[throwback] It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014)

 

 

Thought i will do a throwback drama every month. So to start the year right, i’m choosing It’s Okay, That’s Love as my throwback drama for January 2018.

Drama: It’s Ok, This is Love (괜찮아, 사랑이야)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 23 – September 11, 2014
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55

Plot
Jang Jae-Yeol is a mystery writer and radio DJ. Ji Hae-Soo is going through her first year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. After she meets Jang Jae-Yeol, both their lives go through big changes.

Main Cast                                                                                                                                              Jo In-sung as Jang Jae-yeol
Gong Hyo-jin as Ji Hae-soo
Sung Dong-il as Jo Dong-min
Lee Kwang-soo as Park Soo-kwang
Jin Kyung as Lee Young-jin

Background

Through more than 15 years that I have watched and love watching korean dramas, i have tended to shy away from the more melodramatic dramas, especially if they involve a lot of tears and death. and it’s usually because watching kdramas has been my way of escaping from reality even for a few hours a week, and destressing from the hectic work. i don’t want to feel to overwhelmed with emotions when all i want is some light hearted comedy and romance. occasionally i do watch heavy dramas but i have always selected the trendy dramas. one of my key resolutions this year in terms of watching dramas is to watch more mature dramas – not that it means watching less trendy shows – just adding more variety in the shows that i’m watching. So as a start, i chose this drama in Netflix.

I have not watched Jo In Sung in a long time — I will always remember his as that cute guy in the New Nonstop show whose girlfriend is Park Kyung Rim. (yes that’s shows how old i am and how long ago i started watching). I do watch his movies from time to time but it’s been so long since i’ve actually sat down and stared at his beautiful face for 16 episodes. On the other hand, i think i have watched a majority of Hyo Jin’s dramas. She is not the prettiest Korean actress out there, but i love that she has this charisma when she’s on screen, she has great chemistry with all her male costars, her acting is so natural and raw, and she just looks good in every thing she wears. i also loved the costars – Sung Dong Il, Lee Kwang Soo and Jin Kyung – i wassur that there will be a lot of laughs and heartaches with these 3.

Review

After watching episode 1, i actually thought hard if i should continue watching or not. and it’s mainly because i didn’t like Hae soo because she annoyed me. On the other hand, I instantly liked Jae yeol. The story felt off for me and i wasn’t sure what i was getting into. I also didn’t read the plot or any spoilers so I had no idea what this show was all about (or how it would break me to pieces later on). But the scenary and cinematography was clean and gorgeous, and the soundtrack felt so light, as if i’m on the beach relaxing that i tried watching episode 2 a week later and never looked back.

There were a lot of things that i liked about the show. The biggest part is Hae Soo and Jae Yeol’s relationship. i really didn’t like them together at first. i thought they were too wrong for each other. and not episode after episode as i watched their scenes together i find that they were just right for each other. they understood each other without demanding too much. they can fight and give all that they can, but they can also say sorry, compromise and laugh at it later. i also loved how they’re both independent hard working professionals who gave each other their own space when needed but are always in touch.

I also loved the whole group together. their friendship felt so real and relatable. they may nag at each other, fight, say hurtful things but at the end of the day, they will be there to support each other and sit down and have a laugh together. it’s the people you can be mean to, who can tell you honestly thoughts when if it hurts, are the best people to be with. it’s the people you can count on and know they have your back. But they are all crazy weirdos too and i’m sure my friends have our own crazies too.

What else do i love? The hospital case studies. we have lots of dramas about cops, doctors and surgeries, school, ghosts, but i dont think there has been a show about psychologists. it was very interesting for me to hear about the cases. there has been so much taboo about mental disorder and mental health. i for one admit, that i still need to read up on this topic and be more sympathetic. and i’m sure a lot of people too. but the topics and how they treat the patients made me realize that this is a big issue and mental health needs to be understood more.

And more than the case studies, each person’s relationships and stories were also very interesting. we see Hae soo’s mom have an affair with another man to cope with her handicapped husband. This has made Hae soo have a sexual problem. Then the 2 divorced couple still trying to stay friends despite their past. One guy with Tourette system and a young troublemaker. Two brothers at odds because of the mother and the stepfather. One mother with disassociation. there were too many storylines but everything just gelled together and hooked me.

