when a gangster becomes a MAN IN LOVE

For all my complaints about Korean dramas, here I go again starting another potential addiction: MAN IN LOVE with Song Seung-hun. My peg when it comes to gangster plots would be Hong Kong films. What is it about gangsters and their universal black suits anyway?

But wait, a gangster who works out?

 

 

Who likes his onsen time?

 

 

Who drinks his orange juice in the morning?

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I swear, there are just too many shots like this in episode 1, I’ve never seen a gangster who’s a stud like this.

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The story is interesting enough. A boy who was forced into the gang life later meets a girl who reminds him of his younger self. He tries to save her but at the same time gets into trouble with the ruthless boss (the actor who played the Korean president in MY PRINCESS also with SSH and Kim Tae-hee). Ruthless boss tries to kill him but he lives and becomes a well-known money-lending entrepreneur. Then he meets the girl again. And thus begins the journey of a reformed gangster man in love.

The first reviews I read on dramacrazy are spazzing, not about the story, but about how SSH is so hot. Can’t really blame them especially when the pilot episode is filled with shots of SSH without his shirt on. I suppose when they were conceptualizing this drama, the writer was told to insert scenes that would show SSH’s abs. “He’s a gangster so he exercises… make him go to the gym! Have him soak in an onsen… it would be nice if you could show him drinking orange juice without his shirt on!”

Damn, why didn’t we have scenes like this for Jo In-sung in THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS? Nevermind if it was freezing temperature. JIS alone will heat up the small screen.

This is life in the post-Baramibunda era. It’s not that bad though I like SSH in MY PRINCESS better. In MAN IN LOVE he looks old and those fugly bangs flowing over his face have to meet the barber soon.

YELLOW tea for a girl who still has to decide if she likes this drama or not.

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