The media lies -- Choe Dal Po is one of the people who have experienced the truth behind this saying, being forced to change his name and part with his family. After years of peaceful life, he decides to become one of the people he hates most -- a journalist. But not soon after, his new coworkers begin complicating his life by researching into things that relate to his past. The only person who remains on his side is Choe In Ha, an aspiring journalist and the granddaughter of the man who saved him previously. The two have to deal with the lies of the media world, with Choe In Ha suffering even more due to her Pinocchio syndrome, a syndrome that prevents her from lying.
I had heard so much about this drama, and it was on my list of "must watch". Finally, after being able to find time to watch this drama, I am so satisfied with it. The cast of this drama was wonderful. Park Shin Hye really stepped her game up in this drama, and I thought she did an amazing job. Lee Jong Suk obviously without a doubt nailed his character yet again. I truly enjoy watching him as an actor, he always does so well in the roles he's given, and it's always a good time watching him on screen. I must hand it to the actors who played little Ha Myung and little Jae Myung, they did so well. The first few episodes where it told of the family's past really got to me. I didn't expect myself to be tearing up right at the beginning of a drama.
This drama made me feel so many different ways. I got emotional throughout the drama through all the injustice that was shown, I felt happy with all the right amount of comedy and romance shown, and I felt anger towards the injustice.
This drama is not your typical romance drama. There were less romance scenes in this drama, and more action scenes, and i love it. The plot was also very original as well, talking about the media, and what it can do to a person, and just how scary the media can be.
This drama is on my list of recommendations to people FOR SURE. It had the right amount of everything, and the cast was just so wonderful to watch, and the chemistry between each character was awesome. The production team did such an amazing job, and this is probably one of the best dramas of 2014.
Pinocchio shows how well something can be when it's well acted throughout, even if the story leaves a bit to be desired.
Having a heroine that can't tell lies is definitely refreshing, because it cuts out a lot of unnecessary angst. The Pinocchio Syndrome forces her to tell the truth, and often quite bluntly, allowing for the story to never drag while allowing for some hilarious beats.
And the acting between all the characters are great. The main family is heartfelt and warm, the rookie reporters' friendships are meaningful an the key romance is sweet and simple. Everyone does their roles well and it shows through all the relationships.
The story however, flounders in many areas. The same key points are repeated, either with the same character or the same scenario applying to multiple characters. There's one big bad that makes the plot a bit weak.
However the directing and acting make for a fun filled story that while a bit flat still tugs at the heart strings. A watch for any fans of the cast.
Both are about news reporters seeking the truth and feature strong female leads (stronger in healer). Secondary characters play a prominent role in both. Male lead character development as well as the plot in general is deeper and more interesting in healer however.