Uncontrollably Fond Korean Drama Review

Uncontrollably Fond (Lightly Ardently) Korean Drama - Kim Woo Bin and Suzy

Uncontrollably Fond (also known as Lightly, Ardently) is a romance melodrama about a popular star (Kim Woo Bin) and a documentary producer (Suzy) who knew each other as teenagers, but were separated.  The two are reunited many years later after secrets from their past begin to surface and the star is given only months to live.

Well, count me as completely surprised at just how much I loved Uncontrollably Fond! Of course, I was hoping I would enjoy it, but I entered in a bit cautiously. I love the writer of the drama, but I’ve always been more neutral towards the leads.

But it turned out to be just my style of melodrama. I enjoyed all of the characters and was genuinely interested in their individual stories and how they related to the bigger picture. All of the supporting characters are important, and they helped create a rich, in depth world.

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I absolutely love it when everyone is connected to each other through secrets and tragedies. All of the characters lives are intertwined, and we get to watch as the lies and secrets come to light one by one. It all creates such a lovely tension!

The drama has a wonderful soundtrack that really set the mood for the drama and easily stirred up my emotions. The cinematography is really great too with so many absolutely gorgeous scenes throughout the drama.


We have Kim Woo Bin as leading man Shin Joon Young. I’ve never disliked Kim Woo Bin, but I’ve just not cared much for him. I’ve never been drawn to his characters and usually found them more on the obnoxious side.

But let me tell you, I really really liked him in Uncontrollably Fond! He definitely still has that signature cocky charm, but I thought his character was much more likable and had so much more depth.

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Once we get passed that brash personality, Joon Young had this softness to him that is both sad and childlike. Kim Woo Bin delivered so much depth and emotion in his portrayal of Joon Young. I could really feel his pain over the tremendous guilt he was experiencing as well as his passion for Eul. He really moved me on so many occasions.

But that childlike part of him really allowed us to see what a tender heart he had. And when he flashes a genuinely happy grin, his face just lights up, and dare I say he’s even a bit swoon worthy? Gasp!

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Suzy plays our documentary producer No Eul. I’ve also been sort of neutral towards Suzy in the past, but mostly I’ve found her pleasant enough. And I thought she fit the character of No Eul very well. No Eul has a bad reputation because she will do anything for money because she is poor and wants a good life for her brother.

But she is strong willed and has a certain charisma that I enjoyed. A character like Eul can sometimes come off as very unlikable, but I felt Suzy portrayed her in a way in which I could always understand her motivations and just wanted to see her happy. I was completely pleased with Suzy in this role.

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And I ended up really enjoying Kim Woo Bin and Suzy as a couple. They each have a strong presence that really made their bickering quite fun. With one obstacle after another coming between them, they share plenty of intense scenes that really draws you into their relationship.

Then there are these subtle moments where they soften and you can really see the sweet chemistry with this couple. Their love story is a roller coaster of emotions, but I never doubted their love for each other.


We have Choi Ji Tae (Im Joo Hwan) as your nice and likable second lead. He deeply cares for No Eul, but circumstances have prevented him from ever really being with her. He’s that character who is caught in the middle of everyone else’s lies which lands him in an awkward position on many levels. Im Joo Hwan was fantastic in this role, and he really brought this character to life.


Yoon Jung Eun (Im Joo Eun) is the woman who sets everyone’s problems in motion when she kills Eul’s father in a hit and run accident. This rich girl is spoiled and has no sense of remorse or responsibility. She’s a hard character to deal with, but Im Joo Eun plays her perfectly with an intensity that makes her completely memorable.


Ji Tae and Jung Eun’s have had a strained relationship for years. Their parents are preparing to have them be married, but Jung Eun’s selfish personality just drives Ji Tae farther and farther away.


The woman Ji Tae really loves is Eul. At first, his guilt over what his family has done to her pushes him to become a friend and helper to her. He longs to be more, but that same guilt tells him that he doesn’t deserve her. These two had a great dynamic between them, and I really enjoyed their relationship.

