Hello and welcome to my initial impression for “Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” starring Kim Jae Joong, UEE, Jung Hye Seong and Baro as the main cast! This time – slip rom – com premiered on August 9th. I’m a slow starter, just like Bong Pil as we’re already at episode 6, but this review will be based on the first 4 episodes.
This review is spoiler – free. Enjoy!
If you’ve seen the trailers for “Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” then you know the producers and cast promised us one hell of a ride on the funky roller coaster. And they kept it. “Manhole” is on a constant sugar high, not scared of being different and most importantly freakishly entertaining. Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) is an obnoxious, but nonetheless lovable man-child, who has an attention span of a fruit fly, unless it involves Kang Soo Jin (UEE), neighbourhood beauty and love of his life. Shattering his world and future plans, she announces that she’s going to get married in 7 days. After unsuccessfully harassing his circle of friends for advice – their suggestions range from “killing the groom” to “shotgun wedding” – Pil receives assistance from a different corner of the universe and embarks on a journey he could have never imagined when he said, “I want to go back”.
“Manhole” plays with the butterfly effect in the best way. Rather than having Pil’s actions have an effect on the same timeline, he creates alternative universes, which will be reset at the strike of midnight, keeping the viewer wondering what kind of new future he created. Not only do his own looks, behaviours and life change through his ‘corrections’ of the past, he also changes the lives of the people around him and even his whole neighbourhood. It’s a joy to watch Kim Jae Joong as Bong Pil. He gets to play Pil, but also every new iteration of him. With something simple as changing his speech pattern, he creates a new Bong Pil. This really shows off Kim Jae Joong’s acting talent. I imagine he has as much fun playing his character/ characters, as I have watching him. Indeed, the whole cast does a wonderful job. From his parents – who have given up on their son long ago – to his colourful group of friends, the actors don’t hold back.
Writing, editing and acting: this drama is an absolute win – win situation for every viewer. It easily gets you hooked, with always new twists and turns, well thought out and hilarious characters and a simple idea which every one of us has entertained at least once in our lifetime. What if?
Have you already started watching Pil’s journey through time and hopefully into Soo Jin’s heart? Let me know in the comments below what you think.
Your fellow drama – addict,
Pictures: 1st Kim Jae Joong’s Instagram, 2nd UEE’s Instagram