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Dal-li and Gamjatang: Episodes 1-2 Open Thread

The world of high art and pig farming collide in KBS’s new rom-com Dal-li and Gamjatang. To call it an opposites-attract romance is almost an understatement. Our hero and heroine are worlds apart in every sense, and that clash means instantaneous chaos — and chemistry.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

For anyone who’s going to dive into this drama, beware — the first half hour or so makes you want to give up. Between the dull exposition and the overwhelming presence of English-speaking characters (whose acting skill you may infer here), I wanted to pass on the drama entirely. But then our leads meet, the fun goes through the roof, and it becomes so zany and enjoyable that I didn’t want it to end.

Before we get to the fun, though, we have to meet our characters, and first up is KIM DAL-LI (Park Kyu-young). She’s living in the Netherlands, away from the chaebol father she loves, working and studying at a prestigious museum. When we first meet Dal-li, she’s getting scolded by her boss. She’s been sprawled out on the floor for days, deep in her work, and living off of lollipops. Dal-li is nerdy and cute, but also has an elegance about her. Her short hair and graceful mannerisms remind me of Audrey Hepburn (no small compliment), and Dal-li is likable right off the bat.

Next we meet our hero, JIN MOO-HAK (Kim Min-jae), who’s doing a food tasting event that’s replete with cameos. Everyone seems to like the ultra-expensive and elite food that’s being served, but Moo-hak practically flips tables. He firmly believes that his beloved gamjatang should be a cheap and filling meal that everyone can afford.

We learn about Moo-hak’s story a bit more — his father is the owner of a gamjatang restaurant that’s taken off and skyrocketed the restaurant to an international franchise, and the Jin family into wealth and prestige. We can tell that Moo-hak didn’t grow up with money; he dresses in exuberant outfits that reek of wealth, but lack taste. They’re loud and they grab attention, much like Moo-hak himself — a bit crass, pompous, and yet a delightful character.

The character of Moo-hak is such a fun change for Kim Min-jae after winning over our hearts as the kind introverted pianist in Do You Like Brahms. Here, he’s loud and colorful, and Kim Min-jae plays the role just as obvious and obtuse as it requires. The story makes it clear that Moo-hak is a bit dense, and driven by money (he measures every expense by how many bowls of gamjatang it’s worth), but at the same time, he’s got enough flaws to make him lovable.

Interestingly, with Park Kyu-young, this is the quietest role I’ve seen her in, but I quite like her performance so far. She carries herself with a grace and gentleness that we don’t often see in dreamland — in fact, it was a fun inversion for the loud and colorful character to be the hero, and the dignified wiser character the heroine.

Our main characters cross paths quite soon, and the mayhem begins. Dal-li is sent to the airport to chaperone a famous Japanese art collector known as Mr. Jin. Simultaneously, Moo-hak is arriving in the Netherlands (against his father’s wishes) to go to an event at a pig farm. He sees Dal-li’s sign for “Mr. Jin,” and without too much fuss, the two think they’ve met the right person, and are off to the party.

Cue the mayhem! Moo-hak arrives at a private gallery event, lauded by the attendees as a famous art critic. He fakes his way through the event, and Dal-li runs cover for him, graciously translating his sub-par comments into something much more sublime. Moo-hak, however, passes over all the great works of art in the gallery and focuses in on the painting of a pig pen. He analyzes the painting in great (grotesque, pig-centric) detail, and the crowd is left flummoxed.

Beyond the silliness of this event and the mistaken identity, there’s an undercurrent of attraction between Dal-li and Moo-hak that’s been sparked ever since they locked eyes at the airport. So, despite the wild scene that Moo-hak creates (choking on an olive pit, requiring Dal-li to do the Heimlich, which damages the Modigliani piece, eventually revealing it was a forgery), the two can’t seem to stay at odds for long.

They bicker over the disaster at the gallery, the threat of a lawsuit, the mistaken identity that they’ve just figured out, and the fact that they’re been kicked out on the street – but they also don’t stay angry fore more than five minutes.

They head to the airport together to look for the real Mr. Jin, and then, when Moo-hak realizes his father has frozen his credit cards and he has nowhere to stay, Dal-li lets him crash at her amazing home.

Moo-hak thinks she’s just staying with a wealthy friend and doesn’t know she’s a loaded chaebol at this point. He cooks dinner for her while she works, and the two have a sweet evening together that seems to suggest that there was some fate behind their meeting.

