Fermentation Family

Can a thug be a decent human being? Can kimchi save a life? Can a cable drama which left me baffled and underwhelmed at first become both crack and comfort food eighteen episodes later?

You bet.

How strange the past few nights. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started, this feeling of trepidation. As I begin a new episode of Fermentation Family (aka Kimchi Family), I brace myself for a stupid plot twist, or filler fluff, or a yawns-inducing lull. It’s become all too familiar, hasn’t it, when a promising drama enters its second half and decides Crap Town should be its final destination.

But my fears do not materialize. On the contrary, when I think I can’t possibly love this drama more, it serves up yet another episode that makes my heart leap. Had I watched it last year, it might even have been my pick for best drama.

Fermentation Family is yet another example of why first impressions can be misleading and why sometimes you just need to trust your memories and stay the course. Here is a writer-PD pair who gave me two gems in a row — revenge thrillers Rebirth (2005) and Devil (2007). Both dramas I love ardently; they held me spellbound with their masterful storytelling and directing. With such a track record, their new drama with the odd title (but not odder than Fermented Family which just conjures up eerie images of shriveled human specimens) should not disappoint, should it?

I must pause here to clarify that I did not choose to watch this because of its writer and director. In fact, I had no idea they were behind the drama. After more than a month of zero drama-watching, I suddenly missed two pirates. One stray thought led to another and somehow, in a bewildering array of new fare (because this spoilerphobe stubbornly refuses to read synopses or watch trailers), Fermentation Family became the drama I most wanted to watch. Just because I saw Song Il-guk’s face on a poster.

(Yes, yes. I squealed, too, when I saw that Choi Jae-sung from faves Eyes of Dawn and Time between Dog and Wolf was also in the cast.)

As first impressions go, mine weren’t negative as much as they were confused and fairly indifferent. Song Il-guk’s Ki Ho-tae character is beaten up and rescued, by one Lee Kang-san played by Park Jin-hee (she did the rescuing, not the beating). She brings him home to Chun Ji In (literally, “Earth and Man”), a traditional restaurant at the foothills outside Seoul. He finds the place disconcertingly familiar and decides he wants to stay on as hired help. His decision is so abrupt and weird I felt sure I was missing some cues but did not care enough at that point to want to rewind and check.

Meanwhile, Kang-san’s dad takes off for an unknown place in search of an unknown person, leaving his restaurant under the care of his two daughters. Chun Ji In, incidentally, is famous enough to be featured on TV but not famous enough to be financially successful. There are talks of overdue loan payments and possible takeovers by some food enterprise. Kang-san, who works as a sous chef in an Italian restaurant and harbors dreams of becoming an executive chef one day, comes home to save Chun Ji In after her father disappears. The saving is going to take some major effort, though, because Kang-san’s older sister, Woo-ju, is fond of giving food away for free. And oh, also taking in abandoned kids.

Much is happening in the first two episodes and yet the pace feels leisurely and even languid in places. There’s frenzy and calm and then frenzy again. The thugs are coming! Run, Ho-tae, run! (So is this a drama about food or about gangs?) Colors are soft and warm; an old-world atmosphere permeates the scenes. (But this is set in modern-day Korea, isn’t it?) Everything feels ordinary but is not dull enough to make me bored or sleepy. (So do I stay or do I bail?)

Thinking I should at least check the writer’s name before deciding whether or not to quit, I was floored when I learned that Fermentation Family is written by Kim Ji-woo and directed by Park Chan-hong. Oh my, I know these two! As in, not personally, but you know what I mean!

Episode 3 still did not win me over, but I was determined to stick around for a couple more episodes. Maybe the drama would bide its time like kimchi (or fine wine) and take a while to ferment? By then I was already noticing, with heightened sensitivity, the exquisite composition of many scenes. It became more and more apparent how carefully and thoughtfully the shots were framed. Be it an indoor or outdoor scene, I found myself repeatedly going, “Wow.”

Take a look at what I mean; these are all from Episode 3.

