It’s Okay, That’s Love

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Hi! I’m taking a break from studying and exams to write this post. I’m not quite ready to create a book review yet so this is going to be a non-bookish post, but I’m really excited to share it with you guys nonetheless. While I was on my reading hiatus (aka reading slump) I decided to start a subscription to DramaFever because it’s just been so long (a year?) since I’ve watched any Asian dramas (I did have a fun Netflix marathon with Nikita, The Vampire Diaries, and Reign this year though; boy, am I a CW fangirl) and so I binge watched a couple of dramas. She Was Pretty was one of them; though I wasn’t much of fan of that one I finished watching all 16 episodes anyway. Maybe I’m just really tired with the whole magazine/journalism theme and “oh! I find my cranky boss so attractive” approach (it’s way overused in lots of entertainment). Although, I have to recognize its merit for the plot with role reversals (a pretty teenage girl ages into an physically unflattering woman, while a chubby boy “blossoms” into a handsome guy). But anyway, I wasn’t planning to make this post about She Was Pretty but rather another show.

I recently finished watching It’s Okay, That’s Love, which has now become one of my favorite dramas. I’m not sure if it’s the post binging high or what, but I seriously fell in love with the story. It made me laugh and cry… and just experience a ton of emotions I wasn’t expecting. So I thought I’d share this while I’m still fangirling over it.

I was actually recommended this drama last year, when it was airing, by a lot of my friends that swore that this was such an amazing drama. With school and everything I just never really had time for it. Although, I can’t really understand why pre-exam time was perfect for me to watch this… because it wasn’t. Ah, well.

I didn’t start this series until Thanksgiving weekend of this year but I was quite familiar with it even before since I was reblogging a lot of the posts related to this drama (an Exo, a K-pop band that I really love, member was part of the supporting cast) on my other blog throughout 2014 and this year. And I had pretty much half of the soundtrack downloaded on iTunes prior to actually watching the show.

Anyway, before I get into why I loved It’s Okay, That’s Love so much. I’ll give you guys a short premise.

In It’s Okay, That’s Love, Jang Jae Yeol is a successful thriller writer that has apparent OCD symptoms. Han Hae Soo is a psychiatrist working on her fellowship and has a problematic phobia of sex at thirty. Jae Yeol (JY from here on out) and Hae Soo (HS) have a chance encounter when HS’s coworker/roommate needs her to sub in for a talk show. Though they get in a heated debate on Korean TV, they can’t deny an intriguing attraction that they both have for each other. And soon they find themselves in a tangled mess and romance. But the plot soon becomes more complex as they learn that JY’s mental health seems to be far worse than they originally thought.

I found an English subtitled trailer if you guys are interested:

The trailer is ultra cheesy and makes it appear like a fun, heartache free type of show. So the wave of intense range of emotions hit me off guard as the drama progressed. Other than the fact that it induced a rollercoaster of feels for me, I kind of just loved how there was a nice blend of some action, humor, and reality in this drama.

The on-screen couple’s chemistry was unreal (as in it was very real) and this is probably one of the few dramas where there were so many believable kisses, which makes me sound like a total creeper (I promise I’m not). But it really is refreshing to have such “passionate” (but still clean; don’t worry) scenes coming from Asian entertainment, where there’s seldom breakaway from conservative and modest acting (though I think that’s been changing lately).

The acting was superb, which was totally not a surprise since the cast comprised of many popular artists. And had a lot of my favorite Korean actors/actresses. I really enjoyed Gong Hyo Jin, the actress that plays the main female protagonist, and her role in this. She was also in Master’s Sun in 2013, which was a horror/mystery/comedy drama that I also highly recommend. And I know Jo In Sung is a pretty popular male actor but I’ve only seen him in That Winter, the Wind Blows, which also was in 2013 and made me cry buckets to no end. It’s Okay, That’s Love also had Do Kyungsoo, better known as a vocalist in the K-pop boy band, Exo. Like I said, prior to watching this show I was already supporting it for the sole fact it had a member from my ultimate musical bias group. (Xingsings is a derivative of my love for that band; that’s just how serious it is.) And there’s also Lee Kwang Soo, a hilarious guy that’s part of the permanent cast for one of my favorite Korean reality TV shows, Running Man. Think of Running Man as Asia’s The Amazing Race but add in some more belly laughs. It’s so funny!

