cast: So Ji Sub, Shin Min Ah, Jung Gyu Woon, Yoo In Young, Sung Hoon, Henry, Choi Jin Ho, Ban Hyo Jung, Choi Il Hwa, Jin Kyung, Lee Seung Ho, Kwon Ki Sun, Ahn Ji Hoon, Jo Eun Ji, Song Yoo Ha, Kwon Soon Joon, Kim Jung Suk, Hong Yoon Hwa, Jung Hye Sung, Nam Gi Ae
description: In an effort to support her family, Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) has become a workaholic lawyer without any regard for her personal well being. Overweight, unattractive and depressed at the prime of her life, Joo Eun comes across Kim Young Ho (So Ji Sub), a renowned personal trainer who considers health a deeply personal calling. Can Young Ho and his stubborn perfectionism whip Joo Eun’s body—and heart—back into shape? - DramaFever
Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) is the girl everyone idolized in school. Her nickname was Daegu Venus. All the boys wanted to date her. All the girls wanted to be her. Joo Eun pursues a career as a lawyer to help support her family. Joo Eun stops taking care of herself and becomes overweight after school. Her boyfriend Woo Shik (Jung Gyu Woon) breaks up with her after 15 years together and hooks up with her former friend and schoolmate Soo Jin (Yoo In Young).
Young Ho (So Ji Sub) aka John Kim is a fitness trainer to the stars. He comes from a wealthy family and ran the American branch of the company. Young Ho meets Joo Eun on a flight back to Korea and comes to her rescue several times from then on. Joo Eun originally thinks Young Ho's friend Ji Woong (Henry) is John Kim and asks for his help to get back into shape. Young Ho reveals to Joo Eun that he's John Kim once he decides to be serious about helping her. Young Ho and Joo Eun begin developing feelings for each other as they spend more time together.
Things are progressing nicely between Young Ho and Joo Eun until she discovers he's the director for the Gahong medical branch. Joo Eun goes to Daegu for the opening of her family's restaurant. Young Ho follows her to Daegu and apologizes for not coming clean about who he was. He fills Joo Eun in on his childhood (being sick, cold family, etc). Woo Shik is trying to find dirt on Young Ho to prevent him from being next in line to take over the company. He learns that Young Ho might be John Kim. Yi Jin continues throwing herself at Joon Sung. Joon Sung asks Joo Eun to help out his mom. Joo Eun tells Joon Sung and Ji Woong that she plans to move out. When she gets back home, she finds Young Ho on the floor and in bad shape.
Young Ho insists he's fine and has a medical exam to show he's healthy. Joo Eun informs Young Ho that she's moving out. Young Ho's grandma wants Young Ho's dad and stepmom to move out of the house. It seems Yong Ho's dad is being treated for cancer but told his wife he was away on business. Young Ho and Joo Eun go camping with Joon Sung, Ji Woong and Joo Eun's friend Hyun Woo. Young Ho reveals that he's dating Joo Eun to them and later introduces her to Secretary Min as his significant other. A Gahong meeting with Young Ho and all the board members is postponed due to some board members not showing up. Things seem to be going downhill between Woo Shik and Soo Jin. News of Young Ho being John Kim are all over the internet. Joo Eun is going to run out to see Young Ho when he shows up at her door.
Young Ho hides out at Joo Eun's place for a few days. Young Ho's grandma knows about Joo Eun but wants to find a more suitable match for Young Ho. Joo Eun learns that Joon Sung's mother killed her abusive husband and gave birth to him in jail. It's the day of Gahong's 61st anniversary. Young Ho is missing. Joo Eun finds him hiding in a dark room. His knee is bothering him. Joo Eun helps him attend the event and everything goes smoothly. Young Ho is now officially director at Gahong. Young Ho takes Joo Eun to get another physical. She's made great progress in losing the weight but might be able to stop making medicine soon. Joo Eun meets with Joon Sung's mother. Joo Eun gives her Joon Sung's number but she's hesitant to meet him. Young Jo, Joo Eun, Joon Sung, Ji Woong, Hyun Woo and her son have a Christmas party at Young Ho's house. Joon Sung gets a call from his mom wanting to meet and he rushes out in Young Ho's car. Young Joon overdoses and is rushed to the hospital. Young Ho's uncle gets mad and blames Young Ho for everything. He wants Young Ho out of the picture. Secretary Min warns Young Ho, who worries about Joon Sung being out in his car. The uncle attempts to slam into Young Ho's car, unaware that Joon Sung is the one driving, but Young Ho prevents him from doing so by hitting the uncle's car. Young Ho then swerves to avoid incoming traffic and hits a parked car before his car flips in the air but lands upright. Joon Sung gets out of the car and finds Young Ho bleeding and unconscious.
