It takes practically no time at all to polish off this short 6 episode 2016 web K-drama called Choco Bank, (each episode is between 10 to 16 minutes long), starring Kai from boy idol group EXO, and the actress who starred opposite Seung Ho Yoo in The Legend and Operation Proposal, pretty Park Eun Bin. It was good to see her again.
I've always thought Kai had the best singing voice in the group (just listen to him sing his part in the song Miracles In December! we're talking CHILLS, folks!) but I have to be honest and say I thought his acting performance in this web drama was a bit spotty. In some scenes he was very good, sometimes even sophisticated, but in other scenes he was kind of lackluster. Perhaps that was the director's fault, not his.
The show's plot is very similar to other short web dramas centered on someone trying to earn a living making or serving food, like I Order You and Taste Of Curry. For instance, in this typical plot line one person will be running the business (this one based on chocolate, of course) and then by accident they meet up with an unemployed person who loses something valuable that the business owner cherished, like an expensive plate, a secret recipe, or in this case, a wad of money that the main female Eun Bin's character's brother steals from her, inadvertently caused by the lead male character's (Kai) interference in a chase.
This result is that unemployed person has to work off their debt in the restaurant or shop owner's store. Of course they then fall in love (and hopefully their chemistry is good enough that it doesn't become a yawn fest). Thankfully in this K-drama the charms of the lead actors are enough to carry the show to the end.
Young people and fans of EXO are sure to love it, however personally I feel Korea needs some more original ideas for its web dramas: they are quickly becoming formulaic. Re-treading older stories is not very inspiring for the die-hard K-drama fan, so I can only rate this a B.
- Kim Jong-in as Kim Eun-haeng
- Park Eun-bin as Ha Cho-co
- Park Seo-yeon as young Ha Cho-co
- Yeon Joon-seok as Bae Dal-su
- Lee Il-hwa as Eun-haeng's mother
- Lee Chae-won as Hong Chae-ri
- Kim Young-hee as Cho-co's landlord
- Kim Sook as Worker at the bank
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