I just finished watching 4 episodes of When A Man Loves, and… it was totally a mistake! d*mn, now I have to wait wed and thurs again to find out what happen next to them, when I suppose to take a k-drama break!!!
When I read about this drama couple months ago, I can’t help but distracted. When they mentioned to have Song Seung Heon as the lead actor, I’m both nervous and excited. Nervous that it will become another Dr. Jin’s project but excited to see all his sweet-manly face onscreen again! I’m not talking about that BONUS, but yeah, that is the advantage of having him in a drama.. hahahha *pervert*
Then, I read the premise and I cringed. Is not my favorite plot. It said that is about a man (a gangster) who is already married to his ex-boss girl then later in love with a poor girl (younger one), and it’s believed to be another melo. Intriguing right? but that is not my cup of tea. I never like to watch a cheating drama.
There was a movie called The Naked Kitchen, I watched it without knowing the story, coz I knew they had Joo Ji-hoon and Shin Min Ah (really love many of her projects, that’s why I checked that movie). And since is about cheating (in my pov) so I never finished the movie. So here goes the same with the premise told us about When A Man Loves, and since I’m on a break and still curious how Song Seung Heon ssi’s doing with his new project, I decided to follow the recap since there is one in Dramabeans. For information the recapper is the one who recapped Dr. Jin, so it was an entertaining yet witty recap, but sadly she only did the first episode recap.
So first, I found it so so and seems not good. Until I found that another blogger did recap this drama, Couch Kimchi. Both DB and CK recapping the same show, but it was totally different style, different aura, and even different emotion came out after reading it. How come? coz people have their own perspective and it’s their rights to be different. And since I know the one who recap at CK, she’s one of windblowers in Soompi, she made me to watch this drama. And…
I Like it, Not regreting It, And loves to see Song Seung Heon blushes in front a girl and diligently study how to get close with woman! It was totally smart turns from the writer!
Oh ya, did I mention that it has the same director who did Arang and the Magistrate? I should have known it, that it couldn’t be a total disaster since I love the director’s work in Arang. And he proved it. 4 episodes and I’m looking forward to it.
So far, it’s quite different from what the premise told in the beginning.
The story begins 7 years ago when Tae Sang (as a gangster boss, Song Seung Heon) collects debt from a bookshop owners who is Mi Do’s father (Shin Se Kyung). Seeing himself in Mi Do’s who struggling to defense her father. Tae Sang, decided to cut the interest and gives Mi Do “scholarship” money to her education. The Big Boss mad knowing it, and the fact that his girlfriend, Baek Sung Joo, also has a crush on Tae Sang, make him even angrier. He decided to kill Tae Sang but it didn’t work out. Then he decided to kidnap Mi Do since he knew that Tae Sang likes the girl. When helping Mi Do escape, Tae Sang got stab in his back.
Present time, we knew the Big Boss died, since Chang Hee, Tae Sang’s loyal friend kill him unintentionally and went to jail. Tae Sang become a success CEO of a fund company. One day Tae Sang meets again with Mi Do in a restaurant, and save her from a rich-spoiled girl humiliation revenges to her. From that moment Tae Sang keeps helping her, start to move his father who is sick in hospital to a private room, father’s medical bills, and finally gives Mi Do a job at his company when she insists that she will repay his kindness.
Okay, when I write it, I know that the show seems boring. But trust me, it’s not! what I love about this show it’s that It really true to its title. When A Man Loves is definitely about a 38 years man, Tae Sang, to fall in love with this 26 years old girl. And he even old, he is never had relationship with woman before, and never fall in love before. How he expresses his love to her is so innocently cute and totally get me hooked.
And the girl is not ordinary girl also, she’s in dilemma, in one hand this is the same guy who made his father almost suicide and almost ruin her family, but this is also the same guy who helps her family, gave her intuition money 7 years ago, and now he become richer and not a gangster anymore but a success CEO, further than that, he still the same guy who keeps helping her and her family. One day he just went straight forward to her ask her as his wife but she rejects it since if she say yes that will because of his money.
So now he has to win her heart and her family to show her that he really loves her. And it won’t be a smooth path for Tae Sang. Since it is a drama we have obstacles here and there. First, Sung Joo, the one who still love Tae Sang even she knows that he doesn’t love her. I dunno why the premise said Tae Sang is married with Sung Joo, when up till ep 4, there are no clues to lead to that path, since we know that Mi Do now officially joining war to be Tae Sang’s girlfriend. Highlighted in their meeting at Tae Sang’s office when Mi Do tell Sung Joo not longer to buy Tae Sang’s tie and after shaves since she is the one who will do it. So the part Tae Sang’s married is still big question mark to me, and hopefully is it’s true please make it believable and understandable, and please not make it into cheap turns how to make your love one jealous thing.
Second obstacle, we have Jae Hee, Chang Hee’s younger brother who also falling in love with Mi Do. And he is such a cutie pie especially when he finds out about the quote that he asked Mi Do to write in the chalkboard when she wants to meet her and he did saw it. But he didn’t know that it was Tae Sang who wrote it and not Mi Do. Poor him if he finds it out.
Third obstacle is this blonde guy who happens to be Big Boss’s friend and Sung Joo’s crazy admirer. And we still have this mystery with Tae Sang’s mother and brother.
So to be honest, I still can’t figure out how the story would be, but I do really enjoying Tae Sang and Mi Do relationship here. And enough for the rant! hehehe..
Bottom line, It’s different between just reading and watching! Reading only wasn’t enough to make a judgement. Watching it first then decide it whether to keep watching or just reading the recap for the rest, is a wiser choice.