Korean dramas are very good, aren’t they? To me one of the main reason is their actors. South Korea is producing top notch actors that are able to make the audience feel connected to the drama or movie. One of the example is in this drama: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay. Seo Yea-ji is a well known established actress and had featured in many films or drama. Nonetheless, her portrayal as Ko Moon-young, a popular children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder is just quite outstanding. Oh Jung-se also shine in this drama as an autistic person. He won the Best Supporting Actor award for this drama in the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards. Seo Yea-ji was also nominated but unfortunately she didn’t win. Nevermind tho’, as she won many other awards for this role.
Well, the point is that I feel very connected with this drama due to the above reasons. Those actors make the drama feel real. Seo Yea-ji looks terrifying when portraying Ko Moon-young in disordered state of mind and yet charming during happier times.
It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is a heavy drama although Netflix listed it under “Romantic TV Dramas” and “Comedies” genre. Perhaps it is because the drama focuses on the romance between the two main characters, Moon Gang-Tae (Kim Soo-hyun) and Ko Moon-Young. But on the background is the main issue – mental disorder in the community, a topic that is still a taboo in South Korea. Many scenes revolve around a psychiatric ward and it exposes how many people are ashamed to be associated with people suffering from mental disorder to the extent that they got shunned by their family members.
In spite of its dark background which also involve revenge and murder, the drama has plenty of cute and memorable moments. I can assure you that when that moment come, you will be laughing out loud and there will be a big smile on your face. And when it is sad, it will be very sad. You might want to prepare a box of tissues near you.
Alright, I don’t know if this writing is enough to entice you to watch the drama. As usual, I’m not giving too much spoilers. Best to check out yourself. You can watch all 16 episodes of It’s Okay Not To Be Okay on Netflix Malaysia. Enjoy.
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