‘The Best Hit’ remains one of the hidden gems of K-dramas. The show didn’t get the recognition it deserved when first released. But once the k-drama appeared on online streaming services, and fans started streaming for the costar, and their favorite actor, Cha Eun Woo, the drama blew up. And fans got to know what they were missing. Based on the life of an idol trainee who wants to debut against the wishes of his family. With all the chaos, double life, and sneaking behind the back going on, the show takes an interesting turn.
Written by Lee Young Chul and Lee Mi Ram, the writer who has worked on ‘High Kick! 2 and 3’. The show is directed by Yoo Ho-Jin and Cha Tae Hyun, known to direct and one of the cast members of the KBS2 reality-variety TV show “2 Days & 1 Night”. The production team began working on the show in early 2017 and had the script ready for the cast members to have their first reading on April 3, 2017. They went on to release the first episode in June 2017 while running up till late July, releasing two episodes a day on the weekends.
Cast & Characters
Actor Yoon Shi Yoon plays the main role of Yoo Hyun Jae from the past and Kim Da Bong from the future. Making his acting debut with “High Kick Through the Roof,” Yoon Shi Yoon has won many awards and appeared in so many hit k-dramas. Coming back to the screen with the recent k-drama ‘You Raise Me Up,’ he is already preparing for another k-drama called ‘The Present Is Beautiful’. Kim Min Jae, aka the rapper, ‘Real. be’ also appears as the main cast member. Playing the role of Lee Ji Hoon, who is being forced to study for the civil service exam but is an idol trainee, secretly. Recently, he appeared as the lead cast member in the dramas ‘Do You Like Brahms’ and ‘Dali and the Cocky Prince’.
Known for her roles in k-dramas like “When I Turned Nine” and “Lovely Rivals,” Lee Se Young plays the role of Ji Yahoo’s best friend, Choi Woo Seung. She will appear in the upcoming November drama, ‘The Red Sleeve Cuff’. Director and actor Cha Tae Hyun plays the role of Lee Gwang Jae. He was also an important cast member in the k-drama ‘Police University’. Fuji TV drama, ‘Fighting Girl’ fame Yoon Son Ha plays the role of Hong Bo Hee, Gwang Jae’s partner in business. ‘The Best Hit’ was her last appearance on TV. Lee Deok Hwa plays Lee Soon Tae, the head of the family and the business. While ‘True Beauty’ and ‘My Id Is Gangnam Beauty’ fame Cha Eun Woo plays the supporting role as MJ along with Dong Hyun Bae playing MC Drill.
The Best Hit: The Plotline
Choi Woo Seung and Lee Ji Hoon have been best friends since their childhood and have never shied to help each other out. They both are preparing for the civil service exam, but while Woo Seung is actually serious about clearing the exam. Woo Seung lives with her friend, who is already a police officer and does all her house chores. Ji Hoon has a dream of his own and wants to debut as an idol. Lee Ji Hoon’s family is a bit unconventional for society’s standards. His mother, Bo Hee, and father, Lee Kwang Jae, aren’t married. The grandfather isn’t actually their real grandfather, and their little son is actually a girl and isn’t their real daughter.
Kwang Jae owns a low-budget entertainment company called ‘World Agency’. Along with being the CEO of the agency, he is the road manager, too, driving the company’s only girl group to the events. He also runs a bakery side by side that brings more money in to feed the family than the entertainment agency. Bo Hee used to be an idol but now lives Kwang Jae, taking care of the things along with him. Remembering her influence in the old times, she also dreams of making her comeback and doing idol and variety shows.
The Blast From The Past
With the boom of the idol industry, breakthrough idols have existed. And some of them have been kind of problematic, according to the netizens. In the beginning, ‘The Best Hit’ takes us to 1993, ‘the era of hope,’ and we see the breakthrough stars of the era, ‘Jay 2’, a music duo. Yoo Hyun Jae, one of the duo, remains in the spotlight due to his behavior that the netizens find problematic. Other than making the headlines for their impressive music, Hyun Jae used to remain in the news for things like dating and other scandals.
Sick of the image, the duo ‘Jay 2’ broke up, making Hyun Jae go his own path. But it doesn’t take long for the news of the star to go out of public eyes. The news of Hyun Jae disappearing without leaving a trace behind hits the channels. A few days later, his abandoned car is discovered by the river. While his fans and his rumored girlfriend ‘Bo Hee’ wished he would come back, he never did. He disappeared from everybody’s life like the time.
What Is Happening Around?
Woo Seung is impersonating Ji Hoon at the police civil service exam academy. While Ji Hoon’s parents have already paid his fees at the academy, Woo Seung is attending the classes as Ji Hoon and paying the fees to him under the table. After doing his visits with Woo Seung, where they joke around and ask how it is going, he makes his way to train for the real thing. He is an idol trainee at the Star Punch; the same company ‘Jay 2’ was signed with, waiting to debut soon. But things at the agency aren’t easy, as new trainee arrives and are better at tasks than Ji Hoon. Looking for ways to get better, he discovers ‘JAy 2’ and realizes that one half of the duo, Park Young Jae is the CEO of Star Punch Entertainment. While the other half, Young Jae, disappeared without a trace.
A twist enters the show, along with Hyun Jae dropping in front of Ji Hoon and Woo Seung. After a series of embarrassing moments, where Ji Hoon is arrested after a night out with his MC Drill. And Woo Seung reaches the police station after finding out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Along with making moves on her roommate. As they are on their way back from the station, a man comes in front of Ji Hoon’s car. As they all go out to see who the man is, they see an unconscious idol from 1993. It was no other than Hyun Jae. He time-traveled 27 years forward into the time through an accident as he went back to his apartment on a rainy night with so many messages from his manager and CEO. Slipping on the stairs because of his own poster and moved into the new time.
Watch ‘The Best Hit’ – Streaming Details
Popularly known as ‘Hit The Top,’ the k-drama ‘The Best Hit’ is available on many online streaming services. One can watch ‘The Best Hit’ on Rakuten Viki for free. But for services like Netflix, Apple TV, and Kocowa TV, viewers need to get a premium subscription to watch the show. The k-drama has 32 episodes in total, with each having a runtime of 30 minutes to 40 minutes. If planning a binge-watch, the drama can be finished in a matter of two to three days at max. The story will be going through the journey of a friend betraying the other for a higher position. A son on his way to fulfill his dream behind his father’s back. A girl is fulfilling her dream to live a decent life along with a former idol trying to redeem her comeback.