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Description: The true story of a young man who turned a tiny vegetable store into a nationwide franchise.
A little bit of everything
With the title of the story I thought it was going to be a fun comedy but by the time I finished the first episode it was clear that I was going to be watching a roller coaster. There were times I was laughing till my side hurt or reaching for the tissue box.
Now that the drama has had its finale, I wanted to go back and write a full review. Previously I had given Bachelor’s Vegetable Store a 9/10, but as the story kept flowing my opinion gradually decreased. Not in a landslide sort of way, but despite having amazing actors and an interesting synopsis, not to mention an amazing beginning, the story line became a bit of a train wreck. Since I was aware of this drama being a melodrama, I was prepared, but at times certain areas became a little too much. Too confusing and some scenes I found were unnecessary to the plot. It was a little redundant and at some times it dragged on. I found myself thinking that it wouldn’t hurt to allow a few more moments of happiness as a little break from all the tears.
HOWEVER, my opinion only slightly decreased. There were parts that made me so giddy I had to pause and grab a hold of myself. Mostly because of the acting, partly because of how gorgeous these men were. Just.. wow. With what they were given, these actors really redeemed the dialogue and scenes that, to me, seemed too carelessly thought out. Anyone less would have potential to ruin it but these actors really pulled it together. They made it fun and interesting to watch because they made you love them and care about what they cared for most.
The first few episodes were amazing. The child actors were no joke to how talented they were. These episodes give you insight of how the main character, Hae Tae-Yang (Ji Chang-Wook), lived as a boy; explaining all his hardships, his treasured relationships and his love for vegetables. So cute. As we watch him grow up his personality only gets better. In a lot of dramas I’ve watched the main girl is usually the earnest, hardworking, good natured one who changes the arrogant main guy but Tae-Yang has the sweetest most charming character. He has the personality to change everyone around him simply by being such a good, earnest person who takes the good in everything. It doesn’t hurt that Ji Chang-Wook is one beautiful man. And, YES, we do see him shirtless. FYI. :)
The other characters are played so well. I’m glad to see Wang Ji-Hye not playing the opposite girl for once. She’s so talented, pretty and convincing to watch. I love the "Fresh Men" or Bachelors. The bro-mance between the four men are too adorable. Lee Gwang-soo always has an element of hilarity to him so I’m always entertained. I especially love the fact that his nickname is Giraffe as it is in real life. To those who are familiar with him, we all know how hard he works at everything he does to keep the audience entertained despite himself, and in this drama his effort really shows. Oh, and the newbie Sung Ha, I just could not take my eyes off him and his smile. Scenes where he and Ji Chang-Wook stood side by side, I completely lost all sense of hearing.
Jun Noh-Min really shines. Of course, being a well experienced actor over the years, I shouldn’t have expected any less. Semi-spoiler alert! Toward the end I was expecting his character to be completely cold, but I don’t know how he did it. Through his facial expressions, despite his voice been frostbitten, you could still feel the care radiating from him. Ah, there are just too many actors to name, but I will tell you they did a good job!
Give Bachelor’s Vegetable Store a chance. I’m sure it’ll satisfy your drama needs. I’ve already given both my positive and negative feedback, and I hope it helps you on your search for a good drama to watch. Keep in mind that this is a true story and in history there are a lot of heart wrenching parts. But because this is based on a true story, there will be times where you are left feeling nothing but hope for the character and for life in general. Enjoy!