Review: Wild Romance



Lee Dong Wook is cute and Lee Si Young is natural and likable, and we get some nice bickering romance between them. One of the sub-plots (popularly known as the Robot Couple) is also pretty adorable.

BUT. The writing is weak – sometimes spectacularly so – and that shows up more and more as the show progresses.

A few bright spots, but rather disappointing overall.



This drama had a promising cast and a cute premise, but the poor writing made this just an ok watch.

The set-up in the initial episodes felt rushed and clumsy, not only in terms of putting our OTP together in the same space, but later, also in terms of how Eun Jae (Lee Si Young) fell for Mu Yeol (Lee Dong Wook).

Particularly in a set-up where the OTP starts out hating each other’s guts, I think it’s pretty important to show us how one of them starts to fall for the other, and I did not get a good sense of how Eun Jae fell for Mu Yeol.

It felt quite sudden and random and I was left feeling rather puzzled in terms of how she came to have a crush on him, when she started out repelled by the very thought of him.

Lee Si Young is a pretty good actress, and I find her likable and nice to watch. She’s generally very competent and natural, and I believe that if the writing had been done well, then surely it would be clear how she fell for Mu Yeol.

Because of the clumsy set up, it took me a while to get into this show. As far as the first episode went, I felt like I was enduring the episode more than enjoying it. That’s not a great start, to be sure. But I usually don’t drop a drama after just one episode, and I pressed on.

After a couple of episodes, I was happy to find that I was actually starting to enjoy Wild Romance quite well, despite its flaws. Alas, this lasted only for a limited stretch, before the flaws became too glaring to ignore.

Still, I suppose once you accept that ok, it’s not well written but I’ll just accept it anyway as part of the drama’s reality, you can sit back to enjoy the delivery by Lee Si Young and Lee Dong Wook.

WR3 WR4They were both pretty amusing as the pair of enemies forced to spend extended periods of time together, one always trying to outwit and out-maneuvre the other.

Yes, it ran a bit too childish for my taste, but I told myself that I would be rewarded once they stopped long enough to fall in love.

Plus, there was the perk of ogling Lee Dong Wook, and that’s always a nice bonus 😉

WR5Thanks to Scent of a Woman, I now find Lee Dong Wook sensuous and quite yummy – anyone else remember fondly the hot-as-lava tango scene in Scent of a Woman?? ~Sizzle~

It’s not his physique, which seems to have been taken down a notch in this drama after Scent of a Woman. He has quite a few shirtless scenes in Wild Romance, but none are breathtaking.

They actually feel matter-of-fact, and don’t seem to figure significantly in his yumminess ratio.

Rather, it’s his lips and eyes. He’s got such kissable lips and bedroom-y eyes. And I really liked his goatee and scruffy hair in the first half of the show. It made him look so deliciously undone, by just enough. Yum 😉

He’s also a pretty decent actor – not brilliant, but very decent – and that makes him altogether a very pleasant watch, especially when he is being sensuous in his careless way, which I dig.

WR6As for Lee Si Young, I was impressed with how committed she was to getting uglified for the role.

It’s amazing how different she looks in this show compared to Playful Kiss and Poseidon, where she played pretty types. I mean, seriously. Look at her here in Playful Kiss:

LSY1Doesn’t she look like a completely different person?? You gotta respect an actress who’s unafraid to look completely unglamorous for a role, and that’s exactly what she did in Wild Romance.

Here, she’s quite uglified, and she pulls it off well. I think she’s going to give Yoon Eun Hye a good run for her money, since Yoon Eun Hye is good at playing boyish too, but also pretties up very well.

Lee Si Young plays Eun Jae with a sense of freshness that is uninhibited and unaffected. She was natural and likable as the smitten bodyguard who was trying to be tough on the outside but was really a shy girl on the inside.


The chemistry between Lee Dong Wook and Lee Si Young is pretty decent. It’s not smoking hot, but the chemistry exists, and it’s cute to watch them onscreen together.

I was a little bummed that they took away Lee Dong Wook’s goatee halfway through the show though. He gets all cleaned up, and that slightly undone look disappeared. What a waste. 😛


Not as delicious, amiright??

