Friday, July 13, 2012

Drama Short: Kimchi Family (2012) Review

Kimchi Family poster

Grade: C+

What it’s about
A family drama set in a traditional Korean restaurant. Food porn ahoy!

First impression
As of episode 5, I really like this show—it’s sweet, sentimental, and just this side of magical realism. Now if only it didn’t make me desperate to eat kimchi…

Final verdict
Overall, this show is nicely done. I don’t think it lived up to the promise of the first few episodes, though—in place of a genuine, nuanced exploration of family relationships, it gives us lots of meaningful smiles shared over vats of kimchi ingredients and approximately zero narrative friction. The drama feels disingenuous and standard issue, especially when the show started off hinting that its female lead had fought so intensely with her father she vowed never to set foot in her childhood home again. (Read full review here.) 

1 comment:

  1. NOooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
    This is one of my top 10 dramas all time. Dialog, narratives, the scenery, building of the story. What can go wrong!!
    Who cares what the synopsis said and the story did not match the synopsis. It is a heart warming story of human nature and its journey; Love between family members new and old, and learning to be a part of a family.

    It though it was one of the most beautifully written story although some were lost in translation.

    Enjoy your blog very much.