Let’s Fight, Ghost! || Kdrama Review πŸ‘»

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I would have liked to have watched another “spooky” drama, but apparently my sister couldn’t be trusted (one of her other picks was Blood). However, this was the first of 3 I got her to choose from a poorly made PowerPoint (that I spent way too long on) and I was happily surprised.

Let’s Fight, Ghost aired mid year 2016 on tvN. It ran in the Monday + Tuesday slots at 11pm. This drama is based on the webcomic of the same name by Im In Seu.

Bong Pal (Taecyeon), a college student in need of money, starts to use his abilities to see and touch ghosts to pick up exorcism jobs. He is forced to dodge the truth around Mungchul (Kim Sang Ho) – a family friend, monk and often couch crasher – who constantly warns him about the dangers of exorcisms and tells him to not go near ghosts. This is especially the case when his paths cross with Hyun Ji (Kim So Hyun) – the ghost of a high school student who died 5 years ago – who clings to Bong Pal after an exorcism and ends up staying at his home.

Through this turn of events Bong Pal is forced into the company of two seniors who run the ghost club at his university. The pair are cowards, but their love of ghost hunting and money, makes them quick to see that Bong Pal’s abilities could help them in a multitude of ways. Begrudgingly, Bong Pal starts to work with them and his partnership with Hyun Ji gets stronger in the process. In the meantime, there is a dark spirit that lurks on the edges and is waiting to strike.

I feel like knowing as little as possible about the plot is quite a nice way to watch this drama, so I’ll try to be brief. The episodic elements surrounding the exorcism’s were my favourite parts. While we weren’t given as much information as I would have liked, it was interesting to work out the circumstances with the characters. And there was always a twist. I appreciated how the themes surrounding the ghosts were actually quite serious and – to me at least – were dealt with in a considerate way.

Concerning the overarching plot, I think the build-up was better than the actual payoff. Professor Ju (Kwon Yul) was so interesting and the role he plays is shrouded in mystery and I had so many questions and theories! Sadly, my excitement and imagination went in a different path. I’m still not sure about the reasoning behind all the murders and the sort of obsession with Bong Pal… which is one of the reason I felt that the ending fell a little flat.

While, the plot was mostly okay. I did enjoy watching and following along with all the different ghosts, but it was certainly the characters and the relationships they form throughout that made this drama enjoyable and worthwhile. Bong Pal wasn’t that great in the beginning, but on finishing the drama I was truly able to appreciate how much his character grew. Bong Pal grew up seeing ghosts and was outcast for this reason, and that mindset of staying distant from others in evident in his behaviour from the get go. However, we see a definite shift in him when Hyun Ji refuses to leave him alone and this companionship becomes something he wants.

Hyun Ji is without a doubt my favourite character in Let’s Fight, Ghost. She is funny, cute, tenacious and a well rounded person. Kim So Hyun did a great job in this role! Hyun Ji’s mix of playfulness and bite goes well with the chagrin and displeased Bong Pal. Their relationship starts of with a lot of bickering, and it was nice to see the gradual changes. I do think they could have made the transition from crush to outright reciprocation better, but overall, I was happy with the sweet scenes they had and it didn’t feel awkward despite the age gap between the actors.

Another character that grew on me was Monk Myungchul. His form of humour was often unpleasant, and while we still saw that from time to time, with the progression of the story I got to see him in a more serious and heartwarming light. Two characters that didn’t need to grow on me – because I loved them instantly – were the two seniors. The “president” Chunsang (Kang Kiyoung) is an absolute idiot with a tendency to sound like a conman and his best friend Inrang (David Lee) who is in charge of the equipment and generally the finances. These two were so dumb and I loved that for them. I was unsure how they would work with the dynamic forming between Hyun Ji and Bong Pal, but they added another layer of the former coming out of his shell. They were the true comedic relief and they were never annoying or in the way as I feared they might become. And do I think they’re basically a couple? Yes, yes I do πŸ˜‚

Overall, the drama was well done. I think the acting was good overall, with some standout performers. The actors playing the ghosts were great! I think it must be so challenging to do that kind of role, and the effects were pretty well done and didn’t take you out of the scene. I will say, that there is a growl effect used for one of the characters when they’re looking evil or about to do something bad and I got used to it really fast and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not πŸ˜‚ The soundtrack was okay, I don’t really have anything to say as not much stood out in that respect. Although, I liked a little call back to 2PM in a Karaoke scene, and we even got a Taecyeon singing moment (which did make me go “oh god why is this happening”, before I just went with the flow lol).

I’m super happy that I kept going with this drama as I think it will definitely stick with me for a while. I liked seeing familiar faces and seeing a different range (this is mostly towards Kang Kiyoung, but I also think Taecyeon has gotten more skilled), as well as getting to know So Hyun better and super excited about picking up more of her dramas.

Let’s Fight, Ghost! is a gem that I wasn’t expecting to be so enjoyable β™₯

Side Note: I still can’t get over how this boy would walk around just talking to Hyun Ji in public… where do you get that confidence? I’d at least pretend to be on the phone!


Ratings:

  • Plot: 6
  • Production: 7
  • Acting: 7
  • Enjoyment: 7

Overall Rating: 6.75/10


Credits:

  • Director: Park Joon Hwa
  • Writer: Lee Dae Il
  • Network: tvN
  • Release Date: 11th July – 30th August 2016
  • Episodes: 16

Have you seen Let’s Fight, Ghost? What were your thoughts? Or are you planning on checking it out? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe β™₯

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