[Warning: Spoilers ahead]
The famous pre-produced drama ‘Uncontrollably Fond’ aired for the last time on September 8, 2016. Though it was second of it’s kind, in the new trend of pre-produced KDramas, Uncontrollably Fond was definitely a unique drama. An all-round drama with a plot that makes you cry, a brilliantly chosen cast, and a writer that gets to your emotions – here are a few reasons why Uncontrollably Fond was probably the best KDrama of the year.
Starring Kim Woo Bin, Bae Suzy, Lim Ju Hwan and Lim Jun Eun, this drama first began airing on July 6th. However, it’s promotions began long ago with the news of it’s shooting exciting fans to no end. We first found out about the magical combination of Kim Woo Bin and Bae Suzy being a reality, in early January though filming began in late November 2015.
Shin Joon Young (Kim Woo Bin) and Noh Eul (Bae Suzy) were friends, and lovers, as children but were heartbroken and seperated. Years later, Shin Joon Young becomes a top actor who indulges in everything that pleases him and Noh Eul becomes a documentary producer, who kisses up to those in power. The story takes a wild turn, when these two meet again and their love story, begins anew.
Kim Woo Bin, last seen as the second lead in Heirs, definitely bumped up his acting skills for this drama. No doubt, the model-turned-actor has made a definitive mark for himself in the industry, with this drama under his belt. Shin Joon Young, is not a hard character to love. Much like his role in Heirs (Choi Young Do), Joon Young is rude, albeit funny at times, and makes sure he gets what he wants. What hides beneath, is a child grown up too fast because he has done things to hurt the ones he loves the most, but he has no one to confess to. A complex actor, playing a complex actor, got to say that was the best part of this drama.
Personally, Joon Young’s best acting skills come later in the drama when his illness is finally taking his toll on him. Fighting against one’s own body and lying to the girl he loves, by seducing a woman he has come to despise – those sort of complex emotions are easy-peasy for Woo Bin. Everytime he cries during his monologues, you can’t help but feel your heart break. One of my favourite moments in the drama is when he thanks his mother for being his mother. It broke me.
Bae Suzy left no stone unturned either. The fact that she is a talented, multi-talented at that, actress and singer is no doubt. But she definitely dialed up her talents with her role of Noh Eul. Noh Eul is essentially a down-trodden middle class struggling head of the family. At an age where she should be enjoying life and building her career, she becomes a documentary PD that uncovers dirty secrets of big companies. Not because she cares a lot for justice, but because hiding the truth earns her the most money. She struggles throughout the drama to form her own idea of justice and where she stands in this world where the rich are the powerful, and everyone else loses against that power.
Joon Young and Noh Eul’s growth as inidividuals and lovers, both, is something amazing to watch. They do not realise how much power they hold each other, and how twistedly they love each other. The fact that the story allowed them to love each other as ordinary, and faulty, humans was what made it all the more amazing. It’s so easy to write a weak damsel-in-distress heroine who needs a strong and rich man to save her from her own life. But Lee Kyoung Hee (writer) managed to bring along a character who was living fine on her own, but needed to be shocked out her morals to understand that there was another way to live life.
And one of the best parts of this drama, possibly something I’ve never seen in a drama, is irreversible death of a character. She Was Pretty was the only other drama that has n irreversible exit of a second-lead, where he did not get a happy ending and that felt heartbreaking. But in Uncontrollably Fond, the lead character acually dies. Given, the entire drama would have been futile if he hadn’t. (tbh all that crying would have been for nothing).
But he dies? *sniffs* How could you?
That aspect of the drama completely grounded the story in reality teaching a lesson that one cannot escape death via fantasy and no matter how much you change your life, everyone eventually dies.
That’s a bit too depressing to end this post on, so here, have some happy Joon Young x Noh Eul to cheer you up.
Dear Suzy and Woo Bin fans, let’s all huddle and keep each other company until their next drama!