List of Favorite Time Travel Dramas

I was looking today for a list of fantasy dramas based around reincarnation/time travel, and I had a hard time finding anything that put them in any order, so this is my attempt to put all the ones I know about in one place.   Since many series include someone being moved forward and backward in time, I’ve arranged them as to whether most of the series is set in modern day, or historical.

Time Travel in a Modern Day Setting:

  1.  My Love From Another Star
  2. Rooftop Prince
  3. Operation Proposal
  4. Nine: Nine Times Time Travel
  5. Queen In Hyun’s Man
  6. Marry Him If You Dare
  7. God’s Gift 14 Days
  8. To Be Continued

 

Time Travel in a Historical Setting:

  1. Time Slip Dr. Jin
  2. Palace (the Chinese Drama, not Goong)
  3. Palace: The Lock Heart Jade (Season 2 of Palace)
  4. Faith
  5. Scarlet Heart Ryeo
  6. Scarlet Heart
  7. Three Kingdoms RPG
  8. Splish Splash Love
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Sorry for the long wait everyone.  Never fear: I’ve still been watching Asian dramas, and you can bet I still have opinions on them!   Just as a general comment, I’m really happy that the DramaFever site has been picking up some more Japanese and Taiwanese series.

Hope everyone has been happy and healthy while I’ve been gone, and reviews will resume shortly.  Hopefully in the next few weeks.

 

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Office Girls

Shen Xing Ren (Alice Ke) is a notorious penny-pincher.  She saves every single cent she can squeeze out of her salary at a department store, so she can buy a house and have her mom come live with her.  She is the ideal worker – punctual, always willing to take over-time, ready to pitch in wherever she’s needed, and a perfectionist.   She lives in a little apartment with a friend and co-worker to help take care of the rent cost and never eats out or spends her money on non-essential items.

Quin Zi Qi (Roy Chiu) is the son of the department store president, and just back from studying abroad.  He runs into Shen Xing Ren at the department store, and mistakes her for a temporary employee because she’s filling in for the store mascot, who called in sick.  They get in a huge argument when he makes fun of her for having to wear a silly costume for money. she promises revenge if she ever runs into him again, but especially if she ever becomes his boss.

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Quin Zi Qi has big ideas for where he wants the company to go in the future, but his dad isn’t buying into any of them.  In fact, his dad tells him he is out of touch with both the customers and the store’s employees, and he needs to learn about the company from the ground up before any of his ideas will be worth anything.  Plus Zi Qi’s spoiled to boot, and has no idea how to do a normal person’s job.

Zi Qi and his dad make a bet. If he can come into the company at the absolute bottom, and work his way up in the company for a year, without telling anyone about his connections, his father will reconsider some of his business plans.  But, that means that Quin Zi Qi will have to live on a normal salary as a normal person without any of the perks he’s been used to.  And if anyone finds out who he really is or starts to show him preferential treatment, the whole deal is off.

His dad gives him an advance on his first paycheck, and then to Zi Qi’s complete shock, does exactly what they’ve just agreed.  The president cuts off all contact with Zi Qi and gets his secretary to find Zi Qi a cheap apartment in a crummy run down building outside the department store.  Quin Zi Qi no longer has a car, credit cards, or most of his fancy clothes.  His dad has changed the locks to the family house, and he can’t even get in to pick up any extra things or keepsakes.  This puts a real crimp in  Zi Qi’s plans to woo one of the assistant managers, Zheng Kai Er (Tia Lin), but he’s pretty sure he’ll still manage it somehow,

To add insult to injury, Quin Zi Qi gets to work, and Shen Xing Ren is not only in his department (and his senior at the company), but she also gets assigned to oversee his training.  Which is perfect for exacting her revenge.   Just when he thinks things can’t get any worse, it turns out the two of them also live in the same apartment building, so she bullies him around at home too.

Shen Xing Ren slowly starts to show Quin Zi Qi the value of hard work and living inside a budget, and Quin Zi Qi shows Shen Xing Ren it’s ok to have a little fun once and a while, even though they still kind of hate each other guts sometimes.

