K-Drama Time Machine: So Ji Sub Becomes The Long-Awaited Solution To Women’s Weight Loss Problem In “Oh My Venus”
It’s exactly three years since we enjoyed the love story of Kang Joo Eun with coach-nim in Oh My Venus.
Forget the grueling gym work out, home yoga sessions and sadness inducing diet plans. Just allot two hours in two days watching Oh My Venus and you will miraculously lose 10 lbs in two weeks. It’s true. No hidden agendas, no diet pills, and no aggravating body pains. Sign up for a 14-day trial period at Coach John Kim’s Venus boot camp and see for yourself what the rest of the women who tried the program have been talking about. *chuckles
Title: Oh My Venus
Theme: Romance, Comedy
Length: 16 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 16 Nov – 2015 – 5 January 2016
Main Leads: So Ji Sub, Shin Min Ah, Sung Hoon, Jung Gyu Woon, Yoo In Young, Henry, Jung Hye Sung
Highlights: Addictive romantic treat, Woman-empowering messages
Related Dramas: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Devilish Charm
Advertisers and businesses overlooked the effective solution to the alarming woes of women struggling to keep up with their weight. Bottling So Ji Sub as a weight coach would have made the women’s world a better place. *giggles
KBS2’s hilarious romantic-comedy starring Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub left audience with woman-empowering messages and doses of blissful trance for ladies imagining how it would feel like to have a gorgeous personal trainer like So Ji Sub.
John Kim’s Venus
Music cue: “Baby only you hoooooo…”
Oh My Venus goes to the typical Korean rom-com milieu of a rich heir who falls in love with a normal girl, but with a fitness program twist.
Kang Joo Eun iss a feisty Korean lawyer with a steady long-time boyfriend. She is living a calm and normal life and the only concern she has is her weight loss struggle.
She used to be the high school boys’ dream girl in her hometown, but life’s complications took over and she has failed to maintain her goddess self. She eventually loses her boyfriend to an old chubby law school friend who managed to discard her old fat self.
Wanting to reclaim the self-esteem she has been losing, Joo Eun takes the opportunity of forcing herself to be coached by a famous Hollywood weight loss trainer, John Kim, when she chances upon his identity after retrieving his belongings which was left in her possession.
Joo Eun imposes herself on taking John Kim’s training camp, but assumes the manager was John Kim and not Kim Young Ho. The crew was forced to accept her request to shut her mouth in publicly declaring John Kim’s arrival in Korean soil following a scandal he had with a famous Hollywood celebrity. They go on the quest of recovering Joo Eun’s Venus body though unbeknownst to Joo Eun, the training is not being done properly.
When Young Ho unfortunately witnessed Joo Eun’s love humiliation with her old flame, he stands up by her side to salvage her depleting self-worth.
With Joo Eun’s unfailing determination, he corrects her initial understanding of who John Kim is, and decides to formally coach her and bring her back to her old pretty and healthy self, declaring that he will officially own her body.
Sparks eventually connect them together and just as Joo Eun’s body fats are burning, their hearts too began falling in love with each other.
The Addictive Hook
Hallyu land is like a big aquarium of handsome men, but So Ji Sub’s cold exterior and warm heart is just a solid punch on why he’s able to pull his cliché character in this drama and make the hearts of women race to an intoxicating bliss.
I’m not ashamed that my religious following of Oh My Venus stemmed from my undying one-sided love with So Ji Sub and I can’t be any happier when the story enticed me with enough Kim Young Ho’s smoking topless exposure and knee-weakening gazes to keep me from being inspired to the fitness goal the drama was trying to impart. So there drama… mission solved! *giggles
For avid K-Drama followers, reaching a point of outgrowing the over-used rich guy-normal girl love story setting is normal. Hence, playing strong on the fan service with such themes would do the trick. That’s exactly what Oh My Venus achieved with ample servings of refreshing characters and drooling moments which cushioned the shallow conflict. To be honest, anything is forgivable with So Ji Sub in it. *wink
But it would have been nice if they push more on Joo Eun’s initial dream to recover her old Venus self. Putting the problem of Young Ho’s family as conflict was a bit awkward for the plot. It was not fitting. Since they presented Young Ho’s broken self, I think they should have followed that lead.
There’s a lot of emotional struggles for couples in their 30’s because most tend to not unpack their excess baggage so they could have included it to make the plot meatier. They could have lengthened Joo Eun’s rally to win Young Ho’s rich family to make the drama even more sassier and feel-good.
Oh My Venus will give you what you bargained for, even when at times the narrative is too dictating and predictable. It helped that Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub’s chemistry was really superb in making the viewers smile.
I want to commend the show’s drive to encourage women with weight worries to lighten up and push themselves to be even more disciplined in following their fitness programs as it would be a propelling force to reclaim their confidence and to live a robust life. If you can get a supportive partner/boyfriend with that, then you are definitely on the right track.
With ample cutesy love scenes and charming on screen adorable couple, this rom-com offering will wear out a week’s work stress. If you want an uncomplicated and blithe love drama, this will definitely satisfy your craving. Add So Ji Sub on the side, and boy it’s definitely a winner all throughout.
All photos retrieved from KBS2.
About the writer
abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting watching K-Dramas as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.
Currently Watching and Covering: Tale of Fairy, The Last Empress, Encounter, Memories of the Alhambra, Hymn of Death, Dance Sports Girls Less Than Evil, Matrimonial Chaos, Priest, My Strange Hero, and Heart Surgeons
Favorite Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and City Hunter