Reunited Worlds Korean Drama Review

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo

Reunited Worlds is about teenage friends that are the same age, but after the man (Yeo Jin Goo) dies in an accident at 19, he mysteriously reappears 12 years later looking the same while the woman (Lee Yeon Hee) is now 31. They rekindle their relationship while he also works to bring healing to his friends and family after the hardships they suffered because of his death.

What a beautiful drama Reunited Worlds is! Coming from one of my favorite writers (whose works include Beautiful Gong Shim, Girl Who Sees Smells, and Rooftop Prince), I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. And my expectations were most definitely met!

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo

My excitement at seeing Yeo Jin Goo was sky high for this drama. I’m so glad that he took on this starring role. He plays Hae Sung who dies tragically at the age of 19. But to his and everyone else’s surprise, he shows up 12 years later looking exactly the same!

Hae Sung is a healing character. He is such a bright and cheerful ray of sunshine who is meant to bring healing to those around him. It was so wonderful to see Yeo Jin Goo get to play such a joyful character. His smile is so bright and endearing. He just lights up the screen, and I always smiled right along with him.

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But there were also plenty of moments for him to showcase his incredible acting abilities. He’s able to deliver so much emotion through his eyes and face. He’s one of those actors who just rips my heart out when he is sad or cries. And he definitely had several moments where he did just that. He’s just such a special actor with so much talent. He never disappoints me.

Lee Yeon Hee plays Jung Jung Won. She’s Hae Sung’s best friend, and they were just at the beginning stages of a blossoming romance when he died. Hae Sung’s death was devastating for Jung Won, and it altered the course of her life. His sudden return changes things again and leaves her with a lot of conflicted emotions.

Ahn Jae Hyun is Cha Min Joon who is a chef that runs the restaurant that Jung Won works at. He’s a very sweet man that has had one sided feelings for Jung Won for a long time. Min Joon is an endearing character who was able to be a very positive support for Jung Won.

The supporting cast was almost a dream come true for me. I loved so many of the actors going in and they didn’t disappoint. One of my favorites is Kwak Dong Yeon who played Hae Sung’s brother Sung Hae Chul.

He faced many challenges after his brother’s death and had gotten himself into some trouble. He’s also not particularly thrilled to see Hae Sung return from the dead because he blames him for many of his troubles. They definitely had some issues to work through. Hae Sung and Hae Chul were one of my favorite relationships in the drama, and believe me, I had a lot of them that I loved!

 

My two favorites in Hae Sung’s group of friends included the always hilarious Lee Shi Eon as Ho Bang and the adorable and feisty Park Jin Joo as Jin Joo. Both have impeccable comedic timing as well as being very endearing. I adored them both!

 

We also had the nerdy Moon Shik (Shin Soo Ho) and the ever so kind Tae Hoon (Kim Jin Woo) to round out his group of friends. They really were a wonderful group of people in Hae Sung’s life.

Another favorite of mine from Hae Sung’s siblings was Kim Ga Eun as Young In. She’s such a sweet woman who is very hardworking and always ready to stand up for her family. I really enjoyed her.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yoon Sun Woo 

We then have Ha Sung’s other siblings which includes the brother who wants to distant himself from the family, Young Joon (Yoon Sun Woo) and the bright and cheery youngest of the group Soo Ji (Kim Hye Joon).

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, and Ahn Jae Hyun

Reunited Worlds is a warm, healing drama that heavily focuses on relationships. A major theme is Hae Sung’s journey to bring healing to his friends and family. Their lives were turned upside down because of his death, and they still have to deal with the consequences many years later. Hae Sung is given the opporturnity to set things right and help them heal.

There were so many beautiful moments between the characters. Hae Sung experienced many touching moments with them himself, but he also orchestrated important healing moments between them.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, Park Jin Joo, Lee Shi Eon, Kim Jin Woo, Shin Soo Ho

I loved watching him bring his family back together after they were torn apart. It was also so enjoyable to see him interact with his friends. They welcomed him back like nothing had changed.

