O Ha Ni has been in love with fellow senior Baek Seung Jo and has been wanting to confess to him for awhile. However there's a problem; Ha Ni is one of the worst students in her school while Seung Jo is the smartest with an estimated IQ of almost 200. Determined not to graduate without having revealed her feelings to him, Ha Ni gives Seung Jo a love letter, who wanting nothing to do with her publicly humiliates Ha Ni. When Ha Ni's house collapses during an earthquake, her father is invited to live with his old friends. At first Ha Ni is excited but her world gets turned upside down when she finds out that Seung Jo is their son. Despite this, Ha Ni seizes the opportunity and embarks on a hilarious journey to win Seung Jo's heart, all while trying to keep their living conditions a secret.
ISWAK is propably one of the best TW-series I ever watched. So I was really really unsure of how to think wbout this remake. I already knew that I would end up watching it anyway, but the K-Hanazawa Rui as Zhi Shu? And that girl, that doesn't look as stupid as Xiang Qin?
The thing I hated most were the slow start and that awful first episode. It was easy to warm up to Ha Ni and even though the mother of Seung Jo wasn't as cute as the mother from Zhi Shu, I also liked the whole Beak-family.
The basic story is about a very stupid girl that confesses her love to the number 1 intelligent boy of the school but ends up getting rejected. While she tries to forget him her house breaks down and she ends up living in the house of her fathers friend - which are the parents of the boy that rejected her. How will she be able to forget him now?
As I said, the beginning was awful. I hated how Ha Ni seemed to be such a strange girl that I even considered to drop the drama. What kept me going was Seung Jo. I hated him so much that I couldn't wait for the moment where he finally fell for Ha Ni.
Another thing I really hated was Jun Gu. He was...stupid and awful and even though they made him like a real animecharacter, I felt like they destroyed the charming image of Ah Jin. I felt so bad, that they made such a rather goodlooking actor play such a stupid character. But I love his Busan accent!
Finally, what made me really love the drama is, that you don't have to hate any character. He Ra was cute, even though I dislike how she sticks to Seung Jo, the other boys are all very cute and there is nothing to dislike. The story got better and better, I was pleased with the turn of events and even though it was easy to foresee what would happen next, they changed many details around which made the story more enjoyable.
Something I also liked was, that they seemed to have a connection. Normally, people tell each other that they are in love etc. but they don't actually play around and make a good couple. For Ha Ni and Seung Jo, they actually started by teasing each other. He said stupid things to her, she got angry and chased him. This were scenes that made the young age of the main characters show (after all they ARE highschool kids!) and additional, it showed that they could do more things beside managing problems and kissing. It felt like a real relationship.
4 Stars may be a little bit overrated after the strange beginning of the story, but I still love the basic story of the manga too much, to rate it lower. Also, I was always waiting for the next episode to be subbed, which shows how much I loved this drama. Kim Hyeon Jung is made for the role of Seung Jo (his smiles are great!) and Ha Ni was such a cute girl, I think she deserves her luck. If you can't handle stupid main girls or macho main boys then don't watch it. But if you love some good, romantic stories this might be your thing.
Romantic dramas about one warm hearted and poor, but somewhat stupid, girl who falls in love with a smart and rich, but cold, person. She tries to win his love with small gestures, but always ends up embarrassed because of her clumsiness. Their families insist on making them a married couple, against the guy's wishes. There are also other people involved who want to break them apart.