The story centers around a 30 year old single woman named Lee Yeon Jae. She works hard but lives humiliated by her colleagues because she's a total push over. However, when she finds out that she has cancer and has only six months to live, she resigns from her job by throwing her resignation letter at her boss and decides to travel abroad to find happiness. On the trip she meets Gang Ji Uk, a rich chaebol, who happens to be the director of her company, who falls for her.
Lee Yeon Jae is a very scared girl who only lives to work. Until one day, she is suddenly diagnosed with cancer. She realizes that it's no use to save up money and to be harrased at work so much, so she throws away her job and goes on a vacation. There she meets Gang Ji Uk and falls in love with him. But is it smart to fall in love with someone, when you doctor told you that you've only 6 months left to live? And additional to that, the man you love already has a fiancé?
I mainly watched the story for the actors. I like Lee Dong Uk since his My Girl days and Kim Seon A since Kim Sam Soon. The doctor also didn't look too bad, even though he didn't really live up to the "side-guy" role I hoped he would have. Oh, and Seo Hyo Rim as the second female lead was just great! Her face really fits those of a rich, nasty little girl who only makes problems. Good casting, eve though I hated her, I liked her!
For the story, it wasn't as I expected it. I felt like the ending didn't have a great impact and the story overall annoyed me at some point, because there were so many tears but I hardly ever felt like crying with them. The thing that I'll ever get is: why did they cry while making love? That was... totally unsexy. And not even sad. I was really confused by that scene. But not only that scene, they had many random scenes that made it impossible for me to give this drama more stars. The characters seem to think different than I am. The four main characters are going to talk to someone, drop one line and then run away again. There were many scenes like that, so I felt a bit left out of the story.
The only thing I really have to point out is that perfect dance scene. One of those random scenes I didn't get, that still was so epic that I had to replay it. The two main characters are dancing tango. The main guy says something and then leaves. That's all that happens but they have a sexual chemistry in that one scene, that I've sometimes missed in other scenes. (like for example the actual bed scene.)
Overall, it was a good drama with good actors and a decent story. It wasn't the tearjerker I expected but there were many touching scenes and sad moments. But also very funny moments, especially in the beginning! It felt like the drama itself is a sickness, where you feel all good in the beginning and constantly get worse and start to hurt... The happy moments started to become less. As if the drama itself was sick.
Oh, and don't forget to look for the OST! There were at least three good songs in it, so that also needs a special mention. But I didn't sexpect anything different from a Junsu song.
A story that takes all the best parts of a melodramatic storyline and puts it together. While the plot makes it seems as if this show is a tearjerker-and it is-it's more about one woman's journey into fixing her wrongs, discovering herself and realizing that just because you're about to die, doesn't mean your life has to end. Scent of a Woman is realistic in its portrayal-every character has their moments of strength and weakness-and it's not afraid to point out that life is something we should cherish. Tears are wrung from moments that are needed and ring true, not because the story is sad. And the actors become their roles, so much that no one is evil, just as no one is good. With great directing, writing and music that takes you on the rollercoaster with the cast, Scent of a Woman shows us how a series about a cancer patient can be heart wrenching and relatable without being melodrama.
Both centre around a female in her thirties discovering she has a terminal illness, which makes her want to change her life. The two works also have the theme of romance between a poor woman and a rich man.