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Joon Young’s father is the source of a great heartache for both him and Eul. Having grown up not knowing him, Joon Young longed to become a prosecutor like his father. But after he learns the terrible truth that he covered up Eul’s father’s hit and run, he is overcome with guilt and comes to despise his father.


Joon Young’s mother, Shin Young Ok (Jin Kyung), was a multi-dimensional character. Having had to raise him alone, she wanted him to become a prosecutor like his father. But when he chooses a different path, she has a nearly impossible time supporting him.

It was difficult watching just how unsupportive she was of Joon Young. And it was made even worse that she did all of this while she was unaware he was dying. I just wanted her to show him how much she cared because she really did love him.


How I loved watching all of these characters and got completely swept up in their stories. I felt their joys as well as their pain and sadness. We really got to know each of them and while their actions weren’t always good, we were able to clearly understand their motivations.

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I didn’t personally have any issues with the drama, but I thought I would give a little heads up for anyone considering watching it. It is definitely a melodrama. Don’t be fooled by the early episodes that have a somewhat lighter tone to balance things out. Things become progressively more angsty and melodramatic as the drama progresses.

Also, Joon Young and Eul have a very tumultuous relationship. If you’re looking for a sweeping romance with lots of lovey dovey moments, Uncontrollably Fond is not that kind of drama. One horrible event after another seems to constantly get in their paths and prevent any chance of a real relationship. The couple doesn’t get a lot of time to really be together.

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But at the heart of Uncontrollably Fond is one man’s dedication to getting justice for the woman he loves no matter the cost. While they don’t have a typical relationship, his love is the driving force behind everything he does and that truly makes for a memorable romance.



Joon Young feels such tremendous guilt over what his father did to Eul when they were teenagers and what he himself ended up doing to her in order to cover things up. That guilt keeps him separated from Eul for years. And when they re-enter each others lives, that guilt drives him to bring the truth to light.

And how heartbreaking it is that as he only has limited time before he dies, he gives up his happiness of being with her in the short term in order to get justice. It devastates him that he is hurting Eul in order to accomplish his plans, but he knows he will be gone soon and would rather bring justice for her and give her a stable future.

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It’s a long road to the truth. But in the end, Joon Young achieves his goal. While Joon Young’s father goes to terrible lengths to prevent the truth from coming out, once his condition is revealed and his father’s wife does something despicable, his father finally realizes he can no longer live that way and reveals the truth.

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It’s heartbreaking watching Joon Young’s final goodbyes with his father and mother. With his memory fading, those final conversations were bittersweet. But at least his father finally took responsibility for his crimes, and his mother finally really showed Joon Young how much she loved him.


Ji Tae even has a moving goodbye with Joon Young. These two would-be brothers definitely had a strained a relationship from the very beginning, but Ji Tae came to admire Joon Young for doing what he was unable to bring himself to do.

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And Ji Tae even gave Jung Eun a few words of advice as she sat in prison for her part in everything. And while she still lashed out, he hadn’t completely abandoned her. He let her know that if she paid for her crimes, he would be there waiting for her when she got out.

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With everything finally set right, Joon Young was able to enjoy his final days with the love of his life, Eul. She took care of him, they played, they laughed, and they just got to finally be together. It was both joyful and sad to watch them finally get to be a couple. And how fitting that he took his final breath resting his head upon her shoulder.

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All in all, Uncontrollably Fond was an amazing ride! The characters were so rich and full all the way from the main characters down to the supporting ones. The intricate web of lies that connected everyone made for a tension filled story that left me always wanting me more.

I enjoyed each and every relationship and was never bored for one second of the drama. Joon Young’s passion for Eul was complicated and didn’t always produce the sweetest results, but I never doubted his love for her and that dedication was at the center of a remarkable tale of love and redemption.

