Valid Love

Valid Love (2014)

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Hee Tae met his future wife, Il Ri, when he worked as a temporary biology teacher at an all girls high school. Il Ri was a student there. Now, Hee Tae works as a fishery researcher and spends his days in a typical marriage. One day, he learns that his wife is having an affair with a carpenter. He becomes angry for the first time, but decides to keep his family and wife.

  • Native title:

    일리있는 사랑
  • Also Known as:

    Love With Illy; Ilriitneun Sarang; Sense of Love; Righteous Love; Sensible Love;

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Feb 8, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I wasn’t going to review this drama. In fact, for the first 18 episodes I was pretty much just watching it for the hotness that is Lee Soo Hyuk. And at one point in the doldrums of the ‘teens episodes I was about to drop it altogether. I’m so glad I didn’t. It has flaws for sure: a really unlikeable female lead character, a (for the most part) pretty blah male lead read more character, a (at times) pretty stalker-y second male lead with anger issues, and lovelines so messed up that I really had no clue how the writer would get out of it without a magic wand or some seriously questionable character decisions.

But then I saw episodes 19 and 20, and in those two episodes everything changed and became clear. The true heart of the show was revealed: FAMILY, specifically the Jang family, and what it is to be family and why we need them. The rest of the drama intimated at the theme, but never made it clear enough or important enough for me to care. The drama was billed as one about infidelity and I was viewing it through that lens. But the drama did itself no service being billed that way. By the end I remembered (and realized) that the main character was Jang Hee Tae (with the 2nd most important character possibly being Kim Joon) and not Il Ri. So hating her character wasn’t relevant – she was just a means to an end, someone to keep the plot going. I didn’t have to like her, to love what this drama did right.

And what it did right, it did beautifully. I should not be surprised by the quality of anything the cable channels do anymore because they really are where the best and most cutting edge Kdramas are broadcast. The networks are frequently all flash and no substance. But TvN and jTBC in particular bring us such wonderful and fresh dramas – often challenging too. Valid Love was challenging. If you think infidelity is inexcusable when you start watching this drama, it probably won’t change your mind. But if you can be open-minded, you will get so much more out of it.

The acting is absolutely superb – from top to bottom. The characters feel so real and flawed and the world feels gritty and lived in. It is a lovely slice of life drama. The directing and cinematography is absolutely fantastic and adds so much to the story that even when Il Ri was driving me nuts, I could have watched it with the sound off and been happy. But then I would have missed the soundtrack, which was perfect because it always set the mood but was so subtle you often missed it. Instead of over-bearing ballads or screeching pop music, they just used ambient background music to convey the mood and add to the rich, languid scenes.

I wasn’t going to give this drama a score as high as 8. I hated the Il Ri character most of the drama (although she did seem to grow a little at the end), and there were long stretches of the drama that just annoyed the crap out of me, or even bored me. But the ending is so good. The acting is so fantastic and the directing is just gorgeous that qualitatively I had to give this drama an 8. I give it an 8 in spite of an awful female lead character (not a knock on Lee Si Young, who was good and whom I like quite a lot) and some writing between the early episodes and end that really started to meander and make me go WTF. So many Kdramas start good and then end badly – most of them really. Valid Love did the opposite. It started meh. It got pretty crappy in the middle, and then it soared at the end. The writer, despite the WTF moments, clearly knew what she was doing.

I came for Lee Soo Hyuk (heh). I stayed for Lee Soo Huk. I took away so very much more.
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Feb 4, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This is not a drama for everyone, especially not for ones like their dramas full of action and fast story development. This is a slow paced drama. However, this is a drama that I truly enjoyed. The story is controversial and many times I kept shouting this is wrong. Having said that I still kept on wanting to see more of it. It's a story of growth from emotional immaturity personality and read more character flaws. It's a story of love and sacrifice as well as overcoming weaknesses and self doubts; of wondering whether relationships are strong enough even when foundations seem to be breaking apart. I am so happy with the ending because it was not forced and all the characters were given a neat resolution.
The acting was very good and believable. UTW made me feel every pain he was going through without him having to overact. LSH's acting was spot on. His personality suited his role. LSY was able to show me how her character has changed and grown in the 20 episodes of this drama. The supporting actors were also all so good.
I liked the music because it did not take away from the drama but set the mood of the story.
It was a great drama but I probably will not watch it again in the near future because of the slow pace. Watching this drama however made me feel like reading a very good novel by a really brilliant story teller; like Like reading Hemingway.
I highly recommend to anyone interested in watching wonderful story unfolding slowly in 20 episodes.
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Both shows talk about extramarital affairs, how can a marriage break down because of doubts. Valid Love, does what Temptation did better, more in-depth, better polished characters, better reasons, more melodrama. However, Valid Love, in all its sadness, doesn't make you feel obligated to ship a certain couple, and has a lot less cheezy scenes.
Recommended by Charming92
Both dramas have a dark and gritty element. Both have to do with infidelity on spouses. Both have to do with a man who gives the world to his woman, yet she still wants more. Valid Love deals more with common people, whereas Queen of Ambition deals with common people, one needing to be more.
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    MrBanana 6 days ago

    Extremely boring and the story is about cheating on each other, just Zzz...

