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Based on a webtoon, Kiss Sixth Sense follows the story of Hong Ye-sool (Seo Ji-hye), who works as a competent account executive in an ad agency. Her success at work stems from her secret ability: she can see the future when she kisses someone.
The definition of a kiss in her case simply refers to her lips touching another person. Her ability can be triggered even when her lips graze someone’s hair. It proves to be particularly useful in her job as she has to mitigate potential problems. Looking into the future as to how her project proposals will turn out allows her to come up with alternatives.
Despite her competency, she is often at loggerheads with her superior Cha Min-hu (Yoon Kye-sang). Until one day, the unthinkable happens. Ye-sool accidentally kisses Min-hu and sees herself in bed with him in the future.
The first two of 12 episodes are now streaming on Disney+. Here are four things to know about this rom-com with a dash of fantasy.
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This review may contain spoilers.
1. The lead actors are in their late thirties and early forties.
Featuring relatively more experienced actors, Kiss Sixth Sense is refreshingly different from your typical Korean rom-coms. Seo Ji-hye, who plays Hong Ye-sool, turns 38 this year, while her co-star Yoon Kye-sang, who plays Cha Min-hu, will be 43.
Having debuted in the late 1990s and early 2000s, both actors have accumulated a respectable number of projects and accolades under their belts. Seo is known for her performances in Shin Don (2005) and 49 Days (2011), and more recently in Heart Surgeons (2018) and Crash Landing On You (2019).
On the other hand, Yoon is known for his performances in Flying Boys (2004), High Kick: Revenge Of The Short Legged (2011), and The Outlaws (2018), which stars him and Train To Busan’s Ma Dong-seok.
Perhaps due to the plot as well, they are able to deliver a more subdued version of the usual rom-com. Moving on from rose-tinted views of the world and fluffy feelings of affection, Kiss Sixth Sense shifts the focus to the development of a mature relationship.
2. It is the last drama of the late Kim Mi-soo, released posthumously.
While filming for Kiss Sixth Sense was still ongoing in early January this year, Kim Mi-soo, who acted in Hellbound (2021) and Snowdrop (2021), suddenly passed away at the age of 29. The cause of her death has not been made public. With the release of the drama, they apparently did not recast Kim’s character.
Kim plays the role of Ye-sool’s gossipy colleague, Kim Min-hee. She is the first to suspect that something has happened between Ye-sool and Min-hu. It is unclear how the story will develop for Min-hee. However, given that Min-hee seems to be insignificant in Ye-sool’s and Min-hu’s relationship, they may give a random reason to axe the supporting character.
3. Cha Min-hu seems to have his own secret ability too.
In the first two episodes, Min-hu has shown his uncanny ability in predicting how things will go wrong, much like the intuition gained from experience on the job. He often asks his staff to prepare and check things in advance, warning them of imperceptible flaws. But his well-intentioned instructions merely make him look like an overly demanding boss.
There is definitely something more to his keen intuition though, with certain scenes hinting at supernatural powers. While waiting for the fog to clear in the upcoming episodes, Min-hu’s mysterious ability will be something to keep the audience going.
4. Ye-sool’s ex-boyfriend Lee Pil-yo has not made an appearance.
Disney+’s synopsis revealed that Ye-sool’s ex-boyfriend Lee Pil-yo (Kim Ji-suk) will be working on a new project with her. He seems to want to make things right with Ye-sool, offering her to go on dates with him. The introduction of Pil-yo will likely turn him into Min-hu’s greatest love rival.
As of the second episode, Pil-yo has not made an appearance. As Ye-sool’s ex-boyfriend, Pil-yo may be the only one who knows her secret. When the cat is let out of the bag, things may become chaotic for Ye-sool. How the relationship between Ye-sool and Min-hu will develop from there will be something to look forward to.
New episodes of Kiss Sixth Sense are available every Wednesday on Disney+.