The Greatest Love

최고의 사랑 / Choegoui Sarang / Best Love / 애정의 발견 / The Discovery of Affection

Cast:

  • Gong Hyo Jin as Goo Ae Jung
  • Cha Seung Won as Dokko Jin
  • Yoo In Na as Kang Se Ri
  • Yoon Kye Sang as Yoon Pil Joo

Year: 2011

Episodes: 16 (60 mins)

Ratings: 15.7

OST:

  • Duggeun Duggeun by Sunny Hill, Yoo In Na, Gong Hyo Jung
  • Real Love Song by K.Will
  • Because You’re My Man by G.Na
  • Take My Hands by IU
  • Don’t Forget Me by Huh Gak
  • Gee, I Love You by Big Mama Soul
  • Love Love by Choi Su Jin
  • I Can’t Drink by Baek Ji Young

Story/Synopsis:

Ae Jung is a female band member who is already over the hill. When she enters a variety show to pretend marriage with the top star Jin, she gets entangled in a love triangle along with her ex-bandmate Kang Se Ri. Yoon Pil Joo is a doctor of oriental medicine who has no interest in the entertainment industry but meets Ae Jung by chance and falls for her.

Essbee’s Opinion

83%

The Greatest Love is a drama that consist of a story between idols and superstars. We got the charismatic, but arrogant top actor Jin. Acted by Cha Seung Woo, this character is a serious, yet hilarious person. I have only seen him in Athena, in which he was a badass, evil mastermind and in here, he is very different. Then, there is this ex-popular singer, Ae Jung, who is now struggling for working. She has a lot of anti-fans because of some past misunderstandings and her life is really not simple. It might sound superficial, but Jin will fall in love with Ae Jung because of her ringtone.

On the other side, Jin has an ex-girlfriend whom he sees only for the media. They did not want to publicly announce their breakup and this girl seems not to want to separated from him. At the same moment, a traditional korean doctor will get interested to Ae Jung. And to get these relationships even more complicated, the ex-girlfriend will fall in love with the doctor.

This is actually a romantic comedy, and turns more melodramatic. The first episode did not draw my attention, but I wanted to continue… just because it is a drama signed ‘Hong Sisters’. As it goes, I started loving and and waiting every week was harder and harder. Then, BAM: the melodrama started. I wasn’t really for this change, even if I was expecting it. So, there were a few moments which I considered: ‘could be better’.

There’s one thing with this drama nobody can deny. The acting was awesome. Cha Seung Woo was such a charismatic guy and I loved his ‘Ding Dong’. I’ve never seen Gong Hyo Jin act before, but she is really credible and I adored her character. There is Yoo In Na, the despiseful girl, who is greatly appreciated by the public for her acting. Finally, the herbal doctor, Yoon Kye Sang, whom we have seen in Who Are You, is an adorable person and despite his pitiful image in the drama, we still love him.

All the extended cast has to be mentioned. Kim Jae Suk – the secretary, Representative Moon – the image-maker, Director Jang – the evil guy, Goo Ae Wan – the brother/manager, Jenny – the loyal friend and finally, ‘Ding Dong’ – the cute nephew.

Throughout the drama, the ratings had a constant increase, proving the success of this drama. I really do think there were not many downs in this drama. The plot didn’t lose its taste throughout the story. I find that everything was well balanced. Not too much media, not too much family or friends. Also, all the cameos gave a nice feeling, especially Lee Seung Gi’s appearance which was hilarious. The ending was not disappointing neither. It was a clear, happy ending. And of course, it’s always appreciated when the OST is nice. But seriously, the songs are all really beautiful.

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