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Series / Unstoppable High Kick

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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.

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.

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.
  • 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.