Addictive Rating: 4
Synopsis: A young female employee that serves as a temp employee at a big company has her life entangled with the manager at her company in riveting ways. The manager is played by one of my favorite actors Lee Sun Kyun and as always, he's wonderful to watch (and hear...I love his voice) as a struggling 40-something guy that comes from a "blue collar" area of Seoul. His neighborhood buddies that include his two brothers are loyal to each other in a way that most of us can only dream of. Because the two main characters live near each other, they are involved in each other's lives in meaningful ways and at an unexpected rate. There is no romantic shared feelings here, despite what the title may have you thinking.
What I have to say: Dark, moody, and a well-done set to illustrate the evening feel after Seoulites finish a long day at work. Loneliness, marital affairs, corporate politics, past traumas, aging family members, and family loyalty are all held together here with dialogue unlike what I've seen in a Korean drama before. I couldn't stop watching this extraordinary drama.
See the complete list of dramas I've reviewed here.
Soju (1) | It had me coming back for more, but left me with a hangover. Worth it in the moment, but slight regret the next day.
Kimbap (2) | It moved well and often left me wondering what would happen in the next episode, but it wasn't as fulfilling as it had the potential to be.
Bibimbap (3) | I lost a lot of sleep because they knew how to end each episode with a cliffhanger! Lots of harmonious ingredients making this one a win!
Fanatic (4) | An amazing drama that was very well told and nearly every single episode ended with a major cliffhanger making you scream for more! I'm an absolute fan!
(I only put on here the dramas I actually recommend because I think it's really good. Even a soju rating means it was good and satisfying. A fanatic rating just means it blew me away and was near perfection. There are many dramas I've seen that I don't have on my recommendation list.)
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