Sharpen Your Nails with Nail Shop Paris

If you’re looking for a break from the intensity of most drama plot lines, Nail Shop Paris would be the drama for you.  It’s a lighthearted drama that has a little bit of everything: comedy, mystery, suspense, supernatural creatures, super cute moments, and most importantly for a drama…romance.  I don’t know how else to describe it other than to say it’s refreshingly different.  Starting from it’s cast to it’s overall plot line, you just get a different vibe from this drama than most others. And while, yes, it will have its stereotypical and cliche drama moments, it still manages to stay unique in its own way.


  • Title: Nail Shop Paris / Nail Salon Paris / 네일샵 파리스
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 10
  • Broadcast network: MBC QueeN

Nail Shop Paris depicts the journey of Hong Yeo Joo, a famous online fiction writer, who goes undercover to find inspiration for her next story. One day she comes across Alex, who gives off a very cool and mysterious vibe. She decides to write her next story around him.  While following Alex, she discovers that he works at a nail salon (Nail Shop Paris) that only hires males.  Having even more determination to make her story unique by writing about a male manicurist, she decides to disguise herself as a guy (nicknamed ‘Bunny’) to learn more about him.  The drama follows the events that occur and the customers she meets during her time working at Nail Shop Paris.

As I said before, in addition to having many cute moments, the drama has many supernatural elements as well.  Basically, Yeo Joo is a writer known for writing fictional stories about Gumihos (supernatural creatures from Korean folklore). The drama will take you into her past memories and through her current work of fiction in order to include bits of fantasy.  Clearly, you will see that Gumihos and Nail Art are the main themes of the drama.  What’s great about Nail Shop Paris is that it is entertaining without it being too intense. I could pull myself away from it without being  heavily invested in it week by week (I’m already watching my full share of way too intense dramas).

Anyways, this is one of those dramas I do recommend checking out if you have the time or if you’re looking for a break from your usual stuff.  It’s only a whopping 10 episodes.  I know from reading the summary it doesn’t seem all that interesting, but it’s got its perks.  When I first came across this drama and read the synopsis, I thought ‘Great, yet another drama where a girl disguises herself as a boy, finds herself in ridiculous/amusing situations because of it, and somehow manages to end up in a love triangle.’  But because gender benders tend to be a hit, I decided to give this series a try.  I’m certainly glad I did and I was equally glad when I discovered the cast members one by one.  This series is just full of surprises.

My Rating: (3/5)

People in the Americas can watch this subbed at DramaFever.


~ by misunderst0od on July 12, 2013.

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