Looking back what I loved most about this drama is how for a change I got the conflict first in one big blow at the beginning of the series and I stayed glued at it all throughout even if I knew the expected possibilities.
This was a favorite of mine for the dramas aired in 2011. I felt that the tears, the smiles, the bright side, the falling flower petals, the optimism, the strong heroine and Lee Dong Wook oppa were all perfectly placed to the finish line.
Lee Yeon Jae deprived herself of the many comforts and pleasures of life only to find out that her wallpaper existence is bound to be shattered into pieces because of cancer.
She went through the stages of grief, and when she finally accepted that it won’t do her any good, she decided to fulfill her bucket lists and used her abundant savings to splurge on the luxury she chose to evade.
“To fall in love” was included in her wish list, but what she was not prepared was along with the bliss of loving she will have to confront the reality that it will be eventually short lived, and that she will only hurt the person in the process.
She had what she yearned for and met chaebol prince Kang Ji Wook who was so bored in his being rich and his predetermined life. She met him after she made the best vocal resignation over her user friendly boss when she set sail for a vacation in Japan. He accidentally mistook her as the interpreter that would help him with his market research for the family’s travel and tours business.
After their memorable encounter in Japan, they continued the blooming emotional attachment when they got back to Korea alongside learning tango and Eun-jae’s struggle as her sickness is becoming more evident.
Eun-jae’s doctor, Cha Eun Suk played the second male lead. He was Eun-jae’s oncologist who harbored secret feelings for her. The other person completing the love square was Im Se Kyung who was supposed to be engaged to Ji-wook and was unreasonably jealous over Eun-jae.
When the time came that Eun-jae has no choice but to confront her feelings toward Ji-wook she faced the dilemma that she was not really prepared to give up on life. When the time that Ji-wook learned Eun-jae’s dying condition, he agonizingly dared to be brave against time and after embracing the anger, he remained by her side as they go together fulfilling Eun-jae’s bucket list.
Knowing that the conflict was initially laid, what I anticipated was how they will reach the climax, and how the characters will play together to achieve it. Since the conflicts were mostly character-based, the portrayals should be able to thrive in the emotions of the viewers, I say I got affected so much and was moved beyond what I expected of it.
I did expect and prepare myself for the pain because I know that she will eventually die because that was the main premise of the story, and I did appreciate that they were able to come up with an ending that Eun-jae, Ji-wook and I deserve. It was a conclusion that was so befitting of this death defying romance.
This was one of the most endearing love drama binge I have seen. It was so love and life affirming. If you are looking for a drama that will make you laugh, fall in love, cry and be hopeful all at the same time, this one is for you.