Que Sera, Sera

Que Sera, Sera (2007)

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Kang Tae Joo is a player with charm and good looks who always dates rich women. One day, he finds a strange poor girl named Han Eun Soo sleeping in front of his door. Although he initially despises her, he eventually finds himself falling for her. Cha Hye Lin is the daughter of a rich shopping mall CEO. Her first love, Shin Joon Hyuk, dumps her at her father's request. Hye Lin read morebuys herself a new boyfriend to make her ex jealous. That man is Kang Tae Joo, and during their contract relationship, Hye Lin begins to fall in love again. However, Tae Joo already has a girlfriend and he can't forget her as easily as he has forgotten all the women in his past. This drama is basically about the redemption of Kang Tae Joo from bastard to human.

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    케세라, 세라

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Jan 25, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Que Sera Sera isn't your typical Korean drama in that it is mature and intense in the emotions that it envokes.
The plot often turns violent, twisted and sexy as all 4 main characters become entangled in this "game" that is supposedly centered around love.
The drama challenges you and there are some interesting discussions about this drama on soompi that are quite interesting to read through. Either you'll love this drama read more or you will hate it.

There is no stereotypical character. Each and every one of the main characters are imperfect beings, acted to perfection by the actors all across the board.
This drama is also Eric's best role to date. His character was hard to really like and his portrayal brought some humanity to his character.

The highlight of this drama to me was the dialogue which was witty and quite strong, compared to that of other dramas.

All in all, a lovely and intense drama that stands above the other Korean melodramas out there.
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Sep 15, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
A drama that literally takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotional twists and turns, Que Sera Sera revolves around 4 young people, all dealing with their own personal struggles, and how they overcome and grow.

Kang Tæ - Joo is a suave, unrepentant lady's man who goes about his romantic liaisons with cool practicality. He's your regular joe with high ambitions. He sees the beautiful rich women who fall over read more themselves for his manly charms and good looks as his ticket to bigger and better things. He’s a realist, with little patience for idealistic folly.

Some people have described him as a jerk, but to me he isn't. He never misleads the women in his life about his intentions nor does he try to hide the fact that he's essentially a gold digger. He's certainly a lady killer, a breaker of hearts, but not a mean spirited one. Women can't help but fall for him, but to Tæ-Joo that's neither his fault nor his business.

I don't always agree with his methods of achieving his goals, but I respect him. I admire his ambition and drive to make something of his life. It’s far better than the laziness, inertia and complacency that grip today's youth. So what happens when a brutal realist and a starry eyed idealist meet and fall in love? Well, chemical waves short circuit and the whole goddamn house burns down.

The show features an intense love quadruple which serves as the main driver of sending your emotions into a tailspin. Normally I hate these type of romance dramas, but this wasn’t bad at all. It kept me anxious but not angry. And as other reviewers have pointed out QSS isn’t your run of the mill kdrama with chaste kisses and secret glances. It’s wild and it's hot and it’s passionate. Sex is not taboo. The characters are age appropriate in their behaviours, if not always in their deeds. I loved it!

What I enjoyed even more, though, were the extremely valuable life lessons imparted:

- Life is a gamble, you can win a fortune or lose everything.
- Opportunities come only once, don’t pass them up.
- By the same token, know that whatever path you choose in life comes with consequences you have to live with.
- Most of the time money doesn't make you happy.
- Love, though fragile and fleeting, is the most important experience of human existence.
- We want what we can’t have, but don’t appreciate what we do have until it’s gone.

It was just amazing. I felt like by the end of the show I learned and grew right along with the characters. This is why I gave the drama an 8, instead of a 7.

The only downside, and why this drama didn’t net a 9, was that I wanted more ‘happy and in love’ screen time with our leads. There was an overabundance of negative angst. Not the exciting, sexually charged type of angst you’ll experience in say … Lovers. I’m fine with negative angst as long as equal amounts of positive angst balance things out.

Characters, on the other hand, were very three dimensional and human, all having their negative and positive attributes. I have to continuously commend the Koreans for writing such layered characters who I didn't see regularly before my foray into Asian entertainment.

Of the four main ones I felt like the female lead Eun Soo was the weakest link, mainly due to how she was acted by Jung Yu Mi. First of all, the actress looked like an underaged teenager and was much too childlike in her portrayal. As the drama progressed she matured a little and you realize she isn’t completely a pushover, but that she’s written as the stereotypical ‘strong’ Korean female lead afflicted with misplaced pride, noble stupidity; defiant, stubborn, obtuse … for totally idiotic, nonsensical reasons to the very end. Don’t get me wrong she remained a sympathetic figure throughout the show, but there were moments when certain behaviours of hers raised my ire.

