Sunday, January 25, 2015

Modern Farmer

Episodes: 20 
Given Synopsis ( 
Can the answer to life’s quandaries be found in the land? When the members of the rock band Excellent Souls – Lee Min Ki (Lee Hong Ki), Kang Hyuk (Park Min Woo), Han Ki Jun (Kim Jae Hyun) and Yoo Han Chul (Lee Shi Un) – decide that they want to escape from it all, they decide to move to a small, rural village to take up farming. There, they meet Lee Soo Yeon (Min Ah), who also has escaped from Seoul to the countryside to take a “break,” and the tough young village leader, Kang Yoon Hee (Lee Honey). Can the band members really make their new lives in farming work? “Modern Farmer” is a 2014 South Korean drama series directed by Oh Jin Seok.

    I found it hard to take this drama seriously in the beginning because it was very humorous and exaggerated. However, I was glad that it got better later on and focused on some serious issues such as the fact Kang Yoon Hee encountered her ex. There were other more issues as well and it got more interesting as it went. Admittedly, I do not believe that this is Hongki's best drama that he starred in. He has a very wide acting range from what I have seen and this drama had a very immature feel to it that was hard for me to get used to (especially after watching Bride of the Century where he was very mature). I did like that it allowed him to show off his music skills because of his character. 
       This drama did focus a lot on living in the countryside and their humorous adaption to get used to the different environment and to get along with the quirky people that lived there. The kids were so cute whenever they appeared and it was so cute to see how supportive Lee Min Ki (Hongki's character) was of Yoon hee's son, Minho. It was also nice to see that the female protagonist is a very optimistic and fun person but also being a single mother. It was nice to see how this drama showed that mothers are women too and that regardless of your situation, love is for everyone. You could be a single mother, you could be sick, you could be lying about your identity, you could be a musician that suffers from a lot of stress, you could be divorced, etc and love can still find you. It's a nice and hopeful message to those feeling down. 
       I also loved how despite their depressing situations, Minki and his band still wanted to pursue their dreams of music. In the end, they didn't achieve fame and popularity but it was nice to see that they all found their own happiness and found their own peace in their own way. 

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