Dong Hae was raised in America by his beautiful but unmarried and mentally deficient mother, Anna Laker, who was adopted there. He goes to Korea for a short-track skating competition and brings his mother along in secret, arranging for her to be picked up at the airport by his girlfriend, Yoon Sae Wa, an ambitious TV announcer who harbours a secret disdain for Anna's disability. Dong Hae meets Bong Yi, a poor assistant chef, when Sae Wa prioritizes her job and sends her to meet Anna instead. After Sae Wa later betrays him, Dong Hae begins to search for his father, creating a new family and finding new romance along the way.
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Story: Even though it has familiar themes such as hotel setting, rivalry for power, baking, birth secret, jealous ex gf you want to punch etc. the writer did a great job of keeping each episode well paced, which made me want to keep watching. The ending is wrapped in a nicely neat bow for those who care;)The last 20 episodes felt dragged out though, that's pretty much the only critique for the story.
Acting/Characters: The acting was spot on for all the characters. Well except Lee Jang Woo who I can't seem to like in anything. It doesn't help that his character is a spoiled whiny chaebol who blames everyone else for all his "problems." The actress who played Saewa was really great with her character because I cringed every time her character came on, probably the most annoying character I've seen in a drama ever (and I've seen a lot!). My favorite characters were Sae Young & Tae Hoon Oppa(Alex). They were too funny and cute! As for the lead couple most of the time I felt like they had more of a cute chemistry meant for friends. I really like the lead actress though (saw her in King of Dramas first, really different characters). I forgot to mention the actress who played the mentally handicapped mother Anna. Excellent acting although her character got annoying towards the end as well...
Music: Not a lot of it, and not memorable either. It's to be expected though cause most daily dramas don't incorporate music.
Rewatch: It's rewatchable but I don't know when I'll have the time to sit through all those episodes again. I also don't care to watch all the annoying characters again so there's that...
Overall Smile, Dong Hae is worth a watch if you like family themed shows with a happy ending. It is possible to finish...if you dare!
Characters: you've got
Donghae: (Ji Chang Wook) who plays a smart innocent nice guy who was ditched by his girlfriend of 6yrs and then he meets Bongi.
Saewa: the evil ex-girlfriend who tries to get in the family of the rich in order to make her self known (she is the evil girl in the drama).
Anna Laker (my favorite mother) who after an accident when she was young is stuck with the mindset of a 7yr old - but she is loveable, yet sometimes a bit too naïve/stupid in things she does - but the reason is obvious.
Donghae and Bongi are my reasons for loving this drama. Donghae is the best male lead ever - he is trustworthy and loveable! Someone who believes in his love no matter what.
159 episodes (35 min episodes each) so it's more like 45 episode drama.
I've watched it twice and want to re-watch it again - I even bought the drama! to me it is a Masterpiece!!!
I loved every character in this drama - but all in all Donghae and Bongi were still my favorites :D
I HIGHLY recommend this drama if you like Family dramas!