Playful Kiss

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    Basic information:

Title: 장난스런 키스 / Jangnanseureon Kiss
Also known as: Playful Kiss, Naughty Kiss
Genre: Romance, school
Episodes: 16 + 7 special episodes (hosted by YouTube)
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2010-Sep-01 to 2010-Oct-21
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Related TV shows: Itazura na Kiss, It Started with a Kiss

    Sypnosis

Playful Kiss is based on the Japanese shōjo manga, Itazura Na Kiss.

Oh Ha Ni is a sweet lively and happy high school student yet she is definitely not the sharpest crayon in the box.
She has a crush on Baek Seung Jo, the smartest boy in school despite being chased loyally by Bong Joon Gu herself.

When she confesses to Seung Jo through a letter, he brings it back to her, after grading it harshly and commenting that he hates stupid girls.
When Oh Ha Ni’s new house suddenly collapses her father’s friend offers for him and Ha Ni to stay with them.

Unknown to Ha Ni, her father’s friend is actually Baek Seung Jo’s dad.
As they continue to live under the same roof and attend Parang University together, Ha Ni continues to show affection for Seung Jo although he seems to be more interested in the equally clever and beautiful Yoon Hae Ra.

    Main Cast

・Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni
・Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) as Baek Seung Jo
・Lee Tae Sung as Bong Joon Goo

    Other notable cast

Extended Cast
・Jung Hye Young as Hwang Geum Hee (Seung Jo’s mother)
・Choi Won Hong as Baek Eun Jo (Seung Jo’s brother)
・Lee Si Young as Yoon He Ra
・Yoon Bo Hyun as tennis team captain

    Thoughts

Wow, what an emotional journey this drama takes you on. I’ve already seen it started with a Kiss, and though I don’t feel this drama quite compares, it is good in its own right.

The cast was brilliant and the storyline superb, but I felt like the ending (specifically, the last 4 or so episodes) were rushed, rather than just spreading it out more (getting rid of filler scenes in earlier episodes).

That said, I am bias since i did see It Started With A Kiss first (as well as the second series) so I’d advise watching a few episodes for yourself.

Jung So Min is so cute, seriously, she played the roll of Oh Ha Ni so well. I felt her love, felt her pain but mostly, her determination. She portrays her emotions well and I was happy to follow her journey.

Kim Hyun Joong I remember from Boys Over Flowers and was excited to see him play a lead. I notice he always plays the moody, brooding and smart character rolls, but it suits him, he was great again. He portrayed his conflicting emotions well, and I really felt his frustration and reluctance as Seung Jo.

Lee Tae Sung was an actor id not heard of before, though by God did i look him up afterwards (&plan to watch his other dramas). He plays Bong Joon Goo, whose character transformation was the most progressed in the serious, I felt, and he acted out Joon Goo’s growing maturity and determination eso well.

For me, he was truly the star actor here (sorry Hyun Joong & So Min!)

Jung Hye Young I just had to mention, because she did such an excellent job with her character roll. (& she looks so youthful!!) a very funny character.

Lee Si Young who played Yoon He Ra did amazingly as well, she makes you want to reach through the screen and slap her (😅). She plays Ha Ni’s rival in love and does an exceptional job at being both harsh, straightforward yet nice at the same time. How you ask? You honestly need to watch to see.

A great watch.

Panda rating

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“Merely because I preferred ‘It Started With A Kiss’, & felt this Drama was too rushed.”