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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Oct 11, 2014
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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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Jan 8, 2015
  • Overall 10
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  • Music 10
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I can't believe how much I love this drama...

The characters feel like real people that actually have impacts on everyone around them. This is awesome because many times writers of dramas tend to forget characters that aren't in the main couple/triangle. I love that this drama shows actions and reactions of so many people, all while being able to keep the viewers absolutely in love with the main characters. No one read more felt overshadowed or forgotten, and you can feel how everyone involved really cared about telling this story.

The cast is filled with some of my favorite actors of all time, so of course the acting is superb. The mark of a great actor is that you completely forget that they aren't their characters while onscreen, and the entire cast pulls this off perfectly.

As for the OST...probably the best I've ever heard. This is the first time I've purchased music from an OST, and I bought not one, but two songs from this drama. One particular song is used to drive the plot further emotionally, and in the two biggest scenes it's used, it works perfectly to really capture the viewers' entire being into that scene. Those scenes hurt so much, yet I found myself watching them over and over because of how heartbreaking they were and beautifully they were put together.

I already want to watch it again, and I've just finished! This has definitely become one of my favorite shows (not just kdramas!) of all time.
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It's my second recommendation for Age of Youth as I was literally amazed, felt so good watching it.

Both have super awesome Soundtracks ( with foriegn songs).
Both have amazing performances from the actors and actress.

The storyline from both drama evolve friendship, romance mixed with some good comedy. Aside from that they are unique and different from each other in term of overall plot.

Both of these Masterpieces gets 10/10 from me. (Gladly)

Enjoy your watch :)
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It has the same vibe: imperfect people dealing with real problems. There is no magic pill in either one of these dramas. Both have psychiatrists who have their own issues to deal with, and patients who have to learn that it takes a real desire to get better. Love helps, of course, but what you really need is hard work and sometimes medication.
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    IT'S NOT OKAY! I'M NOT OKAY. omg some one bring me back to real life! Why was this SO good, then so heartbreaking, thengood again but I can't seem to come brack from heartbreaking point.

    What have you done to me?!!

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    Sayyy 15 days ago

    Finished it months ago. And it's really not my cup of tea. Idk, seems boring for me. But many people said that this is really a good one. You should try it if you want to know.

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    stringfan 22 days ago

    The most wonderful soundtrack list of any dramas. 'Cross My Mind' my ringtone.

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    AhnSeni 23 days ago

    Started this drama yesterday ... loving it so much!

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    auntycreep Sep 15, 2016

    the special thing about this drama is everything feels so real

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    Prixxilachay Sep 13, 2016

    Les recomiendo este drama! Esa super!

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    Johnson-Shampoo Sep 8, 2016

    Rewatching again maybe 6th time

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    obSASSion Sep 8, 2016

    Completed it. I wasn't comfortable with the romance part of it surprisingly. The way they did things and idk how to explain really.

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    obSASSion Sep 4, 2016 - edited

    I'm not into the psychological and melodrama genres stated above for this drama. Is this still recommended for me to watch?

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      Sharn Sep 5, 2016

      Actually it's a romcom but address mental illness issues that we often lookby irl. There are touching, funny, warming, and sad moments in this; just like our life. I really recommend though but make sure you stay till the end and dont judge it after watching only few eps.

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      obSASSion Sep 6, 2016

      Thanks for the reply!

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    DewiPertiwi Aug 31, 2016

    Now that i've finished watching this drama, I can say that this is the best Kdrama I've ever watch!

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    DewiPertiwi Aug 29, 2016
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    iamgeralddd Aug 27, 2016

    For anyone who has been wandering around and wondering whether to watch this one, i might say that i spend the best 16 hours in kdrama land and never regret about it. I even don't know how many times i've rewatched this one. ughh.

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    Rubaxxa Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    That hero song killed me with the scenes...ahh my heart! You should watch this drama :)

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      RawaRauf Sep 6, 2016 - edited

      yeah that Navi song from secret is so good, and KMHM is just amazing with Auditory Hallucination :) , I keep listening to the OSTs from Healer and Mask "LYn" too

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      Rubaxxa Sep 7, 2016

      Funny you should mention those, I JUST finished watching Mask like yesterday and I am currently watching Healer for the first time. I think we have similar tastes in dramas, haha :)

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      RawaRauf Sep 7, 2016 - edited

      Yeah that makes our taste so similar hahaha :). Enjoy your watch with Healer , It's just a perfect drama,
      BTW you have so many dramas on your watch list but I would like to recommend my favorites (I think none are on your watch list)

      Historical: Six Flying Dragon (amazing OSTs) - Empress Ki
      Suspense-Thriller: Two Weeks - Remember - Signal - Liar Game
      Slice of Life: Age of Youth , Dear My Friend (both with Great OSTs and Acting, you shouldn't ignore these two masterpieces)

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      Rubaxxa Sep 8, 2016

      I finished Healer and like you said-- it was AMAZING! Seriously perfect without your typical angst and kdrama plot. It ended up on my favorites lol :)
      Thanks for your suggestions! I'll take a look now and let you know which one I decided to watch :D

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      RawaRauf Sep 8, 2016

      I'm Glad to hear about that :) Thanks for letting me know

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    Sharn Aug 23, 2016

    Just finished my fourth rewatch. I have this unexplainable feeling toward this drama -- the more I watch it, the more I am obsessed with it. It's light and yet explore mature relationship between people. It restored my view for love.

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    Alekwang Aug 4, 2016 - edited

    is it a happy ending? (please press the ''spoiler'' button)


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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 12,597 users)
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