K-Drama Review: When It’s At Night

When-Its-At-Night-Poster3From Dramafever: When It’s At Night (밤이면 밤마다)
Starring Kim Sun Ah (I Do, I Do; Scent of a Woman; City Hall; My Name is Kim Sam-Soon) and Lee Dong Gun (Sweet 18; Marry Him If You Dare)
“After her treasure-hunter father is branded a thief by Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration and disappears, Heo Cho Hwi decides to follow in his footsteps, but on the side of the law. Seven years later, she is an art hunter who is committed to protecting the nation’s artifacts. Investigating art crime all over the country, she hopes that one of them will lead her to her father.

Kim Bum Sang, an expert specializing in detecting forgeries and restoring original art pieces, is only in it for the fame and money. When the two must pair up to track down stolen cultural heritage pieces, they immediately clash. With the dedicated preservationist and the hotshot playboy working together as a team, all sorts of sparks begin to fly, and they just might prove the rule that “opposites attract” ”

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There are two dramas with the same name, so pay attention to the actors listed.  I spent a long time ignoring this one whenever it came up because the description I kept reading made it sound very questionable as a good match for my tastes.  But as is often the case with K-dramas, the synopsis in English may not be that much like the drama itself.

This wasn’t earth-shattering or amazing, but it was a cute show, and not the least because the little brother is played by Park Ki Woong (Good Doctor, Full House Take 2, Bridal Mask/Gaksital).

I wouldn’t say that Kim Bum Sang is only in it for money- he does like the money, but he also really loves the old cultural treasures for their own sake. He just doesn’t really care about a proper chain of ownership or the cultural heritage aspect.

It’s Cho Hwi’s goal to track down all the cultural heritage artifacts her father has stolen to return them to their rightful place. Unfortunately, somebody else wants to track them down and steal them. The producer/writer/directors gave this drama a delightful classic jewel thief caper feel that I enjoyed.

I feel like there were a couple caveats for family viewing mainly in the first episode, but regrettably, I didn’t make a note of them when I watched it.

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2 Comments

  1. SEM
    Posted July 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I watched maybe half of the first episode. Liked most of what I saw . . . except why was the little brother cleaning his big sister’s ears with a toothpick? And then she was going to do it for him??? I don’t recall seeing this in other Kdramas. Is this a common practice that I’ve missed? (Ick, ick, ick. I can’t imagine asking a sibling of the opposite gender — or the same, for that matter — to do that.)

    I wish I could find the show on YouTube — DramaFever is mighty slow on my computer for some reason. I did see a MV from the show on YouTube.

    I don’t know if you’ve seen “The King of Food”? I’ve seen most of two episodes. They eat various foods (raw crab! pork taffy! cuttlefish ink pizza!) and discuss the health benefits (warning, the first episode has some double entendres).

    The MC on “The King of Food” is also the MC on Immortal Songs 2. (On Immortal Songs he is usually very dapper in a suit; here he is in traditional Korean dress.) The guests seem to change from show to show.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted July 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I have seen the ear cleaning thing on a couple of other dramas, and I agree, yuck. I think the point of the siblings cleaning each other’s ears is that all they have is each other.

      You can even get the special bamboo ear scoops at Amazon:

      I haven’t watched King of Food. I keep thinking I will, but it seems like this season there are a ton of really fun dramas I have to watch.=)

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