Pinocchio Korean Drama Review

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye

Pinocchio tells the story a man whose life was devastated by corrupt reporters who seeks to reveal their true motives by becoming one himself and a girl who suffers from Pinocchio Syndrome which results in her being unable to lie without hiccupping. The two go on a journey of self-discovery that forces them to face some uncomfortable truths.

Pinocchio is one of those dramas that I fell for right from episode 1, and it just got better the more I watched.  During the first couple episodes, we get a little back story of our character’s childhoods and teen years to set up the drama.  The drama sets up the story very well so that we clearly understand the situations and emotions our characters are experiencing as well as their motives right from the beginning.  We then move into the present time for the rest of the drama.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk

Lee Jong Suk is wonderful as Choi Dal Po.  His life is absolutely destroyed by reporters, and he is on a quest to show the truth to the world.  Along the way, he learns things aren’t always black and white, and his mission is put in jeopardy by his feelings for the daughter of the reporter he hates most.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Park Shin Hye Pinocchio Korean Drama - Park Shin Hye

Park Shin Hye was perfect for the role of In Ha.  I always enjoy Park Shin Hye, but I particularly liked her in this role.  She is full of spunk and because of her Pinocchio Syndrome, she always tells it like it is.  Her optimism, dedication, and willingness to put her family first easily made me love her character.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye

And how I love this couple!  Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye play off each other so well and seem completely comfortable with each other.  Because they grow up together, they treat each other like family.  But even though they are very at ease with each other, they have fabulous chemistry.  The looks between these two are intense.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Toast Kiss

This drama contains a couple of my all time favorite kdrama kisses including the famous Toast Kiss.  That is one sexy scene!  And for those of you who have been underwhelmed by Park Shin Hye’s kisses in past dramas, never fear!  She has some fabulous kisses with Lee Jong Suk in Pinocchio.  Don’t miss out!

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Yu Bi Pinocchio Korean Drama - Kim Young Kwang

Our team of reporters is rounded out with a comical Lee Yu Bi who I absolutely loved in this as well as Kim Young Kwang as a very unusual but friendly chaebol heir who ends up on quite the journey of discovery himself.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Ki Jae Myung

A moving performance is also given by Yoon Kyun Sang in the role of Dal Po’s older brother, Ki Jae Myung.  He’s the one who is left completely alone following the horrible chain of events that results in him losing his entire family.  All of his pain and motivations are completely understandable, but his character is the perfect example of why good people sometimes do terrible things.

Pinocchio Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin HyePinocchio checks all of the boxes for a top drama for me.  It has that nice mix of a beautifully woven story along with comedy, romance, and drama that all come together.  I love this writer because of their well-rounded and emotionally engaging stories.  A great soundtrack also sets a wonderful tone for the drama.

Dal Po and In Ha are one of my favorite drama couples, and all of the acting is intense and wonderful throughout.  I smiled so much and truly felt for these characters.  I was never bored once with this gem of a drama and have enjoyed it multiple times.  I consider Pinocchio a must see kdrama.

My Rating: 10/10

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14 Responses to Pinocchio Korean Drama Review

  1. Just seeing the stills has me grinning. And you’re so right about the soundtrack!! I listen to “Non-fiction” (the title song) on repeat sometimes, even now.

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    • Kay says:

      I smile anytime I see pictures from Pinocchio too! And yes, the soundtrack! Love the songs so much. They set such an atmosphere to the drama. When I heard the writer and singer from I Hear Your Voice would be doing Pinocchio, I knew it would be great. And the two definitely have a similar vibe that I really love 🙂

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  2. shamrockmom3 says:

    Loved Pinocchio! Great acting, interesting story, excellent chemistry….I’d give it a 10/10 too. I don’t know why I didn’t care for I Hear Your Voice–I kept falling asleep watching the first 4 episodes, and never finished it. I liked Page Turner by the same writer too–except for the last 30 minutes. Must have been an impostor writing the ending!

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    • Kay says:

      Pinocchio was truly would wonderful 🙂 I really liked I Hear Your Voice, but I liked Pinocchio more: better couple, better story, better family elements. But I really like the writer and also really enjoyed Page Turner and Dream High. These dramas all have very memorable characters and the dramas all have so much heart in them 🙂

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  9. Very good show. It gives us a view into the world of news reporting, both the good and the bad. Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye were very good. I enjoyed seeing Lee Yu Bi for the first time. I’ll have to look and see what other shows she’s been in. Kim Hae-Sook was also excellent has the evil executive.

    SPOLIER: The ending was good but like many Kdramas it should of been more definitive. There was no proposal nor wedding. Also we het to see was them trying on wedding outfits.

    Rating: 8.5/10

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    • Kay says:

      I’m so happy you really enjoyed Pinocchio. It’s such a classic and one of my favorite older dramas 🙂 All of the actors really were fantastic here.

      Ah, it was your first time seeing Lee Yu Bi? I love her! She’s so adorable. She has a great supporting role in Yumi’s Cells, but it’s the kind of character you’ll either find humorous or super annoying, lol. I also really liked her in a lead role in Scholar Who Walked the Night which I enjoyed a lot, but the drama is pretty hit or miss with people. Hopefully, you find another drama to enjoy her in because she’s always fun 🙂

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