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Review: Psycho It’s Okay (9.5/10)

One of the best Korean Drama in 2020, who touch on human psychology and how mental illness can affect not only the patients but their family too.

Main Cast (Left to Right): Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Yea Ji, Oh Jung Se

Main Cast Notable previous work:

  • Kim Soo Hyun : Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, My Love from the Star, The Producers
    - Fact: highest paid Korean drama actor with 200 million won per episode
  • Seo Yea ji : Potato Star (2013), Hwarang, Lawless Lawyer, Save Me
    - Fun Fact : appear in Big Bang Music Video “Let’s Not Fall in Love”
  • Oh Jung Se: When the Camelia Bloom (Best Supporting Tv actor in 56th Baeksang Art Awards ) ,Touch Your heart , and Stove League.
Left to Right Character: Moon Sang Tae, Go Moon Young, Moon Gang Tae

It’s Okay to not be Okay tell a story of people, who have to face their own traumas in order to grow to be a better version of themselves. Moon Kang Tae ,which played by actor Kim Soo Hyun, is a caretaker in a psychiatric ward, whose job is not only to take care of his patients but also taking care of his older brother in the house, who has an autistic spectrum disorder. Being a caretaker for such a long time, he started to forget on how does it feel to be taken care of by someone else, or even prioritizing himself over other people.
Oh Jung Se played his older brother, Moon Sang Tae, who has an ASD. Despite his illness and condition, it does not stop him from trying to be independent by working part time in pizza store, and learning in vocational school, while developing his talent in drawing and painting. However, his fear of butterfly seems to create problems to the family as they have to move around the country every year during the springtime, in order to runaways from the massive number of butterflies that love the blooming flowers in that season.

Then, Seo Yea Ji portrays, our female lead, Go Moon Young, who is an author for children story book. She looks and acts cold toward others, showing no empathy for other people, and push people away with her attitude. However deep inside she is a very lonely girl who are longing for warmth and love from others, after having such a traumatic childhood fill with tragedy.
And throughout the 16 episodes, we can see each of the main character are growing by facing their struggle and insecurities, and finally become a family.

Credit to TvN It’s Okay to Not be Okay

After watching all 16 episodes, we are truly amazed on how deep the message of the series can we. Not only we learn on life lessons, but also awareness towards different type of mental illness, and what can we do to help them living their day to day life.

I’ve list the top 3 lesson that we learn from the drama:
1. Everyone has his or her own struggle, and we should not compare our own struggle with theirs. So please be considerate and kind to other people around you
2. When you have a problem, instead of running away and try to forget them, you should learn to face them and overcome them, in order to grow to be more mature, and a better version of yourself.
3. We as humans are weak, we cannot overcome everything on our own, that’s why we should have our own support system, such as family or group of friends that will be there for us through thick and thin. After all, humans are social creatures right. We need to learn to lean on each other.

My rating on the drama: 9.5/10
It’s almost perfect, really. We love the cinematography which wonderfully made, the vibe and conclusion of the character where what comes around goes around such as the epic love confession from Go Moon Young in the beginning of the story, then we got the same confession from Moon Kang Tae at the end of the story. Also inside the drama, we got introduced to beautifully illustrated fairy tale book which is written by the scriptwriter of the drama Jo Young, and illustrated by Jamsan.

One of Jamsan’s illustration for the drama series for the storybook “Finding the Real True Face”

However, I’m super really curious on how Moon Young mother could survive her fall on the stairs. After being pushed by the father, dragged to the basement, drowned in the lake, someway somehow she survived and appeared again after 10 something years. I truly wish this little strain of plot also can be concluded rationally. But as Moon Young said, we should focus on the present and future by continuing making good memories, let the past be the past.

You can watch the Korean drama series at Netflix, and the storybook in the drama at Global Interpark.




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Valensia Sumardi

Valensia Sumardi

Cinephile and Bookworms. Binge-watcher for Netflix, Asian & Hollywood films, and drama series. Reading all sort of books or articles that i find interesting.

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