I  Do, I Do

I Do, I Do (2012)

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Hwang Ji An is a successful shoe designer whose life revolves around her work. She's fiercely protective of her designs, though they are constantly being copied, flooding the market with cheap knock-offs. Park Tae Kang is a young, talented designer, but still regularly rips off Ji An's designs for the easy money. A particularly bad day for the both of them brings them together over drinks, leading to a one-night stand. They read moreswear never to see each other again, but things get complicated when her company hires Tae Kang as a new employee, and Ji An discovers that she's pregnant with his child!

  • Native title:

    아이두 아이두
  • Also Known as:

    Live straight; Love Coolly

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amrita828
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Jul 20, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I consider this drama a little gem in its genre. It doesn't have a tremendously eventful plot, no big, earthshaking truth to be revealed in the last episode, no memory loss, birth secrets or time jump - forgive me, I couldn't help it.
It tells an ordinary story in a refreshingly modern way, without giving up on those elements we inevitably associate to k-dramas and make them into the shows we are read more all addicted to: a love triangle or square of some sort, love obstacles of various nature, parents who meddle but without being completely unreasonable or out of this universe evil and a corporate sub-plot.

I wouldn't call this a romantic comedy. I think it's more of a life drama. There's romance, of course, and there's a mature, clever humour, but both these aspects are rationed throughout the narration in a sedate and yet very effective way. This is why I believe I do, I do isn't for you, if what you're looking for is a typical rom-com. The pace may deter some, and others could find the raised issues uninteresting or controversial.
I loved it because it offers the viewer a range of different points of view on subjects which are very common in real life, and not so common in the Korean drama world; there's no judgment involved, no stance is presented as better than the other. It's up to you to decide what you would do and how you would react in a similar situation.

A life drama is only successful when the characters are well outlined. And this is the true strength of I do, I do. I myself was amazed at how gradually and yet fiercely I got attached to some of the characters, mainly the two leads. They are both so well portrayed I ended up identifying without having a trait in common with either one.
Acting is spot on. I consider Kim Sun A a guarantee. I may not like all the dramas she acted in, but it's never been due to her. She enters the character in such a plausible way, she does not create fictional characters but real persona. Always believable, never predictable. And let me add how wonderfully satisfying it is when you finally land on a drama with an intelligent, self-assured, successful female lead who does not passively accepts events but make them happen!

The character of Tae Kang has been an amazing revelation for me. A cute thing who looks like a puppy and acts like one is all I believed he was in the beginning. I was very wrong. He's tremendously endearing and such a blend of childlike enthusiasm and caring maturity I couldn't help but being completely captured by him. My admiration goes to the actor for capturing the essence of his character and portraying it in such an adorable way.
The chemistry between those two is also a work-in-progress. Their feelings grow as the characters grow. We fall in love with Tae Kang the moment Ji An does, not before. I loved this aspect the most, as I am usually very frustrated by knowing a truth which the characters will be oblivious about for three quarters of a drama.

The secondary characters are normal people. They make mistakes, they gossip, they laugh, they get angry. With the exception of "madame CEO" - and her horrid taste in figurative art, allow me to add - I liked them all. Everyone has an arc and a role in this story. They are not thrown in just in order to fill empty spaces.

The music isn't unforgettable, but I must confess the main theme is addicting and the instrumental pieces very well chosen.

This isn't a drama I will run to re-watch as soon as it's finished airing. However, it has many delicious, thought-provoking and poignant moments I'll be more than happy to immerse in again in the future. I recommend this drama to everyone who likes a solid, modern script, unusually believable characters and a no-nonsense plot.
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kdramamad
16 people found this review helpful
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Jul 20, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
What can I say about this amazing drama? I am so so sad that it has ended after waiting each week for the new eps to be up and following the story. I abosutly adore this ever so muchh. It isn't really romantic it has its moments towards the end defently.
The story is based around a pregnancy and how Ji An's life was affected by it not just within her body read more limits but her job and coming to terms with being a single mother. And The views on fatherhood are highlighted in this story aswell. I don't really know how to explain it but if you have watched it you will understand what I mean. The fatherhood was outcasted as it usual is in our society. I liked how they highlighted this but also how from the mothers point of view it was hard and difficult descions she had to make.

Amazing story. Amazing acting and AMAZING music (sooo catchy)
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Both dramas feature strong independent women who have one night stands with younger men. The male characters have to prove themselves to stubborn women (who are really just insecure about needing someone to love).

Two great shows which stray from the typical cliched drama plots.
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    Jen Jun 28, 2017

    starting this noww

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    Marie Feb 14, 2017

    I'm watching this drama and is it normal to have the Second Lead Syndrome as early in te drama? Maybe it will change but right now, as I finished Ep 2, I think the doctor is very handsome and not boring at all. He's clever and has a good sense of humour...actually I ship the heroine with him, and I don't see her with the first lead... He's cute but too young and the actor is overacting unlike the one who plays the doctor.

