Plus Nine Boys

Plus Nine Boys (2014)

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There is a common Korean belief that anything plus nine (gu in Korean) is always "cursed" and brings about more hardship than usual, including the ninth year of every decade in one's life.
Gu Gwang Soo is 39 years old. He was once the brilliant PD of the nation's top live music program. But his fall from grace occurs when members of an indie band he'd cast drop their pants onstage and read moreflash the entire country during a live broadcast (based on a real-life incident on MBC in 2005). Gwang Soo often thinks about his ex-girlfriend Joo Da In who suddenly broke up with him one day and left him heartbroken. When they meet again, she is a single mother whose life revolves around her young daughter.
Kang Jin Gu is 29 years old. He has two younger brothers, Min Gu and Dong Gu. Jin Gu is a tour planner for a large vacation travel agency, and he's popular, self-assured and carefree. Jin Gu falls into a one-sided love for the first time in his life when he confesses his feelings to his friend and co-worker Ma Se Young, but she tells him that she likes someone else, and he doesn't know how to deal with being friend zoned.
Kang Min Gu is 19 years old. He is a hot-tempered high school senior and judo athlete. Min Gu dreams of going to his dream college on a judo scholarship, which means giving his all to win a gold medal in his competitive matches. Min Gu keeps running into a cute but mysterious girl named Han Soo Ah all over town, and he decides that they're fated to be together. But Soo Ah has the entire district's high school boys swooning over her.
Kang Dong Gu is 9 years old. He is a child actor who got famous doing food commercials because of his healthy appetite. Dong Gu suddenly feels threatened when, for the first time ever, he loses a job to a new rival child actor and finds himself in a career slump. The precocious Dong Gu has also been secretly dating 8-year-old child actress Jang Baek Ji for the past two years, but she dumps him for his rival.

  • Native title:

    아홉수 소년
  • Also Known as:

    Ahopsu Sonyeon; Nine Boy; Boy Number 9; Plus Nine Boys; Ahobsoo Sonyeon; 9th boy; Ninth boy; Age Ending in Nine Boy

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Nov 5, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama really charmed the socks off me. I really liked having a drama finally focusing on some "good guys" for a change, instead of introducing a horrible chaebol heir seeing the error of his ways due to some candy.

My Rating: 9.0

In Short: I really liked the premise of this, It's simple, but original and effective, and gives off a "slice of life" vibe that I enjoyed. I also liked read more the cast, particularly our "lock and key" couple.

Pros: A realistic view of relationships in four different age groups, with a refreshing cast, great music and lots of charm. I also really liked the 14-episode format. For me, even 16 episodes can sometimes be way too long.

Cons: I would have liked to see even more interactions between the boys, not just their lives outside of home. I feel like the great scenes in the last episode really show us the potential in this. After all, five people who live together are bound to interact and influence each other a lot.
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16 people found this review helpful
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Oct 12, 2014
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
First, I just have to let you know that the music in PNB is excellent. It really helped make this drama. The story isn't anything new or different, but it is completely interesting to follow the lives of these boys/men. I commend the director for the ability to balance four stories without leaving the viewer confused or wanting more of any thing. There is great flow and character development.

The actors and read more chemistry are what makes this drama fun to watch. Oh Jung Se portrays a mature yet still naive Gu Kwang Sul. For all his success in life he is still lacking in love until he finds the beautiful Ju Da In played by Yu Da In. They aren't my favorite couple but I definitely enjoyed their story line. Kim Young Kwang is mistaken player Kang Jin Gu. Poor guy has already grown as a person when we meet him, but the director shows us what he grew from with flashbacks to how he was. I loved to watch his interaction with his love interest Ma Se Young played by Kyung Soo Jin. They are my favorite couple. Next we have teenager Kang Min Gu played by Yook Sung Jae. Surprise...he can act. I know some people don't like idols turned actors, but I think they will make an exception when watching Sung Jae as he chases his lady love, Su Ah played by Park Cho Rong. Last but not least is the cutie Choi Ro Woon as Kang Dong Gu. He is so adorable and he has two love with his mom and one with tiny cute actress Lee Chae Mi. They are so adorable and bring a light hearted feel to the drama. I enjoyed them all immensely. I think each viewer will end up picking a favorite.

