The Miracle We Met (KDrama Review & Summary)

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The Miracle We Met (KDrama Review & Summary)

Drama

  • Genre: Family, Romance, Fantasy, Conspiracy, Melodrama
  • Date Released: March 2018
  • Drama: 18 Episodes + Special
  • Original Soundtrack: Monochrome by Bily Acoustie

Cast:

  • Kim Myung-min as Song Hyun-chul (Banker)
  • Kim Hyun-joo as Sun Hye-jin
  • Ra Mi-ran as Jo Yeon-hwa
  • Ko Chang-seok as Song Hyun-chul (Cook)
  • Joseph Lee as Keum Sung-moo

 

So many brilliant actors in one drama.  Just the perfect replacement for Misty (I hope).

Anyway, there are two couples, where the husbands have exactly the same names as well as dates of birth.

They are both called Song Hyun Chul but their similarities end there.

One is tall, very masculine, looks after his health, physique and very punctilious with his wardrobe, in other words he is a metrosexual.

The other Song Hyun Chul, is short and stout, whose wardrobe and appearance are the last in his list of priorities.  His saving grace is his sense of humour and his fidelity to his family.

The metrosexual man is an excellent banker, he was precise and rather cold, especially to his wife.  His wife is Sun Hye-Jin who he treats like a housekeeper rather than his better half.  He tells her that he doesn’t like her especially now that she had become rather an embarrassment to his prominent position in the bank for insisting on working in a department store as a sales lady. The banker is a bit of a scoundrel as well.  He is a bullying boss as well as having an affair.

The other couple own and run a diner, they are ‘common’ compared to the first couple but they have a loving relationship and quite happy of their family life.  They know how to have fun.

The men have just both celebrated their 42nd birthday.  The banker spent the night with his mistress and his two children couldn’t care less about his birthday.

The cook, on the other hand, had a good jolly party with his family.

They were both driving on a busy motorway when they each crashed their cars.  They did not die instantly.

The banker was left in a coma whilst the cook had some broken bones.

Then came the Grim Reaper.  Oh oh, he made a mistake, there was an administrative error because both men have the same name and date of birth, the Grim Reaper, who happened to be a gorgeous young man, harvested the wrong soul, he took the cook; it was the banker who was meant to die.

It was too late to remedy the situation as the cook’s family had him cremated before his body had even reach rigamortis stage  🙁 .

So when the banker died, he came back alive again with the displaced soul of the cook within him.

Episode 2

The newly revived Song Hyun Chul (cook in the body of the banker) is so confused.  His heart and mind are pining for his family, while now being taken cared of by the banker’s family.

He ended up having two families with two wives.

In episode 1, the cook went to the bank to get a loan to pay for the deposit for his new diner/restaurant. But the bank refused his application as he apparently just taken a loan.  He was so confused and upset as the bank won’t listen that it was not him who had taken the loan.

He is actually a victim of scammers, who arranged his subsequent accident to hide their lucrative criminal acts.

The new Song Hyun Chul gave his family some money to pay for the deposit for the restaurant. At least that is taken cared of.  He left a note  that it came from a friend who borrowed the money previously.

I am still in two minds whether I am still going to continue watching this because there is really nowhere for him to go than to go back to his family,  How can be stay with the banker’s family when his family really needs him and loves him.  And also before he died he had a conversation with his wife that he will always love her.

I know Sun Hye Jin is prettier but there is something about the plainer wife which is engaging and relatable.  LOL

Anyway another eye candy character was introduced who would probably be the beau for Sun Hye Jin.

But what if Sun Hye Jin falls for her new version of a kinder husband?

I supposed I shall give this more time and then decide whether to continue.  I shall be very upset if he starts developing feelings for Sun Hye Jin because that is not right in any level.

Episode 3

The Grim Reaper is in trouble.  His mission now is to make the cook in the bankers body to go back willingly to his own wife.  The cook really loved his wife but in the end he is still a man.  Men are attracted to beautiful women.  The banker’s wife is particularly attractive. 🙁 🙁 🙁

The cook also has the brain of the banker but not the memory.  The banker was a genius with numbers and languages.  As the cook has the banker’s brain to work with, he is learning fast.

Episode 4

The cook found out that the banker was a ‘crook’.  He apparently took the money from the loan himself.  But there is a conspiracy here.  The banker’s mistress, who is the assistant bank manager might be the one involved with the fraud.  But as he can’t remember anything, the mistress has put the blame on him.

Episode 8

I found myself tearing up towards the end of this episode.  Yeon Hwa finally confronted the banker (Cook) about him being her husband.

