Nail Shop Paris

Nail Shop Paris (2013)

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A romantic comedy revolving around flower boy nail artists and the happenings around them. It will center the story of Hong Yeo Joo, the writer of an internet novel who dresses up like a boy and gets hired to work at a famous nail shop Paris filled with flower boy nail artists.

  • Native title:

    네일샵 파리스
  • Also Known as:

    Nail Salon Paris; Neilsyap Pariseu

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Jun 29, 2013
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
TL;DR? Save yourself the time and agony of a jumbled plot line and just watch Ma Boy instead.

Man, this show. If there were ever a text book case of the old adage, too many irons in the fire, this show would be it. Some of the things this ambitious show aimed to cover: gumihos, ghosts, hidden identity, romance, love triangles, writing, nail art, medical issues, mysteries...the list could go on and read more on and on. Seriously. When I started episode 10, I knew the goal of my review would be to convince people not to watch this drama. At the end of the series, I still am so far away from recommending it, but I can argue that it really wasn't as bad as my brain kept insisting.

I think I'll start with reasons why you should save yourself the hours you would spend watching this show before jumping into the few redeeming qualities it possesses. First, this drama was just all over the place. I mean, one second it's about a girl pretending to be a boy so that she can get more info on the guy she wants to write a story about. The next, we are dealing with ghostly rape and shaman mothers. Yes, I did just say ghostly rape. Cause, you know, that's a thing.

This drama reminds me a lot of KPop TUA. Not because of the gender bender aspect, but because none of the acting is that good, and the characters are all so young and fresh and have no idea what they are doing as actors. I think if they wanted to have so many balls juggling up in the air, they should have gone with some veterans. But given the storyline, what veteran would have accepted a role?

The romantic aspect of the show was 4 parts irritating, 1 part cute. None of the characters could ever make up their minds about anything. I suppose in some way, that makes it pretty realistic. The indecision and fighting got old pretty quick though. I'd have liked it more if Bunny had picked Alex or Kay at like episode 6 and then we had happy episodes in between, not waiting til the end to find out who she will end up with. The constant back and forth was just tiring.

OK, now to the few redeeming things that make this drama, at the very least, skimmable. First, Kay. Even though his character was poorly written, the actor really did try and give his all in the role, and I really think there are times where he did an amazing job. His struggle with his sexuality was cute, and he was really graceful about it at times. The danger of gender benders is that writers can really make homosexuality sound like a fate worse than death. And while I understand that Korea is a different society than where I am, it's refreshing to see a character not too emotionally distraught over the idea that they might be gay.

Jin and Ji Soo would be the second reason this drama is worth a skim. Their relationship, for the most part, was the cute breath of fresh air this drama sorely needed. Even when they were fighting, it was mostly adorable.

