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Witch's Romance
마녀의 연애
tvN (2014) Episodes: 16, Grade: B
Korean Drama Review by Barbara, USA

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This fun drama Witch's Romance (2014) is a noona romance (older woman, younger man) about two people who each have scars from their past relationships, and the ways in which their unusual and unexpected romance with each other starts to heal those wounds. It didn't get very high reviews for cable station tvN, only between 1 and 2%, but many K-drama fans still enjoyed it a lot. Like me. Give it a try and I can almost guarantee you'll be glad you did. You'll have to suspend your disbelief that this actress is actually 39 years old and not 30, but Korean actresses in general often look ten years younger than their actual ages, so it's not that far-fetched.

 

The Story:

Ban Ji Yeon (Uhm Jung Hwa, from the film Wonderful Nightmare) is a single 39-year-old woman who is a reporter and very enthusiastic and committed about her work, so much so that she is often called a “witch” at work by co-workers. She doesn’t believe in True Love because of her bad past experience when her boyfriend disappeared prior to their wedding.

Meanwhile, Yoon Dong Ha (Park Seo Joon, She Was Pretty) is a 25-year-old young man who runs a small errand center with his friend. The errand center will do pretty much anything, including sending out someone dressed as Santa Claus when necessary, or provide security for an idol star. He looks like a happy guy on the outside, but inside he is sad because he lost his girlfriend in an accident and never quite recovered.

These two oddballs meet and sparks fly. They begin to heal from their broken hearts. Dong Ha is one of the best male leads I’ve seen; he is constantly sweet and respectful. There is a 14 year age difference between him and Ji Yeon, but he never has a problem with it. Ji Yeon is a rare breed in K-Dramaland; she’s independent, strong, and successful, but that doesn’t stop her from being vulnerable or compassionate. Park Seo Joon and Uhm Jung Hwa have enough chemistry to power a city. After countless dramas full of static, open-eyed kisses, these two come to the screen with a refreshing amount of sweet and steamy moments.

For once a drama in the genres of romance and comedy lives up to its expectations. There are as many funny scenes as well as there are romantic. Check it out. Even your mother might like it! You could watch it together with her!

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