape. Poor Soon-Ae flees as well once she notices the shaman and soon a pursuit begins (it’s hilarious watching the shaman chase after Soon-Ae because it seems like she’s just running around with her stick up in the air chasing after nobody when really she’s chasing after Soon-Ae. Hahaha).

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Soon-Ae thinks she’s gotten away from the shaman when she possesses a young woman but finds herself in the sight of the shaman when she falls out of the young woman’s body. She gets captured by the shaman where she is then dragged by her to her apartment. Hahaha.

Chef Sun-woo meets up with his great friend Lee So-hyung (Park Jung-ah) who requests for him to appear on the new TV program she’s starting. He refuses the offer even though his friend pleads for him to go on it. He blames the downfall of his restaurant as the reason why he doesn’t want to go on the show. So much for being a friend. Haha.

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We return back to the scene with Soon-Ae and the shaman where we find out that since Soon-Ae had been misbehaving by possessing the bodies of woman to fulfill her needs, there has been a lot of chaos from above so the shaman has come to capture Soon-Ae and prevent her from doing more damage. The shaman advises Soon-Ae to stop doing what she’s been doing and to just let go of everything; that way she can enter the Heavens peacefully. She warns that if Soon-Ae enters the body of a woman who she matches with, she might not be able to escape ever. This causes the shaman to become emotional causing Soon-Ae to soften up a little bit. “I guess it’s nice to have someone be worried about me. It’s also nice to have someone to talk to as well,” Soon-Ae mumbles as she sees the shaman tear up. They exchange hugs and words of affirmation and for a second the scene is really touching and I’m also beginning to get watery-eyed until all of this was just a set-up. A set-up for the shaman to be able to put a necklace of bells around Soon-Ae’s neck so she won’t do anything dangerous anymore. Hahaha. I knew it! I KNEW IT! Soon-Ae complains and pleads for the shaman to take it off but the shaman refuses.

Back at the restaurant, all the employees gather up and are determined to rebel against their boss by ordering food that they yearn to eat. It’s up to no good though as Boss Sun-woo comes sweeping in on their plans and orders them to make food with him to eat. After eating, Sun-woo checks up on the salmon that they had ordered and it’s during this time when Sun-woo proves to us why he’s the owner of the restaurant (OMG JO JUNG-SEOK PLEASE). They change up the menu before opening the restaurant and eventually get to work (ugh. It’s also not a good idea to be recapping this while I’m hungry. My stomach is crying right now).

While the restaurant is on a roll, Shaman is doing her own thing but can’t seem to focus because Soon-Ae keeps on fooling around. Annoyed, she smacks Soon-Ae’s head so hard that even Bong-sun seemed to have suffered from the blow (no but seriously, once Soon-Ae got smacked in the head, Bong-sun’s head started to hurt as well as if she also got smacked in the head. Uh-oh. What is this foreshadowing?). The guys wash up after a hard day of work which Bong-sun avoids because ya know, she’s just shy and timid like that (for now. Hehehe). Once they’re finished dressing, Bong-sun slowly enters the dressing room alone (I WILL JOIN YOU PARK BO YOUNG. I WILL HELP YOU COOK AND CLEAN AND BE YOUR ASSISTANT) and heads home alone.

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We get a preview of what Bong-sun’s life is like as we watch her buy some groceries and cook them in a study hall. She cooks a cabbage porridge explaining that since she had digestion problems as a young child, her grandmother would cook this dish to help her feel better. She uploads the photo and shares the story on her blog (OMG I THINK SHE’S USING WORDPRESS TOO BUT I’M NOT ENTIRELY SURE). Oh, and she’s also burning the incense like how her grandmother is advising her to ward off ghosts.

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The next day at work, a photographer who has her own food blog comes to the restaurant to take photos of the different dishes made at the restaurant. Dissatisfied, she orders Bong-sun to reheat the dish despite the risk of it being overcooked. Bong-sun does what the photographer wants anyways and goes to reheat the dish, all of this being witnessed by the cooks and Boss Sun-woo. As Bong-sun brings the hot dish back out to the table, the photographer’s son bumps into Bong-sun, causing an incident to occur. The photographer complains about Bong-sun’s irresponsibility to be careful and goes off on a tangent, but Sun-woo refuses to let this slide. He stands up for his employee by disciplining the young child which angers the mom (OMG WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!). Mom and poor son is eventually thrown out of the restaurant with Sun-woo scolding Bong-sun after. He complains about her nice and naïve attitude and tells her to rethink if whether being in the kitchen is what is truly meant for her (OMG POOR BONG-SUNNIE. COME HERE. I WILL HUG YOU. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU NEED A HUG).

Sun-woo returns to talk with his sister once he finishes with Bong-sun. He receives an email with information about a middle school reunion which Sun-woo quickly ignores. We then understand why Sun-woo was so careless about the invitation. It was because as a middle school student he was treated badly and neglected by his mother having had a bad childhood. Meanwhile, Bong-sun is also suffering and remains confused and hurt. What is she going to do?

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In the next scene, we see a police officer (OMG IT’S LIM JOO HWAN. CUTIEEEE) paying the restaurant owner for the food him and his partner had just finished eating. While paying, he strikes a conversation with the owner and asks about a guy named Kyung-mo only to receive disappointing news that he’s hanging out with his friends again. Sung-jae (Lim Joo-hwan) doesn’t seem too happy with the news.

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The two officers arrive at Sun-woo’s restaurant. Sun-woo has plans of visiting his friend’s restaurant that he had just opened up so he leaves his sister with her husband (which is Sung-jae by the way) while the other officer leaves. At his friend’s restaurant, Sun-woo throws out quirky comments about everything his eyes land on and does his friend a favor by trying out some of the dishes.

Back at Bong-sun’s place, Bong-sun gets caught by the owner burning incense again. Fed up, he orders Bong-sun to leave and find a new place. Bong-sun sadly pulls out her scrapbook full of not just meals and dishes but also pictures of her crush Sun-woo (SUN-WOO JUST GIVE HER A CHANCE PLEASE). She’s reminded of the harsh words Sun-woo told her that day which only makes her even sadder. She goes out to get some fresh air by taking a walk but it doesn’t seem to make any things better.

Sun-woo leaves his friend’s restaurant to meet up with a woman for coffee. We find out that this woman he meets up with is just one of the many women who own mini-booths in the seafood market that he’s visiting. Haha. Smooth Sun-woo. Smoooooth.

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Bong-sun visits the restaurant to turn in her resignation letter after having thought hard about what Sun-woo told her. Just as she arrives, Boss Sun-woo also gets to the restaurant at the same time. He heads back to his place and follows up on the food blogs that are gaining popularity. He comes across the ‘You are my Sunshine’ blog and compliments the blogger, stating that he can feel her passion for cooking and food through her blog. Little does he know that the person this blog belongs to is the same person he made think twice about working for him (oh the irony).

While Sun-woo is inside the restaurant, Bong-sun stands outside the restaurant expressing words and feelings she didn’t have the courage to write in her resignation letter. “Chef, I want to thank you for everything. You were right about what you said. Wanting to do something and being able to do it are different. I was too ambitious. Sorry to everyone at the restaurant. Goodbye to you all.” Bong-sun also adds that she learned from Boss Sun-woo that a person’s feeling is like a cold. The cold will only end once you persist and endure the pain. We receive flashbacks of all the cooks with Boss Sun-woo and the happy and bad moments they spent together. We also learn that Bong-sun admired Sun-woo and wished to become a chef like him. Because he was able to make her happy but sad as well, this possibly explains why she harbored a one-sided crush on him.

