It’s Okay, That’s Love
Synopsis: Jang Jae Yeol is a famous mystery novelist and popular radio DJ with a prickly personality. After meeting psychiatrist Ji Hae Soo when they both serve on a talk show panel delving into the criminal mind, they instantly rub each other the wrong way. But when Jae Yeol’s girlfriend plagiarizes his work, forcing him to lie low until the media storm blows over and he can prove his innocence, he unexpectedly becomes Hae Soo’s roommate.
Country: South Korea
Genre: Romance, comedy, melodrama
Casting: Jo In Sung, Gong Hyo Jin, Sung Dong Il, Lee Kwang Soo, D.O, Yang Ik Jun etc…
It’s Okay, That’s Love was a drama I was more than eager to watch (cf Un Eté à dramaland) and honestly I wasn’t in the least disappointed. The waiting was finally more than rewarding. I didn’t know what to expect of that drama apart that it would probably be very entertaining. But that’s where I was wrong: It’s Okay, That’s Love was more than just a light, pleasant drama. We fall easily for this rom-com where sex is openly spoken. I actually liked the approach of the scriptwriter No Hee Gyeong who had in the past already proved her talent to depict complex, mature and enthralling relationship (The World That They Live In). To sum up we were far from the classic teenage romance! and that was refreshing.
But the scriptwriter went further than only depicting a simple romance. She relied on the element of surprise. She captivated our attention with the relationship between the two main lead, while building in parallel another nub of the plot. I suspected something but never really paid attention to it. It was only when the truth was revealed that I started putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The plot but also the character were therefore really well-written. She gave an interesting personality to all of them, making us fall for EVERYONE OF THEM (not the kind of thing we say everyday in dramaland considering there is always at least one annoying character- if not more). The strength of the drama lied therefore in the scriptwriter’s amazing writing.
Adding to that, an awesome OST (cf OST drama & coup de coeur) and a casting which immediately put that drama in the ‘must see’ list.
I literally fell in love of all the characters and in particular of the one played by Jo In Sung (everybody has its weakness, right?). I loved the dynamism in their roommate-relation and the fact that they were all slightly “fucked up”.
Roommate n° 1: Ji Hae Su (Gong Hyo Jin) is a paradoxical character: she is a doctor taking care of mentally-ill patient whereas she, herself, suffers of anxiety disorder. She considers sex as being repulsive and therefore finds it difficult to be in a normal relation with a man. But that doesn’t prevent her from being very confident and a big mouth. That was this two distinct characteristic and the balance existing between them that I liked the most in her. She was both at the same time very mature and childish in her relation with Jang Jae Yul. Both strong and weak. Her condition made her clumsy but she didn’t get pushed around for all that. I loved Gong Hyo Jin’s performance. This actress is both sexy and lovely in real life (hence her nickname “Gongvely”) and those characteristic matched perfectly her character in It’s Okay That’s Love. She was splendid. I can’t wait to see her in a new drama.
Roommate n°2: Jang Jae Yul (Jo In Sung) is a real charmer. I fell under its spell right away. But he isn’t for all that perfect. Just like the other character, he also shows signs of psychological disorder due to his past. Indeed he can only sleep in his bathroom (his hot tub is turned into a bed every night). Jang Jae Yul and Ji Hae Su are finally really alike. That was actually the main reason that made their couple worked that well even though their romance was, to say the least, special. Unfortunately I can’t say more about his character without spoiling, so I’m gonna stop here. As for Jo In Sung’s acting I have nothing to say apart that he definitely entered my TOP 5 of favourite actor (even though I’ve seen only It’s Okay That’s Love with him). His performance burst with sincerity. He expressed perfectly every feeling of his character. Flawless.
Roommate n°3: Park Su Gwang’s role was made for our favourite giraffe (기린): Lee Kwang Soo. Suffering the Tourette Syndrome, Park Su Gwang never minces his words. Clumsy and unlucky in love because of his disease, he is constantly asking Jang Jae Yul for advices. I loved his complicity with the other characters. Park Su Gwang is a loyal and sweet friend. A real sunshine.
Roommate n°4: Jo Dong Min (Sung Dong Il) looked like the most sane character if we put aside the fact that he worked in the same hospital as his ex-wife. He was the trusty character on whom everyone relied/ everyone’s confident. His relation with Park Su Gwang was one of the best. It was in his presence that he was the most immature. They constituted an amazing duo together. Sung Dong Il played perfectly that role and I was happy to see him again in that kind of drama (and not in a one like GapDong *cough*).
The second lead were also well-developed and I think the drama would have had less impact without them.
Han Kang Woo played by D.O was one the most important second lead. His relation with Jang Jae Yul only appears as cute at first. But along the episode his role starts to grow and we quickly realize that he has, in fact, always been an essential link of the plot. I can’t tell more about him cause it would spoil you all the fun just like for Jang Jae Yul.
I was pleasantly surprise by D.O’s playing. To be honest I thought he would be the weakest link of the drama (not because I don’t like EXO but rather because I’m wary of idol-actor in general). But I have to say: he was more than convincing in his role. In my opinion he was even far better than numerous idol-actor, even though it was his first drama.
Special mention for Jang Jae Bum (Yang Ik Jun). I was afraid to see the scriptwriter limit his role to the villain but that was finally not the case. Jang Jae Bum was a character full of colours. He had the appearance of a tough cookie (haha I love that expression XD) but was in reality a man with many scars (hence his white hair). His scenes were both at the same time strong and funny. A well-thought character.
This drama delivers a strong message. The character are all “different” because of their mental condition but they never consider it as a disadvantage/handicap (not even once!). They are sometimes limited in their actions because of it but they never let themselves being define by their weaknesses. They rather learn to live with it.
It’s Okay That’s Love wholly deserves its success. A faultless race that will make you want to be part of their family.
It was THE drama of 2014! It would be a mistake to miss it!
BONUS: game of spot the difference:
Note de Whoovy: 9.5/10
Note de Dushbadou: 9/10
Note finale: 9/10