Lucky Romance is a 2016 drama starring Hwang Jung-Eum and Ryu Jun-Yeol. Originally a 2014 webtoon on Naver, it became quite popular and prompted an on-screen adaptation. With game development, a fortune teller, and some natural lucky and unlucky interactions this romantic comedy mixes the world of logic with the fantastical.
Fans will recognize Hwang Jung-Eum from her roles in Kill Me Heal Me, a drama we’ve also introduced, and She Was Pretty. Her role as Shim Bo-Nui is in-line with some of her previous roles as a very animated character, no pun intended. Shim Bo-Nui is in an unfortunate situation with her sister Shim Bo-Ra being in a coma for 2 years after a car accident. She’s struggling to pay hospital fees and working numerous part time jobs to keep up. Her character in the webtoon has long pink hair, but here she’s rocking the short hair look. It’s actually a little short for my taste until around episode 3 where it seems to have grown in and look more natural.
Ryu Jun-Yeol gained a lot of recognition from his previous drama Reply 1988. The drama is nostalgic to those born in the 80s and having been in Korea at the time. Here he stars as Je Soo-Ho and the CEO of a game development company Zeze. With an IQ of 200 he’s some super genius that comes off as really cold and calculated. In the first two episodes I’m wasn’t even sure if we’re supposed to be rooting for him. He does have one thing that he says which I think could apply to the working world which was “Work Smart, not hard”.
Lee Soo-Hyuk stars as famous world renowned tennis player Gary Choi. His Korean name in the drama, and the name he’s addressed by Shim Bo Nui is Choi Geon-Wook. He’s got a cool guy attitude and pretty boy face that the public sees. It seems like he’s got some father-son issues that bother him internally but how that’s going to play out isn’t clear yet.
My favorite character because shes just gorgeous is Lee Chung Ah. She’s playing Han Seol-Hee, the director of IM Sport’s Korea branch, essentially managing Gary Choi. I love it when she’s speaking Korean and says Gary’s name with absolutely no accent. She also mouths a “What the f…” in the first episode, showing that her character spent some time overseas.
The drama is quite light and fun to watch. There aren’t many twists that require you to study who is related to who, who is royalty or the heir of a great fortune. It’s relatable in a sense because at the core of it it’s about the relationships between people and the length people would go to for their family.
Shim Bo-Nui works various part time jobs to pay hospital fees for her sister. Her sister involved in a car crash has been in a coma for 2 years. As the fees mount up shes struggling to pay and run into a fortune teller outside the hospital.
While fortune telling in north america is seen mostly as a joke or quite unbelievable, a number of people in Korea look to fortune tellers for turning points in their life. I’ll say it’s about 50/50 for the people that believe it, and the people that do it for fun. People would get input on when to get married (as my friend did), if their bf/gf is compatible, and even on their career paths. Sometimes its scarily accurate I hear, so I’ve never been to one myself.
At her fortune telling session the fortune teller informs Shim Bo-Nui that the only way for her sister to wake up is to spend a night with someone born in the year of the tiger. (That’s the politically correct way to say it). This sounds like utter whaaaaatttttt? It does make the drama a bit fun and interesting, since he doesn’t say she needs to date or marry the guy. Throughout the drama she doesn’t tell the tiger that she has to do this so it does make some scenes hard to watch, or a bit extended when the truth could have came out.
Je Soo-Ho who runs Zeze has some trouble with his game development company. He’s a genius that expects a bit much from his employees. The company looks to new ideas and runs into Shim Bo-Nui who has her own start-up game company. Whether he is lucky or not we’ll just have to wait and see. Je Soo-Ho will need to learn about becoming a bit more human. Interesting since the new idea involves virtual reality. Not sure if it was intended but there’s a few points of story telling if you look deeper than what is said.
Gary Choi and Han Seol-Hee come into the mix when the game company needs a sports model. Gary Choi and Shim Bo-Nui have a history, and Han Seol-Hee and Je Soo-Ho also have one. That’s about as much of a matrix of relationships as you’ll get in this drama.
I’m 5 episodes deep so far since what’s available on Viki right now. If you have a Viki Pass you can get up to episode 9. Lucky for you I’m doing a give away to one lucky winner for a 1-month free Viki Pass! For details select the “Contest” tab. I’ll select 1 winner with 2 runner ups on July 1st, 2016 for Canada Day in honour of Canada being mentioned so much in this drama!
I use Viki because I need the subtitles to really get into a drama. If you don’t need the subtitles I’m sure you can find the shows elsewhere (where it’s not exactly legal). There’s a lot going on in each episode so it’s hard to choose one favourite scene for each, but I’ll try my best. Goes without saying, spoiler alerts to follow.
***Spoiler Alert! ***
Episode 1 – The scene where Shim Bo Nui in deep conversation with a giant teddy bear on the road. Of course after drinking with one of her long time school friend and after unknowingly buying an insurance policy from him.
Episode 2 – The scene where Han Seol-Hee finds out from Gary Choi that he won’t be competing in Wimbeldon. Her Reaction. Gary’s rash decision is of course because he’s now living beside Shim Bo Nui.
Episode 3 – The scene where Shim Bo Nui finds out her next door neighbour is her childhood friend Choi Geon Wook. He’s lived in Canada for some time (woo Canada!) but she realizes he’s not a tiger. The cherry blossoms look just beautiful.
Episode 4 – The scene where Gary Choi runs back home after Shim Bo Nui’s bad date, only to be attacked by Je Soo-Ho for thinking he’s a pervert. Of course Gary Choi being the athlete over powers Je Soo-Ho thinking he’s a creep or stalker. Gary Choi then learns they some how know each other.
Episode 5 – The scene where Je Soo-Ho is very confused as to why a sober woman would be throwing herself onto him of all people. His partner at work Han Ryang-Ha thinks the issue is something else and begins to over analyze as he brings up his own experience with women. He doesn’t know that Je Soo-Ho is trying to figure out the logical reasoning after knowing Shim Bo Nui reveals she’s not terminally ill and it’s not a dying wish. Han Ryang-Ha starts to tease him by yelling out a few things you wouldn’t want to yell in the club.
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July 1st, 2016.
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