Can't have a SJS drama without his character dying or having a near death experience.
Sorry-- gonna "hijack" your thread for a minute--- been wanting to watch this and started recently.... Some "observations": (I'm on episode 3) 1) instead of rich boy/poor girl--we have rich boy/overwieght girl (of course there is family drama, too) 2) Did we really need an overweight secretary too? (seems so out of place in a drama not really sure why it was planned that way) 3) I like Ji-Woong's voice-- it's "cute" to hear his english 4) So Ji Sub...yeah, my inner fan-girl is very happy.... (Been trying to avoid your posts until I watch, but your last comment "Can't have a SJS drama without his character dying or having a near death experience" really has me curious...... but I will not (hopefully) read any more......
1) instead of rich boy/poor girl--we have rich boy/overwieght girl (of course there is family drama, too)
This seems to be the new "take" on rich guy and poor girl love stories. The guy is still super rich but the girl isn't necessarily dirt poor and goes through a transformation (losing weight, makeover, etc) while falling in love.
Young Ho isn't dead but badly injured. He may never walk again. Joo Eun can't reach Young Ho and has to coax Joon Sung and Ji Woong into telling her what happened to him. Joo Eun goes to the hospital where Young Ho is but is only able to talk to him through the door. After receiving a "tap tap" text from Young Ho she gets the hint to give up. Joo Eun tells Young Ho she'll wait for him and leaves. The accident is settled with fines to Young Ho and the uncle. The uncle resigns from Gahong. The stepmom and Young Joon leave the house. Joo Eun patches things up with Soo Jin. Soo Jin patches things up with Woo Shik. Joon Sung is now the champ. Young Ho goes through physical therapy and rehabilitation in order to walk again. It's now Christmas Eve 2015. Joo Eun is on her way to work and Young Ho is waiting for her. She thinks Young Ho is just a figment of her imagination at first. Joo Eun doesn't want to let him out of her sight once she realize he's real. There's a Christmas party at Young Ho's house and Joo Eun plans to stay the night.
All the stuff prior to ep 14 was set in 2014 so I figured there would be a time jump at some point. I thought it would be in the final episode. Only 2 more eps to go.
Warning: This post is about the final 2 episodes, 15 & 16.
Joo Eun spends the night with Young Ho and then its back to work the next day. Young Ho meets with Joo Eun's mom who seems to approve of their relationship. Soo Jin isn't feeling well but keeping it secret from Woo Shik. Some of the medications she's been taking could make it difficult for her to become pregnant. Woo Shik thinks Soo Jin is pregnant which causes them to fight. Young Ho takes Joo Eun to see his mom. Joo Eun gets a text from Young Ho's grandma wanting to meet. Young Ho and Joo Eun go on a date and do all sorts of cheesy couple things. Their wish is to be together and Young Ho gives Joo Eun the engagement ring that was hidden in her scarf.
Joo Eun rehearses with Hyun Woo for her meeting with Young Ho's grandma. Young Ho meets with Woo Shik regarding plans for building a rehabilitation center. He wants to get in touch with his uncle as well. Young Ho's grandma has no issues with Joo Eun dating Young Ho. The grandma just wants grandchildren. Joon Sung and Yi Jin officially become an item. Joo Eun is invited over to Young Ho's family home and entertains his dad and grandma. Joo Eun wants to grant the the grandma's wish of grandchildren asap but Young Ho is worried about his potential offspring being sick like him. Joo Eun manages to talk him into it. Young Ho goes to see his father at the hospital. He leaves him in the care of his stepmom and Young Joon. Woo Shik and Soo Jin make up and he asks her to marry him. We get some flashbacks during a photoshoot. Fast forward to Summer 2016. Ji Woong joined the army. Young Ho is returning from helping out in a flooded area. Joo Eun is 3 months pregnant with twins. Young Ho wants to go exercise after seeing she's gained some weight. Flashback to Joo Eun meeting Young Ho as a kid and placing bandage on his injured leg. The end.
