This is the last remake a.k.a the Korean version of Itazura na Kiss. I watched that drama! I was in junior high school that time, and in love with the main character Naoki (Kashiwabara Takashi). ❤ ever since the news of this drama to be remake in Korean came out, I didn’t really pay attention to it. The only thing that acrossed my mind that time was the actor for Naoki should be as handsome. Even when the main role was decided, I still wasn’t interested. Then a year after the drama released and ended, I decided to watch it, Playful Kiss (장난스런 키스 / Jangnanseureon Kiss). The drama was airing on local tv, but to catch up from the first episode I watch it on youtube.
The beginning was not so captivating, the dream of forest spirit by the main female character, Oh Ha Ni (Jeong So Min). The story for sure is the same with InK. A not-so-good at school girl, Oh Ha Ni who is in love with the smartest kid at school, Baek Seung Jo (Kim Hyeon Jung). Ha Ni is really not good in anything but big determination. She has no interest in anything except her ultimate prince, Seung Jo. In the opposite, Seung Jo is in the top class of the school, as cold as ice, very self-centered, and unfortunately, handsome. Ha Ni falls head over heels with him, despite the fact that she has been rejected by him when she confessed through letter. Since then, her existence to Seung Jo moves from the unknown to the annoying discovery.
In a school that use the ranking method for the classes, Ha Ni always be the center of humiliation, even from her juniors. Thank God, she has very loval friends to be by her side all the time, the chubby and brave, Ju Ri, and also, the skinny and calm, Min A. The friendship among the trio really shown in the drama, which makes it seem so real, and cute.
The twist of the drama starts when Ha Ni’s new house is broken because of a tiny earthquake. With no home to live in, an old friend of her dad, calling and asking them to just stay at his home. But, a touching reunion has to be crushed by the fact that the old friend is the parent of Baek Seung Jo. After stating that Ha Ni would never ask for Seung Jo’s hands, she has to, with all her might, eat the bitter pills and live room to room with her prince charming. But to know exactly what kind of person Seung Jo is, Ha Ni has to deal with the beginning of her miserable yet heart beating days.
I love Ha Ni, she is just too cute that she can’t be hated no matter how stupid her act is. The stupidity only makes her the sweetheart every mother wants, that will include Seung Jo’s mom. I am so liking this mom, she’s totally team Ha Ni. All the characters in this drama are likable, there’s no really antagonist in here -if Seung Jo doesn’t count-. The Baek family is complete with the mini Baek Seung Jo, a 10-year-old boy who idolize his brother Baek Eun Jo. He underestimates Ha Ni, just like his brother motto –which becomes his motto as well- He hates stupid people. But the kind Ha Ni always takes him as a tease, she even thinks of him as cute little brother. In the end, Eun Jo is the one who actually helps Ha Ni makes her way through Seung Jo’s heart. The relationship between Eun Jo and his mom is really cute too ❤
The Oh family is as good as the Baek, with a little family noodle restaurant to take care. I even love the antagonist for Hani, Yun He Ra. Not only because it’s Lee Si Young, but also the character is actually cool, even though she’s the female version of Seungjo, she is really nice comparing to him. Oh, and there is also the male version of Ha Ni who adore Ha Ni so much, maybe as much as Ha Ni’s love for Seung Jo. This guy, Jun Gu, is really straightforward and funny. A country guy who excellent in cooking that always be there for Hani.
The comedy was not going at the trash, I mean is not boring or predictable. The pace with 16 episodes is pretty fast and enjoyable. I like it enough to buy the original dvd. :] I have watched it third times now, haha. Although the drama didn’t receive much attention when it’s aired in Korea, the international popularity online helped this drama decided making the special episodes of Playful kiss on Youtube: 7 episodes of Youtube special edition and Seungjo’s diary also with 7 episodes. it was cute, and will satisfy the fans’ wish of seeing more of the couple in their marriage life. Happy watching! 🙂