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8.3
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L'héritier Goo Won ne supporte pas les faux sourires. Lorsqu'il rencontre Cheon Sa Rang, son sourire sincère est au rendez-vous. Le couple cherche à créer des moments heureux où ils peuvent se sourire l'un l'autre. King of the Land est un salon d'affaires VVIP, un paradis pour les hôteliers fortunés. Il appartient au groupe King, qui possède des hôtels, des sociétés de distribution et une compagnie aérienne. Maintenant, Goo Won a été lancé dans une lutte de succession. Avec son esprit vif, sa grâce innée et son charme captivant, il a tout pour lui mais manque de bon sens dans ses relations amoureuses. Cheon Sa Rang rend le monde plus brillant avec son seul sourire. Elle est ravie de décrocher un emploi au King Hotel, où elle a vécu certains de ses moments les plus heureux lorsqu'elle était enfant. Elle doit maintenant mettre de côté ces doux souvenirs et mûrir rapidement pour faire face aux fréquents préjugés et malentendus sur le lieu de travail qui se présentent à elle. (Source: Anglais = Soompi || Traduction = MyDramaList) Modifier la traduction

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  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • Pays: South Korea
  • Catégorie: Drama
  • Épisodes: 16
  • Diffusé: juin 17, 2023 - août 6, 2023
  • Diffusé Sur: Samedi, Dimanche
  • Station de diffusion initiale: jTBC Netflix TVING
  • Durée: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 46,406 utilisateurs)
  • Classé: #1194
  • Popularité: #86
  • Classification du contenu: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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176 personnes ont trouvé cette critique utile
août 6, 2023
16 épisodes vus sur 16
Complété 5
Globalement 9.0
Histoire 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Musique 8.5
Degrés de Re-visionnage 8.0
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Hermès! Served exactly as intended: a (rarely pure) rom-com delight.

Most romance stories, in my experience as a lover of the romance genre (and as somebody who aspires to write in the genre), will follow a very specific pattern. It typically seems to go something like:

-two people who are well-suited to one another meet
-who want to be together
-and share moments of growing emotional, and often physical, intimacy
-but who struggle against internal and external obstacles
-that build up until there's a major complication
-which gets resolved happily.

Romance, as a whole, does not tend to deviate much from this structure; it's why a lot of people return to it, time and time over again. And in terms of being exactly this – a very, very sweet, wholesome, lighthearted and funny romance, in my opinion, this drama excelled.

There is no secret serial killer or hardcore thriller plotline, and in this way, it feels like a "pure" rom-com – most misunderstandings are easily resolved, and a lot of the drama consists of different scenarios involving the leads being sweet and falling deeper in love with each other, supporting each other when the relationship is tested.

The drama wastes no time in having the leads fall for and get with each other – it's certainly no slow-burn where the characters' hands brushing against each other will leave you gasping for air, but I personally found a lot of beauty in this drama's simplicity. Rather than missing the aching slowburn, or yearning for the higher stakes, this drama's low stakes kept me focused on the relationship, kept me believing in the strength of its foundations, and got me attached to them. Though these are perhaps not the most complex or layered characters, I found them well drawn out, acted, and lovable. In a lot of ways, it became my weekly dose of sunshine.

I admired how much it kept to its theme and heart in the pro-worker throughline. The ways that (especially service) workers are often mistreated, and especially how that interplays with the power/wealth disparity between the two leads as boss and employee felt like it was given the kind of treatment I'm not used to seeing just yet. I ended up liking how I felt the respect the female lead got in her romantic relationship was not only extended to her in her professional life, but to the professional lives of many in her line of service work.

To some, it might be slow, boring – I've even seen "lazy" tossed around, but to me, I don't think it was lazy at all. There were bits of symbolism, love shown in small, almost unnoticeable acts (like him closing the gate up to her apartment behind her, or them saving their names as stars and angels) that all add to the larger picture – there are themes and undercurrents of pro-worker sentiment and of the role of women, the links between their personal and professional lives (exploitation at work, and exploitation in the home – divorce, too, as a cultural taboo that threatens a woman's professional life) rippling throughout. There was meaning in their names – the male lead's full name, Gu Won, meaning "salvation" – a part of her name, Sa-Rang, meaning "love" (I'm not sure how the context/meaning is changed with her family name Cheon) – with salvation and love being the foundation of their mature, adult relationship. I found a great deal of small personal meaning in this drama.

Overall, in terms of the acting (Lee Jun-Ho's acting especially; I look forward to digging into his acting from before too – but Im Yoon-A I felt like did a very believable job of a woman working in service and of selling the chemistry too – the side cast of characters, and especially the woman who played the villainess Hwa-Ran, Kim Sun Young, who gave dimension to a character I feel like could have fallen quite flat), the direction, the writing, the music (my personal favourite from the OST being 'Confess To You' by Lim Kim) – I feel like they did a very very good job in delivering exactly what they promised: a fluffy rom-com. A bit of weekly sunlight to the airing weeks that might've otherwise felt a little cloudy.

