Friday, May 9, 2008

Witch Amusment Yoo Hee

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Synopsis: As the director of her father's advertising company, Ma Yoo Hee (Han Ga In) is known as a witch for her ruthless, no nonsense character. After a string of failed attempts to hire a housekeeper, she (literally) runs into Chae Moo Ryong (Jae Hee), ex-medical student turned aspiring chef. As a way to work off his debt for crashing into her car, he agrees to become her housekeeper and personal love affairs coach for one month. Gladly, he gives her a makeover that attracts both her old friend Johnny Kruger (Dennis Oh) and her first love Joon Ha (Kim Jeong Hoon). Despite having a girlfriend, Sung Mi (Jun Hye Bin), Moo Ryong eventually finds himself falling for Yoo Hee.

Han Ga In as Ma Yoo Hee

Jae Hee as Chae Moo Ryong

Jun Hye Bin as Nam Seung Mi

Kim Jeong Hoon as Yoo Joon Ha

Dennis Oh as Johnny Kruger

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My opinion:
Overall an ok drama. I actually think that this drama is underrated. No matter what it was interesting and cast was picked well, OST was catchy (I found myself humming these songs pretty often), screenwriting was pretty good too. The problem lies in many clichees. And for many people the ending was unsatisfying. But I think it was good though I don't like the idea that MooRyong gave up his dream. Of course there could have been 2 years later scene but there was no need for that. Maybe there were some unanswered questions like what happened to everyone after that. But I don't feel it was necessary to tell their stories.

The Cast:
Cast was good. This was my first time seeing Dennis Oh and I like him a lot. His acting was very natural and his carefree attitude really brought his character to life. Jae Hee was good too. I actually noticed his acting skills only in last episodes, there was a scene that really impressed me. This is my second time seeing him act and noe he left a good impression on me. My second time seeing Han Ga In also. I saw her in Super Rookie and now her character reminded me of Lee Mi-Ok a bit. For me she is not an outstanding actress but she did her job really well, she is quite beautiful too. Kim Jeong Hoon was a disappointmen. His facial expressions were really dull and his was pretty boring. He didn't shine but he was ok. Seemed to me that he couldn't get into his character that well. I'm not a fan of Jun Hye Bin either. Her way of expressing herself is very lacking and I felt like she knows only few expressions. I was happy to see Ahn Suk Hwan in the drama. I'm quite a big fan of his for some reason. It was nice to see Jae Hee and Ahn Suk Hwan in a son-father relationship again.

I liked Yoo Hee. At first she was a bit annoying but later I finally understood that she isn't like all other female girls in Kdramas. Her character made this drama more enjoyable and a bit different too. Yoo Hee is not a whiny girl, she is independent and has money. She works hard and can take care of herself. She doesn't need a man to support her all the time and she can make decisions on her own. She is quite lonley but she is not afraid to love when she fianlly realizes her own feelings. Yoo Hee is strong too, she can protect herself. She is pretty and succesfull, I really wonder why did she have so bad luck with guys her whole life. Moo Ryong was a nice character too. He was such a bright and trustworthy guy, really knew what to do and loved to the fullest. Maybe he was a bit too girly or just too usual like all the other giuys in Kdramas. Well he was lovable enough. I loved Johnny the most. This is first time when I really wished main girl would have ended up with someone else than main guy. Johnny was maybe the strongest one on whole drama. He was able to let go of his feelings and still stay as Yoo Hee's friend. He never treated her bad or got mad at her and the most important thing: he had always loved her. Even back then when she was witch. Joon-Ha was interesting at first, really sneaky. Then he turned into pretty boring character. You never could tell what he was up to or was he telling the truth or not. Still he seemed to lack something. Kim Jeong Hoon could have been so much more, he could have brought Joon Ha to life. But he failed. Supportuing characters were ok, very clichee. Seung Mi was annoying. The only way I could describe her now is desperate bitch. All she knew was crying, she couldn't let Moo Ryong go even though she saw he loved someone else. I really liked it how 2 main characters didn't come up with silly reasons why not to be together and protected each other. They didn't hurt each other when they felt like their relatiosnhip was over and when they realized they can't live without each other they stayed together no matter what. They didn't give (like always happens...)

Plot got better in latter episodes. At first it was interesting, then it got a bit boring but I feel like it never dragged. The last 3 episodes were the best in whole drama. At times you really could feel tension in the air. Well, it could have been better. WAY better. Most of the jokes were old, it had all the clichees as well. But this drama had a special feeling in it. It was very relaxed atmosphere. Didn't make you addicted but didn't make you feel like stop watching. It's true that ending didn't explain everything, it may have left you thinking but those other things don't suddenly feel important at all. Plot wasn't very deep, it didn't touch my heart but it made me smile and relax. Genre of thsi drama is romantic comedy and screenwriting really holds onto that. I think that writers Kim Won Jin and Kim Min Jun never let that fact slip their minds. From the very beginning till the very end nothing dramatic happens. it's just silly, romantic and cute. I think that the director gets my hate. If it had been someone else this drama might have been a great hit. Jun Ki Sang also directed
My Girl, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, Bodyguard. Witch Amusment is slightly better but I really don't like him.

4/4 If plot wakes up interest in you or you are a big fan of any actor/actress yous hould not let this drama slpi by. Ignore all bad reviews and give it a try. Also if you are new to Kdrama I suggest you watch this one as a starter. Plot is simple and cheerful.