At last, a romantic comedy worthy of my time.
The first episode of Lovers of Haeundae immediately caught my attention with the laugh-out-loud chance encounter between Ko Sora and Lee Tae Sung. Lee, a workaholic prosecutor, pursues Ko, mistakenly thinking that she is behind a drug syndicate. She is the daughter of a former thug leader, who sells fish in Haeundae for a living with her father and his gang. Her father suffered a head injury and now behaves like a three-year-old.
Lee, an adopted child, marries the daughter of law minister to please his father, but runs off to pursue his lead during his honeymoon while his wife lies injured in a hospital. He rents a room from Ko. In an accident, he loses his memory and is thought to be dead by his family. Instead, he lives with Ko and helps run her business.
The thugs, known as Beachboys, once owned the Haeundae Hotel which was cheated off them by rival thugs Sheepskin. Choi Jun Hyuk is employed to help run the hotel but he is secretly trying to acquire the hotel for his father’s hotel chain, Prestige.
As the hotel’s owner, Sheepskin’s leader, lays dying, his wish is to locate his son, identified only by a birthmark on his son’s buttocks. Yes, the process of identifying the fakes from the real son is simply hilarious.
Choi and Lee falls for Ko. Choi discovers that Lee is in fact the prosecutor thought to be dead while his widow is grieving. He plots for Lee to meet his wife and adopted father. Lee recovers his memory at the meeting and realise he has to give up his prosecutor’s life to be with Ko.
This light comedy has many laugh-out loud moments. The dialogues are cheesy which added to the charm. (Lee tells Choi, ‘Congratulations! You’ve officially pissed me out.’)
Adding to the fun is Lee’s wicked stepmother, Yuk Tam Hui, who easily over shadows everyone in the drama with her funny lines and sheepish moments.
This comedy has one poor editing though. At the hotel room while talking to his adopted father in episode 14, the hanger that was holding the drip suddenly disappeared on the next shot. A small but nevertheless clumsy oversight.
Nevertheless, after all the heavy dramas from KBS recently, this was a welcome change.