Best Love / The Greatest Love - Korean Drama 2011
Best Love / The Greatest Love
Finally I've finished watching Best Love / The Greatest Love, a new romantic-comedy Korean Drama from Hong Sisters.
It's my favorite Hong Sisters' drama, it's funny, hilarious, romantic, with a bit of tech-geeky scenes as well. And honestly, this is the only Hong Sisters' drama which I couldn't predict the storyline! Making it so exciting to watch each episode. And the metaphors on this drama are so great, I already miss this drama! Sigh..
The main casts are veteran actor Cha Seung-Won (from The City Hall and Athena), Yoon Kye Sang as well as veteran actress Gong Hyo-Jin (from Pasta) and Yoo In Na who won 47th Baeksang Award as Best Rookie Actress for her portrayal of Im Ah Young (Gil Ra Im's best friend) in Secret Garden.
I am a big fan of Hong Sisters drama and Best Love / The Greatest Love is no exception. I've been waiting for it ever since I've heard rumors early this year about Discovery of Affection which later on was re-written as Best Love and yes, I'm sad that it's now over. 16 episodes were just not enough. I need to be recharged!
I don't want to give any spoiler, so this is just my personal early perception of Best Love drama.
===> I believe Hong Sisters will have the bestest ending for this drama and I'm highly anticipated a beautiful love ending of Dokko Jin & Ae Jung. I do hope Se Ri & Pil Joo will also fall in love with each other, even though I know it rarely happens in any Korean Drama. Sadly, the second lead actor & actress never have a happy ending.
Honestly, when I first heard about the casting of Gong Hyo Jin for this drama, I was a bit skeptical. My first impression on her: she doesn't have the chemistry with the rumored lead actor, Lee Seung Gi. Okay, I may be a bit bias, but I do prefer Lee Seung Gi - Shin Min Ah pairing in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, they're perfect for each other.
But Lee Seung Gi decided not to take part in this drama. And Hong Sisters were also hit with the plagiarism rumor. Hong Sisters then rewrote the story and cast Cha Seung Won as Dokko Jin. I've heard about him being the lead actor in City Hall & Athena and I never thought that he would be able to pull off a comedic drama. But he proved me wrong, now I believe nobody could play Dokko Jin better than Cha Seung Won! <===
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Best Love / The Greatest Love Details, Synopsis & Cast Members
Best Love Details
Previous Rumor Title: Discovery of Affection
Also known as: The Greatest Love
Number of Episodes: 16
Original run: May 4, 2011 - June 23, 2011 on MBC; Every Wednesday and Thursday.
Main Cast Members: Cha Seung Won as Dok Ko Jin, Gong Hyo Jin as Gu Ae Jung, Yoon Kye Sang as Yoon Pil Joo & Yoo In Na as Kang Se Ri
Highest Rating: 17.4% [Nationwide] (Episode 16); 21.2% [Seoul] (Episode 16)
Average Rating: 12.5% [Nationwide]; 15.7% [Seoul]
Official Website: Best Love [The Greatest Love] Official Website
Best Love Teaser
Best Love Brief Synopsis
Dok Ko Jin is a top (Hallyu) action star, he's very famous & popular, however, deep down he's an insecure man. He has heart operation 10 years ago and wears a wrist heart monitor which tells him if his heartbeat is over the limit. As a famous actor, he cannot show his feeling nor sadness so he always puts a brave & smiley face. One fateful day, in the gas station, while waiting for his manager inside his van, he meets with Gu Ae Jung, who has been struggling with her life and appears on many variety shows in order to maintain her popularity. She was the leader of a popular girl idol group which unfortunately disbanded after 18 months together. Her brother who is also her manager always lifts up her spirit and supporting her.
The next day after their first fateful meeting, they meet again in a broadcasting company. Ae Jung wears the same limited edition scarf as Dok Ko Jin and he's extremely angry. She sneaks into Jin's VIP waiting room to swap the scarf because her scarf is wet and overhears the painful rejection of Jin's Hollywood movie. She pretends that she knows Jin really well during radio broadcast and is invited to a variety show with one catch: she will have to call Jin during the broadcast and answers the questions. Thankfully, Jin agrees and they have a fun time asking & answering the given questions until Ae Jung accidentally tells the whole nation about Jin's Hollywood movie's cancellation.
He is frustrated and ends up got an accident which he uses to cover up about his movie's cancellation. Ae Jung then asks him to help her with her career. They agree with this agreement. Their adorable dorky love journey starts from here.
Pil Joo is a successful doctor and he joins a dating program directed by Se Ri. Ae Jung also joins this program and Pil Joo starts to fall in love with her. On the other hand, Se Ri also starts to love Pil Joo.
So who will Ae Jung choose in the end? And what will happen with Dok Ko Jin, Pil Joo and Se Ri?
Synopsis written by deyani. Please do not re-post without any link back to this page.
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Best Love Main Casts
Dok Ko Jin [Dokko Jin] (Cha Seung Won) is an action star (Hallyu Star) who is cool, mischievous, insecure and I get the impression, he is a freak perfectionist and mellow guy. He always searches about himself on the internet and feels very disappointed every time he reads any bad comments regarding his acting skills from his fans. But because he's a big action star, he cannot express his frustration nor his weaknesses in public. Deep inside his heart, he is a genuinely great guy and romantic. He lives in a lavish life and he even wears a tech gadget to monitor his heart rate.
Gu Ae Jung (Gong Hyo Jin) was the leader of a popular girl idol group, Kukbo Sonyeo or National Treasure Girls has a tough life after her group broke up 10 years earlier. With her brother as her manager, Gu Ae Hwan, she's trying to make a television and radio appearance to help rebuild her career, but it seems like she always hits a rock bottom. She lives with her father and her nephew who adores Ko Jin.
