If I’ve got only a moment there are certain scenes I watch for a quick hit of kdrama goodness.
Today’s Favorite Scene is the “Coke” Kiss from Lie to Me episode 8. This was a standout moment for this series as the chemistry of the two leading actors pops off the screen. This sub par series had an flimsy excuse of a story but had some positive moments. Our two attractive leads worked their chemistry but it was insufficient to overcome the limited story.
Nutshell – Our leading man Hyun Ki Joon (Kang Ji Hwan) has been forced to pretend to be married to our leading lady, Kong Ah Jung (Yoon Eun Hye). She started the lie that she was married to Ki Joon. He has become attracted to Ah Jung.
The setup – The previous evening a drunk Ah Jung told the taxi driver to take her to her husband’s house. When she wakes the next morning, she’s startled to find herself at Ki Joon’s house. She tries to sneak out but he catches her. He teases her that she doesn’t remember what happened last night. Alarmed and irritated she follows him into the kitchen. He assures her nothing happened. She grabs a bottle of coke to pour herself a glass. Ki Joon tells her she looks frightful and she heads the bathroom to rectify what she can.
Ki Joon shakes the bottle of coke while she’s in the bathroom. When Ah Jung returns and opens the bottle of coke and it sprays all over her. Ki Joon laughs hard. Ah Jung turns the tables and sprays the coke on him. It’s a coke free for all as they chase each other around the kitchen!
Ki Joon catches her pinning her hands behind her back. They stare into each other’s eyes. Ki Joon moves in for a kiss but Ah Jung pulls back. He’s kissed her before “for show”. She asks if the kiss “is real”. Atta Girl! He stares at her and states this “is real”. I believe him!
Ki Joon kisses her. The back lighting in the scene is distracting. When they break apart he asks if she’s happy, for this is her second kiss (first kiss was the “for show” kiss at karaoke with friends).
Ah Jung is irked and says this is not her second kiss. Now she initiates the kiss. She shows her kissing skills. I love the shot of her on tip toes. Folks, we have active participation by both parties in this terrific kiss.
After the kiss ends, Ah Jung smiles and declares the kiss tasted sweet. That puts a smile on Ki Joon’s face. When his cell phone rings, he takes her hand to keep their connection and answers the phone. Sweet when he holds her hand to keep her by his side.
What makes a good kissing scene? Did this scene deliver?
* Active participation between both parties – YES
* Initial kiss then follow on kiss – YES
* Deep stares at into each other’s eyes – YES
* Banter is a bonus – YES
Check out the video of this scene via this link or the embedded video below.