My Korean Jagiya (Philippine Drama Review)
I have heard a lot about this drama from Facebook. It is made and widely promoted by GMA 7 to cater to the Korean drama obsession of many Filipinos.
I have to say that when I first heard that Heart Evangelista was the lead, I thought they would get a big name Korean actor or rising star like Kim Young Kwan or Lee Soo-Hyuk to play the leading man. After all, Heart is known for being a bit of a princess who grew up in the lap of luxury and is very fond of designer brand such as Hermes, LV, D&G, Dior, etc. She demands the best!
Anyway My Korean Jagiya is Philippine Korean fusion and many scenes were filmed in Seoul. The lead male actor is a Chinese Korean, who I have really never heard of before. His name is Alexander Lee.
I have just watched the first episode. The story so far is that Alexander Lee plays Kim Jun-ho, a once popular actor who made classic Korean dramas like Coffee Prince, 🙂 I love you Kim San-sun, 🙂 etc but has gone off the radar in the last seven years.
There is this lady in the Philippines, who was a Kim Jun-ho die-hard fan. She is Gia, played by Heart Evangelista. Gia is a tutor at an international school. She is going out with a man called Ryan, who she had known since elementary school. Gia was hoping for Ryan would put a ring on her finger soon.
Anyway, Gia is good at her job, so much so that she got an excellent work evaluation. As a reward, she was sent to Seoul to attend a convention. She was besides herself with excitement. She jotted down all the places that Jun-ho had filmed for his dramas before including the Jagiya House.
The episode ends where Gia bumped into Jun-ho inside the Jagiya house.
Based on this episode, it is not like those polished Korean dramas. It is very rough, rickety and the acting is terrible. Hopefully the characters would gel soon.
Also the script is terrible with atrocious dialogues. How possible is it to have your foreign idol to have as his first love a Filipina? Be an uncle to a Korean Filipino boy, who happens to be in your class? This is obviously what they call in Korea as a makjang. They created plots which are outrageously absurd and illogical, which is hard to relate to.
I hope this drama improves as between just you and me, I had looked forward to it! 🙂
Jun Ho had a girlfriend called Cindy, a Filipina, a fair-skinned Filipina. She was a bit of a slapper. She asked Jun Ho to choose between her and his career as she felt neglected especially when Jun Ho would pose for selfies/groupies with his fans.
Anyway, out of the blue Cindy announced to Jun Ho that she was pregnant. Jun Ho was actually excited only to find out that he was not the father but his own brother. 🙂
Jun Ho was so traumatised that he cut all ties with his own brother and then left the entertainment industry. He had been cocooned in a Buddhist monastery for the last five years.
He learnt that his brother who is now based in the Philippines was in a very serious accident. He, therefore, had to go to the Philippines. He was expecting to meet Cindy again in the hospital but he was advised that there was no Cindy or any other female that had visited his comatose brother.
By this time Gia is back in the Philippines and found a ring on her boyfriend’s bag. She was so delighted, at last Ryan was about to propose, or is he?
Why is Gia always wearing that school-girl sock with shoes or even sandals?!!! True there are Korean dramas where the girls do wear them, but not throughout the whole series. Is this some sort of racial profiling 🙂 that Korean girls wear socks on their shoes whether they were in high heals of flatties?!!! LOL
There is not much chemistry (in my opinion) between Heart & Alexander. Heart does give her all in terms of acting but Alexander is rather wooden.
Anyway, Alexander asked Gia to marry him so he can officially adopt his nephew. Gia, of course, said yes afterall she was already in love with Jun Ho even before they met.
Gia was so optimistic of their coming union that she signed the pre-nup without even reading it and prepared for the wedding in her Korean hanbok.
Jun Ho was rather aghast thinking that Gia was overly excited with the contract marriage. He had to tell her in no uncertain terms that Gia does not really love him and he will never love her and the fake wedding was just a way to adopt his nephew.
Gia was finally brought down to earth.