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Me Too Flower (2011) Drama Review
A prickly, grumpy young policewoman runs into who she thinks is a cocky troublemaker. Little does she know that he’s a lingerie designer keeping his wealth and status secret, and harbors some deeper secrets as well. Coming from the writer of the famous My Name is Kim Sam Soon, this drama has an unexpected level of depth, even for a romance. The action mainly takes place within a very small sphere: Bong Sun, the female lead, Jae Hee, our male lead, as well as a few supporting characters. Likewise, the plot mainly focuses on the interactions between the characters as they develop and grow.
The characters are all complex and interesting to watch. Our heroine Bong Sun is not the peppy, bright kdrama heroine we usually see – she has a hot temper that she often can’t control and old issues with her parents make her unwilling to trust or open up to anyone. We can see her insecurities and how much she wants to be loved, and because of this we’re cheering for her not just to get the guy, but to be happy being herself as well. Jae Hee at first seems like Bong Sun’s opposite – he’s outspoken and cocky and unafraid to lash out at her in their numerous fights. Inside, though, he’s just as closed-off as Bong Sun is. He lives as an odd-job man when in actual fact he’s a self-made millionaire caught between the poor world he grew up in and the rich people who do business with his company. The two of them together are great foils, so that even counting the romance out, each of them gradually starts to shed their insecurities and start to connect emotionally. What keeps the drama going is that the romance doesn’t take a straight path. Even though they start falling in love early on, their relationship starts off rocky and only gradually becomes more stable.
A host of secondary characters make the drama a little lighter, especially Bong Sun’s eccentric therapist, who loves to make fun of his patients. Bong Sun’s spoiled little stepsister is a little hard to take, but she provides great entertainment with her snag-a-rich-man schemes, and also is a way for Bong Sun to start caring for other people again. There is a noticeable lag in the second half of the show, though, as Jae Hee’s possessive ex-girlfriend starts acting up. It’s not very understandable when you have so much emotional ground to cover with your main characters instead, and all the meddling and misunderstandings end up dragging the drama down considerably. The actress gives a good performance, but there are several episodes where you just want to spork her and shove her out of the way. Eventually, though, the drama settles back down into its quiet groove.
I’d say this is a good watch if you want interesting characters in a quirky romance that’s insightful, realistic, and not just the candy-coated type.
Lee Jia as Cha Bong Sun: I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the casting choice, because Lee Jia is a little hit-or-miss. Luckily, though, she really manages to balance Bong Sun’s grumpy personality along with her inner loneliness. When a heroine has such a strong desire to fight her current circumstances and find happiness, you can’t help but cheer for her.
Yoon Si Yoon as Jae Hee: I was worried when he got cast for this drama because he just looked so young next to Lee Jia – until he changed my mind in the first episode. Yoon Si Yoon is capable of being fiery, intense, and gentle all in one episode, and he played Jae Hee’s guilt and fear skillfully.
Seo Hyo Rim as Kim Dal: Seo Hyo Rim is kind of playing spoiled brats over and over again, but she’s always good at making them entertaining and even giving them some lovability. Kim Dal’s goal in life is to find a rich husband so she never has to work, but she too learns to live with her sister and make adjustments in her life for other people. What makes her a nice accompaniment to Bong Sun is that they’re both straightforward characters and unafraid to challenge people on their hypocrisy. So what if she’s a gold-digger?
Jo Min Ki as Park Tae Hwa : He’s the most lovable out of this whole bunch. He spends his working hours as a psychiatrist slouching around his office and having huge fun poking at his patients. In fact, though, he really has an eye for seeing people’s inner qualities, and ends up being a good friend to Bong Sun.
The editing is a little weird in the first few episodes – scene transitions are abrupt and some scenes get dragged on for too long – but they get smoothed out after a while.
What I loved best was the tone of the drama: quiet, restrained, and moody, especially in the scenes where Bong Sun is struggling with herself and her unhappiness. It’s a good tie in to the heavier elements of the story. The director has a really good eye with the lighting and the music in those places, and even incorporates the weather into Bong Sun’s mood. That’s not to say the drama is really slow; most of the time it’s well paced and light. Unfortunately, I think the second half got dragged on way too long, and maybe the whole thing could have been told better in 12 episodes instead of 15.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
1) Interesting characters. They’re all well-balanced, with both good and bad characteristics. All of them are complex and grow and change as the drama goes on, and all are well-acted.
2) Yoon Si Yoon. He’s worth watching just because of those emotive eyes.
3) Seo Hyo Rim and Jo Minki. Their characters are the funny counterparts to our leads, and every scene they’re in is bound to be entertaining.
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