Pinocchio (2014)

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The idealistic Choi In Ha has her work cut out for her when she becomes a broadcast journalist, especially when she suffers from a condition known as “Pinocchio syndrome,” which makes her break out into hiccups whenever she tells a lie. Her rookie colleagues include Choi Dal Po, whose shabby appearance masks his true eloquence and sharp memory; Seo Bum Jo, a wealthy heir who has had everything handed to him in read morelife; and Yoon Yoo Rae, whose fangirl knowledge comes in handy in covering the news. The 20-something newbie reporters pursue justice as they try to discover themselves in the process.

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Jan 24, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
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Pinocchio on the surface is about a bunch of reporters who learn what reporting is truly all about. Or at least, that's what I was expecting until I heard Lee Jong Suk joined the cast. I swear nobody has a knack for good roles the way he does. He just knows how to pick an amazing role and make it even more amazing with his acting skills. And that's what this drama read more was. Absolutely AMAZING. Every episode took me deeper and deeper into their story and by the time I was done, I was crying like a wild horse (if wild horses cry). Every character, every situation and every decision (made by Dal Po) either turned me into a huge of puddle of emotional mess or brought a huge, shiny grin on my face. Some stuff got me slapping my computer screen so hard (I'll make it up to you babe). There were no in-betweens. Also there were no dull moments.

Coming to characters. Dal Po is amazing. And not just your everyday amazing but amazing amazing. While I was watching I can't even count the number of times I would've made a choice completely different from him. He was so brave and just so right. The kind of path he took, there was no assurance that he would be able to avenge his family at all and as we moved further into the story, we realize that if he hadn't made the choices that he did, he wouldn't even have been able to catch the right culprit. As for Park Shin Hye, I've really only liked her in You're Beautiful. Her characters in Heirs and Flower Boy Next Door were extremely disappointing. But this is her best portrayal. I loved Choi In Ha and her blunt attitude (not that she had a choice considering the Pinocchio Syndrome). I think I'll have a hard time remembering it's not a real syndrome.

The supporting cast was amazing, especially Yoon Yoo Rae. Her little love-story towards the end was really cute (I'm trying really hard not to give spoilers here, but I'm so excited I can barely contain it, lol). In Ha's mom, her dad, her grandpa, everyone was great. Both the Caps and OMG the whole staff at YGN. I absolutely loved them. Especially the dude with the creepy grin and the hairband. He was awesome! Ahn Chan Soo was awesome. Kim Hae Sook is one of my favorite actors when it comes to moms and other older roles and the parts she plays always have something great to offer. Same happened here. Her character started out as a sweet and overly-protective mom which reminded me of her roles in Marriage Not Dating and I Hear Your Voice but it grew into so much more. Last (but most definitely not the least) Ki Jae Myung was mesmerizing. You know what he does is wrong, yet all you feel for him is sympathy and make excuses for him, because the emotional turmoil he goes through is simply palpable. He suffered through years of pain and guilt and he suffered all by himself. It was beautiful, the way his character was shaped.

The music is good, though not extremely good. It's melodious, relaxing and not too dramatic. Every Single Day has composed some nice ones for the OST.

Comparisons to I Hear Your voice are inevitable since the lead actor along with supporting cast and the writer-director were same for both dramas. And there is an essence of IHYV here in this drama, which makes it just as great. But nothing is repetitive and Pinocchio easily holds it's own. I would recommend it to everyone now that all the episodes are out and you don't have to live in agony waiting for new episodes.
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Jan 16, 2015
  • Overall 10
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I cannot recall the last show that I found so gripping and intelligently written. I feel that this show has raised the bar for me and placed it considerably high. I simply didn't want it to end! A show that had me hooked from the 1st episode to the last one without a single low point or a hitch - it's hard to come across those. I'd like to warn you that read more this review might be a long one, but such a show deserves nothing but unabridged words from the heart.

