I have started watching a delicious Korean drama called 9 End 2 Outs, starring Soo Ae as Hong Nan Hee and Lee Jung Jin as Byun Hyung Tae.
So far I am three eps in and it's wonderful.
Nan Hee and Hyung Tae have been best friends for 30 years, almost since the day they were born. And now they are reassessing their lives as they hit that bit 30-yr mark. Nan Hee is someone who is not viewed as a success by the traditional Korean society: a 30-year old woman, she is not only single but without any sort of a career, working a low-paying, dead-end job and dreaming of becoming a writer. She is a bit of a slob, somewhat hot-tempered, rather an idealist, and totally irresistable. Hyung Tae, OTOH, has taken the 'eligible bachelor' thing much too far. He is a photographer working for a large advertising company and is still trying to cope with the break-up with the love of his life, who walked out on him a few years ago. And by 'cope' I mean 'pick up every easy and not too bright bimbo who will fall for his charm and good looks in a bar.'
Nan Hee and Hyung Tae know almost everything about each other, from big things to small and in some ways that friendship is the most important relationship in their lives (they have been known to let go of significant others who demand that one of them stop seeing the other) but they genuinely do not see each other as a potentially attractive man or woman. They bicker, they help out the other with their tangled love lives, they joke, and they really do not see that they might be perfect for each other. That might change when Hyung Tae lets the broke Nan Hee crash at his place. Or it might lead them to killing each other instead.
I love the drama. I love the pacing, I love the secondaries, and above all, I love the friendship between the leads. I am sure they will end up falling for each other, but I honestly don't care if they never do because I love watching their friendship so much. My favorite scene so far is after Nan Hee broke up with her much younger boyfriend, whom she genuinely loved but with whom she thought she couldn't work it out, she is falling apart and Hyung Tae ends up taking such good care of her. At that point he has not the slightest romantic interest in her. But his best friend is in trouble and he does everything he can and GUUUUH.