Thursday, September 20, 2012

KDrama Review: Bad Couple


Bad Couple / 불량커플

aka Defective Couple



Shin Eun Gyung as Kim Dang Ja
Ryu Soo Young as Choi Gi Chan
Choi Jung Yoon as Han Young
Byun Jung Soo as Na Dol Soon
Yoo Gun as Seo Joon Soo
Chae Min Seo as Kim Se Yeon
Park Sang Min as Kim Yoon Suk

Year: 2007

Episodes: 16

Network: SBS

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Wehaiyo Synopsis:

Kim Dang Ja (Shin Eun Gyung), a senior editor working at a fashion magazine, is at the period in her life where she believes she can raise a child on her own without a husband. Who needs a husband who would probably bring her heartache anyway? When she was younger, her father ran away from the family so love must not exist in her world. After doing extensive research on possible candidates who can give her the perfect baby, Dang Ja nearly gives up because of her pickiness. One day, Dang Ja sees Choi Gi Chan (Ryu Soo Young) who was briefly on TV as a botonomy expert. She marks him as the man with the perfect genes and does an extensive background check to confirm it. The problem is Gi Chan is an innocent gentleman with no thoughts on dating or women and maintains his honorable, squeaky clean image. Dang Ja pursues Gi Chan relentlessly, but perhaps in her heart, Gi Chan can be more than just a sperm giver.

Meanwhile, Dang Ja has two friends who are both already married. One friend is Han Young (Choi Jung Yoon) whose image of her perfect family is shattered when she finds out that her husband Kim Yoon Suk (Park Sang Min) is cheating on her and demands a divorce. Yoon Suk believed Young became such a boring woman and a typical housewife after marriage. With their son caught in the middle, Young does all in her power to save the marriage even if it hurts her pride, but it only infuriates Yoon Suk even more. In desperation, Young asks Seo Joon Soo (Yoo Gun), a younger model to agree to be her boyfriend to spark jealousy in Yoon Suk. At the same time, Young forced Yoon Suk to live in their home for one year before she grants him a divorce. Young and Joon Soo’s plan does not seem to work at first, but Yoon Suk gradually feels infuriation when he sees his wife with another man. Joon Soo, who becomes naturally protective of Young, unknowingly starts to fall for Young as well.

Reasons to watch it:

I’m a huge fan of Ryu Soo Young so I have a soft spot for watching him. I especially liked his drama, Rebirth. In this drama, Bad Couple, Ryu Soo Young is the perfect gentleman. The part where he plays the stab-the-knife-between-the-fingers game in order to resist the aphrodisiac he was given was hilarious. The part where Dang Ja tells Gi Chan that he has bad sex skills was hilarious as well. Frankly, I’m shocked this was broadcasted on Korean television.

This is one of the dramas where the side storylines are more interesting than the main storyline. I was totally addicted to the storyline of Young, the helpless housewife who was losing her husband to another woman and Joon Soo, a young, rich model who didn’t feel the need to be tied down by a woman. At first, Joon Soo refused to do something so immoral such as to act and pretend to be some older ajumma’s (older, married lady’s) man. Besides, he has better things to do with his high-class life. More and more situations happen and Joon Soo finally begins to feel Young’s pain and agrees to help her. At first, it was a robotic relationship where Joon Soo has a switch on and off button to act in front of Yoon Suk, Young’s husband. Joon Soo even calculated it down to punching Yoon Suk in the face to arouse Yoon Suk’s jealousy and anger. Before you know it, Joon Soo is very dedicated to Young and loves her despite their age gap and purpose of their relationship. Joon Soo became so serious, he waited on a bench outside Young’s apartment for days until Young accepts him. On the other hand, Yoon Suk decides to turn a new leaf and become the husband he is meant to be, but is it too late and will Young take him back? While watching this series, I was rooting for Young and Joon Soo all the way.