This is an incredibly fun show, and while not especially deep, manages to pretty much convey everything it has in the best light possible.  It is also one of the rare shows where I liked all of the characters in it, and the supporting cast just made the show that much stronger.  It lost me a little bit with relationship triangles in the second half, but managed to pull me back in and still have a satisfying ending.  A good introduction to Taiwanese romantic comedies if you haven’t watched any before.  Just as a side note, the opening theme song is one of those peppy songs that worms its way into your head and won’t leave it all day.  Really fun.

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Office Girls aired on SETTV in Taiwan and has 25 episodes.

Easy Fortune Happy Life

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Xie Fu An’s (Joe Chen) grandmother had a once in a lifetime romance when she was younger.  Even though she eventually married Xie Fu An’s grandfather, she’s always stayed in the same village because she believed eventually her long-lost sweetheart would come looking for her.  Xie Fu An and her brother have grown up hearing stories of the young stranger who got injured in the village. Their grandmother nursed him back to health with herbal medicines that had been passed down in the family from generation to generation.  Eventually the young man left their grandmother, promising to go make a name for himself and return for her later.

Yan Da Feng’s  (Lan Chen Long) grandfather is president of a giant and successful pharmaceutical company in the city.  The grandfather gets in a car accident outside the village, and is sent to the village hospital.   Xie Fu An is horrified by the old man’s family, who seem more concerned with who will get to preside at his funeral, and how his fortune will be split rather than saving his life.  While they are arguing and refusing to sign the papers so he can get surgery, she sneaks in and gives the old man some of her Grandmother’s best medicine.  Yan Da Feng sees her, and gets her kicked out of the hospital. The grandfather comes very close to dying, but while he’s coming in and out of consciousness he swears he sees a face he hasn’t even thought about in years.   But it has to be a hallucination, because the girl he remembers would be his own age and probably a grandmother by now.

Yan Da Feng still wants to secure his grandfather’s business for himself, and he hears that there is a rare and expensive herb that grows in the mountains around the village. It is illegal to harvest, but said to have amazing restorative properties.  He tries to find a guide from the village to show him where to find the herb, and runs back into Xie Fu An.  She is totally disapproving of his behavior, but acts like she’ll show him where to go, getting him lost in the forest and eventually stuck in a sink hole.  She’s making fun of his predicament when she gets scared by a snake and falls in herself.   Now they’re both stuck in the sinkhole, and  have to hope that someone from the village will come looking for her before it sucks them under.

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Meanwhile the real smugglers for this rare herb have gotten a new order, and because they know Xie Fu An has hidden one they were trying to get before at her house, they break in and end up burning down the house with her grandmother still inside. Yan Da Feng and Xie Fu An get rescued just in time to watch her flame-engulfed house burn to the ground.

Yan Da Feng just wants to go home and forget everything that just happened, but when he gets back, it turns out his calculating girlfriend was the one who paid the smugglers for the herb.  Moreover, his grandfather has been thinking about the girl he thought he saw at the hospital, and decides to go looking for his first love.  That first love, of course, turns out to be Xie Fu An’s now deceased grandmother, but the grandfather can’t find Xie Fu An or her brother.   They’ve already left for the city to look for him, and let him know their grandmother died.

The grandfather tells Yan Da Feng that he’s decided to leave his fortune to the granddaughter of his first love, as soon as he can find her.  Figuring that one person has already just died to secure his inheritance, Yan Da Feng immediately turns around and hires a branch of the Chinese mafia to find and “take care of” this new threat– not realizing the person his grandfather is talking about is Xie Fu An, and that he’s already met her & knows what she looks like.

Xie Fu An and her brother get to the city, but they have no idea where to start looking for their grandmother’s sweetheart, who they only know as “Wang Cai.”  When Xie Fu An sees Han Dong Jie (Roy Chiu) surrounded, outnumbered, and being beat into a pulp, she stops and starts pelting his attackers with rocks before she even realizes what’s she’s doing.  It turns out that it was a fight between two rival factions of the same mafia family, and she has just put Hong Dong Jie under what he perceives to be a blood debt.  He has to either pay her back or take his own life.

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Not understanding why he’s so serious about her throwing a few rocks, Fu An tells him she’s ok, and she doesn’t need anything from him.  He sticks around anyway, since he’s not a fan of being dishonored or dying.  Which turns out to be good after all, because when Da Feng’s hit notice comes down, Dong Jie’s rivals recognize Fu An as the girl that threw rocks at them and gleefully pick up the contract to kill her. Dong Jie is actually a little glad about this turn of events, because at least now he has something to do that really is worth satisfying a blood debt.