For some reason, the cook inside the banker’s body denied her.  The cook is beginning to fall in love with the banker’s wife.  Men!!!  It is all about looks!

The story is messed up, I am not sure how this drama is going to end but it upsets me to know that the cook would abandon his real family for a ‘new’ one.

Good acting by everyone.  Another gem for 2018 as far as the acting is concerned but I am not too sure about the story line.  It is cruel.  The cook/banker playing with the wives’ emotions is extremely upsetting.

Episode 9

It started with a gut-wrenching scene, where he actually put the blame on Yeon Hwa for the current situation.  He said if only she believed him the first time he came to see her, it would not have become this complicated.  Duh!  She just lost a beloved husband.  The last thing she needed was harassment from some deluded strange guy.

Even the Reapers initiated some situations where this couple could reconcile but the cook/banker had made his choice.  He had fallen for the banker’s beautiful wife.

This is the first time I am wishing the hero of a story to die 🙁  (Deep breath, calm down) hahahaha

He is really being cruel to Yeon Hwa.  There is no eternal love! Forever love is just a figment of delusion.  LOL

Poor Yeon Hwa!  Just forget the fat ba****d inside the gorgeous banker’s body.  He is not worth it.  Start a romance with the policeman instead. 🙂

The OST is so good. Even  the instrumental version is so appropriate, you really feel the story, probably it contributed to my current state of being so wound up.

Thank goodness it is just a drama.,

Episode 10

In term of action and confrontation, this episode is rather sedate compared to the past few ones.  However the action/reaction is actually left to the viewers to emote with.

We can see that the cook/banker has started being biased towards the banker’s own family.  So much so that the cook’s adored only child was ignored on her birthday.  Not a peep from the cook.  He has been opening up towards the banker’s wife and they are now at a stage of touchy-feely kind of relationship.

I do feel sorry for Yeon Hwa.  How could you come to terms with the half-life/halfdeath of a beloved.  You know where he was and yet you are prevented to go to him because legally he is someone else’s now?

I really hate the cook but for some reason, I don’t hate Kim Myung-min’s Song Hyun-chul.  My hatred is totally directed to the fat, cheerful, grinning. loving cook as portrayed by Ko Chang-seok.  Funny that.

The episode ended with the banker being arrested for the murder of the suspected person who did something with the cook’s car.

One thing I notice in KDramas.  The scriptwriters seem to not have any confidence to their police force.  They are often portrayed as bumbling, incompetent idiots. 🙂

Episode 11

Well Hyun~Chul was arrested but Yeon Hwa was there to save the day.  She told the bumbling policeman that he had arrested an innocent man.  Hye-JIn,  the banker’s wife was also there, had become rather suspicious of the situation.

Hyun-Chul is getting more confused by the minute.  His being implicated to a  fraudulent mismanagement at work is topped up by his growing attraction to the banker’s wife.

His friend and driver had told him that it was time to go back to his real family.  Hyun Chul said that he was only going to solve the problem in the bank in connection with the dead banker and then he will go back to his real family.  He also said that he can’t leave the banker’s wife without a husband and the children without a father.  He was really cut up about these.

He got talking to his ‘son’ (the banker’s) who told him that he was now friends with Ji Soo (the cook’s daughter) and they celebrated her birthday.

Finally it clicked!  He was too busy worrying and playing happy family with the banker’s wife and children that he had completely forgotten the birthday of his own daughter.  (bastard!)

He went immediately to see Ji Soo.

He was so dejected afterwards that he went for confession.  The priest seemed to know everything and advised him to go back to the family as the longer he leaves it, the sadder the banker’s family will be during the final parting.  He was asked that perhaps his reluctance to go back to his real family was because he had fallen in love with the banker’s wife?

As soon as he got home, he gave the signed divorce paper to the banker’s wife and texted his real wife that he will be coming home soon.

The episode ended with a confrontation between the two wives.  Yeon Hwa begged Hye-jin to return her husband back to her.

Episode 12

I have a changed of mind.  I think Hyun Chul should now stay with Hye-Jin.  This is because she really has more rights than Yeon Hwa.

Yeon Hwa’s husband was a fat squat guy who was cheerful and jokey.

The new Hyun Chul is becoming more like the banker, beginning to think more like the banker so he is turning more and more like the banker.

It was not Hye-jin’s concern that Yeon Hwa is now saying that the new Hyun Chul, the cook is just body- renting Hyun Chul’s banker’s body.

Yeon Hwa had a ‘closure’.  She had her husband cremated.  She should just move on.  Afterall the new Hyun Chul is not that interested in her or their family anymore.  Sad.