We even get hijinks! Moo-hak is in the shower while Dal-li is in her bedroom struggling to take off her dress. Just then, there’s a sudden brownout, during which a wet, naked, and towel-covered Moo-hak runs out in the pitch dark to make sure Dal-li is okay — only to fall flat on top of her as the lights come back on. It’s been done a hundred times, but somehow it’s still hilarious, and the humor these two actors inject into the scene make it a lot of fun.

The next day they’re a bit sorry to part, and Moo-hak has an impetuous moment and takes off his ultra expensive gold watch and gives it to Dal-li, basically as insurance that they’ll meet again. But they don’t. He neglects to get her info, and runs after her taxi to no avail. And just as he’s forced to return to Seoul and his angry father, Dal-li is also returning to Seoul, but for sadder reasons: her father has just died.

Moo-hak tries to locate Dal-li in a fun Cinderella-type way, but he’s soon convinced by the people around him that she actually played him, and ran off with his watch. So now he’s basically angry with her and pining for her at the same time.

However, there’s a bunch of politics going on in both families that actually wind up linking Dal-li and Moo-hak again. We’ll explore this in more detail as we get into the drama’s second week, but to start, Moo-hak and his stepbrother have lent money to the art museum that Dal-li’s family owns and runs. However, with Dal-li’s father’s death comes debt, debt, and more debt.

Moo-hak comes to collect, and he storms into the art museum with a crowd of thugs. They all start taking off their clothes (showing tons of ink) and lay on the gallery floor in protest, Moo-hak included. Imagine his horror when the museum owner walks delicately over to him, and he recognizes… Dal-li. It’s hard to imagine a more zany and fun ending to this drama’s first week — the ridiculous is only matched by the genuine cuteness of Dal-li and Moo-hak together.

There are also a lot of fun side characters that we’ll get to next week (including Hwang Hee, whom we last saw just a few days ago as an NIS agent in The Veil) — but all in all, even for its roughish start, Dal-li and Gamjatang is a lot of fun. It hit my funny bone, and it promises to keep hitting it, so I’ll definitely be back next week for the madness. And in the meantime, I’m just going to giggle over the unlikely thought of Kim Min-jae inked from head to toe.

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How refreshing! An Korean drama FL who is not a lovable loser, broke or full of traumas and accomplished and intelligent too boot!

And she is a chaebol women who is already not a terrible snobby excuse for a human being who has to be taught to have a heart by the hero :)

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Hear hear!

Park Gyu Young makes a refreshing FL. An heiress, accomplished, elegant (the hair wasn’t a distraction as I feared, it framed her small face well), kind to ML. But her world doesn’t revolve around him, thank you very much (unlike Yumi’s Cells heroine, I can’t relate to 30-something female who dissect and obsess over every action of potential MLs).

Kim Min Jae is fun. I didn’t know he could be this fun. I like they didn’t make him a buffoon nor incompetent .

It reminds me of Family Honor drama - old rich vs nouveau rich; intelligent kind FL vs intelligent brash ML - but just with more comedy. Thankfully so far it has not gone into the slapstick route.

Promising!

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Yes, Family Honour is my first thought when knowing the plot of this drama (which is one of my favorite family dramas but PSH ruins it now). That clash of value, culture and world view is so much fun to watch.

And Kim Min-Jae can finally wipes off the good son image that I formed from Twenty Again. Very pleased to see Park Gyu-young has landed this quite special lead role.

Thanks @missvictrix for this quick and delightful recap.

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I still love cast and characters even with this show itself! Also, the name Da Vinci restaurant sounded a funny place to me!

I'm looking forward for next episodes!

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We have only seen the first episode and ten minutes of the second (subtitles ran out) but we are absolutely sold on this show. We will finish the rest of the second episode tonight.

Missvictrix, I loved you comparison of Park Kyu-young to Audrey Hepburn. There are a number of people who did not like Dali's hair- and commented upon it. In fact, only a very few women can look good with short hair- like Audrey Hepburn- because it requires a very fine featured face. But Park Kyu-young has such a face and the effect is quite beautiful- while at the same time so very appropriate to her character in this story.