As for the ending, which is an element that usually becomes the biggest letdown for most Korean dramas… It was quite satisfying and cute without being too, too cheesy. Admittedly, it was getting a little cliche but, thankfully, it was saved by the group scene, where a lot of the cast is featured. I won’t go into too much detail for spoilers sake. Overall, it was one of the best Korean drama conclusions I’ve ever watched, which says a lot since I’m a semi-avid Asian drama watcher (I maybe have watched 100? Which isn’t too much for Asian drama addicts in my opinion, but still a significant amount nevertheless.).

But probably the biggest aspect that made this such an enjoyable drama was the symbolic use of hope. Throughout the entire series, viewers are able to watch HS light a candle daily for those that are lonely, suffering, or believe that they have no one that cares for or believes in them. Her character, as a psychiatrist, meets a lot of broken people with mental illnesses that face despair, and though her character is bleak and sometimes cold, I really like that she’s positive and compassionate throughout the drama. You also get a really good feel with the health care professional and patient relationship, which is nice to see as a student hoping to pursue a profession in such a field. I also really liked the nonchalant but passive JY. He was charming and witty, and his shortcomings and childhood trauma only added to the complexity of his character and plot. Listening to his radio show was also uplifting and seeing his little dances made me smile.

Not to mention, this was one of the best dramas I’ve seen because there’s other meaningful messages and scenes throughout. About love, trauma, grief, and other normal emotions we go through on a regular basis as humans.

However, I was a little disappointed by how mental illnesses were portrayed in this. I’m glad that the topic of mental health was a big part in this drama since it’s half set in the hospital or in a psychiatrist’s office, but it just wasn’t enough. I wish more of the subconscious side of all was explored even though I can see that it’d be hard to portray in motion picture. And, of course, there were inconsistencies and minor (or sometimes even huge-but not for this case with this drama) loopholes Asian dramas are prone to have, but they didn’t really hinder my watching experience (is that what you call it?). And a small thing I was annoyed at times by was HS’s paranoia with JY and his dating history. Just because he never really had a serious relationship before her did not warrant her to have continuous suspicion about “the other women.” However I’m going to just let it slide because it did go with her character and phobia of sex/intimate relationships with men, I guess.

But gosh, this post is getting super long, so I’ll end this quasi review here with a sweet and heartwarming quote from the drama, which is narrated by JY on his radio show.

“To those who feel lonely and think that you’re alone, know that someone is always praying for you.”

(This was in reference to HS’s daily candle lighting for the lonely and lost folks that wander the world thinking they’re unloved.)


So yeah, I know my main focus with this blog is on books, but I wanted to share this today in case you’re one that wants to try watching an Asian drama or has not seen this one yet (it’s perfect timing for us college students in the States now that we’re all almost on winter break). I highly encourage you to do so since I loved it so much. (In fact, so much that I may go and read It’s Okay, That’s Love recaps just to reexperience the story all over again.)

And as you guys know, I originally started this blog as a way of finding solace and alleviating post fangirl feels. And the funniest thing is that some of my non-bookish posts are some of my most viewed posts on Xingsings to date. You guys wouldn’t believe how many times people google a variation of “death of K-pop stars” and have found their way to this blog, which is so morbid now that I think about it. I’m still unsure if I’ll continue to make non-bookish posts like these in the future but I may create one for another impressionable Korean cinematic film I recently watched called Always soon.

Anyway, have a lovely day everyone!


Oh, I almost forgot to mention. Another huge bonus to this drama was the beautiful soundtrack. It was awesome they decided to feature a bunch of English songs (like 14!), which is very rare for Korean dramas. But I’ll leave some of my favorites (Korean and English ones) down below for you to listen if you’d like to.

1. It’s Okay, That’s Love – Davichi: I’m feeling super awkward because of the frame they chose for this MV, but this is the main theme so I had to include it.

2. Ship and the Globe – Kae Sun: Addicted to this song for the very reason that JS was swinging to it. His dancing was adorbs. Such a feel good song; I’m so glad It’s Okay, That’s Love introduced me to this artist! I don’t think I’d find him otherwise.

3. Best Luck – Chen (of Exo): And, last, is a song performed by an Exo member (not the one in the show), which was appropriately placed on several occasions all through the drama.

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31 thoughts on “It’s Okay, That’s Love

  1. Kay says:

    First I want to say that you have very good design taste because your blog is beautiful!

    Second, I haven’t watched this yet (well, I’ve watched the first episode, but other things got in the way after that), but I plan to watch it hopefully early next year. I too love seeing dramas starting to explore mental illness, and this drama is nice step forward. I know you mentioned you hadn’t seen Kill Me, Heal Me, but I loved how it explored the topic. Yes, it definitely uses the illness to get a lot of laughs, but at the same time it really shows just how complicated and devastating Multiple Personality Disorder is. I thought overall it was handled very nicely.

