DRAMA OF THE MONTH: Go Ho’s Starry Night

Official promo poster for Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에)

This month’s drama is one that I think you’re really going to like. It’s short enough, you should easily be able to squeeze into even the busiest of schedules and it’s cute enough to keep you coming back for more. Though if you’re like me, you’re not going to be able to stop watching once you start, which means even if you decide to marathon the entire thing, you’re only going to have to sacrifice a few hours, as opposed to an entire weekend.

I know I’m heavily biased towards idols but Yuri made a really great Go Ho.

Now I know that when someone says “web-drama” a lot of us seasoned drama watchers tend to cringe as images of cheesy, idol-filled fluff-fests immediately spring to mind. While I happen to one of those rare birds who actually thrive of on the fluff of bias-filled web-dramas, I do have to admit that sometimes that fluff can leave a person feeling less-than-satisfied when the final credits start to roll. However, there are times when a mini-drama moves beyond the fluff and actually delivers an enjoyable drama-watching experience and that’s exactly what Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에), does. A collaboration between South Korea’s Kim Jong Hyuk Studio and China’s Sohu TV, Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에) originally aired online in China, before filling the 22:00 Saturday-Sunday time slot on SBS, where it aired as 4, hour-long episodes this past October.

You can’t get more tsundere than this guy!

In true web-drama style, Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에) stars Girls’ Generation’s Yuri (유리) as the leading lady but the list of idols stops there. The rest of the cast is made up of actors, some of them quite seasoned, which is probably why this drama feels more like a full-length series than it’s fluffy web-series companions. There’s a surprising depth to the characters in this story which makes it very easy to fall in love with them; and I’m not just talking about swooning over the hunky male lead, Kim Young Kwang (김영광). (Who is most definitely swoon-worthy, don’t get me wrong!) I actually found myself falling in love with all the characters, in one way or another. Though maybe not Lee Ji Hoon’s (이지훈) character, Hwang Ji Hoon… I have a very hard time cheering for anyone who breaks someone’s heart and then comes crawling back later to beg for a second chance; but maybe I’m just weird like that.

Sorry man but you’re never going to win out over Hunky McHunkerson. You had your chance and you blew it. Better luck next time!

Though the plot of this drama is pretty typical, with its “tsundere” male lead and down-on-her-luck leading lady, it’s still a lot of fun to watch unfold. There aren’t many surprises along the way but there are some pretty great characters who come into play – the adorable player Oh Jung Min (Shin Jae Ha, 이지훈) comes particularly to mind… Oh! He’s such a punk and yet, there’s something about him that you just can’t help but love! – and each of them brings a little something special to the story. In addition to the side characters, there’s a surprising number of cameo appearances, by some pretty awesome actors, all of which add a little spark of fun to an already entertaining drama. (You don’t even want to know how I reacted when Lee Jong Suk (이종석) showed up out of the blue… It wasn’t my most dignified moment but I’m sure it would have been quite entertaining to watch.)

I hate myself for liking this punk as much as I did but even as a player, he had moments of sweetness that really made my heart wobble. Ugh! I’m such a weakling!

While Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에) will probably never win any ground-breaking drama awards, it gets a great big gold star in my book. It’s got a great cast, a lot of really fun moments, it’s cute, entertaining and it doesn’t require a huge investment of time and emotions. In short, it’s a perfect drama to pick up when you need a little extra sunshine in your life. Of course we all have our own dramatic preferences so how you feel about this drama could be quite different from how I feel. Whether you liked Go Ho’s Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에) or not, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it so be sure to leave your comments below!

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