Monday, February 4, 2013

TV Show/Drama Review~Playful Kiss/Naughty Kiss

Title: Playful Kiss/Naughty Kiss
Writer: Go Eun-nim, Tada Kaoru (manga)
Director: Hwang In-roi, Kim Do-hyung
Producer: Han Hee, Song Byung-joon
Main Cast: Jung So-min as Oh Ha Ni, Kim Hyun-joong as Baek Seung Jo, Lee Tae-sung as Bong Joon Gu, Lee Si-young as Yoon Hae Ra
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Original Run: 1 September 2010 - 21 October 2010
No. of Episodes: 16, 7 (YouTube Special Edition)
Language: Korean
Links: MDL ~ Wikipedia ~ Amazon 

Synopsis: Playful Kiss is based on the Japanese shōjo manga, Itazura Na Kiss.
Oh Ha Ni is a sweet lively and happy high school student yet she is definitely not the sharpest crayon in the box.
She has a crush on Baek Seung Jo, the smartest boy in school despite being chased loyally by Bong Joon Gu herself. When she confesses to Seung Jo through a letter, he brings it back to her, after grading it harshly and commenting that he hates stupid girls.
When Oh Ha Ni's new house suddenly collapses her father's friend offers for him and Ha Ni to stay with them. Unknown to Ha Ni, her father's friend is actually Baek Seung Jo's dad.
As they continue to live under the same roof and attend Parang University together, Ha Ni continues to show affection for Seung Jo although he seems to be more interested in the equally clever and beautiful Yoon Hae Ra.

My Rating: 10/10

My Thoughts: 

How I came across the drama: I have seen Itazura na Kiss (anime) and I have loved Kim Hyun Joong for a very long time (since I first saw him in Gummy's MV for As A Man) so when I came to know that Itazura na Kiss had a drama with Kim Hyun Joong in it, I was more than excited to watch it. But I had my expectations low, because as much as I love Kim Hyun Joong, I don't like the story of Itazura na Kiss that much.

Story: Even so, I loved the story of the drama! They changed it a little from the anime and I'm so glad they did. Because they removed the stupid plot holes and made it more interesting.

Acting and Characters: Kim Hyun Joong did a really great job playing Seung Jo. I hated Ikki (in the anime). It was like he was just using Kotoko, that he didn't really love her. He was just afraid that no one else would love him like she did so he held on to her. And he bullied her way too much. And Kotoko was just waayy too stupid. She got on my nerves. I seriously wanted to slap her hard, then maybe she would've come to her senses. But in the drama, I could see that even though Seung Jo bullied Oh Ha Ni sometimes, he really did love her. And Jung So Min did a good job in playing Ha Ni too because she wasn't as annoying as the anime character (I use "as annoying" because girls who desperately run after guys who obviously don't care about them will always be annoying to me). I felt really sorry for Bong Joon Gu! He was more likable than the anime character, and I seriously would've been OK if Ha Ni would've ended up with him. I felt like giving the poor guy a hug. The other characters were nice too but not very memorable. Except Seung Jo's mom. I loved her in the anime and I loved her in the drama too. She was really funny and sweet.

Romance: I loved the romance! It was so sweet and nice. I loved seeing Seung Jo's feelings progress. I loved his secret smiles (I ♥ Kim Hyun Joong's smile)! I especially loved how he was so jealous when Ha Ni was with someone else. It showed that he really did care.

Negatives: I don't really have much negatives to point out because I really loved this show. Though there was this one character (I don't remember his name) who was involved with Ha Ni. He had a fight with Bong Joo Gu in the library. But he only appeared for a couple of episodes. I wonder where he disappeared to..

Favorite Scene: I have so many favorite scenes, I couldn't possibly list them all over here! But I'll still share a few. Well the first one was when Seung Jo saves Ha Ni from the naked man :P I loved the rain scene! (Who doesn't?!) The balcony scene (image below) was the sweetest scene ever! When Seung Jo kisses Ha Ni in the forest when she's asleep ♥ When they are on their honeymoon and Seung Jo tickles Ha Ni to make her smile (when she's mad at him). And the list goes on...

After Marriage: I loved the YouTube specials in which they showed their life after marriage. But I loved 'Seung Jo's Diary' (also on YouTube) more because those showed how much he loved Ha Ni and it was really a peep into his shy soul. 

All in all: I really loved this drama and if you're into Romantic Comedies you should definitely watch it!


  1. If you really enjoy this story you should check out Mischievous Kiss it's the Japanese Version! I loved the rain scene too. It reminded me of the scene from Pride and Prejudice except this one ended happier (since Darcy gets rejected and looks like a sad puppy in the rain.)
    As a side note: I loved your comment and will respond as soon as my computer stops spazzing and lets me respond! (Grrr technology glitches.)

    1. Oh yeah? Itazura na kiss has so many adaptations! I'll definitely check this one out! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

      And now that you mention it, the rain scene IS kinda like the Pride & Prejudice one! I love Pride & Prejudice! :P

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting! :D

  2. Great post. Great drama. Kim Hyun Joong is damn handsome. I'm looking for the epilogue. Could you suggest me where to look for it?
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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like it :) Yes, KHJ is dreamy! <3
      It can be found on youtube. I would give you the link but youtube's banned in my country :/ I'm sure you'll find it if you search on youtube :)

  3. Wow.. Wonderful serial.. I'm really melted by the episodes.
    Awesome locations, and suspense in every episode ending.. Girls definitely ll fall in love with Seung Jo.. :)
    I swear will watch the second part if it comes


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