The story was simply genius. The twists and turns didn't seem deliberate, the characters were true to life, the sub-plots were all significant as well! Nothing, and I really mean NOTHING was out of place. No side characters seemed forcefully added or hastily exited (Although the finale did seem to exclude an end to a tiny plot the writers were building, but I'm willing to squelch that itch in my brain). The story itself taught so much! I still remember the great things I learned from I Hear Your Voice and the writers haven't failed to teach me several things in this show either. There was such commendable courage, unconditional love, and selflessness shown in this drama, it simplifies many things that have become complicated in our lives these days. The main pivotal element, that brought freshness and brilliancy to the story, was the drama's namesake medical condition - Pinocchio Syndrome. The inability to lie brings such delightful reprieve from all the deceits and hidden truths and misunderstandings that come along with relationships. If only people were usually so honest and open about their emotions, things wouldn't be so complex. There are some of the most beautiful bonds that I saw in this show that I will never forget. I could go on and on about how remarkable the story of this show was, and still not say enough.

I need to take a deep breath before I begin about the actors. Why? Because I need to make coherent sentences from the heap of positive adjectives that are popping in my head. All I can think of, are words such as - Perfect, incredible, incomparable, outstanding, amazing, brilliant, etc. etc. I can certainly say that from the leads to the guest appearances, EVERY single actor, that worked on this show, deserves an applause or a pat on the back at least. I've never seen such a plethora of great performances, all in one show. Each performance of the actors seems to be imprinted in my head. Lee Jong Suk was positively dazzling throughout the series! And Park Shin Hye pleasantly surprised me with her remarkable portrayal of Choi In Ha. I'd never been a fan of hers, but I have to admit, she gave an absolutely stunning performance. The veteran actors, that were part of the cast, need no extra praise, they were great as always. A special mention for Jin Kyung and Kim Hae Sook though, these two ladies gave such captivating performances as the antagonists that I couldn't help but respect and admire their characters even while hating them. Kim Young Kwang and Lee Yoo Bi looked really promising! I've seen other works by these two, but Pinocchio definitely brought out the best of them, as well as every other actor in the cast.

The OSTs in the drama struck a chord in every situation they were played in. The music really brought forth the emotions and conveyed the intensity of the moments spectacularly. There were so many scenes where I simply shed tears because of the perfect harmony of the music and the script.

Which reminds me to mention the powerful script that the show had! Such impactful words, such brilliant dialogues! The chemistry between, not just the lead pair, but every actor was evident and impressive. I've run out of adjectives that I usually get to use while describing a show, but I still have many things I haven't been able to mention. The list of things that worked in the favor of the show is too long to post in this already too long review. If anybody has had the patience to read till now, I'd like to request you Dear Reader, do not let anything stop you from watching this show, it'll be one of the best you've ever seen. I can guarantee that. I'm off to place this in the top slot of my favorite dramas.
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Same male lead.
Both drama contain sense of justice.
Light comedy.
Their chemistry is surprisingly amazing.
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- both main male lead separated from their brother
- both main male lead are looking the truth from their past
- both main male lead's brother committed murder
- both female main lead are always on main male lead's side through thick and thin.

- only their type of work are not the same
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    Empyrean Conqueror 4 days ago

    I got recommended this from a friend, she said it had a happy ending, hopefully it does!

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    guccigall 6 days ago

    LJS is a good kisser

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    redsprinkle 7 days ago - edited

    Being a journo, I enjoyed watching it, despite it being little draggy.

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    Myauntmary 12 days ago

    LJS and Park Shin Hye look so good together. Especially when they were in their wedding outfits.

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    coffeeh Feb 4, 2017 - edited

    I enjoyed watching Pinocchio but in my opinion 20 episodes was too much compared to the plot.

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    PabboStell Jan 31, 2017 - edited

    It was a really great drama! It really had the "I can hear your voice" vibe because of the production team and Jongsuk of course xD
    Sin Hye's best role from what I've seen from her & it seems she finally learned how to kiss *claps*
    The storyline was interesting and the actors, both main and supporting also did a nice job.
    It's one of those dramas that leaves an impact on you.
    It makes you wonder every time you watch the news "Is this the truth? Is this a lie? Little from both?".
    It teaches you that what you see is not everything, every story could be accepted in a different way, depending on the person who presents it and the people who are listening/watching.
    It's surely a drama that shouldn't be missed!

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      Sara 13 days ago

      Pinocchio is my favourite drama of all time

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    Akaisora Dec 4, 2016 - edited

    I really want to watch this but I'm in the mood for romance. Is there any romance in this one?

