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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2 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I have existed in a whirlwind for the past few months while watching this series, and I’ve just landed on solid ground. So to speak, I’ve been on a journey with this series, and needless to say, It’s Okay, That’s Love (IOTL) deserves nothing but the highest recognition and commendation as possible. I hope this show is commemorated for not just being popular or well liked, but also because it is a read more meaningful piece of work, and I haven’t fallen in love this hard with a drama’s premise and writing since Secret Garden. This will be a long review, so just a heads up!

I was glued to this series immediately. This one was just too fantastical; lots of motion and commotion right from the beginning of the series to the end. I liked the flow of events, and it didn’t feel like anything in particular was dragging on. I can imagine people thinking differently, and you’re entitled to your opinion, but this series to me is just like winning the lottery in drama heaven (and I will detail why). In this case, this show is mesmerizingly good in multiple ways. At the risk of gushing about this series, I will attempt to keep a review compact for those that haven’t seen this series, are thinking about watching it, or are in-between/finished the series and are looking to see what others have to say. From my point of view, IOTL is a brilliant piece of work, from script writing to directing, acting and music; I just loved it, and I will attempt to convince anyone to give this drama a try because it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Tragic. Hilarious. Endearing. One of a kind. Honestly, I cannot begin to put into words how versatile this story is. What I can say is that is it multifaceted. In those moments, the story becomes an enriching journey for the audience into the lives of those living their day to day life with an impact from mental illness or working within the field of mental health. What I enjoyed the most about this story is that it wasn’t a solely medical drama that pathologized its patients. This series exposed, explored, and discussed the often stigmatization of patients with mental illness. There were lived experiences and individuality in this story, and it made the series wholesome, often challenging social norms. I found myself more connected to it within the “meat” of the story because the characters are involved in the main premise, which is dealing with/coping with/understanding/healing from emotional/psychological pains. Within this drama, the romance and comedy are embedded in ways that the story manages to progress between leads by conveying serious social issues with a serene and genuine feel for caring about those in your life.

Jang Jae Yeol: What a charismatic, multidimensional one. It does help that Jo In Sung gave an award winning performance consistently. But Jae Yeol, as a character, is complex: you love him some moments; question him in others, worry about him, and viscerally his own conflicting emotions with the relationship to his family, in particular, the complicated relationship he has with his brother. The hostility, and painfully evident wounds of his past of violence is something that makes Jae Yeol a person that evokes major ethos on the audience’s minds. I do think Jae Yeol’s unraveling and mysterious past (as it unveils) makes one feel, as Hae Soo would, a part of his world. Sharing a piece of his identity, and understanding how mental health and violence have impacted him; and how the two are linked and unfortunate.

Ji Hae Soo: IOTL had me at Gong Hyo Jin. I am her bias, and the reason why I watched IOTL was because 1) it was her first drama after the Master’s Sun; one of my favourite drama’s, and 2) because GHJ is arguably one of the most talented actresses in South Korea (and I would personally argue from my perspective, much deserving of global recognition). That being said, if you seen her in other drama’s, regardless of your feelings towards her, one of the reasons that drew me to the story line was because her work involves picking series that matter, that have meaning and controversy, or at least from what I know about GHJ is the ingenuity of the role. She, as far as I’m concerned, I knew this was going to be amazing before it started because she only involves herself in projects that are insightful, eye opening, and unique. Hae Soo was such a delight on screen, and GHJ was cast perfectly for this role. She was bright, independent, and not easily swayed by stereotypical male lead romancing. She has a good head on her shoulders, and given the fact that she’s flawed in this series, just like everyone else, I felt like she was quite a humane person.

The secondary characters were in no way “secondary” to this series because they were wonderfully emotionally and psychological a part of this series, and contained a lot of depth. Ohh the feels for these characters, overall just… amazing. A memorable, unforgettable cast. I can’t deny this the reason what makes this series so special, and it’s because everyone has their own story to tell. Each and every actor playing their role fit it perfectly.

SOUND/OST: It had a charming flare to it; the opening jazzy but fun opening; it made the series feel fun and intuitive. The music in the series, especially the “I don’t wanna be a hero” themed song really tied into the metaphoric element into the series. Overall, the music was conveyed well by the ocean of emotions in this series. Indefinitely, it’s heart wrenching. I do think the OST reflects the overall feel and mood of the characters, and I respect the fact that the series wasn’t overwhelmed by music; it was a nice addition to it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: It’s just such a story that is so open minded to the point where you feel welcomed into the story. You’re invited into these people’s lives which are far from being perfect, but that’s what makes it worthwhile. This drama offers such a refreshing feel to it in the sense that the plot development is often quirky and fun, yet it can be serious and heart breaking. All the same, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys great script writing. Because what you get in IOTL is the whole package. Well articulated thoughts and ideas, and the strong sentimentality behind the screen of what we view socially and culturally as mental health, which I think is truly important. Aside from the gorgeous camera work; the skinship in this series and romance just oozed appeal. Fireworks and screen chemistry galore between the two main leads; it was, dare I say, sometimes just too sexy (if that’s even possible), yet also very beautiful in others. Needless to say, the leads connection was not only convincing but it was definitely heated. I loved that this series has characters close and engaged with one another; there were many life lessons to learn and understand from the simplistic ways in which the world spins. In particular, how easy it is to judge as much as it is easy to accept, how much courage it takes to love or try to love, and how much will one forgive a person or the world for such pains they/it cause you. Therein lies the ability and question of forgiveness, and forgiving yourself and others. Yes, you don't want to miss this one folks!
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4 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
Honestly, I watched this for my love of Jo In Sung. I was pleasently surprised by a refreshingly different drama. The story is easy to follow while the characters are complex and quirky. The underlying story of domestic abuse and over all violene is very sad. The mental anguish that the characters go through is palpable. I like that the love story lines are unconventional and mature. The story also attemts to read more lessen the general publics ignorance and fear of the mentally ill. Over all it made me think about all aspects of life. I enjoy dramas like that.

