I was on reddit in the k-drama section and someone made up a thread of their favorite lines from k-drama’s. A lot of people included quotes from this particular show. I already had it sitting in my queue and had just finished watching Mischievous Kiss Love in Tokyo. But I just didn’t have that urge to watch this one. That is, until I read some of the lines people said that they enjoyed or found to be truthful when talking about life in general. It piqued my interest and I started it that same weekend and after the first episode I was hooked. Like with most kdramas.
The story is about a psychiatrist and a popular book writer who moonlights as a radio DJ. After staring on a talk show together where they give insight on the psychology of the main character of his recent book, a serial killer. A unexpected romance starts to blossom. Both suffer from traumatic relationship problems early in life that stop them from enjoying things the rest of us take for granted. For him it’s growing up in an abusive childhood. For her it’s seeing her mother cheating on her father at a young age.
The two main character are played by Jo In Sung who plays Jang Jae Yeol and Gong Hyo Jin who plays Ji Hae Soo. After watching it I’m sad that this is the first show I’ve seen with Jo In Sung. He’s really good looking and a very talented actor. The way he played Jang Jae Yoel is wonderful. He started out as a cocky douche canoe that you really start to fall in love with. You start to root for him and Ji Hae Soo to get together. But, then as his backstory unfolds you really understand how complex he really is and understand where some of his arrogance and bravado comes from.
Gong Hyo Jin I have grown to love after watching her in several other dramas that include The Master’s Sun, Jealousy Incarnate and I’m currently watching her in When the Camilla Blooms. All of which show her in a different way. But, I think so far I’ve enjoyed her acting in this drama the most. While I found her character to be annoying at times. Especially, when I binge watched and was able to pin point them a lot quicker then when watching during the original airing. But we all can be annoying one time or another. Plus I found hers to be endearing.
The show has a really good supporting cast that have really compelling story lines. There is Jo Dong Min played by Sung Dong Il (reply 1997, reply 1989) who is Ji Hae Soo’s mentor and also her therapist. Along with Park Soo Kwang played by Lee Kwang Soo. The three of them are all roommates. Who actively support each other when dealing with their personal issues.
The thing I enjoyed the most is that everyone has their own issues that they have to deal with that all revolve around love. Either between parent and child, siblings, lovers, or former lovers. I think the way each story line pertaining to that particular issue was handled very well. While I don’t want to give too much away. I liked how this show dealt with mental health. Also, for those that want to know before watching…yes it has a happy ending.
Have you seen this popular tv show yet? Did you like it as much as I did? Are you watching When the Camilla Blooms? As far as that show. I didn’t think I would be as hooked as I thought I would be. Another drama has sucked me in and I don’t mind.