While in terms of other, more complex and nuanced dramas that have captured my heart, it might not compare with my other 10/10s, which is why I will not rate it as such, but within its own genre, I think it deserves to be seen as extremely well crafted, and I do not believe it deserves a low rating for being what it is. For the other people this kind of lighthearted story will appeal to, I hope they feel just as well served as I do.

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101 personnes ont trouvé cette critique utile
août 8, 2023
16 épisodes vus sur 16
Complété 4
Globalement 6.0
Histoire 4.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Musique 7.5
Degrés de Re-visionnage 1.0
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It Was Just Ok... Nothing Special!

**Disclaimer: This is just my opinion, please don't take anything I say personally. We don't have to agree and I'm not here to argue with anyone.***

(I'm so picky so please take this review with a grain of salt.)

Tropes: Workplace Romance, Rich Guy / Poor Girl, guy falls first and harder, grumpy/sunshine, enemies (ish) to lovers, forced proximity.

Idk usually I love rom-com's like this but they had me in the first half and lost me in the second half. It really seemed like Gu Won's character was built around his love for Sa Rang and he didn't have much development outside of that. I feel like they did more telling than actually showing us how hard he fought for the hotel and why he deserved to be president. Idk there could've been more obstacles at work and between the two leads imo. I think I would've loved to see them develop the tourist hotel together and be happy outside of the city. Or imo they could've actually have Sa Rang and Gu Won Break up bc she feels stifled by him his dreams and wants to chase her own dream of managing her own hotel / the tourist one. I also think the arc between his mom and his sisters hatred for him could've been expanded more and their resolution could have been more developed. I feel like the last 8 episodes lacked a lot of depth / actual plot. The last 2 episodes especially seemed rushed and episode 16 specifically seemed unnecessary. I felt her entire desire of owning her own hotel was quite lame... even the name of her hotel, "Amore" (Love in Italian) What were they thinking? As in she could've used her own name (Sarang) LMAO. And the fact that she wasn't able to find any personnel to assist her, and they wanted me to think that the president of King Hotel, Gu Won, had time to assist her (whilst managing King Hotel + all those international branches and trying to expand the franchise to Europe?) – that part was so unbelievable I had to laugh.

It was honestly a struggle for me to finish this drama. The leads chemistry was just "okay" but at times I wasn't feeing it as much. I think I prefer their BTS footage as they seem less in character and more silly and free. I fell in love with the airport couple (Pyeong Hwa and Ro Woon) I thought they were cute and I'm glad they got together. It took forever but they actually made it. I thought her other friend's storyline (Da Eul) with her dirty husband was completely sidelined and her giving her husband a taste of his own medicine was questionable. It's obvious their relationship is toxic and they should get divorced. I can only see the husband not learning anything and then trying to find ways to hurt her back – like cheating on her or something. I feel like the writers didn't have a clue how to wrap up the story or create more obstacles for dramatic effect. They almost got me invested when I thought Gu Won and Sa Rang were gonna break up but they failed and immediately lost me, again.

Overall, the ending of the entire drama was what you would expect, a pathetic male lead who's whole character arc is about him being in love with a woman who does not like him at first. ML falls first and harder. FL starts catching feelings then there's the slight forbidden relationship where people don't want them to be together. Them deciding to be together anyways, dating period, proposal (but not? because the FL wants to achieve her dreams first). ML still supporting her through everything a year later, her finally accepting the proposal. Then finally marriage and them living happily ever after.

This drama was boring and severely overhyped. I don't think I would rewatch. It definitely could have been wayyyy better especially when you compare this to other workplace romances like Business Proposal, Touch Your Heart, Suspicious Partner, Her Private Life, My Secret Romance, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim etc. Like they had so many blueprints and yet... it did not live up to the expectation. It's disappointing bc I feel like I wasted my time and then felt like I HAD to finish it for completion sake.

Anyways, what you see is what you get so if you're looking for a lot of romance with barely any plot then this drama is right for you.

After careful consideration, I gave it a 6/10.

THANKS FOR READING!

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Renseignements

  • Drama: King the Land
  • Pays: Corée du Sud
  • Épisodes: 16
  • Diffusé: juin 17, 2023 - août 6, 2023
  • Diffusé On: Samedi, Dimanche
  • Station de diffusion initiale: jTBC, Netflix, TVING
  • Durée: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Classification du contenu: 15+ - Adolescents de 15 ans ou plus

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  • Score: 8.3 (marqué par 46,406 utilisateurs)
  • Classé: #1194
  • Popularité: #86
  • Téléspectateurs: 83,908

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