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The next morning, Sun-woo receives news that Bong-sun had resigned. In addition, he and the other cooks find out that Bong-sun might have the key to the back storage room since she was the last one to enter that room. They all try to contact Bong-sun and find her as soon as possible before the restaurant opens, but it doesn’t seem to be of any help. Bong-sun ignores their phone calls.

Meanwhile, Shaman and Soon-Ae are still with each other. Soon-Ae finds the opportunity to escape when Shaman heads to the door to pay the delivery guy who had come to her apartment to deliver some food. Soon-Ae rushes out the door and out onto the streets. It’s perfect timing as her victim is none other than exhausted and lonely Bong-sun. Soon-Ae quickly jumps into the body of Bong-sun in order to not be found by the shaman and manages to escape successfully. Joon, one of the workers at Sun-woo’s restaurant, finds Bong-sun (who is now fully awakened and alive I might add) and brings her to the restaurant which Bong-sun seems to be unfamiliar with.

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When asked for the keys to the storage room, Bong-sun is confused about what Sun-woo is demanding for. Impatient, he attempts to search her pockets to which Bong-sun isn’t happy about. She manages to throw him onto the floor in front of everybody, leaving everyone to be in total shock and confusion. What has just happened?!

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Is this really the Bong-sun that we all know?!

My Thoughts:

Wow wow wow. It has been quite a while since I’ve last recapped a drama it took me quite a while to recap this first episode. I apologize ahead of time if this recap was crappy and not well-done. It’s been a while so I’m still trying to adjust and regain my recapping skills back. Please be patient with me T____T

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Anyways, moving on with the drama, although it is barely the first episode and anything is up for grabs, I do have to say I quite enjoyed this episode. I do pity Bong-sun a lot, but her sad and pitiful character is what is needed in order to get the plot moving so I understand why she is so pitiful in this episode. As this is the same PD that worked on ‘High School King of Conduct’, I can sense the same kind of funny mood and atmosphere that was created in ‘High School King of Conduct’ (such as the shaman chasing after Soon-Ae who no one else saw or Chef Sun-woo complimenting Bong-sun’s blog) and I have no problem with that because I loved that drama so much. I love how there was comedy in this episode, but there were also touching moments like when the shaman (fake) hugged Soon-Ae or when Sun-woo stood up for Bong-sun. Those were the many strengths of ‘High School King of Conduct’ that really got to me and I’m hoping that ‘Oh My Ghostess!’ will deliver in the same way.

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The first episode gave us a good introduction of each character and let us into their world which I liked. We learned that Sun-woo might not have had the best childhood growing up and maybe that was what motivated him to become the successful person he is today. We also get a glimpse of Bong-sun’s miserable life and we just can’t help but pity her (which I think the drama did a great job of executing). She lives by herself and is often abused emotionally and mentally by the few she interacts with on a daily basis it’s no wonder she’s so exhausted and tired of life. Although I am intrigued by all the characters and their stories that will hopefully be revealed to us later on as the drama progresses, the character I’m most curious about is Soon-Ae. We have yet to really find out how she died and if it’s really because she died as a virgin that she continues to possess woman. I wonder if there’s more than just that because if there was I would be really happy. I understand that there’s the whole possession thing to add a sense of humor into the drama, but I can’t help but feel that since Soon-Ae died young she roams around because she wished she had lived a longer life. She did say that she wished she was understood so I wonder if there’s more to her story. Then there are also the cooks of the restaurant and Sun-woo’s sister which I’m curious about. I want more! I want more!

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Despite having enjoyed the first episode, I’m not so sure if I’ll enjoy the rest of the drama since Soon-Ae is now in Bong-sun’s body. I mean, I know that the writers are aiming for a funny touch with the whole ‘lustful-virgin-ghost-possesses-woman’ storyline and it’s going to be funny I already know, but it’s only when Soon-Ae enters Bong-sun’s body that she starts to act differently and finally catches Sun-woo’s attention which I’m not sure if I like. I’d like it if Bong-sun was just Bong-sun and Sun-woo fell in love with her because we all know that when Bong-sun is not Bong-sun but Soon-Ae, she’s going to be different and that’s what Sun-woo’s going to like but it bothers me because it’s not Bong-sun he’s falling for but Soon-Ae instead and I rather want Sun-woo to fall in love with Bong-sun Bong-sun, not Bong-sun Soon-Ae. Does that make sense? LOL. The Bong-sun that Sun-woo falls in love with will only last for so long unless Soon-Ae refuses or is unable to escape Bong-sun’s body which the shaman did warn Soon-Ae about. If that is the case and Bong-sun has become a happier and more confident person with Soon-Ae inside of her, then I guess I’ll be okay with the plot. I just want to see Bong-sun happier. That’s all.

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I’m happy to say that I’m satisfied with the cast. I have no doubt about Park Bo-young as she’s been a favorite actress of mines because of her acting. I’ve never seen Jo Jung-seok in anything before so this is the first drama I’m watching him in and although he isn’t doing a bad job, he doesn’t necessarily stick out either. It might be because all my attention is on Park Bo-young or because his character hasn’t been given the time to blossom yet that I don’t notice him but I look forward to Jo Jung-seok in the future. The same goes for Lim Joo-hwan who I have never seen anything in before. He didn’t get much screen time in this episode and all we know so far is that he’s a police officer but a part of me thinks that he also has to have some kind of story. Overall, I like all of the cast members and don’t find them awkward. It will take some time for them to adjust but they’re doing a great job so far and I hope they will keep it up!

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Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts and discuss on how you feel about the drama! Did you like it? Dislike it? Didn’t care? Tell me by commenting down below! 😀

Movie Recap: Hot Boiled Youth / Hot Young Bloods

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So I promised one of my readers that I would do a recap on ‘Hot Young Bloods’ or ‘Hot Boiling Youth’ starring Park Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk a few months back once I got the time to do it and since I’m on summer vacation and I’m not doing much right now, I thought I would stop being lazy and stop procrastinating and actually fulfill my promise. I had done a review of my thoughts and opinion on this movie, so if you would like you can go read that before reading this recap. I can’t promise you that I understand the movie wholeheartedly because there are still things I’m confused about myself, but I’ll try my best to make this recap fun and understanding. It’s my second time watching this movie, so hopefully I’ll get a better understanding of it though. Also, I hope you guys don’t mind if this recap is uninteresting and disorganized. This movie isn’t the most interesting and addicting movie ever, but I wanted to finish it for you guys who have been wanting one so yeah. Thank you~~~

Here is a little quick summary for you guys before I go ahead and start on the recap. It’s a version of my own summary for the movie since I’ve watched it before. Hehe. So I apologize if it sounds really funny and weird. ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ takes place in the early 1980′s and showcases the lives of our four main characters: Young-sook (played by Park Bo Young), Joong-chil (played by Lee Jong Suk), So-hee (played by Lee Se Young), and Gwang-sik (played by Kim Young-kwang). To put it into simpler terms, the movie revolves around a love square. Gwang-sik likes Young-sook who likes Joong-chil who likes So-hee. Young-sook is the jjang or iljin of her high school. She’s basically like the bad-ass leader that most of the girls obey out of fear. She’s tough, bad-ass, and can drop kick a guy twice her height. Yeah, I would be scared of her too. Joong-chil is this really witty guy who uses his own method to capture the fluttering hearts of girls. He’s suave and smooth when it comes to girls, but not so much when it comes to fighting as many times in this movie, he always comes home with a bruised face. So-hee is that new student who transferred from Seoul that many of the guys spazz over, including Joong-chil. So he tries his own tactics to get at her and almost succeeds. Last but not least, Gwang-sik is the iljin or leader of his mob and he harbors this crush (but more like possession) over Young-sook, claiming her to be his and when he discovers that there might be someone else interfering in their relationship, he gets super angry and scary. Sooo basically you don’t want to mess with him either. The movie ultimately showcases the complex relationships between all our four lead characters and the journey that they embark on together.