Episode 13-14

Omigod these episodes are just the saddest.

Hyun Chul, after having a heart to heart, with Ji Soo, his daughter finally decided to go back to Yeon Hwa.

It was very telling that Yeon Hwa herself, can’t make him come home and yet their daughter can.  What does that say about their marriage and relationship?!!!.

The issue about the fraudulent dealings in the bank is beginning to unravel, where the bank president and his cronies are  in the thick of it.  It was a good foresight of Hyun Chul to have recorded his conversation with the bank president.  It saved his own  skin against the conspiracy of the bank’s higher ups to frame him.

The scene where the usually calm and serene Hye Jin, who was visibly upset when Hyun Chul finally told her that he was not her husband and that he was going back to his real family was just tragic.  She back-hugged him to stay.  He can’t helped himself and hugged her tightly back but he had to go back as he already promised his daughter.

When he got back home, he was far from excited and Yeon Hwa noticed immediately that he was not her ‘husband’.

He doesn’t want to be in her company. They were awkward.  They might have slept on the same bed but there was an invisible chasm between them.  It was excruciating to watch. I feel so sorry for Yeon Hwa and yet at the same time upset with her.  She should give up on him.  He’s not worth it.  He is a selfish little s**t in someone else’s body.

I have to admit that I was rather annoyed with  Yeon Hwa when she called Hye Jin, who she knew was absolutely devastated. It looks like she was rubbing salt to Hye Jin’s injury by saying that her husband is back with her and that Hye Jin should pack Hyun Chul’s clothes and she would collect them.  What a ‘bi**ch! 🙂  Hye Jin quite rightly said that the clothes were her husband’s.

Hyun Chul was already in bed together with Yeon Hwa quite late in the night, when he received a call from the banker’s daughter informing him that Hye Jin was ill.

He got dressed immediately to go.

This next scene was heart-breaking.  Yeon Hwa followed him outside begging him not to go.  She even said that she would stay outside to wait for his return.  You can see later on that she was still sitting by the steps outside their house in her flimsy night dress under the pouring rain.

Can’t wait for next week episodes for more upset feelings for me.  Love it and hate it at the same time.

Episode 15

Have I mentioned how gorgeous Kai was as Ato, a young grim reaper?!!! Well he is a total eye candy and he had more screen time in this episode.  I hope it continues toward  the finale.

I had a seesaw of emotion this time.  I was beginning to lean toward Team Hye Jin as I was finding Yeon Hwa rather pathetic and malicious last week.

Yeon Hwa’s scenes with Ato was just so darn cute.  The way he held an invisible umbrella while she was sitting on the step in the pouring rain was so affecting.

This episode is totally Yeon Hwa’s.  I was watching her finally getting into grips that the man before her was no longer her husband.  When she told him to go, I found myself bursting into tears.  I was even wondering where that came from.  I was really feeling the moment. huhuhu

Anyway I am back at Team Yeon Hwa but I want her to live without the encumbrance of  her fickle husband, who had fallen in love with someone else.  He was so comfortable giving Hye Jin, hugs and even kisses but he can’t even bear to sit close next to Yeon Hwa.

Her father-in-law was beyond annoying.  He had the nerve to tell off Yeon Hwa for having thrown out his son late that night and without feeding him first.

I was rooting for her when she had that cathartic shout out by the riverside while she was saying her goodbyes and wishing her husband to live a good life.  But she confidently said to herself that she will live an even better one.  I was so glad about that.

Episode 16

Have I mentioned how gorgeous Kai was? Oh yes I have! 🙂

Anyway this episode is actually a so-so.

Probably because I don’t find the romance between the two beautiful people, Hyun Chul and Hye Jin sweet.   In fact it is rather putrid.

And as Yeon Hwa put it rather succinctly ‘he was having fun cheating, cheating legally, skillfully and annoyingly!

Yeon Hwa was so annoyed with Hyun Chul for having marginalised their daughter, making her a fifth wheel to his new found family, when he was supposed to be taking Ji Soo out for a treat.

Anyway the bank controversy is almost wrapped up except for the Head of HR, who was deep into the bogus loans scandal.  He was on the run and stalking Hyun Chul.

As his work in the bank is now slightly lighter, horny Hyun Chul suggested to  Hye Jin to take a trip with him.  The equally horny Hye Jin agreed with such alacrity. Ha ha ha

Ato and the other angel of death were talking about the death situation and they concurred that it had gone too far to be reversed and many people have been affected and would continue to do so.

Hye Jin and Hyun Chul were giddily promenading by the bank of the river, totally engrossed with each other that they did not notice a gun being fired towards them…

Who gets shot?

