Revolutionary Love Korean Drama Review

Revolutionary Love Korean Drama - Choi Siwon, Kang So Ra, Gong Myung

Revolutionary Love is a romantic comedy about a spoiled but goodhearted chaebol heir (Choi Siwon) who finds himself having to live among regular working people and takes a liking to a woman (Kang So Ra) who works many part time jobs but just can’t seem to land a permanent one.

Revolutionary Love was an odd drama for me.  My feelings were kind of neutral towards it. There were lots of funny moments as well as sweet ones. There was also quite a bit of drama and scheming. But mostly I found myself indifferent towards everything as it was just about as average as it gets.

The main draw for the drama is Choi Siwon who plays Byun Hyuk. Hyuk is our spoiled but goodhearted chaebol heir. He’s not really good at anything and tends to get himself in trouble a lot. He’s also pretty immature. But he has a kind heart.

When he ends up working alongside regular people and seeing their struggles, his eyes are opened, and he wants to help them. This begins a nice journey of character growth by Hyuk that progresses throughout the drama. Choi Siwon was very lively and full of life in this role. He got plenty of opportunities to showcase his comedy skills and to flash that cheesy and endearing grin of his.

Kang So Ra plays Baek Joon, and she did well in this role. She too shines with a bright personality and wonderful humor. I really liked the faces she would make. Joon is a hard worker stuck doing multiple part time jobs. But despite her own problems, she frequently puts others first as she is always ready to rush in and help.

We then have Gong Myung as Je Hoon. He works at the company of Hyuk’s family and basically cleans up after all of his messes. While Hyuk sees him as a friend, Je Hoon harbors some ill feelings towards him.

He’s also a defeated and miserable sort of character. I really didn’t think this poor guy would ever get to smile. He only smiles a handful of times in first two thirds of the drama. I actually made a game out of just watching for him to do so because it was so rare. Thankfully, he gets the opportunity a bit more towards the end, but he’s seriously the sort of character who is always in a constant state of unease.

So as I mentioned, Revolutionary Love was pretty average over all. The first half felt tonally uneven as it swung between zany humor and serious moments. Things do get much more serious in the second half as company, family, and relationship issues come to a head.

The plot seemed to be really lacking in this drama though. There definitely was one, but it felt simplistic and tended to move along very slowly and run in circles. There also ended up being a fair amount of company politics which is something I rarely enjoy. The show really just felt messy as a whole from the characters to the plot to the writing.


Hyuk’s family issues are pretty serious. Hyuk’s father is really the start of him getting kicked out and having to fend for himself. He is a cruel and powerful man who gets what he wants. I felt like the show attempted to portray him as a stern father that did bad things, but who really loved his son deep down. But he was so horribly abusive to Hyuk that I could never get on board with this.

I know many of us are familiar with parents hitting their grown children in kdramas. But Hyuk’s father would beat him until he was bruised and bloodied. On multiple occasions. He also hits other people too. It was just too much for me and thus I was never able to bond with his character or understand his actions. Hyuk’s older brother Woo Sung (Lee Jae Yoon) was also his main nemesis who was pretty willing to cast Hyuk aside to get ahead. At least his mom loved him.

I found the romance to be so-so. Hyuk pretty much falls for Joon instantly and becomes quite devoted to her. It made for some funny moments, but the actual romance angle was slow going. There just wasn’t much development.

Then we had poor Je Hoon doing his second lead thing and pining away for Joon. But that too was slow going. Of course, these things do move forward in the latter part of the drama, but again, it took a while to get there, and it all felt pretty meh.

The friendship between Hyuk, Joon, and Je Hoon was probably a more interesting aspect. Hyuk and Je Hoon definitely had some issues to work through concerning their past and present as well as their affections for Joon. It’s a difficult situation, but I liked seeing them grow together and work through these things.

The drama does feature some nice camaraderie between Hyuk and Joon’s fellow cleaning workers too. They all team up to make things better for everyone, and it was interesting to see them come together and support each other.

So in the end, Revolutionary Love had a fun cast that delivered some laughs and heartfelt moments on their journeys of growth. But the sloppy writing, simplistic circular plot, and company issues left it feeling oh so average.

My Rating: 5/10

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17 Responses to Revolutionary Love Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Hmm…well as my list is already big enough as it is, and you say this is an average drama, plus a score of 5/10 and a comedy, that is pretty much enough reason for me to skip it. Still: you made a great review for it as always 😀😀

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, this is one I can assure you that you will most likely be just fine passing on. Average definitely sums it up best. I’m sure there are so many other dramas you would enjoy more 🙂

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  2. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.

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  3. Kate says:

    Just finished this one last night and agree with your review entirely. Although I found it cute, funny, and compelling to watch Hyuk’s personal growth, I though the romance lacked chemistry and the drama lacked any real palpable tension. Main and secondary cast were all good. The father’s treatment of his son was say over the top, violent, and hard to stomach. The romance took a backseat to the company machinations and by the end the writers didn’t seem to know how to end the story. Without giving anything away, I wasn’t sure why it ended the way it did. Didn’t quite make sense to me. I don’t regret having watched it and would give it a 6/10.

