13 August 2014

Hotel King Review

Title: Hotel King
Genre: Romance, Drama, Melodrama
Episodes: 32
Broadcast period: 2014-Apr to 2014-Jul
Cast: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Da Hae, Im Seul Ong and Wang Ji Hye.

Cha Jae Won lived his life being forced to beg on the streets of New York barely managing to survive, and constantly being beaten by the groups of gangsters forcing them to make money. When one of his friends gets beaten pretty badly, Jae Won by accident kills the child beater, and meets Mr. Yoon. Mr. Yoon tells him that he knows his father, and that his father had left him to die while he was living the life back in Korea. Jae Won is taken back to Korea, and together with Mr. Yoon they plot their revenge against Jae Won’s father.
Years pass and Ciel Hotels CEO, President Ah, lives life in fear and paranoia, and when his General Manager, Jae Won (Lee Dong Wook) tells him about his past and that the president is his father and threatens him to tell everyone about his existence, the CEO decides to commit suicide in order to keep it to himself.
After his death, his childish and bratty daughter Ah Mo Ne (Lee Da Hae) decides to take back the hotel, even though no one, especially Jae Won, thought she would. Now the two siblings have to fight for the hotel, but Mon Ne’s existence is not liked by the people behind the curtains making Mo Ne fearing her life and Jae Won becoming more and more protective over his little sister…

Okay… A full on Makjang!  For those who don’t know what Makjang is, it is a type a drama that has an outrageous storyline with a ridiculous flow and process: like your typical extreme plots of fx incest, terminal illness, birth secrets etc. I used the term Melodrama before if you can imagen.
This drama does not seem like this in the beginning but as it evolves it goes all the way, and the plot becomes so confusing and thick, you just end up shaking your head in disbelief.
The good part is the duo that is prefect in this drama, and the entire location. But they managed to make it more annoying as they usually do (hint: City Hunter) with the entire “I am not good for you”- blah blah blah. The rating is high, and that is just for one simple reason: greatly acted by ‘almost’ everyone.
So: to watch or not? Why not! No danger except you could get more stupid…

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

1 comment:

B Sherman said...

I agree - silly plot, fine acting. Surprisingly, I didn't get bored even with 32 episodes. The female lead's role became very passive in the second half, though, which disappointed me. The characters are memorable, even if the plot is ridiculous.

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