The drama is filled to the brim with those heartwarming moments between characters and has plenty of feels. It crafted a world of characters that I loved and couldn’t help but root for. So many times in dramas the supporting characters feel like filler. In Reunited Worlds, they felt like part of the story. And because I wanted them to find happiness, I cared about their personal journeys.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Yeon Hee

The main relationship between Hae Sung and Jung Won was so adorable. I loved how comfortable they were with each other. I also loved how this friends to lovers relationship was handled with the pair being genuinely friendly with each other before moving on to the romance. And you can just tell how much they care for each other.

They definitely had some difficult issues to work through though with Jung Won feeling guilty about Hae Seong’s death and Hae Seong wanting her to be happy. They really tugged at my heartstrings.

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But they are always completely sweet and adorable. I didn’t feel like there was a huge age gap between them because of their comfortable rapport. And they have so many beautiful moments between them. It’s simply a sweet and touching relationship where there is no doubt about their love for each other.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Ahn Jae Hyun

I also really appreciated the friendship that develops between Hae Sung and Min Joon. Of course, they get to be at odds a little bit, but they develop a mutual respect for each other. They both also needed a little healing, and their relationship served to help with that.

I could go on and on about all of the wonderful relationships in this drama. There are just so many wonderful relationships to explore. From friends to family to lovers. Some relationships are there from the beginning while others develop throughout the drama. It truly was a wonderful world of characters to enjoy.

I do have to mention my favorite ahjussi Ahn Kil Kang. He had a smaller supporting role in the drama as a mysterious man who helps Hae Sung. He was wonderful in this role, and my heart was overjoyed to get to see him interact with Yeo Jin Goo so much. They were such a fun pair, and I really felt the bond of their relationship.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Yeon Hee

Reunited Worlds is very character focused with the plot slowly developing. It’s rare for me to love a drama like that, but I loved Reunited Worlds! It created such a wonderful and comfortable world that I was more than happy to just be spending time in it.

But as I expected from this writer, there’s always a mystery in place with some big secrets between the characters. The melodrama usually picks up in the second half as these secrets start coming out and the characters have to deal with the fallout. Reunited Worlds doesn’t get as melodramatic as some of her other dramas, but the drama definitely increases and gives us a wonderful story.

There’s also a fantastic soundtrack that completely enhances all aspects of the drama with fun, romantic, and sad tracks. They really added that extra something. The cinematography is quite lovely too especially with the scenes shot in the countryside.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Shi Eon

Now to address a few things some might take issue with. Something I found a bit unusual in this drama was how Hae Sung’s return from the dead was treated. Most of his friends and family reacted understandably shocked and confused when first encountering him.

But the surprising thing is how quickly everyone just accepts and adapts to him. I personally would have liked to have seen everyone struggle with him and the situation more. Instead it was treated more like, “You’re back from the dead!? And we don’t know how or why? ‘shrugs‘ Okay, welcome back! Let’s continue on like nothing happened.”

It was definitely strange considering that minor things in dramas are frequently played up whereas something that is big like this was very much downplayed. It was a bit hard to get used to. But I did eventually adjust my expectations to fit with the drama since it was very consistent in how it handled the reactions to Hae Sung’s return.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, Park Jin Joo, Lee Shi Eon, Kim Jin Woo, Shin Soo HoReunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Yeon Hee, Kwak Dong Yeon, Kim Hye JunThe narrative flow of the drama was a bit awkward at times too. Sometimes it sort of wandered around aimlessly like it wasn’t sure what it wanted to focus on. This is most noticeable early on.

But as I got to know all of the characters, I didn’t find it as noticeable as it moved from one character’s story to another. There were just a lot of people to get to know in the beginning and the transitions eventually smoothed out. Thankfully, these issues didn’t affect my enjoyment of the drama.

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo

Reunited Worlds is a special drama because of its focus on healing. Hae Sung was a truly amazing character that I can’t imagine anyone besides Yeo Jin Goo playing. In the same way he brought joy to everyone around him, he also brought joy to me. He was a beautiful character that I immensely enjoyed going on a journey with. His bright spirit and that amazing smile will be something I always remember.

My Rating: 9/10

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10 Responses to Reunited Worlds Korean Drama Review

  1. D says:

    O wow. I wasn’t going to watch this but I might give it a go now.

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    • Kay says:

      I certainly loved it 🙂 It has a lot of issues that bothered other people more than it did me, but it really just warmed my heart in the best possible way.

