Pinocchio (2014) 皮诺丘
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Family
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 10/10 No. of times I watched it: 3
starring Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha, Noh Jung Ui as Choi In Ha (young), Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung, Nam Da Reum as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung (young), Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo, Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae.
Plot: This drama shows the journey of reporters as they learn about how news can affect people’s lives and to put in their best effort to dig out and reflect the truth. In passionate pursuit of the truth, In Ha and Dal Po later become newbie reporters at a current affairs news desk. Among their colleagues are Seo Bum Jo (Kim Young Kwang) a heir from a rich chaebol family and Yoon Yoo Rae (Lee Yoo Bi) who is once a crazy idol fan who now uses those obsessive and determined traits in her new job. While Dal Po takes his revenge as a reporter, In Ha will prove that a Pinocchio can be a good if not better reporter.
Zoom into characters: Ki Ha Myung loses both his parents after his father, Ki Ho Sang (Jung In Ki) the captain of the firefighting squad, becomes the scapegoat due to the media sensationalising the case. Ha Myung is being rescued by Choi In Ha’s grandfather in the sea after his mother jumped off the cliff with him. He feels that his brother abandoned them and decides to stay as Choi Dal Po (In Ha’s grandfather’s mentally challenged son). He is very intelligent and manages to repair the television for In Ha just to find out that In Ha’s mother is actually the MSC reporter that he hates. Because of that, he starts to treat In Ha badly even though he likes her. In Ha has the Pinocchio syndrome and will hiccup whenever she tells a lie so she has no choice but to say the truth. She has tried to stay in contact with her mother by messaging but realises after many years that her mother has changed her phone.
When Ho Sang’s body is initially missing in a factory explosion, cold and calculating MSC reporter Song Cha Ok (Jin Kyung) alleges that Ho Sang survived and is currently in hiding because he was responsible for the deaths of his men (in order to gain more rating). I really feel sorry for the Ki family when they become outcasts in their neighborhood and objects of national scorn when they did not even do anything wrong. I am amazed at how Song Cha Ok manipulates the news including how she squat down to emphasise the severity of the flood which is supposed to only be knee-deep. It is even more surprising to find out that Song Cha Ok (under a superior’s order) manages to divert the anger of the public to Ho Sang and his family just by using news without real solid evidence.
It is a waste that such an intelligent person like Ki Jae Myung (Yoon Kyun Sang) ruins his future because of revenge. I agree with my sister that in this case I would be ironically happy that there is no death sentence for a murderer if not Jae Myung would be dead for killing 3 people. It is cool that Ha Myung read most/all of the books in the library while acting that he is stupid. It must be difficult to get zero for every test when he knows all the answers. I would set reading all the books in a library as my life-long goal. I liked how Ha Myung do things differently from Song Cha Ok even though he tries to take revenge. For example, he proves Song Cha Ok’s innocence instead of just being blinded by revenge.
Park Shin Hye acted as a Pinocchio very well, hiccuping very naturally. I would find it very hard to live life as a Pinocchio. Imagine that even hiding a truth will cost me sleepless nights of hiccups… Haha. Liked how the plot goes back to the start by making Ha Myung and In Ha’s friend the victim to the same thing that happened to Ha Myung’s family. Perhaps if news really affect me in real life (not negatively though) I may be more interested in them…Haha. I feel sorry for Bum Jo. Although his mother does it for him to lead a life in luxury, he has to face the sad truth of his mother’s bad deeds. It was funny when Yoo Rae keeps thinking that Ha Myung likes her just because of Bum Jo’s lies.
Why you should watch: I avoided watching this drama as I wanted to wait for it to finish producing and finish it quickly. Haha. Enjoyed the development of the relationship between In Ha and Ha Myung. Liked the relationships among the intern reporters and their seniors. The drama did not disappoint me with its intriguing plot dipped with some sadness and good acting of the casts. It just makes one want more after each episode. It was fun watching the rivalry between the two news stations (YGN and MSC) and how they train the intern reporters.
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