I hate to post twice about the same topic but after seeing Smile Honey last Saturday, I think it deserves more than the casual mention that I gave it in HERE.
Smile Honey is currently dubbed in Filipino and airs on TV5 every Monday to Friday from 1:15pm. I’m not a big fan of dubbed shows, something just always ends up lost in translation, especially the dramatic or comedic delivery of lines from the actors. Good thing that Smile Honey has a reasonably good script and material to begin with.
Anyway, here’s a more complete introductory synopsis to the show. This should be very helpful since most of the names of the characters have been changed to be more easy to remember and pronounce for Filipino audiences.
Jasmine Seo (Lee Min Jung) is the second daughter of a wealthy family. Right after her wedding to the equally rich Hansel Lee (Lee Kyu Han), her father David Seo (Kang Suk Woo) discovers that their family’s business has suddenly gone bankrupt. This forces Hansel to dump Jasmine since the marriage was supposed to be a unification of the two families’ wealth.
To make matters worse, the Seo Family is forced to live with their former long-time loyal chaffeur, Mando Kang (Choi Bool-Am). David Seo has been very rude and dismissive to Mang Mando in the past. But with no other choice, he ends up living in the chaffeur’s house with Jasmine and his snobbish wife, Charito Seo (Heo Yoon-Jung).
Funny enough, Mang Mando may seem very timid and subservient to the Seo Family. But now, the Seo Family must now live under his iron-fist rule. Apparently, Mang Mando is very strict at home. In fact, his mechanic son Samson Kang (Chun Ho-Jin), and his son’s wife, Mildred (Song Ok-Sook), are both terrified of him. Even Mando’s grandson, Arnold Kang (Jung Kyung-Ho) who has already achieved a Graduate Degree and is working on a Doctorate in Automotive Engineering is scared of Mang Mando.
The arrival of the Seo Family in the Kang Family home creates tension on both sides. The Seo Family is forced to lead more simple lives as enforced by Mang Mando while the Kang Family is pushed to be more welcoming and to serve as examples of simple living to their new home buddies.
But the ultimate heart of the drama here will center on Jasmine and Arnold, who by some twist of fate has had a one-sided love for Jasmine’s very much independent older sister, Lyka (Choi Jung-Yoon). Arnold considers the moving-in of the Seo Family as a good luck sign for his one-sided love, while Jasmine slowly develops feelings for Arnold the more she gets to know him.
There are a total of 45 episodes to this drama. But K-Drama fans will be glad to know that TV5 has had the decency of NOT cutting up each 1 hour episode into 30 minute versions. So everyday you can actually watch a whole episode unlike with other dramas aired on ABS-CBN2 or GMA7.
The episode that aired last Saturday was already the 9th. But there’s no need to despair – Smile Honey has an easy to follow plot. All you need to know is the background of each of the characters to enjoy the story. For those who want to play catch-up, dramabeans has an extensive recap of 31 episodes. Just look for Smile, You HERE. It’s important to note that the original Korean names of the characters have been changed so here is a guide for your convenience:
Jasmine Seo (Seo Jung In)
Lyka Seo (Seo Jung-Kyung)
David Seo (Seo Jung-Kil)
Charito Seo (Gong Joo-Hee)
Arnold Kang (Kang Hyun-Soo)
Mang Mando (Kang Man-Bok/Grandpa Man-bok)
Samson Kang (Kang Sang-Hoon)
Mildred Kang (Baek Geum-Ja)
Hansel Lee (Lee Han-Sae)
I am hoping that this K-Drama gets more viewers so that there would be a re-airing. So let’s all watch Smile Honey!