The first half felt oh so happy and light but at the same time I felt uneasy because I can see Jae Yeol getting worse and I was scared to see the day he spiral and fall, and that’s what happened in the second half of the drama. I felt so sad seeing Jae yeol in the hospital and seeing his friends trying to help him but could only wait until Jae Yeol help himself. The second half was not an easy watch. i felt heavy after every episode that i had to stop after one episode and watch the next one a few days later. I was also curious to see how they will resolve the conflict. Of course this is a korean drama. I know Jae yeol and Hae soo will be together in the end. I loved that scene when Jae yeol finally confronted his hallucination and bid goodbye. I loved the scene where Jaebum finally finds out the truth about how his own brother betrayed him and how he interacted with his mom after. I think her mom’s disassociation was never addressed though, like they just let her be in her bubble. I guess it really wont do any good if they reveal it to her now. and at least she started going to counselling with Jaebum.

I actually also thought that the two ex married couple will get together in the end, there was just so much sizzling chemistry between them i thought at the last that they will just grab each other and kiss. but no they didn’t. they ended up talking about what happened, with the girl apologizing and accepting responsibility for their failed relationship.

As for Soo Kwang’s relationship i also liked how it went from one sided to the bratty young girl falling in love with the mature guy, and also changing her ways to be better. my only problem is the age gap. im not exactly sure how old Soo Kwang is, but i thought he was already in his late 20s so being in a relationship with a college student feels wrong.

Overall i loved this drama. I didn’t expected it so that’s what makes it all better. i also loved the soundtrack. credits to the uploaders below.

Little Sun’s “Sunboat”

“Hero”by Family of the Year

Kae Sun’s “Ship and the Globe

the korean songs were also nice. like Love Fiction by Ülala Session

Chen’s Best Luck

and of course this beautiful duet by Crush and Punch called “Sleepless Night”

Advertisements

Youn’s kitchen S2 E2

I’m really impressed by Seojun’s spanish.. wonder how long he studied and memorized all the applicable terms because he is able to understand and reply to the customers.

I love the customers’ reactions to the food. I’m guessing they dont have a lot of Korean food in Spain so to them it must be a really different and interesting cuisine!

This week they served a new dish- chapchae. I am so interested as to how good Youn’s cooking is that everyone is going crazy over her simple Korean food like bibimbap and chapjae. and the Hotteok with ice cream looks so fabulous!

There was also 2 Korean customers in this episode and they didn’t recognize Seojun and Seojin so either they knew them and didn’t care or they really do not know them.

There was this lady who found the Seo brothers handsome. haha. Good thing her boyfriend wasn’t the jealous type. lol.

Equally excited to see more customers in the next episode and how they will reaction to the korean fried chicken.

 

Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 8

I didn’t like this episode mainly for two things. One, the two younger sisters are terrible!! i understand they have their own problems, but how can they just say that they can’t help shoulder their mom’s funeral expenses and take care of their father? if i were the parents i would feel bad that my own children do not care of me. as for Izumi, as the eldest sister, i think she is right to take charge as she seems to be the rational one and is the head of the family but i dont like how she always sulks if she doesn’t get her way. she can just work with her sisters or convince them to help rather than drop everything and say she will never help out. that’s exactly what she did with Kahoko and now she is doing it to her own sisters too. hay. i feel like this family is hopeless. Even Ito’s actions is just too pathetic. i thought after the party she would at least have a little heart, but no, she just kept on rebelling. to the point of going to Hajime, fully knowing he just broke up with her cousin to ask him out. i think she doesn’t really like Hajime, she just wants him to get back at Kahoko. I’m glad Hajime is smart enough to known and put her in her place. The other thing i didn’t like is the sudden progression of Hajime and Kahoko’s relationship. hasn’t it been just a few weeks since they met, dated, broke up and now they suddenly decided to get married? that’s absurd! Kahoko does not even know what she wants, she can’t even decide for herself, now she thinks she can just go and get married and be fine since they love each other and she will just support Hajime? if this was real life, they would have broken up and divorced in less than a year. A little backtrack, how they ended up in a marriage proposal is Kahoko finding the orphanage where Hajime used to live and them meeting his mother. I didn’t expect Hajime’s reaction to seeing his mom. It was definitely full of resentment and anger, while the mom was full of regrets. I wished that somehow they could mend their relationship. not as quick as Hajime and Kahoko’s relationship but at least Hajime will be open to talking to her now and then, not totally cold and bitter. I’m still sad that Baaba is dying and I dont think there’s a way for her to get better as all the doctors are saying it’s useless and the last scene we find out that Baaba collapse. I hope if she ever dies, that they won’t show it at all or I will bawl my heart out.. the way Jiiji was crying. I haven’t been posting updates on the father’s side of the family because they are just plain boring. Oh i liked the marriage hunting party scenese that Kahoko went yo. Thr guys are hilarious though its not as if Kahoko is really a catch if you think about it. And funny that Hajime and Kahoko meets in one of the parties.