Eric Mun as Kang Tæ-Joo was absolutely divine. Eye candy and talent, for a voracious cinephile like me it doesn’t get any better. And you could tell he’s Korean - American too because the guy has mad swag. I was swooning! This is the first time I’m seeing Mun in anything and I can understand why everyone says this is his best role. I can not imagine who else could play this character better than him.

But while Eric swept me off my feet and impressed me, the true stand out was actually Lee Kyu Han who I had recently seen in Smile, You and did not like! I thought his character was useless and a pest, but here wow … he played the ruthless, lonely, misunderstood, vulnerable businessman to a T. I sympathized a great deal with him even when I was supposed to hate him, especially toward the end. Finally, Yoon Ji Hye did great as the desperate, insecure rich girl.

Everyone pretty much threw themselves into their roles to create a truly engaging watch.I wanted a bit more from the ending, but was still satisfied with what we got. This was gooddrama, folks. Romance done right. It’s crazy and a little far-fetched as only Korean dramas can be, but totally worth it. If you don’t already have Que Sera Sera on your list, add it now.
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Que Sera Sera stars Eric and Jung Yu Mi, approximately 7 years ago, and is responsible for fans calling them the 'Elevator Couple'. It tells the story of a man who is experienced in getting what he wants from women, without loving any of them, and a woman who has never been kissed. As the drama progresses, the chemistry increases between the two, which results in some romantic and passionate scenes.
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Both dramas have a similar feeling with dark, depressive tone, the characters are also very similar and in both dramas OST is really great. Mature dramas with very good actors and difficult storyline. I have enjoyed in both of them because I liked it that these are very different from all others typical Korean dramas with characters who are full of faults and where the chemistry between all actors is just amazing. A little note- What happened in Bali is much darker, tragic and more psychological that Que sera sera but definitely both of them are worth watching.
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    Darisse23 Oct 12, 2015

    One of my favorites of all time!!

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    Mo-chan Sep 2, 2015

    This drama is so real

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    Tugce GKGZ Aug 23, 2015

    it's one of the best drama's i watched soo far and i watch really much

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    oppalover87 Jul 22, 2015

    Really enjoyed this drama. Watched over 100+ and it's in my top 20

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    Echo Jul 10, 2015

    total waste of my time...

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    trueturquoise May 9, 2015

    Watching for the second time. Its been a few years since I saw it and its still good!

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    midwest Feb 25, 2015

    Definitely one of the best Kdramas that I've seen. Terribly underrated. I cried many times.

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    SayaRose Nov 18, 2014

    I really liked this drama but the ending kinda hurt it for me

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    Apple_pear Oct 24, 2014 - edited

    Can someone plz tell me where go watch this

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    Monsterz Oct 23, 2014 - edited

    okay, now am on Eric's drama-invasion (after watching Discovery of romance). Does any one have good recommendations from his works?

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      Putri Raja Nov 15, 2014

      Watch Super Rookie. It was comedy drama. Eric was totally different there.

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      Monsterz Nov 26, 2014

      I see! am not a fan of comedy-only. but will give a shot :)

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    rainruma Sep 24, 2014 - edited

    It has probably the Most Beautiful opening scene of any drama !!! ....
    It reminded me of the Orson Wells movie "A Touch of Evil"... especially the one continuous shot following the car and zooming in .... (the opening shot that Orson Wells did was much longer of course )
    the music... the fog... the lighting... set the mood perfectly !!! <3<3<3<3<3 ....loved it !!!

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    rainruma Sep 24, 2014 - edited

    Different than other k-dramas , more realism , raw emotion , intense .... .... good story , good characters ... good acting ......and .... NO Cliches !!! .... EXCEPT for the one Huge Cliche ---->>> of the poor , kind, diligent , average-looking , clumsy but very positive female-lead !!! ...
    as a character , I had a difficult time believing a man like him can fall for a girl like her :(( ..... thanks to Eric tho , he did make his love believable ...

    P.S. ... Eric can Act !!! ...wow !!! .... one of the very few idols who can really act !!! <3

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    racheltan May 29, 2014 - edited

    really weird show..

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    WhiteCloud Mar 5, 2014

    surprisingly good old drama

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    rainecat Feb 25, 2014

    I remember I was so obsessed with the two leads. There's rarely much chemistry or emotion in most of the kdramas I see. But this one was different. It was a intense ride.


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    Mar 17, 2007 to May 13, 2007
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    60 min.


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