Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)
This is a rather tender love story. It stars the gorgeous Jung So-Min and a return to the small screen for Lee Min-ki in a leading role after 10 years.
I would watch anything with Jung So-min in it because she is such a good actress and she has that fresh and bright screen presence, which I like.
I was really pleasantly surprised with this drama. There are a lot of things going on with the various characters. But in the middle of it all is a tender and sweet developing love story between two lonely and rather reserved individuals.
- Lee Min-ki as Nam Se-hee
- Jung So-min as Yoon Ji-ho
- Esom as Woo Su-ji
- Park Byung-eun as Ma Sang-goo
- Kim Ga-eun as Yang Ho-rang
- Kim Min-seok as Sim Won-seok
Jung So-min plays Yoon Ji-ho, a 30 year old assistant writer of melodrama who is being taken advantage by work mates and family and became homeless. By sheer coincidence she ended up renting a spare room with Nam-se-hee (played by Lee Min-ki).
Se-hee at 38 had his life planned in minute details. He owns his apartment by way of a mortgage, which he hoped to have paid in 12 years time and is scrimping every penny to do so.
Nam-se-hee has rented out his spare room but had had bad luck with tenants until he met Ji-ho. She was ideal for him. She is quite house-proud. When writing, she would clean and polish every surface in the house to get her inspiration. She also loves Kitty, Se-hee’s cat. That’s not all she avidly does the recycling. And to top it all, she loves football/soccer. She support Arsenal just like Se-hee and they would spend time watching the game on tv. To prevent any complication they had a contract where they agreed that they can not like each other in a romantic way.
Se-hee’s parents are pressuring him to settle down and get married. Se-hee asked Ji-ho to marry him but Ji-ho had to turn him down as she equates marriage with love and affection, not just a landlord and tenant in a contractual marriage. She wants the real deal..
Ji-ho moved out but found that she was lonelier and so does Se-hee. He was missing her.
I love that Se-hee is beginning to loosen up a bit from being very uptight. It is very slowly but really rather sweet to watch.
In episodes 3-4, after Ji-ho was assaulted by a drunk actor, whom she had a crush on for three years, Ji-ho was at her lowest ebb. This finally drove her to accept Se-hee’s proposal of marriage.
It is a sweet love story and Min-ki and So-Min have a good chemistry.
I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This drama is made up of 16 episodes shown every Mondays and Tuesdays Yey!
I do highly recommend this drama. In the first episode there was that conversation about the neocortex. The neocortex is that part of the brain that gives you memory and sensory. The neocortex is the price humans have to pay for evolution.
Episodes 5 & 6
Woah what happened to the gentle and tender love story developing between the leads? In these episode they have gotten married but before you can say honeymoon period, the gravity that pulled them together is now putting them asunder. Friction no less.
I supposed you can see a mile off when Ji-ho behaved like a new bride and develop a cute proprietorial affection to her husband, Kitty, the cat and the house, that Se-hee can only pull back. He doesn’t do affection from a wife or anybody. He wanted a paying tenant. His goal is clear to him. He wanted the marriage to last for 2 years, until then they will go their separate way. still platonic, bordering on being really strangers to prevent any complication. He wanted to live alone in his little flat where he wanted to die alone as well. This situation of course saddened the already lonely Ji-oo. She was so embarrassed that she put back all her defences on high alert. It is war! 🙂
I am so looking forward to how this story develops next weeks.
After walking out from her writing job, Ji-hoo found a part-time job as a waitress at a nearby coffee shop called YOLO (You Only Live Once) from her husband’s workplace. It was only time that he sees her. And he did. He saw his young missus astride an expensive motorcycle with a young gorgeous man. He felt a twinge of jealousy but stopped himself because she was a wife in name only.
The young man is Bok Nam, teases Ji-Hoo with “if you have a husband, can’t you have a boyfriend?” Which concerns her as she feels the loneliness from her pretend marriage. Bok Nam continued to shower her with time and affection, treating her very well in a touchy feely sort of way, even buying her a hair grip and a book. Very different from her stoic husband.
The end of episode 8 was very uplifting! It looks like a happy ending afterall for Ji-hoo and Se Hee. She thinks that love exists as Se hee extends his hand to her asking her to go home with him.
There was a bit of misunderstanding. Se Hee, after receiving various misinformation, thought that Bok Nam was the stalker and rapist in a dating site Se Hee’s work have been running. Thus, he thought that Ji-hoo was in danger. Se Hee, very out of character, kicked the very expensive motorcycle.
Bok Nam actually was quite innocent. He was a victim of identity theft.
The hand-holding did not last long. Again Se Hee explained in detail that they can’t be any more than landlord and tenant because after their contract marriage is over, the impact on Ji-ho will be immense as a woman and much younger than him.
