Jealousy Incarnate

Jealousy Incarnate (2016)

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Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk) is a handsome anchor with notable journalistic talent, a well-to-do family and commendable education. He is also as fierce a competitor as one will find in the world of reporting, and goes after stories relentlessly. But as luck would have it, he also comes across another fierce competitor -- meteorologist Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin). Pyo Na Ri doesn’t have the shining resume of her read moreanchor counterpart, went to a third-rate college and only has a temporary contract with the station. Although her dorky exterior hides an inner fire, Na Ri has worked extremely hard to get where she is, even doing odd jobs like lifting boxes. Both anchor and meteorologist now see each other as rivals in their race to becoming the station’s most valued employee. But what happens when the two rivals start to fall in love? The drama may be too much, even for a broadcasting station.

  • Native title:

    질투의 화신
  • Also Known as:

    Incarnation of Jealousy; Jilteoeui Hwashin; Incarnation of Envy; Envy Incarnate; Don't Dare to Dream;

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palak
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Nov 10, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
To me, Jealousy Incarnate is a messy drama. But it is messy in the most perfect sense possible. The kind of drama that reminds you about the joys of love, friendship, life and sorrow. I went looking for a typical Gong Hyo Jin romantic comedy drama that I crave once in a while. But this is so much more than a romantic comedy.

Of course, the romantic comedy elements are all there. read more The love triangle is killer. You will definitely have a second lead syndrome, even if it's only for a few fleeting seconds. But at the same time, you will never stop loving the male lead. The story also makes you laugh plenty. I haven't laughed like this while watching a drama in a long time. The writers didn't take even a minute for granted and the whole thing is an absolute joyride.

Another awesome thing about the story is how they covered a whole range of issues in a lighthearted and optimistic manner. We have the issues of male breast cancer, asexuality, live-in, two-timing, workforce rat-race, not-so-typical families explored beautifully in a way that only a Korean drama can pull off. The romance is top-notch. I love the chemistry between the two leads and between all characters in general. The comic timing is great.

Among the characters, I was absolutely invested in Hwa Shin's character. He is not perfect but the kind of growth the character showed from the very first episode all the way till the end, and the way Jo Jung Suk portrayed Hwa Shin's struggle in love and life, it was amazing. He absolutely killed it! I have watched everything Jo Jung Suk has starred in and this is my favorite of his works (so far). Gong Hyo Jin was her usual best. I love her in these naive roles that she plays. Both second leads were great. Jung Won was more perfect but Hwa Shin was more interesting.

Pal Gang's moms were hilarious and their interactions were something I always looked forward to. The company had an interesting setting. I loved Pinocchio and this time, it was nice to see a drama from an anchor's perspective instead of reporters. Pyo Na Ri's struggle to switch from a forecaster to an anchor was inspiring and something that was relate-able.

I am definitely rewatching this. Some scenes are so memorable and the chemistry is unforgettable. The music is great. My favorite song from the OST is "Yes! Love". I waited for it to release for a long time. Overall, it is going down as one of my favorites. And Jo Jung Suk has almost made it to my favorite actors list. Highly highly recommended for all kinds of moods!
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kingsqueen
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Nov 11, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I love Gong Hyo Jin, and the trailers for this show are what drew me to it. I like the two male leads as well, and this looked to be a fairly fun romance story.

The first half of this show, I was utterly in love with it. I re-watched episodes as I waited for new ones to air. But I made the fatal mistake of falling for the second male lead, read more knowing that the writers would break my heart and his. The show starts off by throwing a huge cast of characters at us, and their relations seem a little confusing at first. But, eventually, all is sorted, and we have ourselves with 3 main love triangles. Pyo Na Ri, who has been in a 3 year one-sided love with Lee Hwa Shin, and then meets and falls for his best friend and ultimate chaebol gentleman, Go Jung Won. This is our main triangle and love story. The others are played up at first but slowly get pushed to the background....just like our 2nd lead. I blame the writers for making Jung Won such a perfect catch (and Go Kyung Pyo for making Jung Won seriously swoony) that he was hard to get over. Whereas, in contrast Hwa Shin could be a perfect donkey's behind...yet somehow you couldn't hate him because he also showed that he cared about everyone in his life as well. He was definitely tortured by his own inner self.

The story had some serious moments that the writers cut with humorous moments, so the weightier matters didn't drag the show into melodrama territory. There were strong characters and great chemistry with ALL the cast members. The writers did a fantastic job with the casting, and it could not have been more perfect. Up until around episode 14, I was sure that this might be the best drama I had ever watched and I fully expected to see it on my list of favorites. But the writers started to make some missteps in the story from my point of view. And I know that the majority of viewers may disagree with me. I did not feel that way simply because my 2nd lead wasn't getting the girl. Hwa Shin was not a bad choice for Pyo Na Ri. They did have some great chemistry together and I could see where the Hwa Shin "shippers" could be all on board with him. But I wasn't as swayed as I could have been and the actions of the characters didn't seem honorable to me in that mid-point. It dampened my love for the show somewhat, and that never fully recovered. Jealousy Incarnate was still a good show and I looked forward to it every week. I think they wrapped up the story well and completely for our main couple. However, they left a lot of loose ends when they backburnered the side characters that were prominent in the first several episodes.

