It’s the year 2013. The price to drive is outrageous, and “an ancient yoga move” aka twerking has become a huge sensation. With that being said, I find myself more and more inclined to revisit the past, in hopes of searching for better times. As I was driving home, memories of cheap gas and autotune-less music poured into my head, and I remembered that I have a blog post I need to get done for the night. Connecting the two thought trains together, I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be interesting to go way back and review a drama that I watched and loved?” Without further ado, I bring you a classic that I’m sure many drama fans hold dearly in their heart, the timeless “Full House“.
Han Ji Eun (Song Hye Kyo), an aspiring author, goes on a “free vacation” offered by two of her friends, but in reality was tricked into leaving so that those two can sell her house and take all her valuables while she is away. To make matters worse, she is stranded there, and is forced to ask for help from a superstar actor by the name of Lee Young Jae (Rain), whom she met on her flight. After some struggles, she’s finally able to return home only to discover that her beloved house built by her late father, otherwise known as “Full House“, was sold to the very person that made it possible for her to come back home. A series of events followed, with Ji Eun having to serve as Young Jae’s personal maid in order to stay, as well as a marriage contract being drawn up between the two in which the house would go to her after the agreement expires. As the story heats up, so does the relationship between the two main characters, as they become more and more attached to one another, eventually leading to them tying the knot.
This drama is one of the few early ones that helped paved way for what is now a worldwide craze. It is extremely well executed on many levels, and really helped set the tone for future Korean love dramas. The story offers a bit of everything, from quirky scenes like when Ji Eun and Young Jae endlessly stuffed sushi into their respective mouths, to memorable tear-shedding ones, with Ji Eun crying over Young Jae’s absence while eating a bowl of kimchi rice. The two main characters contributed tremendously to the success, displaying great onstage chemistry with one another. Although there wasn’t really an obvious “villain”, parts such as Young Jae laughing at Ji Eun’s confession offered enough twist to help change the mood and in turn make the story more multi-dimensional. Nothing felt out of place, and the ending, unlike for instance a lot of its Taiwanese counterparts, leaves one feeling satisfied.
In terms of the soundtrack in Full House, it’s a work of art, consisting of more than 20 songs and many nostalgic tunes that I hum to even today. Honestly, I don’t need to say much, because it’s such a classic to the extent that my aunt who hasn’t watched the drama recommended me a song from the list (for you curious minds out there, it was Un-Myung or “Fate”).
As for things I didn’t like about the drama, you would almost have to force me to find one. This might sound like an exaggeration to some, but when you have a stunning cast headlined by none other than Rain and Song Hye Kyo, and you get to see them do things like goofing off while singing the three bears song, it makes for a very entertaining experience. Nonetheless, the side characters were somewhat of a glaring weakness. The two main ones involved in the love quadrangle at times left the impression that they were what they were, and could have “spiced up” their personalities more. The others added humor and depth to the story, but some were a bit over dramatic in expressing themselves (especially Ji Eun’s friends). Overall, it contains all the great elements that a Korean love drama offers, and really helped propel an industry that was lacking punch at the time onto the world stage. Up to this day, it still reminisces in people’s minds to the point that a remake version has come out (known as “Full House Take 2″).