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    • Kay says:

      We definitely think a like on this one 🙂 It certainly had some appealing aspects like the humor, the friendship, and Hyuk’s growth. But the story, romance, and the handling of some of the characters was very lacking. So sort of a middle of the road kind of drama, lol.


  4. Marlene says:

    You are very right on your review about this one, I actually skipped a few episodes to go to the end as it bores me to death, sorry but this drama is a failure in my book. The cruel father with a soft spot to his son is confusing to me. The scheming brother, he should be punish somehow. The only saving grace are the 3 main characters, especially Si Won, I’ve watched him on She Was Pretty and he is always entertaining. I love how they bond together but it is not enough for me to like this drama.

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    • Kay says:

      It definitely had plenty of boring parts, lol. I think my game of watching for Je Hoon to smile is what got me through a good chunk of the middle episodes 😉 But yeah, the friendship aspect was the biggest positive for the show, but even that wasn’t handled that well.


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  7. Mahnoor says:

    I agree completely; I felt like I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen but it never happened. The drama felt like a waste of time. I didn’t like Hyuk with Baek Jun at all to be honest. I ship Jun with Kwon Jae Hoon, but he never tried to really make any moves on her like Hyuk repeatedly did.


    • Kay says:

      There really was a lot of disappointment with this drama. The plot never seemed to go anywhere and much of the same could be said for the relationships. I wish Jae Hoon didn’t have to be such a mopey character and could have done more before the last couple eps. It’s a shame it couldn’t have been more 😦


  8. This show is a bit of a disappointment. I don’t blame the cast too much. The writer and director may be at the heart of the problem with the show. Lame performances by Gong Myung as Je Hoon and the brother Woo Sung as Lee Jae Yoon. Oh, then there’s Kang Young-Seok who was the police office Jang Cheol-Min. Did the director make these 3 take tranquillizers before shooting scenes?

    The excessive violence shown by the father/CEO of Hyuk on Hyuk is uncalled for.

    While Kang So Ra as Baek Joon does a good job why didn’t the writer have the romance with Hyuk mature a lot sooner?

    While the show did have a happy ending it was the Kdrama typical soft open ending.

    On the positive side Choi Siwon who plays Byun Hyuk was enjoyable to watch and the cast of the cleaning crew were good.

    Rating 6.5 out of 10

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    • Kay says:

      Sounds like we had a similar experience with this one. Definitely disappointing on many levels. Our main leads did great and there were some funny and sweet moments, but everything else was a struggle including the story, tone, and romance. Too bad as it had a great premise, the execution just wasn’t good.

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  9. LL says:

    I felt this kdrama painted Korea’s labor rights, worker’s treatment in a very bad light. And also the parental relationship as twisted and violent. The abuse by the father on his grown up son and his employees as other people watch was despicable and unacceptable. Is this what South Korea is really like? That they find this portrayal on TV acceptable? I watched alot of kdramas and never seen this level of violence in a work environment or a family environment. The police should be called, the father should be in jail. I don’t know what the story writers were thinking when they wrote it this way unless they think this is truly how South Korea is.

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    • Kate says:

      I too find the portrayal of So. Korean parent/adult children behavior and workplace violence fairly eye-opening as someone who has no frame of reference not being from there. When I watched the 1st season of Taxi Driver I found out some of the episodes were based on true stories and it was heartbreaking (so I can’t bring myself to watch Season 2). Same for the celebrity mania and why they can’t seem to be allowed to have a normal life or relationships. It’s all very odd to me but would love to have someone familiar with So. Korean culture explain how much of what we see in Kdramas is “real” and how much is just stereotype/drama. Do adult children really have so little agency re: parental involvment in their lives? Are bosses really allowed to be so cruel? Are celebrities really breaking some rule by having a romantic relationship? Is cyber bullying really so debilitating that suicide is the only option? I’ve only been watching Kdramas since 2016 but I keep seeing patterns emerging and I’m very curious but don’t know anyone from So. Korea so can’t ask. I’ve tried reading up about it but get varying opinions.

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    • Kay says:

      I know exactly what you mean. The way the father treated his son in this was completely unacceptable, and I found it difficult to watch.

      I found this to be one of the more severe cases of family/work place abuse that was treated casually, but it is a common theme in dramas, and I’ve seen it many times, just usually to lower levels.

      From an outsider’s perspective who has been around the kdrama/kpop world for a decade now, these issues are commonly dealt with in South Korea but are many times over dramatized for TV. Sadly, it does seem that there is a lot of workplace and family abuse and harassment which is worsened by their cultural etiquette to always respect those in seniority. It makes it more difficult for people to stand up for themselves. I do think some of this is starting to change, but things like this are always a slow process.


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