Thank You tells the story of a little girl (Seo Shin Ae) who was accidentally infected with HIV by a doctor. After the doctor passes away, her boyfriend (Jang Hyuk) goes to the rural town to apologize to the little girl and her mother (Gong Hyo Jin). But he ends up feeling drawn to them and wants to take care of them as they begin to soften his cold heart.
Thank you is one of the simplest, yet most profound dramas I have watched. I was originally hesitant to watch this classic drama because of the subject matter. It just sounded like there was no way this drama could not be absolutely heart breaking.
But it is not at all like it sounds. Yes, the little girl, Lee Bom, does have HIV, and that is really sad. But the drama does so well at presenting her as just a normal little girl. She isn’t sickly, and with proper treatment, she can live a long healthy life.
But her sickness presents a multitude of issues. The worst part is how many of the ignorant villagers shun her. Of course, it’s difficult for a child to understand, and that was the saddest part.
But oh my Seo Shin Ae was phenomenal as Lee Bom! This girl is completely adorable yet so talented. She is so believable that I never felt like I was watching a child acting. She touched my heart so much with her sweet spirit.
Her mother, Young Shin (Gong Hyo Jin), has dedicated her life to caring for her daughter and her father who has Alzheimer’s. She is a gentle, quiet woman, but she won’t stand for anyone hurting her family. This is quite possibly my favorite role of Gong Hyo Jin.
And when Min Ki Seo (Jang Hyuk) arrives, another complication is added to her world. Ki Seo is cold and distant, but he is drawn to the family. He struggles with guilt because it was his girlfriend who was responsible for Bom becoming sick. But he eventually grows to care for the family because of who they are. As always, Jang Hyuk brings this character to life with such depth because of his incredible acting abilities.
And what a wonderful performance by Shin Goo as Bom’s grandfather, Mr. Lee. He was a difficult character because of his illness, but he had this wonderful child-like friendship with Bom. He also develops an interesting brotherly relationship with Ki Seo that was very touching to see.
Shin Sung Rok plays Bom’s father, Suk Hyun. I liked that his character seemed so real. He never knew about his daughter, and he felt a responsibility toward her, but he had a fiancé and his own life. It was something he struggled with a great deal. It was nice that he wasn’t painted as just a bad guy.
Now, the drama does have a more laid back feel to it. I found it extremely calming and pleasant. There is such a mood that is set through the soft music and shots of the rural village. Some might find it slow, but I never did. I was completely drawn into its world.
This drama is full of so much warmth. It is one of the most beautiful stories I have seen. With it’s simple realism, family bonds, and hope for the future, it just moved me on such a deep level. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful gem of a drama.
My Rating: 9/10
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I enthusiastically concur… with everything you wrote! ‘Thank You’ was one of the very first dramas I ever watched and I still get the warm fuzzies whenever I think abou it. 🙂
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What a great drama to be among some of your first 🙂 I saw it a couple years back and was completely moved by it. I also feel so warm when I think about it. I even teared up while writing this review. And going back to re-watch some of the scenes just touches my heart. It truly is a gem of a drama 🙂
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One of the things that never stops being amazing for me, is how children that are so young are able to act this well. It was the same as the little girl in Train to Busan. The level of emotion she brought to that role was simply astounding to me. As for this drama…wow, another 9/10 huh? This is definitely a story that I love seeing as strange as that sounds. Yes the subject matter is heavy, but if it gets executed this well, I really like seeing dramas such as these. Great review, and thanks for sharing yet another drama for my list 😊
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Same here! Children that are this good always blow me away. And when you get a child actor that’s truly good, I think there is something even more special than adults because of this extra genuineness that comes through their performance.
But yes, this is such moving story. Completely beautiful in its simplicity, yet delivering a wide range of complex emotions. It’s a drama that makes you feel warm. Thankfully, the subject was handled amazingly well, and I have no problems recommending it to everyone 🙂
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