In the top picture on the left, Ho-tae is sitting on the steps outside a school. Next to him sits a little girl; her name is Eun-bi.

So many people come and go at Chun Ji-In I didn’t pay attention to Eun-bi at first. Until one scene where she cries.

When did my heart start to stir for this drama? When a little girl, once hungry and alone, shrieks with delight as our ex-thug tosses her into the air and then spins her around, the two of them happier than they have been in a long while. He understands her more than anyone else at Chun Ji In. What it means to be lost and afraid. To wait and wait and wait, for a parent who never shows up.

Last night I finished Episode 18. Six more episodes to go. (Thank you for not extending yourself. And thank you for being just the right length because that makes it easier for me to recommend you to people who dislike long dramas.)

On the surface and from its title I thought this would be just another food-themed drama. But gradually it dawns on me, and with immense relief, that this is not a Dae Jang Geum or Gourmet (to name two examples) where food sparks competition and such unpleasantness (stealing carving knives and poultry; sabotaging days of preparation; staging all-out wars). So what the food porn if it’s the result of intense rivalry and underhanded means? Wherefore the envy if food is used to score points and gain favors at the expense of others?

Not so at Chun Ji In, although I admit thinking initially that the way food is prepared and presented at the restaurant feels a tad preachy and even moralistic. Must every meal be a lesson? Ought vegetables be treated like friends and accorded such reverence? It’s just kimchi, c’mon!

(My brain reels, though, from the newfound knowledge that there can be so many types of kimchi. Kimchi-looking kimchi, and kimchi looking nothing like kimchi!)

At Chun Ji In food is a form of caring. It is nourishment not just for the body but for the soul. Cooking and serving. Eating together. Food is an expression of love.

But lest I give you the impression that Fermentation Family is all about food, it isn’t. The main setting is Chun Ji In, yes, but the central story is really Ho-tae and his past. How did he become orphaned? Why is there an old photo of him with Kang-san’s dad? Why does a certain man look and sound familiar, and why is he denying all knowledge of Ho-tae? What is this man hiding?

The first few episodes give no indication that there are dark twists ahead and that what will keep me glued to my seat is a 22-year-old mystery.

Slowly, and so skillfully you gasp as yet another piece of Ho-tae’s mysterious past is revealed, a picture begins to form. The dots begin to connect. “Everything is going back to the starting point,” says the old detective pursuing clues to a seemingly unrelated crime but now sucked into helping Ho-tae uncover the truth.

Helmed by a wonderful cast and aided by a fabulous soundtrack (so mood-enhancing, so reminiscent of the gorgeous score in Devil, ah!), the plot is unfolding with the sort of assuredness that this is a writer who knows the end even before the beginning and that everything that has happened so far has happened for a reason. Nothing is random. I haven’t had a single opportunity to slap my forehead and swear, “What the hell is going on?” Instead, I’m constantly in awe at the layers in the writing. There are such depths here!

Take characterization, for example. Ho-tae is prickly, sure. His past — what he does not know about it — bugs and occasionally overwhelms him. But he is also sweet and astute; he does his chores at Chun Ji In with minimal grumbling; he makes great kimchi chigae. He isn’t your typical wounded kdrama hero with the angst and baggage; when love comes knocking, he opens the door and lets it in, as naturally as one welcomes the sun after days of rain.

And Kang-san. Funny, feisty Kang-san. Thoughtful, sensible, daring Kang-san. Eighteen episodes in and she hasn’t changed, becoming a spineless doormat that so many kdrama heroines become after they fall in love. No, she is as strong and as opinionated as she was at the beginning and yet she has also gotten stronger. She yields when she has to; she leads when necessary.

How much do I adore this couple?

Do not believe character descriptions that suggest that Ho-tae and Kang-san begin on a contentious footing and are always bickering; otherwise you will be surprised when you see how cute and comfy they are with each other. When I watch them together, I am reminded of my favorite Jejoongwon couple from two years ago. A relationship that’s rock-solid. A relationship that just makes me grin and feel all toasty-warm inside.

