Ho Goo’s Love (호구의 사랑)
Synopsis: Ho Goo has never dated in his life. He runs into his first love Do Hee. She is a member of the national swimming team and has a burning desire to win. She also talks like one of the guys. After Ho Goo meets Do Hee again, he becomes involved in a complicated romantic relationship and a dangerous friendship.
Country: South Korea
Genre: Romance, comedy
Casting: Uee, Choi Woo Shik, Im Seulong, Lee Soo Kyung…
I was pleasantly surprised by Hogoo’s Love. The synopsis didn’t seem exceptional yet the drama had that “little thing” that made me swallow all the episode. Hogoo’s Love was a poetic drama.
The scriptwriter managed to talk about serious subjects (homosexuality, abortion…) while keeping a certain thread of humour. She invented a series of misunderstanding between the character, allowing her to go even further in her subjects. Hogoo’s Love was a drama that made me smile for its cuteness and off-the-wall story. I loved the scenes where we were immersed into Ho Goo and his sister’s imagination. Actually, I loved, overall, all the scenes with Ho Goo’s family. We could feel a real complicity between all of them, even though those scenes tended to be less present near the end. The relations between all the characters were really well-developed and all very unique -whether it was friendship, love or family bond.
Hogoo’s Love ‘s plot wasn’t its only strength. I loved everything: the character, the ost, the making, the play on words with Ho Goo (which means idiot in Korean), the twists, the opening…and the sentence “내 이름은 호구. 강 호구 다”.
No one could have been better than Choi Woo Shik for Ho Goo’s role. I had already loved him in Special Affairs Team Ten and Rooftop Prince but in Hogoo’s Love he finally took the plunge: he became a main lead *clap clap*. Ho Goo was a very appealing character. He was the complete opposite of the mainstream dramalandien hero, whether it was by its look (I loved his ahjumma’s hair cut XD) or personality. The naive, innocent, clumsy, overly nice Ho Goo was the kind of character I always wanted to pinch because of his cuteness. I really liked his relation with Do Hee. He showed patience and understanding…he was a real cornerstone for our heroine. But I think his relation with the baby (Geum Dong) was even stronger. Sweetest thing ever! Ho Goo grew up along the episodes, little by little (hence the change of hair cut) but he still remained the same for me: a little squid :3
Do Do Hee made me think of Uee’s role in Ojakgyo Brother. Just like Ho Goo, I quickly fell for her. She never cared about other’s opinion- or at least that was the kind of air she gave to herself. But in reality, Do Hee was awfully alone. She built a wall between her and people. A wall that even Ho Goo struggled to overcome. That was in fact, her incapacity to confide in other that I preferred in her. She learnt little by little to trust people again. The 15th and 16th episodes were in this way very interesting since we witnessed a reversal in Ho Goo and Do Hee’s role. She was in the end the one stepping forward. She finally managed to jump over her past. Uee managed to embody subtlety this evolution and she is now one of those actresses I want to keep an eye on.
Kang Ho Kyung (Lee Soo Kyung) was the perfect opposite of her twin brother. I quite simply loved her. She had such confidence! Ho Kyung, unlike Ho Goo was an expert in love. She went straight to the point and had never failed until Byun Kang Chul. Ho Kyung was a character full of humour (her mode off was just awesome!). I was afraid at first to see a hypocritical character in her but Ho Kyung managed to showed more than one time her true colours. A really enjoyable character to sum up!
Byun Kang Chul (Seulong) was far from falling behind and I have to admit, I was quite surprised by Seulong’s performance. His character was quite funny XD I loved how his snobby and maniac image were completely broken along the episode. Byun Kang Chul was, in the end, quite similar to Ho Goo and his group of friends: a squid. He was as clumsy as them when it came to love and didn’t not how to act in society. The scenes about his sexual identity -involving Ho Goo- were hilarious. They must have had lots of fun on the shooting. The negative point I could, nonetheless, retain against him would be his tendency to be a bit too much self-centred. That was actually what Ho Kyung also reproached him. But that last point remained a detail, fortunately!
The parents -whether it was Byun Kang Chul’s or Ho Goo/Ho Kyung’s ones- also brought their stone to the drama. Byun Kang Chul’s parents were…special? They only thought about success, prestige and their reputation. But what stroke me the most in their relation was the lack of communication between them. It wasn’t surprising therefore to see a Byung Kang Chul completely sucked when it came to love. I also felt as if the scriptwriter wanted to convey a specific message about homosexuality and the Korean society itself, through them. Those characters were therefore interesting and funny at times.
Ho Goo/Ho Kyung’s parents were completely different from Byun Kang Chul’s ones. They were always attentive to their children and gave them pieces of advice when needed. They knew them by heart and knew what was best for them. Perfect parents to sum up^^ But still a little preference for the father.
Note de Whoovy: 8.5/10
Note de Dushbadou: 7.5/10
Note finale: 8/10