One last thing! The quality to these screen caps will not be the best so I apologize ahead of time! But I hope this doesn’t discourage you from reading the recap (:

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The movie begins by following two high students riding on a bicycle. They continue to ride through the fields with the male student continually looking back at the female student in concern, but smiling when he finds her happy and content. The ride comes to an abrupt stop though when the couple notices Young-sook (Park Bo Young), the bad-ass and frightening leader that harbors a crush on our male student. Young-sook also notices the couple and grows annoyed at the sight of her crush with another woman, but she goes on to mind her own business.

We then find Young-sook approaching another group of girls from another school as if they’re going to get ready to beat one another up anytime soon. The leaders of each group come to the front of their own groups to confront each other and so you have Young-sook marching towards the front and the leader from the other group standing in the front as well. Soon they’re face to face with each other but are distracted by the bicycle couple who are still riding away on the bicycle. Annoyed, Young-sook criticizes the male student’s face which angers the leader from the other group who then throws a punch at Young-sook’s face as a consequence for her harsh comment. But Young-sook isn’t the leader of her crew for nothing for she attacks the girl back and knocks her out cold just like that (there goes my Park Bo Young! Keke). The two groups end up fighting one another and war breaks out.

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Our male lead, Choong-gil (Lee Jong Suk) and his classmates are all on a train returning from a field trip. While on the train to their school, he watches as his friend gets slapped in the face for being a “pervert.” Pitiful, Choong-gil advises his friend on how to prevent a girl from slapping you: you place the back of your hand on her face then turn it around so that the palm of your face is touching her hand. Then she will slowly fall for you with just one simple but intense touch (my reaction: omg this is so lame. Haha).

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Of course, Choong-gil’s friends quickly believe his method to capture a girl’s heart and plans to use it some time. Choong-gil then decides to have a bet with his two friends. He grabs an eggplant and after doing rock, paper, scissors, the loser has to fulfill the bet. The end of the scene shows all three friends doing rock, paper, and scissors before we enter the next scene which is quite peculiar, weird, and a bit disgusting I might warn.

The loser to the bet turns out to be the same friend that got slapped in the face for being a “pervert.” Because he lost the rock, paper, scissors game, he has to walk to the end of the train with a cucumber in his pants. Of course, this grabs the attention of all the students in the train who has to witness this gross and embarrassing event (the guys seem to enjoy it, the girls? Not so much).

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When the three friends finish walking to the end of the train, the losing friend shows everyone the cucumber that he stuck inside of his pants. He wags it around only to accidentally throw it to the teacher sitting near where the three friends are standing. Alarmed and frightened to find a cucumber on her, she starts panicking and yelling which arouses the curiosity of one of the teachers from next door. When he opens the door to find out what’s going on, Choong-gil gets pushed out of the way and lands on the screaming teacher. The guy teacher of course gets mad and infuriated at the sight of a student on a teacher and punishes the three friends as a result. (Choong-gil, this was all your fault to begin with. Haha).

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All the students exiting off the train walks past the three friends, including the girl teacher that Choong-gil landed on as well as Young-sook and her sidekick.

In the classroom, Choong-gil and his classmates listen to their teacher complain about a girl that keeps on running on their school track. He then goes on to lecture about a student at their school that got in trouble and warns his students to stay out of trouble as well. The teacher’s lesson for the day is about sex education which garners the interest and fascination of the class (that unsurprisingly only consists of males. Haha).

Meanwhile, Young-sook and her classmates are also receiving a lesson on sex-ed. But Young-sook herself doesn’t seem to care as she falls asleep during the lesson.

In the next scene, we see Choong-gil being the flirt and gentlemen that he is and helping a female student on a job she was responsible for. When he finishes with her job which included pouring water out of a teapot, we learn that he invited her to have dinner with him at a specific hotel and at a specific time. Ooh la la *raises eyebrows*

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Her two classmates approach the female student asking for details on what Choong-gil just did, but she quickly avoids it. They then warn her to not fall for Choong-gi’s tactics because it can be very risky falling for him. Damn, it’s a hard thing girl. Don’t know if you’ll be able to do it though. I mean, it is Lee Jong Suk we’re talking about.

Later on that night, the female student meets up with Choong-gil at the hotel that Choong-gil invited her to go to. She quickly states that she’s not an easy girl and Choong-gil adds to this by recalling his memories of her back when they were younger and had the same class together. The female student starts to get shaken up by the small details he remembers about her and slowly starts to break down her walls when Choong-gil shows interest in her. She blushes as a response and grows so shy she starts to have a head ache. The date comes to an end as the couple exits out of the hotel room, but Choong-gil isn’t too happy for too long. He frets once he sees his scary enemy and bully Gwang-sik (Kim Young-kwang) who hits him repeatedly because they’ve seen each other again. But the beating comes to a stop when Gwang-sik is notified that his crush Young-sook wishes to see him. (Gwang-sik and a few of his friend are joining Young-sook and her friends at the same hotel that Choong-gil was staying in a few minutes ago. That’s how Choong-gil ran across Gwang-sik).

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When Gwang-sik returns to the hotel room that Young-sook is in, he sits across the same table as her. She asks him why he keeps on bothering Choong-gil to which Gwang-sik confesses that Choong-gil had caused Gwang-sik’s sister to run away from home and disappear ever since he broke up with her which explains why he hates Choong-gil.

Choong-gil reunites with the same girl from earlier outside and lies that Gwang-sik was just looking after him, that there wasn’t anything serious going on between them (LOL which is totally not true). They then go watch a movie together, but the whole time there Choong-gil flirts with the female student. He places his hand on her thigh and gently touches her face with his hand which causes the girl to be uneasy and really nervous (I would be nervous too shoot).

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After eating at the hotel with her friends, Young-sook returns home only to find visitors/customers there (she sleeps at her restaurant). She waits for a while until they leave and then enters her house. Young-sook cooks a small meal for a frequent customer even though it’s late at night without saying a single word to him then leaves afterwards to enter her bedroom.

In her bedroom, Young-sook studies a small but cherished geometry compass that she’s kept to this day. She caresses it while she holds it, reminded of all the memories that the compass encompasses.

Meanwhile, Choong-gil is in his bedroom and pulls out a hidden photo in his drawer of Young-sook and her classmates. On the backside of the pictures are silhouettes of each girl and their names written on it. Choong-gil fills out the silhouette of the girl he went on a date with that day with her name since he got to know her. HAHA. A true player at heart he is. Lol.

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The next morning, Choong-gi’s family is greeted by their kind and warm neighbor who brings them some fruits in exchange for Choong-gil’s father’s involvement in helping their farm. It’s obvious that this lady neighbor admires and has a crush on Choong-gil’s father by the way she blushes when Father notices the new hair pin she’s wearing. Hehe. Too cute. (kind of reminds me of how I would act if I was around Yoseob or Jimin, lol).

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(you’re welcome ladies. You’re welcome. Hahaha).

Choong-gil is in his bedroom dancing around with no panties on and just cannot get over how good-looking he is until he hears his father talking with the mailman outside over a package. He runs outside, barely being able to put his pants on, to get his package.

