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In his forties, Ahn Goong Chul is the very picture of a content middle-aged man. He has a happy family life, a tightly-knit group of friends from college and he excels at his career. But a shocking incident will have a profound impact on his life. When the local golf coach is murdered, both he and his wife Jung Hae, along with his friends and their spouses, are all considered possible suspects. Goong Chul and his wife's relationship becomes strained as the trust between them erodes. Moreover, this murder investigation is reminiscent of an earlier one some twenty years ago that Goong Chul and his friends were also a part of. Will long-buried secrets come to light? Sensing danger, Goong Chul only wants to protect himself and his family, but can he hold on to what is most precious to him? (Source: ODK) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Русский
  • Español
  • Português (Brasil)
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 17
  • Aired: Jul 10, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 1,381 users)
  • Ranked: #6166
  • Popularity: #2971
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Completed
Kiri
16 people found this review helpful
Sep 6, 2020
17 of 17 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 7.0

SLICE OF LIFE

It was a pleasure to watch this drama which was all about life and is high on emotions.The murder mystery part is just the icing on the cake.The story is all about the people who are trying their best to live in their 40s while struggling in their day to day life but still try to find their happiness and the virtue of their life.The drama focused on everybody's life even the supporting characters(ample amount) which makes it more likeable for me. This drama is full of everyone's life stories and we get to see sufficient parts of it.Although the "crime" was not treated as the most important constituent of the drama and is not one of those major plots that drive the story but it does stir things up in the so called perfect life of "Ahn Goong Cheol" and "Nam Jung Hae"

The actors portrayed the emotions very well.I could feel those intense sentiments of sorrow..love... jealousy....hatred....I even cried when the other characters were crying which is not like me(I rarely cry while watching dramas).I enjoyed the storyline of the friends who were there for each other for more than 20 years and the story of others friendship includes the FLs of this story Every character was very relatable and had depth. I supported every couple out there in this drama and loved Ji Wook,he is just so precious!!

I could predict the mystery part of the crime well so for me it wasn't that mysterious but watching it unfold was interesting and the character's actions are very intriguing and same goes for the depiction the story of everyone in this drama. Overall it is a good watch for the people out there searching for well written characters and slice of life which is full of emotions :)

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Completed
ahmi_chan
9 people found this review helpful
Sep 11, 2020
17 of 17 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 2.0
Rewatch Value 6.0

Great Slice of Life Drama/ Eye-Opening Diversity of Character Stories

I started this drama thinking it was the next "World of the Married" (which I didn't watch, but wanted to jump on board before I was behind). I was very pleasantly surprised.

I personally think that most of this drama was quite plausible. It tells a story of a group of friends who have been together since their university years, now in the 40s and experience a whole new type of crisis. Each friend has a unique personality. Goong Chul is righteous, hardworking and fights to protect his loved ones. Jae Hoon is rich and competent. Choonbok is older but friendly and loveable. Manshik is thoughtful and shy. Last but no least, Hyungwoo is the pervert one but is the baby of the group. This drama tells of each of their lives, their families and the complicated ways people intertwine.

Don't mistake this drama for just any slice of life drama thats about a whole bunch of people! This drama still has a core element that ties it all together: the line between love, devotion and obsession. Surrounding this group of friends is a scammer, who has been taking advantage of their weaknesses, as well as 2 murders (one of which a cold case from their 20s which comes to light due to recent events).

My favourite part is however, is that this shows opens your eyes to various different lifestyles. A psychologist, a office worker working for a restaurant chain, an porn director, a porn actress, a professional golfer, a stay-at-home mom, a bar owner, etc. Each character has unique relationships, either that be with their child, spouse, parents -- no one like the other but each one a pain and suffering of their own. Yet, they all seem to have common struggles that come with a mid-life crisis: you worry about your family, about how you are going to protect them, how you will burden them, how you will care for them, what they think of you, if they are happy, if you've made a mistake... regrets, secrets, scars and laughter.

This drama, being rated 19+ also has various themes that make it more realistic. They mention rape, crime, prostitution, loans, corruption, fertility, etc. It makes the story heavier but I think with all due good reason.

I highly recommend this drama to anyone who is willing to watch a slice of life drama. The casts are all pretty well known actors in Korea, maybe not necessarily internationally. The only downfall is the repetitive use of OSTs but it does become entertaining at the same time.

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Details

  • Drama: Graceful Friends
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 17
  • Aired: Jul 10, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 1,381 users)
  • Ranked: #6166
  • Popularity: #2971
  • Watchers: 4,678

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