From the production team that brought Secret Garden, City Hall and Lovers in Paris comes an addictive, relationship contemplating rom-com drama in a Sex and the City male version vibe. The quirky and engaging cast and the quaint story made me a groupie member of the best middle-aged-hotties that graced the kdramaland.
The urban set A Gentleman’s Dignity narrates the story of men in their 40’s who grew up as friends since Highschool and nurtured their friendship since then. The morning breakfast forums, the constant cover ups to survive the feisty wife, the one-sided love, the mischievous-may-december-love-affair, the now-we-break-up-tomorrow-we’ll-get-back relationship, the opening hilarious anecdotes, the sweetest, heart-wrenching love declarations and love-believe-me’s, and the bromance were some of the reasons why this would be my “MUST-WATCH ROMANCE DRAMA” this year.
Every episode was humor and wit overload. Each character can stand alone and has his own remembering note. All throughout there was never a dull moment. It was exceptionally comic when the four main leads do their antics and so heartfelt when the scenes require them to tap on their emotions.
The female leads have played their part so well complementing the different personas of the four male leads.
Kim Do Jin and So Yi Seo
The smooth womanizer who vowed not to be married because he can’t love only one woman in his life met his match alongside two declarations of love that were not meant for him. Do-jin oppa was a classic example of an alpha-playboy and has won me over with how he can assess when he needed to be a knight in a shining armor, and when he can disregard someone because she already stepped on his mark as a man. The one-sided love that eventually became two-sided was a fetching tale and a reminder that love just happens, and it will change you and your life overnight.
Choi Yoon and Im Me Ah Ri
The you-and-me-against-my-brother-who-is-your-bestfriend love affair was worth the wait when they eventually claimed what was rightfully theirs. It was a long ride and if not for Me Ah Ri’s persistent and lovable bratty princess attitude, I would have been annoyed, but what made their tandem charming was her non-restrained “i-love-you-you-belong-to-me” attitude which warmed the cold widow.
Lee Jung Rok and Park Min Sook
They are my favorite husband-and-wife this year so far. The playboy-of-them-all who occasionally hides his wedding ring when there’s a hot girl in a meter radius has always made me laugh big time whenever he faces his wife in a My-Wife-is-a-Gangster mode. Jung Rok oppa was the stimulus of most of the laughter in this drama and how his friends would cover up for his womanizing was so fun to watch. I would have wished for more of their marriage cute quarrels but I deem they have the most out of their screen time to be remembered well.
Im Tae San and Hong Se Ra
Tae San oppa was your typical good boy playboy… he plays but he knows when to stop. He was ever reliable, nice and protective. His relationship with a woman who was afraid of settling down and their love fights along the way presented what most middle-age relationship are… leading to marriage or forever single life. Their love pairing solidified the main love plot, in fact the characters they played were the tying knot of the drama.
A Gentleman’s Dignity’s cast achieved a chemistry that was able to sustain and balance four love stories tied by love and friendship. At first I was crossed between Yoon oppa and Do Jin oppa but then eventually I became too greedy I vouched for the whole set. It was laid unpretentiously, realistically and happily. If you want to make a drama in a real world setting, you have to put real life events, if you play with supernatural, you have to make sure that you will take care of all the lose-ends, and will not leave your audience in an annoying jaw-dropping moment. That’s how this endearing drama notched a superb narrative, by banking on its strength.
For a woman’s perspective, I never thought I would enjoy this so much and I felt that even if Jang Dong Gun was the main attraction among the boys, having them all together were the strongest points of the drama. All four of them were a big pile of mirth and love.
They say life begins at 40, and these men who were friends since Highschool rocked it. Having their own stable life, they have to balance personal, family and relationship issues while maintaining the best bromance ever.
The conflicts mainly focused on their finding and keeping love. Do jin and Yi Soo depicted how sweet a one-sided love can be when it became two-sided. Yoon and Me Ah Ri defied friendship and age to prove they deserve each other. Tae San and Se Ra had a rough ride before they finally realized they belong to each other. Jung Rok and Min Sook defeated jealousies and discovered that you sometimes have to lose love so that you can find it again.
The 20 hours I spent with this drama was definitely worth it.
The story and the characters have such reverberating resonance that has made me reflect on how I’ve been dealing with my own relationship and commitment issues. Come to think of it, they made this to make you remember how vulnerable and how defiant you can become because of love failures. jedipincess ^_^
If you’re not going to sleep with me, don’t flirt.
You do not bait a fish that was already caught.
You forgot a man, with another man.
All break-ups done for another person do not make sense to the person who loved more.
By nature, a man’s first love is always beautiful.
Do you know what words a man can’t say after “iloveyou”? “I’m sorry.”
Why don’t you let your emotions lead you? Or the alcohol lead you… or let me lead you?
Do you know how it feels to have someone yesterday and then “you wish you have her” the next day?