So this kdrama season is proving to be a treasure trove of gold for us drama lovers.
The competition is cutthroat, the genres varied and best of all, it is the ultimate battle of the Who’s Who in Korean show business as one big name is pitted against the next in the ultimate show of who has the biggest foothold in bringing in viewer ratings.
For me, i started the ball rolling today by checking out the first episode of A Gentleman’s Dignity.
First off, let me begin by saying that i now fully understand why everyone says that Jang Dong Gun is the most good looking man in Korean entertainment.
For those who are apprehensive about how he got such a title, i guess that just like me, you better see the man in action before raising your brows at the authenticity of that title.
The man practically oozes sex appeal it’s not even funny.
He has this riveting presence onscreen as if he is captivating you with his charm that would put George Clooney’s to shame and give it a good run for its money.
He may not fit the mould of the typical Kdrama male leads whom we all swoon over like Binnie, Wookie and the likes but the man is really in a league all of his own if it comes to dark, brooding good looks.
That being said and over with, i did enjoy the first episode of AGD.
Though the beginning of the show was wayyyyy more engaging and it sorta flagged in the middle, but still, it was a good enough hook for me to look forward to succeeding episodes and to make sure that i follow the duration of the series.
Much of this i guess can be attributed to the stellar performance of the F44.
Their characters are so different from one another and with the 4 being seasoned, veteran actors (Kim Soo Ro, Lee Jong Hyuk, Jang Dong Gun and Kim Min Jong), of course, they were able to breathe life into these characters as if it was truly their own.
There’s something so fresh also about the idea of a Kdrama shedding more light into a male friendship than the typical female one that is normally shown in dramas.
It might be different from what we’re used to but it sure makes for a pretty interesting watch to see how they act around each other in a more relaxed, playful setting which is more real than the standard emo bromance that we normally see in most series and AGD sure made sure that we get plenty of that in this drama.
Some parts of the meet up of the OTP and the OST reminded me a lot of SOULMATES which was one of the best Kdramas that i ever got to watch.
It was interesting how the OTP’s fates keep crossing with each other and how there was such a palpable, instant pull that we already see from Do Jin even if it was just the first time he’s seen Yi Soo.
I love how this pairing have such cool, calm, collected personas separately and that they each turn into bumbling idiots and nerds whenever they are just even within 2 feet of each other.
Similar to her very own Secret Garden wherein the writer had the male lead falling head over heels first for the female lead, Do Jin is also the one thoroughly smitten with Yi Soo from the get go in AGD and this has always been a drama angle that i really, really dig and appreciate and i don’t feel any different about seeing it here.
Overall, though A Gentlemans Dignity did not wow my socks off on the first episode, it did give me some good laughs, the warm fuzzies and that feeling of wanting to see what’s next not just for the pairing but for all the characters in the drama and as to where each of their own separate stories would take them moving forward.
I sure would definitely keep on watching.