Chocolate is the very first KDrama I have finished in 2023. I knew that it existed and I had seen it in my recommendations too many times but never really clicked on it. I thought I had not seen the main leads anywhere else and I already have a long list of tbw dramas of the actors I already like. Anyway, I didn’t pay attention that I had seen the actor in Kiss sixth sense (another KDrama I binge watched).
I read a lot of reviews of this KDrama and I heard a bit about it before starting it.
Warning. Now, let me be very clear, this drama is not a romcom. There is almost no comedy to be honest. The smiles are heavy, the light moments are heavy and the story is heavy. Death is a constant since the story revolves around Hospice and each story has capability to make you cry a river. So, if you can’t handle that at this moment, don’t watch it.
Food is the main lead of this drama. The food shots are beautiful. The cooking shots are amazing and they will make you hungry. However, at different points, the reason behind each food item will make you cry. There is emotional eating. There is healing through eating. It’s all there.
Story. It is a very slow paced drama, there is a lot of melancholy and a lot of internal dialogues. I honestly expected to cry a lot more than I did but maybe that’s because I paced myself and did not binge watch it. Parts of the story are predictable. There aren’t many twists and in the end there are a lot of loose ends. The way the ending goes, it is about the journey and hence there is no solid end to the story. However, certain actions don’t have much of an explanation.
Why I loved the drama. The drama as a whole is beautiful in its own way. The healthy relationship even though the “relationship” starts at almost end of the show is something I liked. The supporting cast is great and each story is meaningful and deep.
I love how each character grows. From the main leads to the supporting cast, everyone. At one point, I felt that female lead’s brother was so annoying but in the end it all made more sense.
I have read some reviews where they talk about female lead being a doormat. I disagree. She is a kind hearted woman who is very hardworking. However, life has been hard on her and so she acts the way she does. She gives the world what she would have wanted to receive. Her food symbolises that. She gives comfort in the form of food, the comfort that she seeks as well. It is difficult not to break in the kind of situations that she is in but she carries on. That is strength.
The OST is fab.
I could say a lot more things about this drama but all I want to say is this was beautiful in its own ways. Healing in its own way. A journey, not an end.
I would love to find another drama like this one.
Let me know if you watch this, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Aired: Nov 29, 2019 – Jan 18, 2020
Where to watch: Netflix
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older
Director Lee Hyung Min
Screenwriter Lee Kyung Hee
Yoon Kye Sang as Lee Kang
Ha Ji Won as Moon Cha Young
Jang Seung Jo as Lee Joon
Min Jin Woong as Moon Tae Hyun