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Review a KDrama – Sly and Single Again / Cunning Single Lady (2014)

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Cunning Single LadyTitle: Sly and Single Again / Cunning Single Lady

Synopsis: A romantic comedy about Na Ae Ra who dreams of meeting a white knight after getting divorced from Cha Jung Woo when his business failed, but as soon as he becomes a successful venture businessman, she tries to seduce him back while the ex-husband Cha Jung Woo tries to date her again to get revenge. (D-addicts Wiki)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Serious Review:

Can I say I love this? Can I praise this series for not following the usual Korean soap drama tropes? I loved this. Love love love. It’s a 5/5, 100/100, A++. The youngest character is 26 years old and the rest are around 34. It deals with adult things. It does not have adults pretending to be teenage students. It talks about divorce and marriage and realistic reality of life.

It is just so refreshing after watching two so-so dramas back to back. I even cried at every episode even though they aren’t even that sad. I can’t wait to re-watch this in a few months.

Rating: 10/10

Status: If you are looking at more ~adult-related drama, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS.

Up Next: Posting more reviews!

The Ivy Review:

After watching shows that deal with the melodrama soap stuff, I got stuck in a rout of Korean drama. Then I stumbled upon this one that deals with the “older” crowd. You see two divorcee and what happened between them. Every couple has a story and this is their story. You think this is all you see in the first episode, then you realize it is a lot more complex… because life isn’t just about I LOVE YOU… NO I LOVE YOU MORE. ToT

And there are two doppelgänger in this show. It confused me so much. I refrained from googling him until I finished the series. 80% him looked like the Hong Kong actor. Then his face gets wider and non.

Male protagonist – Cha Jung Woo aka Laughing Gor aka Michael Tse

Female protagonist – AE Ra aka the woman from My Date with a Vampire aka Joey Meng

But this show makes me so happy and giddy. These two kids just meeting each other for the first time in 4 years post-divorce and finding out each other’s side of the divorce and how tough it is on them and their families.

Speaking of family, our leads have a happy and good upbringing! No orphans or dead parents or single parents. Holy crap. RARE.

Sigh. It’s just refreshing to see a soapy drama cover these intense topics. I won’t spoil the other topics/plot lines because you find out more along the way.

Things that annoy me:

  • DOES NO ONE LOCK THEIR DOORS?????????? Everyone just walks into everyone’s places. Even super walled-off house, you can just walk in???
  • If you’ve frequented my blog, you know how I get angry watching these shows and their treatment against women. I understand that divorce is tough on the woman. But seriously, it’s not contagious. It doesn’t make her a bad person. Or a bad role model.
  • I code (for a living) so when I see poor representation of IT and software development, it just grinds my gear. Pressing enter does not magically mean send. The command line does not use the mouse. Lmao and a for-loop with no code inside. And 10 people crowding the CEO to watch him code is definitely a waste of resource. And also poor management and recruitment.
  • Okay, a Korean person please tell me if this is actually true. Just because a woman has supported a man (at work, as his partner) and has an unrequited love towards him, is he supposed to ignore his heart and marry her out of obligation? Especially when he has never had any romantic feeling towards her? Oh and threaten him with the collapse of his company? Like poor guy.

Last Words:

I wrote this review on May 12 and I’m itching for a rewatch it. BUT I WILL WAIT.

Author: Ivy

Ivy develops in Ruby on Rails. You can find her at @aibiwashere.

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