Dali is such a wonderful character- she is a little but eccentric , hard working, dedicated, honest and even smarter than she is pretty. Yes, they had a moment at the airport but do you want to know when Moo-hak really fell for her? It was when she did that math problem in her head while driving to the party. Her circumstances may have rendered her nearly helpless for the moment but she is about as far from a Candy character as a woman could get.

And what a great character Moo-hak is. He is not stupid- in fact he is quite smart- almost as smart as Dali. And he is no spoiled Chaebol heir- he grew up working in his family business (which is why he is also a talented cook) and is a good businessman. But he is ignorant of things outside of his narrow specialized area. His attire reflects that (what a hoot that first outfit was! And those shoes- I want a pair).

What is really neat is that even at the start of this story we can see how good each of our lead characters would be for each other. And this is something that somehow each already seems to know subconsciously- that is why they cannot remain upset with each other for very long.

I and my wife have really loved what we have seen so far. I only hope that this show can keep it up. Thank you so much, Missvictrix, for wee-capping this show.

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I am one of the complainers, but her hair in motion isn't as God awful as it is in stills, so I let it go.

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I love her hair. She has a great face for it like Hepurn did or Winona Ryder.

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I love it too. Especially when she had that hat on.

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That hat was fabulous- and just like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn in a 1950s movie.

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When I saw her hair in the show's poster, I do admit that I didn't really like it. It looked strange, and I thought it was going to be another IOTNBO: a show that focuses on the leads being eccentric.

However, I fell in love with her character, how she carries herself as a talented, brainy, elegant chaebol's daughter who is hard-working, honest and kind. The moment she appeared at the airport with that "crow" mini-hat, an elegant dress, and an elegant pair of shoes definitely sold her character and the whole show for me.

From that moment on, everything makes sense. No less does her hair and those cute "bangs".

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The hairstyle is actually spot on, in character with her personality, along with the choice of clothes and accessories (the hat! - that Moo-hak called a crow.. hah!). With that look we were given a glimpse of who she is. Kudos to the costume and hairstylist team, they vindicated themselves!.

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Yes! You can see Moon-hak’s eyes instantly sparkling up at that moment when Dali worked out quickly and correctly the number of bowls of gamjatang.

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I hated the hair but somehow they suit her character and she seems to be carrying that hairstyle surprisingly well.

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I actually really liked how well depicted new money and old money were. One grew up with all the wealth and spends appropriately, the other one obviously went through a rough childhood and still suffers from money anxiety and insecurities.

On another note, I am in love with Moo Hak. Someone made a comment that his behaviour is neither terrifying not disturbing because the guy is loud 24/7. I think that description is spot on. The guy is so painfully transparent that you can't help but love him. Plus, he cooks! I don't know about you, but any main lead who is a great cook is good in my book.

Dali is kind, intelligent, understanding and living in her own world. She also seems extremely strong. With or without a main lead, I am sure she will do great as a new gallery director.

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Not only did he cook, he also did the dishes afterwards and didn't leave the kitchen in a total mess. Major brownie points for that.

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I dont know if people loved the shower scene but I do know there is nothing more attractive than a man who can do household chores🤩

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That's it , I'm 100% sure now that you're telepathic
Or Is it Me???
Maybe we're both on the same wave length 😂

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He cooks and he does the dishes afterward. That's more stunning than the shower scene.

I hope there'll be more scenes of him cooking, or showing off his cooking skills.

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I loved it. This was delightful. The leads have chemistry and the story seems good. Also our cocktail Prince feel in love first, which is important and makes for a better drama.

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I liked Dali from the start and love that he seems to be smitten from the start. His reaction whenever he thinks she is flirting, like him thinking she was setting up a date, is adorable.

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I really liked that scene. I liked it so much more when she seemed to regard it as being genuinely funny instead of being shy as would have been expected from "ordinary FLs".

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It is interesting that Kim Min-jae is portraying someone vastly different than his last drama but still has a similar warmheartedness/sweetness about him. That or I'm reading too much into his smile. Otherwise, I find Moo-hak is a bit naive.

I was expecting Dali to be a bit more of an airhead or spoiled, so I was delighted to see that she is grounded. My only complaint about her is how she ignores eating... which yes its being used as a plot point and likely Moo-hak feeding her may become a thing... but I dislike how its kinda accepted that she's and her father both do it and considered a quirk. A pattern of not eating is not quirky.