Another really cute couple was Dong Ah (Im Joo Eun) and Manager Kim (Kang Dong Ho).


These 2 were just hilarious together, and their relationship was a nice bright spot in a very average drama.

Manager Kim is ridiculously stiff, so much so that this couple got dubbed “Robot Couple” in the drama-verse, and Dong Ah is awesomely outspoken and frank. What a great pair! Some of my favorite moments of the show came from their interactions.


Who else found it a hoot that Dong Ah kept talking frankly about kissing and $ex and p0rn in her completely unaffected way, while Manager Kim squirmed and blushed and stuttered in response? That just never got old for me.


And just for memory’s sake, here’s a screencap of Dong Ah wearing her hanbok with pride after she manages to wheedle it out of Manager Kim that his sexual fantasy is undoing a hanbok. So awesome.

This was where the “wild romance” was, hands down.


I have to say though, that the story took a real downhill turn after we rounded the halfway point.

I got rather impatient with the writers because the writing was so uneven and the entire thing felt so manufactured. Some of the plot points didn’t feel plausible, never mind organic, and there were quite a few threads left hanging all over the place.


The whole stalker thing seemed too fake and stilted, and it felt like they were just trying to fill up screen time.

It was quite a bummer that so much screen time was given to this whole stalker thing and that ate away screen time that could have been given to what was worth watching: the chemistry between Eun Jae and Mu Yeol, and Dong Ah and Manager Kim.

I thought it was really lame how they treated Dong Soo’s character (Oh Man Suk) and how they resolved his character’s plot line. The reasoning behind the whole stalker thing was just so hard to believe.


WR12I’d heard good things about Oh Man Suk but had never seen him in anything before, and I was completely underwhelmed by his very blah outing as Dong Soo.

His character was so bland and uninteresting that I really wondered why people fussed over his acting ability. (I found out later while watching What’s Up? what the fuss was about. He’s put to much, much better use there.)

WR13Overall, Wild Romance wasn’t much of a wild ride, though as a saving grace, Lee Si Young and Lee Dong Wook were cute and had some really nice moments. Plus, we got our Robot Couple, filling in the wild romance quotient of the show.

I just wish the writers had done more with these 2 couples and left the stalkery plot line alone.


An alright watch if you employ your Fast Forward button wisely.





You can check out this show on Viki here. It’s also available on Kocowa here.


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2 years ago

I just saw this and now I really have to ask you, is there a reason I have never seen you do a review on any other LDW drama (except this and Touch Your Heart)?? [I always felt like his later dramas are better than the older ones- both in terms of general cringe and his acting abilities.] I mean, there clearly was a time when you used to ogle at him. But..well, he doesn’t even have a Pure Pretty now (😢).

2 years ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Oh okay. I can relate with that totally. What about Strangers From Hell though? Or do you tend to not like dark thrillers or horror?
Also, this is just a request, but I wish you could do a post on why you didn’t like Goblin. Due to the seemingly universal appeal it has, I’d really, really like to know why it didn’t click with you. But, if you don’t really want to, that’s okay too🙃.
Also, you’re awesome and I love your blog💙.

7 years ago

I do agree with your review except for the part where or how can Lee Si Young fell for LDW .. DUUUUUH….Who won’t fall for LDW? no matter how much she hates him at the first part.. being with him everyday and looking at those bedroom eyes and luscious lips..

Yaaaa I won’t wait till episode 5 or 6 to fall for him.. He he.. hmmmm. overall , I just looooooooooove Dong Wook and won’t get tired of watching all his drama’s. He just have so much sex appeal, charisma…. I do agree also with your comment on his body baring at Scent Of A woman. That was quite a site to see. Yummy indeed whilst here at Wild Romance.. his body is not as fit as S.O.A.W

Hao Luong
9 years ago

I’m surprised because whoever did this review didn’t even mention Jessica

10 years ago

pretty much what I think. More Robot+Battery and deport stalker ahjumma. Oh and let her take what’s her name (2nd lead – 1st love) with her

10 years ago
Reply to  KaeKae

LOL! That would be absolutely perfect!! I didn’t enjoy the 1st love plot line either. It got way too old after a while. She just would not let go. Her blind fixation got really annoying, I have to say!