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6.8
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'Ocean Likes Me' is a healing food romance between Han Ba Da, a young entrepreneur who dreams of starting an udon restaurant with a beach in the background but finds serving customers difficult. Ba Da then meets Tommy, a failed musician who returns to his hometown after wandering and has a new dream. Together, both of them step towards their dreams. (Source: Naver and blupdate2020) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Français
  • Українська
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Apr 26, 2022 - May 18, 2022
  • Aired On: Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 6,181 users)
  • Ranked: #9597
  • Popularity: #1138
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Completed
tristram Flower Award1
56 people found this review helpful
May 19, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 5.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Script? What script?

I love Holland for all he has done (and represents) for the LGBTQ community, and I'm thrilled that a KBL finally has an openly gay actor playing a lead. But the production company didn't even try with the script. In fact, calling it a script might be too generous - it's a few ideas strung together with nothing connecting them. Which is a bummer, because the characters did have promise if you squint (a shy, gullible chef trying to start a restaurant paired with an outgoing, business-savvy drifter who's like, "I must help this sweet fool before he loses the shirt off his back." Aaand I just made it sound way more interesting than it actually ended up being. In reality, they just skip from plot point to plot point with no progression or logic.)

The direction must have been pretty poor because I KNOW Han Gi Chan can act, but in a lot of scenes here, it seemed like he couldn't. Holland's acting skills didn't come across too well either, but I'd give him another chance if he tries acting again, because (*gestures toward Han Gi Chan*) even a good actor seemed middling in this drama. To be fair, there were some scenes that I thought they acted out decently.

The (literal) ocean was very pretty. I also liked that this drama skipped a lot of the common pitfalls in BL - both of them were nice guys, neither of them was an alpha, they didn't sexually harass or assault each other, and no one fetishized them. Finally, I enjoyed the homophobia-free environment! But without an actual story, it was all so very bland.

Here's hoping that these actors' next projects are with companies that will invest in quality scripts and directors. Our trailblazing icon Holland deserved better than this for his acting debut.

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Completed
Oops Im an immortal
23 people found this review helpful
May 4, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.0

Refreshing, but not great

Overall impression: Rough start with the first two episodes but improves a little from episode 3 when plot starts to pick up. Ending is downhill again and disjointed writing. Seemed like it wanted to be poetic and "healing," but came across kind of awkward. Not the highest quality production, but still kind of cute and enjoyable if you're just looking for a short drama to waste some time.

Pros:
- Acting is pretty good, not perfect but it's mostly the writing that's the problem
- Nice setting and cinematography for the ocean. It has a calm, soothing type atmosphere which fits the "healing" description
- Lead characters are good. Han Pada is quiet and serious, but doesn't seem like a cold, emotionless character. Just shy and awkward. Tommy's character is refreshing, cute with a little sass.
- OST is pretty good. I'm not usually a fan of Holland's music, but these songs were alright for me. If you're a fan, you'll probably like them a lot.

Cons:
- First two episodes seemed rushed and awkward, but pacing improved in episode 3
- Writing is a disjointed and awkward, but not so bad it's unwatchable
- Unlikeable female character (improves a little towards the end)
- Zombie makeup
- Sometimes seems overdramatic
- Feels like nothing has really happened in the plot. Biggest plot point was skipped over vaguely.
- Chemistry isn't really there from the writing
- I don't know what the heck happened for the last episode

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Details

  • Drama: Ocean Likes Me
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Apr 26, 2022 - May 18, 2022
  • Aired On: Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 6,181 users)
  • Ranked: #9597
  • Popularity: #1138
  • Watchers: 14,099

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