He is really getting on my nerves 🙁 He will step towards her and then pull back. Poor Ji Ho. Bok Nam teases her that she has a one-sided love for her husband. Ji Ho was a bit concerned but she can’t help herself.
Bok Nam told Ji hoo that he forgave her husband from destroying his motorcycle because he said something lovely about Ji hoo. Apparently Se Hee respect her and she is a good defender (as in football). She knows how to look after herself and their relationship.
But this again did not last long because Se Hee said that she failed her defender role by kowtowing to his parents. He was very upset when Ji Ho went to help out on the memorial day of his family. He paid Ji ho for all her effort with 100,000 KRW ($90). Ji Ho was rather insulted and said that the payment was not enough, he had to work in her family farm in the week and make kimchee.
OMG this episodes’s last 5 minutes is the business. It was so darn cute. I can’t wait for it to be subtitled when I first watched it raw. The kissing was terrifically passionate.
Woah Se Hee was so manly and sexily forceful. LOL
Thank goodness, I thought from the trailer last week that it was going to be a dream, the seaside kissing, I mean. But no siree! Se Hee said that he had been meaning to correct Ji Ho’s bus stop kiss. He said that was not a kiss, not even a peck. It was just momentary touching of lips. He then proceeded to snog her face. He then asked if she understood and would she like him to show her once more? Our good girl, Ji Ho, said yes. … and more kisses.
It looks like it would be a rather romantic episode tomorrow based on the trailer. But there was a quick shot of Se Hee ex-girldfriend. Nooooo
We have only another 5 episodes. We don’t want heartbreaks, we don’t want misunderstanding. We want lots of loving, a lot of affectionate activities, plenty more of tonsil hockey and probably some tasteful under the sheets frolicking. LOL
What can I say? This is the episode that we have been waiting. For an hour or so, it packed quite a dramatic, romantic, comedic and at the same time melancholic vignettes.
There were so much kissing between Se Hee and Ji Ho (I like) It was so hilarious at the start when Ji Ho was really into it while here mobile was ringing. Se Hee was a good sport, he continued kissing while alerting her of the ringing phone. Phenomenal.
This drama really is of three couples. Se Hee and Ji Ho of course are in the middle of it.
Ji Ho has a couple of bffs since middle school, Soo Ji and Ho Rang.
Soo Ji has a high powered corporate job, where she constantly suffers from sexual harassment from colleagues. Soo Ji puts up with it most times but now and again she strikes back. She started dating Ma Sang-goo, the CEO of where Se Hee works. As much as Sang-goo wants to get even closer to Soo Ji, she rebuffs his advances. She wanted to keep it casual. She said that she lives in a shitty situation and does not want to drag Sang-goo into it.
I must say that their relationship is fun and romantic. I love their teasing and being very sexual and yet tender romance. Esom (Soo Ji) & Park Byung Eun (Mr Ma) have a lovely chemistry. You actually believe their love affair. At first I was rather surprised about Park Byung Eun. I have only seen him playing the shady/baddy characters in dramas in the past. He was actually fanciable as a leading man.
As to Ho Rang, she has the most heart-rending story. She is living with her boyfriend, Won Seok, of 7 years on the small top floor apartment overlooking great scenic view of Seoul.
Her raison d’etre was to get married and be a good stay-at-home housewife. With some manipulation she was finally able to make Won Seok, pop the question. She happily planned a rather lavish wedding, thinking that they have enough money, after all they have been saving at least a 1000 KRW a month. Unbeknown to her Won Seok had hardly put anything as his company was not making any money. In fact he gave up his company and now worked as a salary man with Mr Ma and Se Hee.
Ho Rang, though very sad, won’t say anything, which only troubled and stressed Won Seok. He knew that they are dancing around the issues of marriage, wedding and money and careful not to go into these as it would lead to a point of no return.
Won Seok had to sadly ask Ho Rang to postpose the wedding for another 5 years. Ho Rang reminded him that she will be 35 in 5 years and have been together for 12 years. Won Seok, with breaking heart asked her to break up. hu hu hu Really sad.
Episode 13 & 14
I have to say I was rather annoyed with how this drama is going as far as Ji Ho and Se Hee are concerned. Ji Ho is beginning to irritate. She is so self-obsessed. Why not give Se Hee a chance. He is beginning to lighten up and yet Ji Ho seemed not to notice. He even cooked her omorice for breakfast.
She is now going to ask to end their contract because she thought that she is doing the right thing in giving Se Hee back his freedom to connect with his ex-girlfriend. Of course Se Hee would only feel rejected… again!
Can’t wait for the next episode.