My mom is watching Trot Lovers (트로트의 연인)…
My mom is watching Trot Lovers (트로트의 연인)…
Ahhh~~~ I sincerely apologize for not writing much anymore. I don’t blame the unfollowers over the past months… If I wasn’t busy stressing over life I would have been more productive… Sorry for giving false promises since I created this Tumblr…
ANYWAYS…. Here’s a Kdrama review, one that I finished watching last week. I only wanted to watch this one because Jo In Sung and Lee Kwang Soo are in it. Jo In Sung is is a great actor and Lee Kwang Soo is from Running Man so things can’t go wrong, right?
****WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD*****
The story is about the lives of an unlikely love happening at all cost. Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin), a psychologist in her first year of fellowship lives with her friends Jo Dong Min (Sung Dong Il) an independent registered psychologist and Park Soo Kwang (Lee Kwang Soo) a cafe worker that has Tourette’s Syndrome which is triggered whenever he gets mad or sees couples having a good time since he has relationship problems due to his attacks. Hae Soo isn’t perfect herself as she’s afraid to commit to sex with her partner because she saw her mother having a secret affair when she was young, which made her distrust men. Even kissing makes her sweat and feel uncomfortable.
One day in an unlikely situation she finds herself in a TV interview with her once favourite romance author now turned psychological thriller writer Jang Jae Yeol (Jo In Sung). The interview quickly turns into a debate between Hae Soo and Jae Yeol about his new book and psychology. Jae Yeol begins to fall for Hae Soo because he sees her way of thinking interesting, little does he know that she already has a boyfriend, that he finds cheating on Hae Soo.
Jae Yeol finds out where Hae Soo lives and turns out that she actually lives in a house that he actually owns (oh yea, he’s rich so he has properties lol), so he moves in to get closer to Hae Soo. After finding out about her boyfriend’s cheating ways, she becomes devastated and breaks up with him. Jae Yeol sees this as an opportunity and tries to make his move on her. And it works as Hae Soo soon falls in love with him too.
It would seem like they are now in harmony but the characters soon find out more about Jae Yeol. Jae Yeol has an older brother named Jang Jae Beom (Yang Ik June) and he’s serving time in prison for allegedly killing their step father when they were kids. He vows to seek revenge against Jae Yeol because it was him that pointed at him in court when the lawyer asked Jae Yeol who did it. Jae Beom is certain that Jae Yeol was the actual killer as he last saw him holding a knife and running it into the step father. It just so happens that Dong Min becomes the psychiatrist for Jae Beom and he’s sure that Jae Beom is nuts as he just can’t see Jae Yeol do such a thing. Jae Yeol himself is not normal as he was frequently abused by his step father when he would beat their mother named Ok Ja (Cha Hwa Yeon). But that’s not enough, turns out that when they were kids, Jae Yeol’s pierce did not kill their step father but instead while Jae Beom was carrying Jae Yeol away from the scene, their mother set the house on fire, ultimately suffocating the step father, and Jae Yeol happened to see the entire thing happen in a mirror reflection. Their mother faints outside and forgets her acts because of dissociation (a disorder where a person chooses to forget a part of their life because of trauma). To protect his mother from serving jail time Jae Yeol puts the blame on Jae Beom, and because of that he has been living in guilt all his life. Now as an established writer, he sees a kid who idols him named Han Kang Woo (Do Kyung Soo/D.O. of EXO). Kang Woo is a kid that faces the same problem that Jae Yeol faced when he was young, an abusive father that always beats his mother and him. But there’s a problem though, as Kang Woo doesn’t actually exist! Because of being scarred by his past, Jae Yeol suffers from Schizophrenia and has hallucinations of Kang Woo, a reflection of his past.
The drama focuses on each of their illnesses and shows us if they can help each other conquer their problems and live in peace. Can Jae Yeol finally help Hae Soo remove her insecurities about being intimate? Can Dong Min help Soo Kwang manage his Tourette’s Syndrome and find love? Will Jae Beom realize the truth behind the past troubling event and forgive Jae Yeol and their mother? Once Hae Soo finds out about Jae Yeol’s illness and that Kang Woo doesn’t exist, can she cure him and live with him as if nothing happened?
I actually quite liked the drama. It started out well and actually has a lot of chemistry to it. The story is deep and has a few twist and turns. The romance parts I found were actually pretty cute. I liked it even more when I found out that Cha Hwa Yeon is in it because I’ve seen a few of her other Korean Dramas and she has talent, I don’t know because of her age and her years in the industry, but she can act well. Of course I found myself liking the character of Gong Hyo Jin because she’s pretty (lol) and she played Hae Soo well.
OF COURSE they could have made her “accident” look more convincing lol. For those that don’t know, The actress Gong Hyo Jin really had an accident where she broke her arm, so they tried to give her character Hae Soo an excuse to have a cast. How? Well let’s just say she had a VERY UNCONVINCING “fall” while running. Haha but it’s all good. I didn’t really like Soo Kwang though, and it’s probably because I don’t really like Lee Kwang Soo at all (to all fans, I’m sorry! Please don’t flame me! >.<). In Running Man, a popular Korean Variety show, Lee Kwang Soo is portrayed as a very annoying person that acts very arrogantly. I know that it’s all just acting but I really didn’t want to see it in this drama. But in some ways it did work as it sort of spread light on a melodrama?
But overall I enjoyed It’s Okay, That’s Love. The story was well written and we’re really made to sympathize with the characters and their struggles. Of course there’s more to the drama than what I wrote.
But finally, I have to say that this drama is not for everyone. I’m pretty young if I say so myself, but some of the content is evidently geared towards the older generation. Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin are both in their 30’s so it’s understandable that they will be talking about that subject matter. If you’re looking for lovey-dovey young romance, you won’t find much of it in this drama. Jae Yeol and Hae Soo have to face being intimate when they’re already in their 30’s and see if it will actually work. Lol I actually learned what condom is in Korean >.> The psychiatry is interesting though and it can be compelling to learn more about the illnesses no matter how old you are. There is also some comedy in it to keep us watching which is always cool.
Watch this one if you’re a fan of any of the characters as you will soon be absorbed by the plot and forget about the mature content. But if you’re looking for young love where they play around with each other shyly and then getting together in the end, look elsewhere because it’s not in this drama.
Not for everyone. Good story.
Next Korean drama review will probably be My Secret Hotel (마이 시크릿 호텔)
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