My favorite side characters may have been the doctor and her nurse. Nurse Oh stole every scene she was in, and the doctor was both funny and full of heart.
The music was great - seriously stand out. I'm not normally into the music so much, but there were several songs that I had to hunt down and play for my own enjoyment of them.

Please, do give this show a chance (and push through past the first couple of episodes if it's hard - it's worth it!). You'll have lots of laughter and emotions.
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both drama are in love triangle theme.
the girl is in trouble who to choose, and she decided to date the 2 guy.. then she realize who she loves most.
they're both familiar though Flower Boy Ramen Shop is full of men than Jealousy Incarnate and their type of work are different
Recommended by keifferodartseam
= both dramas are in love triangle genre.
= both female lead is getting hard to make a choice
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    2013started 5 days ago - edited

    I wanted to really like it like most people (I would give this a 7), I just felt that 24 episodes were just too long, when I reached 15, 16, 17 - it was beginning to be a chore to watch because I just wanted to find out how they were gonna wrap it up. It was fun to watch but it was on the threshold for me of getting fed up with the couple...

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    mish 11 days ago

    i keep coming back to this page, this drama completely captivated me lmao

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    Tsuyu 16 days ago

    From start to finish... easily one of the best dramas of the year. I fell in love with Jung Suk in 'King 2 Hearts' as a support character and he really showed his prowess as the lead in this drama. An awesome cast, teamed with romance, humor, a believable love triangle, family issues... this series had it all and with a well-deserved ending. This one shoots to the top of my favs list.

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    Myao 23 days ago

    I can't believe I am loving this drama! It's cute, funny and of course there is love triangle!! I can't stop watching it (on ep 14) My heart is rooting for Hwa Shin <3

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    KristenLey 27 days ago

    This drama is so freaking funny!! And not on purpose. XD
    The director of this drama must have been on some awesome shit. They hav funny b/g music on sad scenes, cringey emotional scenes and some damn heartfelt romance. And i cant seem to stop watching it. (on episode 11)
    Its going good since i decided to root for the main lead from the beginning. :P

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    mish 27 days ago

    what do you do with yourself after binge watching this and loving it?

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    Kdramerzzz 30 days ago

    I wajt the female lead 2nd lead male to end up together. How dare na ri do that to jeong won. He is the perfect guy in the drama.

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    Thankyou Jan 24, 2017

    Poor jeong won....lucky hwashin!!!!no matter how much evil he was sometimes everybody loved him at the end....

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    for some reason, I still keep coming back here. Ahh JI, I miss you :(

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      haruhi Jan 21, 2017

      me to, im still rewatching it :)

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      minyoung 30 days ago

      Same here haha I dropped this drama but I picked it up again. Idk why but I can't forget this drama

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    nuka Jan 5, 2017 - edited
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    Fk87 Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    Is it good? Not dragging? 24 is such long episode

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      haruhi Jan 21, 2017
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      Fk87 Jan 21, 2017

      Thanks..Will do

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    s-m Dec 30, 2016 - edited

    This drama is quite fun and the actors were great at their roles.But the plot was very annoying to watch.The back and forth and fight over the girl is so unrelatable and I don't understand it. Do people behave like that in real life? p.s Jung Won was so frigging annoying and clingy. If she doesn't like you anymore GET OVER IT..ugh i don't understand why people were rooting for him too.

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    Lora Dec 21, 2016

    Why does it have such a high rating? Does it get better with time? I'm on episode 12 and I'm seriously considering dropping it, cause I'm just so annoyed with the plot and the male lead. What do you say people? Shoud I keep watching? >,<

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    ARISTO Dec 16, 2016 - edited

    Would someone be kind enough to tell me who falls in love first? Under the spoiler tag, of course, ahahha

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      iamgeralddd Dec 17, 2016
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      ARISTO Dec 17, 2016
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      iamgeralddd Dec 17, 2016 - edited
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      ARISTO Dec 17, 2016

      Thank you once again! ahahah ~

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      iamgeralddd Dec 17, 2016

      yep, enjoy the show! :)

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    lhisa Dec 15, 2016

    Great drama. Light story but not boring. The comedy and romance mixed well. Congratulations!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

    Aug 24, 2016 to Nov 10, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 3,661 users)
  • Ranked:

    #350
  • Popularity:

    #88

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