Other random things
-Yay, Hwang Hee
-At first Na Gong-Joo's shifty eyes made me think she just didn't like Dali but it might be she's involved with what was placed behind the painting. (Or red herring because too obvious.)
-Hwang Bo-Ra's character looked very uncomfortable in the opening... but I'm not sure if that was just the shoulder pads.

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I do sometimes think that the ML's secretary was exaggerating a bit in her acting. Though that suits well with her loud boss, I'd prefer her acting to be a bit more toned-down.

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I'm in. I'm a bit concerned about the mystery and part of it. That it could drag down the show. I'd love if even in that area it kept up the lightness and maybe (speaking of Hepburn) went in a more of a Charade type vein.

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I can see this going the way of Police University where the mystery takes over, and I stop caring halfway through, but for now it is cute. Moo-hak is cute, but a little much for me. I loved Dal-li though. She's smart, warm-hearted and elegant.

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These leads are so lovable together. Park Kyu-young’s role suits her better than any I’ve seen her in, like she was born to be a leading lady. Kim Min-jae too is at his best here (moving seamlessly between aggressive landlord/debt collector and boy in love)—with funny results.

I love how the show is playing up their cultural (and social class) differences while giving them their smarts in common. I can’t help but root for intelligent, but unentitled, characters.

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I said it before and will say it again, if you want a male lead who can have chemistry with anyone and who can make you believe he is head over heels in love with the FL with just the way his face lits up, then Kim Min Jae is the actor to cast. I think his prime cell is Romantic cell.

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I didn't expect this serial could be this FUN! Loved the two episodes, and patiently wait this week episodes...

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I liked the first 2 episodes.

Park Kyu-Young suits this role. I like her English scenes. She's really graceful. She seems fragile and strong in the same time. I like she's reserved but not cold at all.

I couldn't help myself to focus on Dal-Li's driving... PKY did it like in old movies with the movements from left to right. I hope she doesn't drive like this in the real life :p

Moo-hak is hard-working and very honest. But he lacks general culture, who doesn't know Da Vinci? 😅

I really liked the use of paintings in the sho of different scenes, like instead of the sky.

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It's the Debbie Reynolds driving style 😁

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It reminded me the scenes with a convertible car, the woman wearing a scarf on the head to protect their hairstyle.

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Yes, yes, yes, I'm nodding to every sentence you wrote @missvictrix ! I don't have much to add to what you (and others) wrote, just:

- I was cringing through the first episode as well 🙈 (though putting my Shopping King Louis lenses helped a bit).

- I was distracted by the countryside, it didn't look like Holland, it wasn't FLAT enough 😂

- Muhak won me completely over the moment he cooked for Dali.

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Do you know where the first episode was filmed? I was trying to figure out if they actually went to the Netherlands 😅

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All CGI

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Whoa! In that case they could have made it look like Amsterdam 😂

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Yes, it looked all CGI to me but at least they got the colours for Schiphol Airport right.

I also liked the Van Gogh inspired sky. Obviously not anything you'd get in nature but I appreciated the nod to art

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My wife and I noticed the sky also- and I too that of Van Goph.

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I liked that too :)

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OMG! Really? I thought it was a real place, and I was wondering where this beautiful place was!

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hahaha. me too!

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Oh I thought they filmed in their international villages like the Petite France, I'm not sure of the name.

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Unlike the others, I have not liked the first two episodes very much, among other things because I did not like any secondary characters, but I do have a lot of interest in the main characters and especially in how the story develops from here. If they are going to help each other, if they are going to remain enemies.

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It's got that Drama Magic, where I'm so sucked in by the leads and the characters and the story that I don't even feel the need to bitch about how they are clearly not in the Netherlands or that the Netherlands really doesn't have electricity blackouts. Or hills.

I just love the main two. They're awesome. I like her hair, I like his red suit (with matching red tie). I'm completely sold on this. So far.

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Agree with you about the Drama Magic. The leads have amazing story.

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...or that there is not so much nature without houses in the Netherlands 😀

(The blackout was caused by a good fairy, of course 🙂)

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....what about the windmills? It was so gorgeous that I actually considered studying in Netherlands solely for the landscapes.

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There are windmills, but I can't think of a place where they would be in a semi-circle like that. The Netherlands landscape is ruled by straight lines. And flatness

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Thanks for clearing that up! I was really trying to figure out where they were filming!

