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.
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"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 Bu-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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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