My Rating: 9/10

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30 Responses to Uncontrollably Fond Korean Drama Review

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    I haven’t read the spoilers as I might want to check this one out when I get around to it, but otherwise great review. Definitely sounds like an interesting watch 😀

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    • Kay says:

      If you like angsty melodramas with tension, Uncontrollably Fond is a perfect fit. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it 🙂

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      • Marlene says:

        I love this drama too, I had a hard time moving on after the show ended. It is one of those drama that you won’t like to end. It is just bad that Kim Woo Bin diagnosed by cancer in real life 😦 but I am hoping he gets better as I like him since The Heir.

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        • Kay says:

          I’m glad you loved it too! This was exactly my kind of melodrama. So emotional, heart wrenching, and moving. Such a beautiful story. I’m definitely glad I watched it before Kim Woo Bin’s diagnosis. It makes me sad to think that some of what he portrayed in this drama is what he’s going through now. He’s such a talented actor, and I really hope he has a full recovery.


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  6. Jora says:

    I like the way you described the drama, i think you’ve got good writing skills. Keep up.
    I was never big fan of both main characters, but i definitely think that they did such a good job and proved how good actors they are. I would say that i’m impressed about how they gaved a depth to the story.

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    • Kay says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 They were both definitely difficult characters, but I did grow to love them. But like you said, it’s the actors who did such an amazing job and really brought the story to life. Kim Woo Bin and Suzy were both wonderful 🙂


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  8. BELLA says:

    Oh boy, you sure do write well! I just have the guts to watch UF bc I hesitated alot since I don’t really like both of the leads… but damn, I surely felt like what you described. Such a beautiful drama. The roller coasted rides of emotions portrayed from every characters were well-crafted by those talented actors! I never thought I’d come to like Suzy more than before and found out how Woo Bin can be so charming in here. They really did a good job.

    But ofc there’s no such thing as perfect. If only Shin Joon Young could be a little less crueler to No Eul, it would’ve been better… he wasted a looooooot of his precious time resenting her. Yes, I know it is for the sake of revenge.. but if there’s only another way to do that instead of hurting everyone around him. If I were No Eul in real life, I’d probably die out of stress. Especially the repititive heart-breaking treatments she constantly received from Joon Young. It would be understandable if only Joon Young gave any clue from the start. Other than that, this drama is remarkable.

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    • Kay says:

      Aww, thank you so much 🙂 It really was a roller coaster of a drama. My emotions were all over the place! And yes, the actors were amazing! I really liked Suzy in this. I was also kind of neutral towards Kim Woo Bin before, but then I absolutely loved him and found him very likable and charming in Uncontrollably Fond.

      Of course, it would have been nice if Joon Young could have just been more honest and thus more kind to Eul. I definitely felt bad for her. But I was glad that the drama always helped me clearly understand the reasons that Joon Young acted the way he did. While I was always sad for poor Eul, it also allowed me to really feel his pain too. And I guess that gave us more of a story too. If everyone always communicated, dramas would probably be a lot shorter, lol. But yes, a truly remarkable drama that I really loved 🙂


  9. Sheng salvatierra says:

    Though it made me cry for tons i love this drama. I love woo bin so much he is such a great actor. Looking forward to see more of him. Superb acting.

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  10. hoiyinli says:

    Firstly, from reading the comments: So, so sad to hear about Kim Woo Bin having to deal with this horrible disease!! I knew he was away but I assumed it was for military service. I feel really bad now >.< But I sincerely hope he pulls through. I was intrigued by him and his performance in The Heirs (hated that drama though) and loved him here in UF!

    Secondly, I think you're the only one who seems to have enjoyed this drama as much as I did!! (at least to write a very positive review about it…the other ones were either they didn't finish the drama or they rated around a 6/10)… I watched UF last year after it had aired already and I loved it so much. Very, very memorable. Some people found it really slow-paced but I didn't feel that way at all. I thought the story was so rich, and as the story was unfolding, it was so sad and tragic but done so well. You really felt for all the characters, and although flawed, you could feel their love for the other person. Or why they did what they did. It was just perfect, no clichés. I would go as far as to say I'd watch the series again. But for now and ever, I'm re-living everything through the OST lol.

