The reason for the popularity of ‘Welcome to Samdali’, Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun
The reason for the popularity of ‘Welcome to Samdali’, Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun
JTBC's Saturday-Sunday drama 'Welcome to Samdali' is emerging as an emerging powerhouse in the weekend home theater, breaking its own highest viewership ratings every episode. Above all, it received enthusiastic responses from viewers, making it a full-fledged 'deleted in an instant' drama. What is the reason?

'Welcome to Samdali' raised high expectations from viewers even before the broadcast began due to the meeting of self-proclaimed romantic comedy geniuses Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun. And the romantic comedy synergy between those who took off the veil exceeded expectations. Ji Chang-wook, acknowledged by Shin Hye-sun as “an actor who speaks with his eyes,” embroidered Yong-pil’s ever-changing emotions in his eyes as his ex-girlfriend, Samdal (played by Shin Hye-sun), whom he holds in his heart, gets hurt in Seoul and returns to his hometown after eight years. . Shin Hye-sun, who can digest anything on her own, portrayed the three months of being strong on the outside but infinitely soft on the inside with fluent emotional acting. As a result, viewers were able to cry and laugh along with them.

As these two actors depicted the turbulent history of Yongpil and Samdal, who have a long history, the reaction of viewers was bound to explode. In particular, the variation that freely moves between romance and comedy further immersed viewers. At the reunion after 8 years, there was laughter as the person trying to catch the thief and the person trying to avoid being caught fought over the straps of his pants, but when it was revealed that the thief had returned in Samdal, the atmosphere turned 180 degrees into a heartbreaking reunion. It was the same on the first day of their relationship. The moment college student Yongpil confesses to Samdal for the first time brought excitement with a melodious mood, but a second later Samdal, who was drunk, said "Who are you?" and showed a lost mind, drawing unexpected laughter. The pure romance of these two, who do not know where they will go, combined with the passionate performances of Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun, tightly captured the attention of viewers.

The fact that characters with unique personalities are spread out all over Samdali also leaves you with no time to look away. The 'Five Eagle Brothers' consisting of Wang Gyeong-tae (played by Lee Jae-won), a nice but tactful talker, Cha Eun-woo (played by Bae Myeong-jin) who is the most gentle and quick-witted among friends of the same age, and Sang-do (played by Kang Young-seok), a rich man who has a soft spot for Sam-dal. ' exudes a sense of humor that never gets boring, causing laughter just by appearing. In addition, the true friendship of those who were always together and always ran for each other is already becoming a point of anticipation for how it will help Samdal 'take a breath'.

Among Samdali's official 'Three Sisters of Fear', the eldest Jo Jin-dal (played by Shin Dong-mi) and the third Jo Hae-dal (played by Kang Mina) each have their own distinct characters, building a chemistry between the three sisters that is not often seen on the small screen. Adding to this, the sea otter's daughter Cha Ha-yul (played by Kim Do-eun), who bombards the audience with facts with sharp insight that is not typical of a 9-year-old child, completes an invincible laugh-hunting combination. Above all, when Jindal was a flight attendant, her ex-husband Jeon Dae-yeong (played by Yang Gyeong-won), the CEO of AS Group, who fell in love with her at first sight after seeing her using force to subdue a drunk passenger who was behaving badly, came to Jeju to work on a theme park and met Jindal. It is predicted. I am eagerly awaiting the next story to see what kind of unusual episodes the reunion of 'strong kids' Jindal and Daeyoung will create, and what kind of diverse activities the Sisters will perform in the next three months.

Samdal's parents, Go Mi-ja (played by Kim Mi-kyung), the female diver president, and Jo Pan-sik (played by Seo Hyeon-cheol), Mija Baragi, and Yongpil's father Jo Sang-tae (played by Yoo Oh-seong), who is sometimes a mother and sometimes a friend, portrays the hearts of parents who only worry about their children whether they are asleep or awake. It provides a warm family feeling. In addition, the three female divers who follow Mija, Oh Geum-sul (played by Baek Hyeon-joo), Yang Bu-ja (played by Kim Mi-hwa), Jeon Hye-ja (played by Yoon Jin-seong), and the Samdali people played their roles well with their unique character plays. As I was immersed in the affection that these colorful characters were creating in Samdali, an hour was literally erased in an instant.

And there is a device that makes those feelings and memories even stronger. By actively using songs that evoke the emotions of that time as background music, viewers are transported into heart-warming memories of the past. Representatively, the king of singer Yong-pil Cho's famous songs that touch the hearts of many people regardless of generation, 'Short Hair', 'Surrounding Life', and 'Curtleback' and Namola Family's 'I Love You', summon longed memories and long-lasting affection. did. In addition, during the seaweed fight scene between Yongpil and Samdal's love and hate, the lyrics "Who said love is beautiful" from Cho Yongpil's "The Woman Outside the Window" were played as background music, further amplifying the two people's crazy love. It was a method of using 100 points that doubled the viewers’ immersion.

Kang Min-kyung, Ten Asia reporter translated by google