K-Drama Review: Start-Up

K-Drama Review: Start-Up. The cast of this drama will make you feel excited!

A pleasant thanks to passing the time, Start-Up (2020) Korean drama featured a well-liked cast, was directed by “My Love From Another Star” director Oh Choong Hwan, boasted a pleasant, generally upbeat OST, and featured slick cinematography with interesting camera work from time to time. However, I do think it had been a drama that was a small amount dragged get in its storyline; I feel the identical story could are told more cohesively in ten to 12 episodes, rather than sixteen. One particular quality this show had, though, was that it deviated from the normal Korean drama theme of “Only First Loves Matter”. After you’ve watched hundreds and many K-dramas with a “First Love Only Rules” theme it’s actually sort of a breath of fresh air to look at a K-drama that departs from it: what number folks does one know who married their first loves from childhood? It’s pretty rare in reality.

Actress-singer Bae Suzy (“Dream High”, “Gu Family Book”, “Big”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “Vagabond”) heads up a fine main cast and a superb supporting cast, including first male lead Nam Joo Hyuk (“School 2015”, “Cheese within the Trap”, “Scarlet Heart Ryeo”, “Radiant”), second male lead Kim Sun Ho (“You Drive Me Crazy!”, “Strongest Deliveryman”, “100 Days My Prince”, “Catch The Ghost”), and second female lead Kang Han Na (“Scarlet Heart Ryeo”, “Record Of Youth”). all of them acted together seamlessly and sometimes even made me tear as I watched their story-lines unfold. Also of note was supporting veteran actress Kim Hae Sook (“I Hear Your Voice”, “The Suspicious Housekeeper”, “Saimdang Light’s Diary”, “Hospital Playlist”, etc. – her acting resume goes back to the first 1980s!) whose character was essential in connecting all the most characters to 1 another. I also enjoyed seeing young Nam Da Reum again, playing the younger version of Nam Joo Hyuk’s character, and that I got a kick out of the scenes he played with Kim Hae Sook since they were acting together again in a very cast reunion of “The Suspicious Housekeeper” when he had played the youngest son in this drama.

The Story of Start-Up (2020)

We begin with the childhood events of our eventual female lead protagonist Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy). Her father, Seo Chung Myung (Kim Joo Hun, “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol”, “Encounter”, “Squad 38”, “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay”) decides to depart the corporate he’s employed for, which had literally abused him, to start his own business, but Dal Mi’s social-climbing mother Cha A Hyun (Song Seon Mi, “Love Alarm”, “Personal Taste”) doesn’t approve, claiming their two daughters, Won In Jae (Kang Han Na) and Seo In Jae (Lee Re) will suffer needlessly because they will not be ready to attend the simplest schools anymore. She isn’t willing to suffer loss while her husband starts his own business.

Eventually, Dal Mi’s mother leaves her father, after giving both sisters a choice: stick with her or stick with their father. In Jae chooses to remain with Mom, and Dal Mi chooses Dad. Her mother eventually leaves for Miguk (America) and remarries a fashionable Korean businessman named Won Doo Jung (Eom Hyo Seop). Dal Mi is devastated at having her family torn apart, angry at her mother’s selfishness. Then while her father tries to start his business he’s tragically hit by a car while crossing a street, and although he only seems bruised up initially, he later passes out and dies riding a bus home.

Now Dal Mi needs to be referred to by her caring paternal grandmother, named Choi Won Deok (Kim Hae Sook) who runs her own corn dog restaurant. Grandma, sad because Dal Mi is unhappy, looks for tactics to cheer her up. When she features a fortuitous encounter with a young orphan boy named Han Ji Pyeong (Nam Da Reum) and helps him out financially, she asks a favor of the boy: would he write friendship letters to Dal Mi and post them within the postal box outside her restaurant? He agrees. They take a young boy’s name, Nam Do San (Kim Kang Hoon), out of an article a few gifted math students, and use that name to write down to Dal Mi. The trick works, and Dal Mi looks forward to those personal letters from Do San because the highlight of her young days, even fancying that they love one another.

Ji Pyeong the orphan boy later grows up to be a successful team leader at a capital firm named SH risk capital and is played as an adult by Kim Sun Ho. Dal Mi transitions to an adult played by Suzy. Will their letters to every other become the letters of a primary Love, and are they destined to be a loving pair in the future thanks to them? Perhaps in an older K-drama from ten or twenty years ago, but not today during this 2020 drama!

Another male lead character is thrust into their lives as adults, the identical math-gifted student Nam Do San, who has no idea about the existence of those letters. He has been trying to create his own programming business named Samsan Tech successful, engaged in biometric identification software technology, together with two close male friends, Kim Yong San (Kim Do Wan, “She Knows Everything”) and Lee Chul San (Yoo Su Bin, who had delightfully played the North Korean soldier who met his idol Choi Ji Woo in “Crash landing On You”).

