I'm usually pretty picky about what I watch, but I decided to give this a try on a whim despite the presumably lackluster premise.So close and yet so far away...An inconspicuous body guard Namiki Kohei (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is assigned to be a body guard to a mega Korean super star, Han Yuna (Kim Tae Hee). Kohei is less than ordinary, a single man almost 40 in age working part time at a security company. Despite his kind and attractive looks, he is surrounded by people who boss him around with unreasonable demands. He keeps a dream to himself, a desire to someday become an astronomer and find his very own star. He justifies not being able to fulfill this dream to lack of funds and issues with his family.
Han Yuna, on the other hand, while having a perfect face and body, loves to eat junk food. She also has a kind heart for helping others in need. While every aspect of her life may seem like a girl's dream come true, she feels a certain solitude being in the entertainment industry.
As Kohei and Han Yuna come closer and closer to each other, they become an inseparable couple, discovering true love. Where will the couple end up after the contracted 99 days? A heart-warming love comedy that will make you realize once again how precious love can be.
Turns out it's actually very good, at least for now. There's every chance the story will start spinning its wheels or go off the rails, but for now I'm greatly enjoying it.
Kim Tae-hee is, to my knowledge, popular in Japan as far as Korean actresses go, so it's interesting that she wasn't paired with a popular actor -- you know, somebody like Kimura (who is busy with another drama, but you get the idea). Nishijima Hidetoshi was probably not the most obvious choice for such a role, but he fits it well and has good chemistry with Kim. The supporting cast also doesn't seem to have been assembled just to be hip and secure the ratings. So the casting didn't take the path of least resistance. The direction has some personality to it too, and the music's good.
It's pretty meta that a Korean actress in a Japanese drama is playing a Korean actress in a Japanese drama. I don't know if they had that in mind when they made some scenes trick you into thinking you're watching the show when it's actually the show within the show that they're shooting.