Lee Ma Ri is a top star in Korea and throughout Asia. The head of her management agency, Seo Tae Suk, hires a ghostwriter to help transform Ma Ri's image. Poverty-stricken university lecturer Kim Chul Soo takes the job in order to earn money to repay his ex-girlfriend, who paid for his college tuition. Whilst they are in Japan he falls in love with Ma Ri.
However, when the travel essay book "Lovers in Asuka," written by Chul Soo on Ma Ri's behalf, becomes a bestseller, Ma Ri gets caught up in the controversy generated by the ghostwriting. The two lovers try to continue their relationship away from media attention, but obstacles abound: eligible young executive Jung Woo Jin, who pursues Ma Ri; Ma Ri's first love Kang Woo Jin, who suddenly vanished from her life; Chul Soo's ex-girlfriend Choi Eun Young; and the manipulative Seo Tae Suk, who seeks to control everything in Ma Ri's life.
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The Story is one of my favorite types - ordinary person gets together with a celebrity. I know if you change "celebrity" to "a person of higher status (richer/more famous, etc)" then that would probably describe 80% of romance dramas! But I especially like it if one of the people is a celebrity. So anyway what I'm trying to say is the story is not really new and in fact sometimes predictable and somewhat stretched or draggy in some parts. So if you are familiar with this type of story then you would probably get what you expected with no real surprises. Which is a good thing for me because like I said this is exactly my type. Another thing I liked about the story is they did not end it when both leads said "I love you" then faded out. There was a tinny bit of "ever after" at the end.
What made this drama special was the Acting and Chemistry of the main leads.I've seen 4 or 5 of Yoo Ji Tae's movies, but I have never seen Choi Ji Woo in any other drama yet except for when she guested on Running Man. But wow! I can understand why she's considered one of the best actresses in Korea! Right from the start the chemistry between the two was so natural you would think they were a pair in real life. The way CJW portrayed her character with "childish" personality was great. Even the standard supporting characters did good as you really get mad or sympathize at the people they want you to get mad at or sympathize with.
Music is okay but no song or theme really stood out for me.
Rewatch value, well I already watched this 2 times in the past month and will be watching again for sure in the future.
Overall I would recommend this drama mostly because of the chemistry between the leads. And if you just want to get what you expected from a romantic drama.
The premise is simple (yet, so love it) and I wish the writer wouldn't drag the story like he/she already did, it just ruined all the rating and even lost its audience. If it wasn't because of CJW and YJT, I definitely will drop the drama!
I already watched the drama for 3rd time, solemnly to CJW-YJT scenes only. For years watching drama, I find their connection really amazing. if you like both actor and actress I definitely recommend this drama to you, because they could make the silly (backward-forward storyline) into something watchable, and worst crave for their scene. If you like simple love story between star and poor man with less crying, this drama is also worth to try.