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[2005] Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu - Sweet Spy - Nam Sang Mi, Dennis Oh

Cô Cảnh Sát Đáng Yêu kể về Lee Soon-ae là một cảnh sát giao thông gần đây góa bụa người thấy mình ở trên đầu cô sau khi cô dừng lại một người đàn ông phạm vi phạm giao thông thường xuyên. Han Yoo-il, người lạ bí ẩn và quyến rũ người đã được ngừng lại bởi luôn siêng năng Soon-ae, thực chất là một điệp viên quốc tế, những người đã đến Hàn Quốc vào một nhiệm vụ tối mật. Khi trỡ vô tình quên trả lại Yoo-il siêu công nghệ cao gián điệp bút với anh ta, cô đặt trong chuyển động một chuỗi các sự kiện kéo cô vào thế giới mờ ám của gián điệp quốc tế. 

Ngay sau đó, các đơn vị hoạt động đặc biệt cũng trở nên có liên quan, bao gồm cả giám đốc mới của Kang Joon, người sẽ xảy ra là một người bạn cũ của người chồng quá cố Soon-ae. Kang Joon, người bí mật nuôi dưỡng tình cảm với Soon-ae, mở ra một trường hợp cũ xung quanh cái chết của chồng mình. Họ phát hiện ra bí mật liên quan đến nhân vật chính trị và kinh tế mạnh mẽ, dẫn đến Han Yoo-il.

Tòa soạn và VPĐD của ĐMCT tại TP.HCM nhận được rất nhiều cú điện thoại, thư và fax của khán giả gửi đến, nêu thắc mắc về đoạn kết của bộ phim Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu. Các bạn yêu cầu giải thích tại sao phim lại kết thúc “vô lý”, “vô duyên”, “chẳng hiểu gì cả” và “không có hậu” như vậy...

   Có lẽ, do người xem quá yêu thích chàng điệp viên quyến rũ Han Yoo Il nên không thể chấp nhận tình huống anh bị bắn rơi xuống biển mất tích. Có thể, ban đầu các bạn vẫn hy vọng anh ấy còn sống nhờ vào một kỳ tích nào đó, nhưng khi xem nửa tập phim sau đến cảnh cuối cùng, trên màn hình chạy những dòng chữ giới thiệu thành phần đoàn phim mà vẫn không thấy chàng điệp viên đáng yêu xuất đầu lộ diện, sự thật vọng của người xem đã “vỡ oà”...

   Thật ra, ở cảnh cuối cùng, đạo diễn đã “hé mở” cho người xem biết rằng, Han Yoo Il vẫn còn sống, qua chi tiết: Lee Soon Ae đang đi lang thang, thương nhớ người yêu thì nhận được cú điện thoại, trên màn hình có dòng chữ Samseki; cô đã trả lời máy và nói rằng: “Samseki phải không, Koala đây...”. Samseki và Koala là hai nickname mà chỉ Han Yoo Il và Lee Soon Ae biết, họ dùng để gọi khi chỉ có hai người trò chuyện với nhau.

   Thử nghĩ, nếu tác giả kịch bản cho Han Yoo Il chết, thì ông quá “tàn nhẫn” với nhân vật Lee Soon Ae. Vì mở đầu phim, cô đã chịu mất mát lớn khi chồng chết, đến cuối phim, người yêu cũng qua đời... Thêm vào đó, Han Yoo Il cũng không làm gì độc ác đến độ phải gánh chịu một hậu quả bi kịch như vậy. Trong nửa tập sau, tác giả đã tháo nút, vấn đề chủ yếu là Han Yoo Il không phải chủ mưu gây nên cái chết của cảnh sát Kim – chồng của Lee Soon Ae, đồng thời lật mặt những người đứng đằng sau âm mưu này...

   Đạo diễn đã dùng thủ pháp “kết thúc mở”, bỏ lửng nhiều tình tiết chưa giải quyết rốt ráo để cho người xem tự suy diễn.Theo thông tin ĐMCT thu thập được, thì thời điểm Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu (tên gốc là: Sweet Spy) phát sóng ở Hàn Quốc, đã chịu sự cạnh tranh của nhiều bộ phim hay khác, với sự góp mặt của các diễn viên nổi tiếng như Yêu cuồng dại (Bi và Shin Min Ah đóng chính), Bài tình ca buồn (Kwon Sang Woo, Kim Hee Sun và Yeon Jung Hoon), Người tình Praha (Jun Do Yeon, Kim Joo Hyuk)... nên bộ phim đã không gặt hái thành công như mong đợi. Tuy nhiên, Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu lại rất thành công khi phát hành ra nước ngoài. Song, cho đến nay, vẫn chưa có thông tin chính thức từ đài MBC cho biết họ có làm tiếp phần 2 hay không. Dù vậy, người hâm mộ vẫn hy vọng một ngày nào đó sẽ được gặp lại chàng điệp viên Han Yoo Il quyến rũ và cô cảnh sát Lee Soon Ae rất đáng yêu...

   Sau đây, ĐMCT trích dịch nội dung tập cuối cùng, đăng trên trang web chính của phim Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu để bạn đọc tham khảo:      Soon Ae ngồi đan áo ở sở cảnh sát, cô nghĩ đến lời hẹn của Yoo Il, nhìn lên đồng hồ. Giờ hẹn sắp đến, trong lòng cô rất bồn chồn, lo lắng và có cảm giác như điều không may sắp xảy ra. Đến điểm hẹn là công viên Yeouido, Soon Ae ngơ ngác nhìn quanh, Yoo Il vẫn chưa đến. Trong khi đó, Yoo Il gạt cần số bằng bàn tay đang chảy máu, anh nhấn ga tăng tốc độ...

   Soon Ae đứng ngồi không yên, trong đầu cô vang lên những lời nói của Eun Joo, buộc tội Yoo Il là hung thủ giết chết chồng cô và khuyên cô hãy bình tĩnh để có thể nhận ra sự thật... Soon Ae chờ một hồi lâu mà Yoo Il vẫn chưa đến, cô đứng lên đi về phía buồng điện thoại...

   Han Yoo Il đến nơi, tìm không thấy Soon Ae liền bỏ đi. Ngay lúc đó, Soon Ae trở về điểm hẹn, tiếp tục ngồi chờ trong lo lắng, vì cô không liên lạc được với Yoo Il. Lòng Soon Ae rối bời, không biết có nên tin những lời Eun Joo nói hay không. Yoo Il rời điểm hẹn, chạy xe đến bến cảng Inchon thì bị cảnh sát và đội đặc nhiệm bao vây, yêu cầu anh bỏ súng đầu hàng. Vừa lúc đó Soon Ae chạy đến, Yoo Il bắt cô làm con tin. Soon Ae nghẹn ngào hỏi có phải chính anh là người đã gây ra cái chết của chồng mình hay không? Yoo Il nuốt nỗi đau vào lòng hỏi lại: “Em có nghĩ anh làm chuyện đó không? Có phải vì vậy mà em dẫn đường cảnh sát đến đây?”.