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      manicmuse Dec 15, 2016 - edited

      There is romance between the leads, but it's not always the focus.

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      ParkShinHyeILY Jan 21, 2017

      yes there is romance and i love it!!! great drama :)

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      KatySarang_TGeyes 23 days ago

      Yes there is romance but it's not always the focus like how manicmuse said. the romance was sorta slow in my opinion, there was a lot of problems for them to overcome for them to be together. Realistic problems, but problems all the same. Anyway the reason I liked this show is because I found what they had to say on reporters so interesting.

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    Jheiz shin hye Oct 18, 2016 - edited

    I wish its available in PH I really want to watch it.

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    Janey Sep 22, 2016 - edited

    I started this drama about three months ago, totally hated it in the first two episodes and dropped it. After watching W, I fell in love with Lee Jong Suk's work and started watching his other shows. I decided to give this one another try (cause if its LJS, at least I can spend 20+ hours watching his beautiful face) but fell in love with the show.

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      yoomesbond Jan 4, 2017

      omg same! dropped this also before, but after watching W, I started watching all of his other dramas. Watching I hear your voice now <3

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      Janey Jan 5, 2017

      Ooooh I love I Hear Your Voice <3 <3

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    steph_ravita Sep 3, 2016

    I'm having hiccups while watching this drama. Coincidence?

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    Hayley Aug 30, 2016 - edited

    I started this drama a while ago because of Lee Jong Suk. (No surprise there I guess. Great actor, knows to pick his roles.) However, I kinda ended up stalling it after 6 episodes. Now I'm a bit lost on what to do. I love LJS and his acting here as well, but is this drama just slow in gripping me, or is this specific story just not working for me personally?

    The story isn't bad. Acting isn't bad. But somehow I find myself struggling. Anyone else perhaps who experiences this same problem?

    I kinda feel bad when I think about dropping it, so I do want to give it another try at some point. (Either by rewatch or continuing) .. But at this moment I'm just feeling a bit lost about how to feel. I guess the thought of it maybe not being my kind of thing makes me sad?

    I don't really have someone with similar taste yet to discuss these things with, so i'm just throwing it out here for now. Maybe I'm not alone in this feeling.

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      AnanyaS Nov 15, 2016

      Hi, I was just wondering if you did end up completing it? This is so popular so I was considering watching it, but I'm not much for melodrama and angst. I have to download drama before watching it, so hoping not to waste my net connection (since it's limited). Anyway, is it worth a watch?

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      Syranus Nov 21, 2016

      I completed it. You won't miss anything in Korean drama if you decided not to watch Pinocchio. My impression? "Ah, okay. I shouldn't have started it in the first place." LOL. But we all have different likes and dislikes so you may enjoy this drama. I suggest you download one episode at a time until you've watched enough to decide whether or not to continue.

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      AnanyaS Nov 21, 2016

      Thanks for replying! I think I'm gonna put it on hold for now, since I read far too many about "this drama made me cry" and although I'm not sure if it's happy tears or sad tears, I'm still not sure if it's my type or not. Nevertheless, thank you so much :)

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      Syranus Nov 23, 2016

      You're welcome.

      P.S. It didn't make me cry. LOL

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      Colinds Nov 25, 2016

      Me too. For the longest time, I am putting it on hold. There is no problem with the drama, I think it is a good one. I guess it is just me who is not in a mood for the drama, its vibe, and its tone of seriousness.
      I have been watching light romcoms so I can laugh to my hearts' content and then maybe I will crave for something more serious later like pinocchio.

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    Dieu Aug 29, 2016 - edited

    Didn't like park shin hye .. Lee jong suk was great and good plot

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      Syranus Oct 14, 2016 - edited

      I liked PSH in Heartstrings and You're Beautiful but definitely not in this drama.

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    LinLi Aug 27, 2016

    This drama was really good. Don't be deceived by the cover picture. At first I why are 2 people on a cloud wearing suits. But this drama was really good especially the ending. If your wondering, just do it.

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    Sunny_Dais Aug 26, 2016

    park shin hye <3

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    Valier Aug 23, 2016

    Suprisingly good. 8/10


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    South Korea
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    Nov 12, 2014 to Jan 15, 2015
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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    1 hr. 10 min.


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