Full House

Details
Title: 풀하우스 / Pool Ha-woo-seu
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2004-Jul-14 to 2004-Sep-02
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00
Viewership ratings: peak=42.2% avg=31.9% (TNS)
Related TV shows: Take 2 (SBS Plus, 2012)
Synopsis
Han Ji Eun is a naive writer who got swindled out of everything she owned including her house by her best friends. Stranded in China, She managed to borrow money from an actor Lee Young Jae to return to Korea. On her return, she found out that her house was bought by Lee Young Jae. In an attempt to get her possessions back, she entered in a contract marriage with Young Jae for one year. In spite of losing all, Ji Eun manages to be cheerful and takes things in strike and the business relationship between the two becomes personal as they start to rely and care for each other. Based on a popular manhwa of the same title.
Cast
Bi as Lee Young Jae
Song Hye Kyo as Han Ji Eun
Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye Won
Kim Sung Soo as Yoo Min Hyuk
Jang Yong as Mr. Lee (Young-jae’s Father)
Sun Woo Eun Sook as Ms. Kim (Young-jae’s Mother)
Kim Ji Young as Young-jae’s Grandmother
Do Han as Dong Wook
Lee Young Eun as Hee Jin
Kang Do Han as Lee Dong Wook (Hee Jin boyfriend)
Im Ye Jin as Dae Pyo
Production Credits
Chief Producer: Kim Jong Sik
Producer: Jung Sung Hyo
Director: Pyo Min Su
Writer: Min Hyo Jeong
Review
Adorable and sweet, Full House is full of great acting and enjoyable characters and brings to life a wonderful story of endearing relationships which compensate its replica episodes. Most notable is the gorgeous Song Hye Kyo and her unwavering performance as the charismatic Han Ji-eun. Also, the story provides surprisingly likeable characters with each having a crafted purpose to contribute to building the plot. Although the latter episodes begin to tie down the drama with repeated cause-and-affect situations, fans of Song Hye Kyo will not be disappointed with her presentation in Full House.

Adding a fresh character to her works, Song Hye Kyo takes front-and-center stage with her performance as Han Ji-eun. Effortlessly, she is able to put aside her renowned performances of old with an adorable giggle and a vibrant smile that even shines through her eyes. She brings realism to the character showing Ji-eun’s aspiration and determination, her laughter and happiness, her foolishness and regret. Undoubtedly, Song Hye Kyo plays this role naturally opposite attractive Bi or Jung Ji-hoon and his fitting performance as Lee Young-jae. Of course, both stars are fortunate to play a part in a drama with well written characters.

The drama is flavored with different types of likeable characters that similarly push the story forward with their foolish actions. First, Ji-eun and Young-jae thoughtlessly enter into a contract marriage even though they obviously loathe each other. Meanwhile, sly-fox Hye-won desperately tries to sustain Young-jae’s companionship despite his marriage. Then, deciding to get involved because of the way Young-jae treats his wife, Min-hyuk knowingly risks their friendships and challenges Young-jae’s love for Ji-eun. Finally, the top tier of this foolish cake is the surprisingly enjoyable friends of Ji-eun, Dong-wook and Hee-jin. These two continuously give the plot momentum with their hasty chatter and clever lies. All in all, the characters’ irrational personalities are balanced with decency and purpose.

Towards the end, the drama slow downs and the foolish love-war relationship between Ji-eun and Young-jae is redundant. Whether she is apologizing for upsetting him and doing the housework to makeup for her actions or he is, the same set up and execution is used for several episodes and begins to get old.

Still, Full House ranks as a must see drama. Song Hye Kyo is a sure hit while the story’s characters are easily revered despite their faults. With a little tolerance for excessiveness, viewers can walk away from Full House with hearts full of contentment.

The music of Full House enhances the audience’s love for its characters. Songs like Why’s ‘Unh Myung (translated to ‘Fate’, track one), Byul’s (Star) I think I (track 4), and even Lim Jung Hee’s ‘Geh Deh Ji Geum’ (not featured on OST) beautifully express Young-jae’s and Ji-eun’s inner struggles. Sung with strong conviction from Young-jae’s position, Unh Myung has tender lyrics, “Like a fool, I’m regretting this late…I wished that it wouldn’t be you.” (KBFD translations) On the other hand, ‘Geh Deh Ji Geum’ and ‘I think I’, speaks of the Ji-eun’s overwhelming feelings. It is lovely music for a lovely drama.


Awards
2004 KBS Drama Awards : Best Couple Award for Bi and Song Hye Kyo

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