Drama Recaps
Story of a Man (The Slingshot): Episodes 1-2
by | April 8, 2009 | 54 Comments

Hahahaha. You know what’s funny about my taste in dramas? How utterly unpredictable it is.

After the messiness of East of Eden and the overhypedness of Cain & Abel, I thought I’d probably hate KBS’s new thriller drama Story of A Man [남자이야기], or at least be bored by it.

On the contrary: This is a pretty sexy show. Solid acting, strong directing, controlled pacing, and a pretty impressive score.

(The website and promo materials are carrying the subtitle “The Slingshot”; I’m not sure what that means in the context of this story, but I wonder if that will be the English-language title this drama takes on. Just fyi.)

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The thing is, I wasn’t sold on the premise alone — it sounds okay, but not automatically compelling. What makes the drama work, however, is the execution — it feels like a movie, in the way that the director really sets a mood. It’s smooth but not overly slick; it moves well but has some fantastic pauses that create moments of tension. That overall tone is what spoke to me in these first two episodes.

 
THE PREMISE

After a false accusation destroys a family business, the owner commits suicide in despair. His younger brother attempts to fend off ruthless debt collectors from going after his brother’s widow, but an act of desperation lands him in prison for three and a half years.

What he doesn’t yet know is that an ambitious businessman, the son of a powerful conglomerate’s CEO, has been systematically orchestrating the ruin of many smaller companies on the path to taking over.

What ensues is… revenge? (We’re not there yet, but I’m guessing that’s what happens, once he gets out of prison and starts to put all the pieces together.)

 
THE STORY

Initially, Kim Shin (Park Yong-ha) is one of those lovable but irresponsible types, who lives a pretty easy life — he’s unemployed (by choice), but comes from money. He has a good relationship with girlfriend Seo Kyung-ah (Park Shi-yeon), although they have a “cool” understanding, spoken jokingly, that she’d never marry him and wants to attract a rich businessman.

His older brother took their father’s small mandoo (dumpling) store and worked hard to build it into a big company. Both Shin’s brother and Kyung-ah prod Shin to get a job or at least work for the company, but he just wants to spend his time frivolously. Big Bro is a decent boss, loving husband, and father to two young girls.

Everything changes when their mandoo factory is featured in a spurious news report — all accusations, no facts — that charge them with using inferior ingredients and feeding the country “trash mandoo” while raking in the profits. Sales plummet, the company is attacked by the public, and Shin’s brother is ruined. The story is proven to be false by an official investigation, but the damage is done.

Furthermore, the shifty news reporter who broke the story refuses to air the update to the story clearing the company. It’s in the paper, he sneers, so he doesn’t have to bother featuring it.

A truly honest man, Shin’s brother is completely crushed by this, and drowning in debts that have amounted since the story broke — with no sales, there’s no money to pay any of their workers, and he’s had to take out huge loans to keep the business afloat. He’s also read all the scathing netizen comments (“Go kill yourself” and “If you commit suicide, don’t jump in the Han River and pollute the water”) — not knowing that the netizen slander is actually the work of people who’ve been paid by a mysterious figure to spread the hate.

Big Bro may know logically that suicide isn’t the answer, but he’s already past the breaking point and doesn’t respond to Shin’s attempts to encourage him. One night, he wanders along a bridge, and in a rash decision, walks right into traffic. He dies.

A suicide ruling nullifies the insurance policy that would have been paid to his widow, and soon loan sharks descend upon her to collect what her husband had borrowed. She’s helpless and has to care for two young girls alone, and has no money.

Kyung-ah surprises Shin by offering her savings, but he laughs because it’s such an insignificant sum. He asks Kyung-ah for a favor, explaining that he inquired around and found a high-end hostess bar willing to hire her — which basically means he wants to sell his girlfriend.

