[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" 2016/12/17,
The romantic comedy genre is a place of comfort for audiences. It is a place where a couple can be happy and with few problems, but also one where life is easier for everyone. Romantic comedy has had its ups and downs in Korean drama, and the industry's love for the melodramatic has been an issue. "Shopping King Louis" is a series which aims for genre purity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 15 2016/11/12,
Episode fifteen of "Shopping King Louis" wraps up all major plot points of the series, it gives us redemption, fulfillment and sweet goodbyes. Bok-sil's kidnapping is resolved quickly and in a quite comedic manner while Seon-goo's time has come and his true nature is revealed to us. The series remains faithful to its tone and resistance to clichés, making this wrap up cathartic, but it also raises the question of why we need another episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 14 2016/11/10, "Shopping King Louis" has been a series heavy on the simple and loving moments with outrageous plot points in-between. Now that the series has united its couple, their families and friends, there is not much to do in order to generate a change in pace through conflict. Episode fourteen is mostly just another day in life. That is until the need for conflict catches up, since the show is longer than it needs to be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 13 2016/11/03,
Everything is happy and festive for our lovebirds and their extended family. Bok-nam is getting tutored, Il-soon finds meaning in life through her new friends and love is in their air for several pairings, including our OTP. Even so, the threat of the past and Seon-goo looms above this happiness and the time has come for the drama's writer to prove their confidence in a story which has so far been delightful,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 12 2016/11/02,
I have expressed my wish to see Bok-nam punished for his naughtiness before, but now Bok-sil needs to include Louis/Ji-seong in her disciplinary action. I am glad that nothing important is going wrong, however and I have to admit that there is some adorableness in Ji-seong's grand plans. The cat of the Bok-nam variety is out of the bag and things start falling into place and getting ready for the finale,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 11 2016/10/27,
Despite my humble credentials as a reviewer, I always try to remain professional when handling work in this capacity. I am but a flawed human being like any other, however, so please allow me another moment of weakness... Bok-nam, you little s**t! Now that this is over with, hello. Please join me for another lovely episode of "Shopping King Louis", home to cuteness, entertainment and questionable fashion choices,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 10 2016/10/27,
I am someone who does not condone violence in real life and outside the scope of self defense, but someone needs to hit Bok-nam hard when he reappears and I know he will. Meanwhile we have hit the dark patch in our story as Bok-sil tries to shield Ji-seong from an awful piece of news. Enter scheduled breakup angst, although it is done with as little drama as possible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 9 2016/10/20,
Grab your nearest pillow, plushie, pet or child and prepare for a lot of toe-curling sweetness as our duo becomes a couple. Ji-seong navigates the world of the rich with his attachment to his new life intact. Seon-goo and Ma-ri are probably in need of anxiety medication and Bok-nam's possible fate threatens with dark times ahead. Our adorable pair need all the strength they can get,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 8 2016/10/19,
Things take a turn for the romantic in episode eight of "Shopping King Louis" as our leads return to their not-so-cozy apartment following the successful capturing of the local serial killer. Louis/Ji-seong starts climbing up the ladder of life and makes some money, which gives him the confidence to approach Bok-sil. With the drama now at its eighth episode, dark times will be ahead, but perhaps this one can manage them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 7 2016/10/14,
The rooftop incident initiates an investigation and Joong-won's troubles multiply when he takes both Louis/Ji-seong and Bok-sil in. The two men start realizing the love triangle they are in, which of course leads to love rival hijinks. The rooftop incident and Ji-seong's patch-covered run grant him temporary television exposure and finally bring his presence to light for his family. I see all kinds of excitement in our future,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 6 2016/10/12,
Our adorable duo get to spend some time apart and re-evaluate their relationship when Joong-won steps in and kicks the romantic shenanigans up a notch. Ma-ri steps up her antagonist game, but the people looking for Louis/Ji-seong will not rest either. Meanwhile, Bok-sil discovers some valuable information about Bok-nam and detective Nam makes progress in finding Ji-seong's roots. A dangerous figure stalks our couple's home, causing a suspenseful event,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 5 2016/10/07,
This week sadly brings us only one episode and one major cliffhanger, but things move forward in "Shopping King Louis". Our titular character has secret enemies and helpers, he makes progress as a person and our romance finally has proper sparks going. We also get to know more about Bok-sil's life and fears. The budding romance brings budding rivalry, as Joong-won and Louis/Ji-seong begin the battle for Bok-sil's affection,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 4 2016/09/30,
Like a puppy waiting for the mail person, I am always excited by the possibility that a drama will avoid repetitive plot devices and major drops in quality. Much like said puppies, I also sadly set my expectations too high for the eventual pay off. "Shopping King Louis" is still a delightful show, but we are now introduced to certain familiar and frustrating concepts. I am not panicking just yet, however, as I also see its good sides persevere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 3 2016/09/29, "Shopping King Louis" falls back into old habits in episode three, as our poor duo settle into their new home and start making money. A new character enters Ji-seong's and Bok-sil's life, the lady of the house gets a big promotion and things move forward with our plot as Ji-seong slowly starts to remember fragments of his life. Meanwhile, Ma-ri questions her sighting of Ji-seong and so does her father, who is hiding a not-so-secret truth,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 2 2016/09/22,
Our "Shopping King Louis" falls from throne and grace as we fast forward through an apparent car accident to a now homeless and amnesiac Louis/Ji-seong. Episode two does not advance the plot much, but we get valuable interaction between our two main characters and we learn a little more about our second leads. What we learn sadly raises some concerns for me, but it is not enough to sully a lovely drama for now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 1 2016/09/22, "Shopping King Louis" has a premise one does not expect much from. Rich man meets poor woman and understands love. It is the standard Korean romantic drama tale. Much to my surprise, the series makes a start much more contemplative and impactful than its stock premise does it justice for. Underneath all the familiar elements lies what I hope will be a story about appreciating value and finding meaning in the right places,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Shopping King Louis" 2016/09/17,
If you missed cute romances with a good dose of amnesia and slapstick comedy in the form of physical engagement, "Shopping King Louis" is here for all your nostalgia needs. The drama could not look more cookie-cutter romance, but few will hold this against a yummy cookie, which is what the drama is being presented as. This comes with its own set of dangers, of course, but one can always hope.
Louis (Seo In-guk) is a man who believes he can have anything with money. Go Bok-sil (Nam Ji-hyeon) is a kindhearted woman who meets Louis after he ends up in a situation leading to loss of his memory and homelessness. The two find themselves living together,...More
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