If you thought Itaewon Class was the most divergent k-drama there is, you might wanna check this out.
It’s 2020 and it’s about time we put a whole different spin on k-dramas!
We’ve played enough into the rich arrogant guy, poor righteous girl trope with all its airport chasing, tsundere kissing, waiting in the rain with an umbrella type of whirlwind romance. It’s a decade-sustaining formula, but like all tried and proven formulas, it works but it becomes predictable and less exciting as time goes on. Lucky for us, this Netflix original has also had enough of that and is definitely carving out a genre of its own.
The drama stars one of Korea’s top actors Kim Soo hyun as Moon Kang tae a loving brother to Moon Sang tae (Oh Jung Se) who is in the autism spectrum. Kang tae who works in a psychiatric ward, stumbles upon a peculiar woman, Ko Mun yong (Seo Ye Ji), a popular children’s book author. Mun yong being the antisocial, arrogant, rude, egoistic woman that she is and Moon Kang tae having recessed trauma he’s always put a mask on to conceal, find themselves in a whirlwind romance which allows them to heal each other’s emotional wounds.
Here are 5 reasons why everything between all of that is worth the watch:
1. Not your usual female lead
Contrary to the usual loving, caring, and righteous female leads, ours this time is a feisty hot-head actually fit for the role of an antagonist. You’d love to hate her but as more episodes pass, you’d hate that you love her and swear that she deserves everything good in the world.
2. Spotlight on autism
While Korean entertainment is definitely in the lead when it comes to exposure for the autism spectrum, there’s still a scarcity that’s just waiting to be filled. Moon Sang Tae’s enthusiasm and bright smiles definitely shed some light on the often misunderstood people diagnosed with autism.
3. Chemistry-loaded romance
You can literally see sparks flying from the screen when these two leads come on. This duo has the exact combination that will make the unfolding of this entire series ultra-mega-modified-enhanced kilig! Kim Soo hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s debut pairing in this drama definitely begs the question “Why only now?”.
4. Murder Mystery
In addition to the colorful history of the Moon brothers, 18 years past, their mother was mysteriously murdered. Sang tae witnessed the murder but impaired by severe trauma and his condition, the murder remains a mystery through the years with Sang tae only ever recalling “butterflies” coming to kill them. This prompts the siblings to move from place to place in an attempt to quell Sang tae’s adamant demands to escape the butterflies out to kill them.
5. Kim Soo Hyun lighting up our screens
What other reason do you need other than getting a chance to see Korea’s gem in his comeback lead role. Soo Hyun’s last drama, The Producers aired over 5 years ago in 2015. Although the actor did play wonderful cameos in Hotel del Luna and Crash Landing on You, nothing beats watching Kim Soo Hyun shine as our male lead.
All of this and so much more (we’re talking tasteful meme-worthy video montages and whimsical Instagram-worthy hybrid animation!) in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay available now only on Netflix with new episodes out every Saturday and Sunday!
Which underrated K-drama do you suggest we give a try?
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