When he arrives at school, he shows off to his two friends all the things that are in the package (including snacks and newspaper). It turns out the package is from his uncle who is residing in Brazil so his two friends are amazed and fascinated by the items. Suddenly at that very moment, a male student barges in exclaiming to everyone about the new transfer student from Seoul that he claims is more beautiful than the two most beautiful girls at their school. When the students hear this, they all run out the classroom to get a glimpse of this transfer student. Everyone…except for Choong-gil who stays behind to read the postcard sent from his uncle. (Because he knows he’ll get his chance later on to impress her).

Unlike the other male students, Choong-gil’s in no rush. He walks slowly and suavely to the other classroom where the transfer student is staying in and finds her sitting by herself eating her lunch. Choong-gil smiles once he sees her, but continues to walk through the hallway. (He’s looking at her like she’s his prey or something. Hahaha). We then catch Young-sook, who’s in the same class as the new transfer student, glaring at her from behind while she takes a bite of her meal. She doesn’t seem to like the new transfer student too much.

In the next scene, Young-sook walks like the badass she is (seriously I think it’s so adorable how she’s the leader of the group when she’s like the shortest of them all. I love it!) past all of her friends (I think this scene really highlights just how much power and authority she has). All the girls bow their heads when she walks by them and greets her fearfully. Every corner she turns, she’s greeted by a bow by all the girls that approaches her. Talk about respect. Haha.

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She enters a small restaurant only to meet up with Choong-gil, her crush. But unlike her, he doesn’t seem too happy to see her. He nags the very second his eyes lay upon her it’s obvious he doesn’t want to be with her at that moment. Young-sook brings up the gossip about he was able to seduce a girl to his “base” which is basically an abandoned room in a warehouse. Choong-gil acts a little cocky when he hears this from Young-sook (because he knows he is good at seducing girls), but is suddenly hesitant when Young-sook asks him why he isn’t seducing her. To end the conversation, she stands up and leans forward Choong-gil (while bending the fork that is in her hand) and demands that they meet at his base at 8 P.M.

Later on that night, Young-sook dresses up really nicely (she’s wearing a dress! How cute!) and checks her make-up in the mirror while waiting at Choong-gil’s ‘base.’ Young-sook grows happy at the sound of footsteps but becomes disappointed when it’s not the person that she wants. It turns out that Choong-gil had an emergency so he sent his friend instead to go to the base to relay the message. Disappointed, she walks towards the door but is interrupted by Choong-gil’s friend who has other plans instead. He places his hand on Young-sook’s behind and puts on a creepy smile which infuriates Young-sook and causes her to beat Choong-gil’s friend up pretty bad. (Yeah dude, you’re messing with the wrong person. But it’s okay Choong-gil’s friend! I would have you anytime!).

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Choong-gil’s friend returns the next day to school with a bruised face and an injured head. But all Choong-gil can ask about is the new transfer student from Seoul. HAHA. So much for being a friend. He asks his friend to help him out on getting the girl, but is interrupted by the teacher who punishes Choong-gil in front of the class for his failing grades.

Choong-gil and Young-sook’s school have just returned from another trip and is heading back to school. While on the train, Choong-gil’s friends expose to him details they’ve obtained of the new transfer student from Seoul (creepy much eh?). Her name is So-hee (Lee Se Young) which means ‘rain’ in Korean, so upon hearing this, Choong-gil’s friend asks if it’s raining and looks outside the window. HAHAHA.

Gwang-sik ends up fighting Choong-gil’s classmate once the train lands as they are known for being enemies. When the fight ends, Choong-gil is about to leave but turns around to find Young-sook behind him. He explains to Young-sook that he didn’t meet her the night before because he doesn’t have any interest in her like that and because he fears Gwang-sik who claims Young-sook as his. “This thing between us is not love. It’s a threat, “ Choong-gil voices, offending Young-sook who clenches her fists.

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However, they are interrupted by an enraged and jealous Gwang-sik who witnesses Choong-gil talking with his lady. He punches Choong-gil in the stomach as a warning to not mess with his lady. Poor Choong-gil.

At school, Choong-gil cannot stop focusing on So-hee who he notices is sitting alone during her physical education class. While her classroom is outside, he makes his friend go to So-hee’s classroom to sneak inside her desk an invitation to the same hotel that Choong-gil stayed in earlier in the movie with the previous girl he played with. He plans to meet with So-hee that night and get to know her. Oh ho ho.

So-hee receives and reads the invitation, but doesn’t seem to care too much about it while Young-sook peeks at the invitation from behind So-hee and grows mad that So-hee got invited by Choong-gil, but she didn’t.

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Later on that evening, Young-sook ends up joining Choong-gil instead of So-hee, causing Choong-gil to of course be disappointed. When he reveals that he likes So-hee because she’s beautiful (implying that he thinks Young-sook isn’t), she leaves Choong-gil at the hotel mad and furious. (Don’t worry Young-sook, you’re beautiful to me!).

The next morning at school, Choong-gil and his two friends observe the girl that continually runs on their school track run the school track. They take turns guessing why she keeps running and focuses on the runner until they notice a lonely So-hee sitting at a bench across the field. Choong-gil takes this chance to approach her so he uses his smooth tactics on So-hee, hoping it would work on her like how it worked on the other girls, but she walks away disturbed, annoyed, and creeped out. Better luck next time Choong-gil. Haha.

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The school all go on a field trip to a nearby camp site. So-hee has also come along and spends some time alone doing what she does best – painting. Dramatic music plays while she fiercely and passionately paints on the paper, making the viewers assume she’s painting a masterpiece, but we come to finding out that her painting isn’t all that…impressive.

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In the next scene, the school is putting on a small talent show at the camp site where students can perform on the stage to showcase their talents and abilities. The students pressure their two teachers that came along with them on the trip to sing in front of everyone (since it’s kind of obvious they have something for each other too) so they sing a duet on the stage. When they finish performing, the students chant for them to kiss which they don’t do (although I’m pretty sure they themselves want to, haha).

The next person up to go on stage is So-hee who entertains the audience by singing. Choong-gil spices up her bland and dull performance though by adding in some random notes and walking back and forth behind So-hee to show her his support. Young-sook grows irritated at the sight of this so she shows everyone else what she’s capable of by having her and her group perform on stage. They end up dancing to a song that Soo Young sings along to which doesn’t necessarily receive the type of reaction and response that she had originally expected.  Out of all the people in the audience who are unimpressed, Choong-gil seems to be the most disturbed and affected by her performance. HAHA.

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(I LOVE THIS SCENE. It’s hilarious).

Choong-gil returns home that evening to find his brother home who his Grandmother and Dad give all their attention to. They throw him a party the next day for his return, but Choong-gil hangs out with his two friends at the party instead of celebrating with his brother. His father gets mad at him for not celebrating with his brother and for talking back after he yells at Choong-gil, but Choong-gil walks away. Meanwhile, Young-sook who has come to the party to deliver some things witnesses the argument between Choong-gil and his father.

The next day at school, Choong-gil’s friend Hwang-kyu (played by Park Jung Min) is forced to share with Young-sook what type of things Choong-gil likes and has interest in. She ends up getting Choong-gil a pair of new sneakers which he doesn’t approve of and want. When Choong-gil confronts Young-sook about the shoes, he pretends to act like he doesn’t want it, but when Young-sook threatens to take it back, he makes up an excuse to Young-sook so that he can keep it. Haha. And Young-sook knows that Choong-gil likes her gift, smirking after he leaves the classroom. Hehe.

The sneakers aren’t Choong-gil’s for long though for Gwang-sik ends up stealing them from him and walking away in them. Lol, OTL.

When school ends that day, the students finds themselves running back home to escape from the pouring rain. Choong-gil finds So-hee alone so he’s prepared everything in advance and pulls out his umbrella thinking that she’s walking home, but watches her as she gets inside a car that picks her up at school. LOL. He’s devastated and this is evident when he hands Young-sook, who joins him a few seconds later after So-hee’s left, his umbrella and walks away in the rain, leaving Young-sook behind.

