Love & Wish
러브 앤 위시
KakaoTV Web Drama (2021-22) 9
Grade: B+ (Writing), Grade:
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
I often like to watch shorter Korean dramas
while waiting for the next episodes to arrive for my
currently watching, ongoing, longer series. Most
Korean dramas broadcast two new episodes per week,
back to back, and it can be hard to wait another week
to see how the stories will develop. So in the interim
I recommend searching for shorter dramas to watch to
pass the time. Sometimes you can actually find real
gems, such as this one, Love & Wish
(2021-22). Often newbie actors are featured in the
shorter dramas, and it's nice to see some fresh faces.
Both leading lady Choi Ye Bin and lead actor Choi
Young Jae (from Boy Idol group GOT7) were new to me
but they were both excellent in their roles.
For this one, I was delighted
to see a young actor named Yoo Jae Sang pop up, whom I had
loved in the unforgettable 2017 Korean film 404
Not Found. He was more like second male lead
here, but he is superb at acting! He's going places, that
kid! Keep an eye out for him.
Pretty high school student
Son Da Eun (Choi Ye Bin) moves with her two adult
sisters from Seoul to Incheon and soon makes nice
friends at her new school, including attentive male
student Na Yoo Il (Yoo Jae Sang) who quickly develops
a crush on her, and two female friends, In Na Ra (Han
Joo Yeon) and Jang Han Na (Jo Yeo Ui), plus a funny
male friend named Lee Chi Nam (Hong Seong Min). One of
her sisters is an especially over-protective type
named Son Da Mi (Kim Sa Hee) who is a prosecutor, and
the other, Son Da In (Kim So Ra) a businesswoman. They
expect their youngest sister to achieve and she does
work hard, becoming valedictorian and class president.
Other students frequently ask her advice on personal
and academic matters. She is well liked and trusted.
Son Da Eun secretly hopes
to find a special boyfriend who will grow to love her
for her perky self. On the first day at her new
apartment she happened to see a handsome boy in the
elevator and is immediately transfixed by him. Turns
out he will soon be attending her high school as well,
and even in the same home room class. She learns his
name is Kim Seung Hyu (Choi Young Jae) and that he
never smiles and is quite the standoffish type.
Nevertheless, she keeps putting herself in his way
during school and after school whenever she can,
flirting with him, and even asking him point blank to
be her boyfriend. At first he seems annoyed with her
but over time he softens because she is so kind, and
he even helps her when one of her sisters falls ill.
In turn she, as the better student, helps tutor him so
he can get better grades and pass the college entrance
examination. Finally, he even kisses her, and she is
in seventh heaven.
But there are dark clouds
on the horizon. A school bully named Kim Ho Jun (Kim
Song) and his groupies try out their threats of
violence against Seung Hyu and Da Eun, and when Da
Eun's other friends try to intervene he threatens them
too. During one altercation Da Eun's prosecutor sister
intervenes and causes Ho Jun and his gang to back off,
but this is only a temporary respite.
Flashbacks into Da Eun's
life at her old high school show us that she had had
to deal with high school bullies before, and they had
targeted her best male friend at that school named Do
Mi Rae (Kim Joon Ho, excellent performance!). It got
so bad that Mi Rae had committed suicide. Now history
seemed to be repeating itself at her new school, and
Da Eun even ends up in the hospital after another
altercation with Ho Jun's gang. Seung Hyu is also
beaten up rather badly as well. Da Eun's prosecutor
sister comes up with a secret plan to get even with
the bully Ho Jun. Will it work?
There really isn't much new or noteworthy in the
script of this short drama, but it's the performances
that will keep you watching. At only nine episodes,
less than 30 minutes long each, you can finish the
drama in half a day. If you like high school dramas
with an attractive cast then do put Love &
Wish on your K-drama queue. They also shortened
all the episodes and made one film out of the story
but I wouldn't bother with that: you want the full
drama instead so you don't miss any nuances in the
story. You can watch the series on Viki.