You know that your personality and reality plus your types are far from the character you watch on TV. However, you still hook to start and finish it. This what I felt in the first and second time I watched Korean series Only You starring Han Chae Young (Cha Eun-jae), Jo Hyun Jae (Han Yi Joon), Hong Soo Hyun (Ji Soo-yeon) and Lee Chun Hee (Jung Hyun-sung).
It was 2005 when it was aired by ABS-CBN in the Philippines. Since I am familiar with Han Chae Young thanks to “Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang” (GMA) and Jo Hyun Jae because Gumiho: Forbidden Love and Love Letter (GMA), thus I am sort of interested already when I saw it’s teaser.
Review of Only You:
I would admit that the kind of Han Yi Joong’s love for Cha Eun-jae is cute for me. He has this crazy direction in life because of his undying love for the woman he slept with years ago in Italy. That’s amusing because in nature, he has reserved persona and focusing on rebuilding the business left by his mother. It’s just weird that even if he’s rich and intelligent, he’s insecure and no power whenever Cha Eun-jae was around. I believe Jo Hyun Jae gave good performance here.
That’s how this Only You charmed me, but if I’m going to be a critic –this is just any ordinary romantic drama. It has clichés and annoying factors like…
Han Chae Young and Cha Eun-jae
Han Chae Young is one the beautiful and charming Koreans I know. Though she had to wear casual clothing and boring uniform in the series, she still beautiful and charming for me. However in the acting side, she looked pale and uninterested in life. I don’t know if in real life she has scoliosis, but she looked sick because of her slow movements. Even when she had to show strong emotion, it’s still ineffective somehow because lack of expressions. Unless the direction and the script wanted her to become boring one after her struggle in Italy. But hey, do chefs in the kitchen are wish washy?
On the other hand, Cha Eun-Jae had inconsistent and difficult character in the first place. In the first few episodes when she still the idealistic one and ready to conquer world, we see the enthusiastic girl. The world turned upside down when she got pregnant and forced to raise her son alone. Good thing, even her career and mother downed her, she found a knight in shining armor in the person of Jung Hyun-sung. What I really can’t understand in her persona was you see the same person, but she’s doing things beyond her personality. I am annoyed whenever she found difficult in situations that it’s only her decisions that made those hard. And here’s the thing, she blamed all her misfortunes to Han Yi Joon. Perhaps, this character becomes good if interpreted much better. Choi Ji woo?
The parts of Soo-Yeon and Hyun-sung were the typical one-sided lovers. Their personas are predictable once you already know their types and can do. Unfortunately, they started as pathetic and ended as losers.
Meantime, the other supporting cast member are good especially the parents of Cha Eun-Jae (Jung Won-joong and Song Ok-sook) and son (Lee Byung Joon). They give extra flavors in this drama produced by SBS.
Rating: 3/5 stars