What Happened in Bali

What Happened in Bali (2004)

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Lee Soo-jung is a travel agent who is seeking her good luck in Bali after a harsh and unforgiving childhood. She meets Jae-min, Kang In-wook, and Young-joo in Bali, three seemingly perfect people entangled in a triangle of love. When Lee Soo-jung finds herself back in Seoul, her desire for success leads her to seek Jae-min for a job, unwittingly setting off a course of events that further complicate the love triangle. read moreWhat Happened in Bali is a drama that reveals the inner materialistic desires of people. It reflects upon the sometimes ugly (but truthful) side of man where nothing matters more than money.


  • Native title:

    발리에서 생긴 일
  • Also Known as:

    Something Happened in Bali; Hearts in Bali; Memories in Bali; Memories of Bali;

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Mar 9, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I already wrote a recommendation for this drama, but I will quickly say it here...while watching WHIB, I was constantly reminded of Que, Sera Sera (WHIB came out a few years before). They shared the same vibe. It's a darker K-Drama that deals with more mature topics. It's mostly about love and greed of money. I liked the vibe of the whole thing. It's not fluffy in the least. There are a read more few humorous moments, but over all it's angst filled dealing with every day life...love, money, desire, greed, etc.

For me the angst was done well. After seeing so many dramas, these days I tend to fast forward through parts that bore me, usually dealing with secondary characters and such. However, this drama was twenty episodes long and I did not fast forward it once. Not even for a minute. I was completely engaged throughout. It was fast moving, and I wanted to hear what ever single person had to say. For me it was all a meaningful part of the progression of the story.

I'll admit this story is brought about by a series of contrived, coincidental incidences that are used to bring the four forever together. But seriously, if you're going to complain about that, then you shouldn't watch k-dramas, because that's basically how they all are. It's a tried a true plot device. It's easy for me to look over this and chalk it up to "fate" as they do in the drama itself.

There are four main leads in WHIB and they all get a good amount of screen time. You never know who the main male lead really is, because they both get equal screen time. At first, none of them are all that likeable. However, by the end, I really enjoyed them all. That included all their faults and wackiness too. They each make choices in their lives and we get to see the consequence (usually a fall out) of that choice.

I gave the acting for this drama a 10, mostly because of Jo In Sung. I had read somewhere that he was the most anticipated Korean actor to return from the military, and I just didn't understand that as I hadn't seen any of his dramas and had never heard of him. However, he knocked my socks off. This guy can act. He was great! No wonder he won all the best actor awards for this drama! (As a side note, at the time of airing this drama rated in the 20s and even got up to the 30s so it was pretty popular at the time). Seriously, the guy impressed me, and I look forward to watching his other work. Anyway, he plays the rich guy to a T.

Ha Ji Won (of Secret Garden) was one of the appeals to me when I decided to watch this drama. She did a fairly good job as well. She plays the poor girl. The other two mains played their parts perfectly and fit the roles great. The drama was cast perfectly in my opinion all the way down to the secondary characters. I just loved the psycho rich moms!

The main thing that got me to even notice this drama is I was looking through best couples in k-drama videos and such. This drama was on a top five list, with Ha Ji Won and Jo In Sung being like third best Korean drama couple in dramaland (just someone's personal opinion) as their characters in this drama. One of the pictures posted of them just really caught my eye and I could totally see their chemistry just from that. And they were right, they made this drama rock, and their interactions throughout were just awesome. However, this in no way, shape, or form, is saying that they get together. They might, they might not. You have to watch to find out. Watching them in this drama was great, and it would be neat if they could do another project together.

The music was uneventful, but it did it's job with blending into the story and providing the feeling of things like foreboding and such.

The rewatch value is a seven. Mainly because, I will probably eventually rewatch this again although it won't be the same. Normally, there are is so much angst in dramas that in order to prevent myself anymore personal anxiety, I read all about the drama I watch before hand, and if I can find out the ending in advance, that's a good thing. It helps me enjoy the drama with out feeling my skin crawl. Or, you just tend to know from the very beginning how a drama is going to end. Well, like I said, this is not your typical K-drama. From the very start, you may have an idea of how it's going to end. Your going to have your own opinion of who she's going to end up with based on which main guy you like the most, most likely. However, you will not know who she ends up with until the very end. And unless you found a spoiler some where, you will not know how this drama ends. Period. That in itself is kind of appealing and new in dramaland.