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    EmpyreanConqueror Jul 19, 2017

    The synopsis of this drama already made me mad, like come on, your wife is cheating on you and you're not going to do anything about it? If that's me, this is what I would do: If I have children DNA test them all to see if they are my children it could be the person my supposed "wife" is having an affair with. If they aren't just leave. If they are take them with me and leave her.

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    namopanik May 14, 2017 - edited

    The title fooled me and I bet on a wrong ship. I think I'm going to disregard everything we've been told about Kim Il Ri and pretend it ends differently.
    Quite well written (for a melo). It has those bits that only happen in character's head and then rewind and every single time I fall for this.

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    WEPserioja Mar 27, 2017

    So boring....

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    Misfit Sep 5, 2016

    I wanted to like this drama because I like the write of this drama....but it fell flat for was not my cup of tea.

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 14, 2016 - edited

    Why didn't they just put Hee Soo in a long-term care facility? Her justification for cheating are BS when they have plenty of solutions? Also how old are they supposed to be? About fifteen years pass in the drama.

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      Naksken Aug 20, 2016

      her justification for cheating was "I love you both". that sounds pretty good to me.

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      jxsilicon9 Nov 3, 2016

      Sounds like BS.

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      Naksken Nov 3, 2016

      i don't know. I think it's definitely possible to love 2 people at once.

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 9, 2016

    When was Lee Shi Eon playing Il Ri's boyfriend? During the high school days?

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    SprinkledPink May 31, 2016

    The first 2 episodes were great. I wish it had kept that quirky vibe rather then going the melodramatic route. Teenage Il Ri was refreshingly weird.

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    WinterGale Mar 14, 2016 - edited

    I dont feel like watching this one. But I'm really curious can someone provide me the summary hahahah... I would be very thankful

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      Charming92 Mar 16, 2016
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      WinterGale Mar 21, 2016

      wahhhh... thank you very much! this is so helpful. The long post is okay. I'm really thankful!

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      MaryamDH Jul 14, 2016

      Can I ask you something? You gave temptation a 9 and this one a 10 so I assume this one was better right? I loved temptation so I wonder If this one is as good, so I might give it a try.

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      Charming92 Jul 14, 2016

      I loved temptation too. I found the two to be quite similar. Valid Love is a bit more melodramatic and deeper i think. I believe if you like the former you'll probably like the latter.

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      MaryamDH Jul 14, 2016

      Thanks a lot. I will watch it then.

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    Queen_Makjang Nov 20, 2015

    Thrilled to come across this. Episode 1.

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    JustMe_U Oct 17, 2015
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    jxsilicon9 Sep 12, 2015 - edited

    So we're to believed that she never dated anyone all those years until they met again?That was the most unrealistic thing.

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      Charming92 Mar 5, 2016 - edited
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      heeba15 Mar 5, 2016
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      Charming92 Mar 6, 2016 - edited

      I 100% agree with you! You are totally right! What you wrote at (2) That is exactly it! Exactly what the show wanted to present and that was why it was shocking! I am happy some people actually got to understand the show. It was rather difficult to grasp and digest! Definately deserves more than a lousy 7.2!

      I haven't watched secret love affair yet but i have it in mind to. I'd suggest you watch temptation if you haven't already. It revolves around the same subject more or less and it is also underrated!

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      Reavel Jul 24, 2016

      I love Secret Love Affair for many reasons...perhaps it was cliche but to each its own... i still love it. lol! I hope you watched it.

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      Naksken Aug 20, 2016
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    Luly Aug 24, 2015 - edited

    can anyone tell me if she ends with Jang Hee Tae or Kim Jun?

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    Sani Aug 9, 2015 - edited

    I'm going to watch this drama if LSH is the main lead...someone can say it who is the main actor???

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      DBSK Aug 19, 2015

      Uhm Tae Woong is the male protagonist.

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      Sani Aug 19, 2015

      thank you ^^

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    jxsilicon9 Jun 21, 2015 - edited

    I didn't really care for this show. Not just because of excusing cheating but because it was boring. I do like how it shows that getting married isn't some fairytale and you will love each other forever like other dramas. Definitely had a lot of realism to it. Which is why I'm apprehensive to getting married.You never know what can happen years from now or even a few weeks..


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Dec 1, 2014 to Feb 3, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 1,107 users)
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