“One Sunny Day” (좋은 날)

One Sunny Day

By Jae-Ha Kim
January 8, 2016

2.5 stars

Ji Ho (played by So Ji-Sub)
The Girl (played by Kim Ji-Won))
Young Ho (played by Lee Jong-Hyuk)

Note: Korean names denote the surname followed by the given name.

This short series consists of 10 episodes, each lasting about 14-minutes long. Light and easy to watch (on your phone or when you don’t have a lot of time to invest in a new series), it stars two likable actors who share nice chemistry.

What’s lacking in this 2014 K-Drama, however, is a strong plot.

Ji Ho has just had his heartbroken, but it’s not so easy to feel sorry for him. He knew his girlfriend was engaged to another man, but that didn’t stop him from having a long-term affair with her. When she finally calls it off, he becomes even more solemn than usual.

While on a business trip to Jeju, he meets a young, spunky woman who clearly is interested in him. As luck (or lack of it) would have it, both of them end up being robbed of their belongings. They end up staying at the same bed and breakfast and, since she no longer has a cell phone, he allows her to use his.

The two make cute visiting various parts of the island. But, Ji Ho can’t enjoy himself, because he’s still mourning his breakup.

Lee Jong-Hyuk provides some nice comedic relief portraying Ji Ho’s best friend and boss, Young Ho. The last time I saw Lee was in “Once Upon a Time In High School.” There, he played a sadistic high school bully. Here, he plays a bossy, but good friend.

When it’s time to go home, Ji Ho and The Girl say their goodbyes. They don’t exchange phone numbers or business cards, even though she would like to. She tells him that if she gives him her number, there would be expectations to get together and it would be a burden for him if he isn’t interested. And should they meet unexpectedly, it’d be awkward.

But, if they go away as strangers and happen to run into each other one day, they will be surprised and happy at the coincidence.

Will they ever meet again? Do the two ever become a real couple?

I think you already know the answer to that.

Spoiler alert:

The girl has the exact same name as Ji Ho. Clearly, they were meant for each other. Ta da!

© 2016 JAE-HA KIM | All Rights Reserved

Comments (7)

  1. Sandy says:

    I love this one Jae! I wish they just made it into a two hour movie instead of a short drama though.

  2. Cindy Smith says:

    Have you see Love Rain yet? It’s cutesy but really good. This is one So JiSub series I haven’t seen yet so I’m looking forward to tucking into it tonight! 🙂

  3. Pat says:

    I never heard of this one. I’d watch it. Sounds like a break from some of the more sad ones!

  4. Stephanie A. Miller says:

    I have this in my list of shows to watch. I saw the first episode when it came out and lost track but plan on binge watching it this weekend. Thanks for the reminder!!

  5. Robin Seabloom Kim says:

    This is the first “short” I have ever watch too. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it mainly because it was short, and thus presumed to be less in everything. But instead, I found it to be delightfully interesting. Lacking some of what makes K-dramaa great, it still held my attention to the very end.

  6. Kelly Jeon says:

    I’ll check it out! I love Jeju!

  7. Jessica Walker Daniel says:

    I really enjoyed this little piece…But, I found Ji Ho pretty pathetic…. Maybe, though, that was part of the point….It’s hard to feel empathy for someone who willfully added pain to his own life.

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