Good-for-nothing Yoon Shi-yoon in Romance Full of Life
Yoon Shi-yoon (Mirror of the Witch) goes from zero to hero in this week’s installment of Three Colors of Fantasies: Romance Full of Life. In it, Yoon plays an unemployed student, fired from his part-time job, and dumped by his girlfriend, Jo Soo-hyang (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, Sassy Go Go). The trailer for showcases Yoon’s bouncy charm as well as Jo’s earnest hardworking side.
Three Colors of Fantasies is a newfangled drama collaboration between MBC and Naver, completely pre-produced and consisting of three color-corresponding parts, with three 30-minute episodes each. Romance Full of Life is the green part, touted to be about overcoming the struggles of youth with food, and I was excited especially because it’s set in Noryangjin, famous for its fresh fish markets. But the trailer doesn’t look like a traditional foodie drama, unless you count the triangle kimbap that Yoon stuffs into his face to impress Jo Soo-hyang.
Yoon stars as a student for the national police exam who’s failed repeatedly and is now in his fourth year still trying. He works part-time at a convenience store and lives in a tiny room in a youth hostel. He’s also the type who thinks it’s socially acceptable to recommend the best brand tampons to his female customers just as they’re checking out at the counter. There’s only one upside to his life: his girlfriend, played by Jo Soo-hyang. Unfortunately, she’s also struggling to get her life back on track. She initially dreamed of becoming a world-famous pianist, but now she studies until her nose bleeds to get her music-teaching certificate.
When his girlfriend breaks up with him, and he gets kicked out of his room for being late on the rent, then fired from his part-time job for sleeping in the store, Yoon has nowhere else to go. He somehow lands upon this great clinical trial gig that pays him money for answering a couple questions, getting a couple tests done, and swallowing an unknown pill. Dude, I could have told you — never take the strange pill (unless it’s Morpheus offering it to you).
Somehow though, it doesn’t backfire on him: Instead of causing his immune system function to decrease, he magically becomes good at everything he wasn’t before. He gains super strength, keen reflexes, and musical talents as well. When he sees his ex hanging out with another man, he goes ballistic and decides to get revenge by getting a complete makeover to show her what she’s missing.
The web version of youth comedy Romance Full of Life is currently available on Naver, but the TV version will be broadcast on MBC starting this week on February 16.
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