Genre: Drama, Romance, Life,
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: Dec 16, 2020 – Feb 4, 2021
Starring: Im Si Wan as Ki Seon Gyeom, Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo, Choi Soo Young as Seo Dan Ah, Kang Tae Oh as Lee Young Hwa
Have you ever just watched a drama and felt a nice sense of calm? Just felt like you were relaxed and being comforted? This is how I felt watching Run On…. I am quite happy that it is on Netflix because it will reach the wide audience of Kdrama watchers influx that we gained during COVID. Heheh. #Agenda
I honestly don’t even know where to start with this drama. It is your average slice of life Kdrama, but there was something more here that made it stick. The story contained your typical tropes with a main one being the status divide between the couples, but the execution and reactions were refreshing. I think a lot of what makes this story work is that it was more character based that it was plot based. Often when a story is solely plot driven there are instances where a character would do or say something that in context, just does not make sense. However, in this drama you were able to clearly see and understand the character motivations. Therefore, even with a story that felt more of a steady stream than anything without a major conflict, it was still very enjoyable.
I really liked our four main leads and the actors’ portrayals. The last time I saw Im Si Wan he was playing a psychopathic pseudo-murderer and here he is this selfless rich kid who never knows the right thing to say and that is on talent! He really stepped into this role and I appreciated his little quirks.
My mom appreciates his lips. As for Shin Se Kyung, dare I say this is the best role I have seen her in? She was so natural here? I was shook. I was not expecting this like at all. Similarly, this is also Soo Young’s best role. She really captured Dan Ah in a way that I enjoyed. As for Kang Tae Oh…. definitely need to explore more of his catalogue. I thought that Young Hwa was hilarious and adorable.
At its core this is a romantic drama and thus, I was here for the romance. The chemistry between all four leads was fantastic. I’ve been in a mood lately where I have been wanting to see male leads who are kinder and softer and simps for our females. I believe that was why I found the naivety of both Seong Gyeom and Young Hwa so endearing. Similarly, I really enjoyed our female leads because they were bold, ambitious and did not become silly fools when they fell in love. The relationships between these two couples were really sweet and I definitely went “aww” more times than not. It was nice to see this drama take the approach of couples as individuals versus a unit because this was something I was discussing with a mutual of mine on twitter that many western dramas do not do anymore.
The cinematography was really good as was the soundtrack. They wanted you to know that they got that Netflix money on LOCK. I think the added touches of the behind the scenes and bonus work really helped with enjoying this drama even more tbh. I loved seeing the set up verses the final shots.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this drama as something that is comforting and a must watch. Relax and enjoy it with a bottle of wine. You won’t regret it! P.S- Shout out to all the random black people I saw in the background in some scenes hahahha.
“Its one of those love stories were one can be a nutjob, a loser, a psychopath, and a piece of trash or someone’s first love.”Yook Ji Woo (Run On)
Rewatch Value: 8/10
Fave Song: Ride or Die – Kei, JOOHONEY