An ordinary man and the daughter of a rich and powerful politician grow fond of each other. They must decide between having all the worldly pleasures and authority or giving it all up to be together.
I watched this drama as it aired in 2018. The main reasons for starting to watch this drama were of course Park Bo gum and Song Hye kyo, both looking very different from their usual looks. I wasn’t sure I really liked PBG’s Cuba look and was glad he got a haircut when he returned to Korea. The first promo was truly memorable and what got me interested in the story line. PBG in colour, with the waves of the sea coming into the life of SHK in black and white who stood still while the world passed her by. So many things conveyed by a simple 30 second promo and by the body language of these two excellent actors.
Both Cha Soo hyun and Kim Jin hyuk showed great strength of character. While Jin hyuk took the initiative most of the times in their relationship we do not see him pushing Soo hyun too much or being a brat or nuisance and then giving the excuse of age. He was a mature person right from the start. He understood the woman he had fallen for came from a very different world than his, he understood her hesitancy and in the end he simply won her over by not being a pushover. I was legit freaking out in the scene when KJH steps forward to rescue CSH in the hotel lobby when the director is questioning her in front of the hotel staff about her secret date. I fully expected something cringe and childish from him as usually happens in dramas in such scenes BUT was I surprised or what! CSH too stuck to her man through thick and thin after she had made up her mind. She believed she deserved to be happy unlike so many heroines in dramas and worked actively to reach that happiness with her boyfriend. Even her reason for breaking up with him was somewhat understandable and that is no mean feat for a writer because we are so used to dramas just dropping in a break up to spice things up towards the end.
A special mention is also needed for the stunning cinematography and all those wonderful book quotes throughout the drama. I have uploaded a few of them on this blog as well.
I enjoyed this drama from start to finish and liked the ending where both of them gain in love but do not lose out on the other things in their life. CSH still manages to keep her status, her hard earned money and hotel and KJH manages to keep his dignity, privacy and continues to climb slowly and steadily up the corporate ladder by his hard work. This will prove to be a great watch for people who like mature romances where both the individuals work on their relationship and face any obstacles together.