치즈인더트랩 (Cheese In The Trap)

The Cheese in The Trap webtoon started in 2010 and was such a huge hit, it had over 1 million views on each of its episodes and totaling about 1.1 billion views. I haven’t read it but based on the number of articles that came out before the premiere, it’s obvious that this series has garnered a huge fanbase who were both excited and skeptical about having a live action drama.

Directed by Lee Yoon Jung (Coffee Prince), Cheese in The Trap stars Park Hae Jin (My Love from Another Star, Dr. Stranger, Bad Guys) and Kim Go Eun (Coin Locker Girl), a relatively new face in the small screen. And as usual, TVN did not disappoint. The drama was a pleasant surprise. It’s not narrative-heavy but the characters are intriguing enough to get me hooked.

Park Hae Jin looks a bit too old to be playing a school sunbae but he portrayed Yoo Jung in such a way that would make you want to know more about him. Aside from the obvious (he’s a hottie!), he’s also smart and popular but behind his smile is a sinister look and at times, manipulative ways. It’s hard to understand what he’s up to and hard to predict what he’ll do next.

The series is presented in Hong Seol’s point-of-view, which makes me question myself as to whether I’d agree with her ability (or lack thereof) when it comes to judging people and drawing conclusions about them. She immediately saw through Yoo Jung’s superficial charm. And unlike the typical shoujo heroine who’d fall for the main guy just because he is swoon-worthy, despite being abusive or stalker-like; Hong Seol actually wonders about Yoo Jung’s motivation in befriending her. I like Hong Seol even though the character comes off as rather timid. At least, she’s not a complete doormat.

I heard that most fans were initially disappointed with the casting but I think Kim Go Eun did a fantastic job. First impressions last and she didn’t have any annoying moment in the pilot episode unlike Goo Hye Sun as Jan Di or Shim Eun Kyung as Naeil.

I saw her movie last year and she went from badass..

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..to this:

too convincingly, that you might actually think it’s not the same person.

I watched Coin Locker Girl where Kim Go Eun played a girl who was raised by the boss of a notorious loan shark group but one day, she was given a target, ready to kill…

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but this cute baby opened the door..

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..so in her mind, she was like, “Abort Mission! Abort!” Because girls will be girls. And girls can’t resist Park Bo Gum. lol. It was Cheese in The Trap meets Reply 1988.

Oh well, enough of the Choi Taek swooning (Sun Woo was in that film too). I’m obviously not over Reply 1988 yet but anyway, the point is, Kim Go Eun’s acting is on a different scale. Her  performance in Coin Locker Girl was raw, daring, and totally natural. She’s the kind of actress that I’d see in critically acclaimed films and/or artsy, indie projects so it was nice to see her do a feel-good series as her first ever TV drama.

The man with mesmerizing eyes, Seo Kang Joon, plays Baek In Ho. He’s introduced as someone who know has known Yoo Jung for a long time but is now obviously not in good terms with him.

Only two episodes have been released so there really isn’t much to say but so far, both director and cast are doing everything right, and I just can’t wait for the show to reveal the boys’ past for further understanding of their personalities and relationships.

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