KDrama Review – Delightful Girl Choon Hyang | The Inept Seamstress's Blog
Delightful Girl Chun-hyang OST – “자유로와” (Come free) by Jiny. . job of holding their own, until Chun-hyang arrives to break up the scene. Delightful Girl Choon Hyang (DGCH) (or Sassy Girl Choon Hyang) was forces them into a teen marriage-on-paper with the understanding that they . DGCH's episode-end seaguk parodies have attained legendary status. "Sassy Girl Choon Hyang" (also known as Delightful Choon Hyang) will pretended to divorce MongRyong and ended their relationships.
Is it any different this time around? Watching almost 10 years after the first time I can say that it was definitely a different experience for me. The first time I watched it, I think I saw it like the writers intended for us to see it, like a cute love story between the OTP who were destined to be and who fought so hard in order to finally be together.
I loved our hero Mong-ryong and I cheered for him to finally get together with Chun-hyang. Then we had the villain, ajusshi Byun Hak-do: He was pure evil and wanted to separate the OTP using any means necessary, he was cruel, and he was self-centered. He had everything we need in a villain for us to hate him and I sure did.
But then I watched this drama for the second time and it was like watching a totally different drama! The opinion I had of Mong-ryong and Hak-do changed diametrically, and got me confused because it was nothing like the first time. I actually find her behavior believable since she kinda lacks the common sense and tactical knowledge to come up with a better plan.
If you love someone, you would sacrifice your happiness for his life. She thought if she broke his heart then he would stop loving her and find happiness with someone else. I had to wonder what would I do if I were stuck in a similar situation, if being around me would cause the virtual death of someone I loved. I would like to think that I would have the strength to sacrifice myself for them.
One thing I really dislike about her, she never shows affection for her husband even after she realizes she loves him, but before she is forced to leave him for another man. Ribbing and teasing are all well and good, but sometimes it is just too much, but it did make the harsh things she said before she left him more believable.
He genuinely loves Choon-Hyang even if it took him too long to realize and even longer to say so. When he is being loving, he is sweet but most of the time he is an annoyance. But I think that just shows he is still a child. He did get the funniest line ever. After the time skip, he is a prosecutor.
Lee Mong Ryong leaves for the capital to make his way in life, and Choon Hyang falls into the evil clutches of a powerful official who demands that she become his woman, but being noble she would rather die than betray her love. It is loathing at first sight when our modern-day Choon Hyang and Mong Ryong meet as high school students, but a night accidentally spent together in the same room forces them into a teen marriage-on-paper with the understanding that they are married in name only and that when they are adult they may go their own way.
And so we get enforced proximity, lots of bickering ranging from cheerful to embittered, and truckloads of jealousy and misunderstanding. The second male lead, said television producer, is played delectably by Uhm Tae Woong at his most charming and suave see first photo below. At least, suave until he turns into the obsessive and destructive second male lead from hell.
So far, so standard set-up. So, what made me crush on DGCH, my first love? Yeah, I know none of that is particularly original now and the Matrix parody is pretty darned old. How could I not be hooked?
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Re-watching that opening sequence now, the action scenes seem a bit cheap and scrappy and the acting is less natural than I would like. But that zippy pace is still a winner, and DGCH mostly but not always manages to maintain that pace. Pace is still important to me.Sassy Girl ChunHyang E08
Even when all else is excellent — writing, acting, cinematography — if the pace flags my interest flags. But also, a good pace often comes with a good story that progresses smartly from point to point. If recycling is employed, it usually means that there is not enough story to stretch over 16 episodes and the writers ought to just get on their bikes and write more content.
I started screen-capping notable JH facial expressions but I had to stop because there were just too darned many! In fact his face is so mobile I need a better-quality DVD to do him justice in stills. He also has wonderful comic timing. And no shame or restraint.
At times his clowning as Idiot Mong Ryong is so over-the-top I quite blush for him. I like my men competent and I usually have no patience for men who are lazy, petulant, posturing, unthinking or plain stupid.
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Mong Ryong could be any one of these at times, but JH plays him with so much depth and sympathy I cry with him, cheer for him and ache for him. Even when we have this odd juxtaposition of an arrestingly beautiful and well-built woman housing the soul of a hardworking and innocent school-girl, furthermore tricked out in a lamentable wardrobe designed to reinforce the poor-girl image.
JH and HCY have heaps of chemistry. Mind you, not particularly of the sexual sort. But they have the chemistry of comfortably bickering siblings. I mean, folks, theirs is Level 10 bickering. The chemistry of best friends who know the worst of each other but who love each other anyway. Of two people who are so comfortable with each other they take each other for granted, and who are diminished when they are separated.
Of course they must be together, cosmic order demands it. Lead Couple Chemistry still is and always will be important. Sometimes a show is serendipitously blessed with an acting pair from whom sparks just fly and the show can coast along on pure chemistry and get away with disregarding rhyme and reason.
There is precious little gazing starry-eyed at one another, very little mooning about. Yet, when evil deeds and ill fates threatened to tear our OTP apart, my heart was fit to break. It was a paradigm-shirting and delightful discovery for me that a k-drama could be more about the laughter than about the tears. I now know that the Hong Sisters writing-duo have a notoriously aggressive sense of humour, occasionally to the detriment of their craft doing all they can to milk the last guffawbut generally to happy effect.
They are very funny and very clever, subverting both the Choon Hyang folk-tale and the drama itself, simultaneously. Laughs are scattered liberally right through the show. I find it particularly funny that when one is suddenly nice to the other, everyone freaks out, particularly the other: How can anyone not love a show that can laugh at itself like this?
Another is when Choon Hyang suddenly realises, to her intense mortification, that her idiot husband-on-paper is actually rather hot. All at once, to the strains of the Hallelujah Chorus ha! Mong Ryong being deliberately boorish with his blind dates was also pretty funny. A good sense of humour is always appreciated by me.