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Monday, July 18, 2011

내 사랑 팥쥐 / Nae Sarang Patjwi




My Love Patzzi



2002 MBC Drama that starred Kim Rae won as Kim Hyun sung, a young zoologist hopeful working the summer at the American equivalent of a theme park that also has a zoo and banquet facilities.

He meets a girl who started work there after losing a teaching position at a local pre-school, and from there the sparks begin to fly.

Yes, it's an oldie, so you can expect there to be a love triangle, unnatural hatred among 'friends', and the ubiquitous bitch there to spoil things until the last, few frames of the show.

Oh, and there is even the medical malady thrown in the mix as well.

According to someone at wiki-drama:
"Patjwi (pat-jwi) is the name of a Korean folk tale character. It is also romanized as Patji and Patzzi."

According to Dictionary.com:

pat·sy[pat-see] –noun, plural -sies. Slang.
1. a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.
2. a person upon whom the blame for something falls; scapegoat; fall guy.
3. a person who is the object of a joke, ridicule, or the like.

There is no, such word as patzzi in the English language, so I'd have to read up on Korean folklore to get the message, unless  that's someone's weird way of spelling what the English term is, who knows.

Jang Na ra as Yang Song yi is that 'patsy' in this drama since it's her 'friend' who constantly sets her up for the latest fall.

Kim Jae won as Kang Seung joon is the son of the park owner (naturally) - and, naturally, he falls for our Song yi instead of for the rich, pretty girl (Hong Eun hee as Eun Hee won) who hates Song yi for whatever reason.

Both girls knew Hyun sung in elementary school, and they both had a crush on him (as did all the other, little girls at the school), and when Hee won tells Song yi to go for it, she does so with vigor when Hee won suddenly butts in and takes him away ~ thus the constant rift between the now sworn enemies.

Now that they're adults, Hee won thinks that Hyun sung, while handsome and dashing, isn't cut out to be her likely mate since he's not going anywhere financially - but, Hyun sung still thinks that Song yi is a jerk and he continues to pursue the snobby chick while putting down Song yi.

Now, to finally exact her revenge on Hee won, Song yi gets it in her head to muck up the works inside a brand new parade train in the hopes that Hee won will be blamed.

Bad turns to worse when that train is taken for an early spin by the park owner's son, the electric works start to spark and then smoke - and then the whole, expensive machine is ablaze.

Stunned but valiant, Song yi rushes to the aid of the unconscious rich guy, drags him out of the flames, and when he finally opens his eyes, she begs him to forgive her before running away.

Seung joon falls for Song yi, but guilt prevents her from returning the favor just then, and when Hyun sung finds out what a bitch Hee won is, he turns his attention toward Song yi while Hee won does whatever it takes to get Song yi out of the picture so she'll have a clear shot at Seung joon.

For a majority of the ten episodes, we watch as Hee won works her evil magic on Song yi, Song yi falls for Seung joon at about the same time our Hyun sung falls for her, and then when Seung joon learns the truth about the train debacle, it's tissue time for the viewer.

The ending received mixed reviews at aznv.tv, and I think I know why, but it wasn't as bad as some led me to believe, that's for sure.
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