Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: The drama is about love of singles in their 30s. Hong Nan Hee is an ordinary worker at a publishing firm, she's a girl who always falls in and out of love since she was young until she realizes that an old classmate and her best friend, Byun Hyung Tae, has always been there for her. Hyung Tae may seem to be a good catch in the eyes of many women but he's only a cowardly boy to Nan Hee whom he grew up with. '9 End 2 Outs' is using the baseball theme to compare to the fates and lives of the people in love.
Should have watched this sooner....
Like the other reviewers, I put off watching this drama due to the supposed baseball theme and the fact that the description does this drama absolutely no justice. It just didn’t appeal to me at all, so I held off on giving it a chance until I was truly bored and felt like I had watched everything else possible.
BIG MISTAKE. The baseball is a TINY fraction of this show.. and by tiny I mean that the main characters sometimes use baseball terms in their voiceovers when describing the ups and down of love, and the second male lead plays baseball…. that is it. Period. What this show does have in spades is wonderfil comraderie, tons of lough-out-loud humor, and a really sweet love story.
A better description for this show would advise (BEWARE: SLIGHTLY SPOILERY PLOT SUMMARY) that an aspiring writer, Hong Nan Hee, is depressed that she’s just turned thirty withought really accomplishing much. In a bid for independence she decides to leave home and make it on her own… only to end up in a mutually grudging agreement with her playboy best friend, Byun Hyung Tae, to share his apartment for six months (the events leading to this decision are pretty funny and not nearly as contrived as most contract-type dramas… it actually makes sense.)
As they struggle to live together peacefully they have some of the cutest best-friends moments ever and find out that even after decades of friendship there are still a lot of things they didn’t know about each other. Despite their best intentions, they can’t help but to being seeing each other in a new light, but the road to romance is paved with angsty goodness like the first love he doesn’t know how to forget, new rivals, and her much younger, semi-secret, baseball player boyfriend played by the truly delightful actor Lee Tae Sung of Playful Kiss fame. (He does a wonderful comedic job as Kim Jung Joo, a 22 year old hottie on his way to the major league who both sweetly naive and desperately in love with Nan Hee.)
The whole cast is wonderful and do a great job, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the story does a really nice job of weaving in comedy and drama in a way that keeps you glued to your seat for more. I can’t even describe what a 180 my opinion of this drama went through once I actually took the time to watch it, and the directing has a great Dal Ja’s Spring or What’s Up, Fox? type feel to it…
So give this one a chance… it’s well worth it..