Lucky Romance (Series Review)

As luck would have it…


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Characters:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Shim Bo Nui
  • Ryu Jun Yeol as Je Soo Ho
  • Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Geon Wook/Gary
  • Lee Chung Ah as Han Seol Hee/Amy
  • Lee Cho Hee as Lee Da Nim
  • Jung Sang Hoon as Han Ryan Ha

Details:

  • Korean
  • 16 episodes
  • Original run: May 25 – June 14, 2016

Quick Rundown:

Shim Bo Nui is a girl born to bring bad luck to those she loves, or so she believes. After the death of her parents, her only younger sister falls into a deep coma. When it appears that there’s nothing she could do to alter her fate, a shaman explains that she must spend a night with a man born in the year of the tiger. Set out to make things better, Shim Bo Nui meets Je Soo Ho, a genius game developer who happens to meet her criteria. As life would have it, he also conveniently becomes her boss. How will she navigate this complex relationship? Can she really save her sister’s life? Is she truly the bad luck that she believes herself to be? Throw her childhood friend turned superstar tennis player and his manager who happens to be Je Soo Ho’s first love into the mix, and voila, we have a drama!

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Estelle’s Take

I was totally excited when this drama came out because Ryu Jun Yeol is the lead and I was still licking my wound from Reply 1988However, I quickly lost interest about an episode or so in. Why? I felt like Hwang Jung Eum’s character was a little too over the top (and I’m not a huge fan of her when she’s trying to be too dramatic, even in She Was Pretty), and there isn’t enough chemistry to suggest that this coupling would turn out well. Recently though when Anna reminded me that our countdown posts are due soon I panicked and decided to give this drama another shot. My verdict? It’s not the best drama, but they turn out to be pretty darn cute and I even miss the characters a bit now that I’m done which I totally did not anticipate.

If you’ve seen Hwang Jung Eum before, then you aren’t getting anything new here, except for Shim Bo Nui’s over-dependency on talismans, shamans, and all things to do with fate or luck. Though she has a sob story, it isn’t done in a cheesy way (aka as in Cinderella and Four Knights). I also enjoyed Shim Bo Nui’s little moments of independence – she makes sure she isn’t just Je Soo Ho’s sidekick; she is fully capable of taking care of herself and everyone around her. She’s no Ji Hae Soo (It’s Okay, That’s Love), but  baby steps right?
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Ryu Jun Yeol is as awesome as ever as Je Soo Ho, the genius game developer who is socially awkward, but has a heart of gold! Of course, this sounds so familiar and oh-so-typical, but whatever it’s Ryu Jun Yeol! He portrays the character with poise, and makes CEO Je so completely adorable one can’t help but love him.

I want to say this story is about conquering internal fears and obstacles, but that makes this drama sound much deeper than it really is. Though we are introduced to some backstories for no reason (because we don’t really go anywhere with them), and the episodes drag a little towards the end (which gave me awful flashbacks to the early 2000s), I couldn’t help but fall for the charming combination of our main characters. Oh, and watch out for Jung Sang Hoon and Lee Choo He; they make this drama that much more precious.
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This & That:
  • Hwang Jung Eum was most recently in drama She Was Pretty. She scored her first leading role on the big screen last year as Jae Hwa in My Sister, the Pig Lady which won the Grand Prize at the Osaka Asian Film Festival.
    She ended her relationship with Kim Yong Jun of SG Wannabe in May of 2015 after nine years of dating. Soon after, she began dating Lee Young Don, professional golfer and businessman; the two tied the knot on February 26 this year.
  • Ryu Jun Yeol graduated from the University of Suwon with a degree in drama and film. While he had a scholarship, he also took on part-time jobs, doing pizza delivery or tutoribg etc. He played parts in independent films for several years before he gained traction with a supporting role in thriller Socialphobia. He had a busy 2016 with roles in films One Way Trip and Canola among others. He will be returning to big screen in Silent Witness in 2017. He was also in the Africa segment of variety show Youth Over Flowers with his Reply 1988 cast.
  • Lee Soo Hyuk recently starred in Neighborhood Hero and is currently in Sweet Stranger and Me/The Man Living in Our House opposite Kim Young Kwang and drama legend Soo Ae.
  • Lee Chung Ah is most well known for her role in Flower Boy Ramen Shop. She has been in a relationship with actor Lee Ki Woo for the past three years.
  • Jung Sang Hoon is currently a cast member of Saturday Night Live Korea.
  • Lee Cho Hee has scored big with her upcoming web series First Seven Kisses where she will be choosing between Lee Joon Gi, Park Hae Jin, Ji Chang Wook, Kai, Ok Taec Yeon, Lee Jong Suk, Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin. Woah!

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