Man of Honor (aka Glory Jane) – Kdrama review
Drama: Man of Honor (international English title: Glory Jane)
Hangul: 영광의 재인
Release Date: October 12, 2011 – TBA
Number of Episodes: 24
Runtime: Wednesday – Thursday, 21:55
Chun Jung-Myung as Kim Young-Gwang
Park Min-Young as Yoon Jae-In
Lee Jang-Woo as Seo In-Woo
Park Seong-Woong as Seo In-Cheol
Lee Gi-Yeong as Kim In-Bae
Son Chang-Min as Seo Jae-Myung
Ahn Nae-Sang as Yoon Il-Goo
No Kyung-Joo as Prosecutor Oh Jung-Hye
As children, Young-Gwang meets Jane at her birthday party. His father works as a chauffer to Jane’s father. At Jane’s birthday party, by chance, Young-Gwang bumps into a boy named In-Woo. In-Woo’s father is the vice president of a trading company that Jane’s father runs. In-Woo looks down on Young Gwang.
Meanwhile, at the company, Jane’s father Yoon Il-Goo receives an unexpected visit from his friend District Attorney Oh. D.A. Oh mentions that his trading company is under investigation because of slush funds. Yoon Il-Goo begins to suspect his friend, company vice president Seo Jae-Myung. On the way to Jane’s birthday party, Yong Il-Goo tells Seo Jae-Myung to go to the district attorney’s office. Seo Jae-Myung refuses and reaches for the car door handle. While they are struggling, the car becomes involved in an accident and falls over into a nearby body of water. The car is completely submerge in water and Seo Jae-Myug grabs a body and swims to land. Once he makes it out of the water he realizes that the man he pulled out of the car was the chauffer Kim In-Bae and not company president Yoon-Il Goo.
At Jane’s birthday party, a baseball game is organized. Young-Gwang never played baseball before, but because of In-Woo’s cocky behavior takes part in the game. During the game Young-Gwang hits a home run. He then signs his name on the baseball and gives it to Jane. He also asks her to marry him one day. At this time Jane’s mother receives a phone call from the hospital. Jane’s mother takes Jane and drives off to the hospital. Because of heavy rains, Jane’s mother gets into a car accident. Rescuers found Jane’s mom unconcsious, but couldn’t find Jane. Jane was thrown out of the car and loses her memory in the process.
At the hospital, vice president Seo Jae-Myung is questioned by the district attorney. At this time the chauffeur lies and says the cause of the accident was heavy rain. Vice president Seo Jae-Myung then hears the news of the car accident involving Jane and her mother. The police then calls vice president Seo Jae-Myung and informs him that a girl matching the description of Jane was found, but she has no memory of who she is. Seo Jae-Myung instructs the chauffeur to go pick up Jane and take her to a place where nobody will know. He promises that he does this, he will help to open a restaurant and take care of his children for life.
Because of the accident Jane can’t remember even her own name, but she does find a baseball with the words “Young-Gwang’s first home run” on it in her bag. Soon after, vice president Seo Jae-Myung takes the position of company president. The chauffer takes Jane to a distant orphanage and drops her off. Out of guilt, the chauffer tells her that her name is Jane and don’t forget her name.
Years later, Young-Gwang and In-Woo both become professional baseball players. In-Woo is the cleanup hitter for a major league team, while Young-Gwang is demoted to the minor leagues due to his poort hitting. The coach of the minor league team warns Young-Gwang that he has only 2 months to raise his batting average above .200 or he will be kicked off the team.
One day, Young-Gwang and In-Woo are injured in different games and brought to the same hospital at almost the same time. In-Woo recieves all the attention, while Young-Gwang is largely ignored. Suddenly, a nurse’s aide comes up to Young-Gwang and tells him that she has been his fan since he was a high school player, because of his name Young-Gwang.
I don’t know yet, if I will like this drama or not, right now I’m quite bipolar about this. First of all, it has Lee Jang-Woo in it. 1 point. But he’s only the second lead. -1 point. But there is also Park Min-Young, 1 point. And Chun Jung-Myung. -1 point.
Don’t throw stones at me, but when I’ve seen that Jang-Woo was cast in a drama, I was quite happy, ’cause I really like him from We Got Married. But then, they announced that the male lead would be Chun Jung-Myung, and my world fell apart. I haven’t seen him in anything, only in a few Cinderella’s Sister MVs and pictures, but I just can’t stand his face, don’t ask me why. But then I thought, that maybe I just have a wrong prejudice, and that I should give him a chance, so I started this drama last week.
Firstly, you’ve got a good base for the story from the presented past events, stating who’s the boss, the bad guy and the good. But when the kids were going to play baseball I was like WHAT?! They play baseball in shiny clothes, with chaebol kids like 7 years old, in a huge annoyingly green meadow?! I just couldn’t find any reasonable thing in that. Please. How much is the possibility of this? Okay, I know KDramas don’t tend to use reasonable actions or scenes sometimes, but I just couldn’t stand this without laughing out loud. Sorry.
I don’t like it either that the father of Young-Kwang was killed when Jae-In appeared 17 years later. I really hate these situations in dramas when the 2 main leads are left thinking they’re siblings, although we know they aren’t.
So please, can you stop writing these things? And just how ridiculous is that Young-Kwang clearly remembers that he started playing baseball because of Jae-In, but he doesn’t remember her name?! Even I can remember my first classmates’ names, although we moved and haven’t seen them since I was 8, so why can’t HE remember the name of the girl who gave him reason to play?! It’s just more saddening funnier that even Seo In-Woo remembers her.
On the other hand, I like that we can see the downfall of In-Woo’s father from the beginning. I bet he will go down slowly, getting crazy about the deaths of Jae-In’s and Young-Kwang’s father with nightmares and such. That will be a fun thing to watch, I really love it when the bad guys get their punishment gradually and as painful as they can. They deserve it. Ehem.
One point goes for In-Woo’s relationship with his father. We could see that even when In-Woo was a kid, he behaved himself just to please his father, but he also had some fear of him. And that fear became so huge in these 17 years, that he can’t even talk to him properly or call him father, just starts to stutter, and has a spasm in his neck. I loved Jang-Woo’s acting here, I was getting afraid of his father at the same time as well.
In the end, I think this drama has a good plot and cast, but I hope they will realise soon that Young-Kwang and Jae-In are not siblings, and that Young-Kwang remembers her as soon as possible or I will go crazy. I hope to see a good love-triangle also, but I still hope that in the end In-Woo would also get a woman, ’cause if not, then my heart will break for him, and there are not much dramas where I liked the second male lead better than the first male lead.
Rating (based on 4 episodes):
This entry was posted on October 26, 2011 by yaenchi. It was filed under KBS, KDrama and was tagged with author's voice, chun jung-myung, glory jane, kbs, kdrama, lee jang-woo, man of honor, melodrama, park min-young, review, romance.