Absolutely adore this couple.

Fermentation Family has so much heart and yet it’s not a drama where I need to keep reaching out for a tissue to blow my nose with. It’s the small moments that move me. Ho-tae giving Eun-bi a pair of new shoes. The grouchy grandpa (who is nobody’s grandpa at Chun Ji In and yet belongs there as much as Kang-san and Woo-ju) making me teary with an unexpected gesture. This old man irritated me at first and then grew to become as loved as the other characters. When I see what our haraboji does for the oriental medicine doc (he with the awful hairdo), I cry and giggle, at the same time.

There is so much warmth here. So much love.

And humor, too.

See how the thug boss behaves when Cupid’s arrows strike him. (To think he seemed so hateful at first but now is just another lovelorn guy making a fool of himself!) See how the characters tease and banter. See how playful they become.

(This is hands down my favorite drama for Song Il-guk and Park Jin-hee. Superb acting, both of them.)

There is more lightheartedness here than in Rebirth and Devil, yet in its own way Fermentation Family is just as gripping. With six episodes left to watch (Episodes 19-20 aired this week), I have no idea how everything will end but feel confident the ending will not disappoint. As a fan of our writer-PD combo, I can hope, can’t I?

A food-themed family drama that’s also an expertly crafted mystery thriller? I’ll have extra helpings, thank you.

118 thoughts on “Fermentation Family

  1. Oh my gosh, thundie is BACK! Yay!😀 So lovely to read your writing again.

    I watched one episode of FF and like you, it left me underwhelmed. It wasn’t bad… it was just a little bizarre and boring. Although even episode one was beautifully shot. But your very high praises (best drama of the year!) have made me put this on the list for future watching.

    Missed you.

    • I specifically thought of you when I was writing the review because if there’s one person that I hope would watch FF, it’s you!😀

      • I just finished watching episode 8, and I see what you mean about this show. The story is still a bit slow and predictable (although less so now that the mystery is starting to get going) and the Kimchi Life Lessons can be a little cheesy at times, but overall it’s lovely. The characters are really the heart of the show. I love how with each episode we learn more about their personalities and their pasts, Ho-tae’s lonely childhood and the scars he struggles with, which he wants to save Eun-bi from (these two are so cute together!), Kang-san’s conflicted heart when it comes to her parents’ legacy and understanding how to carry it on in her own life, Woo-joo’s kind heart and her feeling that she is not as good as everyone else. The uncle is so sweet in his own silent way, and the teacher is adorable (do I smell romance?). I don’t see much romance between the leads yet, but I love how in tune they are with each other’s moods. And it cracked me up to see how happy Ho-tae was that they weren’t siblings. I love Song Il-gook here.

        And the gorgeousness of this show… is simply beyond words. You said it all in your review, so eloquently, that I’ll simply agree with you. I’m having food envy though. And it makes me a little bitter when they go on and on about how sad it is to eat alone, because I always eat alone, haha.

        Thanks for convincing me to give this another chance. I needed some beauty in my life these days.

  2. Wow. I had completely written off this drama after watching the first episode (I found it both boring and confusing), but your praises put Fermentation Family back on my to-watch list. Provided I ever climb out from under the mountain of currently airing dramas. It’s wonderful to hear your thoughts on a drama that I wouldn’t have given a second chance otherwise.

    • I really wanted to write this review because I had a strong feeling many people bailed after one episode. FF seems so simple and ordinary at first, but as you keep watching you will begin to see its beauty and depth. Each episode builds on the one before it; the entire thing is so lovingly crafted.

  3. I was just looking for a drama to watch after Padam Padam (one of my fave dramas ever!), and I totally forgot that I could try this one. From the way you describe it, it almost seems like it has a similar pace and feel to Padam, so I think I might like it.

