Director: Pan-suk Ahn
Writers: Kim Eun
Stars: Ye-jin Son, Hae-In Jung, So-yeon Jang
A single woman in her thirties finally falls in love. It just happens to be with her best friend’s younger brother.
Alright guys, I’ve stepped into new territory once again! I watched my first ever k-drama! As you all know, I’ve been diving into Korean culture lately, whether it’s by listening to endless amounts of k-pop or by visiting Seoul, South Korea, but it was time to explore something new! I’ve been wanting to watch some dramas for a while now, but I really just didn’t know where to start until I stumbled across Something In The Rain on Netflix! Turns out I made an excellent first choice as I really did enjoy watching all 16 episodes!
What I Liked
The concept. I don’t know why I was drawn to the age-gap trope, but I totally was. I think that this concept usually creates a bit of a “forbidden love” feel and I won’t lie, I’m pretty drawn to that idea when it comes to romance stories. It worked really well in this case as the two main characters refuse to be forced into feeling like they are doing anything wrong. They’re both adults and everyone else can deal with it.
The chemistry. The chemistry between our two leads was perfection. I really truly believed in the romance that took centre stage in this drama and I think that had to do entirely with the chemistry between Jin-ah and and Joon-hee, portrayed by Son Ye-jin & Jung Hae-in. I will definitely be looking out for more dramas that feature these actors in the future!
The cinematography. Every single shot was beautiful, I swear to god. Whether it took place outdoors, in an apartment or in a restaurant, every scene was so aesthetically pleasing. Also, can we talk about all of the amazing food that the characters are seen eating?! Ugh, I need to go back to Korea ASAP.
The pacing. As mentioned above, this is the first drama I have ever watched so I decided to do a bit of research and found that the pacing was actually quite quick when it comes to the romance genre. Apparently it usually takes the characters a little longer to express their feelings, but I’m not sure how accurate that information is. However, I did really enjoy the pacing within the show. Over the span of 16 episodes, I think we got everything we need at the perfect moment.
What I Didn’t Like
The petty-ness. I could not deal with the way Jin-ah was being treated by many of the other characters. Whether it was her mother (who was completely unbearable), her brother or co-workers & “friends”, there were moments that just made me question why she was being treated that way by them. It was frustrating to watch and drove me nuts.
The poor decision making skills. The characters constantly make decisions that had me scratching my head. I’ve since heard that this is a typical trope within k-dramas, but man oh man was it ever infuriating. There were moments that had me yelling, “HOW ON EARTH DID YOU THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA?!”
The sexual harassment in the workplace side-story. While I think that it is totally important to talk about sexual harassment in the work place, I don’t think that this drama did the topic much justice. It was treated as a side story, and to be honest was slightly hard to follow and nothing seemed to come of it. I know this sounds terribly sad, but I guess that might be realistic…
Overall, I really enjoyed this series and I’m glad I chose it to be the first k-drama I ever watched! Now here’s the real question, do you watch k-dramas?! Do you have any recommendations?! Because I could really use some!
Thank you for reading!