[throwback] 1% of anything


Drama: Something About 1% (1%의 어떤것)
Network: Dramax
Episodes: 16
Release Date: October 5 – November 24, 2016
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 21:00

Lee Jae-In possesses a good appearance, he is smart and comes from a wealthy family, but he is also arrogant. His grandfather orders Jae-In to enter into a 10 month contract engagement with a female school teacher that he has never met in his life. Lee Jae-In slowly falls in love with her.

Ha Seok Jin as Lee Jae In
Jeon So Min as Kim Da Hyun

After watching 20th Century Boy and Girl and seeing the sister Kim, who i missed seeing on tv, i decided to check out the updated version of 1% of Anything. She starred in this drama way back in 2003 and i was curious to see how they updated the series. This time, the drama stars Ha Seok Jin and Jeon So Min. I’ve watched Ha Seok Jin in some dramas before, and I always confuse him with another korean actor, Kim Kang Woo. On the other hand, i have never watched Jeon So Min in any drama before. Thus, to be honest, i didn’t really have high expectations from this show, i just wanted to watch a quick and fun drama – and I’m glad I did!

The best part of this drama, of course, is the relationship between Jae in and Da hyun. At first i was put off by how arrogant and how dismissive Jae in was so Da Hyun and how he kept manhandling her, but as i watch the show, i realized he wasn’t really being arrogant, he was just a very straight guy who means what he says and acts the way he wants to. i still dont like how he kept grabbing her and i’m glad it toned down as they were both falling for each other. We can see how he started softening from a very workaholic career driven guy who hates wasting time to actually being a romantic boyfriend who is able to balance being the tough boss and the sweet husband. Da Hyun was such a sweetie pie! No wonder Jae In fell in love with her. Even though it felt like they were so wrong for each other at the start, you later realize that they complemented each other very well. they were both passionate with their work, had good hearts and they knew how to communicate with each other and was mature in dealing with their relationship. In real life, people often stick within their circle of friends, and people end up dating the same types of people from the same background and i realized, you know what? it’s also interesting to actually go out of your comfort zone, to go out of your circle, to actually meet different types of people and just learn new things from them. and it’s not just about dating, this can be about work or hobbies.

Okay, now back to the drama. there wasn’t much conflict in the show, which i loved. There was no evil cousin – dont you hate it that the parents are so vindictive and greedy that it affects the relationships of siblings and cousins? I can’t imagine why relatives will fight over a position – why cant they just share and grow the empire instead of fighting? of course easier said than done since i’m not rich. lol. i did hate the ex girlfriend. I thought she was an unnecessary annoyance – it was so obvious that her scheming ways wont even make a dent in Jae in and Da hyun’s relationship – she was that insignificant to the story. As for the grandpa, I think he was more just a tool to have a reason why they had to meet in the first place, but there was really nothing much he did. I thought there was going to be some tough work drama but it didn’t really happen.

I could also understand their dilemma – they were from two different worlds and backgrounds – how can they make it work? Jae in will unintentionally put Da hyun in the spot as his wife and potential madame of a major company – puts her in the news, her life will be scrutinized, she wont get as much freedom as she used to have. Likewise, I loved that Da hyun was such a great girl – she didn’t bow down to Jae in, she wasn’t just about to swallow everything, she also thought of herself and her career which she loved. And I think it’s because she is a teacher by profession, she is used to handling kids so she knows how to sticky situations. I loved how they resolved the conflict though it felt a tiny bit unrealistic and I wished the big confession had more impact – like Jae in getting down on one knee and not just saying “i love you let’s get married”. But then again, that is how simple and low key their relationship was. Nothing grand and fancy, just pure heart and sincerity. I wished they showed the wedding, I would have cried buckets of tears seeing her walk down the aisle, and I bet Jae in would have bawled like a big baby.

Overall, super loved this underrated rom-com! And this just made me want to watch more Ha Seok Jin dramas!