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His efforts to capture So-hee’s heart goes to waste though for Young-sook always ends up ruining his plans and stealing the gifts he got for So-hee. LOL.  Just acknowledge and accept Young-sook’s feelings already Choong-gil! Haha. When he finds So-hee feeding some rabbits that she seems to like, he ends up getting her those rabbits without her knowing who got it for her and why, but she accepts it regardless. Meanwhile, Young-sook notices the sneakers that she originally bought for Choong-gil being worn by Gwang-sik and grows angry because she didn’t buy it for Gwang-sik in the first place.

The next day at school, Young-sook, Choong-gil, and So-hee’s classrooms all head to a farm to farm. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, So-hee starts to yell and scream in panic, alarming the other students including Choong-gil who runs to check up on her. It turns out that So-hee was freaking out over a leech that was stuck on her leg so Choong-gil throws it away and sucks So-hee’s blood that he believes is poisonous. He literally sucks the blood on her feet in front of everyone, including the students who are all witnessing this and the teachers as well.

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Everyone is surprised and taken aback, but the one person that is probably the most infuriated at this point is Young-sook who watches all of this unfold right in front of her eyes.

So-hee heads to the clinic in the town to receive some medicine and aid for her injury. It’s grown dark when she leaves the clinic so she becomes cautious and wary about her walk back home. She’s relieved when she finds Choong-gil approach her from behind with a bicycle, but declines his invitation to ride with him back home. With that, he rides his bicycle which also has a flashlight in the front past her, but little does she know that he’s actually helping her out.

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Since So-hee refuses to ride with Choong-gil on the bicycle, he stops every few minutes to shine his flashlight that serves as a signal for So-hee so she will know which direction to walk to get home. (I have to admit, this method is more thought-out and smoother than the other tactics he’s tried to capture her interest and attention. I was actually kind of falling in love with Choong-gil during this scene surprisingly). She eventually makes it to the bus stop safely thanks to Choong-gil’s bicycle and heads back home.

Young-sook’s female teacher and Choong-gil’s male teacher secretly meet up in her bedroom. She acknowledges Choong-gil’s boldness and courage for sucking the blood out of So-hee’s foot, unlike someone who wouldn’t even think of doing that. They then talk about their secret relationship which they have to hide because of the students, but Young-sook’s teacher grows tired of having to hide their relationship from everyone. She wishes she could just simply explicitly show her affections and love towards her lover which is evident when she tries to kiss him.

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The next day, Choong-gil and So-hee meet up at a restaurant. She gives him a harmonica as a gift for helping her out the night before. As a response, Choong-gil is flattered and appears to like the “trend item in Seoul.” He then starts to give suggestions on places they can visit and things they can go do, but So-hee disapproves on all of them. When she suggests roller skating, Choong-gil is welcomed to the idea and takes her to a large empty pool with no water since the floor’s slippery enough for their roller skates. HAHAHA.

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So-hee is dissatisfied at first, but roller skating with Choong-gil turns out to be a great time for her. She gets to witness clumsy Choong-gil make a fool out of himself by continually falling and trying to impress her by pretending like he knows how to roller skate when really he doesn’t. Their date continues when they visit the town to get something to eat. While walking and talking casually, they come across Young-sook’s who working at her mom’s restaurant. Young-sook notices Choong-gil and So-hee together, but doesn’t say a word. The hurt and sorrowful look in her eyes already conveys enough. (Aw, poor Young-sook).

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(LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT THOSE EYES. LOOK AT THAT FACE EXPRESSION. MY PARK BO YOUNG).

So-hee confirms with Choong-gil whether what she heard about Young-sook liking Choong-gil is true or not to which he responds, “Don’t say something so scary like that.” LOL. He adds that someone just made it up and that it holds no truth. Ugh, really Choong-gil?! You’re just going to ignore Young-sook like that? Tsk tsk tsk. Meanwhile, Young-sook finally lets her feelings out as she cries over the sight of Choong-gil and So-hee together back at the restaurant.

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Choong-gil and So-hee end up eating at the hotel that provides the black bean noodles that Choong-gil always orders for the girls he tries to impress. After they finish eating the meal, Choong-gil decides it’s time to get his game on so he places his hand on So-hee’s thighs (which is his method of capturing a girl’s heart. he believes it’ll work on her like how it worked on the other girls), but she accuses him of being a pervert and walks away disappointed after finally realizing his true intentions. You can’t impress everybody Choong-gil. Before leaving him, she also criticizes his “tacky” pants. Hahaha.

Choong-gil throws away the pants that So-hee hates, but his father seems to like them so he keeps it. Choong-gil isn’t in such a good mood for he is still bummed out over what happened the night before. He ends up crying in class which suspicions his friends and gets ignored by So-hee at school.

Meanwhile, Gwang-sik and Young-sook are hanging out with each other at a bonfire. Gwang-sik pushes forth the idea that maybe he and Young-sook can start making some progress in their friendship, but she doesn’t seem to like it. He assumes it’s because of another guy who he is willing to hurt so that Young-sook will only be his. Possessive much?

In the classroom, Young-sook confronts So-hee on the pack of cigarettes she found in one of So-hee’s pouches. The fact that she smokes even though she has asthma makes Young-sook laugh in disbelief. Annoyed and angry, So-hee invites Young-sook for a talk so they head to the girl’s restroom (OOH. STUFF IS GONNA GO DOWN). While So-hee’s all by herself, Young-sook’s group of friends ends up following them (LOL), but Young-sook makes them leave, reassuring them that she can handle So-hee all by herself.

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So-hee confronts Young-sook on how troublesome she is and they end up fighting each other. Although the crowd that has formed outside of the girl’s restroom just watches them fight in amazement, Choong-gil comes to stop them from continuing on any further. He accuses Young-sook of stripping So-hee’s clothes off of her when he comes to rescue So-hee (who feigns weakness and fear) and takes her out of the restroom.

The principal meets up with So-hee’s father and Young-sook’s mother so that they can talk about the fight and reach a consensus, but they themselves end up arguing. Fed up and exhausted, Young-sook runs out of the office to get her belongings in her classroom and walks out of the school campus. While she walks out, Choong-gil watches her from inside his classroom and ponders over her attitude plus behavior.

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Young-sook escapes to her village and recalls memories of the past between her and Choong-gil. They were childhood friends and classmates when they were younger so that’s how they know each other. Young-sook remembers the one time when Choong-gil gave her his compass so that she wouldn’t get in trouble for not having hers. He ends up getting in trouble for not having his compass later on at school that day, but he remains strong and reassures Young-sook that he is fine.

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Young-sook still has Choong-gil’s compass to this day which she looks at from time to time (she also pulled it out at the beginning of the movie). She ends up going to Choong-gil’s base (the warehouse) since she doesn’t have anywhere else to run to. Choong-gil’s two friends find her in there so they warn Choong-gil that it’s best he doesn’t go there, but Choong-gil still does in the end.

He goes to talk and chill with Young-sook in hopes of maybe cheering her up. He takes notice of her injured and pale face, but she tells him to not worry. Choong-gil allows her to sleep at his base for the night since Young-sook doesn’t want to return home, especially since her mom knows that she got into a fight. They discuss about graduation and college which then leads them to their next conversation which is about their childhood memories. We learn that Choong-gil wasn’t always ladies’s man when he was younger and actually had good grades while our Young-sook hasn’t changed much. She would always copy Choong-gil’s homework and had bad grades. Haha, too cute. Young-sook encourages Choong-gil to go home while she gets ready to sleep. He leaves her alone in his base, but goes back to bring her a bag of medicine since he’s worried about her.