(Bar hostessing isn’t prostitution — although sometimes they can be linked — and usually requires a woman to indenture herself to the bar, in exchange for a large advance of money. Shin says that this bar is a classy place that caters to CEOs and celebrities, but no matter the environment, hostessing is looked down upon as a disreputable gig — the general public attitude toward hostesses is somewhat similar to the attitude that Americans might have toward strippers, for instance.)

Kyung-ah is disgusted with Shin, and leaves.

With no other options, Shin does the only thing he can to save his brother’s family — he takes out his own loan, despite having no way to repay it. Even the loan shark cautions him against doing it, but he takes out a loan to pay off his brother’s — in essence exchanging his life for his family’s.

And then, Shin storms into a newsroom (this is actually the very first scene, in Episode 1) in the middle of a live broadcast. In a blaze of fury, he points a crossbow at the anchor — the same reporter who broke the false story about their business — and shoves a piece of paper in his face, ordering him to read it on the air. (We can guess that it’s an explanation clearing the company’s name.)

But the cameras have cut away to a field reporter, and Shin loses control of the situation. He insists they turn the cameras back to him, but the police arrive and take charge. As Shin is forced to the ground and detained, he grinds out in frustration, “I have something to say to the people! Why won’t you let me say it?!”

For his stunt, Shin is sentenced to three and a half years for attempted murder. As you may guess, he does not do well in prison.

Once incarcerated, Shin’s attitude is one of dull despair, and he manages to piss off the boss of a certain gang (above right). That means Shin is beaten and harassed from the outset, despite his best attempts to remain quiet and unobtrusive. But he’s locked up in a group cell with the boss’ minions, who pick on him gleefully.

The only non-gangster in the cell is a weird, nervous prisoner, Ahn Kyung-tae (Park Ki-woong, who gives an impressive performance). Shin asks how Kyung-tae manages to escape harassment, but Kyung-tae is locked in his own head and doesn’t talk to anyone, only muttering nonsensical things to himself.

Thus Shin endures more beatings. He begs the guards to transfer him to a different cell, because he’s going to be killed here, but they ignore his pleas.

One day, a young woman comes to visit him. She’s Chae Eun-soo, a pure-hearted girl who is kept under strict watch by her father, the rich businessman CEO Chae. With her communication watched and all information filtered (she’s like a lovely bird in a gilded cage), Eun-soo has taken to spying on her father’s business meetings, which is how she has heard of Shin’s situation. It’s like her father (and brother) are so mired in corruption and greed that she feels doubly aggrieved for their victims.

Shin dismisses her, not paying much attention until she mentions his dead brother. Eun-soo explains that she thinks the situation had something to do with her family’s company — but she doesn’t know how to do anything but apologize. So she’s here to apologize.

Now for Eun-soo’s older brother, the brilliant, calculating, ambitious Chae Do-woo (Kim Kang-woo, in another nice bit of casting).

The specifics of his plan are not yet clear, but the gist is this: Do-woo has been ruthlessly destroying smaller companies with the intention of building up his own enterprise. Shin’s family company was only one of many, but it has been noted that Shin’s case has caused more trouble than anticipated, with the bad press and suicide.

However, Do-woo is not all-powerful. Not yet. He’s in the final phase of his big M&A (mergers & acquisitions) plan, and needs an infusion of capital to finish it all off. He asks his fellow rich friends for money to invest, and although the most senior guy refuses, Do-woo is able to convince the others to trust in him.

After Shin’s meeting with Eun-soo, his attitude undergoes a drastic shift. For one, he requests another meeting with her. (She sends him a care package in prison, which he returns unused, but with a note asking her to return.)

Also, when the gangsters start to mess with him, now he fights back, no longer intent on keeping the peace. In fact, he even goes after the gang leader a few times, managing to get in a few punches before he’s dragged off by prison guards.

His erratic and violent behavior raises tensions with the gang, and they organize an ambush in the prison courtyard. Kyung-tae is the only prisoner who sees the gangsters passing around a weapon — a shiv fashioned from a toothbrush. When two prisoners pick a fight as a decoy, the guards are distracted, and the gangsters drag Shin off in the chaos. They beat him and stab him with the shiv, while Kyung-tae nervously alerts the guard, who finds Shin in time to save his life.

