There are three things that compels me to check-out a K-drama:
- I’m interested in the plot.
- I like the cast.
- Out of curiosity because I happened to like one of its leads in another drama.
I think it was the latter which brought me to watch Come Back Ahjussi, out of curiosity why Oh Yeon-seo has been getting a steady stream of projects lately. I never finished My Sassy Girl, Hwayugi is running longer than what is expected of a Hong sisters drama and jury’s still out on the movie version of Cheese in the Trap. It’s all thanks to this series that I started to appreciate her as an actress. She was, after all, instrumental in making Han Hong-nan such a well-loved character.
Come Back Ahjussi’s storyline is fairly simple: two middle-aged men who died are given the chance to go back and fix the mess they left with their loved ones. The overworked section chief returns in the body of a chaebol (Rain) while the ex-gangster turned chef ends up in the body of a beautiful woman (Oh Yeon-seo). Hijinks ensues as they utilize the two-month period given to make amends without giving away their real identities.
Here’s where the suspension of disbelief comes in. As fun as it was watching the two acclimating in their new bodies, having random strangers suddenly popping into your lives would definitely scare the bejeezus out of anyone. Yes, even if that someone looks like Rain.😏
And maybe it works in other countries where people don’t mind their neighbor’s business but it is highly suspect that having an eligible bachelor stay with a young widow, her daughter and father-in-law won’t raise eyebrows in a Philippine setting.
I appreciated how the writer chose to end the story though. No fairy tale crap pulled out of nowhere and everyone was in a good place as they wrapped up the narrative.