Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha just premiered on tvN as well as Netflix and it’s as beautiful as expected! A soothing, simple, feel-good start to the drama starring dimple couple Kim Seon Ho and Shin Min Ah.
The drama stars Shin Min Ah as Yoon Hye Jin, a dentist who moves to a seaside village and opens up a clinic there. Kim Seon Ho plays Hong Doo Shik, a man in the village who helps everyone in the town in various things, doing a variety of jobs for them.
Characters and Execution
The drama has a very simple plot. No high stakes so far. But that’s the beauty of it. We see the simple, slow lives of the village people. The cinematography and the location is gorgeous — just a feast for the eyes. The wide blue ocean and the idyllic village locations and houses. The simple living of village people and the compassion in the community. The show is also very funny.
I love that Hye Jin is not the typical drama heroine where she is perfectly adjusting to village life, or is uber friendly with everyone she meets. She is so normal. She is hesitant to mingle with people in general and has problem adjusting to the village life and community. It was nice to see her overcoming her hesitancy and trying to make amends when she inadvertently caused hurt to someone. It was not some grand gesture, just low key moments of growth. Like the incidence related to former singer turned cafe owner Choon Jae (Jo Han Chul). Or the one involving grandma and her teeth. Shin Min Ah’s performance is nothing short of delight. I also appreciate the realistic fact that Hye Jin struggles initially to get patients.
Doo Shik seems like the perfect hero — full of love, compassion, respect. But he is also someone who can be cheeky or petty, especially with respect to Hye Jin. I do think there is some mystery involved with him that we currently don’t see on screen but something is bubbling inside. Some sadness. We can sense that in his alone, quiet moments. Kim Seon Ho is AMAZING and so swoonworthy!
I LOVE Hye Jin and Doo Shik interactions. They have a perfect balance of banter and softness, both low-key crushing on each other. The chemistry is so natural. I loved when he sang that song during the meeting — and the beautiful song too, Old Love by Lee Moon Sae. The epilogues are so good!
One other character I really like is Hye Jin’s friend Pyo Mi Sun. She is funny and such a natural actor. I love, love, love Kim Young Ok as the old grandma of the village.
All in all, a beautiful and soothing drama, with a lovely couple. And all heart eyes for Kim Seon Ho and his dimpled smile!