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WWATD?! 49 Days

May 7, 2011

In our last What’s with all the Drama?! post, we had just wrapped up a slew of dramas and were trying to figure out what to watch next and had started on the The Duo. We’re still enjoying The Duo; although, the pacing has slowed a bit since the story has advanced to the adult cast. We did find a second drama that we’re pretty excited about, 49 Days.

49 Days Korean Drama

49 Days is the story of Shin Ji-Hyun, who is preparing for he wedding when she is in a near fatal car wreck that leaves her in a coma. She finds herself outside of her body and is given the option to pass on or to have 49 days to capture the tears of three non-family members who truly love her and have her life restored. She chooses to try and return to life, so her spirit is able to inhabit the body of Song Lee-Kyung, an intensely depressed woman, going through the motions of life. Lee-Kyung works the night shift, so her body is inhabited during the day so that Ji-Hyun can try to capture the tears. In her quest to do so, she discovers things about her friends that are a shock to her.

This drama has really been well paced from the beginning and we’ve really enjoyed the acting. Queen Seon Deok’s Lee Yo-Won plays Lee-Kyung (and Ji-Hyun when she is inhabiting Lee-Kyung’s body). She does an excellent job of playing the seriously depressed Lee-Kyung, and the bubbly and absent minded Ji-Hyun. Bae Su-Bin first caught our attention in Painter of the Wind as the king but since hasn’t overly impressed us, even in Brilliant Legacy, which we really liked. He plays Ji Hyun’s fiancee in this and plays a much more interesting character than the bland, nice guy role he’s been taking on repeatedly recently.

We also have really enjoyed Jeong Il-Woo as the Scheduler, Ji-Hyun’s link to the afterlife. He didn’t impress (although no one did) in the bland My Fair Lady, but he’s given an interesting, mischievous character that he’s doing a great job with. The acting and writing is solid across the board as demonstrated by the memorable minor characters who are given very little screen time but still manage to make you laugh, like the love bird ajuma and ajusshi couple at the restaurant Lee-Kyung works at.

The mystical nature of the plot makes things interesting without sacrificing drama or becoming farcical. The episodes have just been flying by! We’re about half way through the series now and really enjoying it. Definitely check it out if you have any room on your drama schedule!

I’ll leave you with a couple songs from the OST:

There was Nothing by Jung Yeop:


Though it Seems Forgotten by Seo Young Eun:

9 Comments leave one →
  1. BarbwireCowgirl permalink
    May 13, 2011 7:16 pm


    I just recently found you because of Coffee Prince, a kdrama that has settled lastingly in my heart, and have really enjoyed your WWATD?! posts. I can’t wait for the next episodes of 49 Days but can’t bear that’s ending soon!

    • Bill permalink*
      May 13, 2011 8:27 pm

      Hi, BarbwireCowgirl! Thanks for visiting. Yes, we have quite the Coffee Prince bias here. I still have the extended OST on my iPod, and we watch at least some of Coffee Prince every summer. It is always sad when good dramas wrap up, and 49 Days is speeding along towards the end. Do let us know what you decide on after this round of dramas wrap up. It’s always such a challenge to pick which ones to watch!

  2. BarbwireCowgirl permalink
    May 15, 2011 8:40 pm

    I have been looking around for new possibles and have found a couple that I might try out! Of course I will have to try Lie to Me, with Yoon Eun Hye! Romance Town might be a good one, with Sung Yu Ri from Hong Gil Dong (she was so cute in that drama). The new Hong Sister’s romantic comedy Best Love/The Greatest Love, with Cha Seung Won who was in Athena (it will be fun to see him smile). And just maybe City Hunter, which has Lee Min Ho from Boys Before Flowers.

    • Bill permalink*
      May 16, 2011 6:15 pm

      So many choices…. 🙂 I’ll probably at least tune into the Hong Sister’s rom-com; although, the shine went off for me a bit with Gumiho, and I’ll still need to give Yoon’s a try even though My Fair Lady wasn’t very good. Beyond that, we’ll just have to stir them up and see which ones stick!

  3. Barbwire Cowgirl permalink
    May 26, 2011 1:27 am

    Good gravy! Finished all the episodes of 49 Days, what an ending. But if you haven’t finished it off yet I will not say any more!
    There was a cop drama that I watched, it just ended, called Crime Squad. I actually enjoyed it very much, and while it slowed down a bit in the middle as far as the main story plot the beginning and ending was pretty awesome! It had Song Il Kuk and Lee Jong Hyuk. I had forgotten to mention this one earlier.
    The first episode of Lie to Me is hilarious by the way . . .

    • Bill permalink*
      May 28, 2011 8:07 pm

      You know, we’ve been so busy that we’re behind on drama watching, so I’m glad you didn’t give away the ending! We’re really enjoying 49 Days a lot and hope to finish it this week.

      Thanks for the suggestions. The only new drama we’ve seen at all was a little bit of Romance Town, which Sunnie’s mom was watching, and I wasn’t impressed with. Apart from the acting, the film editing was the choppiest I think I’ve ever seen. There were so many abrupt cuts, it was unwatchable for me.

  4. Barbwire Cowgirl permalink
    June 6, 2011 11:09 pm

    I read Dramabeans review for Romance Town, and the said very similar things, however, they did mention that once you get into it there is more to like about i. I am still planning to try it out. However, I am totally wrapped up in Greatest Love, goodness if there is one drama that has me from the get go than one is it! I absolutely love it! It’s way better than My Girlfriend, and even My Girl! In fact it just might make it to second place in my books, right below Coffee Prince (I mean nothing will ever replace Coffee Prince), but this show is great. Have you guys tried it yet?

    • Bill permalink*
      June 9, 2011 9:16 pm

      We are so far behind in dramas right now. We did manage to finish 49 days (I’ll probably do a post on that with my thoughts soon) but didn’t have time to watch anything else, other than what we just stumbled across, like Romance Town. I actually think I’m done with it already. We’ll definitely take a look at Greatest Love since you like it so much. Sunnie’s parents said they were enjoying Lie to Me, and of course it has Yoon Eun Hye in it, so we’ll give it a look too.


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