Shin had demanded that his sister-in-law sell her place and take the kids far away, and not tell him where she went. Since the loan sharks will go after everyone connected to him, she must cut herself off completely.

Kyung-ah tracks down Shin’s sister-in-law to an out-of-the-way town, and as the two women talk about Shin, they both conclude that he had been purposely hurtful in order to push them away, knowing that remaining close ties with him would only bring them trouble. Kyung-ah also realizes that his crude request to sell her to the hostess bar was only a tactic to get her to leave. He had then held up the newscast to purposely get thrown in jail and out of the loan sharks’ clutches, knowing they would hunt him down.

Unfortunately, the thugs have followed Kyung-ah here, and continue to terrorize the family for Shin’s debt. They take the very last of the widow’s money and promise to return monthly. Kyung-ah sees how traumatized the family is, and follows the loan sharks to make a counteroffer — she will assume the debt, so they’d better not pester the poor woman anymore.

Meanwhile, back in prison, the guard tells Shin two things: (1) He owes his life to Kyung-tae, and (2) He and Kyung-tae are going to be moved to a different cell, so he’d better try to live more quietly now. Shin thinks to himself (and to his dead brother) that perhaps he did have a death wish, attacking the gang boss like he did. After all, that’s what his brother did — succumb to a brief, self-destructive impulse.

 
THE CHARACTERS

I mostly know Park Yong-ha from Winter Sonata and On Air so maybe my impression of him is skewed, but I enjoy seeing him depart from his nice-guy image. Granted, Shin is a good guy at heart, but he’s also immature, selfish, and tough. Park displays some nice acting here, and although I’ve seen him cry plenty before, the tears in Story of a Man are angry, frustrated, intense — kind of like the drama.

As for Park Shi-yeon: I’m curious to see how this relationship plays out. In the beginning, Shin and Kyung-ah treat their relationship with cool nonchalance — the kind of couple who would never say “I love you,” who always joke about not getting serious. But when things get tough, we get to see a reversal, and their actions prove just how strongly they care for each other despite their joking (i.e., when Shin pushes Kyung-ah away, and when she takes on his debt). Even Shin’s sister-in-law urges Kyung-ah to take this opportunity for a clean break, because Shin has already given her a clear out, but she sticks around anyway.

Furthermore, I think Kyung-ah’s future path is going to be interesting to watch. I’m thankful that Kyung-ah is no sacrificial, quietly suffering woman — she is made of tough stuff. And curiously, when the loan shark laughs that her sacrifice is such a touching display of girlfriendly love, she tells him harshly that this has nothing to do with love.

Based on previews, it seems like Kyung-ah is going to cut Shin off, telling him that they now live in different worlds. So while her big sacrifice is done out of caring, it’s not to preserve their love, but rather as one last goodbye gesture. (It also seems she’ll start working at the high-end club Do-woo frequents, and I’m looking forward to seeing them meet — especially since it’s been noted that Do-woo isn’t very receptive to the girls and maintains his distance.)

I last saw Park Ki-woong playing a goofy, immature law student in Love & Marriage, and before that he was Kim Sun-ah’s kid brother in When Night Comes. And my, what a transformation!

You’d never confuse him with his earlier performances, because you may have thought he would be better playing light, comedic roles. But he’s really taken a step up with this disturbed prisoner character. Kyung-tae is constantly frightened, cowering in fear from everything and everyone, and also given to nervous tics, and Park Ki-woong pulls it all off quite well. (Purely from an acting point of view, man it must be tiring to constantly act like a bundle of nerves, twitching as though it’s an involuntary reaction. My muscles ache just thinking about it. )

And now, can we talk about Kim Kang-woo? OMGSOSEXY.

I have been known to fangirl, but it’s never over a pretty face (or ripped bod). There are too many pretty faces out there to squeal over every one, and I’ve got a fangirling limit, yunno? It’s more about presence and charisma, and boy does this character (and actor) have that. Abundantly.