   Soon Ae lắc đầu, cô không nghĩ Yoo Il đã gây nên sự cố bất hạnh đó. Yoo Il đã nói, anh rất yêu cô...Đúng lúc này, từ phía đối diện, Eun Joo giương súng nhằm thẳng vào Yoo Il. Soon Ae phát hiện ra, hốt hoảng đẩy Yoo Il ngã một bên rồi nghiêng người đỡ đạn cho anh...

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Eps. 1

Soon-ae, a police officer, gets a bloody nose trying to stop a car that ran a red light and ends up crashing into a telephone pole. Soon-ae still gives the guy in the car a ticket and handcuffs him telling him that she’ll arrest him. Kang June is at his new work place when he sees Soon-ae come in, making a scene, with some guy she arrested. You-il, who just arrived at the airport, sees some airport police running somewhere in a hurry; he becomes tense as he watches where they’re going and sees Eun-joo. As You-il races down the street in his convertible he tries to stop at a red light but ends up stopping slightly past the crosswalk line where Soon-ae was crossing. She stops and glares at him. She walks up to his window and, even though she loses her breath after seeing his stunning looks, she asks for his driver’s license. He answers her in English. Soon-ae takes out her ticket slips and is about to give him a ticket but notices that she doesn’t have a pen, so she takes You Il’s pen out of the front pocket of his suit and writes out his ticket.

Eps. 2

Jo Jung-hae and police officer Shim start to feel a heavy strain when Kang June tells them to find all the files to unfinished cases. They run into Eun-joo, who has come to the investigation division, and officer Shim is stunned at her great looks. Eun-joo introduces herself to the people in the office and tells them that she’s happy to work with them. She asks Kang June how he’s been and if he missed her. Soon-ae is working in the public safety center. Gah Oh-li comes in drunk; she sends him away and gets back to her knitting when she hears someone come in. Thinking that it’s him again she gets angry, but is surprised to see Kang June standing at the door. Kang June tells her that he saw her at the wedding and to call him whenever she needs some help. Meanwhile You-il is drawing sunglasses over all the pictures of women police officers and finds Soon-ae. Wang Sah-bal comes out of prison and goes to the boxing gym.

Eps. 3

Kang June is surprised to see a motorboat disappear right in front of his eyes with Soon-ae riding in it. Soon-ae is surprised at his call and lies to him saying that she’s about to sleep. You-il arrives at the wharf, gets in his car, and drives away leaving Soon-ae in the boat. Soon-ae yells and screams but it’s no use. You-il and gets home and with his secretary think about who Soon-ae might be. After thinking, they come down to the decision that Soon-ae might be that she is a spy from some other party. You-il’s secretary goes to the sauna to meet someone to watch over Soon-ae at all times. He mistakes Bum-goo as the person to do the job and gives it to him. Bum-goo is surprised to see money in the briefcase he was given but hurries to hide it. Meanwhile, Soon-ae gets help from Eun-joo, and she decides she must learn something after seeing Eun-joo’s great fighting skills. On the way back to the public safety center Soon-ae sees Wang Sah-bal’s boxing gym and stops her scooter. The three members of the Bum-goo gang who have seen Soon-ae’s picture are surprised to see her walk in.

Eps. 4

Kang June sees Soon-ae at a party and thinks there is something suspicious about how she acts and how she’s dressed. The congratulatory party starts and the main people of the Knife Funds are introduced. As You Il introduces Soon-ae as the main stockholder of the company she looks at him surprised. The members of the Bum-goo gang who were supposed to keep close watch on Soon-ae are not able to go to the party so they watch her through the entrance. Just then officer Shim smells something fishy about them and walks towards them and as he gets to them they are surprised and all walk away. Their eyes sparkle when Gah Oh-li says ‘Let’s go to the kitchen.’ Soon-ae steps out of the party and walks down the halls of the hotel. She ends up going into a room where she finds You-il. Heuk Ryong Hwae asks her if she took You-il’s pen, she answers by saying that she’s sorry and that she didn’t take it on purpose. Right then someone comes to the room and You-il covers Soon-ae’s mouth. You-il’s secretary takes on all the people that come into the room and runs out of the room taking Soon-ae with him…

Eps. 5

You-il gets a strange feeling inside seeing Soon-ae and Kang June together and asks who he is. The two men introduce themselves and glare into each other’s eyes while shaking hands. Kang June rides away on his motorcycle and You Il asks Soon-ae if her arm is alright. You-il starts to leave in his car but comes back to give her his number. He writes his number down on her hand and tells her to call him if she finds the pen. Soon-ae moves onto the upper floor of the public safety center. She gets a phone call from Kang June asking to see her. She goes to see him and he asks if she knows Choi Bum-goo. Tears fill her eyes when Kang June asks what her husband said to her before he died. Seeing tears run down her face he starts to feel sorry for asking her. The officers in the investigation division start to wonder what they’re talking about when they see her crying. Soon-ae takes a pen out of the locker and starts to record some stuff down when she notices the pen in her hand and starts to look at it carefully…

Eps. 6

After the meeting Park offers to take Jea-soo home but she turns him down. Sensing that she would feel uncomfortable Han You-il tells her to get into his car. You-il is surprised to see that the place that Jea-soo asked to be dropped off was the public safety center where Soon-ae works, and she calls Soon-ae out. Soon-ae walks out half asleep. You-il smiles awkwardly and greets her and Soon-ae is confused to see Jea-soo with him. Kang June shows off his great martial arts skills at Wang Sah-bal’s gym and the members of the gang are blown away. He asks Wang Sah-bal about how Soon-ae registered to his gym and Wang Sah-bal tells him that he does not know. Just then Soon-ae walks into the gym, and Kang June asks her if she is still spying.

Eps. 7

Although You-il does not like Soon-ae and Kang June together he doesn’t let his feelings show. The members of the Bum-goo gang walk into the gym and are surprised to see You-il. As You-il fills out the gym’s registration form, Soon-ae practices hitting the sandbag, and Kang June walks around the gym keeping a close eye on You-il. After filling out the form You-il says goodbye to Soon-ae and leaves. Soon Ae follows him out secretly and is about to go in through the emergency exit when she gets caught by You-il’s secretary. He asks her if she has told anyone about them and she tells him that she has only told Kang June. After discussing other matters with his secretary, You-il tells her that he’ll give her another chance by telling people that they are lovers. Soon-ae gets transferred to the investigation division…

Eps. 8

You-il teaches Soon-ae some self-defense moves and Kang June punches a sandbag while glaring at them. Kang June and You-il give each other scathing looks and as Soon-ae senses the tense air, she gets nervous. Eventually they decide to have a match in the ring. At first they start out easy but as soon as one throws a punch things get out of hand. After the fight Soon-ae, Kang June, You-il and The Bum-goo gang all sit down and enjoy a dish of jjah jahng myun. As Soon-ae gets into You-il’s car Kang June invites her to come to his house if she still can not find the keys to her house. Hearing this You-il gets angry and is mean to Soon-ae all the way home. As You-il drops her off in front of the public safety center he tells her that if something like that happens again to come to his house. At this Soon-ae gives You-il a blank look and You-il hurries away. Jea-soo sees Soon-ae and You-il together and is surprised see that they know each other and Soon-ae starts to feel sorry…