Reasons not to watch it:

Basically Ryu Soo Young plays a near-perfect character Choi Gi Chan in Bad Couple. I felt bad for him the whole time since it's clear that Dang Ja takes advantage of him. Even after he found out he was setup and used by Dang Ja so many times, he always forgave her and kept pursuing her despite his arranged engagement to his childhood friend. Even though he truly loved Dang Ja, I felt like Dang Ja ruined his life.

There is really little to like about our main character, Dang Ja. She is too selfish. She wants to have a baby with a man only for his sperm. She pursues Gi Chan relentlessly and shamelessly to get him into bed and succeeds after many attempts. It was only after the second sexual encounter did she get pregnant. The tactics she used were so off-putting from her shameless sexual behavior, to creating a flower that doesn’t exist to entice Gi Chan on a trip to forcing him to stay in a hotel room with her that I almost gave up watching the series. After Dang Ja used Gi Chan, she tries to dump him in hilarious ways like telling him that she had so many ex-boyfriends, but it keeps backfiring since Gi Chan sees right through her lies.  I feel really bad for Gi Chan. Every time Dang Ja wants to break up with Gi Chan, she can do it because she’s a power woman who is confident. I couldn’t stand Gi Chan being hurt so many times. I had no sympathy for Dang Ja when Dang Ja had a tumor and had to give up the baby. I simply feel like they don’t deserve each other.

The trio friendship of Dang Ja, Young, and Dol Soon is very weak. The only scenes where all three women were actually together were at the beginning of the drama and at the end of the drama. Usually, Dol Soon acted as the person who was truly concerned with both Dang Ja and Han Young. Dang Ja and Han Young aren’t exactly the best of friends as they often criticize each other truthfully. Dol Soon is the glue the holds this friendship together.

Favorite Couple and Chemistry Factor:

Young and Joon Soo – Usually I’m not a fan of younger guy, older woman relationships, but this one works! I can generally see them together and loving each other for the rest of their lives. At first, it seems to be an impossible relationship as Han Young is married with a child and Joon Soo is an independent, young man, but Joon Soo slowly changes his feelings for Han Young. His presence makes Han Young look and act younger and it’s a shame that she gave up that spirited life after marriage. Joon Soo helped Young get her confidence back by helping her find a job working in a clothing shop. When they finally kissed outside in the rain after Joon Soo relentlessly waited for Han Young to accept him, I went wild. After Yoon Suk decides to become Han Young’s husband again, relationships became unclear. Would the audience accept a breakup of a Korean family?

Favorite Scenes:

  • When Gi Chan played the stab-the-knife-between-the-fingers game to thwart his temptation towards Dang Ja during his stay in the hotel room.
  • When Dang Ja told Gi Chan he was bad at sex. Gi Chan's expression was priceless.
  • When Joon Soo stood out in the rain and kissed Han Young.

Least Favorite Scenes:

  • Ever single scene where Dang Ja tries to engage Gi Chan into doing immoral things like act sexually, pretend to go on an island to look for a nonexistent flower, to staying in a hotel and go to bed with her.
  • When Dang Ja rejects Gi Chan’s advances, telling him hurtful things when he finally begins to willingly pursue her.
  • When Dang Ja would rather die than to abort the baby.
  • Dang Ja never reconciled with her father.

The Lesson:

Selfishness may bring about a happy ending
Getting a divorce is not the end of the world

Theme Song:

Sweet You - by Song Hee Ran
Sounds fun!

Watch it on DramaFever for free!

Wehaiyo's Dramafever Recommendations:

If you liked this drama, then consider watching these Korean dramas:

Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung - I haven't finished this drama yet, but it's about a woman with high expectations who pursues a man who she previously thought was too fat and a loser. She realized after many years that this "loser" had become a handsome and powerful man.

Queen of Reversals - I also haven't finished this drama yet, but it's about a woman who had a great job, but left it to get married to a weak man. She then is forced to return back to the workforce to the same  office battle zone when times get tough.

Queen of Housewives - To be honest, I haven't seen this drama yet, but it looks like it would fit as a recommendation as well. I will review this again when I actually watch it.

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