By Kaitlyn Chan, Ava Chen, and Cara Ip
I’m Not A Robot
I’m not a Robot is a fluffy and comedic drama that will leave you wanting more. Kim Min-kyu is the largest shareholder of a finance company, KM Financial. After witnessing his parents’ death at a young age, Min-Kyu is exposed to the harsh reality of the company and its shareholders. People whom he once trusted try to manipulate him and take over KM Financial. Because of these traumatic experiences, Kim-Min-kyu suffers from an allergy of people. He spends his youth isolated in his mansion, unable to find a cure for his sickness. Ji-A is an aspiring entrepreneur who faces difficulties when her brother kicks her out of his house. Baek-Gyun, is an developer of robots. In order to prevent his team from being sold by KM Financial, he promises the director, Min-kyu, that his robot Aji 3, will become successful. Min-kyu agrees to give Baek-Gyun a second chance by testing out the robot and its abilities. However, before the first day of the test, Baek-Gyun and his team accidentally break Aji 3. Since Aji-3 is modelled after Ji-A, his ex-girlfriend, Baek-Gyun frantically calls Ji-A, begging her to act as the Aji 3 robot until the robot is fixed. Ji-A, homeless and without money, reluctantly agrees to the job. During the month long test, Ji-A and Min-Kyu begin to develop feelings for each other, even though Min-kyu is not aware that Ji-A is actually human.
This drama took on a dangerous plot that could have been overly cheesy, tacky, and cliche. However, the directors of this drama did a great job in creating deeper and darker subplots for each of the characters. Because of this, the plot remained exciting and each episode was another new layer to the story. I enjoyed Ji-A and Min-kyu’s chemistry because it was very heartwarming and realistic. The directors were definitely successful in making the viewers sympathetic for Min-kyu, which made his character development the best part of the drama.
In terms of the acting quality, I think both main characters were excellent. Min-kyu is played by Yoo Seung-Ho, a 24 year old actor who is famous for his lead roles in Ruler: Master of the Mask and Remember. Ji-A is portrayed by Chae Soo-Bin who is recognized for her spunky roles in Strongest Deliveryman and Shopping King Louie. The characters in this drama definitely made the drama more enjoyable and easy to love.
The Original Soundtrack is decent. It is definitely not the best album I have ever listened to, but some of the songs were definitely on my Spotify playlist. The directors only played about three songs throughout the whole drama, failing to advertise the OST properly. Because of this, I feel that the soundtrack did not receive as much attention as the drama and fell short of my expectations.
Nevertheless, if you are a fan of cheesy, funny, and cute dramas, then this is definitely for you. Overall, I would give this drama 4.5/5 stars and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be watching this again in the near future.
A Poem A Day
A Poem a Day gives a fresh twist to the quintessential medical genre by covering the lives of the physical therapists, radiologists, and other staff at a large Korean hospital. The drama centers around the main protagonist, Woo Bo-young (played by actress Lee Yu-bi), who is navigating the turmoil of building her career as a physical therapist while trying to establish a contentment in life.
Just as things begin to look up for Bo-young, whose hard work and friendly attitude earned the gratitude of many patients, life cheerfully slams the window of opportunity into her face, causing her to fall back down the rungs of progress despite her best efforts. The continuous cycle of ups and downs in Bo-young’s life helps the audience establish an emotional connection to the young woman, who is simply doing her best to make it in life.
To cope with the trials and tribulations of difficult bosses, a snarky medical trainee under her supervision (who happens to be her college ex), and blatant unfortunate circumstances, Bo-young turns to poetry for words of comfort. Despite not fulfilling her college aspirations of becoming a poet, she has a voracious appetite for reading poetry and always knows the right excerpts to console and give strength to herself and her patients.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a certified Korean drama without its obligatory tropes and love triangles. In enters Ye Je-wook, a renowned physical therapist with a mysterious past, and Shin Min-ho, the arrogant but naive medical trainee who shares a history with Bo-young. We have a fair share of cute, but unoriginal scenes, where Bo-young awkwardly falls (sometimes literally) into the attentions of each male lead.
Nonetheless, Bo-young’s sincere approach to life and her determination to keep moving forward despite setbacks are strong enough causes to pull in the audience to root for her side. Though A Poem a Day showcases the everyday lives of medical professionals, the impressive cast of characters and depth of each of their back stories highlight the richness of humanity as we all search for our purpose in life. At the very least, viewers can take away knowledge of Korean poems and therapy exercises, giving A Poem a Day a final rating of four out of five stars.
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food
Centered around the lives of Yoon-Jin Ah (played by Son Ye-Jin) and Seo Joon-Hee (played by Jung Hae-In), Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food explores the forbidden relationship between an older woman and younger man. The drama follows the pair as they gradually fall in love giving viewers the chance to admire and swoon over sweet moments of budding romance. However, as moral conflicts arise with the two attempting to maintain a secret relationship, their relationship is tested. Our leading woman Jin-Ah’s loyalties are mixed, as she believes she is betraying her childhood best friend by dating her brother Joon-Hee. Despite her concern, Jin-Ah cannot resist the strong feelings she holds towards him.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, intense drama, this is not the one for you. BUT, if you are searching for a casual watch filled with warm and charming moments, this show will exceed your expectations. The chemistry between both Jin-Ah and Joon-Hee is mesmerizing and when coupled with the beautiful cinematography, every episode leaves me in awe and wanting more. Although this drama may fit every Korean Drama cliche you can think of, it is a refreshing portrayal of an ideal relationship. The scenes are executed in a way that is neither cheesy or corny, but rather swoon-worthy, as a result of the cast’s compelling acting. Every aspect of the show is very natural; from the smooth delivery of the lines to the typical awkward moments in the beginning stages of a relationship, their relationship comes more endearing than cliche. Although this drama is a romance, it still manages to seamlessly integrate current social issues into the plotline. It addresses matters such as demeaning attitudes towards women in workplace and sexual assault that are prevalent across the globe, truly demonstrating how these issues transcend language. Though it might sound daunting, it adds a certain depth and realism to the show.
From romantically sharing an umbrella in the rain to discreetly holding hands under the table, this couple has it all. The drama has a very classic feel to it; the very ordinary issues and the soft indie music in the show make for a down to earth and relatable watch. It is a love story done right, giving Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food a four out of five stars.