Thursday, March 23, 2017

K-Drama Review: Oh My Venus

title: Oh My Venus
genre: Romantic Comedy
original run: November 16, 2015- January 5, 2016
network: KBS2
number of episodes: 16
my rating: 5 stars

synopsis from viki.com
When you go from the top of the pecking order in the looks department in high school and then fall to the bottom in adulthood, is it possible to get back on top? Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) was envied by every girl and desired by every boy in high school as the Daejeon Venus because of her pretty face and killer figure. Despite coming from a poor family, Joo Eun was determined to go to law school and become an attorney. At age 33, she has achieved her professional goals and has been in a stable relationship with her high school boyfriend, Im Woo Sik (Jung Gyu Woon), for 15 years. But she has let herself go over the years and is now overweight and often disregarded and overlooked by society and her coworkers. On the plane ride back from a quick business trip to the United States, Joo Eun has an embarrassing run-in with Kim Yeong Ho (So Ji Sub) and his two sidekicks, Jang Joon Seong (Sung Hoon) and Kim Ji Woong (Henry). Yeong Ho is a celebrity personal trainer who is involved in a scandal in the United States and forced to flee to Korea until things cool down. But his wealthy family has other plans for him. As soon as they discover that he is back in Korea, his grandmother appoints Yeong Ho as the new president of the family medical services company and prevents him from returning to the States. A lost purse causes Young Ho to reconnect with Joo Eun and witness another personal embarrassment for Joo Eun in the aftermath of being dumped by Woo Sik and finding out that he has been dating her new boss, Oh Soo Jin (Yoo In Young). As it seems to become a habit for Yeong Ho to bail Joo Eun out of trouble, can he also help her to reclaim her former looks? “Oh My Venus” is a 2015 South Korean drama series directed by Kim Hyung Suk.


This was a drama I was hesitant to watch when it first came out despite the raving reviews I was reading from friends mostly because at the time I was losing the weight after having my son and a weight-loss drama was not what I needed to see. Recently, a friend told me to watch it when I ran out of other dramas to watch so I gave it a shot and I loved it.

What I liked:
The realistic weight of Kang Joo Eun- It was spot on. The makeup looked great and realistic. Recently, I have been reading a lot about the sizes of clothes in S. Korea and how plus size for them is the size of an average woman in the states. For example, I normally wear a small/medium in women but in S. Korea, I would be a large. So looking at Kang Joo Eun's realistic weight and seeing the struggle even though to us it may not look like she is overweight was interesting to watch. She was still very pretty even with the "fat suit".
Also the weight loss journey was believable. The struggle, the slow transition, how slowly the weight came off. It was about half way through the drama before she lost all of the weight and even at that she still had diet and exercise and criticism about her body.

Shin Min-ah- This is the first drama I've seen with her in it. I liked how she portrayed Kang Joo Eun. The comedic scenes were on point and the more dramatic scenes were well done. I am intrigued, so I will be looking for dramas she stars in to watch in the future.

When Kang Joo Eun did lose the weight, there was no "wow dress" to show off her figure.
SPOILER***
When Kang Joo Eun had her moment with her pretty dress, Kim Yeong Ho had his panic attack so the focus wasn't on her transformation and I really liked that.
END SPOILER***

There were some serious laugh-out-loud funny scenes- I found myself giggling or laughing and my husband looking at me like I'm crazy. This is the first drama to make me lol in a while.

Henry Lau and Sung Hoon- the perfect comedic relief. Their relationship with Kang Joo Eun was adorable.

Typical k-drama cliches didn't bother me- Everything seemed to flow with the story and when it was a stand out cliche, the characters kind of made fun of it so it was a comedic moment that still fit with their personalities.

What I didn't like:

The American scandal was never fully explained in depth. I was confused about the whole situation. Did Kim Yeong Ho have a romantic relationship with her? Or did he help her with some secret weight loss? I'm so confused. This tidbit was only put here as a reason to get Yeong Ho back to Korea and it was a little annoying.

Oh Soo Jin- I like her performance better in Goodbye Mr. Black. Her scenes felt over done to me.

If I said anything else I didn't like I would be nitpicking (like how I do not find Im Woo-shik attractive at all, or there were too many flashbacks in the last episode). The plot is very simple which may bother some but it didn't bother me. I really enjoyed this drama and will be watching it over again whenever I need a feelgood drama for comfort and a good laugh. Highly recommend.

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