The drama, Playful Kiss is based on the popular Japanese manga, Itazura Na Kiss. After gaining immense popularity all around the world, the manga and anime were remade into dramas by several Asian cultures including Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean. However, the Korean remake has become my ultimate favorite mostly because of the actors.
Love a good romantic comedy? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should watch Playful Kiss!
1. Handsome Male Lead
After starring in the popular drama, Boys Over Flowers, Kim Hyun Joong takes another role as a major heartthrob in the drama, Playful Kiss, but this time, he is front and center in stealing the female lead’s heart. Kim Hyun Joong plays Baek Seung Jo in this romantic comedy who manages to have girls chasing after him even with his cold personality.
2. Comedic Romance
It seems like all the actors in the drama have a role in pushing the storyline forward with funny moments, especially Oh Han-ni and Baek Seung-jo. In the starting scene of the drama, Han-ni dreams about a magical forest and a unicorn that happens to be her four-year crush, Seung-jo. Living a blissful dream, she unfortunately wakes up to reality after nearly kissing Seung-jo’s lips. Later on, when Seung-jo makes fun of her, she goes out of her way to prove him wrong. To show Seung-jo that she is not as flat-chested as he thought, she places socks in her bra for a more push-up effect. I could easily pick out ten funny moments in this drama that will always make me laugh but let’s go to number three on the list.
3. Opposites Attract
Playful Kiss is one of those few dramas where the female and male lead are the complete opposites when it comes to their personalities and how they live their lifestyles.
4. Clumsy Female Lead
Clumsiness is considered one of
5. Two-Sided Love Triangle
Ah, the classic element involved in almost every romance movie or drama. Even though two-sided love triangles become boring after a while, Playful Kiss uses the cliché well. In the beginning, Bong Joon Gu tries to stay by
6. Funny Second Male Lead
Bong Joon-gu’s way of going after his crush Han-ni is not as common as one thinks. Usually, the second male lead confesses right away or writes letters, but he is one to go all out. He takes a motorbike from a teacher and goes after her once hearing the news about her spending time with Seung-jo at the beach. Joon-gu makes every effort to win her over even when his plans backfired. He is one of the characters alongside Han-ni that really makes this drama comedic.
7. Smarter Than the Average People
8. Mother Figure
In Playful Kiss, Han-ni lives with her father who takes over the restaurant that’s been in their family for generations. But in a twist of fate, she ends up living with Baek Seung-jo and his family. As she becomes comfortable with the family, Baek Seung-jo’s mother, Jung Hye-young, grows attached to her and sees her as a daughter. Han-ni finds herself seeking advice from her and undoubtedly, Hye-young starts to fill the empty void of the mother figure in her life.
9. Importance of Family
Baek Seung-jo’s father, Soo-chang, has a long-lasting friendship with
With any good television show or movie, there must be a good soundtrack to go with it. Playful Kiss is yet another drama that
I hope you enjoyed our top reasons for watching the Korean drama, Playful Kiss. This drama has so many elements that I struggled to narrow down what I thought were the most memorable ones! It is available to stream for free on Rakuten Viki.
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