Starring: So Ji Sub, Shin Min Ah, Jung Gyu Woon, Yoo In Young
Year Released: 2015
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Who I Watched It For: So Ji Sub
Kim Yeong Ho is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. He reluctantly comes back to Korea to face his family after a scandal with an actress. Even though he comes from a wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with living a healthy lifestyle. Kang Joo Eun is a 33-year-old lawyer who was once the beauty of her school, nicknamed “Daegu’s Venus”. Over the years she has become overweight and unhealthy. She gets dumped by her boyfriend of 15 years.
Kang Joo Eun meets Kim Yeong Ho, who agrees to be her personal trainer to help her get healthier. As they work on her physical transformation, they both discover they have feelings for each other. As they grow closer, they heal each other’s emotional wounds and fall in love.
One of my goals for this year is to write a review for every k-drama that I watch. It’s a thing that I used to do when I wrote book reviews since I was reading so much but since things are changed, k-drama reviews are where I’m taking this blog. I still have quite a few reviews to write to catch up this year but I’m slowly making progress and this is my fourth review of the year. Wish me luck.
Anyway, on with the review. This drama was recommended to me a while ago but I was never really that interested in it because of fat Shin Min Ah. The whole fat girl finds love but only after she loses all this weight message never appealed to me so I didn’t plan on watching this one but then…I watched it and while it wasn’t perfect, I didn’t hate it. I really enjoyed the chemistry between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah and the rest of the cast made tuning into this show a fun experience.
I’m not even going to lie. I watched this drama because 1) my Aunt wouldn’t stop raving about it and 2) I saw this picture…
So Ji Sub is fine as hell and watching his fine ass in another 16 episode drama held much appeal for me so without thinking too much about the plot, I jumped right in. It was very easy to fall into this drama and a huge part of that reason was fat Joo Eun. Her character completely won me over right from the very beginning. Her personality was so engaging and so bubbly that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Whatever she was going through, I was on her side. Seeing her battle wits with John Kim was so much fun. I love how she kept running into him when she was in the most embarrassing situations. And I loved even more that every single time, he kept saving her. I even came to love that he was on her ass about losing weight because it was what she wanted. He didn’t let her slide on anything and he took helping her lose the weight seriously. Sometimes he took it too seriously but it’s all good in the hood because she more than kept up with him and I enjoyed her character so much.
As fun as Joo Eun’s transformation was, there were times when the story moved a little too slow for my liking. I felt like there was so much going on but a lot of the time was spent watching Joo Eun on the treadmill. But the slowness didn’t last too long so it didn’t turn me off the show entirely. I really liked the other characters, aside from the secondary romance couple. I never really warmed up to either of them though in the end, I didn’t hate either of them. I really loved John Kim’s team and how supportive they were to both John Kim and Joo Eun.
Overall, this was a fast and fun romance with a main couple that had great chemistry and delivered fantastic visuals. They worked well together and delivered a great drama. I’m glad that I gave this one a go and though I didn’t love it as much as my Aunt did, I did enjoy it and that’s what counts.
I will admit that though I liked the music while I was watching this drama, I never once thought to add the songs off the OST to my kdrama jams playlist on Spotify so while I liked this song when I heard it on the show, it’s not something that I listen to all the time.
3.5 out of 5