Eps. 9

Soon-ae asks Jea-soo if she and Park are lovers. Jea-soo says that they are and tells her to just act as if she doesn’t know. Kang June feels very angry at the site of You-il and Soon-ae being so close to each other. Soon-ae asks Hyun-chul about the papers that Choi Bum-goo stole. Hyun-chul starts to feel uncomfortable and leaves the room. After a meal You-il takes Soon-ae to his house to have a glass of champagne. They start talking, and get to know each other. The two start to tango and a strange feeling starts to flow through them. Eun-joo gives Soon-ae a huge load of papers and tells her to put them in order by the end of the day, then tells her to accompany officer Shim to an autopsy. Soon-ae is scared to death at the sight of the body in the autopsy room and eventually faints. Meanwhile back at the office things start to become noisy with the sound of people coming in to read the article about Soon-ae on the internet. Just then officer Shim and Soon-ae walk in and she is confused to see everyone looking at her…

Eps. 10

Kang June gives Soon-ae the keys to his house, telling her to go there if she doesn’t have any other place to go and leaves. You-il, worrying about Soon-ae, drives around looking for her. While walking the streets aimlessly she starts to think of You-il’s suspicious actions. Just then You-il’s car stops right in front of her and he smiles at her, but her response is to ask for his identification for driving over the middle line. He tells her that it’s at home. Soon-ae offers to go home with him to get it and gets in the car. You-il tells her to stop being so stubborn and to stay at his place and he shows her to a room. Soon-ae can’t believe the whole situation but still takes a look around the room out of curiosity. The next morning, You-il prepares breakfast happily, his secretary does not really like Soon-ae being in the house but doesn’t let his feelings show. You-il goes to the room, quietly calls out ‘koala’ and carefully opens the door but she is not there. Meanwhile, Hyun-chul goes back to Bum-goo and gives him work again.

Eps. 11

The employees of the investigation division are gathered in small groups discussing the new assignments they were given. Soon-ae is sitting at her desk spaced out when Kang June calls her into the chief’s office. She gets up and walks towards the office studying the faces of the other officers. Kang June asks Soon-ae what the inspectors asked her and tears start rolling down her face. Kang June purposely asks Soon-ae if she has found out anything about You-il. Coldly, she tells him that she is still working on it. He also asks her if it’s nice living with You-il. You-il paces back and forth his living room waiting for Soon-ae to come home. As soon as he hears the door open he hurries to the sofa and acts like he was reading a book. He is kind of disappointed when she just says ‘hi’ and walks into her room. She is surprised when she sees a bunch of shopping bags on her bed, so she and goes out to the living room in an argumentative tone and asks what all the stuff is. Soon-ae tells him that she doesn’t need all that stuff and You-il asks her if it’s because she’a a police officer and if so then she should quit. Soon-ae, thinking that what he said is absurd, tells him that it’s the last present her husband gave her and goes into her room. Meanwhile, the Bum-goo gang, sits down and worries about what they should do with the documents. Jea-soo goes to the police office to see Soon-ae...

Eps. 12

Soon-ae is in the empty office organizing some stuff when Kang June sees her and asks when she is going to move out of You-il’s place. She tells him that she is going to stay there for a while. You-il and Soon-ae are standing in front of the window staring outside when You-il tells her that he is happy these days because of her. Soon-ae hastily goes into her room as she senses a strange mood coming along. She starts to feel uneasy at the fact that she is starting to like You-il. Soon Ae says that she has come up with a plan and tells it to the other officers in a meeting. While Eun-joo only listens to the plan, and everyone else agrees to use Choi Bum-goo to threaten Song Hyun-chul. Meanwhile, Hyun-chul goes to Jea-soo and asks her to convince Bum-goo for him, causing her to look at him as if he was crazy.

Eps. 13

Soon-ae is surprised and doesn’t know what to do when she sees You-il bleeding. He tells her to take out the first aid kit and not to call the police. She opens the first aid kit and does exactly what he tells her to do; she brings the whisky and takes some big gulps. You-il hands her an operating needle and tells her to stitch his stomach back up. You-il starts to lose consciousness and Soon-ae gets scared. After taking a deep breath takes hold of the needle with trembling hands. You-il’s secretary comes home and sees Soon-ae taking care of him. He comes in and checks to see how You Il is doing with very experienced hands and Soon-ae breaks into tears. You-il’s secretary tells her to move out because that is the only way You-il won’t get hurt anymore. Soon-ae has trouble concentrating at work, worrying about You-il and whether or not she should tell Kang June about the wiretappings. Kang June announces to the other members of the investigation division that he is going to disclose the information about the documents to the press.

Eps. 14

You-il and Soon-ae come home. He looks at her blankly then asks her where she was going to go. While Soon-ae is treating his cut, he apologizes for putting a tap on her and that it wasn’t because he didn’t trust her. Just then the secretary walks in. You-il is frustrated because Soon-ae can’t understand what she’s saying and asks the secretary to translate for him. You-il tells her not to go anywhere-no matter what anyone says. As Soon-ae goes into her room You-il thanks her for coming back. She smiles and goes into her room. In order to trap Jung Bum-jin, Kang June arrests him for giving out faulty information, and the members of the investigation unit are shocked as they read the article. Eun-joo comes back from an executive’s meeting and tells everyone that she is now the head detective of the investigations unit and that all investigations regarding the documents will stop at once. Soon-ae asks Jea-soo to let her meet Song Hyun-chul, and so she calls him to arrange a meeting.

Eps. 15

You-il’s secretary asks Soon-ae if she would like to work with them and Soon-ae responds by asking how he can ask such a question to a police officer. You-il sits with a smile on his face watching and Soon-ae offers to work with them only if they tell her exactly what kind of spies they are. Just then she gets a phone call from Kang June asking her to come over to his house, and she leaves hastily. She gets to the house and is surprised to see Police Chief Choi, Officer Shim, and Oh Nah-rah all there. The five of them all sit looking over documents and start their meeting. Kang June asks Soon-ae if she’s ever heard of the Heuk Ryong Hwae and she tells him that she once saw them at You-il’s house. Then she tells him about how she first got hold of You-il’s pen and how she met the Heuk Ryong Hwae again, but Kang June asks her why someone like You-il would want to meet the Heuk Ryong Hwae. After Soon-ae leaves Kang June has a strange feeling about everything. On the other hand officer Shim goes and meets Jea-soo to ask her about how she got the documents she gave to Soon-ae. Jea-soo tells him to stop bugging her and turns to leave when he takes hold of her wrist and stops her. Just then Park walks in.

