I watched a few episodes of So Ji-Sub’s turn as the sour-faced lead in The Master’s Sun a few months back and didn’t really fall into fan girl status with that one. (I actually stopped watching the series.) But after this role? Count me in, people…count me in. On top of that, Shin Min-a is one of my most favorite actresses after I watched her as the quirky nine-tailed kitsune in “My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox.”
Series Name: Oh My Venus (or 오 마이 비너스)
Run date: The series ran from November 2016 through January 5, 2016 (Mondays and Tuesdays) on KBS2.
I watched a subtitled version via Dramafever. See the Oh My Venus series page here.
Stars: So Ji Sub and Shin Min-a
Kim Young-ho is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars. Despite his family’s wealth, Young-ho suffered a devastating injury in his childhood. But he believes any problem can be overcome by patience and determination.
Kang Joo-eun was once an ulzzang in her teens, semi-famous for her pretty face and enviable figure. Now a 33-year-old lawyer, she has gained a lot of weight since. After getting dumped by her boyfriend and being told by her doctor that she has health issues, Joo-eun hires Young-ho to challenge her to diet and lose weight.
As they work on her physical transformation, they heal each other’s emotional wounds and fall in love.
Kang Joo-Eun started off as a high school hometown hottie and met her first love right before law school. Said first love is none other than Jung Gyu-Woon (the terrible ex-husband from Birth of a Beauty). Fast forward 15 years and it’s their anniversary. Joo-Eun is an attorney (yay!) and is expecting an engagement ring as she goes to meet up with Woo-Shik. She’s gained a little weight (50 pounds) and is sort of abrasive to Woo-Shik, though its obvious she loves him.
‘Cept Woo-Shik (much like his character in Birth of a Beauty) is ending things with Joo-Eun because he’s fallen in love with someone else–who happens to be a friend from law school. Said friend, Oh Soo-Jin (played by Yoo In-Young) was overweight and awkward in law school. But not anymore. Not only does she have Joo-Eun’s man, she is also the new deputy president at the law firm. Ouch.
Across the pond, Kim Young-Ho (So Ji-Sub) is embroiled in a scandal involving an American actress. He’s also heir to the hospital conglomerate where Woo-Shik works as a director and is returning to Korea to let the heat die down in the states, where he went by the alias John Kim.
Joo-Eun and Young-Ho cross paths on the plane, where she suffers a crazy panic attack thing (not sure what?) where he has to remove a corset and give her some TLC in first class. Awww. He’s abrasive, she’s sort of in a weak place.
Through the first few episodes, their paths cross repeatedly, most notably right after she says “Please save me” at different points in the story. (It’s true!)
He’s also training an up and coming MMA fighter, Joon Sung (played by my bae Sung Hoon from Faith and Noble My Love) and has an apprentice trainer named Ji-Wong (played by Henry Lau). These two add a comedic touch to much of the show, despite Joon Sung finding his long-lost birth mother along the way (so sweet!).
Fast forward. Joo-Eun wants life changes, so Young-Ho agrees to help her lose weight as long as she keeps his secret that he’s really John Kim. Hilarious training montages ensue.
We watch the foursome (trainer, trainee, fighter and assistant coach) for a mini family and help each other through tough times. The weight drops off Joo-Eun (if only it were so simple!) and she’s learning to live with her hypothyroidism. Life with evil witch Soo Jin is rough, but Joo-Eun is doing what she can to get by as her feelings for Young-Ho grow.
Young-Ho’s getting pressure from his CEO grandmother to take the reins. He’s resistant but finally agrees.
There’s a huge accident. But, GLORY BE, no amnesia! A very long absence to recuperate and let ALL THE FEELINGS grow crazy strong. And a reunion. There’s also a championship MMA belt won. Two proposals. And babies. It went really fast until the last episode where it sort of dragged out with massive series flashbacks. But I loved it. As much as I didn’t want to, I did!
One of my favorites. One of my serious favorites in a long time and I think a lot of it had to do with that crazy chemistry between the two leads. It could also have something to do with the fact that these motifs appeared and are very real in my own life: weight loss, hypothyroidism, mma, jiu jitsu and knitting.
I’m so serious. Young-Ho knits. Melt my heart, already.