This show was a lot of fun, and if I have one complaint, it’s that Da Feng really does stay an asshole through much of the series.  I have no idea why the dark, brooding guy is always considered more attractive, but Fu An’s a little touched in the head if she thinks Da Feng is actually looking out for her best interests through most of this show.  Yes, there’s the dramatic reversal at the end where he decides love and family is more important than money, but by that point he already has a very firmly established history of being a dick to Fu An and everyone else.  I think the character growth in Han Dong Jie was actually much better done through the course of the series, and by the end of the story, I really kind of wanted him to get his own spin-off series.   Which I guess, is why I immediately went and watched Office Girls, where that actor actually has one of the lead roles.  Still, the show was worth watching, with a very pretty opening motif.

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Easy Fortune Happy Life aired on SETTV in Taiwan and has 17 episodes.

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox

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Also known as My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (or Kumiho), I have to admit I put off watching this show for a very long time.  I’d watched the opening scene a few times and couldn’t really get into it.  Once you get through that initial scene and into the rest of the show, though, it really pays off.  For some reason they decided to open the show with a scene that drops the viewer in the middle of things– before going back to explain what’s going on.  I think it probably would have been better if they just started from the beginning.

So, what I’m saying is: If you’ve only watched the opening scene of the this series, it’s worth giving a second chance.  Watch at least the full first episode before deciding whether to turn it off.  I’m very happy I gave it another try, and actually spreed through the whole thing last weekend when I should have been sleeping and/or doing chores.  I may be a little tired today as a result.  Just maybe.

Lee Seung Ki plays Cha Dae Woong, a young man who wants to become an action-movie star.  His parents died while he was young, so he’s been raised by his well-to-do grandfather and his aunt– who both totally spoil him.  As a result, he has a habit of being irresponsible and running away from his problems, or at the very least, trying to spend his way out of them by using his grandfather’s money.  As the show opens, he’s spent his college tuition money on a fancy motorcycle. His grandfather finds out, and threatens to enroll him in a military training academy instead of action school.  On the way to the military academy, Dae Woong manages to fool his grandfather and sneak away instead.  But now he’s not really sure where he is, and he’s forgotten his cell phone.

He finds a temple on the edge of a forest with a monk who is willing let him stay the night.  This temple has a shrine with a painting of a goddess and her companion, a gumiho.   Legend has it that 500 years ago, the gumiho wished to become human and live on the earth.  However, someone spread rumors that the gumiho loved to eat human livers, and she became imprisoned in the painting instead.   Dae Woong isn’t from around the temple, and he hasn’t heard that legend.  He borrows a cell phone from one of the monks, so he can try to enlist his aunt’s help with his grandfather. He goes looking around the temple grounds for better cell reception and ends up outside the gumiho shrine.  She manages to talk to him through the cell phone and scare him into drawing her tails onto the painting.

In his panic about defacing what is probably an ancient and priceless painting, Dae Woong runs away, tripping and falling down a steep cliff.  Gumiho, played by Shin Min Ah finds him at the bottom of the cliff, and realizes he’s broken his body very badly and is about to die.  She feels kind of responsible, since she’s the one who bullied him into letting her out. Plus, he has done her a great service by releasing her from the painting, whether he realizes it or not.  She decides to give him her fox’s orb, so he doesn’t die.  But she doesn’t really want to let her orb out of her sight either, because it is part of her and the source of her powers.   If she takes the orb back before it heals him though, he’ll still die.

Dae Woong wakes up the next morning with only a hazy memory of what’s happened, and a weird girl who keeps following him around and demanding he feed her meat.  He decides she must be crazy, and tries to run away from her multiple times with varying degrees of success.   He finally manages to shake her when she doesn’t have a bus ticket for the ride back to Seoul.   She vows she’ll still find him, and when she does, he’ll die.  That’s a bit creepy, but Dae Woong still chalks it up to Gumiho being a crazy stalker chick.

Meanwhile, the monk has discovered that the gumiho is missing from the painting along with the boy who borrowed his cell phone.  He calls in a mysterious vet, Park Dong Joo played by No Min Woo, who appears to be some sort of hunter of the supernatural.  Dong Joo promises the monk that he will put the fox back in the painting, and starts tracking Dae Woong as well.