Eps. 16

Kang June goes to the gym to have a drink with the Bum-goo gang. He asks Bum-goo if the reason why he was brought into the police station was because of the pen and if it had anything to do with Soon-ae. On hearing this, the gang members turn there heads in surprise. As Kang June leaves he tells them to come to the station for questioning. Wang Sah-bal stops him and tells him that they’re being wrongly accused, that the CIA came to the gym, and about Song Hyun-chul, when Bum-goo suddenly grabs him by his collar and tells him to stop. Soon-ae receives a watch from You-il as a Christmas present. As You-il straps the watch onto her wrist he smiles and she watches him with a suspicious look. You-il’s secretary starts giving Soon-ae lessons on following people. Hyun-chul gets angry at Bum-goo for lying to him, and Bum-goo, not knowing why Hyun-chul is angry at him, tells him that he never said that he was an international spy.

Eps. 17

Soon-ae wakes up remembering what happened the night before between her and You-il. Worrying that You-il will notice her, she carefully opens the door and walks out. You-il, who was preparing breakfast, sees her and greets her. At the breakfast table Soon-ae tells You-il and his secretary that she thinks it would be good if she moved back out of the house. The secretary gets angry at her for wanting to move out, now that she knows all their secrets, and while they keep arguing with her every time she tries to give an excuse she tells them that Eun-joo also knows about everything. You-il picks out a dress for Soon-ae, and his secretary tells her to find out how much Eun-joo knows and who is behind everything. Eun-joo, who has been invited to You-il’s house, greets him. Soon-ae, who is standing next to You-il, for some reason avoids any eye contact with her. You-il accidentally runs into Eun-joo and makes her drop her phone. Meanwhile Soon-ae goes to meet Bum-goo and asks if they gave Jea-soo the documents. Bum-goo asks her who Go-seum-doh-chi is…

Eps. 18

You-il was walking towards the elevator but stops when he sees Kang June there. All of a sudden Kang June, who had asked to talk to him, throws a punch at him; not being prepared for such a punch You-il falls to the ground, gets up, and clenches his fists. You-il also throws a punch at Kang June, and Kang June asks him what it is that he wants from Soon-ae. The two start to fight again when the secretary appears and stops them. Back at the public safety center, Soon-ae is busy knitting when she suddenly remembers something important and gets up to leave. She goes to see Kang June and asks him how far the investigation on You-il has gone. Kang June doesn’t say another word, upset at the fact that she is worrying so much about You-il. Meanwhile the Bum-goo gang, after thinking about Soon-ae and the pen, come to the decision that she is the bond-girl. Bum-goo calls Hyun-chul…

Eps. 19

Soon-ae acts very coldly toward You-il; not knowing why he asks her if there’s something wrong. Soon-ae gives him a picture of him and another woman and asks who she is and leaves. Soon-ae and Kang June sit in a van, and tap Hyun-chul’s telephone calls. Kang June, surprised, asks her where she learned this kind of stuff. You-il runs into Eun-joo and despite being angry at her he doesn’t let it show. Eun-joo gets nervous as You-il reaches into his inner pocket. He pulls out an envelope and gives it to Eun-joo to keep as a souvenir and leaves. Eun-joo opens it up, and finds a picture with her in it and doesn’t know what to do. Soon-ae and Kang June are talking while waiting inside the van when the door suddenly opens. You-il pulls Soon-ae out of the van and takes her to his car...

Eps. 20

Soon-ae sits at her desk in the public safety center knitting, when she suddenly remembers the place where You-il told her to meet him the night before. As it gets closer to the time she’s supposed to meet him she gets nervous. Soon-ae goes out to the place where they’re supposed to meet and waits for him. At the same time Kang June and Eun-joo start to worry about her when they can’t get a hold of her. With the help of a locating device they find out where she is. They go to her and Eun-joo tells her not to be so sad and that it’s a good thing that they all know the truth now. You-il arrives... Soon-ae tells them that she’ll try talking to him and goes towards him. Soon-ae asks him if he killed her husband, and You-il asks her if she really thinks that he did. Soon-ae says no, then he tells her to go but Soon-ae offers to go with him. Eun-joo aims her gun at You-il and Soon-ae pushes him out of the way...

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Dennis Oh (Hàn, Mỹ)

Sinh năm 1981 trong một gia đình có mẹ là người Hàn Quốc, cha là người Mỹ, Dennis Joseph O"Neil (sau này được biết tới với nghệ danh Dennis Oh) bắt đầu làm người mẫu từ năm 16 tuổi sau khi đăng ký tham gia một cuộc thi thời trang tại Mỹ. Song song với đó, Dennis còn theo học chuyên ngành Nhiếp ảnh tại trường Đại học Nghệ thuật và Thiết kế Savannah (SCAD) bởi anh cho rằng, nó sẽ giúp ích rất nhiều trong sự nghiệp người mẫu của anh.

Đến năm 2005, anh chàng cao 1m88 gây được sự chú ý của nhà sản xuất Ko Dong-sun và Dennis được mời vào vai gián điệp bí ẩn Han Yu-il trong bộ phim truyền hình Sweet Spy ( Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu ), hãng MBC sản xuất. Nụ cười “chết người” nhanh chóng giúp Dennis chiếm được cảm tình của các khán giả nữ, hình ảnh anh bắt đầu xuất hiện ngập tràn trên các quảng cáo của Hàn Quốc, rồi lan rộng khắp châu Á. Tại các quốc gia châu Á, các fan gọi anh là Honeybees (Chú ong ngọt ngào). Những người theo dõi từng bước đi của Dennis Oh đều phải thừa nhận, diễn xuất của anh đã tiến bộ qua từng tác phẩm. Và trong Phía đông vườn địa đàng , Dennis Oh đã thể hiện mình không hề mờ nhạt bên cạnh nam diễn viên gạo cội Song Seung Heon (Lee Dong Chul).

Các phim đã tham gia: Sweet spy (MBC 2005), Witch Amusement (SBS, 2007)...

Vốn khởi nghiệp là một người mẫu, anh chàng Mike của "Phía đông vườn địa đàng" - nam diễn viên Dennis Oh- thể hiện thật hoàn hảo hình ảnh một doanh nhân thành đạt trong bộ sưu tập thời trang Thu đông cao cấp 2009 của The Class...

Cao 1m88, chàng người mẫu yêu nhiếp ảnh Dennis Oh ngay sau khi trở về Hàn Quốc hoạt động trong làng giải trí và tham gia bộ phim truyền hình "Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu" (Sweet Spy) đã tỏ rõ quyết tâm sẽ trở thành diễn viên tại Hàn Quốc. Và thế là, vừa học tiếng Hàn, Dennis Oh cũng rất chịu khó tham gia các lớp học diễn xuất và học hỏi bạn diễn. Những người theo dõi từng bước đi của Dennis Oh đều phải thừa nhận, diễn xuất của anh đã tiến bộ qua từng tác phẩm.

