Lee Yoon Ho, a motorcycle mania who engages in many fights at school and is known for his high kick, and Lee Min Ho, who enjoys spending time on scale models and web blogs, are brothers born a year apart but attending the same class at school. These two portray completely opposite Korean teenage characters in a comical way. And of course, there's the rest of the family. Their father, a full-time stock investor since being laid-off from work, nevertheless optimistic and reckless; their mother, an oriental medicine doctor and always overly confident; their grandfather, who loves money more than anything in the world; their grandmother, who is always defeated by her daughter-in-law in ongoing status quarrels, are some of them. Their uncle Lee Min Yong is a 27-year-old single dad. After going through a premature marriage and early divorce, he enjoys his life back in the dating scene with his half-single and half-married status, while continuing to encounter emotionally-involved moments with his ex-wife Shin Ji at times. Smooth High Kick! is a situation comedy, which portrays the everyday lives of the main characters colliding with each other in a comical way. However, at a certain point, the surprising mysteries of their seemingly-normal surrounding characters begin to unravel one by one.
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I started off my love for all things Korean with Unstoppable High Kick. It was my first drama and I have to say, it is my favorite. Unstoppable High Kick has this kind of 'fun' family setting. I have thought many times that it would be so great if I could just place myself among the Lee family and live my life with them. I know, for sure I could never say life was boring.
The sitcom takes us through a joy ride of the daily lives of the Lee family and the 'psuedo-family'(what the show refers to friends of the family who are in their household most of the time- basically act like it's their house). We are shown the ups and downs in the lives of each character in the family. This is what I love the most about this drama. Each character gets the floor at a certain point and we see things in their perspective. The daily lives of this characters are hilarious. The coincidences, the situations, will make you laugh. Though, rarely will you crack your sides with laughter.
Lee Soon Jae, the head of the household (grandfather) is beating and chasing his eldest son, Lee Junha, around the house, for causing him to lose money in his stocks. Lee Junha's wife, Park Haemi is lecturing her mother-in-law, Na Munhee, about the faults she made when doing the housework. Na Munhee is extremely angry because her daughter-in-law treats her so condescending though her feelings are only expressed in her thoughts. Lee Junha and Park Haemi's youngest son, Lee Yunho, the 'bad guy', is chasing his younger brother, Lee Minho( the studious one) and Lee Minho's best friend, Kim Beom, who got the title "home-stay Beom". Lee Minyoung, who is the youngest son of Na Munhee and Lee Soon Jae, would most likely not be present, since he acts anti-social towards his family. Although, the romance part of the show includes him. Hwang Chansung, a classmate of the boys and calls himself Yunho's bestfriend, is listening to Hip-hop through his headphones and breakdancing amidst all the ruckus. Na Hyemi and Kang Yoomi are fighting with each other.
^That my friend, is the Lee Household in a nutshell.
And of course, the reason why I started watching this 167 episode drama was because of Kim Beom and Kim Hye Sung(Lee Minho)'s bromance. They displayed a deep friendship throughout the show, even hints of some yaoi- but nay. Though, they had a few fights throughtout the show. Not to mention:
[insert hug here.]
Well sorry for the long review. It's just that I really love this sitcom and would recommend it. Don't let anything deter from watching it. Overall, I enjoyed watching this show a lot. Compared to the second season, the first is superior and I enjoyed it much more.
Some quotes from the drama:
"What the...All the people in this family are crazy"~Nurse Yu
"Why does everything in this family have to be so abnormal?" ~Park Haemi
“No one in that family is normal.” ~Nurse Park