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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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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May 3, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
1-The reason I watched this : As a huge fan of Itazura Na kiss I was hunting down all the dramas adaptations, this was the 2nd adaptation after I saw the disappointing J-version.

2-Storyline/Plot : This drama cut many events from the manga; there were some changes from the original story but the plot was the same. The foolishness, the childish events, those happy romantic and sometimes sad dramatic moments were present read more which brought back a lot of memories from one of my favorite stories ever!
It was fun to see this adaptation even though I wasn't really dazzled since it lacked many important events.

3-Acting/Cast : I like Kim Hyun Joong because he's attractive but let's face it hes not that great as an actor plus his Beak Seung Jo's coldness really was exagerated sometimes yet it reminds me of Naoki's personality in the anime.
Although OH Ha Ni was a stupid stalker, I never found her character annoying (Probably because she's much better than Kotoko in the Jversion)
The supporting roles were really great especially Baek Seung Jo's mother; her character was really good to watch (a nice change from other evil mothers in Korean dramas) plus Bong Joon Gu and Oh Ha Ni's friends remind me of those from the anime.

4-The ending : Well, there is the YouTube Edition so this is not considered as an "end".
It would have been much bette if they extended it or made a second season because it didn't have much core like the Tw-version.

5-My impression: I felt the story of Itazura na kiss all over again and most importantly I was able to gorget about the J-version disappointment. Even though, I wanted it to be a little different but I didn't hate it.

6-Overall : If you are Itazura na kiss fan you need to watch this.
If you like rom-com then you may like this.
If you like seeing cute cast theb you would like this.

P.S : The korean version was a medium between the disappointing Japanese version and the marvelous Taiwanese version.
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    underwater_bubble 9 days ago

    Do I need to watch Playful kiss youtube edition after watching this??

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    NesrineTao Jul 11, 2015

    kimooooooooooooo i watched this drama because of him <3

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    noathings Jun 18, 2015 - edited

    the girl was fkcin annoying. I regret watching this show. GOsh i hated it

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    SapphireHeart4 Apr 5, 2015 - edited
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    monika22_12 Jan 23, 2015

    Great drama, especially the few last episods.
    I must admit that, when I was stardet to watch it, I wouldn't expected it will be such a good drama.

    My sistar said that main female hero was quite irritaiting but I didn't notice that. Maybe I'm blind but, for me, she was absolutly fantastic: joyful, lovely and silly. An ideal partner for Seong Jo :)

    What's more, at the end even "Mr. common sense" Beak Seung Jo become much more human with quite good sense of humor :)

    With all my heart I can recommand it to everyone who love warm, funny and charming dramas.

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    Serenelune Dec 29, 2014

    I wonder how many people actually read the manga or watched the anime. I loved the anime. It was so adorable and even though I wanted to choke the original lead (Naoki) it evened out in the end. I tried watching this drama after seeing Boys over Flowers, because I like Kim Hyun-joong a lot. Big big mistake. The female actress has no charm and she's the blandest female I've ever seen. The male lead and her have no chemistry whatsoever. I'm pretty sure some of it had to do with the script writing but I couldn't really buy her as the heroine. I really tried watching it but I gave up after the third or fourth episode. I'm sure if I have more time later on I'll watch it but this is the first K-drama I've actually had to force myself to sit down and watch.

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    homaKP Dec 3, 2014 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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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    South Korea
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    Sep 1, 2010 to Oct 21, 2010
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.


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    7.4 (scored by 16,577 users)
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