A Nice Guy The Likes Of Which You Would Never Find Anywhere In The World
nice guy, good guy, good man, the good man never seen before, there’s no such thing as a nice guy, chakannamja, 차칸남자, 세상 어디에도 없는 차칸남자
12 Sep, 2012 - 15 Nov, 2012
21:55 - 23:05
3.9 of 5 by 1863 users
Gang Ma Ru and Han Jae Hui are lovers who bonded through the hardships of childhood together. With a promising future together -- Ma Ru as a doctor and Jae Hui as a reporter -- it all disappears when Jae Hui ruins Ma Ru's future in pursuit of further riches. Wanting revenge, Ma Ru works to seduce Seo Eun Gi, Jae Hui's step daughter and heiress to the conglomerate Tae San. However, none of them anticipates the events they set off all those years ago, as it goes from becoming a game of revenge to a game of survival and winning Tae San.
The nice man that doesn't exist anywhere in this world ... what an interesting and thrilling ride this drama turned out to be I would have never expected in the beginning.
To be honest, I was quite reluctant to watch this drama; I was expecting a tear-jerker and was totally not in the mood for that, but I still wanted to give it a try, because ever since Painter Of The Wind and The Princess' Man I was a big fan of Mun Chae Won and I had always wanted to see more of Song Jung Gi, so I gave it a try after all.
And I didn't regret it.
Nice guy (to keep a long title short) tells the story of a young, bitter woman, that basically acts like a scared dog; biting everyone away in fear of getting hurt. It also tells the story of a man who threw everything he values (including his relatives, education and self-esteem) away for a woman that wasn't worth it and has to learn exactly that - that the woman wasn't worth it. And lastly it tells the story of that woman, who had someone else take all the bullets for her just to leave that person bleeding and dying on the ground. What a nice bunch of pretty messed up characters we get - especially when the boy falls in love with the bitter girl and the cold woman makes the girl even more bitter by marrying her father and snatching even that tiny little bit of love away from her.
Others have said the same and I can just second it: The way this drama blurred the lines of good and evil in the character build was excellent. Everyone did wrong, mostly for understandable reasons (sometimes not, but oh well, such is the way of dramaland) and to watch our characters find the tiny bit of right in all the wrong was surprisingly interesting and satisfying to watch. My favourite character by far though was Seo Eun Gi, reminding me a lot of Mun Geun Yeong's character in Cinderella's Stepsister. That kind of character is actually kind of rare in dramaland - a young girl that does not stay positive, righteous and bright despite - please excuse my language - all kinds of shit happening to her, but a girl that most understandably is turned bitter by what she had to go through and who really learns how to fight and not whine and wait for Oppa to settle it all. Therefore it was a bit disappointing when after her Amnesia she kind of turned into exactly that - but, rarely enough in the world of drama, amnesia really worked for this story and was not a ridiculous last resort to fill the blanks until the final, so it shall be forgiven. And fierce Eun Gi does return in the end and she actually had to learn to be at least a little more forgiving and positive, so all is well on that front.
All the more disappointing was the final, though, because after we were provided with tons of story throughout nearly all of the twenty episodes of Nice Guy ... the end was a constant stream of filler twists and nonesense. I don't want to say too much here (if you want to know more look for my spoilery comment on the drama's page), but it always makes me sad when the last 30 minutes of a 20 hour drama diminish it from a five to a four star rating. It's not that I hated the actually ending, which - spoiler, spoiler - was a happy one, which I was content with, but the way it was acted out. It swept a lot of problems adressed in the drama under the carpet and really lacks a lot of our wanted answers.
Still, all in all Nice Guy was a surprisingly good none-tear-jerking but rather thrilling ride through the messed up lifes' of really interesting characters and I would warmly recommend it to everyone. Acting was also quite good I'd say; Song Jung Gi did fine, though he really did not show many sides, but especially the girls - Mun Chae won and Park Si Yeon - totally lived up to my expectations and delivered pretty well. Some of for most of the drama perfectly drawn character lines were suddenly cut off during the last episode, but all in all, still a very good drama!
Nice Guy is your typical revenge thriller, done well.
In a story where the leads are as dark and twisted as the villains, where everyone is shrouded in shadows and no one is pure, it's interesting to watch as you go from rooting for one person to the other. The twists and watching everyone fall further and further is entertaining, especially as you realize there's a thin line separating our heroes from their enemies.
Watching a show where you feel guilty rooting for one side, with scenes shot beautifully and where things finally add up is great. The typically revenge plots are given a twist, and done surprisingly well.
Some people may find it too dark, some may find it too typical for a revenge show, but to me, Nice Guy was an entertaining watch for those days where you want something darker than the typical fluffier, romantic comedies.
In the both dramas the poor guy builds relationships with a rich girl to promote his interests first. Gang Ma Ru and Choe Jun Gi start their relationships to achieve their own plans, but then realise that it isn't so easy.
The stories and cinematography of both have a very similar feel to them. Both dramas incorporate mental and physical disabilities to further the melodramatic plot. The endings also feel very similar, plot wise.