Sau khi góp mặt trong bộ phim "Phù thuỷ Yoo Hee" và "Phía đông vườn địa đàng", mới đây, theo thông tin từ công ty quản lý của Dennis Oh, anh đã hoàn thành một khoá học diễn xuất tại Mỹ để sẵn sàng đặt chân vào thị trường phim ảnh tại Hàn, khắp châu Á và cả Hollywood.

Song song với việc đặt chân chính thức vào lĩnh vực phim ảnh, Dennis Oh cũng đang là gương mặt đại diện cho nhiều sản phẩm thời trang và vẫn duy trì hoạt động người mẫu của mình.

Dù đã chuẩn bị rất tích cực cho vai diễn mới trong bộ phim truyền hình Life Is Beautiful, nhưng cuối cùng Nam Sang Mi lại bất ngờ tuyên bố rút khỏi dự án này. Quyết định của Nam Sang Mi khiến phần lớn khán giả hâm mộ rất thất vọng.

 
Nam Sang Mi quyết định rút khỏi dự án phim truyền hình Life Is Beautifulđúng 2 tuần trước khi phim bấm máy.
 
Bộ phim Life Is Beautiful được lấy bối cảnh tại đảo Jeju và có sự góp mặt của Nam Sang Mi, Kim Hae Sook, Jang Mi Hee, Kim Sang Joong, Lee Sang Yoon và Nam Gyu Ri. Theo dự kiến ban đầu, bộ phim Life Is Beautiful sẽ bắt đầu bấm máy trong vòng 2 tuần tới và lên sóng khoảng 1 tháng sau đó.

 

Nam Sang Mi đã vui vẻ nhận vai nữ chính trong phim và có buổi làm việc chung với ê-kíp của bộ phim vào ngày 7/1. Song, vào hôm qua 29/1, cô bất ngờ quyết định rút khỏi bộ phim.

 

Một nguồn tin tiết lộ, lý do khiến Nam Sang Mi không tham gia bộ phim Life Is Beautiful là do một số mẫu thuẫn giữa cô với nhà sản xuất. Đại diện của Nam Sang Mi thì giải thích: “Bởi những vấn đề rắc rối và khá phức tạp, chúng tôi không còn lựa chọn nào khác ngoài quyết định đáng tiếc này”.
 
Khán giả rất thất vọng trước quyết định bất ngờ của Nam Sang Mi.
 
Nhờ gương mặt thiên thần, nụ cười đáng yêu, Nam Sang Mi đã lọt vào mắt xanh của các đạo diễn xứ Hàn. Cô được mời đóng phim khi những bức ảnh chân dung của cô được cư dân mạng truyền nhau trên mạng.

 

Nam Sang Mi từng làm quen với khán giả Việt Nam qua các bộ phim truyền hình như Cô cảnh sát đáng yêu (Sweet Spy), Bad FamilyTime Between Dog and Wolf và gần đây nhất là Gourmet (Thực khách). Kể từ sau Gourmet, ra mắt khán giả vào năm 2008, Nam Sang Mi chưa tham gia bất kỳ bộ phim nào.

 

Vắng bóng trên màn ảnh gần 2 năm, khán giả yêu mến nữ diễn viên có gương mặt thiên thần này rất nhớ cô và họ thực sự mừng rỡ khi hay tin Nam Sang Mi trở lại với màn ảnh nhỏ với bộ phim Life Is Beautiful. Tuy nhiên, niềm vui của họ không được trọn vẹn khi nữ diễn viên 26 tuổi này quyết định hủy vai chỉ đúng 2 tuần trước khi bộ phim bắt đầu bấm máy.
 


 






Khán giả hâm mộ rất nhớ "cô cảnh sát đáng yêu" Nam Sang Mi và mong ngày cô trở lại với màn ảnh nhỏ.

Sweet Spy

Cast:
Nam Sang Mi as Lee Sun-ae
Lee Joo Hyun as Kang Jun
Dennis Oh as Han Yoo-il
Yoo Sun as Park Eun-joo
Sung Eun as Choi Ji-soo
Kim Bo Sung as Detective Shim
Choi Bool Am as Choi Bum-koo
Ahn Yeon Hong as Oh Nara

Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2005-Nov-07 to 2006-Jan-10
Air time: Monday & Tuesday at 21:55
Chief Producer: Choi Chang Wook
Director: Go Dong Sun
Screenwriter: Kim Ki Ho, Lee Sun Mi
Author: Kwon Mi Kyung
Source WikiDama


Plot:
The storyline basically revolves around a pen and a document. The pen was brought to Korea by Han Yoo-il, a spy working for some secret organization. Lee Sun-ae, a widowed cop, became involved with the pen when she accidently took it from Yoo-il. Yoo-il then tracked her down to get the pen back. Too bad for him, Sun-ae lost it. Yoo-il's butler accidently let it slip that Yoo-il is a spy and so Sun-ae became a spy assistant for Yoo-il. She goes on missions like pretending to be Yoo-il's lover. The pen has some secret about conquering the world and every organization, such as the CIA or a Japanese mafia, are trying to steal it. From then on, Sun-ae is in danger because those organizations are willling to kill people in order to take the pen.

The document has something to do with different countries also. It might be related to the pen. Sun-ae's late husband was murdered because of the document. He was investigating a case about it and he got murdered because he was really close to cracking the case. He was supposedly killed by an accidnet and the case was closed until Kang Jun, Sun-ae's superior who was transferred to the Investigating Team, found a few flaws in the case and reopened it. The document wasn't mentioned for the last two years until now because Kang Jun was asking around about it and now some mysterious businessmen are looking for it. They too will do anything to take a look at these documents. Of course since the case involve's Sun-ae's husband's death, she is included in this ivestigation. But that means Sun-ae is working for spys that may not be the good kind, and she is working on a police case. That makes everything complicated because everyone thinks Sun-ae is a double agent and everyone doubts her. In the end, with the tie of the pen and document, where will Sun-ae's loyalty lie?

Relationship:
Han Yoo-il with Lee Sun-ae:
Han Yoo-il is a pretty lonely guy. He doesn't have anyone except this father- like butler who is as mysterious as he is. Maybe that's why he loves Sun-ae, he longs for a companion. Sun-ae loves him too but there are ,of course, obstacles in the way. One of them is Sun-ae's late husband. She feels guilty for loving another man when her husband died just two years ago. Another problem is how Yoo-il is so mysterious and he can't open up to Sun-ae. Sun-ae don't know if he really is a good spy or if all the bad comments she's heard about him is true.

There was great chemistry between Dennis and Nam Sang Mi. I don't know how to explain but the chemistry was very passionate. I like how the couple speak in different languages. I know Dennis speaks English because he doesn't know how to speak any Korean, but the way Sun-ae and Yoo-il still understand each other through their language barrier shows how strong the relationship is.
Lee Sun-ae and Kang Jun: This is more of a one-sided love. Kang Jun loves Sun-ae. This crush makes the storyline more interesting and funny, but it seems that Kang Jun starts liking Sun-ae out of nowhere. He recognized his dead colleage's wife and suddenly have this love for her that popped out of the blue.

