If you are looking for a feel-good, positive, refreshing K-drama, then you are in the right place.
When I was searching for some new K-drama to watch next in Netflix, ‘Hometown cha cha cha’ caught my attention. And then I googled for it’s review only to see the word ‘healing’ in most of the comments. Now, after watching few episodes, I realized why is it said so.
In one word, ‘Hometown cha cha cha’ drama is indeed healing. It gives you this heart warning feeling of someone holding your hand and reassuring you that there is still good in this world and reminding you of all the simplest pleasure in life. It’s genre is completely different from all the K-drama that you get to see under ‘Romance’ category.
All the characters, especially the way male lead is portrayed is beyond admirable. Never have I ever thought I’ll fall for someone’s personality more than I fell for this man’s role in Hometown cha cha cha. His acting, dialogues, and voice were daebak (awesome in Korean)!! Seriously. I’m not even exaggerating. No other actors could have pulled off this role better than ‘Kim Seon-ho’.
(He just raised my expectation in men even more high to the level where I’ll probably end up dying single.)
I could relate to the female lead character, Yoon Hye-jin, in many possible ways. Deep down, her character is a good and warm hearted person but due to her past experiences, she prefers to wear a tough and cold hearted aurora. The way she solves her problems, thinks, handle embarrassing situations were totally relatable, at least for me.
Guess that explains why I loved watching this drama.
Genre: Slice of life, comedy, romance
Original release: August 28 – October 17, 2021
No. of episodes: 16
Original language: Korean
Duration: 60 minutes (each episode)
What’s the plot?
Due to certain circumstances, a young, sophisticated and rich dentist, Yoon Hye-jin, is forced to move out of Seoul (Capital city of Korea) and open her own clinic in an unknown countryside. She is kind, helpful and has everything a beautiful women needs yet her way of speaking makes her personality arrogant, stubborn, rude and heartless. Everyone knows that one need to make a friendly approach if she or he wants to survive in a countryside but sadly our female lead doesn’t get along well with her neighbors. This makes her life even worse and more difficult while adjusting to her new lifestyle. She also gets a bad reputation and starts losing customers because of it.
Talking about the male lead, Hong du-sik, is portrayed as a causal, cool, and friendly guy. The way he is everyone’s favorite, does multitasking, takes care of elders, fools around with his friends, delivers hilarious comments with serious face gives different flavors to his character. Plus, he is too handsome.
In short he is a total countryside man who puts others life before his own whereas she is a city girl who puts herself and her favorite brands first before others. How they get along together, how she survives, breaks her narrow minded thinking, survive without any hate from the villagers, is what the rest of the story is all about. It may look like an old plot but believe me, it was totally unique and original.
What I loved about this male lead is that, he doesn’t help her directly to make get used to the countryside. Instead he acts unbothered, leaves her alone in most of the scenes to let her figure out the solution on her own. He secretly helps her to see beauty in everything that she hates and that’s something not everyone can do. All the romantic scenes were so natural and it went little cringe towards the end.
The bromance between of of Doo Sik and PD Ji Sung Hyun also drew great attention and I went “aww” at most of the scenes. It was so pleasing to see their bond grow more. Right from the introduction scene till the end, you’ll feel their chemistry and the kind of understanding they share with each other.
My views: (No Spoilers)
First of all, the OST songs were too good to skip!!!
While watching this drama, you’ll definitely fall in love with all the Gongjin village characters. Everyone had a great role in the story and Park Jung-woo character will forever remain my favorite.
I’ve seen many love triangle stories and it always ended up with jealousy and heartbreak but this drama took a quite different turn into it. It was heartwarming to see those breakup scenes too. Another thing to admire in this drama is that the plot doesn’t revolve only around the main leads. All the cast members did a great job with their roles and even the small moments were carefully connected. You’ll also get to see ‘bonus scenes’ at the end of every episode where they will show you a small incident that already happened from that episode in a different perspective. I was literally smiling from ear to ear while watching them. It was so refreshing to even see the background spots since most of the scenes were shot near seashore and in village.
The drama also conveyed the importance of grandma’s love, neighbors support, family bond and how childhood trauma can affect a person severely.
Overall, it was not too cringe and not too predictable at the same time. A good refreshing K-drama to watch if you are dealing with lots of stress right now. I can’t help but keep repeating the word refresh because it is what it is.
So grab your popcorns and get ready for some refreshing feeling.
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