    Wonderful review, and you have a very beautiful writing style 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Ah, thanks so much, Kay! This comment really made my day.

      I’ve only used two themes for this blog so far, but my first one was actually the one you have for Kdrama Kisses! I love how simplistic and clean your blog looks with that theme. It doesn’t draw attention away from your reviews or graphics. ^.^

      And I hope you enjoy It’s Okay, That’s Love when you return to watching it. It really hooked me the entire way; the exploration of the different mental illnesses was what made this one so gripping for me. And I’m really glad to hear that. I’ll definitely be giving Kill Me, Heal Me a try! 🙂

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  2. Carolyn says:

    Interesting! I don’t usually watch K-dramas or Asian dramas for that matter but my roommate recommended me a bunch of her favorites so I could watch over winter break so maybe I’ll squeeze this one in there! 🙂 I really like how you mentioned the passionate kisses; that was something that always irritated me (among other things) about typical K-dramas. If you’re looking for another one to watch, I recommend Reply 1997, I think it’s definitely my favorite K-drama. And to the CW fangirl in you, I recommend Jane the Virgin (so good!) 🙂

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  3. Lois says:

    I’ve not watched any Asian dramas but this show definitely sounds like my cup of tea. I do like it when TV shows explore mental illnesses and of hope is a theme I usually love. I’ll definitely be adding this to my to-watch series. I’m with you on the CW love, although Supernatural, Arrow and The Flash are my must watch shows. 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Well, I highly recommend this one, Lois! I think you’d like it if you enjoy those themes. You’ll also soon learn that K-dramas are super addicting. 😉 And haha! I can’t believe it took me this long to watch TVD and those other CW shows. 😄 I also recently watched Jane the Virgin and that was entertaining as well. 🙂

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  4. fiddlerblue says:

    Oh boy, I miss watching Asian drama, specifically Jdramas (I was an avid JE fan). Kdramas I found are really emotional and oftentimes too heavy for me, but I did enjoy a lot of their sitcoms xD anyway, your review is engaging as always and it does make me want to sign up at Drama Fever just to watch this! Im always curious about things that is related to mental health issues, no matter how small. Do they only have korean dramas in their website? Hehe.
    Oooh I heard of Exo as well, but they’re way past my generation so I dont know their songs sighs I think they are from SM too?

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I also took a break from watching them; gosh, have I missed binging these shows! I haven’t seen that many J-Dramas though. I really love Hana Kimi, which is probably my all time favorite Japanese drama. And I love a lot of the sad, tragic J-Movies. Do you have any recommendations, Joan?

      And thank you! Actually, DramaFever has some other dramas from all countries. I think there’s even some from non-Asian countries too. But they do primarily have a Korean drama focus. I went ahead and got an ad-free subscription, you can also browse around and watch these dramas for free on the site with advertisements.

      Yes! Exo is a part of SM. As you could tell, I really love them. I’ve been following them even before their debut; hardcore, loyal fan right here. 🙂

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      • fiddlerblue says:

        Me too! It’s impossible to stop watching one you get started! 😮 I adored Hana Kimi! The guys were so hilarious xD There were some shows popular a long time ago which I liked, such as Last Friends, Liar Game, and Nobuta Wo Produce (which is my fave). If you haven’t seen them, then I recommend them all! For J-movies, the last one I watched is a psych thriller called Confessions (Kokuhaku), do you know it? That one gave me the chills, though it wasnt a horror film.
        I think I will try Drama Fever again now that I have time to binge watch some shows xD do you also have recommendations for me? 😀

        Wow, I have to check out Exo then! The youngest artists I still listen to is Big Bang, but the ones I followed back in the day were Shinhwa, 1tym, Shinee, and FT Island 🙂 I feel so old since I remember Shinee and Big Bang debuting! 😄

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        • Summer @ Xingsings says:

          Ah, thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ll be watching some of these over my break for sure. I’ve heard of Nobuta wo Produce so I may start with that one. 🙂 And ooh, psych thrillers kind of freak me out (I’m not a big fan of Gone Girl and books like those) but I may give that film a try.

          And recommendations? Well I highly recommend It’s Okay, That’s Love, of course. And if you haven’t already watched them, Secret Garden and City Hunter are two really big favorites of mine. And the K-Movie Always is so, so heartbreaking and wonderful.

          And the J-Movies I’ve watched and really enjoyed were Koizora and I Give My First Love to You. Both were so sad, but they’re coming of age and teenage love stories.