      • great! omg I have already watched 5 eps of FF and I liked it from the very beginning. It’s so peaceful and good-natured. Thanks for influencing me to start it ;P

    • I too was looking for a replacement of Padam Padam and decided to watch FF too. Unlike most, the first epi kept me watching as my fascination with kimchi grew. I only knew about cabbage based kimchi and the fact that there were so many types grabbed me. At first the happenings of the first epi were somewhat confusing but I found as I continued to watch, a lot was clarified later on and now the story is phenomenal. I think its just I like stories that don’t involved triangles and extreme misunderstandings. Instead, you see the birth of a relationship as it evolves. And who can’t help love a cute kid in the mix!!

  4. Humona, Ms. Thundie, are you back?!!!! *cue fangirly screams* WOOOHOOOO! I googled for a a review of Fermentation Family and was surprised that one of the results was this site and lo and behold: she is back! I missed your writing so much! Just when I was about to question my taste in dramas for liking a show that hasn’t exactly been in other critics/bloggers’ good graces, you perfectly outlined everything I like about it. A lot of food porn and a lot of heart:). Welcome back!

    • Just when I was about to question my taste in dramas for liking a show that hasn’t exactly been in other critics/bloggers’ good graces…

      Oh, did any critic/blogger diss it? Tell me who!😈

      But kidding aside, as long as you love it, that’s all that matters.

      • They shall forever remain nameless, but shall always have our pity for not being able to appreciate the simpler things in life . . .😀 harhar

        And this is why I missed you. So many people are willing to try it now and so many people have come out in praise of the show. I don’t really mind being the only one who watches something noone else does because every person’s preferences are different, but knowing there are other people in the world who love it, too? Warms my jaded, cynical heart. Thanks, Ms. Thundie.

  5. THUNDIE!!! Hugs!!! I’m still watching as well. It is was leaving me underwhelmed except for the food, which is so so pretty. Who knew there was a Korean gnocchi soup? And now I want to eat it!

    • I think FF’s quiet and generally undramatic tone can be underwhelming for some viewers, even after the halfway mark. There is a stillness (gentleness) that feels almost spiritual, rather like Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring movie.

      Where in the drama are you now?

  6. *drooling*

    it’s friday….
    nearly lunch time…
    and you teasing me with all beautiful panoramic scenery … which makes me wanna go straight to the forest or mountain or beach *packing*
    and…..wonderful food whatever their names are…..*oh poor my humble stomach*

    definitely encouraging post of yours Thundie
    Welcome back *HUGS*

    • Hope you like veggies because the food showcased in FF is mostly stuff that you grow, not kill.😆 But it is really pretty. And looks yummy too.

      • i love anything edible…LOL
        i salute those who can cook and decorate the food beautifully which increase my appetite more…and more…
        and if you just have slight of time watching Feast of Gods….you’ll know what i mean *wink*

        above all…..i love to taste all korean food…LOL

  7. Thundie! What a nice surprise to see you back! I just finished Que Sera Sera and wanted to know what you rated it, and saw your new post. (Agreed with your rating, BTW) Not sure that I’ll dive into Fermentation Family, but your great writing makes everything sound intriguing. Hope you’re back for good:)

  8. I thought I’m all alone who fall warmly,nah, scratch that, hotly in love with SIG, uh, and Fermentation Family… ^^. Am glad that I’m not alone, and the biggest-pleasant surprise is to know that other one who love this drama is you, Thundie! Welcome back, we miss you so!

    Hugs, hugs n lots of hugs.

    • SIG is wonderful in FF. After A Man Called God, it’s so nice to see him looking normal again, haha. I’ve mostly watched him in sageuks (Kingdom of the Wind, Emperor of the Sea) and really love him in FF. He’s been explosive in the last few episodes!

  9. Wonderful recap!

    I’m glad someone agrees with me! I always have this thought in my back of mind that this drama will be slow and draggy but it never fails to surprise me with something different. I love all the characters and how they bring the slice-of-life and family feeling to the show. I love the OTP here more! They are adorable!!!

