What happens when an encounter between a man and a woman who seem to have nothing in common develops into a complicated love story?Cha Soo Hyun is the daughter of a politician who lives a life where she is unable to choose her own path. After graduating from college, she entered into a loveless marriage with the son of a wealthy conglomerate, a marriage only beneficial to her politician father. She then gets divorced. Her life is changed further when she meets simple and kind Kim Jin Hyuk.Kim Jin Hyuk is ordinary and innocent, a young man who enjoys life and finds happiness in the smaller things. He works various part-time jobs to earn a living but is looking for a regular job. One day, he decides to take a trip abroad, where he meets Cha Soo Hyun.(Source: AJ at MyDramaList) Edit Translation
Encounter was a pretty hyped up drama because of the casting of Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo. It was the comeback project for each after having very successful previous dramas. But the drama seemed to draw mixed reactions from fans.
They communicated quite well, understood the risks they were taking, and stood up for each other. That makes for a pretty healthy relationship. But that healthy of a relationship makes for a lack of excitement on my part. What can I say, I like lots of drama and theatrics, lol.
We do finally get a fairly big challenge for the pair towards the end of the drama though as they have to fully face the harsh reality of what being together means. Something to really test their relationship. And that added in some of that angst that I like so much.
Overall, Encounter was a bit slow and lacking punch, but the romance makes the drama. If you like stories with a heavy focus on romance, this drama is a great fit. And even better if you like a mature couple that communicates well and face obstacles head on while lovingly supporting each other. But personal taste is likely to be heavily at play as to whether Encounter will be a love it or hate it kind of drama for you.
Oh yes, I can definitely relate! Have had that happen several times before. And Encounter is one of those slower type dramas for sure. For me, it was that there was really a lack of tension to keep engaged. Still enjoyed Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo as a couple though ?
Fair review. I am in the category of really love it. I give it 9.5/10 because there is no perfect drama . Live watching it and still rewatching my favorite episodes and love the ending. Few kdramas ending make sense and not rush. Loved the main lead and their scenes together and I love the progress of their relationship.
Aww, always sorry to disappoint. You never know though, you could be in the love it camp. Lots of people did. I just like my melos more tense and dramatic. It was a bit slow, but the couple was great. Not a bad watch, just not particularly riveting, hehe
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At the time I put it down to his flat character and the drama just not working for me but I felt the same in his Moonlight Clouds drama. (Kim Yoo Jung felt too young for me there and unconvincing in her gender bender role so I dropped that one early.)
Encounter/Boyfriend is memorable since it is the first and only drama series (in any language, genre) that my husband is watching with me. He was never into any series let alone k-dramas (he only watches news, documentaries). What got him hooked initially was Song Hye Kyo (and I, of course am a Park Bogum fan). I was into the second episode and he caught a glimpse of what I am watching. He asked me to replay the first episode and now, he is even more impatient waiting for the next episode. As a newbie to any drama, he loves the show much more than I. In fact I planned to wait for the drama to be completed (after watching episode 2), wait for reviews before going any further. But my husband keeps asking me if the next episode is already available, so I end up watching each episode with him as soon as it is available in my country! Not gonna lie, I am sticking to this drama solely for the love of PBG! I hope he gets much better projects next time that taps his range as an actor.
Dropped it on episode 5. Despite how I wanted to like and enjoy this drama, the two gorgeous lead characters do not seem to be enough. I was excited to watch it at first as I have seen them work for a while now. I was not asking much and was just hoping for some nice and charming scenes, but failed to see it.
That said, I've watched a number of Asian dramas where the CEO/boss/supervisor is seen romancing the employee/staffer and the two actually get together long before the show reaches its conclusion. In my experience, this can work in one of two ways: either Show takes it seriously and we deal with the fallout of the forbidden romance, such as in Secret Love Affair, OR, Show creates a fluffy world where such relationships are acceptable and there are no board-of-directors consequences that our couple needs to face, such as Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, and Across The Ocean To See You. Despite this fluffy world-building, there are definitely viewers who are turned off by the CEO-staffer loveline, so your point about a relationship so absurd that it would create a strained viewing experience holds true. It's just that dramas still tend to want to push the envelope on that one, and keep serving it up anyway. And in watching these dramas that get served up anyway, these are my findings on the limits of what works and what doesn't (for me anyway).
Which leads me conclude: if you do have some drama time that you can carve out of your schedule, Boyfriend isn't the show I'd suggest you spend it on. My Mister! Go with My Mister!! You'll thank me later, I'm quite sure! ?
There is the Chinese drama Across the Ocean to See You (I can see Kfangurl rolling her eyes of disappointment in her head now) which I thought was again quite good re the very talented director and perhaps the pragmatic male supervisor (which was a great part by the way).
I used the term rom-com quite broadly, I admit. I think it was the tone of the romantic moments that hit my gut as "rom-com-esque" versus "serious romance." The whole run-in in Cuba, interview with the CEO which resulted in a ramyeon date, cutesy video chats.. those moments give me a lighter feel in general, compared to the development of the romance in SLA, for example, which I personally count as a serious romance drama. Also, the clash that I perceive is a gut thing; the way Show presents stuff makes me feel that Show approves the relationship, and fundamentally agrees with characters like Driver Nam who encourages the couple and pooh-poohs complications via articles in the media. One example that comes to mind is how Jin Hyuk steps forward when Soo Hyun is cornered in the lobby about her stalker boy-toy. That is clearly presented as swoony. And then Soo Hyun announcing at the press conference that she's in a "some" relationship with Jin Hyuk is also presented as positive and swoony. Those 2 events, in my mind, could only pass for swoony in a non-realistic, rom-com type drama world. The real-world consequences that Soo Hyun has to face after the press conference give me whiplash because in the real world, I would be standing with the board of directors, saying that it's highly inappropriate for Soo Hyun to behave in this way.
Perhaps the writers are thinking of this drama world as a fairy tale world, and the Big Bad that threatens the relationship, is the board of directors and the two interfering mothers. I think the problem here, is that in the real world, the Big Bad that is the board of directors, is actually something that makes perfect sense in real life. ? I guess if that's the case, then I failed to really latch onto the fairy tale idea of this drama world, in spite of the fairy tale animation cues.
Other than the fact that each drama features a multi-millionaire CEO and an everyday plebeian (though bravo for making Song Hye Kyo the CEO in Encounter), as well as the age gap between each of the two lead couples (a stunning 12 years between Song Hye Kyo, 37, and Park Bo Gum, 25; and eight years between Park Shin Hye, 28, and Hyun Bin, 36), the two dramas have vastly different storylines.
In Encounter, Song Hye Kyo plays Cha Soo Hyun, the daughter of a powerful politician who divorces her chaebol husband after an arranged marriage. On a business trip, she has a chance encounter with Kim Jin Hyuk (Park Bo Gum), who is backpacking through Cuba, and they end up wandering the back streets of Havana together for a night. On their return to Korea, however, their very different lives intertwine once more.
Last but certainly not least, we have to talk about the hair. I mean, Song Hye Kyo and Park Shin Hye are renown for their lush locks, with a myriad of YouTube tutorials on how to achieve each hair look every time they star in a K-drama.
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