99 Days with the Superstar is a TV show on Amazon Prime, but it is unique because it features a Korean female lead and a Japanese male lead. While the show is considered a Japanese drama because it takes place in Japan and most of the dialogue is Japanese, the diversity of the cast makes for a really interesting mix.
The Korean female lead is Kim Tae-Hee, who is one of the most popular Korean actresses; she is also married to the K-pop star Rain. Throughout the show, she speaks Japanese (with only a little bit of Korean), and she speaks it really fluently. I found it really impressive that a Korean actress was able to perform so well in a Japanese drama. The drama also stars the K-pop star Ok TaecYeon, who plays the role of Kim Tae-Hee’s sister. These are the two main Korean leads, but almost everyone else in the show is Japanese.
The show is about a Korean actress who comes to Japan, and while in Tokyo she hires a Japanese bodyguard. The show is a love story between the actress and the bodyguard; however, as would happen in real life, there are a lot of rumors swirling and it turns into a big story in Asia. I thought the show was both dramatic and a bit funny, and the pace definitely picked up in the last half of the season. In total, there are 10 episodes of 45 minutes each, and there are plenty of twists that you never know exactly how it is going to end.
The show was made in 2011, and it is now available on Amazon Prime. Considering the fact that it has such a big cast, I am guessing the show must’ve been pretty popular in Korea and Japan when it was released. If you haven’t heard of the show before though, it is worth watching for sure!
99 Days with the Superstar Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for