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  2. LeeT says:

    But it lost focus and momentum at the end and several plot lines and relationships were completely dropped or dealt with in a line of exposition. I understand that this was a very rushed drama and that was obvious in the storytelling – especially in the back half.

    While I loved the deep friendship between Yun Won and Hae Sung, the writer and director made some bizarre choices with their relationship in regards to physical intimacy. In many ways, despite telling us they were together, they were in fact just good friends for most of the drama.

    Overall, this was heartwarming and enjoyable but could have used better planning.

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    • Kay says:

      I know a lot of people found the drama lacking, but this was one of those times that I just wasn’t seeing what everyone else was seeing. I thought the drama just got better and better as it went and didn’t find anything bothersome. I do agree that it did that last episode quick wrap up thing that so many dramas do when pressed for time. But even that didn’t bother me, lol.

      It just nailed the things I love the most in dramas like the wonderful characters and heartwarming story elements. And while I wouldn’t call Hae Sung and Jung Won a sizzling couple, they very much felt like a real, comfortable couple to me. So I do understand why a lot of people had issues, but luckily, they just weren’t there for me 🙂

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      • Dame Holly says:

        I think all the reasons you loved it are the things I liked about it too. And I think that’s why I got so disappointed in the back half, because the setup was so amazing. Cha Min Joon, for example, was such an interesting character and his relationship with his family was so important and then it got pushed to the side. Young Jun’s relationship with his wife-to-be and in-laws-to-be was also glossed over.

        I think they decided the old crime desperately needed a culprit and so they brought one in and wasted unnecessary time on him instead of the characters we already knew.

        With Hae Sung and Jung Won, I think what I found strange was how physically attracted she was to him and how that was so important to her character. But once they were a couple, the writer and director couldn’t handle that aspect of her personality so they pretended it didn’t exist. I think the worst was the ’20th birthday kiss’ when they had her stand ramrod straight as though she was shocked that her boyfriend of several months was kissing her. They did manage to show them as a lovely, comfortable couple in the last few episodes though.

        I don’t want to sound too critical. This had lovely moments in it, great characters and a wonderful heartwarming message. I guess I’m just disappointed it wasn’t the drama it could have been with better writing. I’d definitely recommend it.

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        • Kay says:

          I’m glad to hear you were able to still find some enjoyment in it despite its flaws 🙂 Since it was pretty much all good for me, I was disappointed to see that so many fans found it so lacking especially in the second half. I thought the drama just got better and better as it went, so I just didn’t have the same experience as most.

          Of course, I noticed the last episode rushed a few storylines, but that happens a lot in kdramas. I wouldn’t have minded simply having more episodes to explore those though. And I didn’t have any problems with Hae Sung and Jung Won’s physical relationship. When I started watching kdramas, it only took me 2 dramas to realize how very differently they treat physical intimacy. I’ve seen many dramas build up the tension in the beginning and then after a physical act happens they continue to treat subsequent physical acts with innocence and embarrassment. So I just saw this one as more of the same. She was attracted to him, but when it came down to the actual physical acts, she became awkward and embarrassed. While there are plenty of dramas moving away from this these days, lots of them still have the characters act this way and I’m pretty used to it at this point, hehe.

          And it does probably help that I love everything about this writer’s style. I’ve never been disappointed with her so far, and Reunited Worlds contained all of the things that I like from her. I’ve noticed that many fans have a lot of issues with this writer’s works though, so you’re definitely not alone in what you experienced. I’m at least glad people were able to see and enjoy the amazing heartwarming elements and the beautiful characters, especially Yeo Jin Goo’s performance as Hae Sung 🙂

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    Whoa: this is really a glowing review and was a joy to read from start to finish 😀 This sounds like an absolutely amazing series. I especially like what you are describing about the many relationships this series has. If there is one thing that I find important about movies/shows in general it is the characters, and it sounds lile this drama more than delivers on that count. Really looking forward to this 😊

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    • Kay says:

      It was such an amazing series for me. It just did all of the things I love in a drama with it’s heartwarming story and wonderful characters. It’s just such a rarity that I genuinely enjoy ALL of the characters and their stories. So while it definitely has plenty of issues, none of them mattered to me since it got what I loved most right 🙂

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