One of the main reasons why I watch Korean series is for the kilig* it gives me. My friend highly recommended this series and informed me that my kilig-meter will be filled by the time I finish it. It did just that but it gave me a lot more too.
kilig* refers to the feeling of excitement due to various romantic situations such as making first eye contact with one’s crush
Cast: Park Bo Young (Na Bong Sun), Cho Jung Seok (Kang Sun Woo), Lim Ju-Hwan (Choi Sung Jae), Kim Seul Gi (Shin Soon-Ae)
Plot: Na Bong-Sun works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.
Kang Sun-Woo is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change. -Asian Wiki
Things I didn’t love
Body possession/switching – I know that the whole premise of the series is this but some part of me disliked the idea that a wandering soul can enter a living person’s body. I also didn’t like the times when Shin Soon-Ae possessed people to get over her unfinished business. I definitely had no choice and just had to accept this idea.
Evil Spirits – *Spoiler* As the series progressed, we are given the background of Choi Sung Jae. This is where we realize that he was possessed by an evil spirit at a young age. I’m not one who believes in such and watching this part of the series somehow made me cringe. It’s just not my cup of tea.
As you can obviously tell, both of the things that I don’t love revolve around the supernatural. I’m someone who does not want to believe in this and so watching this series was somehow difficult for me. I had to try my best to watch it with open eyes and mind. I also had to remind myself that this was just a series, I didn’t need to take everything to heart.
Things I love
The characters! Cho Jung Seok was a perfect choice for the chef. He played his role very well and he gave us a wide range of emotions! I loved how he seamlessly transitioned between a cold-hearted chef to a warm and caring one. I also loved the fact that even just his smile filled my kilig meter for me.
Another character who deserves to be recognized in this series is Park Bo Young. She has the hardest job here since she has to play two characters at a time. Just like Kang Sun Woo, she gave us an outstanding performance as she transitioned between two roles. I also have to highly commend her for being consistent with the way the ghost acts. It’s through her acting that I didn’t have a hard time determining who was who.
It was also a pleasant surprise for me how Kim Seul Gi’s character grew on me. At first, I wasn’t too impressed with her but as the mysteries behind her death were being revealed, she played her character in such a way where I can empathize with her.
The feels this series gave me. I’m a sucker for rom-com sitcoms and this series is a sure winner. I just love the chemistry between Cho Jung Seok and Park Bo Young (regardless of whether she was playing Shin Soon Ae or Na Bong Sun).
The family. I’m a family-centric person and it was refreshing for me to see that this series put an emphasis on family. *Spoiler* When Shin Soon-Ae died she left her father and brother. Whether she was a wandering spirit or possessing Na Bong Sun she always made time for them. This for me shows that a family connection is deeper than just words. The connections and memories we have with them surpasses life and accompanies us as we move forward into the unknown.
The overall story of this series is also one of the things I most liked. I thought this was just your typical rom-com series but the mix of action and crime was a sure winner for me. I love how this everything just went well together.
I love this series. I love how it started off with a simple plot and somehow grew into so much more. In the beginning, it was just about a ghost who had unfinished business but as the episodes progressed we were shown something much deeper. Issues involving the family and past of Shin Soon-Ae was put into light and, for me at least, doing so made me realize how much we take for granted while we’re living. It’s such a typical lesson but a lot of times we overlook it because we think that we still have tomorrow.
As for the living characters in this series, I love Park Bo Young’s character. As timid as she was in this series, I can still somehow connect with her. I, myself, sometimes opt to choose the easy way out because I’m afraid. It was a blessing in disguise for her when she was possessed. She was able to come out of her shell and really live because of it. This somehow serves as a lesson for me. We need to get out of our comfort zones more often so we can truly experience a life without any regrets.
As I finish this review, I am coming to terms with the fact that this series doesn’t deserve five stars. It does deserve a high rank because it talks about much more than just what we see. It all depends on the viewer and how they choose to look at it.