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Actually Europe is experiencing major energy problems right now (there are many articles about this) so I found the brownout entirely realistic.

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My parents still live in the Netherlands and there are zero brownouts. Also, I'm in another part of Europe and the energy problems mainly manifest themselves through an increase in price (not electricity cuts) which is something that neither Dali nor MooHak would have to worry about 😁

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I laughed out loud at hilly Amsterdam. The scene of the hotel made me think of Croatia honestly.

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And I had to laugh when I recognized the hotel from many kdramas starting with Princes First Love in 2005 when I think the hotel was new. In Seoul.

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His red suit! It might be the first ever red suit that I approve. The costume and set of this drama is quite something.

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This drama did NOT DISAPPOINT.. I have been looking forward to this drama or awhile because 1. I am a fan of KMJ and think he is hugely underrated. 2. I love the concept. The idea of 2 rich people getting together with a new money vs old money is so much FUN!!! I am sick of that rich boy/girl and poor boy/girl trope.

DaLi seems like a good female lead so far, she is kind and very elegant but she doesnt come off as pretentious or acts better than other. I liker her so far because her character has real class and grace but my Fav Character is Jin Moo Hak.. OMG when he called that 50 dollar bill Asian Art, I lost it.. 😂🤣😂🤣... but I like how strong his character is and how he truly fell for Dali almost at first sight it seems.

This couple had me smiling the entire time.. Gosh, I hope they (writers) dont mess up their chemistry...

PS.. Her Clark Kent curls don't seem that bad now that I have seen the show BUT.. hopefully, they tighten that look up a bit.

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i was thinking of betty boop for that hair!

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Omg this show was so cute. I found the opening episodes to be so adorable. I am so glad to see Kim Min Jae play a fun character. Its so nice to see him so loud and expressive after his character in Brahms. I have to commend Park Gyu Young on her portrayal. She seems naïve but seems to have her own strength. She is privileged but doesn't come across as tone deaf and doesn't seem to look down on others. If this continues to go on, she may end up on my list of fav fls. The ending of episode 2 was so hilarious with Moo Hak trying super hard to hide his face. Also the scene where Moo Hak gets flustered seeing her at the airport and says "Is she a crow or what?" made me chuckle so much, mainly because that is the exact sort of thing my grandma and dad would have said. I feel like I am going to like this old money-new money contrast.

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I was surprised with Amsterdam pictures! I live in Netherlands but It doesn't seem it has been shot here 😁May be a studio! Only there was a secene in the airport that was the right one 😁Bike paths were so different than we have. Even one car secene there was a hill! It was like in France or Switzerland. Its pretty f ll at over here. But I could not belive how Mrs.Bronchorst beaheved when he met with ML😁

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perfect actors for the parts. i love it.

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Yes. This is one is perfectly cast at least as far as our main lead characters.

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🤭 tee hee but not the Americans, or were they supposed to be Dutch?

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They were supposed to be Dutch but in fact some of them (not all) were Americans obviously flown to Korea to imitate Dutch people speaking English.

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From the posters that were posted on the bean wall, I wanted to check out this drama solely for all the attires and hat the FL wears, but I din't expect it to capture my attention and now I'm staying for the plot and the two adorable leads.

I love FL's hair ❤ I haven't seen any people recently, who can rock the curls as good as Park Kyu Young!

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1) i'm excited about the museum business aspects of the show. #savethemuseum excited about how the street smart moohak is gonna make the classy but uptight museum more everyman (pig dishes in the cafe perhaps?). the 2FL is a gallerist, and there's gonna be a scene stealing cafe owner. museum lovers unite!

2) did anyone catch how dad died? thought those scenes were a bit vague for me. did he die of a heart attack or foul play? i'm ok with the potential "whodunit?" murder mystery here cause it may involve rich people and art, like a game of clue.

3) i also like how we have a love pentagon here with 3 potential suitors for dali. after NEVERTHELESS and HOMECHA, i'm kinda sick of 2MLs being passive guys in love with their childhood crushes. bring on the sus chaebol and cop 2MLs.

4) lastly and most importantly, i'm in love with minjae. and i'm a middle-aged man with a gf.🤭 i typically hate caricature leads in kdrama (e.g., the dreaded candy), but for some reason, minjae is pulling it off with me. so this begs the question, am i gay for minjae or do i want to be minjae?😅

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2) It is kept as a mystery for now I think. That scene was made vague to us intentionally.