This of course brings me to the ending. I could not find out how it ended anywhere I looked on the net. I decided to watch it regardless, because I was so intrigued that nobody wanted to share the spoiler. I also found where most people that commented on the end didn't like it. That doesn't sound good right? Well, I've learned not to base my decisions on how other people interpret an ending. I have found it all has to do with personal taste and opinion. After watching the ending, I felt it was brilliant. It even made me smile. It was completely unexpected until it actually was playing out, however, I thought it was great!

But this is why the rewatch value of the drama is only a seven. Because, part of the appeal of this drama the first time around is not knowing what is going to happen next, what choices our leads are going to make, and how those choices are going to effect them and everyone else around them. Throughout the whole drama, you don't know who she really loves, who she's going to choose. Is she going to choose love, money, a combination of both, or neither?

Overall, I would give this drama a shot. I gave it an eight, because I truly felt it was very good. The overall tone and vibe aren't for everyone. I like it though. So, if you're interested, give it a shot!
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Jun 23, 2014
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I finally watched this drama after it being on my to watch list for so long. The cast, and the strong reactions from viewers, made this a must see for me. Now, 10 years after the fact, I'm glad I watched it, but I was not impressed.

This drama is definitely dated, and I'm not just talking about the flip phones, or horrible outfits. The story itself is a very basic romantic read more melodrama. All four characters are in an epic love square with all the usual plot points (rich vs poor, obsessive jealousy, mean parents, betrayal, stalking...) and this gets stretched out for 20 episodes, which means there are LOTS of flashbacks. I can understand the idea of having a tough time choosing between 2 men/women you care about, but It was really hard for me to take the romance seriously since I don't think that an abusive relationship with a crazy man is very romantic, even if he's rich and cute. Most of the characters behaved in ways that often seemed ridiculous, and was often frustrating to watch, but I couldn't look away... That's because of the cast.

I'll start with my praise of So Ji Sub, who is always amazing. It's no surprise that he was great. He was my favorite of the cast, and super cute (even with the stupid hair choices). He plays the mysterious, and brooding In Wook perfectly. He was the only character I rooted for throughout the show, but I also liked that he had a bit of a dark side... sexy!

I'm also a fan of Ha Ji Won, but I'm not used to seeing her play someone so passive. As Lee Soo Jung she spends a lot of the show being used, yelled at, or beat on. Her character is portrayed as innocent, yet money hungry, and was honestly hard for me to like or root for because of her choices. Ha Ji Won did an ok job, but at times was a little too melodramatic for my taste. Still, I did like her chemistry with the two male leads during their few rare happy moments. I also liked her relationship with her Bff.

This is my first time seeing anything with Jo In Sung, and his portrayal of Jae Min was certainly entertaining, though definitely over the top. Jae min is super entitled, and completely manic, but somehow still kinda sympathetic. Many of his scenes consist of epic crying, maniacal laughter, explosive anger, and dramatic begging. His "crazy" is the driving force behind the whole drama, so in a way he's what kept me wanting to watch what happened next.

The square is completed by Park Ye Jin as the... i'm thinking of a word that rhymes with 'itch'... Young Joo. Her character is subtly manipulative, and easy to hate. It takes a talented actress to portray such an unlikeable character so well. Many of the supporting characters deserve the same compliment.

So if you heard anything about this drama you know about the widely 'controversial' ending. I was not upset by the ending, but like much of the show, it was very frustrating. I like that the writers didn't go for the predictable people pleasing ending, and tried something more shocking, but it was still cheesy in a way. I certainly laughed inappropriately.

Oh, and the music... I think that the soundtrack was starting to drive me slowly insane, but it's the kind of OST where once you hear a song from it it draws you right back into the drama, so I guess that's a good thing.