This was a simple series with plenty of fluff but I enjoyed watching it. So many K-Dramas tease "Netflix and chill" but few will actually go there. It feels like they were running out of story there at the end with all the flashbacks. I didn't think the flashback to Young Ho and Joo Eun having met as kids was necessary. I'm not sure why K-Dramas often feel the need to throw that in. I'll have more to say regarding the series when I post my final thoughts later on.
Just finished episode 1. Wow, So Ji Sub is gorgeous in this drama - love his hair style.
Aside from my man SJS, I didn't love the first episode, it didn't seem to make sense to me. And I really didn't understand why the girl had to run out of the ER in a hospital gown. Little things like that really bother me. The whole time I'm worrying about her clothes and bag, like how she's gonna get them back and how she thought she was gonna catch a bus or a taxi when she left her bag behind...
How do they make her face so fat like that???
Of course I'm gonna go on to the next episode but I hope this drama is worthy of 16 hours of my life... Will SJS alone justify it?? Maybe...
Honestly if it weren't for SJS, I would've quit the drama about now. Nothing these people do make any sense to me and I find zero chemistry between SJS and the leading girl. I can't understand why he helps her to the extent he does when he barely knows her. Too much too fast.
In the beginning of the second episode when she's being chased by some strange man in a mask and suddenly John Kim is there with the umbrella, the drama never shows what happened to that strange dude in the mask. He just disappeared. I find that so odd and really irritating. Makes no sense.
And then when she sees her boyfriend with the other girl in the hotel lobby and she turns and runs into the glass door or wall... Really? Is she a total idiot or what?? And then she just lies there and moans "Save me, save me." Wow!! And then John Kim is there for her again and getting her shoe and putting it on her and then escorting her out of the lobby while throwing daggers with his eyes at the boyfriend... This whole scene came way too early in the drama I felt. The relationship between the two leads hadn't developed AT ALL, they are mere strangers, yet John Kim is so protective of her. Made no sense and left me with total disbelief.
About the boyfriend... Com'on, who dates for 15 years??? Really? And his pointy ears are so creepy!!
And what's with the ugly Capri pants???
The only good thing, aside from SJS (tho I'm starting to be a little disappointed in him for choosing this drama), is that I realized that kid who keeps calling the lead girl "ma'am" is Henry of Super Junior!! I kept saying to myself, now where have I seen that cute face before? And then it occurred to me that he is or was one of the SuJu!! His character is a little obnoxious though...
It's been awhile since I saw Ep2, but I think the scene with the "strange man in a mask" comes back into play in a later episode, so it will make a little more sense then. I agree with you about the lead girl, I don't know what is more annoying-- her walking into doors and such or the fact that the male is always rescuing her! I think the reason John Kim keeps rescuing her is more of a "personality disorder" than he likes her-- I think right now they keep runnning into each other and he rescues her because he just feels he has to, and as they spend this time together it gives them a chance to build a relationship. At least it is not the typical "poor girl/rich guy" drama. I also like watching/listening to Henry-- his voice is so "cute" (wish I could think of a better word!) when he speaks english. I actually stopped watching and googled the drama to find out who he was! Keep watching, I am currently going into SJS withdrawal waiting for you to catch up
I think my problem right now is that I just don't like this drama. So of course everything about it is gonna annoy me. However I liked episode 3 a leeeetle better. Still all that secrecy about John Kim's identity in U.S. and the chairwoman and arranged date - just all too weird. I think a little mystery is good but when they leave the viewer in the dark too much that's a mistake too.
Why does Henry keep saying "I love you" to everyone? Is that what k drama writers think Americans are like? That they go around spewing "I love you" to everyone they meet??? Geeez!!! Henry is really annoying me...
Hey Birdy by the by, did you notice all these BigBang shows on DramaFever? There must be like 6 or 7. I think they are live concert recordings or something. You prob know already but telling you just in case.