In the romantic-comedy "Boku to Star no 99 Nichi" top Korean actress Han Yoo-Na (Kim Tae-Hee) falls in love with a quite man named Kohei Namiki (Hidetoshi Nishijima).
Kohei Namiki (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a single man approaching his 40's. He works at security company as a part-time job. He also has a sweet and handsome appearance, which some people take advantage of. Kohei is easily swayed by those around him. Kohei often takes care of his sister's three kids because Kohei's sister has a habit of wandering around, but he is a passionate man and dreams of finding his star. Because of his family and economic situations, Kohei can't follow through on those dreams.
One day, Kohei is assigned security detail for the beautiful actress Han Yoo-Na (Kim Tae-Hee). Even though she has a near perfect appearance and style, she prefers to act like other normal people. She enjoys eating simple Japanese foods and on the filming set Yoo-Na will stop to help others. Yoo-Na has a pure and kind spirit. She seems to be the envy of all, but inside Yoo-Na is lonely working in the entertainment field and she also has a big secret.
At first, bodyguard Kohei and top star Yoo-Na don't get along. With time they become closer. Over the next 99 days their relationship changes. On the 100th day when the contract ends what choice will they make?
Kim's role will require her to speak Japanese lines for the first time.
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And yet, I loved it! I marathoned through it in a couple of days, and enjoyed every episode. I laughed, smiled, grinned. One may object that a drama is either good and to our liking, or it isn't. But the reasons why I like watching something aren't always as clear-cut and defined as I would like to think: I can remain cold in front of a masterpiece, and be enthusiastic of a piece of trinkets.
Hence my tepid marks, which reflect what I hope is an unbiased estimation, not the degree of my liking it.
Fact is, I truly loved the characters. Kohei, the bodyguard played by Nishijima Hidetoshi, is incredibly endearing. I had never seen this actor on screen before and at first sight I thought he was the complete opposite of an eye-candy. But his character is so sweet and lovable, I ended up liking him a lot. Kim Tae Hee, whom I could barely tolerate in My Princess, is adorable here, contributing factor the Japanese language, which renders her voice deeper and more pleasant.
The great actor Takanabe is hilarious. He seems vain and utterly stupid, but we soon discover he hides his own complex, and from that moment on, I dare everyone not to root for him, if not as a lover, at least as a friend and professional actor.
All the other characters do a good job, including Taecyeon, who surprised me with his very good Japanese. The bad guys aren't given enough screen time to get on our nerves.
The music is fine, mostly in the second half of the drama.
Surprisingly, I think I'll rewatch this drama one day. It was a perky watch, which I recommend to whomever is in need of something light, funny, romantic without being melodramatic or mushy.