Back on the kdrama bandwagon — I just finished watching One Spring Night, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I know that it’s compared a lot with Something In the Rain, since it shares the same director and actor, but I actually enjoyed this much more!!
Of course..it was hard for me to accept the gravity of the obstacles that the main couple faced..our hero being a single dad being the most grave of them but it was about so much more. Han Ji Min did a fantastic job of portraying a strong woman who has vulnerabilities but also many strengths and is willing to fight for them..she’s not perfect..she admits it herself..but you would want someone like her in your corner. it’s also heartwarming to see how strong all the women are in this drama..no doormats to speak of..yeah!!! Refreshing and still interesting despite the fact that the traditional overbearing father did still make an appearance and it was fun to hate quite a few characters as well.
I liked the fact that though it was clear that their love was deep..it was also unsettling as a viewer because you weren’t quite sure all the way through if that was enough..it isn’t always in life is it? The supporting cast (actors and characters) was excellent as well..I really enjoyed discovering a new actor (Kim Joon Han) who I hope to see more of in future.
They did deserve an “F” for one thing..I don’t know about librarians in Korea but here they are no longer the stereotypical little old lady with white bun and glasses..lol..but that’s exactly what they were thinking when they made the poor girl up each morning..all she lacked was the white bun..I’ve never ever seen such a horrible wardrobe in my life..shame on them! What were they thinking?????
I give it a thumbs up for super cute and fluffy. And extra points for not leaving any loose ends. Though the plot was pretty shallow, at least it followed its own rules, dotted its own i’s and crossed its own t’s, so I appreciate that. I laughed, I cried, I cooed and sneered. Checked all the boxes, really. A successful Kdrama! And Lee Jong Suk is freaking ADORABLE! As always! Such a big baby!
Where do I begin??? LOL
Full disclosure, I started watching this one with an automatic predisposition to dislike Jung Hae In, and this of course was totally unfair, I know, but he has such a strong resemblance to Park Shi Hoo that I couldn’t shake the feeling. You know that I was never a fan before but since his scandal even more so. I can’t watch any of his dramas without thinking of his taking advantage of a drunken girl, and I’m surprised that he’s doing so well right now, considering how huge and unpleasant the scandal was but these are different times I guess… Careers have been ruined for less. Anyway, everyone deserves a second chance, but I just can’t make myself give it. I’m terrible I admit! Maybe one day I’ll get over it.
Back to my review. So it is with pleasure that I say that Jung Hae In definitely grew on me and I really enjoyed his performance and I’m happy about that. Having said that, though I think they had good chemistry, I just never saw them as a real couple for some reason. Even when they were frolicking around (and boy does this director enjoy concentrating on that!!) I felt at times that there was too much inequality for them to qualify as such and it impacted on my enjoyment. Was it their supposed age gap? Was it their past relationship? Maybe a bit of both.
It was a drama of highs and lows, and the more it progressed the more it sunk and the ending episodes were a bit of a challenge (ironically they were much longer than the rest!!) For me it ended on a disappointing note and I think the writers definitely dropped the ball on this. This drama presented us with a number of issues and there was scope to address them. Some, like the workplace issues, did reach a realistic resolution but other just as important issues were left unresolved.
There were a few instances where I felt really angry at the heroine’s behaviour too which didn’t help at all, though it made her very human as well so I will give her some credit. I suppose you could say that at least I wasn’t bored, LOL, but I was frustrated and is that any better?
I fell in love with one of the side characters (who played his sister) and thought she was very well written and portrayed and could have taught a thing or two to our girl. Overall I don’t regret watching it because I’m pleased I had a chance to get to appreciate this actor but I just wish he was given a better story!