K-Drama Review: It’s Okay, That’s Love. The drama will make you have many different emotions, from sad to happy
It’s Okay, That’s Love
(괜찮아, 사랑이야) – SBS – 2014 – 16 Episodes
Melodrama, Comedy, Grade: A+ (Masterpiece)
An innovative and revolutionary Korean drama in every way possible, “It’s Okay, That’s Love“ (2014) could be a game-changer, unlike the other K-drama you may ever see. Heck, unlike any American television drama you may ever see! Forget your usual sappy K-drama love stories; this show will shake you up with realism, it’ll surprise and excite you constantly, and maybe even educate you yet regarding human behavior and mental state issues, which are at the core of what this drama is about.
When I finished this drama I missed the characters most, and also the brilliant writing, that I’ve got actually re-watched it two more times since then and that I now consider it a masterpiece. once I first watched it I didn’t know what to expect, I just watched it because I loved the 2 lead actors. I assumed I might be watching a romantic comedy initially, but boy oh boy, was I mistaken! Little did I do know that by the tip of episode four I might be knocked out of my seat with shock at the story’s sudden surprise revelation about the most character. On my additional viewings, I clearly saw the signs of what was wrong with the lead male’s character that I had missed the primary time I watched it. The author was amazing!
OST It’s Okay, That’s Love
I also just adored the eclectic music soundtrack and loved that lots of the songs were in English, just like the song Hero from the group Family Of The Year. “Let me go! I do not wanna be your hero.” (The song was featured within the 2014 American film Boyhood as well). When people can barely make sure of themselves properly they’re not in any shape to be someone’s hero. Trying to force them to be can do more harm than good.
Gorgeous to seem at and admire, actor Jo In Sung, especially, just blew me out of the water with this performance. I didn’t think anything he did could beat “That Winter, The Wind Blows” (2013) but I believe he may very well have topped it here along with his beautifully intelligent and moving performance of a person with a tragic past and undiagnosed compulsions due to that past; his character is one in all those folks that keep lots hidden about themselves from others, who keep you guessing what they’re going to do next. (And by the way, how within the world does Jo In Sung’s skin look so perfect at his age? He has better skin than most ladies do, including the actresses he’s employed with! Amazing man).
Popular actress Gong Hyo Jin from “Master’s Sun” (2013) turns within the best performance of her career in “It’s Okay, That’s Love”. it is a strong female role, a doctor, the type she is drawn to the foremost. You can not possibly be her true fan and miss her during this drama. It’s important. She has abundant personal chemistry with Jo In Sung and it’s obvious they became very near one another while filming this show (both broke up with future significant others after making this show). Miss Gong was quoted that filming “It’s Okay, That’s Love” was “grueling”. it had been a demanding drama, and even the primary episode is filmed more sort of a movie than a drama, with amazing aerial shots and crazy car chases that made me scream with delight. I feel the primary episode of this show and therefore the first episodes of “IRIS” and “Doctor Stranger” are the three most impressive first episodes out of the 120 Korean dramas I’ve got viewed as of this writing.
Also within the middle of the shooting, Gong Hyo Jin was during a frightening 3 car collision on a busy highway after leaving the set late in the dark, needed surgery, and she or he herself admitted she developed psychological problems associated with that accident and learned much about how important psychiatric treatment is after affected by trauma. The mind can become ill rather like the remainder of the body can, and it often manifests itself in mental state symptoms that require to be treated, rather like you’d be treated for a broken arm or carcinoma.
The Story of It’s Okay, That’s Love
We start the show with a wild white-haired man named Jae Bum (Ik Joon Yang) leaving prison, to the congratulatory whoops and cheers of his prison mates, and so we switch to a good wilder celebration at a swimming club, with bikini-clad girls strutting around to loud rock and roll. “O……k…..” I believed to myself, “This is different.” Usually, most K-dramas are very circumspect about sex because they air during family hours, and also the women dress pretty modestly. It can often take half a series before characters even kiss one another, and even once they do it’s stiff and formal looking and sometimes quite laughable. This drama breaks the mold on these fronts.
The celebration is for a famous writer and pop broadcaster named Jae Yeol Jang (Jo In Sung) and he seems to be quite enjoying himself with all the half-clothed girls having fun all around him. the group urges his current girlfriend Pul Ib Lee (Jin Yee Yoon from “A Gentleman’s Dignity”) to kiss him and that they kiss passionately.
Then suddenly the white-haired man who had been released from prison arrives at the party carrying a fork and proceeds to stab Jae Yeol within the shoulder. the boys at the party tackle him down as Jae Yeol sinks to the bottom, bleeding, surrounded by his crying girlfriend and a young man with a jockey cap who calls him “Mr. Author!” over and once more. Jae Yeol looks over at the angry white-haired man and whispers, “Hyung!” (brother). His brother has been in prison for several years and bears a grudge against him, for reasons we are to work out later within the drama. So after leaving prison he’s immediately charged with assault, re-arrested, and brought back to prison for 3 years, although Jae Yeol tried to urge his second time shortened, ostensibly thanks to his mental frailty — but really for an additional reason entirely.