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    • Kay says:

      Yay! You do sound like you loved this drama as much as I did 🙂 I too haven’t come across very many reviewers who had very positive things to say about it. It’s one of those times that really surprises me because I loved everything about it. I too thought it was well paced and full of tension with rich characters and a complex story. I thought the flawed characters were portrayed so well because I always knew their feelings and why they did the things they did even when they weren’t always the best actions. It was so beautifully done. I really couldn’t ask for more in a melo. I’ve watched it twice and thought it was amazing both times. And yes, that OST is amazing!

      I’m glad I saw it before Kim Woo Bin’s diagnosis. But now it’s so sad to think about what he’s been going through. I’ve been anxious to hear more updates about how he is doing and hope he is improving. Uncontrollably Fond is my favorite performance of his, and I hope to see more of him in the future when he recovers.

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  11. Archer Riego says:

    Got bored in this drama. Super.


  12. I know it’s 2017 but I hate everything about this drama especially that Kim Woo Bin was sick and he died… and all the characters just seem to be on a mission to make me angry😥

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  13. the best things about this kdrama is the music Kim woo Bin of course and how devoted No Eul was. she inspires me… and I hope Kim Woo Bin Oppa will be fine in real life he has many years ahead of him ❤

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    • Kay says:

      It definitely is one of those dramas where the characters tend to cause themselves a whole lot of trouble, lol. Sorry to hear it left you a bit frustrated. The ending was really sad too. Luckily, I loved everything about the drama so I certainly agree that Kim Woo Bin and the music were wonderful as well as how devoted No Eul Was. I too am hoping for a full recovery for Kim Woo Bin and hope to see him back acting and healthy very soon 🙂


  14. Zel says:

    The very first Kdrama I’ve ever watched and fell in love with. Both actors (Kim Woo Bin and Suzy) and brilliant! I had a hard time getting over this drama. I’ve watched another kdramas after watching UF but It is my number 1 kdrama so far. It definitely raised the bar!

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    • Kay says:

      How great! I can see why you fell in love it because I did too 🙂 Completely agree, Kim Woo Bin and Suzy were amazing, and the drama does leave such a lasting impression. I still think about it and how great it was 🙂


  15. Arun kumar says:

    I watched this drama a month ago and this series just Wowwwwwed me ♥ especially kim woobin’s acting, he literally stole my heart and this series has the #best plot #best OST’s #best couple #best acting and literally the perfect one and I’m dead sure this is gonna be my favorite drama ever till my last breath….. And the character Shin joon young always deserves a finest place in my heart ♥ I still couldn’t get over this drama…… Everything is beyond words about this series….. And I’m waiting for kim woobin’s up coming works, Sarangae kWB….. Fighting!!!

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    • Kay says:

      Yay! It’s so good that you loved this one! I did too and completely understand all of your praise for the drama. Great acting, wonderful couple, so much angst and emotion. It really left an impact on me too. I also can’t wait to see Kim Woo Bin back and am happy is doing well now 🙂


  16. MarieQ says:

    I really loved this kdrama. I just watched it on Netflix. I really like Kim Woo-Bin as an actor. I think he is very effective in this role just the same in his role for The Heirs. I liked him there too. I just feel sad that after this show I learned he was diagnosed with cancer, but thankful he survived it. Looking forward to watching more of him on tv and the silver screen. 🙏🥰


    • Kay says:

      It’s great that you loved this drama too 🙂 It was wonderful! Kim Woo Bin was so good here. I was also sad when he was diagnosed with cancer not long after this show. He was gone for a couple of years receiving treatment, but it’s great that he is finally back. I too can’t wait to watch more of him 🙂


  17. jolevey says:

    Kim Woo Bin is an outstanding actor. Whether he plays an obnoxious role as he did in The Heirs, or a lovable/empathetic role as he did in Uncontrollably Fond, he is totally in character and believable. Loved him in this role!

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