The year 2016 gave us some of the best dramas ever made. Goblin, the legend of the blue sea, Cinderella And The Four Knights, and many more. Shopping King Louie is one of the dramas released in 2016. It features Seo In Guk and Nam Ji Hyun as lead actors.
This article DOES NOT contain major spoilers.
From a mansion in France to the streets of Seoul
A third-generation chaebol, Louie lives in a big mansion in France with his one butler and many servants. His only blood family is his grandmother, the chairperson of ‘Godlline’ company in South Korea. She has kept Louie away from her ever since Louie’s parents passed away because she believes that she is the cause of the death of her loved ones.
Louie has no friends and stays at home most of the time. Due to such a situation, he has developed a hobby of shopping, more like passion. He says that things talk to him. They ask him to buy them. Because of his shopping habits, he’s named Shopping King Louie, who always knows and buys the best of the class.
How country girl Bok Sil’s life changes after coming to Seoul
Go Bok Sil lives in a countryside village with her grandmother and younger brother. She does not have a good education but knows how to live properly. One day, her brother, Bok Nam leaves the village to live a better life in Seoul. After some days, her grandmother dies of old age. Bok Sil, now left alone, goes to Seoul to search for Bok Nam.
Bok Sil is naïve and does not know city life. Her bag and the money get stolen on her very first day in Seoul. Now, she’s only left with precious wild ginseng(A Korean Medicinal Herb) which she had hidden inside her clothes. It is her only way to get some money for survival. After some efforts, she is able to sell the ginseng to Cha Joong Won(Yoon Sang Hyun), who happens to be working in Goldline company.
Until your memories come back, Louie
While searching for Bok Nam, Bok Sil sees a guy wearing the same hoodie as her brother. People called him, “Handsome Beggar”. When she reaches him, she realizes that it’s someone else. However, she recognizes that it’s her brother’s hoodie because of the stitching that she had made on it. For her, that homeless and amnesiac guy i.e Louie is the only person who has ever met Bok Nam in this big city. Bok Sil is desperate and decides to let Louie live with her until his memory comes back so that she can find Bok Nam. Things don’t get any easier for Bok Sil as Louis is still an obsessed shopaholic even after losing his memories, and he creates a lot of troubles for her to deal with.
Throughout this journey of Louie finding his memories and Bok Sil finding her brother, many people connect and develop a beautiful bond. An appreciable fact that may go unnoticed is that main leads are not gender-stereotyped; Louie is not the egoistic male lead and Bok Sil is not the shy female lead, both always treat each other equally. Unlike many kdramas, there is no villain. There are male and female second leads but you don’t have to worry about ‘Second Lead Syndrome’ because they don’t wait until the end to get heartbroken, they accept and move on while maintaining a good relationship with the main leads. This kdrama is fresh, goofy, and comedy. It’s worth the watch if you don’t want to invest your energy into some complex plot, and just want to enjoy some relaxing Rom-Com.
Seo In Guk is a South Korean Singer-Songwriter and Actor. He is the winner of Superstar K 2009. His popular works include Reply 1997, The smile has left your eyes, Doom at your service.
Nam Ji Hyun is a South Korean actress, working since childhood. She is popular for her roles in 100 days my prince, Suspicious Partner, 365: Repeat the year.
Yoon Sang Hyun is a South Korean singer and actor. His popular works include Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Queen of Housewives.
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