    • I’ve come to really love the pacing of the show. Ít’s neither draggy nor rushed. And yes, how awesome is this OTP? Great chemistry!

  10. Welcome back Thundie:)

    This drama is one I decided to watch (when it comes on dvd) since I really like the writer director duo. (I’m a spoilerphobe too so I didn’t read your review, just looked at the pictures:) )

  11. Thundie! Woot Woot!
    Welcome back! Aaah so glad one of my favorite Kdrama gurus is enjoying this show as much as I am. This drama is just magical, isn’t it? It’s not exciting nor thrilling. It’s not super trendy and overly cute, but it warms my heart and my body. Just like Mom’s cooking.

    And if the name Ki Ho Tae “sounds” familiar, you are right, It was inspired by Don Quijote. Just as Thundie said, it’s the little things that make me go WOW!

  12. Thundie i’m so glad you’re back… i read so many bad comments about this drama but after reading this i’m reconsidering watching it…

    • i read so many bad comments about this drama…

      Hmm, I wonder how many episodes the commenters watched. But maybe this is just one of those dramas that will have a small but loyal following. I’m just so glad I didn’t give up after just one episode!

  13. Thundie, is that really you, or just an imposter? But no, as I read the review, there was no question in my mind that this was Thundie’s distinctive writing voice! Yay, so happy to read your writing again!!!!

    But now you make me want to watch FF too. Ahh, I already have so many dramas that I need to catch up on…!!

  14. Thundie, Thundie, Thundie!!!

    Did not even think about checking out this drama but now with your recommendation, it is on my list. The drama looks so beautiful. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

    • Hi joonni!

      FF’s cinematography is indeed beautiful. I don’t know, but the whole drama (writing, directing, acting) feels like such a labor of love. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  15. Thundie, glad to see you come to the defense of this marvelous show…I was sucked in almost immediately by the fabulous cinematography, then the acting, then lastly the story picked me up and wouldn’t let me go. This is one of those dramas with a dozen little details, that you only get later on (like Ki Ho Tae) or that resonate for a long time. Thanks for the review!

    • I was sucked in almost immediately by the fabulous cinematography, then the acting, then lastly the story picked me up and wouldn’t let me go.

      Oh oh, I got sucked in in exactly that same order!😆 Now all three captivate me equally. The latest episodes have been so gorgeous to look at (the winter and forest scenes especially) they take my breath away! Story has gotten so intriguing as well.

  16. Welcome home (spiritually), Thundie. May we keep you well … and for a long time.

    I’ve been a viewer from the first episode and have never regretted it. As I commented in soompi, I don’t know who is directing the cinematography for this drama. But, whoever it is should be acknowledged and awarded. In ep. 2 alone, I counted 4 frames that were so beautiful and artistic that they should be hanging in art galleries. (And, you have capture some of them as screen caps.)

    As for the drama itself, I’ve enjoyed the story behind every single character. (Although I could do with less of the bossy old man, who means well, but is still annoying.)

    To me, the restaurant is a wayfarer’s inn, where tired, spent and mis-routed people, stop to regroup, recoup and rejuvenate. But, the restaurant is not their final destination. It is merely like a train depot on their journey to wherever they finally end up. Nor does the magic of the restaurant give you pat answers or solve your problems. It merely puts things into perspective, so that one can make a decision with a clear mind.

    And, as you said, for this drama, the key word, is ‘warmth’, which we need to counter this cold, hard world. Even if it is only for the length of time needed to eat a meal at “Heaven, Earth and Man”.

    • I agree with your comments on the drama. And the word “Family” to describe this drama makes sense. Because from their parents and on, the sisters have created and warm family, where others are cared for, nurtured, nourished and sent on their way until they need to return to be reinvigorated. I love this drama because of the affection that is shown in all these relationships at the restaurant.

    • I love your description of Chun Ji In as a wayfarer’s inn. Also, how ironical that the “innkeeper” has become a wayfarer himself! (But I hope our Don Quixote aka Ki Ho-tae will not act literally like a Quixote and leave the inn!)

