In its first week "Chocolate" scored ratings of 3.479% for its first episode on Friday night and 4.364% on Saturday night. These numbers are comparable to the final week of the drama's predecessor, "My Country: The New Age", which ended with 3.9% and 3.951% on the same nights.
"Chocolate" is a very different kind of drama compared to the historical epic, however, as it is a romantic melodrama starring Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won. The introductory episodes did show off some similar elements, as the backstory revealed that much of the character trauma hinges to a medical volunteer mission in war-torn Libya.
Various online comments have suggested that "Chocolate" is largely meeting expectations. Though a very different project storywise from "Sorry, I Love You", the last drama from the director/screenwriting team of Lee Hyeong-min and Lee Kyeong-hee, "Chocolate" shows the same level of emotional warmth as that drama.
Chemistry between the lead actors was also very strong, with Yoon Kye-sang in particular, for being very cold-hearted yet not particularly sinister - a natural outgrowth of his character becoming hardened and desensitized from vicious life experiences. Ha Ji-won, with more experience in this kind of genre fiction, was easily able to emote and communicate with Yoon Kye-sang often without even needing to resort to dialog.
Written by William Schwartz
"Chocolate" is directed by Lee Hyeong-min, written by Lee Kyeong-hee, and features Yoon Kye-sang, Ha Ji-won, Jang Seung-jo, Teo Yoo, Min Jin-woong, Kang Boo-ja. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/11/29~Now airing, Fri, Sat 22:50 on jTBC.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
"[HanCinema's News] "Chocolate" Starts Off Strong"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ae Highlights Strong Relationship With Jang Seo-hee
Lee Young-ae surprised viewers on the most recent episode of the jTBC variety show program 'Master,...More
[HanCinema's News] Go Joon-hee Renews Denial of Any Relationship With Seungri
Following the sentencing of Jung Joon-young for his role in the Burning Sun scandal Go Joon-hee ha,...More
[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hyuk Cast for "The Married Life"
On December 2nd Management Goo announced that Kwon Hyuk, an actor who they represent, has been cas,...More
Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.