Dae Woong has barely made it back to Seoul and is hiding out from his grandfather at the action school, when Gumiho shows up and demands her orb back.  He still doesn’t believe her, and mouths off to her about being a crazy psycho chick. Gumiho takes her orb back, and he promptly falls flat and starts to die again.  Gumiho watches him for a little bit, but decides she still can’t let him die.  Instead, she’ll scare him into not running off with her orb, and leave after he’s healed enough to not need it.   Neither one of them is aware that Dong Joo is also closing in on them.  She puts the orb back in Dae Woong, but threatens him that if he ever does anything she doesn’t like again, he really will die, and then she’ll eat him.

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Gumiho insists on sticking to Dae Woong like glue after all his history of escape attempts, and since she just won’t go away, he ends up introducing her to his friends at school as his “friend Miho.”  Even though Dae Woong won’t ‘fess up, everyone at school’s pretty sure she must be his new girlfriend because they’re always together.  Dae Woong’s grandfather has also cut off all Dae Woong’s credit cards, so Dae Woong doesn’t even have enough money to feed Miho’s massive appetite for beef.  And he can’t even tell her no, because he’s pretty sure she’ll just kill and eat him instead. He’s feeling pretty bitter about life in general, while all friends assume he must be having a great time.

Will Dae Woong and Miho eventually be able to trust each other enough to meet somewhere in the middle? What is the mysterious Park Dong Joo’s plan for Miho anyway, and is Dae Woong actually safer with Miho than anything the mysterious vet has planned?

I had a ton of fun watching this series. It manages to pack a lot of mystery, suspense, comedy and tragedy all into one show– along with a lot of slapstick and silly humor from the interactions between Dae Woong’s aunt and the Director of the action school.   All in all, it was a great show and highly recommended.

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My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox aired on SBS in Korea on and has 16 episodes.

Her Legend

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The beginning of this series made me cry my eyes out, so brace yourself for that.  But honestly, it’s the time that this series takes setting up the principle characters’ history which made the show ultimately worth watching for me.  Once the show progresses to present day, present time, all of the standard relationship drama tropes are there in full force, but I was already totally invested in finding out what happened to the little girl whose circumstances always tried to overpower and extinguish her optimism and best efforts.  Don’t expect to see Choi Jung Won, Kim Jung Hoon, or any of the adult main cast until episode 4.

One thing I had to just accept about this drama is that everyone apparently has a family history and ambition to make designer hand-bags.  Now since a lot of the families in this series are woven together at some point, that’s not quite as bizarre as it first sounds, but it was still a bit of a hurdle for me starting out.  Just take as a given that everyone in this series has making handbags in their blood. It makes everything much easier.

The show starts out with Kim Soo Hyun playing child Eun Jung Soo.   Jung Soo’s been living with her single parent mom, and has no idea whether they have any other famiy, or who her father is.  Her mom has been sick off and on for a long time, but in typical-little-kid-fashion Eun Jung Soo doesn’t really expect anything to change.  She just wishes her mom would go to the hospital or see a doctor more often, rather than just taking medicine.  She tells her mom that she doesn’t need to know about her dad, if her mom doesn’t want to talk about it, because she’s perfectly happy the way they are.  She can wait until her mom’s ready.  When her mother dies though, she finds out her mom had cancer, and no one else knows who Eun Soo’s father is.  Except maybe the father himself, but no one even knows if he’s aware Jung Soo’s mom has died.

Her maternal Uncle (Maeng Sang Hoon) comes to the funeral, and says it’s ok for her to come live with him and his wife and two kids.  After they travel back to his house though, his family is already having trouble with loan sharks, and her aunt (Jun Soo Kyung) is totally resentful of having Jung Soo in the house.  She says they are having enough trouble just feeding Jung Soo’s cousins.  She won’t consent to having Jung Soo there permanently, and keeps insisting that there’s no reason to enroll Jung Soo in school or buy her clothes, because she won’t be there long.  In her opinion, Jung Soo just needs to ‘fess up who her father really is. They’ll take her to him and let her be his problem.