      Yes, I love how every character has a story too. Not all are as dramatic as Ho-tae’s story but all are no less meaningful.

      And muah, thank you for your good wishes.

  17. Great to see you back, Thundie! And it’s for this wonderful drama!!

    I love everything about this drama – its characters, acting, cinematography, music, and food but most of all how skillfully and splendidly the story is told in blending seamlessly the intrique of the central story and the episodic sub-plot. It warms your heart with a tickle of tear and smile at the same time. Watching it is like having a visual treat and emotional spa therapy that is soothing for your mind and soul. For example, the father’s travel monologue and the accompanied music is one particular segment that I look forward to see in each episode.

    Each character has its story, space, and meaning – yes, everyone. I am in awe of how the writer has created this web of intrique. SIK is phenomenally good in this and totally changing my earlier view of him as an OK actor. His pairing with PJH is so natural, comfortable and adorable. And, for once, we have a drama without love triangle – or at least the OTP makes it a non-issue (just watched ep 20).

    Hope more people will come to appreciate this wonderful gem in FF through your review. This can easily be my best drama of the year.

    Lastly, is there a Chun Ji In in the real world?

    • Hi epyc, LOVE what you wrote about FF! The drama is so satisfying on so many levels I don’t have a strong desire to watch anything else at the moment (except maybe Jeremy Lin clips on repeat, keke). I love that FF takes our preconceived notions (like a love triangle) and turns them upside down. I love how it introduces new characters even late in the game and does it so naturally; I love how they are all important to the story and nothing feels jarring or out of place.

      Oops. Must try not to gush too much. I know it can be a turn-off for some people, LOL.

  18. Oh thank goodness you are back Thundie:) Just the other day, I was tempted to write a review or something here and mess up the screencaps so you would HAVE to come back to put your magic touch on them and fix it (sort of like when you see a picture that is askew so you go over and align it without thinking), but now I don’t have to cuz our prayers have been answered and you are back. I knew the urge to write would draw you back more than the Kdramas. I have no idea what this drama is cuz I don’t watch cable shows except for SUFBBand, but I am already in love with Fermentation Family for being so good to draw your attention. So this is the drama that could have topped CYHMH? Hmmm now I will have to check it out when my drama schedule clears. So thrilled to read your words again Thundie. Thank you for returning to the blogging world – you have been MISSED. Now it feels like the world is no longer tilting. *deep sigh of relief*:)
    *By the way, that scary picture on the bottom gave me a heart attack the other night when I dropped by as usual. We are talking “heart stopping, almost dropped my iPad to pee in my pants” kinda scared.

    • Hi softy, thank you for being so sweet. You know you and the other guest bloggers can write whatever and whenever, as long as it’s about kdramas or kmovies. I haven’t gone away; I’m always around but current circumstances do not allow me to write frequently.

      Oh, that scary pic in the footer widget? It’s one of my favorite recaps, haha.

  19. OMG!!!! Our beloved Thundie is back?! xDDDD
    *Jump For Joy*
    Originally I was going to watch Fermentation Family, but then the promos made me feel like this drama was just an ordinary familly drama with food, so I never actually went near this drama… Hrm…. But maybe I’ll check it out….xD

    Love you Thundie! Welcome back!

    • Hi sweetie Thatgirl!

      How’s everything with LMH?😉 I’m so out of the loop and have no idea what he’s been up to.

      FF is not a typical family drama. Do check it out!

  20. Gosh, I am so glad to read your writing again. I absolutely love Fermentation Family. For those of us who have followed it since it started, the cinematography, acting, story lines have all melded together to produce one of my favorite kdramas. And I have become a Song Il Guk fan. I absolutely love the way he watches Park Jin Hee (makes my toes curl). It is nice to know that I am watching a Thundie-recommended drama. You have not steered this newbie kdrama addict wrong as yet (now I know, it is because we have similar tastes).