Jo In Sung can play any part he is given as proof through his enactment of Jang Jae Yeol. His character was cool, confident, and romantic on one hand, then hurt, scared, and child-like on the other. It is so great when a good looking actor is actually good at acting. Gong Hyo Job was also wonderful as Ji Had Soo. She is strong yet vulnerable. Side note: she has some long legs. I never realized that before, but seeing her standing next to In Sung made it prominent. There is also great chemistry between them...really between all of the actors. I love me some Lee Kwang Soo. He is a good actor. I some times forget that from watching him act silly on Running Man. For those of you who like EXO, D.O. does a good job as Han Kang Woo.

The music is good.

I will rewatch this...tempted to do it now.

If you like the strange and unusual, then this is the drarma for you.
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Both dramas have the same writer - Noh Hee Kyung. Her dramas are realistic and have an in-depth portrayals of the lives and relationships of ordinary people. -wiki
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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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    candyg 32 minutes ago

    Best K-drama ever

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    Meplus 11 hours ago

    what's wrong with you people!! it should be ranked #1 and rated 10\10!

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    UverRhapsodis 17 hours ago

    Excellent writing by Noh Hee Kyung.

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    AnnGominho 1 day ago

    Adorei o drama, enfim, terminei de ver!!! *.* Fiquei louca pela ost ;)

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    Sunorah19 1 day ago
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    CircusPanda 1 day ago

    Drama that can make you cry, laugh and smile like a dork from ear to ear. Others should really give this drama a try :) I really enjoyed it xD Music and acting is really good and stirs up your feelings~ >//<

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    LEE_87 2 days ago

    It's an interesting psychological drama, I liked the story, it is very touching and has a meaning with a simply and happy end. No comment for acting because it's so excellent especially the chemistry between my handsome actor"Jo In Sung" and my crazy actress " Gong Hyo Jin". Finally this drama is worth watching!!!

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    Lily2PM 2 days ago

    This drama is fantastic!
    Lee Kwang Soo you're becoming hotter and hotter each time I see you!!!

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      He's so hilarious. I just started watching Running Man and he and Song Ji Hyo have me rolling on the floor almost every episode

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    Marnikinzs 3 days ago

    One word AMAZING.

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    GHJfangirl 3 days ago

    Gong Hyo Jin's complex character made others felt like watching themselves cos her character real dat do exist. I Love Gong Hyo Jin!

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    abracadabra 3 days ago

    Truly beautiful drama with the best acting EVER. Main couple was beyond gorgeous in every way - their looks and acting skills. Must ADORE them...

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    zanzouna 4 days ago

    i have watched the first episode and i didn't like it, and after more than one week i've watched the second episode, and from that moment i can't stop watching!!
    With each episode, the story become funnier, mystery, unique and simply beautiful.
    I'm glad that i am watching this drama when all the episode are available :D so i dont have to wait one week to see what will happen :p

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    rationalbeings 4 days ago

    I agree with everyone else, this might just be the best drama out of 2014. It was definitely the most meaningful one. There wasn't a single thing to complain about the this drama, the acting, the storyline, the script, the music (except maybe they kept playing Queen's Best Friend at the wrong times IMO).

    I loved how they tackled mental health issues in this drama. The therapy sessions combined with correct dosages of medical drugs, and how some people were understanding but some people weren't. This drama really broke my heart in many ways over and over again but it still remained sweet throughout those moments, which is what life is really. That, I think, separates this drama from other melodramas. They managed to find the perfect balance between drama, pain and happiness.

    I adored the relationship between the two leads, the friendships and the support system they had built in this house. Finally a Kdrama that isn't afraid of HUGS! Everyone hugged everyone and that was just lovely. I really hope that through this drama people become more curious about mental health and realise that therapy is not for "crazy" people but anyone. It's just about finding a way back to 'normalcy', if I can say that.

    **slight spoiler**
    I know some people think the ending was too sugar coated but I think that the whole point of this drama is to show that people with mental health can lead happy fulfilling lives as well, even after everything the two brothers went through, they can find their way back to stability with the help of a great support system, so I absolutely adored the ending.

    ETA: I get how everyone seems to hate the mom and sister but unless you have been through that position where you have to be the carer for someone your whole like and it's likely it will never end, there is no stop to it, you really can't judge them for how they reacted/lived in wanting their daughter/sister to not put herself through it...again, or even the mom cheating (which is wrong but not hard to empathise with). It's not easy being a carer, and I can't believe anyone who would judge them. First start building a society which is more supportive of mental health issues and a support system for caregivers before jumping onto the judging bandwagon.

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    hassan 4 days ago

    دراما رائعة بمعنى الكلمة

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    Annez0r 5 days ago

    Finally a kdrama that does feel human. I decided to watch because of Song Dong Il and Lee Kwang Soo (yes I didn't care about the main cast). The chaotic house scenes remembered me of the Reply series which I loved.

    Lots of different personnality interacting with each other with a major + that I am passionnate about : mental health. Frankly I was scared they would screw it up. But they successfully represented mental health treatment being biological (meds) psychological (sessions and counseling) and social (group treatments x family involved).And they even showed counseling between co workers. JANG !

    I hope this show will help get rid of taboo agains mental health. It's a 10/10 for me. Not only for the mental health aspect but for the realism and human aspect of the drama.

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      jonssister 3 days ago
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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.9 (scored by 2,233 users)
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