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WWATD?! The Greatest Love

August 9, 2011

The Greatest Love

Still recovering from getting behind on our K-dramas while in Seoul this summer, Sunnie and I wrapped up The Greatest Love last week. The Greatest Love is a Hong sisters romantic comedy and was, as is typical for their work, a pretty ridiculous, off-the-wall comedy, this one detailing the burgeoning relationship between Korea’s biggest star, Dok Ko-Jin, and a failed former idol who is always getting her name dragged through the mud, Ku Ae-Jung.

The Hong Sisters tend to be a bit formulaic, and are hit and miss. We weren’t very impressed with their last effort, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, but loved the nonsense that was You’re Beautiful. The Greatest Love was an easy and enjoyable view from the start, much of this due to the perfect pairing of its two leads.

The Greatest Love

For Cha Seung-Won, choosing this role seemed to be a very conscious choice following his role as a diabolical terrorist in Athena. Dok Ko-Jin is your typical arrogant bad boy, but also very much a buffoon, played very much over the top and good for frequent laughs. His various mannerisms have stuck with us since we finished the drama, with shouts of “Ding dong!” ringing throughout our house.

Kong Hyo-Jin matches Dok Ko-Jin’s bullying with her typical lost puppy dog routine, but rather than the pathetic bleating of “Chep” we got in Pasta, here Ku Ae-Jung comes across as sweet and an undeserving victim of the media. The result is a great pairing playing roles very well suited to them.

The supporting cast was also strong. We were so annoyed by Yoon Kye-Sang’s clinging in the last time we saw him in the disappointing Triple, but here, he is so appealing as Yoon Pil-Joo, a doctor of traditional medicine who is “the perfect man” and counterpoint to Dok Ko-Jin’s rudeness. Often times, you can end up being annoyed at the “good guy” forming the K-drama love quadrangle, but here, he’s a character you like throughout the drama. Even the selfish and annoying Kang Se-Ri, played by Yoo In-Na who we last saw as a sweet best friend in Secret Garden, was likeable in her own way and excellent in playing a believably self-centered idol.

Then you had the cute nephew, and Jeong Jun-Ha as Ae Jung’s bumbling brother, Aehwan. Plus Im Ji-Kyu fresh off of his role as Park Shi Hoo’s assistant in Queen of Reversals, playing Dok Ko’s manager. Top to bottom, it was a fun cast, and a stress-free, fun show.

One reason it was so enjoyable was that The Greatest Love played off of a lot of the gossip and paparazzi surrounding the Korean entertainment industry, showing the ridiculousness of netizens and all that stars do to try and maintain their images. It repeatedly alluded to different events and had repeated not very subtle indictments of the thoughtlessness and viciousness of the media. It was definitely playing more for laughs than suspense or romance, but was a really enjoyable watch throughout.

We’re now looking for our next round of dramas. Heartstrings is definitely on the list. What else should we be looking out for? Until our next WWATD?!, enjoy a couple of the good songs from The Greatest Love‘s OST!

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  1. BarbwireCowgirl permalink
    August 9, 2011 10:26 pm

    Chuckle. When I started watching this drama my brother was over at my place, he got hooked right away, and from the first scene that Dok Ko-Jin did his “ding dong” my brother used it for almost everything!

  2. BarbwireCowgirl permalink
    August 12, 2011 1:49 am

    City Hunter has been great so far, and I was thinking of trying out Miss Ripley.

    • Bill permalink*
      August 12, 2011 10:44 am

      Yeah, we weren’t initially drawn to that type of story, but City Hunter has been getting a lot of attention so I might give it a quick view to see if it grabs me. We saw about half of the first episode while on a bus in Korea, but the audio was spotty, and of course no subtitles for me! We’ve caught a few glimpses of Miss Ripley now and then but weren’t overly interested in the concept so haven’t really watched it for any stretch, so if you give it a try, let us know what you think! Sunnie’s parents have really enjoyed Heartstrings; although, the viewership numbers have been pretty low, so we’re going to start by giving it a try.

  3. Lizzy permalink
    August 31, 2011 5:52 pm

    Hi! Best Love was fantastic. I agree with you that I wasn’t a fan of My GF was a G-I only watched the first and last episodes, and called it a day.

    Currently, Protect the Boss is a must. It is so entertaining. If you are in the mood for melodrama, Scent of a Woman is fantastic. Also, if don’t mind watching older ones, City Hall-entertaining and uplifting story-was great as well, and I really loved watching Thank You (tearjerker melodrama).

    P.S. I’m so happy to have found your blog! Can’t wait to try out the recipes.

    • Bill permalink*
      September 1, 2011 12:40 pm

      Hi, Lizzy! Thanks for finding the blog and for the recommendations. We just started watching Scent of a Woman and are enjoying that. I don’t think I’ve even heard of Protect the Boss, so I’ll have to look into it and give it a try. Let us know how the recipes turn out!

  4. BarbwireCowgirl permalink
    October 28, 2011 10:57 pm

    Protect the Boss is great! Haven’t quite finished it yet but it is good so far!

    • Bill permalink*
      October 29, 2011 11:08 am

      Yes, we just wrapped up Scent of a Woman, which I’ll post about soon, and are enjoying Protect the Boss too; although, we’re only about half-way through at this point. Princess’ Man has been monopolizing a lot of our time lately. Protect the Boss is a fun reprieve from the heaviness of both the other dramas.

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