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«Splash Splash LOVE» review

A story you will never forget for the rest of your life

ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (雪亮 | 스노 | Yuki)

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퐁당퐁당 LOVE》 / 《Splash Splash LOVE》 is a 2015 live-action short story about a senior high school girl student, who have the ability to teleport through spacetime, who ended up in the Joseon Dynasty and met King Sejong the Great. Kim Seul Gi arrived in a time of draught and had no way to return to 2015, the court of Joseon have mistaken her to be a eunuch which helped her hide her real identity. King Sejong recognized her usefulness and together they developed the improvements the people of Joseon needed … and fell in love with each other.

A story you will never forget for the rest of your life

《퐁당퐁당 LOVE》 / 《Splash Splash LOVE》 was originally released as a web series totalling 10 webisodes. It was later compiled and released as a two-episode series with a total running time of two hours and twenty minutes, the usual length of a movie. They could have had filmed a movie but the decision to do an episodic (or webisodic in this case) story allowed them to create a very beautiful and touching show.

Splash Splash LOVE (2015) Kim Seul Gi as 'Jang Dan Bi' (left); Yoon Doo Joon as 'King Se Jong the Great' (right)

Splash Splash LOVE (2015)

Kim Seul Gi as ‘Jang Dan Bi’ (left); Yoon Doo Joon as ‘King Se Jong the Great’ (right)

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Acting

The chemistry between the main actors, 윤두준 (Yoon Doo Joon) and 김슬기 (Kim Seul Gi), were perfect. At first there was no spark between the two, as it should be when one was a high school student from the future and the other a king. But once the characters developed feelings for each other, their acting also displayed the feelings of their characters, of being easy when in each other’s presence, and showing how happy they were in each other’s company.

Music

While this show only have one theme song, 《너에게 퐁당》, sang by two different singers, it was a great song that fits the story. Though the lyrics reflect the story of this short drama, one can easily relate to it regardless of which time period they are. A very good composition and melody which complimented 《퐁당퐁당 LOVE》 / 《Splash Splash LOVE》 well.

Splash Splash LOVE (2015) Yoon Doo Joon as 'King Se Jong the Great' (left); Kim Seul Gi as 'Jang Dan Bi' (right)

Splash Splash LOVE (2015)

Yoon Doo Joon as ‘King Se Jong the Great’ (left); Kim Seul Gi as ‘Jang Dan Bi’ (right)

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Verdict

Last but definitely not the least, it would not have achieved its success if this was originally filmed as movie as movies have a higher and far different expectations and requirements. A great decision on the part of the production team. Because it was made episodic, they were able to concentrate on the delivery without the immense stress and demands of a movie. Yes, this is not a film but with its total running time and great story, it is a great movie for me.

I can not believe I only discovered 《퐁당퐁당 LOVE》 / 《Splash Splash LOVE》 today. I will never forget this story for the rest of my life.

10 out of 10 stars from me!

Official trailer

[teaser] 윤두준, 김슬기의 ‘퐁당퐁당 LOVE’ 티져 2탄

«Splash Splash LOVE» (2015) trailer

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Official Music Video: 《너에게 퐁당》 (단비 이야기)

[MV] 퐁당퐁당LOVE OST-‘너에게 퐁당’ (단비 이야기)

«Splash Splash LOVE» (2015) OST

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OST


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