Flower Boy Next Door


Reviewed by: sukting

February 03, 2014

Rating: two-point-five

Foreword
It is an adaption of the webtoon by Yoo Hyun-sook titled "I Steal Peeks At Him Every Day". It talks about how some like to spy on others. Are they able to find their true love?

Story/Introduction on characters

1. Park Shin Hye as Gao Du Mei She is a shy, thrifty freelance copy editor who refuses to leave her apartment or interact with people as much as possible. Her parents divorce when she is very young and she stays with her grandmother for a while. Every day, she anonymously receives a carton of milk with a post-it attached.

Every day, using a pair of yellow binoculars, she steals peeks at her neighbor across the street, Tai Jun, as he goes through his daily morning routine. She falls in love with Tai Jub at first sight, following him and watching as he picks up a puppy in a box and took it home. When she looks out her window and sees him living in the apartment opposite hers, she thinks of it as fate.

When Enrique comes to stay at Tai Jun's apartment, he catches Du Mei in the act. Both start to fall for one another. I find her acting boring. Her pairing with Shi Yoon looks uncomfortable.

2. Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Jin He is a genius who develops a wildly successful video game at 17. He is fun-loving, talkative, bohemian and can't get enough of soccer. He has double nationalities to stay in Korea and also Italy. He is optimistic no matter what happens. Even though Shu Ying declares her love for Tai Jun in front of him, he can still smile and leave. After getting along with Du Mei, he starts to love her. I find their matching incompatible. Shi Yoon seems to be too young for Shin Hye.

3. Kim Ji Hoon as Wu Zhen Le He is a rookie webtoon artist and is attractive despite his difficult and stubborn personality. He stays in room 401. He comes from a rich family but prefers to be independent. Thus, he moves out and keeps it a secret. Dong Xun feels betrayed after knowing from Dao Hui.

He is in love with Du Mei and stays next to her. He has been with her silently for 3 years. He is the one who sends her milk daily and he only dares to admit it till Enrique appears. The guys have finished their latest webtoon "Zombie Soccer," but it wasn't picked up because it supposedly plagiarizes a video game by Enrique. It takes some time for him to get recognition. Why doesn’t he end up with Du Mei in the end?

4. Go Kyung Pyo as Liu Dong Xun He is Zhen Le's roommate and drawing partner who freeloads off him. He is known around the neighborhood for his chic looks and wiles. He keeps thinking that he is very attr44active and aims to be a model. He becomes a part-time valet to earn money. He is Zhen Le’s assistant but draws better than him. He doesn’t want to hurt his pride so he will secretly alter his works.

5. Park Soo Jin as Che Dao Hui She is a businesswoman who runs a shopping mall. She projects an elegant, easygoing image to invite Dong Xun to be her model. Her friendliness doesn't extend to Du Mei, whom she bullies in high school. She knows that Du Mei likes their male teacher and exposes this to the school. In the end, the teacher has to leave the school while Du Mei has to bear with all the insults to become withdrawn.

Their friendship is ruined but she doesn’t repent. She falls in love with Zhen Le as she knows his rich identity and tries to win his heart using her branded goods on her. She knows how to please men but this doesn’t work on him. Her friends know of her to be rough and also scary. Her only aim in life is only to marry a rich man and she never stops to try attracting them with her charm.

6. Kim Yoon Hye as Yin Shu Ying She is Enrique's best friend and first love for 10 years. She throws herself wholeheartedly after something she wants. She declares her love for Tai Jun openly, hurting Enrique although he helps to play the cupid. Determined that Du Mei can’t ruin his future, she wants to force her out of the picture to get supporters to get him to return to Italy for his career. He does – but only for a year to return again.

7. Kim Jung San as Han Tai Jun He is Enrique’s older cousin and is a doctor. He is very caring and doesn’t know that Du Mei likes him secretly. His relationship with Shu Ying is complicated. Although he likes her, he finds her overbearing. That is why he doesn’t tell her his decision to heal the sick at a remote island. After he moves out, Enrique stays at his apartment. This actor is so handsome and acts well – why isn’t he given a meat role?

8. Mizula Kouki as Du Bian He stays in room 403. He learns Korean cuisine although he is a Japanese. All love his cooking and often patronises his shop.

9. Kim Seul Gie as herself She is the webtoon editor and the deputy manager of the Contents Development team. She has panda eyes as she sleeps little. She becomes interested in Zhen Le’s story of Flower Boy Next Door after he uses Du Mei as his guide. Later, she falls for Dong Xun and both become a pair.

10. Kim Jo Hee as Zheng Yin She is the neighbour of the youngsters but all are misled by Shun Zhe to think that she is their landlord.

11. Lee Do Young as Hong Shun Zhe He is the security guard and also the landlord. His identity is exposed when all think that the building they stay is unsafe. They forgive him and he becomes a pair with Zhen Yin.

Most favourite character
Tai Jun, he is caring to all and all like to be with him.

Most hated character
Du Mei, she lets others worry and doesn’t respond when all offer to give her a helping hand.

Conclusion
In contrast, I think Flower Boy Ramen Shop is so much more enjoyable than this drama. I find it boring and slow-moving. It might be that I have outgrown the cuteness so I can’t take in over sugary dramas. After Tai Jun is out of the picture, I lose interest in it. The part on Du Mei sacrificing herself for Enrique’s career is redundant. The ending of all of them talking to each other after their reunion draws a yawn.

Sukting’s ratings :

On acting : **1/2 (Scale of 5)

On story : **1/2 (Scale of 5)


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