Lovestruck in the City Episode 1: Ji Chang-wook is compatible with the strange Kim Ji-won

On its premiere episode that dropped on December 22, KakaoTV’s newest romantic short-form series Lovestruck in the City left many viewers in awe for adopting an exceptionally creative approach of introducing its main characters.

Lovestruck in the City is the streaming platform’s first installment to its multi-part web series City Couple’s Way of Love. It centers on six individuals who are pulled in to give their honest thoughts about certain aspects of a romantic relationship, unaware that they are bound to bare their own hearts in the process.

Here are the most interesting deets that we have picked up from the series so far:

Lovestruck in the City unfolds in an entirely refreshing way


While its storyline is not really something completely unheard of, the series decided to unleash its creative elements through its interview-style or documentary format. An external narrator takes over the opening scene and reveals the overall concept of the drama by stating, “One day, we wanted to know how men and women in the city date. To satisfy our curiosity, we decided to follow several men and women in the city.” The protagonists then knowingly appear in front of the camera and begin speaking to it as the anonymous interviewer asks them various questions. A series of awkward greetings and personal introductions follows, making the entire setup incredibly realistic and appealing.

The characters come from different walks of life but are interestingly linked to one another

Lovestruck in the City Episode 1 Main Cast

The protagonists: architect Park Jae-won (Ji Chang-wook, Backstreet Rookie), “pretty” marketer Lee Eun-oh (Kim Ji-won, Arthdal Chronicles), architect and Jae-won’s cousin Choi Kyung-joon (Kim Min-seok, Because This Is My First Life ), job “hobbyist” and Kyung-joon’s longtime girlfriend Suh Rin-yi (So Joo-yeon, A Love So Beautiful), novelist loverboy Kang Geon (Ryu Kyung-soo, Itaewon Class), and high school gym teacher slash serial dater Oh Sun-young (Han Ji-eun, Kkondae Intern), are asked the first question, “How is your dating life?” To which, all of them confidently gave even more questionable answers.

One trigger question is all it took for them to reveal their real dating lives

Lovestruck in the City Episode 1 Han Ji-eun

“Do you know what type of man or woman you are compatible with?” This particular query triggers a mayhem of responses from the interviewees, especially when the term “compatible” was later given a sexual connotation. It turns out that couple Kyung-joon and Rin-yi have contrasting views about intimacy like how Kang Geon and Sun-young have clashing remarks on their past lovers.

The big shocker, however, was the revelation that Jae-won gets attracted to strange women while Eun-oh to foolish men.

In September 2019, at Yangyang County, everything begins moving in slow-motion

Lovestruck in the City Episode 1 Kim Ji-won

Well, not “everything-everything” but you’ll definitely get what we mean right after you watch the whole episode. The flashback of Jae-won and Eun-oh’s first meeting is filled with all sorts of magical moments. And can we just say, Eun-oh aka Seon-a is every one of us in the scene where she instinctively spotted Jae-won using just the two physical descriptions relayed to her by Ra-ra (Park Jin-joo, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay) over the phone, only, we’ll probably stop the car quicker.

The dog sparkles, indeed

Lovestruck in the City Episode 1 Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won

This funny scene shows Jae-won and Bin (Lee Sang-woo, Golden Garden) as they watch Eun-oh play with a pretty dog along the shore. The two guys agree that she sparkles, smiles beautifully, is bubbly, and has a big appetite. And they’re both spot on, regardless of whichever “she” they were each referring to.

Soft-rock-country music exists, and it sounds awesome

Lovestruck in the City Episode 1 Hello My Beach by Rolling Stars

Sung by the four-person British rock band Rolling Stars, the 1978 single “Hello, My Beach” plays during several heart-melting parts of the episode. Its straightforward lyrics about a man’s wish to get his old lover back despite his resentment towards her surely makes the song stand out. Just a warning: you might find yourself channeling your inner rockstar at the end credits!

Through its unique and feel-good vibes this early on in the series, Lovestruck in the City is already bidding the year a memorable goodbye. That said, our hopes are now up that it would also embrace the new one with a warm hello. You may stream the Tuesday and Friday series on KakaoTV at 5 p.m. KST or via Netflix at 7 p.m. KST.

Aurora Bae

Aurora Bae is a news and feature writer for Kdramapal. She first fell in love with Kdramas by watching Winter Sonata as a kid but it wasn’t until Secret Garden that she became an official fan. Now, she spends more time watching Kdramas in her home in Cebu and Kdramapal provides her a platform to write about them as a means of living. How cool is that? And oh, she obviously loves the northern lights too! | email: [email protected]

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