16 episodes 2016
Are they crazy? Who writes this sad crap? I’m someone who understands glioma’s and I still thought somehow they were going to save him. NOPE!!!!!
I waiting with excited anticipation for this drama every week. I loved every moment of it -and dreaded it at the same time. I knew it would be painful -but still, I watched it. Why?
Death is the biggest, most powerful event that makes us live more fully.
If I could find anything didn’t like about this drama it would have to be Joon Young not giving No Eul enough time for them to spend together -but those moments when he showed her how much he loved her… Powerful!
Up until now, I wasn’t much of a fan for Kim Woo Bin (School 2013, The Heirs, To The Beautiful You and Gentleman’s Dignity). How can you watch a man cry with such intensity and not love him. So many of the tears Woo Bin shed appeared real -I’m convinced they were. I believe he searched his own life, his own sorrow, and his own death and brought to us real fears, real passion and real acceptance. For this, I give Woo Bin the respect he deserves as a human and a performer.
There wasn’t one person who didn’t bring themselves fully to this drama. I’d like to turn next to Joon Young’s mother played by Jin Kyung. A mother who ignored her son, denied his near existence and then suffered for her regret and ultimate loss. So many mothers live through their children and when these adults don’t perform as expected -we push them away as a bitter disappointment. We need to embrace our children even when they reach adulthood -because the day will come when their are no more days to love. I felt every moment of Jin’s loss and grief -an amazing performance.
Yu Oh Song gave us a look into the eyes of a greedy, self-deserving man who will do anything for power and position. He married a woman, Jung Sung Kyung, who was even more vicious and thoughtless then he -a woman who would harm her own son to stay in power. In the end, he gave both his son’s a father -good show!
Bae Suzy (Gu Family Book, Big, Dream High, Dream High 2) (a singer with girl group, Miss A) is a super talented young lady. She deserves to be under Woo Bin for her outstanding performance, but the two above showed us characters we rarely feel the depth of emotion they brought to the table, so I wanted them to take some limelight. Suzy brought No Eul from nothing to more than just the woman Joo Young loved. She became the vocal point for healing. What impressed me the most was the way she taught us to handle death -simple ‘happy with time.’ She was happy for every moment she spent with Joon Young, and she recognized his needs before her sorrow until the very end -and then she went on to live as he wished for her.
This drama is the drama of the year for me. There have been many amazing ones, including those that star some of my favorite actors like Jang Guen Suk and Lee Jong Suk, but this drama brought more, so much more then the rest. This drama gave us death in its purest and most hated form -cancer. We couldn’t save him, we could only watch him die.
That is the reality of cancer -many times slowly robbing you of life, while filling your soul with love and then giving you the acceptance of death.
Kim Woo Bin, Bae Suzy -I truly thank you for bringing this story to life and allowing those of us who watched to be a part of the beauty that came from your performance.
Other amazing performers were:
- Lim Ju Hwan
- Lim Ju Eun
- Choi Moo Sung
- Jung Soo Kyo
- Lee Seo Won