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Monday, September 16, 2013

Drama Review: Nail Shop Paris


Nail Shop Paris - 10 episodes

Hong Yeo Joo is an internet novelist dedicated to the lore of gumihos. To get inspiration, she tailed a guy and ended up pretending as a boy in a nail shop with flower boy nail artists.

For flower boys + work, we had coffee shop, ramyun shop and now we have a nail shop. The weird thing is they decided to pair the gender bender + flower boy with supernatural theme of gumihos. But I love the idea of flower boy nail artists. Girls would be swooning with handsome guys holding their hands. But the reverse harem ends there. The romance setup was a love triangle. But even with just 2 guys, the drama made me doubt myself several times of who'll she end up with. 

It had it's 3 or 4 great cliffhangers but I was not  100% emotionally hooked. There where three factors. 1) The acting of heroine, Park Gyu Ri. She only have one expression! 2) The storyline and sub-plots are so random. I was afraid there's going to have a lot of loose ends but they cleverly wrapped it all up in the last 15 mins. 3) The directing. Maybe I was just so used to flashy dramas but it wasn't just that polished. There were also lots of awkward little details like having uber long nails while in crossbending mode, Kay wearing tiara when he won, Kay wearing dark shades during fight scenes etc. 

During the final episode I suddenly realized that "Jin" closely resembles Sandara Park and it hit me he must be her brother. Sure enough it was him. He's also better known as Thunder of boy band, MBLAQ. Park Gyu Ri is also from the girl group, KARA. "Kay" was also familiar  since I saw him in "The Moon Embraces the Sun". I've also created "beauty" and "gumiho" tags for related themes.





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