Kahogo no Kahoko ep 7

Two main things were tackled during this episode.. How will the family discover Baaba’s sickness and Kahoko and her mom’s continuing silent war.

Lets start with Baaba. I felt it was quite unfair for her to tell Kahoko not to disclose her sickness to the family.. That is such a big burden to keep, esp since the last time she tried to hide a secret.. Her cousin lost her chance of playing cello again.

Meanwhile, kahoko has no one to confide in but Hajime who has been such a nice guy supporting her and listening to her. He even went to Baaba’s house since Baaba wanted to meet him and distracted Jiiji when the conversation but too difficult.

Hajime also joined Kahoko to go to Ito’s house and wait for her. It is Ito’s bday and Baaba wanted the family to have a nice meal and Kahoko is trying so hard to convince her to attend her own bday party which she rejected. I am really annoyed with Ito. I hope something bad happens to her so she would realize she is being such a b*tch.

Theres more family problems as we see Tamaka and her husband have marriage troubles. Turns out they married because they thought they could help each other si ce both are week. Tamaki shoplifts when her asthma acts up while her husband is a drunk.

Poor Kahoko. Her bag gets heavier as she takes more and more family problems. And i feel bad seeing her try to put abig smile on her face as if her family is not falling apart.

Surprisingly the silent war between mom and Kahoko did not become such a big deal this episode. But it looks like it’s her mom who is having it harder than Kahoko as Kahoko is preoccupied with other problems. I think mom is slowly finding the balance between getting too interfering and to learning when to stop and ask questions when needed. I also liked the mom for stepping up and supporting Kahoko in this episode. I hope she is finally seeing Kahoko is not as useless as she thinks she is but is actually very strong girl.

Case in point, Kahoko worked really hard to hit the ball to buy Ito the frog.. It wasnt the teddy bear but i thought it was such a sincere effort for her to do it for a cousinwho is not worth it. Im shocked that Ito is still cold hearted and still told everyone that she didnt consider them as her family. what nerve!!! If i wad the mom i would have slapped her and make her leave the house. That ungrateful kid.

The family meal was such a disaster. Ito washer usual self, which Izumi agreed and said i dont like you for ridiculing my daughter and thinking youre always better than her. Of course that trigfered Ito’s mom to defend Ito and tell Izumi that she is the arrogant one. Then Tamaki and husband starts fighting. Not to mention the endless interrogation of Izumi with Hajime and how he doesnt have a good future and Izumi doesnt like him for Kahoko.

When all hell was breaking loose, Kahoko couldnt stand it and scolded her family.. And ran away.

After kahoko ran away, Baaba finally had the courage to tell everyone that she is dyingand Kahoko was just helping them have a good dinner.

Hajime ran after Kahoko who started scolding him about the importanceof family etc until Hajime got so angry that they are so different and they should breka up . Which Kahoko agreed. I think Kahoko was totally wrong here. She was forcing Hajime about family family family when he clearly was uncomfortable. She should have listened more and supported him rather than forcing her opinions on him. Hence i didnt feel an ounceof pity when she cried after Hajime broke uo with her. She needs to wake up and realize everything is not always about her . Hajime has being nothing but so good to her.. Supporting her, listening to her, giving her advice yet she took him for granted. I wohld love to see her grovel and ask forgiveness in the next episode.

Youn’s kitchen S2E1

The second season of Youn’s Kitchen premiered last Saturday with Park Seojun replacing ShinGu as the part timer. This time, they were opening their restairant in Garachino village, Terafine Island, Spain! Wow i loved the location.. It looked very idyllic and peaceful, and the natural pools looked so amazing!

The team were amazed and pressured by their new restaurant. It definitely looked classier than the Bali place, which was more of a casual snack bar. Thia time, their menu consists of beef bibimbap and hotteok.

Their challenge aside from selling the food ia the language. While there are a lot of tourista who speak English, they also had to learn Spanish, at least in restaurant terms to be able to speak to some of the customers. In the previews being shown, it looks like the director did a good job in choosing Seojun as he is used to cooking, has experience in working at a restaurant and was able to memorize and conversein Spanish. 

Im looking forward to the next episodesto see how the people react and received Korean cuisine. I am sure they dont get Korean food as much as other countries. 

Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 6

This episode was partly hilarious partly sad as we all the couples have disagreements and arguments.