I mean, HOT DAMN is Kim Kang-woo sexy. It’s not his looks (even though those don’t hurt) — it’s his attitude. He’s cool, but I don’t know, there’s something really very *present* about his acting, how it feels much more *there* than I’m used to seeing from pretty lead actors in drama series. Kim sure has grown up well, hasn’t he?; you can tell this is a movie star. He embodies his character’s calm power so well that it doesn’t feel like an actor trying to play cool — he just is.

I’m most intrigued by his character, because he’s obviously this brutal businessman with no sense of compassion, yet already we see hints of weakness. I like that he’s not at the very top of the food chain, because I don’t want to see someone who’s all-powerful. I want to see Do-woo struggle to pull off his risky, colossal scheme, and how he relates to his pure-hearted little sister, and maybe even his possible daddy issues.

 
OVERALL IMPRESSION

I think I’ve raved perhaps more than I meant to. Story of a Man isn’t an automatic win for me, and I’m not positive it will remain good. (I recall that I liked Legend for several episodes, but lost interest after that, so I’m not just trusting writer Song Ji-nah to deliver.) But based on the first two episodes, I was pleasantly surprised.

The directing is the definite highlight here. The acting, the story, the characters — they’re solid. But it’s the directing that makes this stand out. For instance, the tone of the drama is very assured, which the music is particularly effective in setting. I’ve mentioned that this comes off like a film more than a drama, and it’s really true in the care the production has taken in establishing ambiance. (A lot of dramas don’t have the time or budget for ambiance — that falls below essentials like “plot” and “editing” on the priority checklist.)

There are a few scenes that stand out, and maybe the reason I like Do-woo so much is because his scenes are among them. The director takes time to linger on a look or a moment with a strong, controlled sense of pacing. When most dramas are scrambling to shove as much plot into one hour, this drama actually slows down a moment here, a moment there, and you’ve got to have confidence to pull that off. It gives Do-woo’s character this cold, languid intensity, which feels like a huge messy oxymoron, but all those words apply.

I don’t know if I’ll continue to recap this drama. Considering the good directing, good acting, and good production, I think the story will be the thing to make or break it for me. Will it maintain the suspense, or go down the path of predictable and tired? With Queen of Housewives doing well (in the same timeslot), and a bunch more series ready to premiere soon — like Cinderella Man, Six Months, and City Hall — I feel like I have to decide carefully. But I’ll be keeping an eye on Story of a Man, for sure.

 
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54 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ndegeocello

    I was pleasantly surpised with Story of a Man as well. I think it has potential to be a mania hit drama.

    Kim Kang Woo is one of those hidden actors who quietly builds his career. He’s like an ultra upgrade of Kim Ji Hoon. An upgrade in looks, in acting, and in personality.

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  2. Rainey

    I’m glad you’re liking the series so far. I’ll admit, my initial interest was borne from my Kim Kang Woo love; hearing that the show might actually be decent is an added bonus.

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  3. cc

    I just watched the first 2 episodes and I’m liking it so far~ ^^
    Thanks for the recap!

    Kim Kang-woo is soooo handsome~

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  4. mmhm:]

    is it just mee ??
    or the pictures not showing ??

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  5. Ishida

    In fact, Park Ki-woon’s character has autism. I’m agree, it’s will be a very challenging role for him. I have never see a similar character in K-drama, maybe except Yoo Gun in “Hello, God” but it was not autism anyway.

    And for the main casting: PYH, KKW and PSY, they don’t disappoint me, especially PYH. I don’t expect that much from him. He’s impressing, really.

    And thank you so much for this great review, it’s clear a lot of thing for me. The first episode was quite confusing especially.

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  6. momola

    oh dramabeans, why do you do this to me:(…………I’m currently on a K-drama hiatus till my exams end….and dangnammit I got bucketloads of work to do and you drop another great recap on me…..:(…lol
    NO! must fight the urge to watch this drama….hehe.

    thanks though, I’ll store this in my ‘must check out’ box to add to the marothon I’m expecting to go on lol.

