Review – The Greatest Love
The Greatest Love is by far one of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced in South Korea. It is side-splitting funny, incredibly romantic, littered with memorable characters, maintains a fast-paced plot that never waivers and even manages to produce genuinely touching scenes that break your heart. It is both a satire and homage to the celebrity culture that both punishes and produces its inhabitants.
The story revolves around a woman who was once Korea’s sweetheart, the most popular member of an all girl singing band that lost her status and pride after a series of scandals. She struggles to maintain her career over the next decade by participating in whatever demeaning or ridiculous job she can get – from common promotional gigs to reality television. On the other end of the spectrum, our lead male is at the top of his game – a box office hit whose career is exploding. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to our fallen starlet and proceeds to pursue her. Laugh riot follows.
Overall Rating: 10/10. This is one of my solid Top Ten dramas… and here’s why…
Be My Secretary! – The Beautiful Working Women of K-Dramas
Korean dramas are littered with beautiful Korean people. I get k-crushes on quite a few of them… Ko Soo, Kim Na Gil, Ha Ji Won, Yun Jung Hoon, Jun Ji Hyun, Yang Dong Geun, and so on. But sometimes they’re so awesome they seem untouchable. Even a harmless crush might stain their flawless veneer. They should be admired… like a work of art. Look but don’t touch, people!
So let us take a moment to admire one of my favorite side characters: The Secretary. Yes, I can’t even say the word secretary without thinking of that deliciously pervy movie with James Spader or the outrageous bombshell figure of the red head from Mad Men. But those secretaries were touchable… and were touched quite often on screen, if memory serves (it does, and so does my rewind button). The Secretaries we’re discussing here are the idols of Korean work life. You can worship them unclothed if you like, but they will not be moved. They have ascended to a higher plain of existence… where they can steal all our attention away from the female leads without batting an eyelash.
Who are these killer coworkers? Let us explore…
Every so often I come across one of these absolutely stunning working women… be they secretaries or coworkers or presidents or managers. Wow. Talk about incentive to get to work every morning. If you’ve seen Lie To Me, you probably noticed the extremely hot secretary lurking in the shadows of our male lead. It was hard to miss her. She seemed ten times cooler than the female lead but thankfully didn’t get entangled in a love-triangle… cause let’s face it, she was ten times cooler than the male lead too. These working ladies always know what’s really going on in the dramas. They know all, they see all. They’re goddesses amongst mortals.
Park Ji-Yoon played the secretary in Lie to Me.