There is a tremendous growth in the number of single households and people who choose to live in a shared house for economic reasons. A woman who used to be a producer but ended up being a market vendor; a middle aged woman abandoned by her father and family; a single daddy and a foreigner; people with different stories are gathered under the same roof in attempts to save money. Among them, a daughter and a wife feeling left out by their families embrace the wounded hearts of each other. This drama features people from different backgrounds becoming a family and reminds audience what the true meaning of family in this generation is.
Cast & Credits
The story was dragged on and on for eternity. This ought to have been a 40 or 50 episode series - 120 was stretching it a bit too far. The pace really needs some getting used to. The main leads look good together - Han Chae Ah is probably the reason I slogged through. Her smile looks magnetic and Sung Hyuk makes a good pair with her, though their acting might seem zombie-ish at times. The script takes as much blame as the actors for the same. Kim Min Kyo lends some freshness with his unconventional dialogues and also some comic relief, though I would have liked more of it. I'd rather avoid mentioning most of the family members - too shady, too many and too irritating!
While watching the series, you get multiple feelings of déjà vu - giving the feel that this really is a not-very-delicate mix of inspirations from other drama, Come! Jang Bori and Rosy Lovers among others. Be ready to hate the majority of the cast in most of the episodes - makes you wonder again just how far people can go for money. Pretty much everything is there - parental opposition to love, the jealous lover who can go to any lengths to get what she wants, the illegitimate child looking for a place he belongs to, the mother who abandons her child for money, etc. In the end, everyone seems to realize their mistakes and redeem their character - and set the scene for complete happy ending. But you are left questioning the 'glass is half full' attitude of the writers and whether the ending was forced.
Watch it if you:
- are looking for a lengthy ride.
- prefer multiple romantic stories.
- are willing to wait for the good parts.
- wish for the perfect happy ending.
Avoid it if:
- negative characters annoy you; you'll be cursing them all the time.
- you're looking for something new in the story.
The music was nothing exceptional, but it was pretty good and suited the main characters. There were some loose ends at the end, but most of the side-stories were resolved. I'm still piqued at how the actual wedding scene of the main couple is skipped in a 120-episode series, while unnecessary time was spent on so many other scenes.
Would I watch it again? Only in bits and pieces for the good scenes - I can't handle 60 more hours, most of which comprises of the evil father, mother or mother-in-law in the process of devious plotting ;)