Playful Kiss

Playful Kiss (2010)

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Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni's house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend's house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend's son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she read morebe able to move Seung Jo's heart?

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bubblefaerie
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Oct 8, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.5
I wasn't intending to watch another version of Itazura na Kiss right after finishing one, but Netflix has a limited selection of dramas and this has been in my queue for years. I decided to give it a shot despite generally low reviews... and I liked it.

The story is the same as the last version I watched and it didn't really have anything different going on. I did think it was read more paced well. I liked that we got to see more of high school before they went to college. I also liked that we got to see some of what happened after a lot of romantic comedies end. It was a little rushed at the end but they did cram in what probably would have been the beginning of a second season if they did those.

What I didn't like was all the fantasy sequences, especially at the beginning. As it tapered off, the few here and there were more tolerable.

I also thought that some of the scenes felt contrived. They just didn't seem to follow a natural progression and it seemed like they said "We have to get this in here" and just made a scene to fit the situation without much thought to the flow.

I liked Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni. I think it's almost unfair to talk about how stalkery she was because the story itself depends on her being a stalker. What I did like about her was that, despite the fact that she kept coming back, she had the sense to at least be angry and/or upset by the way Baek Seung Jo treated her.

Kim Hyun Joong as Baek Seung Jo wasn't wonderful but he wasn't awful. He was a lot less cold and detached and more deliberately mean. At times he was kind of intolerable and did remind me a little of Lee Shin from Goong (which makes sense seeing they have the same directors) but was not nearly as awful a person. He would do this thing, too, where he walked away and smiled that I thought was cute.

I didn't like second lead at all. The relationship between Ha Ni and Bong Joon Gu was almost non-existent until it became necessary for there to be one. It never seemed like Ha Ni considered him a close friend and I didn't feel any chemistry between the actors. There was way more chemistry between him and Ha Ni's friend, especially Joo Ri. And if Ha Ni was stalking Seung Jo, then Joon Gu was a step away from locking her in a basement.

I enjoyed a lot of the secondary cast. The mother was really fun to watch. I also liked Kyung Soo.

Most of the music didn't register with me. Netflix didn't show the intro so I didn't even hear that song until later. I did like the song from Bye Bye Sea and enjoyed the band playing at the break.

I enjoyed Playful Kiss. It's hard not to compare this one with the other I've seen (Love in Tokyo) because there are things I liked better in this one and things I liked better in the other. But in the end, I liked this one just a little bit more because I liked Ha Ni more. The embarrassing moments that Ha Ni had were less ridiculous and I didn't feel the need to turn it off during those times. I don't know that I'd watch it again, but I enjoyed it while I was watching it.

And on a side note, I love that they did the bear endings.
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SeRose
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Aug 21, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Funny how there's nothing really special about this, yet it's super cute to watch, even if they main characters have practically no chemistry together. They still make my heart pound in emphathetic angst at least once every episode. A little too long by the end (the second last episode was atrocious!), but overall a fun little watch. Honestly I thought I would hate this, but I found myself enjoying it against my will.
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It's basically the same drama, but the korean version. In both dramas the girls house is destroyed and she has to live with the family of the boy she likes, because her father and the boy's parents know eachother.
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Both revolve around a girl who likes a guy and boy doesn't like her...yet.

However Playful Kiss this concept is stretched longer unlike Heartstrings.
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    homakp 18 days ago

    Surprisingly good. i was skeptical at first (mostly 'cause Kim Hyun Joong is in it) but as it went on, it distanced further and further from k-drama cliches. to the point that it felt very refreshing!

    less love triangle and more family. less boyfriend-girlfriend and more commitment. it's a simple teenage story yet somehow realistic and mature.
    the acting wasn't great, but i knew that when i started.

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    Dokbyul Nov 18, 2014

    Does anyone know how Oh Hani's ringtone is called? I really really like it - but it's difficult to find out. :/

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    abigailsuxx Oct 26, 2014

    So this was the first korean drama I ever watched, back in 2010. And I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. My mom brcame worried that something was wrong because I sprnt so much time in front my computer. Something about it drew me in and I was hooked. I personally found it silly but entertaining. I liked it so much I bougt it on DVD at a store in a very asian neighborhood where I live. I also found myself rewatching the drama (or a select few episodes) when I'm in the mood for cheering up. Yes the acting isnt the best, and yes its frustrating and unrealistic but who cares? Watch it if you have nothing else better to do and you dont mind some teenage angst and fluff.

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    meighy Aug 23, 2014

    The description of the related shows are wrong, but I don't know how to fix them.

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    ROSE Jul 29, 2014

    don't waste ur time on this , worst drama I don't know how I finished it , trash
    the female lead was sooo horrible no self respect and her dad was a complete idiot .there's no romance or comedy nothing at all

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    It was good drama to watch

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    Brenda Jul 12, 2014

    terrible acting, okay chemistry, predictable plot, really annoying script, and a TON of cheese is what makes up Playful Kiss. Got through 3 and a half episodes before I had to drop it. Not recommended.

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      ROSE Jul 29, 2014

      I agree it was horrible

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 30, 2014

    This drama was such a waste of my time -__- I watched for Kim Hyun Joong, but I was so bored this whole tim. The lead female was so annoying

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    BaoziCactus Jun 23, 2014

    I dunno, the manga was good because the main characters both changed a lot but this doesn't seem to be the greatest adaption.

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    Esther Jun 14, 2014

    And the earthquake OMG SO UNREALISTIC!! :|

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    Esther Jun 14, 2014

    She was SO irritating and silly and I was going crazy like....PLEASE HAVE SOME PRIDE!! And he was so arrogant....!!
    The rain kissing scene was nice though. Maybe the only good thing in it...

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    Naye May 31, 2014

    This is the only drama in my "dropped" list. Everybody has their own opinions, I know, but I don't understand how people can say things like "best romance ever" oh my god is the worst relationship I've ever seen the female character is annoying and doesn't have self-respect, and the main male character is really really really annoying and rude. No chemistry.

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      Sweety-Face Jun 20, 2014

      totally agree,
      they do not know what real Romance drama is

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      Brenda Jul 12, 2014

      samee, it's the only thing on my dropped list too. I watched around 4 episodes then dropped it because I couldn't will myself to watch any more.

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      ROSE Jul 29, 2014

      \\\\LOl , I totally agree don't waste ur time on this I like Kim Joong in BBF but here he was toooo arrogant I will never watch a drama for this female lead again

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    Jo-hannah May 18, 2014

    I don't even know why I didn't drop this drama, lol, really... The female character was so frustrating! she didn't know what "self respect" means like AT ALL!!!

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    cuteeeloveee Apr 14, 2014

    My first K-Drama <33

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    bona Mar 23, 2014

    i quess it's not good drama for me bc i hated main couple both hani and seungjo were annoying. Only reason why i finished it was seungjo's mom.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Sep 1, 2010 to Oct 21, 2010
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 13,929 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1475
  • Popularity:

    #84

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