1% of Something Review

1% of Something Review

Synopsis. 1% of Something is a 16-episode 2016 kdrama about a rich CEO (Jae In) who enters into a 6-month dating contract with an elementary school teacher (Kim Da). He’s a workaholic and demanding. She’s kind and a good teacher. One day Kim Da helps Jae In’s grandfather. Kim Da has no idea she helped the powerful Chairman Lee.  He believes she’d be perfect for his grandson. Chairman Lee changes his will to include Kim Da. Jae In and his grandfather negotiate a 6-month dating timeframe, then Jae In convinces Kim Da. They develop feelings for each other during the 6-months of dating. Will their relationship end after the contract is up?

What I liked.
Romance. Writer Hyun Go Woon adapted this from her novel of the same title (aka Something About 1 Percent). She’s a romance writer with 9 novels. She delivers romance in the script. The actors did the rest. This series is a remake of a 2003 version where Writer Hyun was also the screenwriter. Quote from the book “There’s a guy, and 99% of his traits are great but if you see even one bad trait on him, you’ll grow to dislike him no matter how good he is to you, but if 99% of another guy’s traits are terrible but you notice that 1% of goodness in him that’s what you end up falling for”.


CEO Lee Jae In (Ha Seok Jin). 
He’s good looking, a hardworking and demanding boss who doesn’t necessarily see things from anyone else’s perspective. I liked this character a great deal. He was rude rather than a jerk. His evolution during the series worked. He had wonderfully sweet moments. He kissed with tenderness.  I first saw Ha Seok Jin in Radiant Office (review) and enjoyed his performance in that series.

Teacher Kim Da (Jeon So Min). She a caring teacher. I’d want to have her teach me. Kim Da demands a legal dating contract. She’s no fool. I liked Kim Da. While not the most forceful character, her kind heart worked magic on Jae In. She didn’t cower when the ex-girlfriend showed up. Her best friend was supportive.

Darling couple. Jae In and Kim Da worked from the start. Writer Hyun provided a romantic script and the actors gelled. They argued, kissed, enjoyed simple things, and cared for each other.

What I didn’t like.
Family Struggle for Power. Jae In was the heir apparent but his uncle wanted his son, Jae In’s cousin, to take over when Chairman Lee stepped down. This minor plot point wasn’t riveting.

Would I recommend 1% of Something? 
Definitely! I’m a sucker for contract dating or marriage. 1% of Something delivered romance and a couple that put a smile on my face.

OST. This drama’s OST had 20 vocal and 4 instrumental tracks (listen). The full album’s track list can be found at Lyrics Fever (link). My favorite track was Please Remember sung by Sung Si Kyung.

This snippet of Please Remember in this video gives a taste of this delightful couple:

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6 comments on “1% of Something Review
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    I saw this 3 years ago. This was the first time I saw Ha Seok Jin (Jae In) in a drama … he was so handsome, but not very nice to begin with!

    While I don’t remember the specifics, I recall the romance was nice and would recommend it.

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  2. beezrtp says:

    Hahaha! I’m rolling at the quote from the writer’s book! 35 years ago, my mother-in-law (before she was my M-I-L) used to say about couples who fight all the time – if he/she got 70% wrong doing, but 30% right in the [wink wink] then they’ll break up;
    but if he/she got 30% wrong doing but 70% right in the [wink wink], they’re staying together. Then periodically when we’d here gossip about couples going through crazy drama in their relationship and wonder why he/she stays in it – she’d just dryly say without even looking up from what she was doing -“That’s that seventy percent.” And we’d all just fall out laughing!

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  3. beezrtp says:

    Oops. I meant to comment that I watched the series during a drama lull last year. It was better than I thought it would be (considering none of my biases were in it).

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