    • *blush* You’re too kind. But it’s awesome to know that there are others who enjoy FF as much as I do. I love that it’s not only a feel-good and uplifting drama, it’s intelligent and exciting. It’s so devoid of histrionics, phew.

  21. Finally, a blogger who is as enthralled with this drama as I am.

    I have been enjoying it immensely, almost more than the ones I have started watching previosly (Wild Romance, History of the Salaryman) and I was wondering if anyone can answer my question. Does anyone know what happened to the infant boy that Woo Joo had taken in? Maybe I missed something.

    • He went back with his mom who had recovered from illness. Kang San had inserted a wish paper plane with a food package and give it to the celebrity father stating what his son wish was. The father had a change of heart thanked Kang San is left searching for his family.

      I really love this show and saw episode 20 won’t say much except more secrets was revealed and you get to see Kang San being jealous and Ki Ho Tae’s response (replayed that scene) a lot.

      Its good to see that you are back Thundie and glad it was fermentation family brought you out. Have a good weekend.

      • He went back with his mom who had recovered from illness.

        Man, I was so happy when I saw who played the mom! *squeals* One of my favorite actresses! (Not posting the screencap because I don’t want to spoil/ruin the surprise. I always love the moment when an actor/actress that I love suddenly appears when I have no inkling he/she is even in the drama.)

    • Oh, it think it was that episode where *SPOILER* the teenage mom kept stalking the restaurant at odd hours, and got mistaken by Ho Tae and Kang San as a thief and was chased away. She showed up again when Woo Joo posted a note on the board saying the baby talked and said “Mama”. She had a change of heart, took her baby back and promised to go back home to ask for her mom’s forgiveness.*END SPOILER*

    • Hi all4movies, I’m downloading Wild Romance and Salaryman as well. I should try watching those two soon. About that baby boy, caffeinate_me has answered you (thank you!).

      Now that I’m all caught up with FF, I can start poking around the Internet to see what others have written about FF.

      • Hi Thundie,
        I completely agree with all your descriptions and comments. This is indeed a lovely, heartfelt, beautiful, and yummy (the food presentation!) drama. Too bad, nobody seemed to recap it; is it because no idol or A-lister in the cast? This drama deserves more love. So glad I found your beautiful review of FF. Thanks!

  22. I have wanted to read a kdrama blogger’s review on FF but it does not appear to be on their watch-list. I was thinking to myself that there is one blogger who might possibly review this since she is the only one I know who seems to like “under the radar” dramas like FF. Decided to check out TP and what do I see? My wish came true! Glad to be able to read your thoughts on this.

  23. oh thundie, is it you??? I love you have come back this fast!! OMG…. I swear my heart beat faster and can’t believe it’s your review….!
    I love almost all drama that start around des-jan…. but I haven’t watch it yet, fortunately, I have downloaded all episode that has been aired… I’m too addict with History of the salaryman, (another gem drama!) that I forget watching this show. (I’m sorry, FF. But I will watching you soon.)
    I definitely will give this drama a try since it’s from my fav PD-writers combo!

  24. omgosh. i randomly decided to drop in today and am sooo glad to hear from you. ^^ thanks to your guess bloggers for keeping updated in your absence. whether this is just a random drop in for you or not, i am thrilled to see ya.:)

  25. Dear Thundie, this is the first time I visit your blog… happy to see I’m not the only one to like FF so much. This drama is a poem, a hymn dedicated to a kind of magic, « simple » happiness that makes life worth leaving. Life’s beauty is a kimchi receipt with healthy food, beautiful music, warm family, a great deal of kindness and sincerity, bitter truth, plenty of love and a lot, as much as you can get of SIK. Excellent script with a perfect rhythm and events’ tempo ! Great director helping the leading actors develop fascinating characters! The chemistry between the leading actors is perfectly working. Song Il Kook plays in totally different register and he’s doing great. Un très grand merci, chers Monsieurs, pour ce chef-d’œuvre !

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