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Shy, sweetness Dok Mi spends her life avoiding contact with people while she spies on the hunky medico who lives in the apartment across the street. Her lonely being is soon interrupted by an outgoing pretty-boy who merely moved into the neighborhood. The pretty-boy, along with a drove of misfit friends and neighbors, work to bring Dok Mi out of her trounce and into the real world. Along the mode, friendships are born, dearest relationships are explored, and people grow and motion forward in life.
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A VERY light and youthful Korean Tv set drama.
Flower Boy Adjacent Door is a 2013 Korean comedy-romance-drama series. It’south the 3rd installment in the Blossom Boy series and, like the other shows before information technology, it is extremely light in tone. Yous’d be hard pressed to call back of too many other K-dramas that are “softer” than this one is.
Starting time off, this testify has nothing to practice with flowers; “bloom male child” is a Korean idiomatic expression that essentially means “pretty boy”. Our story begins by introducing the titular “flower male child” to the primary grapheme (Become Dok Mi); Dok Mi is the shy shut-in blazon girl who has a crush on the handsome young md she watches in the building across from hers. Dok Mi is perfectly content living alone in her apartment and interacting with no one; unfortunately (or peradventure fortunately, every bit the case may eventually exist), Dok Mi’due south neighbors are an odd collection of outgoing personalities that become increasingly harder for her to avoid. The most prominent of these neighbors is the character named Enrique. He’s the “blossom boy” that catches Dok Mi spying on his doctor cousin, shortly realizes she’south a lost & alone soul, and takes information technology upon himself to bring Dok Mi out of her shell and into the globe around her. Actually, all the male neighbors are “flower boys” to some degree, but Enrique is the well-nigh “flowery”.
Dok Mi is the way she is because of something that happened to her back in high school that made her non trust people and withdraw from society. Having a crappy high schoolhouse experience doesn’t really rank all that loftier on the life problem scale in the long run; when you’re in high schoolhouse though, or not far removed, there is aught of greater importance than NOT having a crappy experience at that stage of your life, and, that’south what nosotros have here; a young woman who merely tin can’t get over her by and move on with her adult life.
Park Shin Hye plays Dok Mi. She’s pretty effective at portraying the perpetually weary/sad eyed introvert who slowly begins to overcome her fears/wounds as the series progresses. She gets the job done about equally well as can be expected of what’due south asked of her. Yoon Si Yoon plays Enrique; the young and playful expatriate who has nothing better to do than dote on Dok Mi while he’south back in Korea; he gives a nice enough performance as the relentlessly positive and energetic pretty boy who simply wants to help Dok Mi, but soon finds himself falling in love with her instead.
The two secondary 1000/F parts involve the guy that lives next to Dok Mi, and Dok Mi’south former high school girlfriend. He’s had a crush on Dok Mi for some time, but he’southward never been able to approach her in order to get close to her. It’southward an indication of how lite this bear witness is that neither he nor Enrique really even compete for Dok Mi via expected methods. Dok Mi’s former schoolmate is the only antagonist here, but she barely even qualifies as one, as she and her gaggle of cohorts are well-nigh equally bothersome as a litter of hungry kittens. She’southward a scheming spoiled brat of grade, and she was rotten to Dok Mi back in school, but she’s more often than not pretty harmless overall. There are a number of minor side stories likewise (involving the kooky webtoon editor, the security guard, neighbors, etc). These side stories are mostly played for comedic &/or romantic effect, and, they piece of work well enough to serve as a compliment to the main story line.
This show skews VERY young; the cast is packed full of bonny young people dealing with immature people bug. This testify is likewise frequently silly and sickeningly sweet, and the melodrama is so inconsequential in the scheme of things; nobody’s dying, nobody volition lose everything, nobody’southward family unit is at stake, etc. It’s more of the “I’grand sorry your feelings were hurt, and so here’s some ice foam” type melodrama. It’south an effective serial though that’s fairly well written, performances are solid throughout, and it’s well paced and nicely scored with an appropriately cutesy soundtrack, etc. At that place’s not a whole lot of meat on its bones, and, it may comprise the least amount of masculinity in any K-drama I’ve ever seen (and that’s saying something), but otherwise, in that location’s really not much to dislike here.
On the downwards side, in that location were two minor sub plots that didn’t work very well; one involves the guy living next door having a secret rich family, and the other involves Enrique’s troublemaking fan club. The onetime story was pointless and unnecessary, and the latter had too much importance placed on it. I also wasn’t really fond of the way Dok Mi’southward suitors came across equally borderline stalkers on occasion, who were blindly insistent that Dok Mi was in need of their help, when in fact, they had just as much “growing upwards” to do every bit she did; that was really the whole point of the show though (i.e. these guys assistance Dok Mi heal over time while she serves every bit the impetus for everybody to notice out more near themselves, move forward in life, detect love, etc).
Through information technology all, this show is consistently funny and charming, and, its biggest attribute is that it never loses sight of the fact that this is where its heart lies. The other thing going for this series is that information technology’s sixteen 40 minute episodes, and I love this format because it results in very piddling time for filler or dragging things out, and everything’s usually pretty snappy as a result. Arrive, exit, move on to the next scene, episode, series, etc. I wish more M-dramas utilized this format actually.
Bottom Line: This is an adorable little show with a simple and outgoing story, and, information technology’s ofttimes quite good!…As a bonus, it’s too easy to watch/ignore while pretending you don’t like information technology (in example y’all’re too manly or mature to admit as much).
Nicely done overall!…8 out of 10 stars!
- Mar 7, 2013
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