Kim Soo Hyun has returned in his first K-drama since military service, and we are already hooked!
It's Okay To Not Be Okay stars the actor as caregiver Moon Kang Tae, who works in a psychiatric hospital and takes care of his autistic older brother. His life is very much kept to himself, until he crosses paths with children's author Go Moon Young, played by Seo Ye Ji, who has anti-social personality disorder. Their initial meeting is rocky and it looks to be getting even more dramatic from there, as they end up exposing and maybe even healing one another's emotional wounds.
If that brief synopsis isn't already catching your attention, here's three things that had us hooked from the get-go.
1. Kim Soo Hyun & Seo Ye Ji's chemistry
Firstly, every time Kim Soo Hyun smiles it feels like the sun is radiating pure light onto viewers' eyes, so you're welcome for that. But even better, the two leads have a charged chemistry from the outset, that has us on the edge of our seats. Throw in a fateful childhood encounter (a favourite trope of the K-drama world), and you've got the kind of romance that you know is going to put your heart through the wringer, yet you just have to keep on watching.
2. A unique approach to showcasing individuals on the autism spectrum
Moon Kang Tae's brother Sang Tae is on the autism spectrum, and his worldview is shown to us through lively animations and colourful imagination sequences. It's a brilliant way to illustrate the world through another person's eyes, and it focuses on making us understand Sang Tae as an individual, and the reasoning behind his choices. With very few K-dramas featuring characters with autism in prominent roles, we're interested to see where the directors take the story with Sang Tae.
3. Goth horror fantasy vibes
The first episode opens with a stop-motion sequence that wouldn't look out of place in a Tim Burton movie, and Moon Young's books are full of gothic illustrations. The atmosphere becomes otherworldly in the show, where fantastical animated moments meet realism, and the frequent flashbacks to a mysterious, darker time, peak our interest too.
The first two episodes of It's Okay To Not Be Okay are available to stream on Netflix now. Have you started watching this drama yet?
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