Jung Soo’s cousin, Eun Kyung Hee (child Shin Soo Yun) is pretty resentful of having to share her room with a new person too.  Plus her dad pays way more attention to Jung Soo than he does to Kyung Hee, or at least that’s the way Kyung Hee sees it.  Never mind that her dad is actually trying to shield Jung Soo from some of Kyung Hee’s mom’s pettiness and anger.  Jung Soo’s other cousin, Kyung Ho (child Jung Yoon Suk) is kind of a goofball and a screw up, and he doesn’t mind having Jung Soo in the house, but he’s also perfectly happy to let her take the blame with his mom if things go wrong, or he gets caught doing something he shouldn’t.

Jung Soo is the only kid home one day when the loan sharks show up and start wrecking the house.   Jung Soo tries to defend her aunt by biting one of the thug’s legs.  Mistaking her for the daughter of the house, the loan sharks say they’ll take her with them as collateral to make sure the debt gets paid.  In one of her only redeeming moments of the series, the aunt does try to get Jung Soo back, but ultimately fails at even that glimmer of humanity. She’s trying to keep the loan shark’s car from leaving when sees Kyung Hee on the way back from school, and decides to just let the thugs take Jung Soo before they try to take Kyung Hee too.her legend

Jung Soo manages to get away on her own, and runs down the road with the thugs in pursuit.  She jumps out in front of Woo Do Young’s car (Kim Hye Sun), causing to Do Young to slam on the brakes.  Jung Soo begs Do Young to save her, and Do Young lets her in the car.  Fast forwarding a bit, when Do Young finds out how bad Jung Soo’s situation is, she offers to adopt her. The Aunt agrees, but extorts money from Do Young in return.

The adoption falls through when Jung Soo and Do Young are in a car accident together, and Do Young is seriously injured.   Do Young’s husband, Kim Joong Wook (Kim Byung Se) doesn’t have the time or attention to care for an eight year old, since he expects to be at the hospital or work constantly.  He tells Jung Soo that they will come back for her when (and if) Do Young gets better.  Again the Aunt extorts money (from someone who’s on the verge of losing his wife no less) saying Jung Soo was as good as adopted, and she can’t afford to keep housing Jung Soo unless Joong Wook pays support.  The first support payment gets delayed, and the aunt tells her husband that the couple has forgotten about Jung Soo.  When the support payments start coming the month after (with an extra payment to make up for the missed one), she just neglects to tell him anything has changed.

Nine years later, Jung Soo (teen version) is still living with her aunt’s family, and writing to Do Young in America.  Except that one day, years and years of her letters get returned as having the wrong address.  Soon after, her aunt gets notice that Do Young has gotten better, and they would like to have Jung Soo sent to them in America.  This is a problem, because the Aunt has treated Jung Soo this whole time like just a moocher off the family.  The aunt’s taken all of the support money and put it in a college fund for Kyung Hee.  If she sends Jung Soo to Do Young, she’ll have to say she was so frugal because she was saving the money for Jung Soo’s college expenses, and Kyung Hee won’t have any college money.

When the aunt finds out Do Young has amnesia from the accident, it seems like the perfect solution.  She tells Do Young’s representative that Kyung Hee is Jung Soo, and pushes the paperwork for the adoption through by claiming that “Jung Soo” was just Kyung Hee’s childhood nickname.  The aunt gets the uncle’s cooperation by telling him that if he doesn’t cooperate with her ruse, he’s condemning his own child in order to provide for his sister’s.  Plus Jung Soo will still be with them, so it’s not like they’re turning her out on the street or anything. Do Young and Joong Wook adopt Kyung Hee and give her the new adoptive name Kim Seo Hyun.

The adult cast finally comes together when Joong Wook’s grandfather dies, and the whole family comes back to Korea for the funeral.   Seo Hyun/Kyung Hee (adult version Son Eun Seo) is going to take an active role in the family business, working in collaboration with another company for a new line up of designer bags. Do Jin Hoo (Kim Jung Hoon) just happens to be the general manager of the other company.  This is important, because it’s also the company where Jung Soo’s probable (?) long-lost father, Choi Soo Ho (Jun No Min) works.

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In an attempt to get fresh ideas for the product line, the collaboration puts out a call out for new designer portfolios, and Jung Soo (adult version Choi Jung Won) applies, but has a hard time due to sabotage from her own family members who don’t want her to get the job.   Seo Hyun’s ex-boyfriend Kang Min Ki (Park Yoon Jae) also works there, and to complicate matters even further, now that she’s back in Korea, Do Young’s memory is slowly starting to come back as well–  which scares Seo Hyun to death. Seo Hyun/Kyung Hee has no real knowledge of the things that Jung Soo and Do Young did together at all.

