It's Okay, That's Love

It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

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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 read moreHae Soo’s roommate. Jae Yeol moves into a home that he owns that is being rented by Hae Soo; Jo Dong Min, another psychiatrist and Hae Soo’s senior colleague; and Park Soo Kwang, a young man with Tourette syndrome. As Jae Yeol and Hae Soo’s personalities clash, they help each other heal from their own deep-rooted emotional scars.

  • Native title:

    괜찮아, 사랑이야
  • Also Known as:

    Gwaenchana; Sarangiya; It's Okay, It's Love

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21 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
I have seen absolute darkness. I know what it's like to lie in bed, unable to leave, trapped under sheets of sweat-drenched anxiety because every single movement feels heavier than you are. I've lived for the moments you reach the surface and gasp for air, only to slip beneath the waves. Most importantly, I know how a single hand can reach into that darkness and pull you to shore.

For sake of read more argument, I am going to share something very personal. In 2009 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This isn't a condition that you "catch" like a cold, but rather one that manifests at a certain age and snowballs until it's nearly impossible to function. You can't prevent it through proper care, you can't always predict its onset and you certainly can't run from it. Essentially, bipolar disorder means I suffer from violent mood swings - severe bouts of depression and self-destructive manic states. Most people are familiar with depression on some level, but the idea of a manic state is foreign so I'll take a moment to explain it. If depression is an extreme state of sadness or hopelessness, you can think of mania as an extreme state of happiness. It's generally characterized by impulsive (and often destructive) decisions, lack of sleep and is almost always accompanied by the physical feeling of euphoria (you can think of this as something similar to the effects of several drugs like Ecstasy.) This state is the most dangerous and, for me personally, meant that I would blow through money on drugs and alcohol, ostracize my friends and family because of an uncontrollable temper and sail off into the sunset feeling invincible. These impulses left my life in ruins.

I crashed hard during my third semester of college and had to withdraw. At my worst I was suicidal, faced with a crippling loneliness that I had never felt before. You can think of it like standing knee- deep and staring into a dark pool of water. The only light is the reflection of your own eyes and even those seem foreign to you. If you shout you're greeted by a distorted echo that you recognize as your own, but it's masked by an alien quality. In this sense, mental disorders create two yous; the you that you're familiar with and the stranger you can't recognize beyond a silhouette and the stain it leaves behind. You're a prisoner in your own body and every single day you feel yourself inching closer and closer to the water.

If there is a single safe harbor in all of this, it's love. When two souls dredge through the fire and connect, the bond can become unbreakable. Empathy is the great uniter; shared pain is like cement. Love will harden through pain. Two souls become pillars, lifting the other out of the water and into the sky. This is what separates this drama from the rest. This is why It's Okay, That's Love is a masterpiece.

Mental health is not a topic that is addressed very often in Korean dramas, and when it is it often comes across as comical. Mental health balances between something people think of as self-imposed, something you can shrug off if you try hard enough, and something to be afraid of. Because of this, it's usually presented as one of the two extremes: something too light, often existing as comic relief or a silly "quirk" meant to add flavor without substance, or as something too heavy, existing as some ethereal force that twists the mind into something less than human. It's Okay, That's Love is able to present something serious and keep a lighthearted tone without being insulting.

If you're looking at the melodrama tag and expecting something that borders on makjang, this drama is not that. The feeling of melancholy threads this drama together, but it does not weigh it down. You won't find endless sobbing, misunderstandings or two-dimensional characters. Instead, this drama showcases the marriage of two souls through unconditional love and growth. Love is strongest when flaws can fit together like a jig-saw puzzle, and the characters in this drama compliment each other perfectly. It's important to emphasize that these characters are flawed. Too often dramas shy away from characters with real problems and instead settle on external conflict to move the story in its entirety. The characters in these dramas are perfect outside of the experiences they undergo and the forces that act on them and it makes them two-dimensional. This is not the case in this drama. Most of the conflict is internal, but it's relatable and organic. Every single character is presented in a manner that allows you to love and empathize with them - it's a multi-layered story, the supporting cast is also very well-developed.

In addition to a perfect atmosphere, this drama does something almost unheard of in a Korean drama. It presents a love story that is not about the chase, but rather endurance. Adult topics such as sex, intimacy and trust are at the forefront and allow the drama to paint a picture of actual couplehood instead of traditional guy-chase-girl or girl-chase-guy fare. You'll watch the couple grow not only as individuals, but as loving creatures. It doesn't stop at love, either, the concept of friendship as a refuge is just as strong. The entire cast grows over the course of the show, and if you're anything like me, you will grow along side them.

I really can't gush enough about this drama. It's been a very long time since I watched something that resonated within me with such perfect harmony. The soundtrack captures the moods perfectly, the actors (from main to supporting) have realistic and beautiful chemistry. The melancholy is haunting, but it won't overwhelm you. I cried, I smiled, laughed and lived with this drama. I saw those two souls grow into a love so pristine that you honestly believe they cannot live without each other. The term "soulmate" can only apply when two people love each other unconditionally, and they both crossed the sea in a rowboat to reach it.
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25 days ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
It's Okay, That's Love is one of the best written dramas, casted and acted I have seen since " My Love from Another Star." I am a fan of Gong Hyo Jin she ( Ji Hae-Soo) is a fabulous actress and I always felt she was talented in any role she play. The guy actor Zo In-Sung (Jang Jae-Yeol) is new actor for me although he's been in many films and dramas read more I just never ran across him. I thought I wouldn't like him as a match up for Gong Hyo Jin, boy was I wrong! I love him as Jang Jae- Yeol. I felt all the acting including the co-stars were excellent.

