In episode 5 of Beyond The Romance, Drama Recap, Carolyn shares her thoughts on Korean dramas Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Squid Game, Yumi’s Cells and The Tasty Florida.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a charming and sweet rom-com that’s the perfect palate cleanser if you’ve been watching a lot of heavy dramas and films recently. Centered around Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-ah) a dentist who winds up moving from the hustle and bustle of Seoul where she was sought after for her work by the city’s socialites, to the small fishing village of Gongjin where she has to learn a new way of life. And of course this is where the romance begins to bloom for her as she grows closer to handsome handyman Hong Doo-sik (Kim Seon-ho), a man who loves to help everyone around him, except when it ‘s his day off.
One of my favorite things about this drama is the relationship between Hye-jin and her bestfriend and assistant Pyo Mi-seon (Gong Min-jung). Both of these women while, unsure of how to navigate their burgeoning romantic lives, they are very sure about their friendship and the ways they support each other. They’re true BFFs.
Adapted from the popular Korean webtoon of the same name, Yumi’s Cells is another light hearted drama I’d recommend to help lift your mood and make you smile. Starring Kim Go-eun as Kim Yu-mi, Yu-mi’s Cells gives audiences a look at the lives of the cells who keep her alive. Through Love, Hunger, Naughty, Nervous, Detective and Persona we get to see what goes on in side Yu-mi’s head as she interacts with the people around her. To put a hilarious and novel spin on the story, there’s Gu-woong (Ahn Bo-hyun) the shy but protective game designer she’s learning to open herself up to after heartbreak, whose own cells offer a fun and dynamic counterbalance to the others.
With colorful and engaging animation and voice acting, the cells are hilarious in the ways they represent the different emotions, personality traits and facets of the body, and interact with each other and the world outside of the body.
Below is a list of the shows discussed for our drama recap and the streaming platforms they can be watched on:
Hometown Cha-Ch-Cha – Netflix
Squid Game – Netflix
Yumi’s Cells – Viki
The Tasty Florida – Viki
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Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.