          You should (check Exo out)! Ah, SHINee and Big Bang! I really liked them when I was first into K-pop. 🙂

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          • fiddlerblue says:

            Koizora, I’m a Miura Haruma fangirl and I loved that movie. So sweet ❤ Yeah, I think and I hope you would love Nobuta, it’s such a classic feel-good drama series for me, though bittersweet in some ways. And if you are not a fan of Gone Girl or something similar, Confessions might be a toocreepy, so proceed with caution! 🙂 I will hunt down those dramas as soon as I get the chance. I binged watch a lot of US shows so I’m craving for something else, thank you! and I’d give Exo a try too! 😀

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  5. _forevermint says:

    This was such a lovely review to read! Friends have recommended me this drama so much but I haven’t watched it yet and I think I finally will now because you’ve totally convinced me. That trailer was so cute & fun! And I loved Gong Hyo Jin in the Master’s Sun! One of my favorite dramas 😀 I totally enjoy all of your non bookish posts so keep them up! I’ve been thinking of writing some anime/drama posts to help with the fangirl feels too haha. I’m currently watching Oh My Venus and it’s so cute so far, you should check it out if you haven’t yet ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Aww, thank you, Cherry! ❤ You really must watch It’s Okay, That’s Love when you have time. I really loved the plot; everything about it was so gripping and interesting. The romance was great, which is no surprise with Gong Hyo Jin. I feel like she has good chemistry with most of her male co-actors. I just finished rewatching The Master’s Sun actually. 😄 And I’m currently watching Oh My Venus as well. I really like it so far. Yes! You totally should make anime/drama posts. I’d love to read them! 😀

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  6. The Drama Bear says:

    “And a small thing I was annoyed at times by was HS’s paranoia with JY and his dating history. Just because he never really had a serious relationship before her did not warrant her to have continuous suspicion about “the other women.” THIS. Omg, finally someone says this out loud. Every time I try to talk to someone about HS’ paranoia, they all ended up saying “well, HS has a phobia of sex and infidelity” and I’m all like…well…two wrongs do not make a right! It’s annoying to see how HS keeps poking him with this “other women” nonsense, because from what I see JY has always been sincere even though he may not love the women he dated. But, I still love the way JY handles her psychologically lol. It feels so liberating to know that for once HS can be tamed by a guy and stops bossing around the relationship. runs away from all the feminists.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Ah, I’m so glad that you agree with me, Ari! Overall, I was really happy with HS’s intelligent and domineering character, but you’re so right, it was so hard to just dismiss her paranoia. >.< And good point, I loved how both of them sort of healed each other as well. 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting!

      By the way, have you seen Kill Me, Heal Me? I just finished watching that one after so many other drama bloggers recommending that was another good one that introduces mental illness. Ji Sung’s acting was phenomenal in that one. 🙂

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      • The Drama Bear says:

        You’re welcome! 😀

        And yes! I’ve watched Kill Me Heal Me, it was sooo good, Ji Sung nailed that drama, his Yona was really funny as well, I can’t stop laughing whenever he talked to Hwang Jung Eum in that ahjumma-ish tone and his “all handsome guys are oppas” antics are just so fun to watch. xD

        Have you watched Love Me If You Dare? It’s a c-drama that I’m watching right now and it’s really funny and thrilling. It’s got the suspense of a crime drama but it’s got a lot of comedic and romantic elements into it as well. 🙂

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        • Summer @ Xingsings says:

          Haha, totally. Yona’s personality was probably pretty hard to nail. But, no surprise, Se Ki was probably my favorite personality. T_T Ji Sung did an amazing job with the different looks too.
          And I havne’t watched Love Me If You Dare! I’ll have to check it out then. Thank you for mentioning it! 🙂

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          • The Drama Bear says:

            Se Ki is love 😥 I actually love him more than Do Hyun who I think is a bit too soft as a man. Se ki is like that guy who acts tough but is actually so warm and fuzzy inside. This is the guy who still remembers his playmate 20+ years later. I bawled like a baby when I finally understood the significance of his “let’s play” phrase :'(. And I think one of the most underrated character in KMHM is actually Perry Park. It’s just so sad to see Do Hyun missing his “old” dad so much that he had to create another personality just for him.

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  7. Kathy @ Bookish Shelves says:

    It’s so refreshing to look through all the posts and see something not bookish related. I clicked on this post immediately because I recently got into watching K-dramas and my friend recommended this one in particular. I searched it up on Google the other day and it didn’t look too intriguing so I skipped out on it. However, now that I have read your post, I am seriously considering giving it a try. Great post!

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