Kang Jun and Park Eun-joo: This again is a one-sided love. Eun-joo is an elite female cop who had a crush on Kang Jun starting from their schooling years. Since then she tries to capture Kang Jun's heart. She pretty much failed because Kang Jun loves Sun-ae instead and that makes Eun-joo furious. She hates Sun-ae. In the end, I have no idea if Eun-joo loves Kang Jun at all. She was the evil mastermind of all the problems and I can't tell if she was just pretending to be in love with Kang Jun. Even if she was just tricking with him, I don't see any benefits of it.

Choi Ji-soo and Yoo-il: Again, a one-sided love. Choi Ji-soo is a daugher of Choi Bum-koo and when her dad went to jail, she was left alone to survive in a harsh world. She was used and abused throughout her life and no one was there to help her. Yoo-il met her and helped her find Sun-ae (they were buddies back in high school or something). Yoo-il was the first guy who ever helped her and she had a crush on him. Her love was rejected so she tried to make Yoo-il jealous by being with some rich guy. Very childish. I see no point in Ji-soo. Her character was just blah. There was no reason to create a character. She wasn't an asset or a problem. The only reason I see of why she was in the show by giving the fake document (the one everyone was looking for) to Sun-ae, which she did on the order of her rich boyfriend. Other than that, she wasn't anything to the show. I thought her crush on Yoo-il was going to make the show more interesting and complicating but it's like their "thing" was put aside. I guess a spy show needs a damsel in distress, which was all she was to me.

What I LOVE about the triangle with Sun-ae and Yoo-il and Kang Jun is that the two guys doesn't back down. Whenever one of them sees the other with Sun-ae they either a) fight or b) glare at each other. It's sooooo funny. And I am glad that they fought each other, other series would have one of the guys back off and let their competition have the girl, but not these guys. I love the scene where Yoo-il and Kang Jun boxed and when they fought on top of a roof. It was so fierce.

Performances:
Nam Sang Mi as Lee Sun-ae: Nam Sang Mi did an excellent job in portraying Sun-ae. Sun-ae is a clumsy ditz and everything was done perfectly, from the way Sang Mi blinks to the way she walked. The tears came out naturally and the smile wasn't fake. Sang Mi is beautiful too, with or without make-up. She looks totally different when she has make up on and dressed in expensive clothes. There was like a transformation and I'm still amazed at how different she looks. Without make up, Sang Mi looks like a nice,warm lady and with makeup, she changes to this smart, sophisticated woman. I also love the character. Sun-ae was 100% woman. She's tough, even though she's kind of slow, and she had a hard life but she can still stand up for herself. Not only that, she's kind and sweet. If I was a guy, I would definitely ask her out.

Lee Joo Hyun is Kang Jun: Lee Joo Hyun is cute. Not exactly hot like Dennis Oh, but he has this cuteness to him that makes him compatible to be a competition for Dennis Oh. Honestly, Dennis kind of overshadow him. Kang Jun is definitely the underdog in the Yoo-il - Sun-ae - Kang Jun triangle. Joo Hyun did a pretty good job though. He has the looks that portrays Kang Jun and his acting wasn't horrible. Not a lot of emotions though. He's always solemn, he never stops thinking about the cases and ways to figure out who Yoo-il really is. Joo Hyun didn't have a crying scene or anything. But Joo Hyun had scenes where Kang Jun reflects back on his childhood and think about his life and Joo Hyun did a pretty good job at those type of scenes.

Dennis Oh as Han Yoo-il: Dennis did a decent job for a newbie. He was kind of stiff and at times he looks like he was acting, which isn't suppose to happen. There were also times when he looks like he was going to burst out laughing. But aside from that he did a pretty good job but there are still plenty of room for improvement. The most memorable scene of his was when Yoo-il found all those listening bugs in Sun-ae's coat and purse so he thinks that Sun-ae was sent by her police colleages to investigate him. Dennis did an excellent job on that scene. You can see anger in his eyebrows, disgust in his lips, and disappointment and pain in his eyes. Also love Dennis's voice. He has this slick voice that sounds really hot and sexy. It's perfect for a spy. Too bad I can only hear bits of it since I watched the dubbed version.

Yoo Sun as Park Eun-joo: Yoo Sun did a pretty good job. She's beautiful and she knows how to looks sexy and sophisticated. Park Eun-joo is confident woman and Yoo Sun shows that by looking like she knows what she's doing. She also had this gloating look whenever there was success and it was mixed with evilness. That was a nice touch. There were some flaws though. Yoo Sun looks crazy at time. I guess Eun-joo is a tyrant kind of person but whenever Eun-joo is pissed, Yoo Sun has this crazy glint in her eyes that doesn't fit with what's going on.

Sung Eun as Choi Ji-soo: Sung Eun did a pretty good job, but she didn't need to have a lot of major emotions to express. There wasn't any flaws in her performace but there wasn't anything that shine. She did a good job when she met her father again. She had held tears and anger in her eyes. That was perfect for the scene. If tears came out then I think that would have messed up the scene.

Music: The music was awsome. I love the spy instrumental songs. At first it sounded stupid, but then I heard melodies that sounded pretty good. A song I love is Spy sung by Sung Shi Woon. It's a good song, it's perfect everytime there's Dennis Oh in a scene, since he is a spy.

Setting: Not much to say about the setting since it's in modern Korea, but I do have to say that I really like Yoo-il's house. It's very neonish. The lights are blue and pink and they are very dim so the place looks like it has neon lights all over it. But the room Sun-ae stayed in (Yes, she lived with Yoo-il before because she didn't have anywhere else to go) was different. It was really nice. It looks like a princess's room. It has a plasma TV and a couch set....that's leather. No bathroom though, she has to share with Yoo-il.

Comments:
What can I say? Sweet Spy is really good. It has comedy, a very passionate romance, and mysteries. Not to mention the cast are very nice looking people. There was originality and surprises. The only problem is the plot. The plot is really complicated. The whole document and pen thing was really hard to understand. I had no idea what the people were talking about half the time. I would recommend watching this series a second time so you can get an idea of what had happen. Another thing I didn't like was that there was going to be a sequel. Sequels always suck. Hopefully the sequel for Sweet Spy will not be a disappointment. I don't think it is. The problems were left open ended so it looks like everything is planned, so the scriptwriter might have something up their sleeve. But that's a big maybe.