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(Poor Jong Suk. His back must be killing him, haha).

While he’s there, he replaces the stacked books Young-sook’s laying her head on with an actual pillow, eventually waking her up. Young-sook and Choong-gil exchange an intense glance at each other before he bends down towards her to give her a kiss. However, they stop when they hear one of the windows crack and a harmonica lying on the ground. Choong-gil realizes that it’s So-hee that threw it inside the warehouse and runs outside to chase after her. But So-hee pushes Choong-gil away from her and walks off infuriated because of what she saw.

Young-sook can’t stand to stay in the warehouse any longer so she walks back home. While on her walk home, she meets Gwang-sik who questions her on where she’s going and whether or not she met up with Choong-gil. Young-sook answers that yes, they met up and actually did something together too which pisses Gwang-sik off even more. She walks away unaffected by his anger though.

The next morning at school, Gwang-sik and his crew visit Choong-gil’s school to confront Choong-gil. The male representative or leader of Choong-gil’s school talks to Gwang-sik, but Gwang-sik can care less about what he has to say. He asks for Choong-gil who he claims touched his girl (Young-sook) and this is supported by the girl that Choong-gil played around with earlier in the movie who claims that she saw it herself. The leader can’t do much about this since the issue doesn’t concern him and he orders his team to go back inside the school. Choong-gil ends up alone, without even his best friends there to support him.

His two friends does relay to Young-sook though that Choong-gil’s in danger because of Gwang-sik so she goes to rescue him. Choong-gil is able to leave Gwang-sik with just a few injuries on his face because of Young-sook who stops and threatens Gwang-sik. She meets up with Choong-gil f a few minutes later and they walk together back home, but Choong-gil doesn’t want Young-sook’s help or for her to be around him. He walks ahead of her to avoid her presence, but stops when she pulls out the compass asking him if he remembers it.

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She reminds him of the memories that the compass holds which Choong-gil admits that he hasn’t forgotten. Young-sook apologizes for what happened that day with Gwang-sik and turns around to head back home, but stops when Choong-gil asks her why she likes him. She answers that she only realized those reasons after she started liking him to which Choong-gil confesses, “Me too…my heart used to beat for you. But my dad liked to hang out at your house so I thought he had something with your mother. That’s why I gave up.” Oof, why is this so sad. Young-sook grows disappointed on Choong-gil for  giving up so easily, because unlike him, she continued to fight for him and their relationship.

Choong-gil thinks back upon the time when he met his father for the first time since he was born. He was only an elementary student at that time and had been raised by his grandma while his parents were gone. On that day that he met his father, he also found out by his grandmother that his mother would not be returning. Enraged and confused, Choong-gil distances himself away from Young-sook for her own sake. Fast forward to the present and Choong-gil’s relationship with his father still doesn’t seem to have improved.

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While Choong-gil waits for So-hee in front of her house, So-hee gets kidnapped by Gwang-sik’s group of men. He explains that since Choong-gil touched his girl, it’s only right that he do the same to Choong-gil’s girlfriend. Ugh. Really?!

Meanwhile, teacher couple have just finished watching a movie together at the movie theater and quickly hide in an alleyway to prevent being seen by any students.  They have a short make-out session that is interrupted when they hear the screams of a girl nearby. They go in the direction they hear the screams coming from and find So-hee being surrounded by Gwang-sik and his friends. They leave the scene upon seeing the teachers while the teachers care for So-hee and take her home. Choong-gil hides when he sees his teachers take So-hee home, but goes to talk to his girlfriend when they leave.

So-hee slaps Choong-gil so hard his nose starts to bleed when he approaches her and strictly states that if he still wants to date her, he has to kill Gwang-sik first. Damn.

So that night, Choong-gil carries a small pocketknife with him to go kill Gwang-sik like how So-hee had asked. Choong-gil follows Gwang-sik and tries to sneak up on him, but he eventually gets caught and discovered by Gwang-sik. Choong-gil can’t bring himself to stab Gwang-sik, so Gwang-sik takes the chance to beat Choong-gil up. Choong-gil comes home that night with a bruised and injured face, but Gwang-sik’s beating motivates him to work even harder. Choong-gil teaches himself a few martial art poses (not moves but poses haha) and randomly kicks and punches a punching bag pretending that it’s Gwang-sik to prepare himself when he fights Gwang-sik again.

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Young-sook stares at a train ticket that will allow her to travel to Seoul, but is interrupted by Gwang-sik who has come to visit. When he asks her if she ever liked him even if it was just for a brief moment, Young-sook confesses that she never had any feelings for him. Gwang-sik walks away disappointed and meets up with Young-sook’s sidekick who had told Gwang-sik that Young-sook never liked him. He declares them allies, leaving Young-sook’s used-to-be-friend-now-enemy to attack Young-sook for what she put Gwang-sik through. She, who is now the leader, drags her group with her to batter Young-sook up, but Young-sook isn’t even disturbed one bit. “Let’s finish this quickly,” she even adds. Haha. Gotta love Young-sook.

Choong-gil visits the pool place that Gwang-sik and his friends always hang out at to call Gwang-sik out for a fight. But Gwang-sik surprisingly doesn’t budge and even refuses the offer. He explains that he and Choong-gil won’t have to fight as long as he doesn’t touch So-hee in which he never did again after that one night. What Choong-gil isn’t aware of is though is that Gwang-sik gave up on hurting So-hee for Young-sook to complete getting his revenge on Choong-gil. YIKES.

Choong-gil returns home that night beatened up and injured once again for offending Gwang-sik by talking about his sister. His father yells at him for always coming home late and always getting injured. He also talks bad about the photo of Choong-gil’s mother that Choong-gil still has up in his room which enrages Choong-gil. He blames his father for the disappearance of his mother and states that if it wasn’t for his father always being away from home, then she would have never ran away. However, Choong-gil’s brother explains to Choong-gil that their mother had chose to run away on her own free will and not because of Father. She chose to cheat on her husband and as a result, abandoned the family to pursue her own life. (Wow, this is some pretty interesting and deep stuff).

On the train to school, Choong-gil’s two friends inform him about the fight that Young-sook was in and how she didn’t even put in any effort to fight back because she was trying to protect Choong-gil. Choong-gil doesn’t give too much thought into it, but it’s only when Gwang-sik meets Choong-gil on the train afterwards and asks, “What does she like about you to make her step down from her throne?” that he starts to realize the sacrifice that Young-sook took just for him. It all makes sense to Choong-gil now why Gwang-sik didn’t beat him up when he called Gwang-sik out for a fight the night before. As long as Gwang-sik didn’t touch So-hee, Choong-gil would be fine with it, but Choong-gil never said anything about hurting Young-sook so Gwang-sik decided to aim at her.

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Upon this realization, Choong-gil goes to beat Gwang-sik up for what he did to Young-sook. They fight and fight until Gwang-sik threatens to push Choong-gil out of the fast-moving train and into the river below them. Choong-gil provokes Gwang-sik to do it so Gwang-sik lets go of Choong-gil, but Choong-gil reacts quickly by pulling onto Gwang-sik so that they’ll both enter the river.

The two men eventually float to the shore passed out, but Choong-gil wakes up first to go search for Young-sook. He walks back to the town to look for Young-sook while crying hysterically, but it’s too late for she had already left to Seoul. He suffers a mental breakdown upon learning this and continue to bawl at the disappearance of Young-sook.