4) Maybe, Both?😅

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I think that there is a real mystery here and that is why one of our principle side characters is a young detective.

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I meant 'Principal'.

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You are not gay for Minjae- and you do want to be him: A really handsome rich guy who is not a spoiled princeling. Who would not want to be him?

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+ Knows his area of expertise really well, can cook and has a lot of colorful suits.

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Hmm. For those who are watching Yumi I think Dali’s prime cell must be refinement? Intelligence?

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Intelligence first - the refinement is simply her upbringing.

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I have been waiting for D&G and I was not disappointed. Thank you @missvictrix for the weecap. Sometimes I think you can tell when everyone connected to a project is having a great time and I think D&G is one of them. I have enjoyed Kim Min-jae in the DR. ROMANTICS and BRAHMS but his portrayal of Jin Moo-hak may be his best performance for me (if it holds for the rest of the run). When the D&G pics started being released I commented that I thought the costume director was having a ball working with KMJ and the first 2 episodes confirm that for me. Even tacky he looks great. 8 hope we get a look at his ‘tattoos’.
I am so pleased with Park Gyu-young’s performance as Dali.
(I so disliked her portrayal of SKJ’s sister in TTC and I am glad I can let that performance finally go.)
It was a little strange to see in one week Hwang Hee in two totally different roles.
Anyway. I loved what I saw and I am looking forward to the next two episodes.

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I don't want to break your heart, but I think this episode is probably the only episode you get to see "glimpses" of his tattoos! 😂 I was paying a lot of attention to how KMJ was going to play this scene convincingly enough because I was pretty sure that he was wearing something with tattoos on, and it required good acting with precise and planned "how the tattoos should be seen by the viewers without looking all fake" in that ending scene of ep2.

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This drama feels very refreshing!

I watch this because of Park Gyu Young. She always play the strong willed independent character woman, and in this drama, her resume is perfect!

She's elegant without having to put other people down, she's empathetic.

I'm amazed at how at school age, she encourage Woon Tak to become a police officer, after he was getting scolded by a police officer.

The first episode has a bit drag, but come second episode, I just can't stop!

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The thing is that I had never been able to see KMJ's and PKY's charm but somehow I checked out the first episode. And you guess what, I really liked it.

The main pull for me for this show is the FL character and her everything. She is so nice to look at, and I'm pretty amazed at her natural ability to present herself as a graceful, kind-hearted, intelligent and hardworking chaebol's daughter. And I really like her English! I can't believe I would get to hear a SK actress that speaks English well! It was nice to listen to her English and her calm demeanor.

The show took me by surprise. It is very artistic and I love how they make it like an art piece in itself. I haven't been able to warm up to the ML character yet, but we shall see in the next episodes.

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I thought the English was dubbed at first 😃
I’ve heard Korean actors speak English well, even though there’re only a handful of them, but there’s something about hers that I love. I can’t pinpoint what that is though😅

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I think she speaks English beautifully, and with her character's calm demeanor, how she carries herself, and her intelligence, her character is like one of the most famous artists' painting itself.

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Her fluency in English serves her character well- because it adds credibility her portrayal of a very highly educated and intelligent woman- it takes both effort and intelligence to master a foreign language that well. And she must have mastered Japanese equally well or even better because her character received her PhD from the University of Tokyo (so she had to write her dissertation in Japanese). Is there anything sexier than a brainy beauty?

So I agree that Dali is herself the human counterpart to a masterpiece by one of the true masters. And Park Gyu-young is playing that role perfectly.

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And there was also a scene of her speaking French. I don’t speak French, but judging from how she spoke, I believe she also nailed that scene.

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PGY handled the English dialogue quite well.
Fans of KMJ’s performance in BRAHMS recall that he handled English dialogue in that drama quite well. He did a good job here acting like he didn’t understand or speak English.

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It is fun to see just how different KMJ's character is here from the one he played in BRAHMS. My respect for his acting abilities has continued to climb,

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In BRAHMS KMJ’s character was wrapped uptight pretty well. IN D&G he can let loose. I think he is really enjoying playing Moo-hak.

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PKY studied in a foreign language high school and then Yongsei University (one of the SKY Universities, ie the top three in Korea).

