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The thing about Uncontrollably Fond is that it tapped into those memories of lost and depressing love that people don’t want to look back anymore in their lives.  It was not a happy-ever-after kind of romance that appeals typically to almost anyone, instead it delved to the most shameful, most regretful and most painful things anyone can do because of love.

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QUICK SUMMARY

At the height of his career, debonair top actor Shin Joon Young received the news of his terminal illness.  To make his fate worse, he met again the only woman he ever loved – Noh Eul, whom he lost a few years ago.  Their tragic love goes way back when both of them were still in school.  Joon Young was raised by his mother to become a prosecutor to follow the footsteps of his famous biological father who didn’t know he existed.  Noh Eul’s father was a victim of hit and run by the daughter of a famous politician – Yoon Jung Eun.  Jung Eun’s father tasked Joon Young’s father to take care of the matter and closed the case accordingly, but his son Choi Ji Tae caught up on the evil act his father succumbed to.

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When Noh Eul secured the evidence that will bring out the justice she was fighting for, Joon Young chose to be a filial son to his father causing Eul to almost losing her life.

Years later, Ji Tae who was burdened by the wrong-doings caused by his parents played Eul’s daddy-long-legs in shabby clothes alongside Jung Eun’s fiancé when he is on his CEO persona.

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Ji Tae and Joon Young worked separately in shielding Eul to the evil claws of the villains.  In his dying days, Joon Young decided on a ploy to get a confession that will pin Jung Eun to her sin and giving Eul the ultimate act of love before he faces his death.

 

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STORY AND SCREEN PLAY

Uncontrollably Fond has put me on all the level of frustrating emotions I can ever have as a k-dramafan.  When almost all k-drama addicts have given up and turned their backs on it, I remained faithful hopeful of some miracle that might salvage its disappointing run.  Down to its finale week I have long accepted that there will be no happy ending.   At some point I even begged k-dramagods to stop the writer from her ludicrously hurtful storytelling or to just kill Joon Young and insert an “it has all been a dream” plot, because I have never felt bad for k-drama characters before, until I spent time with this story.  That being said except for the temperamental second lead girl who was sketched annoyingly without room for a redeeming dimension, I have praises on the main leads’ heartfelt portrayals even if it drained me emotionally with and without tears. 

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Limited by its pragmatic approach, the writing did not swerve to a feel good direction to appease the agonizing dying-man-all-willing-to-protect-his-woman setting.  And that’s the reason why my forbearance was tested in Joon Young and Eul’s love journey.  I have come to terms how we act irrational when we can’t get the amount of love we think we deserve… how the pain we felt to fight for our love does not mean less to the love we gave to stay in a relationship… and how loving in the moment is a lot more times better than worrying about your future together when love might not be there anymore.

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At the back of my mind hopeless romantic me was optimistic that the death premise involved will conclude at a bright ending.  However, it closed to its original path.  Joon Young made me cry big time at the finale episodes that I forgot the dreary side stories because I was crying like an ajumma gloomy and muttering “I waited and I prayed but you still died Joon Young-a!”  *chuckles 

Nevertheless, it was a pretty ending, especially that Joon Young video scene.  It was encouraging and beautiful that I forego all the disappointments I had with this drama.

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CAST AND CONFLICT

Less the handful amount of warts I witnessed cheering for Uncontrollably Fond, the rope that tied me here were the crippled ardent characters who got doses of realities that true love is not always a happy thing.  True, I got to that point when I questioned why the characters seemed to be either masochist or lunatic, but the erring and awry cast made the ugly tone premise of the painful narrative sealed the lingering after-effect when it finally concluded to a saddening and yet gratifying closure.

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I applaud Kim Woo Bin in his portrayal.   I hated him with his choices, but I cried big time when I was sending him off.  His relationship with the people he loved were shaky and quirky but displayed very well his endearing facets as a character good or bad.  Suzy suited up to her character fitting in her sass and stubbornness to Joon Young’s adorable ego.   Her indecisiveness to stand up to the bullies and her payback in the culmination of the story eventually went to show how she picked her battles wisely.  

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Im Joo Hwan who was the only lucid character in the main cast did a great job convincing me that his presence will bring some hope in the table against his power hungry parents and deranged bride-to-be, because hell if our dying hero won’t at least get any help, I don’t know what to do anymore.  No matter how effective she was in getting to my nerves, I hated how she was used in the story to make it more even damaged and yet I can’t help but acknowledge that she’s a key piece that set the main connecting conflict in motion.

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RATING AND RECOMMENDATION

As Uncontrollably Fond won’t appeal to those who craved light and sweet type of romantic stories you can indulge to this narrative but be aware that you will be put on tormenting spot most of the time.  Though deemed to have been badly written, there was a thread that held the loyal viewers and that’s the dying scenario of the lead man.  I stayed until the end because I believe that not all love stories are wrapped in kisses and sweet memories.  There are those that are melancholic and yet lives on as someone’s one great love. -jediprincess

GRADE:  C

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