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Meanwhile, Young-sook waits at the bus station to travel to Seoul. In a voice-over, Young-sook explains herself saying, “Choong-gil, it’s not that I’m running away. That day when we were talking about our past, I realized except for you, I’ve never wanted to be anything. So even though I just started I want to find it. Because of that, you have to realize your dreams too. Don’t just say that you want to sail. Use these books and study hard. You can do it, I really believe it. Okay?” Young-sook writes all of this in the letter that she specifically wrote just for Choong-gil. When he finishes reading it, he continues to sob knowing that she’s gone.

It’s another day of school. Choong-gil’s teacher invites his students to his wedding (OMG. I WISH MY TEACHERS WOULD HAVE DONE THAT) before leaving the classroom to let the kids do whatever they want. That’s when Choong-gil notices an invitation from So-hee asking to meet up at the same hotel that they met earlier in the movie, but Choong-gil declines the invitation and ends up not going. He also returns to So-hee the harmonica she gave him. REJECTED.

Choong-gil’s uncle that had been living in Brazil finally returns home. He’s also brought along with him his soon-to-be-wife, who’s a bit on the chubby side. Choong-gil doesn’t seem to be too impressed with her, but his uncle gives him a few lessons and advices on women, saying that you can’t always tell what kind of person a woman is by their looks and that you have to get to know their heart. *sigh* Oh Uncle, if only you were here earlier.

The movie finally focuses on Young-sook who we find out works in a factory in Seoul. As she’s just casually doing her work and minding her own business, she receives a surprise visit from Choong-gil who has come to see her. Dressed up in a dandy suit looking mighty fine and carrying some flowers with him, he walks through the factory and steals the attention of all the factory workers. When he finds Young-sook, he hands her the flowers and also shows her the compass that he managed to retrieve after she threw it in the river out of anger.

They walk out of the factory together at first, but Choong-gil, being the gentlemen he is, carries Young-sook out of the factory. The movie ends with our charming and attractive couple slowly leaning towards each other to give each other a warm and sweet kiss.

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My Thoughts:

And so the movie ends up on a happy note with our main leads Young-sook and Choong-gil eventually becoming a lovely and very good-looking couple. I’m happy that they acknowledged each other’s feelings in the end and got together, because we did spend the whole entire movie watching Young-sook chase after her childhood friend and crush. If she still didn’t get him in the end, I would have really questioned myself and the director of this movie what the purpose of this movie was (I still am, but you get what I mean).

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I don’t know if you can tell by the recap, but this movie didn’t have a lot going on. The story line is really simple in that there’s just a love square where we’re watching Gwang-sik try to impress Young-sook who’s trying to impress Choong-gil who is trying to impress So-hee who is trying to impress…herself (?). Because there wasn’t a whole lot going on, I found it difficult to recap this movie. I could barely keep myself to watch it the first time around, I didn’t think that watching it again would be worse, but boy was I wrong! Haha. But then I thought of you guys and I reminded myself that I must finish it for those who asked for a recap of this movie, so I stayed persistent until the end and luckily finished it! Yay!

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I definitely enjoyed the more serious, dramatic, and emotional scenes in this movie, with most of them revolving around the childhood memories and the past. It was only then that we were able to get a better understanding of our characters. The Young-sook that was an elementary kid was not the same Young-sook that was in high school. The same can be applied to Choong-gil and their relationship which was not the same when they were in elementary school and when they were in high school. A lot of things changed between Choong-gil and Young-sook and I wished the film could have shown us on how they drifted apart instead of forcing us to watch Choong-gil flirt and play around with girls (which I understand is his main feature and characteristic, but it got really boring and tiring). I enjoyed watching young Young-sook and Choong-gil interact with each other as friends, because it proves that they were close at one point, but what I think the film should have done was show us how they became distant.

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I’m not sure how others feel about our second leads, but I really disliked them. So-hee was pretty two-faced which was evident in the bathroom scene where she was fighting Young-sook. Young-sook didn’t strip So-hee’s clothes off; So-hee took off her own clothes so that she could prepare to fight Young-sook. Then when Choong-gil came inside the restroom, So-hee pretended to act like she was all innocent and faultless and like she was getting beatened up by Young-sook when she herself was the person who initiated the fight. Like seriously?! I mean Young-sook isn’t all that good either, but at least she doesn’t pretend to act all cute and innocent and stays tough and bossy throughout the whole movie, displaying a consistent image and role. As for Gwang-sik, he was just waaayyyy too obsessive over Young-sook and way too possessive. It’s funny how he didn’t realize that Young-sook never liked him until the end of the movie. He was too blind and delusional to realize that Young-sook never cared for him. And plus, the majority of the scenes that we saw him in was of him either fighting or beating Choong-gil up. The movie didn’t really offer to introduce their background stories either which is why they seem hateful to me. We don’t really know much about our second leads other than that So-hee moved to the countryside because of her health and that Gwang-sik claimed Young-sook who was never his to begin with. If the movie had given some background information on our second leads and the obstacles or problems they faced to become the tough and rugged person they are, maybe I would pity them a little, but because the movie didn’t, I just ended the movie feeling bitter and hateful towards them, lol.

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I don’t want to be too redundant, so I’m just gonna say that I think this movie could have done a lot better in many ways, but it’s not to say that this movie is the worst movie ever. There were many funny and hilarious scenes that made me laugh out loud. There were quite a few heart-warming and touching scenes in here that made me feel all fuzzy and happy inside, primarily the ones where Young-sook and Choong-gil were speaking about their past. There were heart-breaking scenes in here that made me want to cry, such as when Choong-gil goes back to town to find Young-sook who has already left for Seoul. His reaction to realizing the sacrifice Young-sook made for him and realizing that she’s gone got me feeling a bit emotional and choked up. Lee Jong Suk did a phenomenal job acting out his crying and sobbing scenes.

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This was my first time recapping a movie (so far, all my recaps have been on dramas) so I wasn’t sure as to how long it would take me to recap the movie and how I would feel recapping a film that was longer than the usual hour I’m used to, but recapping the movie wasn’t that bad. I think it depends on the movie that I’m recapping that determines whether I enjoyed recapping it or not, but my first experience on recapping a movie ended up being pretty neutral. I actually plan to recap a few more movies, so you can expect a couple of more recaps from me in the future. As to which movies I’m recapping, I would be revealing a bit too much to you guys there, so you guys are gonna have to wait in the future to see which movie I picked out to recap. And also, if there’s a movie you don’t have the time to watch but would like me to recap, just tell me and I’ll try to recap it! You just have to ask nicely~

If you would like to read my other thoughts on this movie, I wrote a ‘What Mary Thinks’ edition on this movie a few months ago so you can read that here. But all in all, although ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ did provide me with laughter, smiles, and tears, I honestly admit that I wouldn’t want to watch it a third time around. I think watching it two times is good enough for me.

What Mary Thinks: Hot Blooded Youth / Hot Young Bloods

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So I recently got around to watching ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ or ‘Hot Young Bloods’ starring the amazing and beautiful Park Bo Young and handsome Lee Jong Suk. When I heard the news that they were going to act with each other, I was really surprised but excited, because one, I am such a huge fan of Park Bo Young. I loved her ever since I watched ‘Speedy Scandal’ (which also stars Cha Tae-hyun and Wang Seok-hyun) so every project she’s come out with after I’ve been looking out for. So to sum it all up, I have a really big girl crush on Park Bo Young. As for Lee Jong Suk, I’m not his biggest fan nor have I watched most of the movies and dramas he’s been in, but he’s another one of those actors that I keep my eye out for and since he acted in ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ with my Park Bo Young, I just knew I had to watch this one!

