A drama about six adults coming to terms with the responsibilities and duties of adulthood, in the most banal ways possible, Eulachacha Waikiki was a pretty solid piece of work. Bearing a crass or very basic sense of humour, it was still able to deliver on some very major themes. By the end of it all, we could see the journey of every single character despite there being very minor tuning to the characters across the length of the drama. As this was another drama that relied mostly on its characters, it’s necessary that we explore those in order to get an understanding of the drama in its entirety.
The drama starts off around three boys who are trying to run a guesthouse for international tourists visiting Seoul. The whole purpose of the guesthouse is to help make the boys extra money since all three are actually not very successful at their actual careers at this point in life. The concept of the guesthouse is to provide the tenants a feeling that they are living in Waikiki with a beach theme for the house. The house is actually owned by Kang Dong Gu (played by Kim Jung Hyun), who is a prospective film director. His entire life is either around running the guesthouse, or protecting his precious camera, with a lot of incidents involving getting drunk. One of the friends who lives with him is Lee Jun Ki (played by Lee Yi Kyung), who is a little older than Dong Gu and is a prospective actor. Being the son of a famous Korean actor, it is difficult for Jun Ki to be known for who he is or what his talents are worth. Yet, he persists to land with something substantial instead of discredited small roles here and there. The last member of the trio is Bong Doo Shik (played by Son Seung Won), who is the same age as Dong Gu and has an interest in script-writing but again keeps landing with suspicious jobs, such as writing a script for a porn film etc.
No drama is complete without the female cast. So one of the first women we meet is Min Soo Ah (played by Lee Joo Woo), who breaks up with Dong Gu in the first or second episode. However, her presence in the lives of the boys and the Waikiki guesthouse continues, and thus, she becomes an integral part of the story as we progress. The one female who lives at the guesthouse is Dong Gu’s younger sister, Kang Seo Jin (played by Go Won Hee), who is finishing up Journalism School and planning to make a career in the discipline. Lastly, there is the most important character of Han Yoon Ah (played by Jung In Sun), who is a single parent. It is when she cannot provide for her newborn baby, Sol, that she decides to leave the baby at the Waikiki Guesthouse. When the men search for the guardian of the baby they have their first brush with Yoon Ah, and seeing how she is a lost puppy bearing such a large responsibility, she is brought into the little family of Waikiki.
With so many characters struggling in their lives, trying to figure out how to come to terms with being an adult, the drama provided a lot of immature and crass humour. It definitely is not one of those dramas that would be able to fit everyone’s tastes because it’s one of those pieces that demands we let go of all sense of grace or class. It needs to be accepted as is, and the characters demand for us to see them as thoroughly flawed humans with some serious shortcomings. Whether it’s Dong Gu’s drunk charades, or Yoon Ah’s obnoxious raps, or Jun Ki’s terrible sense of public decorum, or Seo Jin’s desperation to ‘act mature’, or Doo Shik’s obsession with skating around the guesthouse, or Soo Ah’s lack of innovation. The fact that the characters encourage us to let loose and stop judging each other on standards set by a superficial society really spoke to me. The whole idea that even adults need to act immature and childish at times is so necessary as a way to deal with all the stresses and responsibilities that come as part of the package of being an adult. Eulachacha was a release from all that is depressing and all that is dark. It was a safe haven while it lasted.