Prime Minister and I

Prime Minister and I (2013)

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Prime Minister Kwon Yool works well at his office, but he struggles to raise his three children alone. Nam Da Jung is a reporter full of enthusiasm at work, but she always ends up missing big scoops. When Nam Da Jung chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for. Kwon Yool's three kids receive a mother as a Christmas present, read moreand that mother is Nam Da Jung.

  • Native title:

    총리와 나
  • Also Known as:

    Prime Minister is Dating; Chongliwa Na; Chongriwa Na;

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addicted2dramas
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Apr 2, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Sometimes the only way to enjoy a drama is to keep your expectations low. That is how I was able to enjoy this drama. In fact, it turned out better than I expected.

While the plot is cliche, it was cute and entertaining. The scenario of contract marriages never fail to amuse me and this was no exception. It also has a 'Sound of Music'-esque vibe to it but not very much. read more Like I said, it isn't an original story by far. While its sub-plots were boring and flat, the relationship between the Prime Minister, his wife and the children was more than enough to keep me watching.

I am not a big fan of castings when there is a lot of age gap between the lead actors. This time though, I was pleasantly surprised by the natural chemistry between Lee Bum Soo and Yoona. In spite of their difference in ages, they were cute together. I have to give credit to their good acting skills for that. I was happy to see Yoona having improved a lot since Love Rain. I want to see her in more dramas that suit her like this one.

The best parts of the drama were definitely the kids and the romantic moments (never saw so many we-fell-on-each-other scenes before). It's light, fun and amusing till about episode 10 or so. I would suggest skipping some scenes or episodes in between because they don't contribute anything to the plot.

It's OST was rather good and worth listening to till you get bored of it.

Watch this drama when in the mood for some sweet, harmless fun but don't expect a lot from it.
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Stasiamae
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Feb 18, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
First of all, I want to address the age difference between the two main characters in real life. Yes, we all know that there was a huge age difference in real life, twenty years is quite a number. And I do have to agree, I was uncomfortable with it--at first. But after watching further, I began to like the age difference. I mean, I wouldn't say 'liked' but more like... came to read more tolerate it.. respect it... hate it less. Whatever the case is, the point still stands: they are acting, and acting is just that. And I think they acted very good. Yoona played a woman in her late twenties very well, if you ask me, and I also want to point out that had I not known better, I would have guessed that Yoona's character was in her early 30's. She definitely began to look more responsible and mature. Maybe that's why the age difference in the drama world and in real life maybe didn't affect me as hugely toward the middle and end.
Which brings me to the next topic: the age difference in the show. I believe the age difference was something like 13 or 14 years. That's still a lot, even if it IS 7 less that 20. But I really was able to see past that in the show. Just like the RL age difference, it bothered me in the begginning. I couldn't fathom it at first, but as the drama progressed, I really began to respect it and see the meaning behind it. Whether Yoona is a 23 year old in real life, or 28 in the drama, I still think the '28' wouldn't have changed, regardless of the actor. She was bright, maybe a little impulsive sometimes, but young and not only pretty, but positive. Her young-ness (for lack of better term) was what KY fell in love with. He was wallowing in his past, and she dragged him out.

Now that the age is out of the way, I'll address the plot. Yes, it was a little strange, and I admit I was suspicious of it at first. Even though it seemed some what cliche and unoriginal to me, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I (personally) have never seen a drama like it before. I really respected KY's character, as a man and as a political figure, and I also respected DJ for always being true to herself and being a good person. Even at the end, when everyone gives her hate, I respect her character's decision. I don't agree with it, but it's a decision worth respecting. I admit that I thought that the drama took a turn from rom-com to melodrama in the middle there. The beginning was the funniest for me, but I enjoyed the last half too, in a different way. I also really enjoyed the kids' blossoming relationship with DJ. In the beginning, I admit I was expecting some very evil things to happen throughout practically the whole thing. I didn't expect the tricks to dwindle so quickly. Either Yoona is a really good actor, or she's very good with children. I really liked the interactions between the children at her, to be honest. I really felt a motherly instinct when they were together. Just the simple ways DJ would address them, and how she would talk to Man Se, and interact with him. The little things like patting their head or brushing their hair or cheek with her hand or finger... I really liked her during those scenes. I don't care what anyone says, I thought Yoona did a great job. She really reminded me of the main lead in My Girl. So funny and light-hearted, but deep inside, very caring and understandable.

The character development in this story was phenomenal. Every character developed, it wasn't just the main male lead this time, like you so often see in dramas now-a-days. KY became more family-oriented, and softer, and also let go of his past. DJ grew up, to put it bluntly. She also had a pretty good back-bone, and the tension between the leads in the beginning was one I really enjoyed, even if it WAS hate at first. heheh I'm a sucker for love-hate relationships. x)
Also, the evil characters in this drama were 'evil', but they weren't ones I couldn't tolerate. I felt bad for some, pitying them, even though they were jerks. If you want a show that you aren't going to want to kill the evil characters, this is the show. I mean, there will be moments, but for the most part, aside from one, it'll pass.