Sweet Spy

Cast: 
Nam Sang Mi as Lee Sun-ae 
Lee Joo Hyun as Kang Jun 
Dennis Oh as Han Yoo-il 
Yoo Sun as Park Eun-joo 
Sung Eun as Choi Ji-soo 
Kim Bo Sung as Detective Shim 
Choi Bool Am as Choi Bum-koo 
Ahn Yeon Hong as Oh Nara

Episodes: 20 
Broadcast network: MBC 
Broadcast period: 2005-Nov-07 to 2006-Jan-10 
Air time: Monday & Tuesday at 21:55 
Chief Producer: Choi Chang Wook 
Director: Go Dong Sun 
Screenwriter: Kim Ki Ho, Lee Sun Mi 
Author: Kwon Mi Kyung 
Source WikiDama


Plot: 
The storyline basically revolves around a pen and a document. The pen was brought to Korea by Han Yoo-il, a spy working for some secret organization. Lee Sun-ae, a widowed cop, became involved with the pen when she accidently took it from Yoo-il. Yoo-il then tracked her down to get the pen back. Too bad for him, Sun-ae lost it. Yoo-il's butler accidently let it slip that Yoo-il is a spy and so Sun-ae became a spy assistant for Yoo-il. She goes on missions like pretending to be Yoo-il's lover. The pen has some secret about conquering the world and every organization, such as the CIA or a Japanese mafia, are trying to steal it. From then on, Sun-ae is in danger because those organizations are willling to kill people in order to take the pen.

The document has something to do with different countries also. It might be related to the pen. Sun-ae's late husband was murdered because of the document. He was investigating a case about it and he got murdered because he was really close to cracking the case. He was supposedly killed by an accidnet and the case was closed until Kang Jun, Sun-ae's superior who was transferred to the Investigating Team, found a few flaws in the case and reopened it. The document wasn't mentioned for the last two years until now because Kang Jun was asking around about it and now some mysterious businessmen are looking for it. They too will do anything to take a look at these documents. Of course since the case involve's Sun-ae's husband's death, she is included in this ivestigation. But that means Sun-ae is working for spys that may not be the good kind, and she is working on a police case. That makes everything complicated because everyone thinks Sun-ae is a double agent and everyone doubts her. In the end, with the tie of the pen and document, where will Sun-ae's loyalty lie?

Relationship: 
Han Yoo-il with Lee Sun-ae: 
Han Yoo-il is a pretty lonely guy. He doesn't have anyone except this father- like butler who is as mysterious as he is. Maybe that's why he loves Sun-ae, he longs for a companion. Sun-ae loves him too but there are ,of course, obstacles in the way. One of them is Sun-ae's late husband. She feels guilty for loving another man when her husband died just two years ago. Another problem is how Yoo-il is so mysterious and he can't open up to Sun-ae. Sun-ae don't know if he really is a good spy or if all the bad comments she's heard about him is true.

There was great chemistry between Dennis and Nam Sang Mi. I don't know how to explain but the chemistry was very passionate. I like how the couple speak in different languages. I know Dennis speaks English because he doesn't know how to speak any Korean, but the way Sun-ae and Yoo-il still understand each other through their language barrier shows how strong the relationship is. 
Lee Sun-ae and Kang Jun: This is more of a one-sided love. Kang Jun loves Sun-ae. This crush makes the storyline more interesting and funny, but it seems that Kang Jun starts liking Sun-ae out of nowhere. He recognized his dead colleage's wife and suddenly have this love for her that popped out of the blue.

Kang Jun and Park Eun-joo: This again is a one-sided love. Eun-joo is an elite female cop who had a crush on Kang Jun starting from their schooling years. Since then she tries to capture Kang Jun's heart. She pretty much failed because Kang Jun loves Sun-ae instead and that makes Eun-joo furious. She hates Sun-ae. In the end, I have no idea if Eun-joo loves Kang Jun at all. She was the evil mastermind of all the problems and I can't tell if she was just pretending to be in love with Kang Jun. Even if she was just tricking with him, I don't see any benefits of it.

Choi Ji-soo and Yoo-il: Again, a one-sided love. Choi Ji-soo is a daugher of Choi Bum-koo and when her dad went to jail, she was left alone to survive in a harsh world. She was used and abused throughout her life and no one was there to help her. Yoo-il met her and helped her find Sun-ae (they were buddies back in high school or something). Yoo-il was the first guy who ever helped her and she had a crush on him. Her love was rejected so she tried to make Yoo-il jealous by being with some rich guy. Very childish. I see no point in Ji-soo. Her character was just blah. There was no reason to create a character. She wasn't an asset or a problem. The only reason I see of why she was in the show by giving the fake document (the one everyone was looking for) to Sun-ae, which she did on the order of her rich boyfriend. Other than that, she wasn't anything to the show. I thought her crush on Yoo-il was going to make the show more interesting and complicating but it's like their "thing" was put aside. I guess a spy show needs a damsel in distress, which was all she was to me.

What I LOVE about the triangle with Sun-ae and Yoo-il and Kang Jun is that the two guys doesn't back down. Whenever one of them sees the other with Sun-ae they either a) fight or b) glare at each other. It's sooooo funny. And I am glad that they fought each other, other series would have one of the guys back off and let their competition have the girl, but not these guys. I love the scene where Yoo-il and Kang Jun boxed and when they fought on top of a roof. It was so fierce.

Performances: 
Nam Sang Mi as Lee Sun-ae: Nam Sang Mi did an excellent job in portraying Sun-ae. Sun-ae is a clumsy ditz and everything was done perfectly, from the way Sang Mi blinks to the way she walked. The tears came out naturally and the smile wasn't fake. Sang Mi is beautiful too, with or without make-up. She looks totally different when she has make up on and dressed in expensive clothes. There was like a transformation and I'm still amazed at how different she looks. Without make up, Sang Mi looks like a nice,warm lady and with makeup, she changes to this smart, sophisticated woman. I also love the character. Sun-ae was 100% woman. She's tough, even though she's kind of slow, and she had a hard life but she can still stand up for herself. Not only that, she's kind and sweet. If I was a guy, I would definitely ask her out.

Lee Joo Hyun is Kang Jun: Lee Joo Hyun is cute. Not exactly hot like Dennis Oh, but he has this cuteness to him that makes him compatible to be a competition for Dennis Oh. Honestly, Dennis kind of overshadow him. Kang Jun is definitely the underdog in the Yoo-il - Sun-ae - Kang Jun triangle. Joo Hyun did a pretty good job though. He has the looks that portrays Kang Jun and his acting wasn't horrible. Not a lot of emotions though. He's always solemn, he never stops thinking about the cases and ways to figure out who Yoo-il really is. Joo Hyun didn't have a crying scene or anything. But Joo Hyun had scenes where Kang Jun reflects back on his childhood and think about his life and Joo Hyun did a pretty good job at those type of scenes.

Dennis Oh as Han Yoo-il: Dennis did a decent job for a newbie. He was kind of stiff and at times he looks like he was acting, which isn't suppose to happen. There were also times when he looks like he was going to burst out laughing. But aside from that he did a pretty good job but there are still plenty of room for improvement. The most memorable scene of his was when Yoo-il found all those listening bugs in Sun-ae's coat and purse so he thinks that Sun-ae was sent by her police colleages to investigate him. Dennis did an excellent job on that scene. You can see anger in his eyebrows, disgust in his lips, and disappointment and pain in his eyes. Also love Dennis's voice. He has this slick voice that sounds really hot and sexy. It's perfect for a spy. Too bad I can only hear bits of it since I watched the dubbed version.