I could have swore I had more redeeming qualities to list, but none are coming to mind. I wouldn't say that I regret watching this drama necessarily, but every single week I was yelling at the TV trying to figure out why I kept watching. It was oddly compelling, wanting to see how the characters would work things out in the end. That being said, I still don't think this drama redeemed itself enough in the end to be worth the time. I'm glad I finished it, but unless you have the patience of a saint, and the ability to MASSIVELY suspend disbelief, you might try something else instead. The popularity of gender bender dramas ensures that there is something immensely more enjoyable right around the corner.
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Jan 25, 2014
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
After reading the reviews I thought this looks fun not the best, it kinda fell into that cheesy smoltz that I like.
The Story:I can see how some people are comparing this to Coffee Prince it has a similar feel If i had to sum this up it's like Ouran with a higher budget, You'r beautiful in that we have the, Tsundra,Dormat nice guy, and adorable almost loli but can drink blond read more guy. I liked how they got the girl into the situation, she's obsessed with a boy but not because of the reasons one would think. The story kinda resolves around one of those god organizations which means that you have the overall plot while you have a secondary vignettes each day where they help someone out. The story has many mystical elements that i felt that some of the writers shoehorned in.
Pros:Good reason for the female lead to try to get close to them
They try to flesh out all the characters even if their background can be a bit silly
Cons:The fantasy elements can feel a bit shoehorned in
The story is romantic comedy or at least tries to be but sometimes you get such a tonal shift from comedy to serious topics that feels a bit strange.
The show for some reason felt very flat It might have been the acting or the script but i'l talk about that later.
Acting:The acting was ok I knew about what the characters felt and their motivation but sometimes it felt a bit forced.
Alex:Jun Ji Hoo felt very bland to me, he was the stock i'm a nice perfect pretty boy, he tried very hard but their's isn't much to do with the generic nice guy you smile you laugh that's about it.
Kay:played by Song Jae Rim I felt this character was written as the generic Tsundra he's tough and cold but oh he has a heart of gold we just ned to find it. I felt his acting was really good for this character, This character can easily be played as too much as a jerk or to forced but I think he found a nice middle ground i felt for him when he was going through emotional turmoil and wanted him to succeed.
Jin-This character is the adorable guy, blond hair and energetic all the way, for some reason I felt like he only was acting when the Camera was on him, in the background he's just meh to me. He's got the look but I think their should have been better direction or he should have put in more effort.
Bunny-She's the determined girl who just so happens to fall in love. She quirky sometimes but overall nice I didn't care much about this character she wasn't bad and she wasn't great i just didn't really care. Although if she's dressing as a guy and doesn't anyone to think she's a girl or gay why is she still wearing lipgloss. Also I can totally see where people are coming from when they say she annoys them she's always flip flopping and the last three episodes are her just being indecisive and I know that's how real life can be and what we expect but could you drag it out any longer.
Pros:The Tsundra character is done quite well in this one
Cons:The rest of the class was passable at best and extremely bland and boring at worst.
Rewatch value:Low I mean you could but it doesn't reach that so bad it's good maybe so bad it's slightly intriguing, but in the End it's just bland, hot boys can only carry a story so far.
Overall:I can understand why people don't like it it's boring and feels like they have a checklist of what they need to put in, we need a near death scene for drama, we need a kissing scene where someone misunderstands someone else, rinse and repeat. I personally didn't mind because I like strange supernatural elements but their's alot of better stuff to watch,
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    FortuneDay Aug 10, 2014

    I have now watched this drama 3 times. It is so ridiculously craptastic.

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    ishaa Aug 7, 2014

    the ending was so unexpecting like wth! It was so random~!

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    gticecream8 Jul 29, 2014

    I thought the plot was pretty surprising, I was going to watch it just for fun because it seemed quite simple, but parts of it ended up being quite deep and sentimental. It was a nice surprise, and I was never bored. Ending was a little rushed and way too fantastical but I enjoyed it anyways. It was very entertaining and was creative.

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    5NFOSI Jul 4, 2014
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    MaRichu FugOso May 14, 2014

    im new here...can anyone tell me how to watch this.....

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      ftisland May 14, 2014

      if you google it you'll probably find it, and you can check and as well! (:

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    MirMir May 12, 2014

    Isn't this pretty much like a remake of Coffee House Prince thingy?

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      jonssister Jun 27, 2014

      This drama mashed up a bunch of different dramas together. I liked this drama, but you can't take it to serious.

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    Thalia May 12, 2014

    Hmm this drama was a bit in between for me. I did enjoy the cute cross-dressing and amazingly hot guys but it lacked in plot and dialogue. I found the storyline rushed, far fetched and honestly, Twilight-esque. I gave it a 7.5 because I like nailpolish and Paris. lol xD Tbh I'm being a bit too harsh, it wasn't that bad and it's a short watch if you just want something to take the steam off.

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    amw05514 May 7, 2014

    This is one of the dramas that I hate everything about, and yet something about it is kinda cute and makes me want to watch it again

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    MyYume Apr 11, 2014
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    MyYume Apr 11, 2014

    Gave it 8 because i looved Song Jaerim <3333 he is so handsome >.<

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    WowCreations Jan 14, 2014

    uhm....didnt realise the 1st review was a SPOiLER...

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    DramaPanda_ Jan 2, 2014

    At first I liked it but the more I watched the worse it got, the last episode just annoyed me it seemed so rushed and the storyline was all over the place probably the worst drama I've watched because I got so annoyed at the writers. The only reason I put up with it was because of Thunder but still not worth it in my opinion.

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    Rinna Dec 28, 2013

    Hmmm…the trailer makes the drama seem so boring…I don't think I should watch it after all...

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    MarianaG Dec 18, 2013

    I didn't really understand this drama.. it wasn't bad but wasn't good either, I'm so confused about everything...

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    draakonikihv Dec 11, 2013

    This drama was just all over the place and I stopped watching it about half-way through.


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    South Korea
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    May 3, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
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  • Duration:

    50 min.


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    6.3 (scored by 2,702 users)
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