Ji Chang-wook has been one of my favourite actors for a while now, so I was absolutely delighted when 도시남녀의 사랑법 (Lovestruck in the City) appeared on Netflix. The K2 is one of my tippy toppy I-love-it-so-much action/bodyguard shows (seriously WATCH ITTTTTTTTTTTT) and Ji Chang-wook is honestly phenomenal in everything I’ve seen him in thus far. (Suspicious Partner gave me ALL THE FEELS, M’KAY?!) I wasn’t wholly sold on the interview/documentary style format that LITC opened with, but it grew on me after a couple of episodes and the show really picks up with every episode. The interviews are mostly at the start of the episodes, so if that’s not your thing, don’t worry. Most of the show isn’t centred on the interviews. They’re more like prompts for the flashbacks or for setting the scenes. The show goes back and forth between the present and past, with the central characters being interviewed about love, relationships, sex, etc. Some of their answers are seriously hilarious.
The main character, Park Jae-won, is a surfer and architect, who fell in love with ‘Yoon Seon-a’ years ago, but after a whirlwind romance of two months by the seaside surfing and cooking and exchanging rings, she disappears, leaving Jae-won heartbroken and bewildered. You quickly learn that ‘Seon-a’ is actually Lee Eun-oh, who was lying about her name the entire time she was with Jae-won. You find out why slowly, while their friends’ relationships are interwoven into the storyline.
I really love Jae-won’s character. He’s just such a decent bloke. He loves Seon-a/Eun-oh so much and is so endearingly earnest about it. I adore characters who are sincere and genuine. It’s impossible not to root for him throughout the series. Eun-oh’s a great character, too, but I definitely felt a bit miffed by her lies. Poor, poor Jae-won.
I don’t know how it all ends yet, as the show has a couple more episodes to go, but for anyone who likes contemporary romance, this one is definitely worth watching! It’s on Netflix, with episodes being added weekly! The soundtrack is great, too!