Ae Jung first fateful meeting with Ko Jin is in a gas station and the next day they meet again in a radio station. Ae Jung overhears Ko Jin's painful memories and his current Hollywood movie's rejection. She accidentally breaks the news on national television and her tangled journey with Ko Jin starts.
Yoon Pil Joo (Yoon Kye Sang) is a successful doctor, but unfortunately, cannot find his love. His mother always sets him up in blind dates, in which he always agrees. He meets with Ae Jung when she accidentally enters his room when he's waiting for his blind date to arrive.
After that, he also joins a dating television show with Ae Jung and he starts to fall in love with her. Which makes me really emotional, as far as I'm aware, the second lead in any Hong Sisters' drama will never get the girl! And I don't really want him to fall in love with Se Rin who has similar personalities as Dokko Jin. She doesn't complete a pure, genuine, sweet Pil Joo.
Kang Se Ri (Yoo In Na) was part of the idol group, Kukbo Sonyeo or National Treasure Girls, however, she never get the recognition she deserved.
She was in a relationship with Dokko Jin, but it was a fake relationship as they never falling in love with each other. Se Ri is a fashionista, everything she wears always become a big hit. After several years overseas, Se Ri is back and is now a producer of a dating television program. She bumps into Ae Jung one day and she remembers all the humiliation she's received from her when they were in an idol group together. Decided to get revenge, she invites Ae Jung and Pil Joo to join this program.
Her personalities are similar with Dokko Jin, she's annoying and never care about others. A selfish person who only wants the best for herself.
Best Love [The Greatest Love] Wallpaper & PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dokko Jin & Gu Ae Jung Couple
When I first heard about them playing lead roles for this drama, I didn't feel the chemistry between them. Okay, I might be a bit bias here as I really love Hoi Hoi (Dae Woong & Mi Ho) Couple in MGIAG as I can really see their chemistry throughout the MGIAG episodes. I fall in love this them ever since I saw Lee Seung Gi tweeted his photo with his "500 years old girlfriend".
Okay, this is not about the adorable Hoi Hoi Couple. =) This is about Dokko Jin & Gu Ae Jung Couple. Honestly, if I hear or read about celebrity's couple dating news, I always be very happy of whom they're dating with (as they're human, like us who also deserve to love and be loved). And it doesn't really matter if their outer appearance match or not with their partner, as long as they're happy together. That's the main thing, right?
In K-Drama, I actually prefer to see the chemistry between the actors develop throughout the episodes. The first few episode we may not see their chemistry, but even if they're not in love together (yet), we should see some sort of spark between them (in which I couldn't see in Dokko Jin & Gu Ae Jung's couple). Gu Ae Jung's chemistry with Pil Joo is much better and I've been rooting for this couple! Even though I know, the main lead actress will never fall for the second male lead (which is a pity as they're perfect for each other).
Episode 14 was the turning point for me, argghh... Please please please do not let Dokko Jin dies, I'm just starting to love this couple! I'm going to cry a bucket if he dies! :(
Best Love / The Greatest Love Cameo
Best Love - Cameo
We all know Hong Sisters love to bring back actors from their previous dramas as cameo. So far, the cameo-s are:
- Kim Nam Gil - Episode 1 (he didn't make an actual appearance, but we saw him when Dok Ko Jin was watching Queen Seon Deok on his van and it was the scene when Bidam was dying)
- Park Shi Yeon from My Girl - Episode 3
- Lee Seung Gi from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho - Episode 9 (he's playing as Lee Seung Gi and honestly, it's one of the best Hong Sisters' cameo so far. Even though he was only there for 4 minutes, however, his impersonation of himself as a polite man and then opposite transformation as little Dok Ko Jin was hilarious. Not to mention him threatening Dok Ko Jin that the fridge CF is his safety zone and no-one, not even big star like Dok Ko Jin can take it away from him. And lastly, Dok Ko Jin & Lee Seung Gi's cute wide charming smile was so adorable)
Lee Seung Gi was rumored to play as the main lead actor for Best Love so his cameo appearance has gathered lots of excitement.
- Brian Joo - Episode 10
Best Love / The Greatest Love - Award
48th Baeksang Awards - April 26, 2012
- Best Actress: Gong Hyo Jin
2011 Korea Drama Awards - October 2, 2011
- Best OST: Huh Gak (Don't Forget Me)
MBC Drama Awards 2011 - December 30, 2011
- 2011 Drama of the year: Best Love
- Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actor: Cha Seung Won
- Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actress: Gong Hyo Jin
- Best Couple Award: Cha Seung Won & Gong Hyo Jin
- Popularity Award: Gong Hyo Jin
- Child Actor Award: Yang Han Yeol
Best Love / The Greatest Love OST
Best Love / The Greatest Love OST
Best Love / The Greatest Love OST List
PART I: Real Love Song by K. Will - Official OST
PART II: Because You're My Man by G NA
PART III: Thump Thump by Sunny Hill - This is the National Treasure Girl's Song and the song which always makes Dokko Jin's heart thumping
PART IV: Take My Hand by I U
PART V: Don't Forget Me by Huh Gak - Nominated for MAMA Awards 2011
PART VI: Tears of I Love You by Big Mama
PART VII: I Can't Drink by Baek Ji Young
This album has a 5-track CD from Best Love OST, Best Love Drama Story Booklet, Four-leaf clover cell phone display cleaner, Small Notepad Dokko Jin and Go Ae Jung, stickers as well as autographed postcards.