Korean Drama Update for August 2020

It's Okay to Not Be Okay Korean Drama - Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji

It was another two dramas for me in month of for August. One was just an okay watch, but the other was that special kind of drama that we all long for that completely sweeps us away and leaves us changed afterwards:

It's Okay to Not Be Okay Korean Drama - Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye JiIt’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Wow! It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a masterpiece! It hooked me right from the start, and then I was glued to my seat all the way through. This is one of those special shows that captures your heart and takes you on an emotional journey that leaves you changed when you are through.

The drama is like a dark, modern fairy tale with a magical quality to it in the way the story is told. The script was so incredibly well-written with every line of dialogue having meaning. A lot of thought also went into the production with so much attention to detail in constructing the sets as well as how the scenes were shot.All of these elements blended together beautifully to carry us away into this slightly disturbing yet very healing fairy tale.

We had a powerhouse trio at the center of this story with Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji, and Oh Jung Se. I can’t praise their acting enough. The romance, the brotherly relationship, and so many other wonderful relationships were explored.

This is a heart-wrenching yet beautiful story of growth and healing. The characters are flawed, but we come to understand them and root for their personal growth and happiness. They don’t have to be perfect to achieve that either. Love and acceptance can be found in imperfection. This is a truly special drama that is not to be missed. (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Review)

Meow, the Secret Boy

Meow, the Secret Boy was an okay watch that I ended up having mixed feelings towards. It’s a cute show overall with a side of angst to round things out. The story is decent but quite basic being centered around a cat who can transform into a human and what ensues as he lives a double life trying to be with her.

There’s a bit of fun with the cat having to adjust to human life, some emotional baggage the characters have to deal with, and a complicated romance. The drama on the slow side and kind of moseys along. The story progresses, but it just wasn’t the kind of show that had me itching to go onto the next episode right away. It was a decent watch for the most part though. (Meow, the Secret Boy Review)


So how was August for you?

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10 Responses to Korean Drama Update for August 2020

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Well, I’m of course still right in the middle of both Train and Flower of Evil. When those are both finished, I will switch it to It’s okay not to be okay…I’ve gotten really curious for that one😊😊

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  2. Snow Flower says:

    My kdrama update for August 2020:

    It’s Okay To Not Be Okay – my favorite drama of 2020 so far. The story, the acting, and the directing/production design were all top notch!
    Kay, you need to update your kdrama kisses list. The kiss in Episode 11 is now my number 1 kdrama kiss.

    Because This Is My First Life – a thoughtful and gentle take on the marriage contract trope. Enjoyed every minute of it, with some reservations about the last two episodes. Memorable OST.

    Mystic Pop-Up Bar – what a sweet little surprise! I usually avoid episodic storytelling, but I was impressed by the skillful integration of the cases of the week with the main story line. I also enjoyed the dynamic between the 3 main characters.

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    • MyKDramaticLife says:

      You’re also keeping busy as always. 😊
      Are you not interested with Backstreet Rookie though? 🤔

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    • Kay says:

      You had a good month! 🙂 It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is by far my favorite drama of 2020 too 🙂 Zero complaints, and everything about it was just wonderful! And yes, that kiss in ep. 11 was fantastic! I can see how it it’s become your number 1 drama kiss 🙂

      Mystic Pop-Up Bar and Because This is My First Life were both good watches too. My next dramas are having a hard time living up to It’s Okay to Not Be Okay though, hehe.

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  3. MyKDramaticLife says:

    ***A very very Long Post***

    (My August 2020 K-Dramatic Review)
    “Romantic Thrilling August”

    August is packed with action and romance. I invested in another 7 romantic and thrilling dramas this month.

    1. She Knows Everything (7.5/10)

    She Knows Everything is a solid mystery series with good leads that have undeniable chemistry. First time seeing these leads, Jo Han Sun and Kang Seong Hyun but these actors are great. Though I wasn’t too immersed with the mystery and the crime-solving stuffs and I have very very few issues with the characterization, I was still able to enjoy the development and relationship growth of our characters. And therefore resulted to a nice and enjoyable short series.

