Yeong Bin is a rising star actor in South Korea. He has been best friends with Ho Jin, Joon, and Geo Book since they were all children. Yeong Bi belongs to a management company with Kim Eun Gab as the CEO. ~~ A remake of HBO's "Entourage".
Visiting this page seeing such a low overall score you'll probably gonna be put off by it from the very beginning. Then you'll look at the cast and think how bad can it actually be with such a talented cast. Well, let me assure you, it's not bad at all, it is just different and not for everyone.
Entourage isn't your average kdrama, it has none of the usual tropes, love triangles, read morecrazy 2nd leads, misunderstandings, absurd coinsidences, scheming, melodrama ect. It actually feels a lot like a western tv show -which shouldn't come as a surprise since it is a remake of an american tv show, and i am happy they didn't try to korean-ize it too much. For all these reasons entourage is a breath of fresh air in the dramaland for me, but it is not a drama for everyone for the exact same reasons.
Welcome to the entertainment industry. The main lead of the drama is an up and coming fictional actor who just had his first movie breakthrough, got mixed reviews but also got immensely popular and we watch him as he tries to find his next project, balancing his personal life and work life in the best (or worst) way he can. At the same time we see his 3 best friends as well as his agency's CEO. All of his friends have something to do with the entertainment industry; the drama's exploring different sides of it through them.
The show focuses on the hardships of the industry, putting it in the spotlight in a rather realistic and even negative -if i may say- way. It targets issues about the entertainment industry like: how difficult it is to find a potential hit movie/drama project, how actors are placed in the public eye and have little to no privacy, the way the agencies try to control them work-wise and personal life-wise, how difficult it is to actually get casted and breakthrough in this industry, the severe importance of appearance ect. Simultaneously, the relationships between actors, actor-manager, actor-agency, actor-significant other ect. Moreover, it puts the actors and agencies on the spot as well, showing both negative and positive aspects of their life and the way they act, as well as very realistic repercussions of their actions (this was probably the most interesting thing this drama had to offer for me).
All that being said, i think it is very obvious that this drama is not the average rom-com one would expect. There is no romance here. There is a love-line plot, but there is no actual romance, this plot line serves a purpose to explain how difficult it is to maintain a relationship being a celebrity and nothing else. The comedy is present, but i would safely dub it as elitist. It's not your usual slapstip kdrama comedy, it is heavily based on sexual comments, and a lot of the jokes involve other idols or actors and i am not sure if they can get across to an average kdrama watcher. What's more, there is no melodrama at all, or overdramatic situations evolving emotional conversations, stares ect.
Lastly, i would like to stress how i totally understand why someone would find this boring. If you're looking for a sweet romance story with comedy, you won't like this. If you're into heavy melodramatic situations this isn't your cup of it either. The drama is a light comedy about the entertainment industry, everything revolves around that. Concluding, the drama is told completely from a male perspective, so there will be a lot of pants dropping, creepy sex jokes, men desperate to have sex, clubs, silly, immature situations ect. If the drama lacked something was a proper female touch, but then again, this is why this drama was fresh and different.
The acting left a lot to be desired, but it wasn't a problem.
Seo Kang Joon was great, but not really memorable; Lee Dong Hwi, the same. Lee Kwang Soo was adorable and hilarious and performed impeccably as expected, however none of those 3 characters were well-enough written to leave a strong impression.
On the contrary, the most memorable actors were Jo Jin Woong, who portrayed a caring ceo -almost a father figure- with anger management and attitude issues immaculately and also my personal favourite Park Jung Min who might not have been the best acting wise, but the role was a perfect fit and was completely relateable and absolutely delightful!
I would like to emphasise how i wouldn't -not in any way- stick with this drama because of the good cast or because of the countless guests.
As for the supporting cast, amber had the most promiment role of the females, and i loved her. The role was a perfect fit. Ahn So hee needs to work on her acting more and i would like to see Kim Hye In more in the future. However, none of the supporting actresses had the time to build up as characters or show something of substance.
The guests were there for a split second, said a line, waved and that was it. Don't expect much.
This drama is an elitist drama, but it's not bad; it's just different. If you are into classic kdramas, ignore this one, you aren't missing out. If you want to watch something different, and have an interest in the korean acting industry, then do try it. I also believe this drama is adressed to male viewers because of the nature of the comments and issues it depicts. I wouldn't rewatch this though.
Entourage is another of tvN’s ambitious Korean remakes of American shows. Unfortunately, compared to The Good Wife, this is a pretty terrible remake.
I have not watched either originals of both shows, so I’m judging this as a standalone show.
There is so much wrong with the story. There’s just nothing happening at all. I have read that the original was somewhat like that, the chronicling of what happens in the life read moreof a Hollywood starlet. In whatever way the story was told in the original, it seems to have worked, but the way the story is being told in this remake doesn’t seem to work at all as a K-drama.
The writer’s efforts to portray the reality of the Korean entertainment industry were pretty weak, particularly Young-bin’s status in the industry as a young actor.
Without giving anything away, a lot of story that took place in the last 2 episodes would have been better placed either at the halfway mark of this show, or somewhere in episode 12, which would have allowed the story to go much much further.
There is little to no character development. Young-bin is such a childish, immature character. So-hee has as much personality as a cardboard standee (seriously). Kwang-soo’s character is frustrating at most times.
The bright spark is Park Jung-min’s character, Ho-jin, who was not fully utilised in terms of character developer and the actor’s capability, and of course Jo Jin-woong’s character, the bulldogged agent who admirably never gives up without a fight. Such a waste of talent.
Given the meandering story and non-drama, each episode was such a drag, I kept checking the running time while watching every episode, to check when the episode would end. Each episode was about an hour 15 minutes. Granted, this run time is not uncommon with Korean dramas, but it exacerbated the monotony and boredom I felt watching this show.