Kahoko’s mom left the house and stayed Jiji and Baba’s house while reflecting. I hate that she has such a cold face and icy demeanor. She also seems to hold a grudge and refuse to give way. Kahoko and the dad has repeatedly apologized and asked her to come back but she is still being stubborn. I hope that she will be more forgiving, more understanding of her family’ s feelings and less selfish. The last scene showed mom and Kahoko waging a war between them. I do hope Kahoko wins. Not only will she be more mature after the war, im hoping the mom will be more loving. 

The mom’s sisters are also fighting with their husbands.. Tamaki regretting tha tshe married her husband, that maybe she settled or married because she was afraid of growing old alone. Oh no. I do hope thats not true. Though i can understand what she means. Plus normally those that are so affectionate in oublic and in social media are always the troubled couple. 

The other sister is fighting with her hisband because of Ito. The husband is sayi g that she didnt do a good job raising Ito hence she is rebelling. This accusation did not sit well with the sister. I would do if the husband told me too. I would probably rip his eyes out. Lol.

So the 3 sisters ended up staying at jiji and baba’s house in the meantime.

During dinner, the 3 sisters ganged up on the dad saying he wasnt that helpful raising them, all the work was done by their mom etc. 

He got hurt and left the house to go to Kahoko’s house… Which is where Kahoko’s dad plus the two brother in law were staying in the meantime. Hahaha.

Not only that, even Kahoko’s dad’s father also left the house to stay with them. And of course he is just sleeping the entire time. 

Kahoko is the only girl in the house and she struggles and fails epically to maintain the house. She doesnt know where everything is, burns the food, buys the expensive meat. 

Finally Kahoko got frustrated by the 5 men and persuaded them to go and apologized to their wives. They all went there and overheard the wives’ sentiments, feelings about them and their marriage. I felt sad for the husbands hearing the harsh words from the ladies. Eventually the wives all came home to their husbands. I do hope that all have a happy reconciliation at the end.

On the side note, we find out that Kahoko’s dad’s sister was swindled by her business partner and is feeling lost and ashamed. She had a talk with Kahoko. I hope she also starts making better choices in life so she wont be so pathetic.

Ito is still behaving really badly. She changed her hairstyle and her fashion. I feel like she is still trying to fogure out whatto do with her life as she feels like she lost her purpose. I hope she doesnt get into too much trouble and start listening to others. It doesnt hurt to live your life the way you want them to, i am surely she feels freer than she ever did before, but i hope she also tempers that freedom and use it wisely.

Finally as for Kahoko and Mugino’s relationship, Mugino is still trying to prepare himself to directly tell her how he feels about her. I understand how he feels. I also felt so scared and uncomfortable saying those 3 words initially but eventually, learned to say it when i was ready.

 The same for Mugino. he was able to say it in the moment when he was staring at Kahoko. And her reaction of not realizing until too late that it was his declaration of love and telling him to repeat it was hilarious and loads of cuteness. But that was the best thing, when you actually say it and really mean it. 

I love that the each episode is fast paced and really moves the story forward. It is also quite ambitious trying to tell stories of each of the couples in jist a few episodes but i love that they all dont feel rushed and actually makes sense. 

However the last scene where Kahoko (and the viewers) find out that Jiji is dying is just so shocking and heartbreaking!! Why put such a big and tragic storyline!!! I dontwant her to die!! She is just a sweet grandma. And i feel like she holds the fmaily together. Or maybe her death will be the flue that will bring peace in the family too. Oh no. Suddenly i feel sad going to the next episode.

Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 5

I really dont like the mom! There i said it. I find her selfish, like whatever she is doing for the dad and Kahoko is not really for them but for herself, and her ego. I understand how hard it was for her to bear Kahoko, but she is so controlling and blames other people if they get into arguments.

When dad left, instead of acknowledging his efforts or even apologizing, she didnt even seem to care that he left, and she said it was rightful coz he was demeaning the role of the housewife. Well, isnt she demeaning her husbands role in the household too?

And she wont let Kahoko go. She has to control who she dates, where she works. I know she means well but it is not doing Kahoko any good with all the things she is doing. Kahoko definitely appreciates her help but it’s time to let her find herself and fly.

For this episode, it is the mom who leaves the house and im not exaxtly sad about it. I think she needs time to process all the changes that is happening to her household and come back with a better mindset.

I think she is just scared that no one will need her anymore and she wont be useful. But she can still be able to do that.. Cheering Kahoko on and supporting her husband without being controlling.