Again, the music is top notch.

I may rewatch this at some point.

This is an easy to watch romance. I recommend it to everyone.
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Both have four different story lines and explore the main characters' relationships. In Plus Nine Boys, each brother is searching for love where as in The Lover, each couple is already living with each other. They both have a similar feeling to them: fresh and unique. I also loved the comedy that each drama brought and greatly enjoyed both dramas due to this.
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Although the story Unkind Women is more like a typical melodrama, both of them show seperate storylines/lovelines of the members of a family. But in this case, the women members and not the men.
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    joannesmith 8 days ago
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    XingBack 9 days ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama (。•́︿•̀。)
    I cried so much during the ending just because I didn't want to say goodbye - I felt that way for weightlifting fairy too... this the type of drama I feel like I can't get over!!
    it's just sad that I want have this on my currently watching list (╥_╥)
    But atleast it'll be in my fav drama list...
    I loved the story, I loved the acting, I loved the characters, I loved the whole process of the drama (ಥ﹏ಥ)

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    Jacelyn 25 days ago

    It was a really good show. Lots of emotions, from laughter, to romance, and even a bit emotional, it kept me rooting for every single one of the guys :)
    The actors and the OST were just amazing!
    Even though I really enjoyed the show, I think, I wouldn't want to rewatch it.

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    ClaudiaKdramaFan 28 days ago

    Loved it!!!! Kim Young Kwang and Kyung Soo Jin had an amazing chemistry so natural....I loved them in this!!!!!!!

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    asuradevilking Apr 24, 2017

    I just started watching this but you know when you don't get popular cast due to budget cut then cast look alike actors. Thats what happened here(in my opinion).

    The 19 year old one looks like Seo In Guk and the 29 year old looks like Kim woo bin. I shit you not. I had to look clearly to confirm they were not.

    The premise is good and different characterisation is also good. But the 29 year old one, I mean come on. If you got crush on someone you don't go around fuc**ing people of her friends, colleages etc in front of her creating an image of playboy, slut. Then go around moping after finding that crush has fallen for other guy. Come on , what kind of shit is this character smoking??

    Will update after watching other ep.

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    Ice2505 Dec 26, 2016

    Honestly Jin Goo and Se Young are so cute together....this drama would have been quite boring without them. They have SOO MUCH chemistry, and the way he looks at her is just UGH AHLAIHEFAEHFA:FE
    I can't.

    If you think this drama will be too boring...I recommend at least following their plot line because it's totally worth it. The other character's stories were ok, but this one stood out the most <3

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    Sharn Sep 21, 2016

    Really love the directing style here, but the story is just too draggy.

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    Saranghae89 Aug 16, 2016 - edited

    A special and different k-drama.All the stories were interesting and fun to watch.

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    Kanra Aug 1, 2016 - edited

    Is this worth watching? There are a few actors I'm interested in in here but I've heard mixed things.

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      Saranghae89 Aug 16, 2016

      It's reaallyy good.I totally recommend it.

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    jermavee May 15, 2016

    i watched this because of yook sung jae

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    jermavee May 15, 2016

    i watched this because of yook sung jae

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    jermavee May 15, 2016

    i watched this because of yook sung jae

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    AneMi May 14, 2016 - edited

    I dropped it after ep 3. Maybe some people will find Ma Se Young very natural in behaviour. I don't like spoiled and self centered women either, but this Ma Se Young was quite gross. Seeing the way she was eating and embarrassing faces she was making while eating, made me irritated. Those so called romantic moments while Kang Jin Gu looked so in love whith stuffed piggy faced beauty, were unreal for me. Sorry!That's it... no more Plus nine boys. This could have been such a nice drama.. but no!

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    peachycal Dec 12, 2015

    I love how there are four stories, so I sorta got to pick and choose which stories to watch. My favorite one is the one between Jin Goo and Se Young. Their chemistry is awesome! And, I think Jin Goo is sooo swoon worthy and manly. The stories are all very innocent, light, and sweet. There are overall problems along the way, but I feel like the drama does a great job of addressing everyday relationships.

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    RenataLima Sep 11, 2015

    Standing egg <3


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    South Korea
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    Aug 29, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014
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    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 7 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 2,553 users)
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