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  7. Luv

    Thank you so much Sarah.
    “You know what’s funny about my taste in dramas? How utterly unpredictable it is.”
    Hehe…this is exactly what I was thinking…Sarah likes Story of A Man??? hehe…
    It’s indeed a big surprise. Thank you for the recap. Loved it.
    See you at Soompi. :)

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  8. jackieee

    Wow, I’ll have to admit that this recap has made me want to watch this RIGHT NOW! Which is disastrous because I have soo many exams coming up. Why? Oh! Why!

    Thanks for the recap!

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  9. Anonymous

    i like cain n abel more

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  10. 10 cosmopolite

    Sounds good, sounds good. I’m excited to see which dramas you end up recapping. I have a void in my kdrama watching right now! :)

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  11. 11 Biscuit

    I wasn’t sure about this drama, perhaps due to East of Eden/Cain and Abel (ahem. is there a relationship ship with this? Adam and Eve in the Paradises of Eden whose children are Cain and Abel… etc etc I wouldnt have been surprised if they named this series Genesis.) all and the serious drama, but after reading your recaps maybe it’s not that bad.

    But for some weird, awkward reason i also want to watch it because of this:
    http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/drama/other/2009/iyagi2-016.jpg

    The headphones are awesome. (idk why, I just get all these giggles seeing him in those headphones. Yet. I’m weird.)

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  12. 12 Chocolatetree

    Hmmm… it sounds very Count of Monte Cristo-ish! And I love Count of Monte Cristo! Only for the awesome revenge taking and disguise and making the ultimate bad guy suffer… but I suppose in this case, it may turn out to be more gray than black and white.

    Sounds like something to anticipate either way!

    The recap was awesome. :D I read all your writings like an addict. :)

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  13. 13 wingstodust

    Hmm… Now I’ll have to give this show a try for real… *intrigued*

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  14. 14 Kender

    Arrrrrrrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh, why do you have to write your recaps/impressions so well? You make me want to watch this drama, and I already have enough on my plate. ㅠ_ㅠ

    How’s Park Shi-yeon in this? I’ve never really been a huge fan of hers.. Usually I want to turn back time and get rid of some of her plastic surgery (she reminds me rather negatively of a Barbie gone weird), and her acting hasn’t impressed me so far. Is she at least decent here?

    I gotta admit, though, Kim Kang-woo is a sexy boy. Rawr.

    Also, there are a lot of Park’s in this drama. XD I always love it when the main cast of a drama is dominated by one surname (like Lee in My Girl).. It makes me LOL even though it shouldn’t. ^^

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  15. 15 angelsnow2u

    it can a good drama. waiting episode next & fan. i really like park shi yeon & kim kang woo in this drama & change of park jong ha ^-^

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  16. 16 anna

    *SQUEE*

    I’m not usually a squeer, but thank you for recapping this!

    Like you, I’m fangirly HARD over Kim Kang-woo. He’s really charismatic which makes it so hard for me because he’s supposedly the “bad guy” here. I fear for how corrupted he’ll be in the future.

    That’s a crappy PS-ing job on PSY’s leg. Beside showing some leg skin, her dress (from the waist up) looks like what you wear to a funeral.

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  17. 17 movall

    Wow, totally unexpected :)

    I’ve never liked Park Yong-ha before, plus the idea of the same flow of EoE, I refuse to read about this drama. Yesterday I saw your Twitter of its OST, ok, step 1. And an awesome recap today. Make me wanna watch it NOW :)

    Thank you, hope you’ll continue to recap this drama.

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  18. 18 fizzle

    Aargh..I’m on the same boat as momola and Kender. I need to stay away from new dramas right now but you using the word “sexy” in your recap is just tempting me to start downloading this series which I initially had no expectations for. It looked like another East of Eden/Cain and Abel.

    GAH.

