Me Too, Flower - The Most Underrated Korean Drama Series
Me Too, Flower
The Most Underrated K-Drama
I just finish watching a Korean Drama Series called “Me Too, Flower” (2011), also known as “I’m a flower too”, starring Yoon Shi Yoon (Baking king, Kim Takgu) and Lee Ji Ah (The Legend). Initially, 16 episodes were planned for the mini-series. However, due to the low rating and full load of yearend events, MBC decides to cut the series down to 15 episodes, which is unfortunate. Like many viewers outside of S. Korea, I really enjoy this drama series. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is charming, realistic and heartwarming. The story is interesting and eventful, with certain degree of depth. For most part, the pacing is good, hardly any boring moments, funny and cute at times, moving and sad the next. Although the lead actress is 9 years older than the lead actor, but the maturity of Yoon Shi Yoon makes up for the age gap. Rating does not necessarily construe the real quality of a work, and “Me Too, Flower”, in my opinion, is one of the best K-dramas in year 2011, and it deserves much more credit than it has received.
Kim Jae Won and Yoon Shi Yoon
The Charming Young Actor
Frankly, the first thing about this series that grabs my attention is the lead actor, Yoon Shi Yoon. Originally, the part was offered to a 30 years old actor, Kim Jae Won. However, due to a serious shoulder injury during the beginning of the filming, he was forced to drop out of the series, and the 25-year-old Yoon Shi Yoon became the last minute replacement. He only has about a week to prepare for the role, and the schedule was extremely tight. Against all odds, he successfully grasps the spirit of this dynamic and multi-talented hero, charming his way into many people’s hearts.
A tough female police officer, Cha Bong Sun (played by Lee Ji Ah), who suffers from depression, falls in love with a young, self-made, multimillionaire, Seo Jae Hee (played by Yoon Shi Yoon), whom she initially believed was a poverty-stricken parking attendant when in fact he works as an undercover boss. Instead of counting her lucky stars, she is taken aback by how rich he is. Officer Cha Bong-sun is a peculiar woman who defies the rigid social hierarchy and rails against it. And Seo Jae-Hee, the millionaire boyfriend, is a peculiar man who falls in love with this quirky police officer, but their relationship is not a smooth sailing. Bong-sun’s materialistic younger sister already has an eye on Jae Hee. Posing as a model for his luxury company, her real goal is to snatch him, along with all his wealth. In the heart of this love-greed tangled nest is another woman and her young son. They share a mysterious past with Jae Hee. And once Bong-sun finds out their relationships all hell breaks loose…
Their passionate love almost ends in tragedy when a bicycle thief leads Officer Bong-sun to a building’s rooftop and locks her out on a chilly winter night. On the verge of freezing to death, Bong-sun calls out Jae Hee’s name. Meanwhile, Jae Hee searches the nearby streets franticly. Will he find her in time? Will they live happily-ever-after? It would take a miracle to reunite the two and perhaps that’s what Santa Claus has in mind on the Christmas Eve…
Me Too Flower MV - Dreaming
As I mentioned before, there is 9-years age-gap between the leading man and lady, but the gap gradually disappears as the characters’ relationship continues to develop. It’s delightful to see the two of them acting together. The cuteness they display on screen and the passion they feel for one and another make their love believable. Yoon Shi Yoon is great in “Baking King, Kim Takgu”. His forthright, truthful and kind nature moves even the toughest soul, and here he plays a totally different kind of protagonist, a remarkable young man with dark, tormenting past. He captures the character’s essence well, beautifully transforms himself into this complex yet delightful and adorable hero. Comparing to a simple story “Love Rain”, this drama is well-produced, well-acted, and possesses more depth and spirit.
Me too, flower MV - If you wake up, I shall not let go
“Me Too, Flower” is the most underrated Korean Drama series I have seen so far. The story line is interesting and refreshing, the lead actors are dynamic and unforgettable, and their performance is realistic, moving and full of passion. Many reasons contribute to the low rating. One of them I believe is the scandal involving lead actress, Lee Ji Ah’s personal life. The drama comes out around the time her secret marriage and divorce to a famous singer leak out. Her image is severely damaged. Many S. Koreans turn their back on the show due to her disgrace. However, to those who live outside of S. Korea, what really matters is the story itself and actors’ talent. This drama series is surprisingly good: funny, touching, exciting, and full of passion, love and magic. The other underrated drama is “The Return of Iljimae”, the best K-Drama Series on my list. Although the rating is not as low as “Me Too, Flower”, but it deserves warmer welcome that it had received. They are two best examples why one should never judge a show by its rating.
A Kiss to Remember
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