Review – Dal Ja’s Spring

달자의 봄

Also known as: Dal Ja’s Spring / The Spring of Oh Dal Ja
Genres: Comedy; Romance
Episodes: 22
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: January 3, 2007 to March 15, 2007
Producer: Lee Jae Sang
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung

Main Leads:

Chae Rim as Oh Dal Ja
Lee Min Ki as Kang Tae Bong
Lee Hyun Woo as Uhm Gi Joong
Lee Hye Young as Wee Seon Joo
Gong Hyung Jin as Shin Sae Do

Synopsis: Dal Ja is a single and hardworking woman at the age of 33. She comes to a crossroad of either choosing to remain single or to get married before she gets any older. She finds herself wanting to get out and date – and her first real relationship wasn’t one the other party found serious. Feeling at a loss of what to do, she finds herself with a fateful encounter with a man six years younger than her, Tae Bong. On a drunk night she makes a contract with him: she’ll pay him to be her fake boyfriend for a month.

The drama proceeds to tell about a love triangle that grows between Dal Ja, Tae Bong and Gi Joong. Is love more important than marriage? Tae Bong who works as a substitute date vs. Gi Joong who dreams of an ideal and rational courtship. The drama highlights the life and work of women in their thirties through Dal Ja, who works as a managing director at a home shopping channel.

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Spoiler Code – Green

I’ve been wanting to watch something with Lee Min Ki ever since his cameo in Shut Up Flower Boy Band won me over. After watching Spellbound and now Dal Ja’s Spring – I can honestly call myself a fan wanting to see more with him 😀

To be honest, other than knowing I’d love Min Ki in this drama, I really had no expectations. I didn’t really even pay attention to what the storyline was about before I started watching it. I just heard it was good and decided I must watch it. I haven’t been this hooked on a drama in a long time – I watched it all in 4 days! I put everything else on hold and watched nothing but Dal Ja’s Spring. I found the story that captivating.

By the end of the first episode I knew I’d love it. There was just something about it…. it’s more than just your typical love story, it’s more than a standard rom-com, it’s more than a bunch of cliche’s tossed together. And yes this drama definitely did follow the standard Kdrama cliches – but it added something original to it. The story was also more on the mature level, Dal Ja’s narrations about life and people were the type that made me sit back and think.

The acting was really great! This was my first drama with Chae Rim but I thought she did an excellent job as Dal Ja. And Lee Min Ki was wonderful as well. I loved the chemistry they both had with each other – yet another reason to watch this drama (:

Also – the side characters were great as well. In the first episode you find yourself not liking Sae Do and Seon Joo, but as the episodes progress it’s hard not to! I loved the relationships they all had, the friendships!

I found myself really loving a few songs off of the soundtrack – while others fit with the drama but didn’t really catch on to me. My favorite is definitely the “Sha la la la la” song (“Take My Hand and Hold It”)

I can definitely see myself rewatching this drama. I just finished it and I’m already missing it. This is one of those drama series that became a favorite very fast and one I’d love to own on DVD.

Overall? I think this is an underrated drama – if I hadn’t of heard of Lee Min Ki and if I hadn’t of seen a few people talking about it, then I might never of gotten the chance to watch this great drama! Yes, the drama is 5 years old. But don’t let that turn you off from watching it. It’s a refreshing type of drama – and different from your typical Kdrama. I highly recommend watching it. Even if it doesn’t become one of your favorites, I’m sure there’s a high possibility of at least liking it and enjoying it (:

There’s a lot of sweet moments, funny moments, just overall great moments. Also, I found it hilarious how they used random music in scenes.

Don’t think – just watch (:

I just wrote this so there’s not much else to add (: There were a few things I’d of probably done differently with the show, but overall I loved everything about it.

“Take My Hand and Hold It” – K-Jun

“To You of Mine” – Pearl’s Day


“Miraculous Love” – Lee Kyung Hwa

My overall rating for this drama would be a 10/10

Stream it here: Dramacrazy; Mysoju



Posted on May 3, 2012, in Dramas/Series and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I have this one on my list. Lee Min Ki is an awesome actor. I’m watching him in I Really Really Like You. You should definitely give it a try. It’s what made me love him. haha

    • He really is! I definitely do want to watch that one (: I think I’ll add it to my next line up :p His cameo in Shut Up Flower Boy Band just won me over. Then I watched Spellbound, and now Dal Ja’s Spring – I think I just love him now :p

      • Oh please watch it! It’s so good! I couldn’t remember what episode I left off on the first time. It turns out I made it close to the end before my hiatus. So I guess this could be considered my second time watching it. XD

  2. I really liked this drama 🙂
    Great review!

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