It’s a pity this show is such a flop, given how much hype there was, how much money was thrown at it, and a cast with so much star potential.
Overall, and I hate saying this, I do NOT recommend this show at all.
These two dramas aren't plot-wise similar at all but the comedy in these dramas is really similar. The overall feel in these two dramas also is really similar. If you liked Entourage I'm sure you'd like The Lover as well. And vice versa.
Finally powered through this drama and it started out pretty good for me but then it just started going in circles. I know that the US version doesn't have a whole lot of plot either and I wasn't expecting too much from this remake but after about episode 8 I was bored and annoyed. When the show started young bin was portrayed as a complete playboy but there are only one or two instances in the very beginning where he behaves as such. All of the characters except for maybe Ho Jin behaved childishly the whole drama and never had any character growth. I wanted to love turtle because there was something endearing about him but overall he was just there to make raunchy jokes and be the resident loser. I got tired of the war terminator and lim hwa SU back and forth. It went on for too long and while a lot of people defend this drama by saying it's realistic there is actually nothing realistic about a successful actor who is the primary source of income out of four friends turning down roles and changing his mind about films repeatedly. Realistically if he doesn't get paid then Ho Jin doesn't get paid as his manager and cha joon is unsuccessful and never gets work and turtle is jobless. The fancy house and bills don't pay for themselves. I understand young bin has money but he's not a top actor. I could have been content with watching the ups and downs of being an actor but all of young bins downs were caused by himself. He wanted to do a movie and was strongly against the other but then did it for a girl and changed his mind because it didn't work out with her and then wanted the movie he originally bailed on and wouldn't take no for an answer. Fighting stubbornly for each film went on for episode after episode and that just wasn't entertaining.I was frustrated through most of the show.I didn't think it was awful but it just wasn't my cup of tea and I'd only rewatch the first 3 or 4 episodes at most.i love hate this drama because I can't forget how much I loved those first few episodes but I also can't forget how much I hated the last few. the soundtrack however is amazing and I listen to that Beenzino-up and away song daily.
When i see the comments, I'm a bit glad i didn't saw the original Series from America. I don't know for me the drama isn't that bad. I'm just watched the half until now, but like it. That's just MY opinion.
Look. For all those people out there that are like me... Basically you are - Not necessarily a blind fan of either western or korean antiques when it comes to fil and can enjoy film objectively for what its worth, those of you who absolutely despise how cheesy, misplaced and soo far fetched kdrama cliches are but still like their style of drama, those who want something where its just days in the life of believable characters in a realistic setting without over dramatized bullshit... YOU WILL LIKE THIS DRAMA.
I say this because the things you are reading right now, the complains of "boring" storyline, lack of "good" acting and the rest are all valid but ill tell you that to me, these are strengths. I enjoy stories that are realistic and don't depend on outrageous plot vices and unnecessary suspense or forced interweaving of characters and flat black and white motivations or the overplayed out rich heir lover with bad attitude falls in love with poor individual and most overcome the shitty mother-in-law cliche and misunderstanding bullshit (okay ill stop now, but i can go on). I enjoyed entourage cause it was a chill show and it surprisingly made me love kdrama and the actors who participated more. it was natural and the characters are not flat even though some don't experience growth in the plot. I believe its not always necessary to have characters ACTUALLY go through the evolution. EG Turtle stays largely the same but experiences a subtle shift in modus operandi. This is realistic to me because given the timeline, in a realistic setting. half of the bs stunts that typical kdrama pull to force growth on a character just wont happen.
Many characters in entourage fall under a spectrum of what the audience and writers will typically be quick to classify in dichotomy - Good or bad, Evil or righteous, Villain and hero. EG Mrs Jo and Young Bin alongside OK&JA have redeeming qualities but also they suck in plenty areas and unlike the typical drama where good must overcome so unrealistically or evil must set out to simply destroy, these characters muck up and do the right thing most times afterward. not all bad is always punished and not all good is always receiving instant gratification and entourage captures this well.
Entourage teaches you that even though you go through problems and want to change you won't automatically, just like in the fairytales where change is always for the better. Here, if you do, that change may not always yield the tremendous results usually portrayed in other drama and thats okay. WHY? because that's life.
I could go on but if you are like me and you were on the fence about this drama, Im here to tell you that you should grab a drink and some snacks, kick back and just coast through the chill show. you wont regret once you do away with those sleezy childish expectations of regular kdrama (Admittedly in many of them, these kdrama cliches, employed will do work magic)
It's not possible to fit the drama's story in just 16 episodes. If it was intended to be that way, they would have done so. There's a possibility that this was suppose to run for more than one season. FYI, the original Entourage went up to 8 season.
Anyway, I'm already watching up to episode 8, and still am engage. Everything appears to be candid, no over the top drama. Just the sad reality of what can happen to any person working in a darn cold industry or in any company, for that matter. Right now, I'm feeling sorry for Eun Gab and hating Yeongbin for being stubborn and selfish. Pretty much the same as how much I hated the guy in the American version.
It is a great drama. I honestly got teared eye on a few of the last episodes. Don't get all the hate is getting and wont even compared it to the US series cause you just can't compare it. Half of the things they did on US series can't be done in a Korean drama. So yeah.... I liked it. Loved the brotherhood of the characters... which is what the story is about in the end
I would love to see another season of it... with the same cast obviously. Not for everybody.. The main target is a an older audience not teenagers.
Noo, I'm watching it right now and I'm LOVING it! Don't really get all the hate and negativity about the drama. I love the characters and their strong friendship and the acting. Plus, I'm sometimes laughing so bad, there are so many funny scenes!