Which Star Are You From is a Korean drama which speaks of a man who fell for a pair of sisters (one dead, one living) and the amount of pressure and objections they face throughout their entire relationship.
Kim Rae Won as Choi Seung-hee
Jung Ryu Won as im Bok-shil/Hye-rim/Lee Hye-soo
Kang Jung Hwa as Yoon Mi-Hyun
Park Shi Hoo as Han Jung-hoon
The drama begins depicting footage from the past between a pair of lovebirds, Seung-Hee (a film director) and Hye-Soo (a musical student). He lost her (Hye-Soo) in a car accident which he indirectly caused 3 years ago and since then, has been unable to let go of their past together. Just when he thought he’d pick up from where he left off in life (3yrs fast forward) and goes scouring for filming sites with great filmography, he meets Bok Sil (a country girl) who exactly resembles his dead girlfriend.
Seung-Hee follows Bok Sil home to the countryside and is bewildered by her mannerisms and living conditions. Throughout his stay at her countryside home, he gets to learn more about her and her mom whose a little retarded. Due to her mom’s health conditions, Bok Sil has no choice but to leave little GangWon province for Seoul in bid to raise money for her mom’s operation.
Unbeknownst to them, after having gone through so much together in GangWon and in Seoul (Bok Sil is employed as Seung-hee’s assistant), never would they least expect what fate has installed for them.
It turns out that Bok Sil is in fact Hye-Rim – Hye Soo’s youngest sister who got lost in a fire in a restaurant many years ago. Bok Sil gets reunited with her estranged mother and finds her life changing before her. She finds it hard to handle her double identities and things get worse when she learns of the relationship between the director and her elder sister (Hye-Soo). She questions her true identity – Hye Rim or Bok Sil and her heart gets broken repeatedly from her mother’s objections and Seung Hee’s rejections.
Just when Seung Hee finally embraces her love for him and his for her, Hye-Rim’s mother interrupts and tries to keep them apart from one another – even to the point of sending Hye-Rim to the states. Despite their acknowledgement of love for one another (Seung Hee & Bok Sil/Hye-Rim), they were kept apart from one another from all the obstacles and barriers that were hurled at them.
What I really liked of this series was its different approaches in the storyline aka not your typical k-drama where girl likes boy, boy likes another girl, then drama ensuing. It’s refreshing to see how the story develops and to see the transformation in Bok Sil’s country girl outlook (though that didn’t happen till very much later. Damn!). I like how they portrayed the relationship between Bok Sil and her adopted mom, the close-kitted bonds and fear of losing one another.
The part of her adopted mother made me wonder if it was ethical for that adopted mother to take Bok Sil away just cause she lost her real child in the carbon monoxide poisoning incident. But then, we can never really understand how it feels to lose a child until we’ve been through it. I really felt for Bok Sil’s adopted mother because of her little retarded-ness and simplicity.
The importance and kinship between families that was clearly depicted in this series was really heart-warming though it tends to get depressing sometimes. I like the innocence portrayed by Bok Sil/Hye-Rim, a simple country girl who just wants to lead a quiet life in the countryside with her mother. Her grounded and optimistic outlook on life even after so much have happened to her was very much depicting this phrase – ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.
Apart from familial issues, this series also displayed the clear existence in the disparity of social classes today. One can definitely identify the reason why Bok Sil’s birth-mom was so keen on tearing apart [Seung-Hee/Hye-Soo] and [Seung-Hee/Hye-Rim] – due to their different backgrounds and status in society.
This drama deserves props for carrying such a different story and for displaying reality in its truest form. I’ve read reviews from people who cried a lot over this drama, which didn’t happen to me, surprisingly. Not a single tear shed, I don’t know if it’s because of the immunity level built up from all the weepy Korean dramas I’ve watched before or something else? –shrugs-
In short, this drama is enjoyable and touching, littered with funny scenes between the 2 main leads. There wasn’t a single b*tchy third party that clamoured all over the leads and for once, it isn’t all about the love triangles.
Episode count: 16
Recommended: Anyone who wants a refreshing change from the usual dramas
Oh and truthfully.. i didn’t want to watch this drama cos i thought it was some lame-old-boring series.. and when i finally caught the first episode i thought, “Heyyy.. this isn’t as bad as i thought it would be..” haha. :] and i just continued maranthoning it. =D and its title actually reminded me of aliens @_@ OOT but yah.