Years move by before Dal Mi features a chance to satisfy her sister and mother again, who returns to Korea with mom’s new rich husband in tow. Now fancy and classy sister Won In Jae (Kang Han Na) looks down upon Dal Mi and taunts her for still living off her grandmother’s menial work. To impress her, Dal Mi confirms that she and her new boyfriend Do San, who supposedly wrote the love letters to her in childhood, do well together, and arrange to run a brand new tech company together. The disbelieving Won In Jae insists on meeting Dal Mi along with her supposed boyfriend Do San at her step-father’s upcoming networking party. Uh oh. Will Dal Mi be caught in her estranged sister’s trap?

Running interference for her, the adult Ji Pyeong sets it up with the 000 Do San to fulfill Dal Mi finally, telling him about the made-up situation with the letters and to play together with the fantasy. Ji Pyeong does all this to please Dal Mi’s grandmother, who had been so kind to him years earlier.

Do San and Dal Mi finally meet and there’s instant chemistry between them. They founded to satisfy at the large networking party, to fool sister In Jae that they really are a pair, and really are working together, after they are, in reality, strangers to 1 another. during a further shock to Dal Mi, she sees the mother at this party who had essentially deserted her in childhood, and is shaken to her core. Even her mother is estranged from her and says something cruel to her. Emotionally Dal Mi begins to depend upon Do San, and Ji Pyeong by extension, and therefore the two men, slowly becoming friends likewise, reach out more to assist Dal Mi by making her CEO of Samsan Tech, Do San’s fledgling start-up tech company.

What was presupposed to end as a one-time meeting between Dal Mi and Do San, evolves into a full-fledged romantic relationship? Ji Pyeong and Dal Mi’s grandmother hesitate to give away to Dal Mi the reality about the letters so she doesn’t get hurt. they are doing not realize that she can be even more hurt if she eventually discovers the reality, and begins to think Do San lied to her and betrayed her. to feature to the strain of matters, Dal Mi’s grandmother is discovered to be going blind, and Do San is functioning on a software which will help the blind to navigate the globe more carefully. This software incorporates a “voice” that guides them, sort of a seeing-eye dog would. Both Dal Mi and her grandmother are thankful to try to San for creating this technology. (Funny tidbit of trivia: the “voice” of the software is from popular actor Yeo Jin Goo of “The Crowned Clown” fame).

Meanwhile, Dal Mi and Do San have a relentless competitor in Dal Mi’s sister In Jae’s own start-up business, but they still manage to win funding for his or her own start-up from a far-off firm. This makes In Jae even more jealous of her estranged sister. Will they ever be able to forgive one another for past hurts and form a loving sister relationship? Will Dal Mi ever be restored to her mother as well? Can Do San and Dal Mi survive their relationship if the reality of the letters is revealed? Does Ji Pyeong, watching from the sidelines and falling for Dal Mi himself, finally get his own chance to reveal his true feelings to Dal Mi? What happens to any or all their mutual dreams to create a successful tech start-up together within the new field of self-driving automobiles?

There is something unique and really special about the 2 main male leads’ characters, who actually start to become friends in addition to rivals during this story. the most character Do San could be a typical genius: an entire geek who isn’t good at communicating with people. Nam Joo Hyuk portrays this character very realistically. he’s a giver, not a taker, and doesn’t hesitate to assist Dal Mi to save lots of face before her sister. Ji Pyeong is played perfectly by Kim Sun Ho, and as was common could be a delight to look at on-screen. His character’s bitter orphaned childhood reflects itself in his frank behavior and ever-critical dialogues with others. he’s lonely, with a talking computer bot as his regular companion reception. Actor Sun Ho fits a T the role of a successful fund manager, who is all classy in his attire and delights inexpensive cars (like he did in Strongest Deliveryman as well), but who has some deep emotional wounds. a number of the foremost fun scenes within the drama end up being between Do San and also the competing Ji Pyeong, and it’s amusing to look at both of them clash over the identical girl. Actress Suzy also does all right with an often difficult role, playing a shrewd businesswoman here, rather than some silly girl still in high school or college. once I think about how she has matured as an actress from her Dream High days a decade before I’m quite pleased with her progress.

If you prefer Korean dramas that have business themes, likewise as romance plots, then definitely add Start-Up to your K-drama queue. it’s enough twists and turns in its various plots to stay you interested. The ending could also be a touch pat in quality, but the progress getting there’s definitely worth the ride. Enjoy.

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