Yoo Sun as Park Eun-joo: Yoo Sun did a pretty good job. She's beautiful and she knows how to looks sexy and sophisticated. Park Eun-joo is confident woman and Yoo Sun shows that by looking like she knows what she's doing. She also had this gloating look whenever there was success and it was mixed with evilness. That was a nice touch. There were some flaws though. Yoo Sun looks crazy at time. I guess Eun-joo is a tyrant kind of person but whenever Eun-joo is pissed, Yoo Sun has this crazy glint in her eyes that doesn't fit with what's going on.

Sung Eun as Choi Ji-soo: Sung Eun did a pretty good job, but she didn't need to have a lot of major emotions to express. There wasn't any flaws in her performace but there wasn't anything that shine. She did a good job when she met her father again. She had held tears and anger in her eyes. That was perfect for the scene. If tears came out then I think that would have messed up the scene.

Music: The music was awsome. I love the spy instrumental songs. At first it sounded stupid, but then I heard melodies that sounded pretty good. A song I love is Spy sung by Sung Shi Woon. It's a good song, it's perfect everytime there's Dennis Oh in a scene, since he is a spy.

Setting: Not much to say about the setting since it's in modern Korea, but I do have to say that I really like Yoo-il's house. It's very neonish. The lights are blue and pink and they are very dim so the place looks like it has neon lights all over it. But the room Sun-ae stayed in (Yes, she lived with Yoo-il before because she didn't have anywhere else to go) was different. It was really nice. It looks like a princess's room. It has a plasma TV and a couch set....that's leather. No bathroom though, she has to share with Yoo-il.

Comments: 
What can I say? Sweet Spy is really good. It has comedy, a very passionate romance, and mysteries. Not to mention the cast are very nice looking people. There was originality and surprises. The only problem is the plot. The plot is really complicated. The whole document and pen thing was really hard to understand. I had no idea what the people were talking about half the time. I would recommend watching this series a second time so you can get an idea of what had happen. Another thing I didn't like was that there was going to be a sequel. Sequels always suck. Hopefully the sequel for Sweet Spy will not be a disappointment. I don't think it is. The problems were left open ended so it looks like everything is planned, so the scriptwriter might have something up their sleeve. But that's a big maybe.

Sweet Spy (2006)















Sweet Spy
달콤한스파이
(Nov 2005 – Jan 2006)


who’s in it
Dennis O’Neil (Witch Yoo HeeEast of Eden)
Nam SangMi (The Grand Chef)
Lee JooHyun (Hello Franceska)
Yoo Sun (Sons of Sol PharmacyTerroir)

what’s it about
Nam SangMi is a hapless female police officer who spends most of her time handing out traffic tickets. Dennis Oh (O’Neil) is an international spy. Uh-huh. Anyway, think of the most preposterous plotline you’ve ever seen and multiply it by ten thousand and you’ll have the painfully frayed yarn of Sweet Spy. I could give a summary but that would be a waste of time because not only does it not make any sense, it’s not relevant to anything. All you need to know about this drama is Dennis O’Neil and the fact that he is extremely attractive.

commitment 
20 episodes

network
MBC

wildcard factor
Dennis O’Neil’s good-looks v Dennis O’Neil’s acting.

after the first episode
Excruciating…but wow is that Dennis O’Neil one good-looking half-Caucasian/half-Korean specimen. And I thought Daniel Henney was decent looking. Dennis O’Neil is outta the ballpark!

gave up

snoozer moments
It’s not boring so much as just baaaaaaaaaad, I mean, really, really bad

soju-guzzling
Oh you will...

what didn’t work
Too much

what did
n/a

what made me want to gouge my eyes out
So very much...I couldn’t even put it into words. But mostly probably all the bad acting.

what kept me going

I’m apparently a completely and utterly shallow individual…Dennis O’Neil is a really well-designed human being and I liked watching him prance around on my screen. That was all it took to keep me coming back for more torment.
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Other factors:
predictability No. Since the purpose of the drama was slippery and it lacked any coherency, it has to be said that it was indeed completely unpredictable.
engrish Good English, bad English…all kinds of English really. There was a lot of English. Too much English for...a kdrama.
originality I guess being completely nonsensical could make it original in a way...
eye-candy Yes. Really the only thing it had going for it. Goodness, what a lucky break for the show that it was such an amazing piece of ass *cough* candy. Excuse me, I got a little R-rated there.
hair and fashion Well, I guess the cast all dressed well. I’ll give them that.
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is it worth trying to find?
Go ahead and google Dennis O’Neil (Dennis Oh) and scroll through his pictures. If you think his face could comfort you through a blizzard, I say go for it.

total enjoyment factor 
4/10
Why even that much? Well, I did watch it all…sort of. There must have been some enjoyable moments…I can’t recall them right now without a picture of Dennis O’Neil to jog my memory, but there must have been something.

total disdain factor
Mostly disdain for myself for having enjoyed it even a little, which I must admit, I did. For some reason, I just could not stop watching it. A part of me suspects this review is totally unfair and I’m just lying to myself because despite all its many blinding faults, I kinda secretly adored it. Didn’t I? So how can I be so mean to it? I mean, forgawdsakes, not only did I finish it (when so many others I don’t), but it actually was kinda ridiculously amusing. 

With this one paragraph, I’ve undone everything else I wrote about Spy and have become a hypocrite.

why this review is completely biased
Fun fact about me: I actually really dislike dramas that have characters communicating with one another in different languages. Dennis O’Neil spent the whole time speaking English and Nam SangMi chattered at him in Korean and somehow they began to understand each other perfectly. I just hate that whole ‘I can’t speak the language myself but I can understand someone else speaking it to me perfectly’ bit of bull. I have not met a single person in real life who cannot themselves speak a language they can understand fluently. One is not fluent if one cannot converse in it. One cannot read if they cannot write the alphabet.

It’s a not so good drama. I did finish it, but I’ll be honest, it was because I saw it as a DVD set. I turned on the subtitles and fast-forwarded 2x and read most of the dialogue. If I’d watched this airing week by week, there’s just no way I would have passed the second episode.

Apparently this drama actually performed well in the ratings and was a success when it aired in Korea. Serously, am I the crazy one or is everyone else?

could a non-kdrama fan like this
No

verdict
If there are passionate Sweet Spy fans out there who want to argue that this was a well-made drama, I invite their opinions though it will not change mine. I won’t argue if you tell me that Dennis O’Neil is a beautiful man nor will I disagree there was something addicting about Spy’s nonsense. I could happily watch Dennis O’Neil over and over in many more crappy dramas to come, that’s how attractive he is, but it would be a monumental act of denial to say Sweet Spy was a good show. And lying to oneself (or anyone else) never works out well in the end.
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