Almost three years later Jae Yeol has moved on together with his life and written another novel, specializing in a violent murderer. a woman doctor psychiatrist named Hye Soo Ji (Gong Hyo Jin) is termed in to get on a television broadcast where Jae Yeol is that the host so that she will discuss the mental condition of a murderer’s mind, and she or he reluctantly agrees because her boyfriend Sam (Ki Yong Chang) works at the station. She doesn’t quite understand that the aim of her being on the show is to create Jae Yeol look better so that his book will sell. She’s knowledgeable and expects to speak about the mental disease but he wants to pull in controversy to sell his work. When she figures it out she rebels and gets a few digs of her own against him while the show is being broadcast. Her critical attitude piques his interest in her, and he tries to speak to her afterward but she runs off, highly offended. “He’s nothing but a narcissist!” she grumbles as her taxi soars with Jae Yeol running behind in an exceedingly vain try and get her attention.
Jae Yeol finishes up calling it off along with his girlfriend when she plagiarizes his work and humiliates him professionally, accusing him of doing what she herself has done. Reporters are mobbed at his apartment door day and night in an endeavor to induce a press release, so he decides to maneuver in temporarily as a tenant during a privately rented out home he owns as an investment … however, who should be living within the home but Doctor Hye Soo, the girl he butted heads with on the tv show, and two of her long run friends, including a fellow psychiatrist named Dong Min Jo (Dong Il Sung from “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”) and a young man named Soo Kwan Park (Kwang Soo Lee from the reality show “Running Man”) who works at a cafe and who happens to own Tourette Syndrome. Hye Soo isn’t the least bit pleased that this seemingly arrogant guy goes to be renting out a bedroom within the house with them, but she has no choice since he actually owns the house.
One night after they both notice they’re at the identical nightclub Hye Soo is attacked by one of her mental patients, a schizophrenic, who had neglected to require his medicine. She runs after him after he runs outside and steals someone’s car to urge him away before the police can arrest him, and Jae Yeol offers her a ride in his car. They find themselves wildly chasing him across the town and to the top of a cliff near a factory. Police arrive, she tames him with a tranquilizer shot in his nates (resulting during a funny quip by Jae Yeol, “How quickly you pull down a man’s pants!” lol) and he’s quarantined by police ambulance.
Jae Yeol and Hye Soo are left alone and both are injured. he’s bleeding from his head, she is woozy from having been kicked within the shoulder, and she or he finishes up fainting in his arms. He calls 119 (the 911 signal in Korea) but within the interim time, Jae Yeol discovers that his humanity and chivalry toward women isn’t dead.
One night when everyone seems to be gathered to look at sports at the house, Jae Yeol lets it’s known that he happened to work out Hye Soo’s boyfriend kissing another woman, and therefore the sparks fly. She finishes up ending with him, leaving the sphere open for Jae Yeol to zoom right in since he’s becoming more and more fascinated by Hye Soo. However, Hye Soo is petrified of intimacy due to an event in her childhood when she saw her mother (played by the wonderful Mi Kyung Kim from Master’s Sun) kissing another man after her father had become profoundly incapacitated by illness. She needs therapy herself but she keeps putting it off.
Slowly she starts to feel closer to Jae Yeol and that they even progress far enough in their relationship to travel on a short vacation together in Japan – but are to remain in separate rooms – of course! Secrets about themselves are slowly revealed, as an example, thanks to trauma in childhood Jae Yeol has got to sleep within the bathtub nightly, and Hye Soo reveals she’s still a virgin in her 30’s because she cannot trust men. He tries to induce her to unwind, and at a waterfall, they frolic within the water together and find themselves passionately embracing.
Later they even close on the beach in the hours of darkness and open up even more with one another. Jae Yeol tells Hye Soo a couple of young boys he’s worried about named Kang Woo (played well by young actor Kyung Soo Do aka D.O. from the group EXO), who is that the boy at the start who cried out “Mr. Author!” when he was stabbed, which Kang Woo is being beaten by his father, a bit like Jae Yeol was beaten by his father and therefore the various men who lived along with his mother after his father’s death. Even after intimacy on the beach, Jae Yeol dreams about Kang Woo and fears he’s dying; he wakes up crying in Hye Soo’s arms. By now the audience is on to the first secret of Kang Woo’s existence, but Hye Soo has no clue.
The rest of the drama deals with Jae Yeol’s brother Jae Bum getting out of prison, his continued hostility toward his brother, long-hidden secrets being revealed, the possible restoration of his family that may help his frail mother (played by Hwan Yun Cha) who has grieved for years about the destruction of her family, the invention of what really ails Jae Yeol, and also the fantastic thing about seeing Hye Soo’s true friends and family ultimately rallying around and supporting her during a large emotional crisis. you’ll see an incredible amount of non-public growth altogether in the characters of this series.
Half of this drama is a few of the most effective and most beautiful television you’ll see in your life. One “smaller” scene that touched me deeply came out of the left field and that I wasn’t expecting it. Hye Soo and her professional mentor and ally Young Jin Lee (Kyung Jin) — who happens to be Dong Min’s ex-wife — talk privately within the hospital they both work on, discussing Hye Soo being experienced Jae Yeol and the way hard it absolutely was for her to urge thereto point where she could trust another soul thereto extent. That “simple” scene makes me cry each time, it had been so brilliantly performed between the 2 ladies. I think that each woman watching this drama could relate to what they discussed. of course I feel it is the BEST scene that Gong Hyo Jin has ever played in her entire career. For Jo In Sung his best scene comes at the tip of episode fifteen and also the beginning of episode sixteen, the ultimate episode. How I cried!!!
Don’t miss this tremendous Korean drama. I do know I’ll go an extended time before I ever see something as meaningful and unforgettable and as exciting as this show!
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