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K-Drama: Is ‘Just Between Lovers’ Worth The Emotional Turmoil?

“It’s not only 48 people died, it’s as many as 48 people died.” – Ha Moon Soo

It’s been a long and, sometimes, torturous emotional roller coaster. Really, Just Between Lovers is achingly beautiful and sincere of its character portrayals and their struggles. I must reiterate that this is not an easy drama to watch or stomach.

Just Between Lovers is rife with tragedy and despair, but through that pain, our characters learn and grow. There is always a thread of hope running parallel to the story. This is not an upbeat drama. This is not a romantic comedy. The mood is a bit depressing, but I think it’s important to note that it isn’t all despair and negativity. There are positives that come out of this drama and, me personally, I readily recommend Just Between Lovers.

If a drama can make me think long after it ends, it’s a pretty special story. What’s even more significant and special is when the story teaches great lessons and gives hope and chances for healing. I have come out of Just Between Lovers with a stronger need to be a better me — not just for those around me but for myself; I also have a deeper need to work hard on the relationships in my life. Truly, this drama will make you realize just how precious family is. And while it’s something we already know, sometimes our crazy lives make us lose sight of that. Anytime a drama can make me want to be a better person in my own life, I know it’s left a significant impact on me.

Personal connections to the story aside, I just want to state that Just Between Lovers is a beautifully poignant story. It doesn’t shy away from the hard or difficult moments in lives. If you’re an emotional person like I am, I can guarantee you will cry buckets while watching this drama. But, as I mentioned before, it’s not all that way. This is a melodrama and the drama runs the show, but the characters, acting, connections, story, and so many more details will make this worth mucking through the difficult times.

At the end of the day, I highly recommend this series. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues handy.

A series recap will be coming this week. Stay tuned! If you’re still nervous about taking the plunge on an angsty melodrama, I hope I can convince you to give it a chance through my series review. I also finished up Untouchable this weekend, so I need to review that as well. Hopefully, I’ll get some good content to

If you’d like to read more of my thoughts and previous posts on this drama, you can find them here and here.


10 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Just Between Lovers’

  1. The story doesn’t shy away from the difficult mental duress our leads are suffering. They experienced a very traumatic event that has stayed with them through adulthood. What I most appreciate about this drama is that it doesn’t forget the pain and suffering our leads are experiencing in favor of other content.  Instead, the story peels back each characters many layers in a very, natural, believable timeline.
  2. Junho (from 2 PM) is outstanding for being a newbie actor and his work here deserves to be commended. Everything about his portrayal of Lee Kang Doo is perfection. Whether it’s an emotional breakdown or one of Kang Doo’s rare smiles, Junho brings so much depth and awareness to this character.
  3. The beauty of Just Between Lovers is that it nicely showcases how the same traumatic event can affect everyone differently. No one reacts to a situation exactly the same as the next person, and that level of realism makes the story more honest and compelling to watch.
  4. Won Jin Ah is also knocking it out of the park as Moon Soo. While her character is tiny and quiet at times, she’s fiercely determined and family loyal.
  5. The soundtrack. I know k-dramas can sometimes feel tedious and eye-roll worthy when the same couple of songs play throughout the episodes, but they are such great songs that I can’t help but love them. They do such a great job building up to pivotal moments. I would definitely recommend checking out the soundtrack.
  6. Oh my, the chemistry! Junho and Jin Ah really have a natural chemistry that breathes life into their characters. They have a great repertoire and come across very natural in their interactions with one another especially.
  7. Let’s not forget the slow burn romance. Romance is typically slow in k-dramas, which isn’t surprising, but what’s nice about it in this aspect is that we get to spend a ton of time watching our leads grow and develop an amazing friendship.
  8. The emotional impact. Let me take a minute to stress that this is a very emotional story. You will laugh out laugh and you will cry ugly tears. It’s emotionally draining but in a good way. It all feels authentic as we learn more about our characters inner demons and struggles. Those emotional moments make it so much easier to connect to the characters
  9. The plot is not a crazy train. It’s well thought out and slowly chugs along, gaining more momentum and revealing more tidbits to keep the story going. Thanks to a plot that makes sense and doesn’t try to be too ambitious, the pacing feels just right. There may be subplots and small side stories, but it seems that everything is connected somehow. I really appreciate that attention to detail.
  10. And last but not least, I love the poignant use of the flashback sequences. There is so much to love–like the slow burn romance the writers have carefully crafted, but I really appreciate the use of the flashbacks. It’s enough to shed some light on the big traumatic event with the S Mall collapse, but it does so in a way that you’re only given a puzzle piece at a time.

And there you have it! A quick list 10 reasons to watch Just Between Lover. I have to admit that this my favorite k-drama right now. It’s the right blend of everything for me. No drama is perfect, but I think this one comes pretty darn close.


K-Drama: ‘Just Between Lovers’ Thoughts & First Impressions

Just Between Lovers is my first foray into melodrama in years.

That’s not a bad thing. My very first melo was early in my k-drama days with That Winter, The Wind Blows. Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung were magnificent and enchanting with their character portrayals, but it was a very emotionally exhausting drama to watch. Again, that’s not a bad thing. Melodramas aren’t for everyone. It’s important to note that emotions and events can often be grossly exaggerated, which is why I state that these types of dramas can be very exhausting and difficult to get through at times.

Nonetheless, I was really drawn to Just Between Lovers for its premise. To avoid any spoiler-y tidbits, I’ve added the rest of the content below. If you haven’t watched this drama yet, please be careful as I do mention some things that happen in the first four episodes.

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