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  19. 19 queen bee

    Kim Kang-woo reminds me of a younger Kwon Sang-woo—especially with the stare and nicely draped on suits. Rawr!

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  20. 20 Daisy

    I’m really rooting for this drama and for Park Ki-Woong. I’m so fascinated by his character, can’t wait to see how he develops throughout the drama.

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  21. 21 etsy

    this definitely sounds like a mania drama. im reading the recap, and im already so excited for it. i love park shi yeon. shes not just a pretty face; that girl can act toughness

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  22. 22 djes

    Ah, I’m sold. I’m going to watch this..soon.
    Thank you for another great recaps.

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  23. 23 Amy

    Her character aside, how’s Park Shi Yeon’s acting? Really didn’t like her too much in “My Girl” but this story (and definitely Kim Kang Woo’s character) sounds compelling.

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  24. 24 Katherine

    Great review, I also feel the same about this drama. We’ll see how it goes for the next week or so..

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  25. 25 sunox18

    Dramabeans….another temptation…..I should stop reading your recaps, I’m still trying to get over Boys Over Flowers and here you come, the snake with the apple in the garden of Eden………I’ve always enjoyed Park Ki Woong and Park Shi Yeon in La Dulce Vita wasn’t bad………..so another addiction started because of you!!!! Just goes to show how entertaining and great you are!!!

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  26. 26 nasha

    sounds interesting from reading the recap. i have always like park yong ha .where can i watch story of a man online. can’t find on viikii

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  27. 27 vis

    Oh! Sounds interesting~ It’d be nice if this kept up the good quality all the way… we’ll see.

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  28. 28 emeldy

    wao…. sound interesting.. Was least xcited abt it , u made me wanna check out..

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  29. 29 jandoe

    i hope you’ll continue with the recaps for this- even if maybe you do it like how you wrote that Housewives series, 4 episodes at once sort of thing- cos i really like Park Yong Ha and hoping to catch this drama soon if the reviews are good.

    judging from your first impression of it though, it’s kinda awesome :D

    thank you for this!

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  30. 30 wollie

    Really appreciate your recap of this great drama series
    since I really like Park Yong Ha and I think his acting is really nice and strong here..
    Can’t wait for the 3rd episode
    reallly thanks dramabeans!!!
    cheers!!!

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  31. 31 clarice

    i definitely will watch this drama Why
    1. Kim KangWoo ( you just Realized that he is sexy?? OMG!.. where have you been hahahahaha) ~ he is HOT, Talented and Sexy
    2. Park KiWoong
    3. PArk SiYeon ( i watch her improvement in Acting and she is getting better as usual )

    Thanks for Caps dramabeans

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  32. 32 Sere

    ACK, you’ve done it again! I’ve just added it to my Must-Watch list. IDK if I should thank you or curse you! :p

    As Ami, I’d like to know how’s Park Shi Yeon’s acting these days? I wasn’t sold on her performance in My girl, either.

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  33. 33 javabeans

    Park Shi-yeon has improved tremendously since My Girl. I know she was better in La Dolce Vita, but I didn’t watch that long enough to get the full impact. But I have no problems with her acting anymore.

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  34. 34 mzpakipot

    thanks for the recap JB…it sounds very promising aside from watching PSY…ill give it a try..besides, Park Ki Wong is in it. ^^

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  35. 35 Jessica

    I usually don’t like these types of darker/revenge dramas but wow, you’ve made me interested now :)

    Kim Kang-woo does look amazing!

    And Park Shi-yeon seems to look more natural now…

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  36. 36 phiphi

    Your recap for the first 2 episodes sounds very interesting and I do like the plot.
    A 16-20 episode drama is also more manageable to watch.

    Hope With S2 will take on this project.

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  37. 37 Sere

    @Sarah

    Thanks and…well, I guess at least the premiere needs to be watched. *sighs* Too many dramas, too little time.

