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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Love for a Thousand More" Episodes 1-4

Mi-jo (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is an immortal fortuneteller. Mi-jo has lived through many indignities through life- mostly in the form of being interrupted right before she's about to start a hearty meal. But her latest problem is the loud hip-hop crew living in the apartment upstairs from her. Joon-woo (played by Kang Seung-yoon) leads this crew. While generally taciturn, Joon-woo has odd moments of seeming to recognize Mi-jo- perhaps as a matter of destiny?


"Love for a Thousand More" doesn't have any clear direction beyond this generally vague premise. Which is a shame, because the mysteries presented are genuinely interesting- why exactly is Mi-jo immortal? Does she actually have fortunetelling powers, or is this job just meant to utilize her classic fashion sense? I love the way Mi-jo dresses by the way. Hwang Seung-eon really owns traditional Korean clothing in a a way that makes it look completely appropriate in the modern world.

Anyway, Mi-jo's fortunetelling most generally takes the form of love consulations- that is, giving advice to women stuck on boyfriends who don't seem to be all that into them. Mi-jo helpfully explains that most Korean men can easily be classified into archetypes based on past famous Korean men, exemplified by Mi-jo's rather cool looking dresser drawers. Then, through flashback, Mi-jo explains how all the great men in history were easily distracted by their passion- yet were no worse lovers for this weakness.

Which is a nice thought- that guy's not a loser, he's just so close to the cutting edge that girls are a distraction. Mi-jo's arguments for weaving traditional Korean manly aesthetics into modern day life are, much like the woman's clothing, surprisingly convincing. She's telling women to trust their instincts that a man can be an invaluable partner without being conventionally attractive. Mi-jo's vast repertoire of historical examples only leads credence to those ideas, even if sometimes her own visions admit that these stories are kind of totally made-up.

...Well maybe, I don't know. That is the problem with web-dramas- sometimes the pacing can be too fast, such that Mi-jo and Joon-woo's cute mascot flirtations kind of pop out of nowhere when the whole immortal fortuneteller thing really seems like the plot point that deserves the most immediate emphasis. In any case, the ideas presented in "Love for a Thousand More" are interesting enough for me to want to see them through to the end.

Review by William Schwartz

"Love for a Thousand More" is directed by Kim Ki-yoon, Park Bong-seob, written by Kwak Kyeong-yoon, Na Jae-won, Seo Ji-yeong-I and features Kang Seung-yoon, Hwang Seung-eon, Kim Hee-jung-I, Kim Jinwoo and Jang Ki-yong.

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