K-Drama Review: Robber aka Bandit. That maybe makes you laugh a lot and funnier!
Robber aka Bandit
SBS (2008) 16 Episodes
Romantic Comedy, Grade: A
Something about “Robber aka Bandit”
I didn’t even realize until relatively recently that the leading number of my top favorite Korean drama of all time, “Chuno” (2010), Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae, had been in a very previous drama together called “Robber aka Bandit” (2008), and after I did discover it there was no way on earth I used to be NOT visiting find this obscure, mostly forgotten K-drama, and watch it. I’m so glad I did because I loved it and laughed uproariously through much of the story. These two thespians simply have the most effective chemistry together! Jang Hyuk is Wild and Lee Da Hae is sensible and Wary. What a combo!
To be sure, there have been some standard K-drama cliches and tropes here, but in other ways, this romantic comedy deliberately changed previous formulas that we have seen too often within the genre. for example, although our leading guy pretends to be wealthy, he’s after all poor and deeply in debt, so instantly that typical rich chaebol – poor girl storyline is avoided. during this story, it is the lead woman character who has carefully and wisely saved her money over the years, and it is the man who seeks to require advantage of her initially to realize access thereto, to pay off his ever-increasing debts. within the beginning, he’s nothing quite a scoundrel, albeit an enthralling one, but a whole-life change is near to happen in him, and it’s downright delicious to look at that process unfold. I actually cannot see anyone within the Korean show business capable of playing this role better than Jang Hyuk. He made the role his own.
Another way this K-drama is different is within the undeniable fact that the mother-in-law character of Lee Da Hae’s character, played well by veteran actress Kim Hae Sook (“The Suspicious Housekeeper”) is tremendously supportive and caring of her daughter-in-law. How refreshing that was to watch! No bitchiness in any respect.
The Story of “Robber aka Bandit”
After graduating from high school, Jin Dal Rae (Lee Da Hae, “My Girl”, “Miss Ripley”, “Chuno”, “The Good Witch”) begins engaging at a neighborhood bank. There, she meets Jang Tae Oh (Jung Gyu Woon, “God’s Gift: 14 Days”), a venturer, and she or he follows him to Seoul after a whirlwind romance, where they quickly unify. Dal Rae becomes pregnant, but before the baby is born, Tae Oh is killed during a freak accident within the mountains. Dal Rae moves in along with her supportive and understanding mother-in-law named Lee Soon Seom (Kim Hae Sook), and together the 2 women raise her daughter, sweet little Yoo Jin (Kim Hwan Hee).
Several years pass, and shortly Seom herself encourages Dal Rae to maneuver on emotionally, even setting her au courant get-together. During one such date, Dal Rae meets the elderly and wealthy Chairman Kim, who isn’t searching for a young wife, but attempting to find a prospective spouse for his socially inept son Kim Jin Goo (Kim Jung Tae, “Oh! My Venus”), an office manager. Chairman Kim is impressed with Dal Rae’s kindness and integrity and is decided that she’s going to become his daughter-in-law. Jin Goo and Dal Rae are thrown together sometimes but it simply doesn’t go well between them. (I had a sense the character had major Aspergers’ Syndrome going on). While usually, the audience feels interested in the 2nd Male Lead Character in K-dramas, here we are rather repulsed by the person. At first. He does grow on you a small amount more during the series, but his strange character development took a small amount of getting won’t to for me!
Meanwhile, Dal Rae also encounters the handsome but mysterious Kwon Oh Joon (Jang Hyuk, “Thank You”, “Chuno”, “Beautiful Mind”) in a very restaurant but she is instantly on her guard with him. Oh Joon was once a boxer, but he quit because he didn’t want to break his handsome face, which might impede his gigolo ways. Since then, he has been masquerading as a fund manager, but truly he’s a swindler who lives off lonely, gullible women by scamming them. he’s often helped by a rather bumbling, inept friend of his own, the scatter-brained Kim Man Doo (Hong Kyung In).
While initially, the audience thinks Oh Joon is simply out for himself, it seems the reality of his economic situation has wider implications than we, the audience, understand. His sister Kwon Oh Sook (Yoon Yoo Sun, “She Was Pretty”) is married to an abusive husband, and Oh Joon has been paying off her debts, but he soon grows desperate, with the loan sharks hounding him and threatening to kill him unless he pays up. Now. When he meets Dal Rae he’s off the charts desperate for immediate cash. Will she develop thereon side of him, or be fooled like all the opposite women he’s taken advantage of over the years?
Over-hearing that Dal Rae has been saving to start out her own business, and has about $30,000 stored up, she becomes his next target. However, as he gets to grasp her and her family, Oh Joon finds himself falling taken with for real for the very first time. With Dal Rae,.and her sweet little daughter who takes a shine to him (and he to her), will he be ready to turn his life around from his grifter persona, to become an actual husband with heart and empathy for others?
A miracle is near to occur in his soul. A fool will become, not a felon, but a financial and family winner, now that he finds people worth living and sacrificing for.
Since in Chuno, Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae didn’t even have that several scenes together during the majority of the series (even though their characters were gaga for years) it absolutely was such a lot of fun and then refreshing to determine they have great romantic scenes together during this earlier series. The kiss scenes were many and quite varied, some serious and a few comical, like this one.
These two actors were also paired together a 3rd time in IRIS 2, but since I only care about the first IRIS I only got through about two episodes of the sequel before quitting, despite the lure of seeing these two together again. The writing simply has got to be there for any show, and it absolutely was everywhere the place in IRIS 2. No consistency. So to me, it’s Robber and Chuno that are the not-to-be-missed series that pair these two thespians together, shows both within the A to A+ categories. Enjoy both dramas!
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