Run On Korean Drama Review

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan and Shin Se Kyung

Run On follows the romance between a national track and field athlete (Im Siwan) and a foreign film translator (Shin Se Kyung) as they slowly get to know each other and fall in love.

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan

Im Siwan plays Sun Gyum. He is a national sprinter who has to quit after a series of events. He comes from a wealthy family which causes him some difficulties. His personality if kind of aloof, and he spends a lot of time alone, but that begins to change when he meets Mi Joo.

Run On Korean Drama - Shin Se Kyung

Shin Se Kyung is Oh Mi Joo. She is a foreign film translator with an upbeat personality despite some of the challenges she faces. Fate seems to bring her and Sun Gyum together multiple times, and she soon takes an interest in him.

Run On Korean Drama - Sooyoung Run On Korean Drama - Kang Tae Oh

Next, is Sooyoung who runs a sports agency. She has a bold personality and doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind. Finally, we have Kang Tae Oh as Lee Young Hwa who is an art student with a playful personality.

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan Run On Korean Drama - Shin Se Kyung
Run On Korean Drama - Sooyoung Run On Korean Drama - Kang Tae Oh

Run On is a drama that divided fans, although I would say reaction to it skewed more positive. Many praised it while others said it was really slow and boring. I certainly take notice when others call a drama slow because that is what I dislike most in dramas.

I went ahead and gave it a go though, and I ended up pretty happy with that decision. Run On is a slice of life romance with a very pleasant feel to it. After all of the slow comments I had come across, I was surprised that the first several episodes actually had some very dramatic moments in the midst of that easy going feel. I think that helped to add a little spice to the story as we got to know our main characters.

The drama does then transition into more of a classic slice of life romance though. We mostly focus on the characters and their personal journeys as well as their romantic relationships. There is a sprinkling of dramatics throughout, but nothing to crazy.

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan and Shin Se Kyung

Our main couple of Sun Gyum and Mi Joo had an interesting journey. These are two very different, and a big part of the story is watching them get to know each other. Since they are so different, they have to take a lot of time to learn how the other one thinks and really get a deeper understanding of each other.

It was interesting to see a well-rounded exploration of how people get to know one another. As their understanding grows, their relationship deepens. It’s a slow burn kind of romance, but I enjoyed their conversations and seeing their romance blossom. They were very cute and sweet.

Run On Korean Drama - Kang Tae Oh and Sooyoung

Then we have the secondary couple of Dan Ah and Young Hwa. This couple takes a while to even get going at all. It’s a quarter of the drama before they really start to engage with each other and over halfway through before things start to progress. These two are also very different from each other.

Their encounters are a bit more tense as they really have a lot to learn about each other in order for their romance to take shape. They kind of run hot and cold and take a while to get on the same page. I know a lot of people preferred our second couple, and I did enjoy them, but I still liked our sweet main couple the best.

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan and Shin Se Kyung

Run On was a solid slice of life romance overall. I thought the first half was great and kept me very engaged. The second half did slow down some though. While it was definitely noticeable, I still found the drama quite pleasant during this time. This isn’t a drama that feels grand, but it goes in depth with its characters, provides nice relationship journeys, and explores a variety of themes. So overall, I was mostly pleased with Run On.

My Rating: 7/10

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14 Responses to Run On Korean Drama Review

  1. Jermena says:

    It’s good to see Im Si Wan again. Last watched him in Triangle and I really loved him there.
    Hope to watch Run On.

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  2. Kate says:

    Felt the same about this drama. Enjoyed the slower pace and didn’t find it draggy. It was my first time seeing Im Si Wan and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for him in the future (as long as it’s not something sad). I was actually so on board with the second couple that I kinda wanted to see them in their own drama, thought they had fantastic chemistry. All round nice watch and been added to my re-watch list.

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, this was such a nice and pleasant watch. A happy surprise! Im Siwan was definitely good here. And then I always love Shin Se Kyung. Haha, it seemed like most people liked the second couple the best. I liked them a lot too. The main couple won me over a bit more though. They were just super sweet 🙂

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  3. Fred says:

    I like Shin Se Kyung. I even follow her on IG. But for some reason, I dropped most of her kdramas – including this one. I still can’t figure out exactly why.

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    • Kay says:

      I adore Shin Se Kyung, but I actually find most of her dramas just good or okay. The only one I loved was Girl Who Sees Smells (9). Run On, Rookie Historian, and Six Flying Dragons were good (scores in the 7 range). Bride of the Water God and Blade Man were okay (6 range). But I always love here no matter what ❤

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  6. This show was a disappointment for me. In my opinion SiwanIm and Oh Mi Joo had no chemistry between them,. SiwanIm was just too laid back and passive. The secondary couple of Dan Ah and Young Hwa had more energy and were more interesting. Even the track story didn’t get my attention.


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    • Kay says:

      I can definitely understand. This was an odd drama for me. I agree Siwan’s character was too passive, but I did like them as a couple. The second couple for sure had a lot more energy. I’m not a big fan of slice of life dramas, and this drama was a bit slow, but I mostly liked the overall pleasant feeling of it. I hope your next drama goes better 🙂


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