The story line doesn't fall into the A-typical Korean Drama. You know Rich boy falls in love with poor girl, Cinderella story, followed by a disapproving parents and some guy or girl who plots evil against them. Thank goodness this one had a story line about psychiatry work and patients. It had wonderful romantic story no just with the main characters but also with the supporting characters too.

I can't get over how the music was pair perfectly with the drama. From the theme song intro to the songs that match the special scenes the song selection is KEY to any drama. It made the drama more meaningful and intense and light-hearted when it needed to be. I would recommend this drama to everyone looking for something new in a Korean Drama and wants to laugh and cry through it all. I don't want to give away too much which is why my reviews leave so many whole in it so people should desire to watch it.
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Similarity? How the male lead is sick or having family members opposing and yet the romance are going strong. Good medical case study for you to study and learn about from the perspectives of the patients too. Perhaps only in drama, can we see ill-ed person having a lasting romance.
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Hospital ER backdrop in EMERGENCY COUPLE. Mental Hospital backdrop in "IT'S OKAY, THAT'S LOVE." In both, the couples start out with a rocky relationship. In both, the romantic history between some of the characters adds to the interest of how characters relate during the drama. It's Okay, That's Love seems to be More Serious Drama with Comedy and Emergency Couple seems to be more Comedy with serious.. Both succeed at being respectful of the the serious material, while still delivering some fun comedic scenes.
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    Raizel 20 hours ago

    Loved it. Loved the topics explored and how realistic the relationships are, the quirky conversations and heart wrenching moments, and the bold and fresh flavor that emanated out from this drama! \\^_^)//

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    iindu 23 hours ago

    Simply Perfect series! Loved every bit of it, from beginning to end..

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    Glena 3 days ago

    one of the best endings I've ever watched,great actors,good story line,really good show.

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    choi 3 days ago

    I just noticed that the female lead is the same as in Master's Sun. Lol I'm kinda slow :D

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    Meye 6 days ago

    this drama touched my heart in every single aspect. I had to give it a 10. i knew episode 13-16 had to be the hardest part of the series, yet they turned out to be the best part. so amazing. LOVED it.

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    Sweety-Face 10 days ago

    this series is pretty good

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    Sora 10 days ago

    probably one of the best dramas ive ever seen

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    i_am_andi 11 days ago

    I made a review and it wasn't here. So sad. Anyways it was a 9.5 for the only reason Im not as excited and anticipating for the next episodes. Otherwise, I would have finish watching this in one day. Other than that, it was unique, well-written, well-portrayed.

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    Pate 14 days ago

    easily the best drama that came out all year

    it's a shame koreans don't like this kind of stuff, so we won't be seeing anything similar or genre-challenging any time soon

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    manicmuse 16 days ago

    i'm at episode 10 and i'm a little curious but mostly booooored. please tell me this gets better.

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    Mikhal96 16 days ago

    I'm still in a very big dilemma about how much should I rate it though I've finished it a while ago already. On the one hand, I think that the acting was just amazing and the story was really special and new but on the other hand, it didn't make me want to watch it the moment there were subs..I always waited patiently till there will be subs in my language, sometimes even for weeks(I watch a countless number of dramas with eng subs so this isn't the problem)..but I still feel that this show was amazing. What should I do? should I give it a full 10? :))

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      Surprise-Lobotomy 16 days ago

      I always rate with my gut immediately after I finish a drama. I'll change it later if I feel I rated too high or low.

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      Mikhal96 16 days ago

      well I rated it 9.5 the moment I finished it from the reason I listed above but I kind of feel that maybe I should have put a 10 because this drama really deserves it..I just think that a 10 rated drama should be a drama that I'm super anticipating the next eps to come and to watch it immediately. That's why I'm in a dilemma over that ;)

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      Surprise-Lobotomy 16 days ago

      I gave it a 10. I honestly couldn't pick a single fault I had with it. I'm sort of in a different situation than you, though, because I always wait as long as I can before watching currently airing episodes. I hate cliffhangers, so I at least have to wait until I have two episodes to watch back to back. If I am busy, I am only watching a show every two weeks. I think it's pretty easy to forget how much you love the show if you get distracted easily (I certainly do) but I always remember as soon as I turn it on and start watching.

      That said, I definitely would have marathoned this show if I had a chance.

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    itsnellson 16 days ago

    One of the best. Seriously.

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    DarkZone 17 days ago
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      Surprise-Lobotomy 17 days ago
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      DarkZone 17 days ago

      Thanks :)

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    HAVA-RAVA 18 days ago

    This was really good. The plot was great, acting was good and OST was good too. However I don't know what this was missing... Thus I rated it 8,5 even though I think it might deserve bigger rating from me but I don't know... 8 is too little and 9,5 is too much... This was missing something but I don't know what...

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      Surprise-Lobotomy 18 days ago

      The only thing that was missing for me was the time to immediately watch it again

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      HAVA-RAVA 18 days ago

      I think that the thing that was missing was the evil characters :'D


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    South Korea
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    Jul 23, 2014 to Sep 11, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.8 (scored by 3,427 users)
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