‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ Proved that the Power of Rom-Com K-Dramas Lies Within Healing and Romance

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

tvN weekend series ‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,’ which became one of the hottest rom-com aired this year, ended strong with the heart-fluttering final episode.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
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According to Nielsen Korea, the grand finale of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha recorded the highest ratings of 12.7%. Since the series started at around 6.8%, it eventually doubled its ratings by the end.

Based on the movie Mr. Handy (2004), Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a healing romance drama between ‘realist’ dentist Yoon Hye Jin and an unemployed man Hong Doo Sik who goes by ‘Chief Hong’ in his town.

Though Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) and Hong Doo Sik (Kim Seon Ho) are at the center of the story, the story of Gongjin people has also attracted viewers.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
Credit: tvN

From Kim Gam Ri (Kim Young Ok), who caresses villagers’ wounded hearts, to Oh Choo Jae (Jo Han Chul) and Oh Joo Ri’s (Kim Min Seo) affectionate father-daughter story. And from Yeo Hwa Jung (Lee Bong Ryun) and Jang Young Gook’s (In Gyo Jin) reunion to tough Jo Nam Sook’s (Cha Hwa Jung) story. Stories of all these villagers enriched the plot.

Of course, Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho’s heart-fluttering romance and the process of them healing each other’s wounds only raised the immersion level.

Two actors’ romance and colorful stories in Gongjin received responses from viewers all over the world. According to Flixpatrol, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ranked 1st on Netflix’s “Today’s Top 10” in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Moreover, the series is ranked 7th in the worldwide ranking. While Squid Game continues to be the hottest topic, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha also showcased the power of Korean-style rom-com.


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