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.

  • Native title:

    케세라, 세라

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dramaqueen4life
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Jan 15, 2014
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
If you are looking for a romantic comedy then look elsewhere. This drama should not be watched if you are looking for a heart pounding plot.
but i promise you if you love watching flawed like characters grow, if you love touching music, if you are bored with the stock dramas in dramaland and want to try something new and if you are ready to be shocked episode after episode then this read more drama is for you.

This drama is not for the fainthearted or for the casual viewer. It took me whole of 17 episodes for me to decide if i love this drama or i hate it with a vengeance. This one lies somewhere in the middle.

None of the 4 protagonists are your stereotypical characters from dramaland. All of them are flawed and selfish enough to self destruct themselves and everything around them.

Eric Mun as Kang Tae Joo is forever etched in my mind as the bastard with the human heart. Don't expect to love him but he is the type of man who we love to hate. Eric did a fantastic job portraying his character and brought such range of emotions that i am shocked that this drama is so under appreciated and received low ratings in its time.

I stand conflicted if i love the heroine or not. She is something for sure. She is the most unique heroine you will meet in dramaland. She looks naive and stupid but you will get to know her slowly and understand the things that she does. If you get past that horrible hairstyle that Jung Yoo Mi portrays throughout then you will see that her acting is pretty darn good.

Their is quite a good chemistry between Tae Joo and Eun Soo. When I saw them together on screen i felt everything what they were feeling. Those simple touches, those hugs, those kisses. The chemistry is well done and their is no tight lipped kissing here. The Romance has a mature tone so no fluffy stuff here.

Lee Kyu Han continues to get supporting roles but this man seriously needs his own drama to bring out the acting that i know he is capable of. He is quite good as Shin Joon Hyuk and as the man who is utterly cold and lonely in his life.

Cha Hye Rin is the type of woman who is easy to understand and someone who is just as lonely as anything or anyone.

The protagonists live in the hell of their own making and that is why this drama is full of so much angst. Their is lot of crying and moping and emotions flying around but it is not driven by external factors. This drama shows that we as humans are selfish and base. It is twisted and dark but oh so lovely to watch. It is told with raw realism and something akin to as if the writer can read our mind. Some shots, some quotes will forever remain in my memories. This was an intense drama that slowed down and kept on picking itself up at the same time. Don't expect a plot here.There is a plot though and it is quite good but not much happens in the way we viewers are used to. All the 17 episodes were about these 4 lives and their entangling and their character growth.

The music is downright phenomenal from Gotan Project to "Moonrise"
this is too intense a drama to be rewatched again.

Give this one a chance..this starts a little slow but will be up and running in no time. Que Sera Sera will bring you a little closer to understanding the human nature and much closer to life's realities as well. But as Peter Bishop says "behind every cynic their is a romantic".
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PrettyCarEye
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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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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    SayaRose 5 days ago

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

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    Apple_pear Oct 24, 2014

    Can someone plz tell me where go watch this

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    Monsterz Oct 23, 2014

    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 9 days ago

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

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    rainruma Sep 24, 2014

    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

    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

    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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    iamsarah Nov 28, 2013

    I realy like this drama it was the first time I EVER WATCHED A DRAMA LIKE this but all in all i liked and enjoyed it.

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    Kromesta Oct 2, 2013

    Both leads are disgusting, this drama only prove love makes you do crazy and disgusting things.

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    soumatra Sep 16, 2013

    I just finished this drama, it's about a dirty love ... but it's still "love" hhh

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    elfudes Sep 1, 2013

    i read and read and tried to understand each characters relationships with each other from synopsis then there 'This drama is basically about the redemption of Kang Tae Joo from bastard to human.' I DECIDE TO WATCH THIS XD LOL and its Er?c Mun with Jung Yoo Mi :3

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    Frosty Aug 9, 2013
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    abracadabra Jun 13, 2013

    great drama

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    Masquerade Mar 17, 2013

    I started watching the first 2 episodes. And I dropped it. I know, its actually to early to drop it. But I have to say, to me the most important criterion to like a drama is the characters. None seemed pleaseant to me. The female lead seemed like a stupid following every order, the male lead was TOO harsh. Usually I prefer dramas with bad boys, but in this point he just couldnt convince me.
    I mean not that he only was harsh and a player, he had nothing sympathetic at all.
    I know Im being to rude critizing all these just after two episodes, but well...I just had to let it out xD

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    17
  • Aired:

    Mar 17, 2007 to May 13, 2007
  • Aired On:

    Saturday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 1,342 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1573
  • Popularity:

    #608

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