Again! I am so doomed. T_T
You see, it’s really hard to juggle so many good dramas at the same time. And it’s even more difficult when the guys in those dramas actually make me heart beat faster, make me swoon, and make me go awwwww. So Kang (49 days) was initially the only one, he’s just awesome that I didn’t think any character in any drama could ever ever beat him. Caring, gentle and thoughtful. Try beat that. But then came Song Jie Xiu of DTLY, who posted strong competition, who drove me into candy-land with all his sweet gestures towards the girl in the drama, who made me sink even deeper into fairytale land, hoping that someday I’d meet someone like him. 2 guys apparently weren’t enough to aggravate my condition, drama just had to bring someone like Dokko Jin (Best Love) into the picture, an immature and zany character capable of getting one into fits of laughter and melting hearts of many with his affectionate looks and gazes he gives the lady he likes. And oh, not to forget, Pil Joo (Best Love), who’s just top 1 ideal boyfriend, ideal husband, ideal man. That enough?
Apparently NOT, again!
Choi Jin Wook (Choi Daniel) of Baby-Faced Beauty, you’re officially in the run to becoming my favourite leading man in a rom-com this year. Yes, you damn well deserve that contending spot.
Let me tell you why.
I know not a lot of people are watching Baby-Faced Beauty (and I think people are missing out on some great fun; totally pawns Lie To Me a whole thousand miles. Trust me!). It doesn’t have an eye-catching cast, it doesn’t have a very original plot, neither does it have anything to blow your mind ( it’s a trendy rom-com after all). But heck, I love it. I love love love it. It’s fun, it’s cute and it has plenty of heart. And all of that do not overshadow the main story revolving So Young’s lie about her real age at all. Instead it makes the drama all the more interesting and engaging. All the more exciting!
But here I am to talk about Choi Jin Wook, the new guy who has just stolen another piece of my heart (I have none left sighs, but I have Ripley‘s Yutaka coming up soon! Ottoke?!!!). This man started off irritable and annoying, being all immature and childish in the first 2 episodes. But then I dunno what happened, something did for sure, in Ep 3 or so? He showed signs of concern. He started to care. I started to see something in him. He started to make me want to see more of him, and make my heart and tummy flutter to no end. Ohhhhh…. the butterflies <3333
I have a special fondness for male leads who actually fall for the girl first. Cos it’s just plain romantic. In the past, the girl used to fall for the guy first, and we had to go through eps and eps of silent pining until the guy wakes up from his ignorance. That has become history as of recent, as we’re slowly seeing a handful of main leads emerging in K-dramas who actually show interest or fall for the girl FIRST. And not only that, they’re no longer arrogant or aloof or rude, they’re actually NICE for once. And they actually do things for the girl and not expect anything much in return.
That’s Jin Wook for sure. You’ve gotta watch past Ep 4 to witness his transition from the jerkass Jin Wook to the caring and thoughtful Jin Wook. The way Jin Wook treats So Young (Jang Nara) is just downright CUTE and ENDEARING. I just love how he’s so playful and comfortable around her, and how he constantly looks out for her, takes care and covers for her when she’s in deep trouble. I love how he can just tease her and irritate her without having to constantly gauge on other people’s reactions. And I love that he doesn’t take all So Young’s remarks about him being childish and ignorant to heart. He continues to poke fun at her, he continues to be himself around her. He loves being with her, and he loves that she’s around him. ♥
You see, Jin Wook is no different from Kang or Jie Xiu, both of whom I think are just wonderful wonderful characters in their respective dramas. But Jin Wook is just on another level when it comes to doing sweet things for So Young. I think it’s largely due to his age (he’s 26 in the drama) in that he’s still enjoying the bulk and joy of his youth? Sometimes he’s rash, sometimes he’s irritating, but I tell you, when he really gets down to helping So Young, he’s just DAEBAK! He’ goes all out and he does it all with a genuine heart. It’s just pure pure pure sweetness. (Ahh, I’m doomed, candy is rotting me now! >.<)
Choi Daniel‘s take on Jin Wook is just pure ADORBS (and bliss for me XD XD). There is just this something about him that makes Jin Wook so loveable and fun. I’ve only seen him in Cyrano Agency (with Uhm Tae Woong and Lee Min Jung). And whilst I didn’t really like anything about the movie (the characters were pretty boring), Choi Daniel did grab my attention for a bit. It’s not about his looks (I think he’s really handsome, in a down-to-earth boy-next-door kind of way?), or about how great his acting is or anything. It’s just the way he injects life into his characters. How he takes them on and adds a flavour of his own into them. The craziness, zaniness and quirks of Jin Wook, he nails all of them effortlessly. The sweetly in love (or infatuated to be more exact) Jin Wook, he does it even better. The way he goes all out in his emotions, gestures and body languages is just – heaven. Priceless!
Mind you, Baby-Faced Beauty is pitted against the drama Lie To Me, which stars one of my most beloved beloved actors, Kang Ji Hwan, and the nation’s darling, Yoon Eun Hye. While most are still forcing themselves to continue that sucking-ly boring and crap-like drama for the so called OTP chemistry (which I think I’m blind to notice any AT ALL. And yes, I dropped it ages ago.), I am part of that minority group which is having a heck lot of fun fawning over BFB instead. If the LTM OTP have sizzling chemistry, the BFB OTP most definitely have PERFECT chemistry together. Chemistry that would melt your heart into puddles of water, chemistry that would make your face go all red. Wanna judge? Just give BFB a try, and you’ll see.
The noona-dongsaeng relationship has always been an interesting concept in K-drama. The crucial element to selling the concept – a compelling OTP despite the age difference. My favourites, Dal Ja’s Spring, What’s Up Fox, and Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, they all featured older-woman-younger-man relationships. And they succeeded in making me root for the OTP from beginning till the end. And much more, made me adore them to bits! Reason? Simple. Rapport, comfort and chemistry. Jang Nara and Choi Daniel are 5 years apart, but their chemistry together just go WAY BEYOND everything. The level and comfort they have with each other is no less convincing than a normal OTP of the same age / or the guy being older. The connection they have, the untold feelings they have for each other. Ah, soooo romantic and sweet. It’s cliche and oh-so typical alright, but I guess that’s why I still love my rom-coms, no? <3333
Now So Young has another contender for her affection – Seung Il (Ryu Jin). He’s like the perfect man, one that any girl would fall for, especially So Young who’s never been in love and who’s been quite the center of his attention for quite some time. But otoke? My heart has already found an owner, sealed tight and strong. Jin Wook, if you continue to be so caring, concerned and thoughtful of So Young, if you continue to do things for So Young secretively, you will own me heart and soul. In no time you will top the list, and be my No. 1 man of 2011! My other men will complain of course, but rest assured, I have your back here.
Jin Wook sshi, SARANGHAE! <33333