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That explains her fluency in English well, and thanks for the info!

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@mmmmm,
I am glad you took the D&G plunge. I will be very surprised if you don’t fall for the KMJ charm (and killer smile!). Everything about him is loud but (unlike maybe the stereotype chaebol son) he is aware of other people. He is a guy with street kid experience and instincts. Look how he tried to ease Dali’s concern about the damaged painting. On the other hand he wanted his rent paid and I am still chuckling over the Moo-tak/Won-tak exchange. Then he goes into full blown loan shark mode tattooed up arriving at the museum with hired thugs (or maybe hired actors playing thugs). I loved it.

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Hello Haraboji *bows*
I'm glad, too, that I "took the plunge". To respond to your speculation, I will be surprised if I "fall" for the KMJ charm. He (ahem) is not my usual "type", if I may say that. Plus, his character being street smart is also not my usual "preference". 😂 But reading your description of him made me chuckle. He seems to be a bit more "endearing" to me just by your above comment.

We shall see how this goes.

P.S. Oh.. the FL is really my preferred type of FLs. I can't find anything I don't like about her.

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O/T.Interesting to me that in the cast of D&G there are two actors whose performance in a drama really had a negative impact on my impression of them. (It is the problem of separating the actor from the character).
In the THIRD CHARM the character of Ri-won (Park Gyu-young) annoyed me to the extent that I could just as well pass on a future PGY drama.
I am glad I ‘took the plunge’ into D&G. PGY is wonderful as Dali.
Making a cameo in episode two as the banker is the character actor Jeong Gyu-su. He was so detestable as Secretary Oh in my first kdrama HEALER in 2016 that it wasn’t until NOKDU FLOWER (2019) that I enjoyed him in a drama.
Crazy, right?

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Yes, actually, me too.

I detested PGY’s character in IOTNBO. Her character was so strange I avoided all of her dramas after that (and for your reference, I think I lasted only a few eps of that one). I, too, am wonderfully surprised at how a right role can turn things around for her for me. The same thing might happen to the ML, too, perhaps.

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I loved how he wasn't trying to pass any of the blame about the painting on to her and reassured her it was only on him a couple times.

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i love park gyu young. i will watch this but must eeveryone be fuckin' rich it's real annoying. anyway she looks so cute and ur review sound good. hopefully itll be fun as hale

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Question did he out on fake ink to go intimidate her ? Cayse he clearly had none in the shower scene...I double checked...for science

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Yes- trust the science. It is good that you did such a thorough inspection.

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I take this matters very seriously

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Omo....I can't remember the last time I watch a romcom this entertaining. The show brings a wide a smile the whole 2 hours. I love it. I even love it more than Cha3x.
I adore Kim Minjae, know that he is versatile enough for any kinds of roles, if given a good script.
His portrayal of nouveau riche boy is fantastic. Loud in everything, from his voice, his opinios, all the way through his gold watch. New money needs to be recognized 😁😁
Park Kyuyoung is also very good in portraying a girl born in an old money family with good upbringing, thinking driving a maseratti is the most natural thing in the world, probably her first car, so no need to brag about it. It is only a mean of transportation. Just like a bike.
I love love love Dali's fashion style. I want all her outfits. I was born into fashionable family and always know I was 50yrs too late. I'm still squeeing over dresses in 50s movie. They are the most gorgeous.
And I want that crow hat too 😍😍
I'm crossing my fingers, hoping it will continue to be good. Please writernim.

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Another fan of Da Li’s wardrobe here! 🥰

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The wardrobe people have done a bang up job for both of our lead characters.

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hail museums.
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have to watch it. but I have a feeling I might have to start reading lots of books instead :-(

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I just watched this premiere today! I liked it.
Yes, Kim Min jae's character is a little bit obnoxious, but that means there is room for improvement. Also, this is Kim Min jae, hello!!🙋 I love him. I can't help it.

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Gosh this was so delightful.

I might watch a romcom for the first time in forever.

Admittedly that party scene was so cringey I had to close my eyes and wait for it to go away. But they'd already sold me on the two leads so I did wait.

Everybody's already said everything about the female lead and how refreshing it is to have one that is so smart and competent.

But I love how the male lead is obsessed with money but also kind of disdainful of it. I love how he reduces everything to bowls of gamjatang as though to him it's the one thing that has real value. He's so delightfully gauche.

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