Show Name: The Great Seducer/Tempted
Episodes: 32 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Director: Kang In, Lee Dong-Hyun
Cast: Woo Do-Hwan, Joy, Mun Ka-Young, Kim Min-Jae etc.
In an act of revenge, Kwon Shi Hyun makes a bet with his friends to seduce Eun Tae Hee, who believes people that are swayed by love are pathetic. After Tae Hee meets Shi Hyun, her view on love starts to change. As Shi Hyun’s secret deepens, he starts to fall in love with Tae Hee.
Ohmygosh! I loved this so much, guys! This drama literally had me screaming!
I think it’s a hit or miss drama and fortunately, it was the former for me. I don’t think I would have given it a try if not for Joy, I was still pretty reluctant when I started it. I watched The Liar and His Lover a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely fell in love with her smile (She is so effing cute!!). The decision to watch this drama was sooo right, it was so freaking addicting. I have to admit most of the times I wanted to hit the characters with a frying pan on their head but oh well, when you are in love, you are.
The Great Seducer depicts the life of 3 spoiled brats who in order to suppress their emotional pain relishes in causing others trouble. Kwon Shi Hyun (Woo Do-Hwan) is notorious for his charms of seducing and in order to stop his father and his best friend’s mother Choi Soo-Ji (Mun Ka-Young) from getting married, he proposes to Soo-Ji. Sii-Ji takes this as an opportunity to get her revenge on his former lover Lee Ki-Young (Lee Jae-Kyoon). She wanted to ruin Eun Tae-Hee’s (Joy) life as she thought Lee Ki-Young left her for Tae-Hee. And so begins the game of lies where Soo-Ji agrees to marry him if she manages to make Eun Tae-Hee fall in love with him. But he begins to fall into his own trap when he realises his true feelings for Eun Tae-Hee.
My first thought for the three musketeers was that what a close knitted group they were. They would do about anything for each other and I quite loved that. Until the actual fact surfaced. They were so malicious that they would reach any extent to hurt another person who gave them any pain. Kwon Shi-Hyun, Choi Soo-Ji and Lee Se-Joo, all three have unstable families and they have dependent on each other since they were children. I get that, they were actually so dependent on each other and forced to care for their own but this made them completely forget that others were human too.
The trying to impress moments were goddamn hilarious! Like this one. This drama definitely had its moments!
I did not know what to think of Kwon Shi-Hyun at first. He was such a flirt and well, kinda too much. The kind of men I loathe. But his character development was so effing good! The selfish guy started caring about others after he met Eun Tae-Hee. She was a strong character, positive as well as realistic. I mean her smile lightened up the whole drama. (Yaas, I think I have a bias now… Red Velvet here I come!!) Anyways, the romance although was started all of a sudden, did not feel forced. It was kinda cute to see how both of them were struggling to convey their feelings because it was kinda first for both of them.
I honestly thought Lee Se-Joo (Kim Min-Jae), who is the third musketeer wouldn’t be as evil as Choi Soo-Ji. But oh well, he turned out to be the biggest douche-bag. He totally deserves my frying pan beating!! It was pretty clear from the start that he was in love with Choi Soo-Ji. It should have been sweet but I felt it was kinda toxic. The ultimate douche-bag of the drama was Lee Ki-Young for which this whole act started. The only one who was perfectly able to reply to him was Eun Tae-Hee. That guy was seriously too audacious, I mean how can someone be this shameless? I would have loved to see what finally happened to him but we are devoid of that. I actually loved the fact, how matured Eun Tae-Hee was in compared to those three.
The ending felt a bit rushed. Although it was beautiful, I wanted more closure. The way it ended, it wasn’t enough. Overall, this drama was pretty addicting and I would have missed out on a gem if I hadn’t given it a try. The acting was really engaging as well as the sub-plot which added more mystery to the story. This is one element which every K-drama has in common, somehow it all ties up to that one thing. Anyhoo, I will be awaiting Joy’s next drama.
Show Name: The Liar and His Lover
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Director: Kim Jin-Min
Cast: Lee Hyun-Woo, Joy, Lee Jung-Jin, Lee Seo-Won, Sung Joo, Shin Je-Min, Chang Ki-Yong etc.
A love story about a depressed genius music composer Kang Han Gyeol who meets the high school student Yoon So Rim when he’s living under a hidden identity. With her courageous honesty and beautiful singing, So Rim draws Han Gyeol back to her again and again. They meet love obstacles along the way as So Rim found out that Han Gyeol was actually Crude Play’s producer K and others.
The Liar and his Lover was in my to-watch list for a very long time but when of my ARMY friend recommended it, I instantly picked it up. This was my first “Joy” drama and gosh, this was sooo sweet and the songs!! I loved each and every one of them.
Yoon So-Rim (Joy) is an aspiring singer and a huge fan of the band known as Crude Play. For Yoon So-Rim, it was love at first sight when she saw Kang Han-Kyeol (Lee Hyun-Woo). For him, she was only a nuisance until he heard her voice which kept leading him back to her. Kang Han-Kyeol also known as K, is the producer of Crude Play but nobody knows his real appearance out his agency. He hides the fact to Yoon So-Rim even when they start getting close. The relationship between then starts with lies (see the common factor with the above…) but as Crude Play starts facing their own problems, he is forced to come out his hiding and deal with the problems.
Kang Han-Kyeol is the producer of all the hit songs for Crude Play but his arrogant nature and anger outbursts tend to keep everyone at bay. His character begins to change after he meets the ever shining Yoon So-Rim. Honestly, the chemistry between them was sooo sweet! Although their relationship started on a lie which was very much unintentional, its development was slow and steady. According to the drama, the age gap between the two was kinda big (not in real life though, they are only 3 years apart) but I was so relieved to see that no unnecessary issue was created on that subject.
The inner politics of the entertainment industry was portrayed in this drama. I don’t know how much of this actually happens in real life but I wouldn’t be surprised. Because for some people in Show Biz, only the money matters. Although Kang Han-Kyeol was the childhood friend of the members of Crude Play, except one, the relationship between the guys wasn’t perfect. The development of this aspect was also refreshing. Getting accepted as who they are was the biggest competition faced by Crude Play but I absolutely loved the approach taken by the members of the band.
That damn smile…
Overall, The Liar and His Lover was worth the watch! All the OSTs were pretty much amazing and the acting was superb as well. The character development was the topmost thing that I enjoyed about this drama aside from the sweet romance. Yoon So-Rim starts out as a naive character but by the end of this drama, she has matured a lot. Same goes for Kang Han-Kyeol who realised what his selfishness had cost him. Anyway, I absolutely loved how everything was wrapped up in the end!
So guys, have you watched these 2 dramas yet? What did you think about it? Do you stan Red Velvet? If yes, who’s your bias?