It was actually funny because I was watching ‘No Breathing’ earlier this morning and I thought of Lee Jong Suk and how he starred in ‘Hot Blooded Youth.’ So I went to go check to see if there were any English subs available and then I happened to find it on gooddrama where it was the most recent movie added onto the website. What a coincidence. Puahaha. Lucky me!

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‘Hot Blooded Youth’ takes place in the early 1980’s and showcases the lives of our four main characters: Young-sook (played by Park Bo Young), Joong-chil (played by Lee Jong Suk), So-hee (played by Lee Se Young), and Gwang-sik (played by Kim Young-kwang). To put it into simpler terms, the movie revolves around a love square. Gwang-sik likes Young-sook who likes Joong-chil who likes So-hee. Young-sook is the jjang or iljin of her high school. She’s basically like the bad-ass leader that most of the girls obey out of fear. She’s tough, bad-ass, and can drop kick a guy twice her height. Yeah, I would be scared of her too. Joong-chil is this really witty guy who uses his own method to capture the fluttering hearts of girls. He’s suave and smooth when it comes to girls, but not so much when it comes to fighting as many times in this movie, he always comes home with a bruised face. So-hee is that new student who transferred from Seoul that many of the guys spazz over, including Joong-chil. So he tries his own tactics to get at her and almost succeeds. Last but not least, Gwang-sik is the iljin or leader of his mob and he harbors this crush (but more like possession) over Young-sook, claiming her to be his and when he discovers that there might be someone else interfering in their relationship, he gets super angry and scary. Sooo you don’t want to mess with him either.

SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT GO ON TO READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE. English subs are now available at gooddrama.net so you can watch it there! 😀

I was really excited going into this movie because as you guys might already know I really really really love Park Bo Young and I’m a fan of Lee Jong Suk. But…30 minutes into the movie, I was a bit clueless and confused and in all honesty, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, disappointed. It might be that the plot is so simple that not much was going on and that’s why it was easy to become distracted and bored. And I was only 30 minutes into the movie when I became bored.

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This movie didn’t have anything new to offer. There was love and romance involved, high school, fighting, all of that good stuff. And maybe that’s why I wasn’t as immersed in the movie, but also at the same time, it was how the plot was executed that I wasn’t interested enough. Lee Jong Suk would always return home with a bruised and beatened up face and it got tiring after a while. Not to say that the movie wasn’t good because it was. There were moments of comedy, laughter, smiles, and joy – I loved seeing the bad-ass and gangster character Park Bo Young played try to woo over the boy who doesn’t give a crap about her (anymore). One of my favorite scenes would be when they were on a field trip and Park Bo Young and her four other friends were performing not so goodly and everyone was not impressed, but in fear that they would get beatened up, had to clap along to the song and pretend to act like they were enjoying it. That was funny because it was so obvious in their faces that they didn’t like the performance. Another scene that really lit up the mood was when Choong-gil had enough of Gwang-sik and trained himself to become a better fighter so that he could stand up for himself, but in the end it didn’t work properly as he chickened out. Lol. There were many funny and ridiculous scenes that makes you just reflect on the reason as to why you’re watching this movie, but then again, the movie wasn’t as refreshing as I thought it would be and I wasn’t totally interested the whole way.

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I wished more time could have been spent developing on Young-sook and Choong-gil’s relationship / friendship. They were friends when they were younger, but grew distant as they got older. In the movie, we see flashbacks of when they were younger and got to witness their cute friendship full of sacrifices and love. We barely return to that at the very end of the movie (and when I say very end, I mean the very freaking end. The last 5 minutes I tell you), because at the very end of the movie, that’s when Young-sook and Choong-gil go from being distant strangers to one good-looking and compatible couple. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes of the movie that Choong-gil realized just how precious Young-sook was to him as a friend and went chasing after her. Too bad he was too caught up with trying to win over So-hee whose character I don’t understand. One moment she’s this sweet and innocent lady then the next thing we see is her fighting with Young-sook in the restroom. Like woahhhh, where did you get all this fierceness and mettle from? I totally didn’t see it coming. It was like one moment she’s into Choong-gil and she likes him, then she disappears from the movie for a good 30 minutes, then when she appears on screen again, she doesn’t have any interest in Choong-gil. I just couldn’t understand her character and I wished that the movie would have spent some more time developing her as a character. Maybe it was just me who felt this way. But going back to Choong-gil and Young-sook, as they were childhood friends, I wished the movie would have spent more time showing us how they drifted apart over the years and how they landed themselves in the position and situation they were in at the beginning of the movie. Choong-gil gave us a small explanation as to why he pushed himself further away from Young-sook, but I wanted it to be more explicit. I wanted more development on Choong-gil and Young-sook’s relationship and I’m super sad, like really sad, we didn’t get that in this movie. They eventually end up together as a couple towards the very end of the movie (the last 5 minutes), but it was as if we took a short short-cut to get there and I feel cheated. The majority of the movie was just Choong-gil getting beatened and trying to woo over So-hee and ignoring Young-sook, it wasn’t until he realized what she did for him that he woke up and faced reality. And by then it was already too late. Urgh, you should have noticed earlier boy. I understand that he was scared and petrified of Gwang-sik, shoot I would be too, but I don’t think there was a need to avoid her for that long. Just like how Young-sook confronted Gwang-sik, I wished Choong-gil would have confronted Young-sook the same way. Then maybe they both would have been just good friends.

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What I do think the movie did well was showcasing and developing Young-sook. On the outside, she’s short, bad-ass, and tough, but when she’s with Choong-gil or sees Choong-gil with So-hee, she suddenly transforms into this emotional and sensitive girl who’s just in love with a boy who won’t give her any of his attention at the end of the day. And I think this transformation was done so nicely I did feel sympathetic for Young-sook when she was so desperate for Choong-gil to also like her, but he didn’t. When it was just her and Choong-gil together, she suddenly revealed the warm and calm side of her that we viewers never thought existed. She spoke softly and delicately, speaking about the past with Choong-gil and memories of when they were childhood friends. It’s in those scenes that we come to realizing that she still lingers in the past. Many times Young-sook had a habit of bringing up the past to Choong-gil and I think it’s because it was when they were childhood friends that Choong-gil still cared about her and gave her his support and love. It’s the only place where Young-sook can resort to for healing and satisfaction, because in high school, situations have changed and Choong-gil doesn’t feel the same way anymore. Young-sook feels like bringing the past will hopefully make Choong-gil think about the way their friendship used to be and the possibility that it can be like that again one day – that’s why Young-sook is always bringing up the past whenever she gets the chance to. Those scenes where Young-sook was just laid back and gentle were touching and warm; it really hit you in the heart. It just went to prove that there’s so much more to Young-sook than the power and toughness and meanness. Inside of her, she cares..and the movie did a great job in showing this.

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(awwww, look at my Park Jung Min – the guy on the right. I love him so much I was really happy to see him in here. Hehe).

Overall, I would rate ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ an 8 out of 10. I might be a bit biased towards Park Bo Young, but the movie really isn’t that bad. It had its own positive and negative aspects about the movie. It was only when Yong-sook disappeared that Choong-gil realized a how great of a person Young-sook was and how true the phrase ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’ was, but at the same time, this realization helped him face reality and to grow as a better person. Ultimately, ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ teaches you about friendship and sacrifices. That those two things always goes hand in hand; one cannot go without the other.

And also if you guys would like, I can do a recap of this movie for those who doesn’t have time to watch the movie. Just tell me if you guys would like me to do a recap & I’ll try my best. It doesn’t hurt to see Park Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk twice xD

You can watch ‘Hot Blooded Youth’ here with English subs: http://www.gooddrama.net/korean-movie/hot-young-bloods-2014 .