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
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
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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Both the movie and the drama involve a psychological setting and have absolutely great acting. As different the dealing with the mentally ill is, hope resonates in both.
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Life is not perfect, we all have our weirdness, we all have "an illness" we're hiding, so finding the persons that can accept us as we are can be hard. Both series talk about relationships, friendships and acceptance. Both combine serious situations with comical reactions and their chracters evolve as the story unfolds.
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    irish 2 days ago

    Not since queen of the classroom (Japanese version),has a drama made me think the way this one has.When it started off first, i thought i might just give it a 5/10, then it veered between 6 and 7, for a long time, then 8. but I still wonder why i didn't want to rate it higher.It's one of the best written dramas I've seen. The two leads are excellent and for the most part are backed up a wonderful cast. Being specific, the punk girl isn't really in the same league. It seems to be going in one direction, then goes in another unexpected one. Well at least for me, who hadn't read much about it before. I don't know how anybody who deals with mental health issues would rate this, but i thought it portrayed them honestly. It brought home to me the fact, that anyone can suffer from mental health problems, and just because you look okay, doesn't always mean you are okay.
    i see it won a plaque of appreciation at the Korean Society for Schizophrenia arch
    Lee Sung-Kyung (the punk girl) is actually 24. Maybe her acting deserves a bit more credit, than i was giving her..
    nice soundtrack,
    In regard to the emotional scenes, from what i remember for the most part, they were done in a low key way and were all the better for it.

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    Surprise-Lobotomy 10 days ago

    It might be time to rewatch this one

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    fiflydramalover 19 days ago

    Ah finally finished rewatching this <3 I'm so glad this exists, thank you to the creators. I love this.

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    justinkim 21 days ago

    I really enjoy this drama. Far away from Rich Guy meet Poor Girl like Korean drama always be.

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    Spring 23 days ago - edited

    This series changed my life. That's all.

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    Marooya 27 days ago - edited

    waaah... looking at the reviews and comment section I guess I'm the only one who thinks this drama sucks!! I got so bored while watching it! It did not manage to gasp my attention with anything I didn't enjoy the romance, I didn't enjoy the melo... I have seen my share of psychological dramas, medical dramas and dramas with characters whom suffered from a trauma this drama failed at making me feel or believe any of the characters... The only reason I kept watching it is because I respect Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung as actors I was hoping it will get better and live up to its reputation since it's a popular drama but it didn't. That was 16hrs waste of time.

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      fiflydramalover 19 days ago

      sorry it ended up being that way for you! yeah when i watch a lot of dramas from the same genre, i tend to get "desensitized" (lol see what i did there) from the typical charms and get more critical than I would if it were my first time watching something like this. idk i was definitely pretty negative about this drama when i first started watching it. Maybe it's just not for everyone. Sorry, I cheated and peaked at ur drama list, so I guess it makes sense. For a drama I really didn't like when I first started watching it to become my favorite drama of all time, idk I guess it just depends on the person. I personally felt it was more real than most dramas and I liked their attention to details and the way they didn't pretend things were going to be perfect, yet still retained a hopeful atmosphere. idk it was really powerful for me to watch, especially because of the acting. I also just really like the characters personalities. But thanks for giving it a try! Sorry it didn't work for you.

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      Past 11 days ago

      I believe what makes this drama so beautiful is the way they approach the subject(s). There's a certain kind of lightness and hopefulness...or should I say pure love (:)) among all of the problems and struggles the characters are facing. Other drama that deal with the same or similar subject(s) usually approach mental ilnesses with a certain harshness and distance, which I didn't find here. This is what makes it so beautiful for me:)

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      Marooya 9 days ago - edited
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      Marooya 9 days ago

      Well, glad that you feel this way even though I completely disagree but I know what it feels like when a drama does that to you I also have my own loved ones as well :)

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    Aydin Lan 29 days ago

    Best drama I've ever seen...everything in this drama is perfect, the romance, the comedy, the way the story is presented soooo perfect. and the chemistry between Jo In Sung & Gong Hyo Jin is unbelievable!! LOVE IT !!

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    sa-gwa Oct 25, 2015

    Wow this drama really opened my eyes to more serious mental illnesses. Just because someone has schizophrenia doesn't mean they're some crazy person. Really loved this drama ;~;

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    nono-lescargot Oct 19, 2015

    No spoil, but best end ever. Reaaaally a perfect drama!

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    sayaraohara Oct 19, 2015 - edited

    Ok I'm currently watching this but I am scared of the ending. Are they going to end up together or is he gonna die or get worse ? please tell me this has a good ending so I can finish watching

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    rayvens Oct 16, 2015 - edited

    way better than YWCFTS
    way better than healer
    way better than secret garden
    way better than everything i've ever seen

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    blackbetty Oct 9, 2015

    So unique, special, important and refreshing.
    It's a totally different approach from what we're used to find in k-dramas: it deals with mental illness and still we can find in it the sweetest, healthiest relationships ever shown on tv.
    I really think it's the best drama i've seen in a while and i'm still all shaken up by the flawless acting, those two together... omg there are no words to describe how much i enjoyed all this! giving it a ten for sure.

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    fiflydramalover Oct 1, 2015

    I am currently rewatching this. I keep laughing thinking about how my mindset was so against the drama at first. I'm like remembering every time I rolled my eyes and it's just so funny because it is literally my favorite drama now. (sure there's some problems with it, but no drama is perfect... yet lol)

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    ykflower Sep 26, 2015 - edited
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    gesika Sep 15, 2015 - edited

    Very bad


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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 8,914 users)
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