    2. Tell Me What You Saw (8.5/10)

    Overall, Tell Me What You Saw is a roller coaster ride of twists and turns in so many levels. I enjoyed Jang Hyuk and Sooyoung’s characters in this drama. It always gave me that ‘What-did-just-happen’ expression to my face, and I actually really really enjoyed its crime mysteries. The thrills and the goosebumps it gave me were very remarkable, so as with the amazing portrayals of our characters.

    3. Backstreet Rookie (9/10)
    Ji Chang Wook + Kim Yoo Jung in a slice-of-life romcom equals a superfun and exciting and sometimes heartwarming series. I just love my Ji Chang Wook plus being paired with Kim Yoo Jung, they have that undeniably cute chemisty, despite the age gap. Backstreet Rookie successfully put F-U-N in funny. And it isn’t just comedy and romance. It also tackles some reality checks in life, that it made me cry so much. Overall, Backstreet Rookie successfully won my heart, and it was absolutely worth the weekly wait.

    4. It’s Okay to Not be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay) (9/10)

    A healing romance story that sometimes feels like an artistic modern fairytale but still has realistic and relatable plot. Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Gang Tae is great, and Seo Ye Ji as Ko Mun Young is absolutely perfect! With the rest of the greatest supporting characters (special shoutout to Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae for such an effective and unforgettable act 😍), It’s Okay won many hearts over. I might have personal very little struggles with the show, especially of how it managed the villain’s story on its climactic Big Reveal part. Nonetheless, it is fantastically romantic and thought-provoking. It tells one important simple message to all of us, it’s okay to not be okay.

    5. Train (7.5/10)

    Despite my personal struggles, I was still able to enjoy its crime stuffs combined with its parallel world concept. The parallel concept of the worlds was simply explained and the drama also exerted an effort so as its viewers wouldn’t get confused on its scifi thingies. Yoon Shi Yoon is great (and hot 😍) as always, and his chemistry with Kyung Soo Jin is definitely really good.

    6. The King: Eternal Monarch (7/10)

    The King: Eternal Monarch broke the clicheness in the Dramaland. With its unique and creative writing, and great portrayals of the whole cast, it brought us to a thrilling makjang (over-the-top) romantic fantasy. Despite my personal shortcomings and bads towards my overall watch, if you could actually brought out all the logic and the science behind the writing, then you would probably feel amazed and smitten by it. It was well-written, and the tying of the plots is very creative and inventive and intelligent. (Thanks to its amazing writer!) Our main leads, Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun, and the rest of the ‘eternal’ casts, (special shoutout to Woo Do Hwan’s unforgettable acts) didn’t disappoint us in their all-out performances.

    7. Sweet Munchies (7.5/10)

    A rarely typical romance drama that features foods, fashion, and gender differences. The gender differences issues weren’t that highlighted though, but I still see Jung Il Woo’s comedic side in this drama. The romance of Chef Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) and Kim Ah Jin (played by Kang Ji Young) is sweet and endearing and smile-producing. There were some good supporting characters too. Although the drama is not without flaws, it was still enjoyable. The show served us delicious and sweet munchies, that with the right kind of drinks, it could have been very tasteful and memorable. 😊

    My Favorites this Month: Backstreet Rookie, It’s Okay to Not be Okay

    (My August 2020 K-Movies)

    1. Hit and Run Squad (7/10)

    2. Alive (8/10)

    So that was my K-Dramatic August 2020.
    How about yours, chingu? 😊

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    • Kay says:

      You always watch so many good dramas! 🙂 You got in a little bit of everything from romance to sci-fi to crime thriller.

      Of course, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was my favorite from your list. Loved everything about it.

      The King: Eternal Monarch was also a great watch, and I was thrilled to have Lee Min Ho Back.

      Train was a decent watch despite some issues with it. Yoon Shi Yoon was top-notch as always.

      I’ll probably watch Backstreet Rookie at some point since I love both Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung. They look beautiful together 🙂 Here’s hoping your September is as good as your August! 🙂

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