This series can get a little opera-ish at times, but the background is so intricate and intertwined that it’s keeping me entertained anyway.   Just to illustrate, I really tried to give a thumbnail of the basic setup in this review, and even with everything I left out, (including all of the designer handbag hijinks and the set up of Jung Soo’s possible father) the review is still really long.  The beginning of this series completely hooked me, and as long as they keep it up, it should be a great watch.

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Her Legend airs on JTBC in Korea on and is scheduled to have 20 episodes.

The Vineyard Man

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The Vineyard Man was a cute, fun story and the female lead character does get more mature and likable as the story progresses– which is good, because she definitely starts out the series in the shallow end of the pool. It really isn’t the best series I’ve seen with Yoon Eun Hye, and it’s not in my all-time-top-ten favorites, but it’s ok, and still worth the watch.

Yoon Eun Hye plays Lee Ji Hyun, a spoiled city girl who only thinks about becoming a fashion designer.   She maxes out her mom’s credit card to try and imitate a high-end designer dress, thinking she’s going to be able to return it the next day, but gets stuck with the dress and the bill instead.   Ji Hyun has found herself a temporary position at a fashion company, but all she’s allowed to do is make copies and pour coffee, and there’s no way she’s going to be able to pay off the debt to her mom for years.  Obviously, her mom is less than pleased.

When one of her bosses takes pity on her and lets Ji Hyun take part in the company-wide contest to have a design included in the new fashion line up, Ji Hyun busts her butt to get a quality outfit put together in time on her non-existent budget.   She’s pretty happy with it (and one of the main designers even seems to take an encouraging interest as well) but she decides to go out to a club to get the on-the-street reaction from potential buyers.  Things take on a darkly funny bent when that designer hires two guys to mug her for the clothes, abandoning her semi-nude in the men’s side of the restroom.

Meanwhile, Ji Hyun’s great, great uncle Lee Byung Dal (Lee Soon Jae) who owns a vineyard is in town, and a little put out not to find her home when he drops in for a visit.  While Great Uncle Byung Dal is waiting for Ji Hyun to show up, his foreman, Jang Taek Gi played by Oh Man Suk is taking care of the normal deliveries.  He gets a bit delayed though, when a crazy women attacks him in a bathroom, and demands he hand over his clothes.  The whole situation gets out of hand really quick, and Taek Gi and Ji Hyun both get arrested because the cops think one of them is either a sexual predator, or there was some obvious public lewdness going on.   Either way, they’re both stuck for an excruciating amount of time trying to explain the situation to the cops, who can’t make heads or tails out of either side of the story.  The two neglect to exchange names, and hope never to see each other again.  Even worse, when Taek Gi gets back to his truck, he finds out that while he was stuck in the police station, he’s lost his customers and his grapes are going bad.

Eventually Ji Hyun does get home to meet her Uncle, and almost immediately gets roped into agreeing to live at the vineyard for a year in order to prove to her Great Uncle Byung Dal that she deserves to inherit it.  (Her mom even says she’ll forgive the designer dress debt if Ji Hyun can last the year.) Great Uncle’s Byung Dal’s getting up in years, and he wants to make sure the vineyard stays in the family, but he also wants to make sure he’s leaving it in good hands.  Ji Hyun’s parents are all for taking him up on the offer, but secretly they want her to go, make her uncle happy for a year, and then sell it for the real estate value after he passes and move back to the city.  That feels a little too dishonest to Ji Hyun, but she really can’t see herself living in the country at all. So really even if she goes and Great Uncle decides not to give the vineyard to her, she’ll still be ahead because it would take her much longer than a year to try and pay her mom back for that dress, anyway…

Of course, once she’s put her life on hold and gets all the way out to the vineyard, she finds out that her “teacher” is none other than Taek Gi– who’s thinking it’s time for a little revenge for the pain and embarrassment he was put through in the city.  Ji Hyun starts a crash course in country living, including getting up a dawn, working all day, and sometimes working all night, learning a bit about herself, her somewhat-less-prickly-than-she-first-assumed uncle, and eventually even his “country bumpkin” foreman along the way.

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The Vineyard Man aired on KBS in Korea on and has 16 episodes.