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"High Kick without Hesitation", "Unstoppable High Kick", or "Smooth High Kick" was a popular South Korean situation comedy revolving around the life of the Lee family, taking place in Seoul. The main characters are Lee Yoon Ho, a Delinquent Badass Biker known for his high kick and Lee Min Ho, who enjoys spending time on scale models and blogs, are brothers born a year apart but attending the same class at school. These two portray completely opposite Korean teenage characters in a comical way.
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And of course, there’s the rest of the family, including:

  • Their father, Jung Joon Ha, a full-time stock investor since being laid off from work, nevertheless optimistic and reckless;
  • Their mother, Park Hae Mi, a doctor specializing in Oriental medicine and always overly confident;
  • Their grandfather Lee Soon Jae, who loves money more than anything else in the world,
  • Their grandmother Na Moon Hee, who is always defeated by her daughter-in-law in ongoing status quarrels.
  • Their uncle, Lee Min Yong, is a 27-year-old single dad. After going through a premature marriage and early divorce, he enjoys his life back in the dating scene with his half-single and half-married status, while continuing to encounter emotionally-involved moments with his ex-wife, Shin Ji, at times.

High Kick! is a situation comedy, which portrays the everyday lives of the main characters colliding with each other in a comical way. However, at a certain point, the surprising mysteries of their seemingly normal surrounding characters begin to unravel one by one.

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The English title of the show, "High Kick!", has several implications, one of which is the aforementioned oft-depicted high kicks of Yoon-ho.


Unstoppable High Kick provides examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone fills the role in different parts of the story.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The last five episodes are less comedic and more dramatic.
  • Character Development: Most notably with the brothers. For instance, Yoon Ho starts as a Jerkass and becomes a bonefide Jerk with a Heart of Gold by the end of the story.
  • The Danza: Most characters use their actor's/actress' real name (sans surnames) with three exceptions: Lee Min Ho (played by Kim Hye-sung), Lee Yoon Ho (played by Jung Il Woo) and Kang Yoo Mi (played by Park Min-young).
  • Dawson Casting: Slightly subverted that the teens are being portrayed by actors/actreses who are in their late teens excpet for the 16 year old Hae Mi. Played straight by Yoo Mi though. In universe speaking.
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  • Dogged Nice Guy: Kim Bum to Yoo Mi, Detective Lee to Shin Ji, Nurse Park to Nurse Yoo, Yoon Ho to Min Jong, who herself is a gender-flip of this trope to Min Yong prior on hooking up with him.

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