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  38. 38 ed

    oh this was so worth the time! javabeans is right in her usual eloquence. having seen Zeni Geba recently (except for the last episodes – it was winding down a bit poorly), i thought how similar they both are, Zeni and Story of A Man (both DO feel like ripped from the postwar 70s headlines of brutal survival, in a world where Money is Power is King.) only you get a bigger social panorama in the KBS show. i was sucked right in by ahn nae-sang’s suicidal owner of dumpling factory, and all those yummy looking mandoo! good on park yong-ha taking such unlikely role for him, but i wonder who else he beat out for the role:D maybe because i’ve seen park shi-yeon primarily in movies, but she’s very reliable here. KKW does a villain and minimalist style i haven’t seen him try before – interesting. and the direction and music are TIGHT! they call this “well made” drama, right? (be honest: it’s what all dramas should do as bottomline:P) let’s hope they keep it up.

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  39. 39 doris p

    million thanks for the recaps….hope you’ll continue recapping this series…..love ‘revenge’ plot and with Park Yong Ha in it it’s a plus!!

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  40. 40 veduve

    I am a very big fan of Korean dramas. I try to be disciplined but have completely failed. Every time I need to watch a drama I must read your comments as I found them very precise and clear for us foreigners. This summary about the Story of a man makes me want to watch it. Thanks for your hard working and spirit of sharing!

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  41. 41 haezi

    hope you continue your recaps of story of a man. i wasn’t interested in it at all until i read your recommendation and it is v. good.

    the villain reminds me a little of dexter, the serial killer, and the villain kim myung min played in a movie where he suffered from antisocial personality disorder. there are a lot of parallelisms with the writer’s previous work, sandclock, which is not necessarily a bad thing. you are absolutely right about this being a “sexy” show

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  42. 42 YGfangirl

    ooooh ur recap makes me want to watch this bad now…..~sigh so many intense dramas lol……
    maybe after i finish with Cain & Abel….

    geeze, how are you going to choose? I’m feeling nervous for you lol…i feel like the dramas you choose to recap gain some type of online status for international drama watchers like me….seriously.

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  43. 43 SweetHome

    How cool is Kim Kang Woo compared to Kwon Sang Woo in Stairway to Heaven as a business man in suit? Can anyone actually go pass Sang Woo?

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  44. 44 lily

    WHAT A GREAT DRAMA. The story is very very sad at the beginning. Great drama

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  45. 45 animesmi

    i first heard about you from another of your followers^_^ and boy do you write great reviews and recaps as many comments have said. i’m already at ep 16 now so waiting eagerly for more updates. and yeap, i’ve really liked the drama so far. the casting is great and i’m really hoping for a happy ever after though it seems highly unlikely between kyung ah and kim shin. sigh

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  46. 46 khatrina

    film cukup memarik tapi pemerannya diganti yang lebih ganteng karena film ini cukup di gemari mungkin pemeranya dari boys before flowers

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  47. 47 Eunice Kim

    i wish this drama was more known.
    i dont regret wasting tons and tons of hours wasting my time and watching this drama. :)
    it’s such a good drama but no one like heard of this drama.

    i love kim kang woo.
    he is so cooool in here.
    and has a really really nice jaw line.
    :)

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  48. 48 hanh

    OMG!!
    will dis be broadcasted at KBS WORLD???
    soooo hott!

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  49. 49 honey_bee

    kim kang woo…sexy man….personally, to me, he’s an pretty attractive guy! and also an good actor
    must say that at the very beginning I had paid my attention on this drama mostly because of him.. and i’d like just to see him with Park Shi Yeon, they seem to have gd chemistry
    though he has done many bad things that couldn’t been ever expected and Shin really is a good man…but somehow i just hope to see that Kyung Ah and Do Woo’s relationship could get better….

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  50. 50 Cazine

    Your comment about Kim Kang Woo describes completely how I feel about the charracter of “Chuck Bass” on the television show, Gossip Girl. The actor, Ed, isn’t traditionally handsome but the charisma he inputs into the character makes him the bad guy you hate to love.

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