Second serving of love has never been this lively until these adorable families connected through marriages and made their family even bigger, wackier and happier. “Five Children” was the first family weekend drama I finished and it was a feat I’m so proud of because it was 54 episodes.
So how did I manage to endure this long running drama? The majority of the credit, I would give to Sang Min and Yeon tae’s love line because it was a refreshing romantic progression that made use of that we-were-not-expecting-to-fall-inlove premise in a delightful kind of way. I’m not saying that the main couple’s romance was not that striking, but because I’m still single I was able to relate more to Sang Min and Yeon Tae’s.
Let’s meet the families first. We have the Lee Family – where Lee Sang Tae, a widow and a father of two children, Bin and Soo, belongs. His parents ran a small restaurant and is the eldest brother of Kim Ho Tae, a striving film director and Kim Yeon Tae, a primary school teacher. He is affiliated to Jang Jin Joo who is his deceased wife’s sister and Yeon Tae’s close friend. Yeon Tae is also friends with Kim Tae Min who is the brother of his boyfriend Kim Sang Min and boyfriend of Jin Joo. We have three elder couples the Lee aboji and omoni, Jin Joo’s parents and Sang Tae’s parents-in-law through his deceased wife and Kim Brothers’ parents – Kim aboji and omoni. Lee Sang Tae married Ahn Mi Jung, a divorcee with three children, Woo Young, Woo Ri, Woo Joo with their father Yoon In Chul who had an affair with Kang So Young who used to be Ahn Mi Jung’s friend.
It appeared like we have a lot of characters in this drama, but once you break it down through families, it’s very easy to track. So the story started with Ahn Mi Jung working with Lee Sang Tae in the same company and they grow feelings over time. Wounded from her first failed marriage, Mi Jung single-handedly raised her children and made her children believed that their father was working abroad when they were already divorced and he was living with another woman who used to be Mi Jung’s friend. Sang Tae on the other hand is torn between his own parents and his parents-in-law in raising his two children. He fell in love with Mi Jung’s countenance in sustaining her career alongside being a mother to three children. They eventually succumbed to romance, and when they were confronted with an opportunity to try a second marriage, they had to consider five children and five elders who might not feel comfortable with the choice they were bound to make. Through honest conversations, the marriage pushed through which joined their families together. The new father and mother had to adjust in breaking in the walls of the new children they got through the second marriage. Mi Jung had to communicate also with Bin and Soo’s grandparents who moved in to the same building they rented, and in the course of time they saw Mi Jung’s sincere motherly heart to their grandchildren and she won over their hearts and lived harmoniously with them.
“Five Children” presented lessons about filial love, parenting, friendship, failed relationship, romantic love, life uncertainties and personal worth. It covered almost all the facets of the common struggles adults face in daily lives and in the long run. I like how the dynamics of an extended family was pictured in the series. It was messy, rowdy and crazy, but at the end of the day, the people interacted, listened and accepted decisions that are beyond their control and that they should not worry about.
There were three secondary love lines that were linked to the four families and those supporting love parts were equally spirited adding sweets and spices to an already amusing narrative. Ho Tae who struggled in his film directing career battled through his slump and eventually married his first love who was working in his parents’ restaurant. Through his dream of becoming a better man to his supportive wife, he got a happy ending on his marriage life and career. Jin Joo born from a rich household fell in love with a man whose parents value personality than money. She was not accepted by Tae Min’s mother initially because of her bleak future having not finished a college degree. She accepted the challenge and showed his parents that she can still achieve her personal dreams no matter how late she starts working on it. Yeon Tae who harbored feelings with her friend Tae Min ended up being together with her first love’s brother who acted as her confidante when Tae Min pursued Jin Joo. Sang Min who was caught off guard when cupid’s bow hit him with YeonDoo virus gave in to the idea that he was really truly, madly deeply in love with the girl that was never in his dreams but virally deconstructed his heart to an unimaginable addiction that made him even more a better person.
In its entirety, “Five Children” presented a glimpse of an everyday Korean family life with beautified love milieus. It taught me a thing or two about the generation gaps when joining a new family. The story was clear with its most important lesson on how communication plays a vital role in empathizing and understanding the situation you have with someone in any kind of relationship. It left a positive encouragement to pursue romance regardless of how many times you might have failed in the past and how much pain you might go through until you finally get it.
It might overwhelm your drama addiction spare time so pace yourself if in case you would want to enter Mi Jung and Sang Tae’s family. For its feel good approach and fetching family and love memories framed each episode, I am happy having been able to sprint my way to see all of the characters smiling through the happy endings they achieved. -jediprincess♥♥♥