Overall, I see "What Happened in Bali" as really bad junk food. I would never call it good, but I had fun watching it. I guess my love/hate relationship with this drama fits the theme of the show. It definitely kept my interest, even when the storyline started to drag. I wouldn't watch it again, but I would still recommend it. However, if you are looking for something light and fun, there are very few of those moments, so avoid this like the plague. This is NOT a Cinderella story. If you're looking for something to make you yell, and throw things at the screen, you found it!

Plus So Ji Sub is in it, and do you really need more of a reason than that?
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Both star So Ji Sub in romance/ revenge themes. Both have excellent stories and acting.
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Both dramas have a similar feeling with dark, depressive tone, the characters are also very similar and in both dramas OST is really great. Mature dramas with very good actors and difficult storyline. I have enjoyed in both of them because I liked it that these are very different from all others typical Korean dramas with characters who are full of faults and where the chemistry between all actors is just amazing. A little note- What happened in Bali is much darker, tragic and more psychological that Que sera sera but definitely both of them are worth watching.
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    IllaGG Jul 29, 2016 - edited

    I saw this in a recommendation page so I saw the MV with previews and well I decided I had my favorite guy. But like always decide to read some comments lol than read she didn't end up with the guy I like and that the ending sucked so I will not watch this lol.

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      IllaGG Sep 2, 2016


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      You should watch it for you to understand the whole story. it was one of the best drama I've watch. and the acting was really commendable.

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      IllaGG 2 days ago

      so you recommend it?

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      Yes! and you will see a one of a kind acting from Jo In Sung. I was a wreck when In Sung cried like a baby in several scenes.

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      IllaGG 1 day ago

      I will try and give it a chance.

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    WataMika Jun 10, 2016 - edited
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    khat_chan Apr 11, 2016

    haaaa that feels I re-watched this recently.. And the last time I saw this drama was way back 2004/05 LOL. And I seriously ship Jo in sung and Ha ji won lol. Well if they won't ended up together. Atleast they should make another drama, Both of them are GOOD actors! :)

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    CjRun Dec 8, 2015 - edited

    I hate love triangles. It doesnt make sense - back and forth & back & forth.... The girl is ultimately 2 timing when she push & pulls 2 men like that. Love the Gramsci reference. But but...how can they end this amazing show like that??? Also is it really that difficult for her to find a decent job in seoul during that time? I find it ver hard to believe.

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      Kawaitanee Feb 1, 2016
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    Aydin Lan Oct 28, 2015 - edited

    Great actors , Good story...WORST ending!
    why would anyone end a drama like this!! so frustrating

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      that's how great drama are made, it will linger on your mind for the longest time possible...with questions like Why?

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    Iki Jul 7, 2015

    this drama makes me feel nostalgic. One of the first few tv series that made me love and want to watch more Korean drama. I think they were developing their own style. It drove me mad up until the end.

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    iamsarah May 11, 2015

    I love my actors and actress but this drama was such trash that I am still shocked that I wasted 20 hrs of my time watching it. I must have no life. Lol and the WTF ending are u kidding me. Seriously

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    Kawaitanee Mar 28, 2015
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    AnnisaMaharani Mar 22, 2015

    I love this drama

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    Zemodip Feb 14, 2015

    bad nabod

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    pattyrn4 Feb 8, 2015

    20 episodes about 4 miserable people, but I loved it! The last third heats up to the dramatic conclusion and I am blown away! Totally unexpected! Great acting!

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    Intimation Jan 4, 2015 - edited

    this show was so frustrating to watch the first time but so much better the 2nd time.

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      khat_chan Apr 11, 2016

      I totally agree with you, the first time I saw this indeed! it is frustrating. Well second time is always better though :)

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014

    Enjoy it a lot, hating and crying is a great.chemistry.

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    2013started Nov 22, 2014

    Noooooh. I was uneasy to devote 20 hours, having a bad feeling about the ending... so I watched the 1st 2 episodes then went to 20... i am so glad i did or else i will be full of angst... i will rate this a 6 because i am a romcom kinda person

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    Misti Nov 3, 2014

    So good - such angst! I also love 'Sorry, I Love You' which aired at the end of 2002- also with beautiful Seo Ji Sub - and also full of feels and angst!


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jan 3, 2004 to Mar 7, 2004
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    7.3 (scored by 1,179 users)
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