Old flame v. new flame. The choice is tough, especially when both of them are good looking… hmmmmm.
- Jung Yu Mi as Han Yeo Reum
- Eric Mun as Kang Tae Ha
- Sung Joon as Nam Ha Jin
- Yoon Jin Yi as Ahn Ah Rim
- Yoon Hyun Min as Do Joon Ho
- Kim Seul Gie as Yoon Sol
- 16 episodes
- Original run: Aug 18, 2014 – ???
It’s always the bitter flame that never dies. When furniture designer, Han Yeo Reum, runs into her ex-boyfriend, Kang Tae Ha, what kind of sparks will fly? He clearly is not over her, but she is in a happy relationship with new man Nam Ha Jin, who is about to propose! Will Tae Ha’s sudden appearance wreck havoc in Yeo Reum’s life, or will it be a pleasant surprise for a second chance at true love?
Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of Jung Yu Mi. I have always felt her performance is flat and just bleh all around, BUT I never judge a drama by its actors (okay, I do) and I gave this a try anyway.
I can’t say I LOVE it or want to keep watching it at horse race speed (whatever that means), but it has some solid selling points, such as Eric Mun’s awesome abs and dreamy eyes (*swoon*), or the impossibly un-realness of Sung Joon’s character (aka THE perfect boyfriend). Two episodes in and I’m already totally clear who the OTP is (well, one episode in is really all you need), but it does not deter me from keep watching for the lack of mystery of whatever (looking at you Reply series).
The plot is pretty standard and predictable. I mean c’mon! Everyone knows it is not over when you are still bitter over some small transgression years ago during your relationship! And the best way to rekindle relationships like these is to have some (often ridiculous) reason for the characters to keep meeting up, and oh, you bet your pants that they have this.
Eric Mun is Eric Mun. His acting is okay, but for pretty boys I guess acting chops are just the icing on the cake. I haven’t seen him in anything else before so who knows, maybe he will really surprise the heck out of me! And for Sung Joon… I’ve seen him as a second lead I did NOT like in Lie to Me (I mean how can I even contemplate picking him after that coke kiss??) and the lead in Can We Get Married? the show about would-be-in-law battles, basically (read: BORING).
And you already know how I feel about Jung Yu Mi, so there’s that. I’m trying to not be annoyed at her, but its a little difficult. The show might grow on me, so who knows? I’ll probably keep watching until something better comes along. Do love me some Kim Seul Gie though!
How do you feel about it? Is it worth a shot in your opinion? Also, don’t the posters remind you of It’s Okay, That’s Love promos?
This & That:
- Eric Mun is the leader and rapper of famed boyband Shinhwa.
- Sung Joon recently starred in I Need Romance 3. He was also in Can We Get Married? with Han Groo of Marriage, Not Dating.
- Jung Yu Mi has enjoyed popularity in many big screen roles notably in Family Ties with Gong Hyo Jin of It’s Okay, That’s Love, romcom My Dear Desparado, and social justice film The Crucible/Silenced.
- Han Yeo Reum is the name of Jeong Jinwoon’s character in Marriage, Not Dating.