The music, oh the music was beautiful. I specifically enjoy 'Waltz'. It's the gloomy sad piano piece. It's such a sad piece, but it conveys the emotions so well I almost cry just listening to the music, even now, I have it on my iTunes. First thing I downloaded. (; I really enjoyed the OST for this one, and the other one.. can't think of it.. it really had a renaissance or medieval feeling to it, but I kind of liked that. Made me giggle in the beginning but, all is well. haha

Oh and I can't leave out the cry factor. I am NOT a person who cries, I've only cried in a few dramas that I've seen, and if you've seen I Miss You, yeah, I only cried twice, so when I say I cried multiple times (more than in I Miss You) than that must mean this show is a tear-jerker. I cried in happiness, in hatred, in sadness, in pity, in remorse; it was cray-zay.

All-in-all, this drama is not one of my favorites, but I think it deserves more stars than it gets. People need to respect the plot, and the actors. Just because Yoona is a kpop star doesn't mean she's a bad actor. In fact, I may get hate for this, but I thought she did the opposite. Like I said, I think she did a very good job, and if you go into this drama with an open-mind, willing to accept some things that will make you uncomfortable or sad, you will greatly enjoy this drama. Their relationship blossomed so well. It was slow, steady, and... refreshing. Even though there were only a few kisses, I liked them, and savored them. They were good kisses, ^/////^, and like I said, I think they had fairly good chemistry, strangely enough. It was nice watching them realize their feelings, and how they were going to address them. They talked out their problems, and I liked that twists didn't last two or three episodes, they were often resolved within the episode or the next. I liked that. It didn't slow down in the middle for me, either. I actually felt like it sped up in the middle, maybe even rushed a little. I think this drama could have last at least 21 episodes. I really wanted to see a second wedding at the end, or something. But I liked the ending too.

Speaking of the ending, a lot of people resent it, and don't like it, but that's just because it's different. No, they don't throw their arms in the air, make-out, and get steamy. It was more of a bitter-sweet new beginning. I took it more as a 'let's start over.'

I recommend this drama, whole-heartedly.
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    Hanyuu Jun 13, 2015

    One of the worst drama i ever watched.

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    BlackGeki May 31, 2015

    I actually like it in the beginning but at the middle part i lost my interest (and due to other reasons i forgot about it and then i feel too lazy to finish it ) As much as i love Yoona! i think it will take me years to try and watch it again unless it will be shown in our national TV , but i didn't think it was terrible.

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    MinaVIP May 23, 2015

    I know this may sound like a doubestandard and stuff (since idon't mind older women go for younger men) but this drama made me feel very awkward X_X Perhaps it was because the main leads didn't have any chemistry. I'm really trying to think ofanother reason why it felt so awkward and not because the age difference is quite big between the two.

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    monika22_12 Apr 15, 2015

    I don't know your opinion about it, but for me there was something missing. The drama is good, cute and nice to watching, have some comedian moments (especially I love the scenes with Man Se - he is so lovely :) ).
    But I was a little dissapointed of the end, I don't know, maybe some firecrakers? :) Yes, I know, sometimes I have to big expectations. And the ending here was so... Neutral. I like strong, happy endings and here it was the only missing thing.

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    Nesrine Mar 20, 2015

    i wasn't that impressed -_- i love yoona though

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    Nostalgia Mar 1, 2015
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    De1vSkm2 Jan 29, 2015

    This was actually pretty cute, although I thought it was funny how Lee Bum Soo was shorter than Yoon Ah

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    perjestrosos Jan 26, 2015

    though, lee bum soo is much older than yoona, but they have chemistry . :) currently watching this,. love this

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    phyra Nov 23, 2014

    why do people moan about the male lead being ugly old etc etc at least he is lee bum soo not kim bum soo

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    dore430 Oct 3, 2014

    Sorry to disagree with the Reviews above and some of the comments below... I didn't think it was boring at all. I loved Yoonah and Bum Soo together even with their age difference! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic comedy. ALL of the cast was great in their performances...

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    Misaki-san Sep 21, 2014

    Going to finish soon. Kinda boring, I could say, but cute in its own way

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    luna Aug 31, 2014

    the drama is really boring and the plot is so zzzZzzz
    but I disagree regarding yoona be a bad actress, her role on love rain was excellent

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    maida11 Aug 12, 2014

    i think yonna's acting has improved

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    Alcohol Aug 9, 2014

    Yoona's acting sucks btw. So awkward.

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    Alcohol Aug 9, 2014

    Too much boredom in 1 drama. How underwhelming. It was so hyped too.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    17
  • Aired:

    Dec 9, 2013 to Feb 4, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 3,725 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1887
  • Popularity:

    #276

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