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    Chuu Feb 11, 2017

    Finished watching episode 6. I love soooo much the female lead!! Strong, successful and independent woman without being mean or cruel! And also, all the breaking gender roles?! (The guy doing the cooking and cleaning and housework) It's amazing. ❤

    BUT... I'm getting so sick of the pro-life preachers shaming her and being royal as*holes to her??? Especially the doctor. That guy's very selfish, he doesn't even know everything she's going through and he dares shames her and call her a "trashy person"? He's a really entitled self-righteous selfish jerk. Thank God he's the second lead because otherwise I'd have drop this.

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    Chuu Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I want to watch this but I'm doubtful because of the guy ripping off her designs?? Plagiarism is awful, no matter who does it. Does he keep copying her designs for many episodes? Or is that just a one time thing?

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      EmmaMartin Feb 10, 2017

      One time thing

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      Chuu Feb 10, 2017 - edited

      Oh! Okay, thank you for replying. Now that I know that, I'll probably try watching it :)

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    Meanne Dec 30, 2016 - edited

    I liked the drama even though, for me it was kind of annoying until episode 7 or 8 (I don't remember). The only two things I didn't liked were : - Ji An's father : his way of talking to her and even to his wife (how could she live with such an abusive person?)
    - the ending? It was unexpected and I was a bit disappointed. They could have done better.

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      Chuu Feb 11, 2017

      Omg, why?! What happens at the end?? D: Does she ends up alone? With no baby? Anyone dies??? Lol, idk. I'm currently watching this but really want to know beforehand. Please spoil me :((

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      Meanne Feb 12, 2017
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      Chuu Feb 13, 2017
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    tibbysd Nov 28, 2016

    Also there is no "cheating" storyline. Idk what the comments are so hurt about. No ones is cheating on anyone. I dont wanna spoil anything so youll have to take my word for it. Its one of the best underrated dramas ive seen.

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    tibbysd Nov 28, 2016

    THERE ARE NO AWKWARD OPEN EYE KISSES IN THIS AND I LOVE IT

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    Mimo Aug 22, 2016

    i loved this drama a lot. very cute couple

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    CjRun Mar 14, 2016

    It is so good to see that women are in power in the company - the Mom, Ji An, even Na Ri.

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    Sani Feb 6, 2016

    very sweet this rom-com i loved this series

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    Blademan2 Mar 20, 2015 - edited

    Just another offensive and despicable shallow love triangle, and even worse main/2nd lead romance, the f'in Korean writers are so twisted, disgustingly sick, and just plain shallow for writing such filthy trash. I`m so glad a good friend told me this was a terrible, most terrible one for me to watch... These kinds of writers so need to learn how to write a proper romance... AISH!!!!!!!

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      CrazyBlonde Mar 20, 2015

      I hear you brother, it was a very horrible love story, if you can call it that. I am in great agreement with you in that it was just a trashy story, it was all about the love triangle, and she`s gets with her baby`s doctor for a time, this writer has no morals, this writer is disgustingly sick as you said it... Shame on these kinds of writers, they are the kind that would cheat on their partner in a heart beat... Man or woman, no morals at all...

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      crazy_drama_ghost Jun 8, 2015

      Why do you say so? I was planning to watch it? can you please write some spoilers ?

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      Blademan2 Jun 8, 2015

      I don't like obsessed little children fighting over someone, it's despicable and not real love, real love sacrifices Itself. I never watched it, and unfortunately my sister is banned for sticking up for me and my comments, they think she's me, so sad, but she seen it, I'll call her and ask her and let you know. But from her comments about this one, I'm staying away, just sounds like another trash writer writing trash. And people call this a romance, seriously? Yeah, sorry, but that's how I feel about any drama with these obsessive and most despicable triangles and main/2nd lead romances. So sad that it's so rare to find a good romance without all this added crap.

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    moonmystery Feb 26, 2015 - edited

    this is the first time I like the second female lead better with first male lead... :-( The main couple just didn't really have that chemistry for me... I love the drama's script though.

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    Draagon Aug 10, 2014

    After reading through all the reviews, I think I may be the only one who loved Park Tae Kang (Yi Jang Woo) since his first scene and never got endeared to the second lead who looked like he was going to burst into over-dramatic tears every other scene :/ Jo Eun Sung (Park Gun Hyung) was just a side pest- useful only in the medical realm - to the wonderful chemistry between our two leads for me >.>

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    anusathiya May 5, 2014 - edited

    I simply loved it to the core and man while it ended i was like--"WOW can an ending be more satisfying than this one??!!".....Kim sun sshi you are the best(sarangae!!!!) and about Lee jang woo, Can i take him to my home, he was such an adorable kid :) <3

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    Earthquake Apr 21, 2014

    it would have been better if they had a diffrent male lead, i think his acting kind of broth down the drama, it was a little bit too much.. but i loved the second male lead, wish she ended up with him :/

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    May 30, 2012 to Jul 19, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.3 (scored by 4,809 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1676
  • Popularity:

    #964

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