As there are four episodes more to go and the sadistic writers are not finished wringing every emotion yet from viewers, I reckon, Ato (gorgeous Kai) will be there to save the day.

But if someone dies, I think it might be Hye JIn.

Hyun Chul will then be left in pieces; too overwrought with grief to reconcile with Yeon Hwa.  I don’t see any happy ending!

I prefer thought that Hyun Chul dies.  LOL

Episode 17

Have I mentioned how gorgeous Kai was?  He was and lucky Yeon Hwa got to hug him…tight.

Hyun Chul apparently is a completely a new person.  He was not the banker nor was he the cook.  He himself believed this so much so that he told his daughter, Ji Soo, that they can never be as before.  They cannot return to the past and that he is someone else’s father now.

He had become a really unfeeling character to his original family, as the cook.  He is treating them badly and always on his term as well.  He will be nice to them when he feels like it and then completely indifferent when it suited him.

Thank goodness Yeon Hwa is valiantly moving on but poor Ji Soo!

The ending of this episode was shockingly unexpected.  How can they kill Yeon Hwa.  She is a decent human being.  I have to say that I thought Hyun Chul was going to die, meet another accident when his car was barred from all sides by other cars and a truck.  I thought the truck in front will roll onto him and kill him.  I totally did not expect Yeon Hwas to get run over and die, that was just too cruel.

I hope she doesn’t die.  I hope Kai/Ato is just in time to revive her.

I wonder if this drama is preproduced?  It  they are shooting scenes as they go along, it must have been rather hard for Kai, being the angel of death, when his real father had just passed very recently.

Anyway, I am not sure anymore how this drama will end.

Episode 18

Woah, I thought there were another two episodes but it seems this is the finale.

I have just watched it now raw and I am not really happy about the ending.  Hyun Chul is just too annoyingly smug to have gotten away with everything.

I think Ato reversed time but leaving the ‘new’ Hyun Chul’s memory intact.  I think his own punishment was watching his ‘family’ being happy with the revived cook.

But looking at his face in the end, he really doesn’t give a s**t!


Have I mentioned how gorgeous Kai was?!!!  I thought I should again as a bit of a panacea to this sorry ending.  I was expecting something more dramatic. Instead they opted for uninspired coward’s way of reversing time .  Nothing special after the rollercoaster storyline!  What a shame!

I am pretty sure the writers and producers knew this ending will not sit well with the viewers who invested 18 hours or more to this drama only to be presented with a cop out ending.

So to make sure it was not a total damp squib for viewers, Kai was brought in for a bit of an eye candy and light relief.

I have to say, it almost worked but the random gorgeous dancing scene was just too brief. He can really move.  Please give him a drama of his own already!


Anyway here is my summary.

Ato had developed a protective fondness for Yeon Hwa.  Her death made him desolate even for a deity of death.

So he appeared to Hyun Chul, who was rather upset after the death of Yeon Hwa (but not upset or concerned enough to comfort his daughter who was  mourning and crying her eyes out all alone, next to the corpse of her mother.) Ato gave him a choice of reversing everything that happened just prior and after the body renting.

He opted for the reverse procedure, knowing that the ‘new’ Hyun Chul will be gone, but he will have a flashback memory of what had occurred.

What did he do?

He went home immediately to Hye Jin, got in bed with her and testamenting that he doesn’t know himself whether Hyun Chul, the banker or the cook who truly loves her. all he knew was that he loves her.  This is while Yeon Hwa had just died.  The spirit of Yeon Hwa must be able to see how being disrespectful he was to her even in her immediate time of death. (B*****d!!!) 🙁

Then the time came for everything to be reversed!

He was back to being the banker but with the sensitivity (or not) of the cook.

He, as the banker, started courting not only his wife but also their children.

All the bank, business were cleared up and the criminals apprehended.  While looking at his notebook, the last entry was for 29 May 2018 and he previously wrote that it was time for him to go home.

He suddenly felt nostalgic for his ‘old’ wife, daughter and father.

At that same time Yeon Hwa is alive again and happily living with her husband, the cook (yes the fat grinning bloke is alive – I have not forgiven him for being easily swayed by a beautiful woman).

Yeon Hwa was having the time of her life with her family.  There was a wistful look in Hyun Chul’s eyes and smile as he watched them from afar, especially looking at the radiant Yeon Hwa.

Later on he then went to his old house and had a surprised encounter with Yeon Hwa by the doorstep.  She was happy but looked through him like the stranger that he had become.

The end was looking up to high heavens in a beautiful scenic location, thanking the Lord for his second chance.

~The End~

 

 

 

 

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