The new drama starring Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won promises us amazing chemistry and real problems with its premiere.
The drama of the generation struggles, Fight My Way or Third Rate My Way or Ssam My Way… I don’t know call it whatever you want, there seems to be a million name for it.
Anyways, the new KBS drama aired last week on Monday and Tuesday, and of course international fans fell in love, Korean fans….. not so much!
Before we begin lets talk the ratings of this drama, sadly this drama went up against “Whisper” which was already leaning the 20% mark and aired its last 2 episodes on the same day of this drama premiere.
So as expected, Fight My Way came in last place. However, I think this will change 2 days from now.
The ratings for Fight My Way will probably pick up since it was already up against a well-established kdrama that has already finished.
Now, lets get real and discuss my first impressions of this drama.
In short, I loved it, we all did, its such a fresh drama in what seems to be an endless pool of wealthy handsome perfect guys in kdramas, Fight My Way tends to go the opposite direction.
This is Kim Ji Won first ever lead drama role; she gained that after her portrayal of Myeong Joo in descendants of the sun went viral.
I am one of the few fans of Kim Ji Won who actually discovered her back in 2013, in “The Heirs” she starred as Lee Min Ho’s arranged marriage/girlfriend who seems to be obsessive and clingy and evil.
Ever since I saw her in that drama I knew she was going to be a success, thank God she is right now.
So lets talk the plot:
The plot is about four friends in their twenties who are struggling to get by, it talks about their friendship, the hardships they face and the society burdens as well.
Its talks about Kim Ji Won who played “ Choi Ae Ra” and Park Seo Joon who plays “Ko Dong Man” who have been friends for well over 20 years throughout basically their entire lives.
It also talked about Ahn Jae-Hong who plays Kim Joo-Man and Song Ha-Yoon who plays Baek Seol-Hee who also started out as friends before becoming lovers.
The four friends are literally struggling to get by, all of them are stuck in dead end jobs with no future in sight, each one of them works for the BIGGER boss with no opportunity of advancement.
The first two episodes talk about how miserable and difficult their lives are, which was both something nice and new to see.
Because these days, or how it has almost always been in kdrama land, the male lead is always this kickass rude rich handsome boy who falls in love with this feisty poor girl-next-door girl who has a million part time job. It has always been about Cinderella stories and this isn’t one of them.
This alone makes me happy. Because I am sick and tired of having to like the kickass rude rich handsome boy in each kdrama, one of the kdramas featuring this layout currently airing is “My secret romance”.
The Recap Of Episode 1
The first episode starts by showing you a glimpse of the hard life they lead, how they’re always treated poorly just because they don’t have or wear or behave like rich people do.
It starts with taking us back to when they used to in all-boys and all-girls schools, with both our leading men Ko Dong Man and Kim Joo-Man as they’re about to receive punishments for doing something bad in class.
It shows you that they were a little troubling and too focused on taekwondo which is something Ko Dong Man excels at.
Then it cuts to our leading ladies Choi Ae Ra and Baek Seol-Hee sporting what seems to be very terrible black hair wigs that looked like they were about to fall of their heads.
It then cuts into a fighting scene involving Ko Dong Man in which he shows of his amazing taekwondo skills and wins the game.
Skipping to the future ahead, the four of them youth spark has clearly vanished as they struggle with daily dead-end jobs.
Choi Ae Ra is working at information desk, Ko Dong Man is now working in pesticides “crushing” to be exact. Seol-Hee works in customer service, and Joo-Man currently works as a buyer for home shopping channel.
Choi Ae Ra then runs into a very annoying high-school friends who keeps reminding her of how poor Ae Ra is and how rich she has become, she then invites her to a wedding of a doctor she’s getting married to.
The episode also shows that Choi Ae Ra already has a boyfriend played by Kwak Dong Yeon who is struggling to pass the bar exam.
It also shows Ko Dong Man trying his best at blind dates and failing miserably because he is not rich and keeps behaving like one.
It basically shows the main two characters carrying out with their love lives separate from each other “that will soon change” as Choi Ae Ra discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her.
However the two friendship is amazing, they have such great chemistry and they often spend time together complaining about how difficult their lives are, while Ko Dong Man always tries his best to protect and look after Ae Ra.
When Choi Ae Ra goes to console her boyfriend for not passing the bar exam she gets the shock of her life as she finds out he’s been cheating on her with a much older lady who has lots and lots of money.
The two seem to be sorry and not so sorry, she then finds out the ahjumma is actually pregnant and feels even worse and more embarrassed.
We also get a glimpse of Kim Sung-Oh playing Hwang Jang-Ho who is Ko Dong Man coach; they manage to still remain friends even after Ko Dong Man quit taekwondo.
The coach tries to convince him to join the game again and he fails because Ko Dong Man seems like he’s truly done with the one thing he was good at.
Coincidently Ko Dong Man stumbles upon Ae Ra and her ex-boyfriend and his current ahjumma girlfriend and once he finds out tries to pick a fight and loses at it.
The last portion of the episode focuses on Dong Man trying to make Ae Ra feel better about herself and he succeeds at it.
The two have such great chemistry together even when fooling around and just being friends.
In the final scenes of the episode it shows Lee Elijah who plays Park Hye-Ran who seems to be Dong Man ex-girlfriend; she got divorced and seems to start over with Dong Man.
She arrives at his place to be shocked by him and Ae Ra being all too friendly, she decides to back off for now.
I liked the first episode, it was so much fun to watch, and the chemistry between all of the four friends is great, which is crucial for such drama type which focuses on friends theme.
Both Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon put on amazing performances, Park Seo Joon body looked puffed and the fighting scene was also great.
I am glad that this drama won’t just focus on the two main leads solely but will also talk about the other two main characters love life and everything in between.
We didn’t get to see much of them, but I am still looking forward for whats to come. The two other main characters also have great chemistry together, I can’t wait to see how they’ll evolve and grow as people.
So tell me what you guys think! Did you like my review? Do you agree with me? Or do you think I am wrong? Lets discuss together in the comment section below.