“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is off to a great start with episode 1 and episode 2 both taking the top spot on its weekend time slot. The romantic comedy stars Kim Seon-ho and Shin Min-a as two total opposites who are drawn together by circumstances. Here are our thoughts about the first two episodes of this much-awaited K-drama.
‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ Episode 1: New Beginnings
The first episode establishes the premise of the story — two people who are worlds apart not only in distance but also in their lifestyles. Shin Min-a as Yoon Hye-jin is the typical city girl who’s independent and has a weakness for luxury goods. She doesn’t like to engage in small talks especially with those who seem to be too curious about her private life.
Meanwhile, we see Kim Seon-ho as Hong Du-sik as he goes through his simple life in the seaside village of Gongjin. He knows everyone and everyone knows him because he’s the reliable handyman who can do almost any thing for a minimum wage.
The two cross paths for the first time at the beach when Du-sik “rescues” one of Hye-jin’s shoes. Sparks don’t necessarily fly between them as both seem to annoy each other. Despite their not so stellar first impressions about each other, they continue to cross paths as Hye-jin decides to open her dental clinic in Gongjin.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episode 1 proves to be lighthearted and fun, true to the drama’s promise.
Episode 2: Regrets
Regrets is the overarching theme of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episode 2 as we are introduced to more characters. There’s Oh Cheon-jae, the cafe and pub owner who’s a one-hit wonder singer. There’s Yeo Hwa-jung, Hye-jin’s landlady, who seems to be having regrets about her divorce. Hong Du-sik also appears to be reflecting on his past while staring at what looks like his only pair of suit.
Meanwhile, Yoon Hye-jin struggles to assimilate herself in her new town. She even horribly upsets the villagers who happen to be her potential clients. Hong Du-sik gives her an earful about her feeling superior over the rest of them, saying,
“Life isn’t fair for all of us. Some spend their whole lives on unpaved roads while some run at full speed only to reach the edge of a cliff.”Hong Du-sik
Back to Basics
The beauty of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” lies in its simplicity. There’s nothing too complicated about the story, the seaside village and the characters, which make this K-drama relatable and engaging. We all know an “ahjumma” or in our case, a “tita” who annoyingly probes our private life. Some of us grew up in small towns, while others spent summer vacations in the provinces. Gongjin is a microcosm of those precious experiences and memories.
Perhaps one of the biggest realizations for some of us during these difficult times is that an uncomplicated life can bring us more happiness than ambition and all its complexities. We can all find happiness in the comfort of our homes doing the simplest things and going back to the basics. “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” gives us that same feeling.
You can watch “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episode 1 and episode 2 on Netflix while waiting for new episodes every weekend.