You know she has gone too far when even her own mom is giving her advice.

Im happy to see Dad back at home but i didnt see a definitive resolution to his issue, that he feels like he is just a sponsor, but it helps that Kahogo went to the house and tell him that he misses her. And the mom and dad should seriously talk and their relationship has to change.

As for Kahoko, she is just getting better every episode. This time she finally told her mom that she can go home in her own and she can choose her own clothes. Quite big deal for her as she starts to learn to be independent and have own her choices. She also made her own bento box and gave it to Mugino.

She also started working but she may need to do more work to find her special skills.

Mugino and Kahoko are also growing closer. Mugino gives her advice on how to handle her mom and dad. This scene was so cute.

We also find out more about Muginos’ family, esp about his mom. And the sweet Kahoko continues to cheer him on and support him.

Which leads him to go to Kahoko’s family and state that he will continue to meet with Kahoko. Awww.

Last bit, Ito is getting worse. She is acting out and her family is confused. Wonder how or what will make her stop? Hope to find out more in the next episode!

Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 4

There were lots of developments in this episode, both in character’s growth and storyline progression. First, is the inevitable silent war between mother and daughter. I love how Kahoko is still so nice even with a little rebellion, like choosing to wear the other dress that her mom did not choose. In the end, mother daughter made up without too much fuss, and as if nothing happened. Poor dad he ends up getting in the middle of the war, and having to mediate between the two. Dad is quite sweet listening to Kahoko and buying her food when she skipped her meal, even when the mom wouldn’t let him. Dad is star of this episode, as he mediated mom and Kahoko to make up and persuaded Mugino to continue seeing Kahoko. But of course the lion has its limits, as dad has had it with being silent and helping in the background and not getting any appreciation or thanks for his efforts. He had a similarly epic tantrum like Kahoko in the previous episode and walked out of the house. On the other hand, i liked how they showed Mugino rejecting Kahoko nicely. It was funny seeing him practice his speech and for Kahoko to almost hear it. Mugino explained that it doesnt make sense for them to be together since he doesnt like someone who is too sheltered, which would make sense from outside but opposites can attract too. I feel for rejected Kahoko. Such a brave young woman, despite being overprotected, she knows how to handle rejection. She put on her best brave face until she went home and cried her eyes out. And funny to see her google for ways to get over her crush. Makes me wonder if she has any friends at all. Kahoko also tries her very first beer and ended up drinking lots of glasses. She was so drunk she ran over to Mugino’s studio to tell him to never give up being an artist even though she can no longer see him. The next scene with Mugino asking her opinion on his artworks and Kahoko totally trashing everything was just so hilarious, i had to make this gif. This is a complete opposite of Ito when she visited Mugino. I don’t know what her purpose was for visiting him. Was it her thinking that he liked her or was she just being polite since he visited her in the hospital, or was she too confident to think that she is pretty and talented. Either way it didn’t matter since Mugino totally rejected her. Well, not romantically, but he told her how awful she is for blaming everyone else, like her parents who worked hard for her, and that he wouldnt want to sketch her while she is in this “ugly” state. Oh and Mugino also showed her the same paintings and she just kept saying it was good. Ito also needs to be pitied because she might be in the brink of depression and self destructive state, but right now she needs to get a hold of herself, get down from her high pedestal and seek help. Glad to see Mugino is not afraid to say those things as that is what she needs right now. The last scene of Mugino and Kahoko talking with Mugino saying he needs her, not romantically but as friend and critic is just nice. And i love Kahoko’s reaction that this is the first time someone actually needed her and that it’s nice to hear someone say see you tomorrow. I am looking forward to see how they will resolve the issue with the dad feeling unappreciated in the next episode. I also like that the drama is taking it slow when it comes to the romance between Mugino and Kahoko because it looks more believeable and realistic, and much more bittersweet ehen they finally get together. I think they are quite a match. Mugino can teach Kahoko about real life and working hard while Kahoko can teach her to be cheerful and optimistic no matter the trials they face.

Mugino by now should realize that his skill is in sketching life form rather than painting those abstract art. And i also hope Kahoko can start choosing her own clothes (and change her fashion style too).

Happy New Year!

I’m excited for the new year because this means new dramas, new addiction, more feels!

Here’s my short kdrama wish list for 2018:

  1. less ghosts and grim reapers.
  2. more unique themes and storylines.
  3. less cutesy and more mature relationship dynamics.
  4. more so ji sub, jo in sung please!
  5.  (non k-drama) more reality non-cooking shows
  6. (for myself) more time to watch kdramas!!