I don’t mind it when I’m the only one who loves a drama, but I do love it when my drama friends also join the squeeing since the more the merrier. Jang Ok Jung, Live in Live might be the next big addiction since Nice Guy (The Innocent Man) late last year. It’s not perfect, but it’s good and damn satisfying. A confident execution, a compelling script, and some unexpectedly awesome acting makes for the K-drama treat of the year so far. Even writing over and over that Kim Tae Hee is blowing my mind with her sudden ability to act doesn’t sound like a broken record because its just that astonishing. While Yoo Ah In is doing a fantastic job and have completely redeemed his shitastic acting in Fashion King, he’s actually over-acting at times here though it works with his character’s intensity. Funnily enough, my opinion is that Kim Tae Hee is the one with the better grasp of her character’s nuances and more control over her performance. This sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Actually both leading ladies Kim Tae Hee and Hong Soo Hyun are out-acting their male counterparts, Yoo Ah In with a few blips but a generally sound understanding of Lee Soon’s pent up frustration and little kid interior, and Lee Sang Yeob acted like he wandered into the set of JOJ from the set of I Live in Cheongdamdong.
I love Sang Yeob, but his Prince Dongpyung has shades of Sang Yeob woobie from ILICDD spending a day on the set of a sageuk and doing a skit. I think he needed time to ease into the role and finally by episode 8 I felt like he joined the club of the rest of his cast. SBS released official stills of the much-talked about ending rain kiss scene to episode 8, and with it came two stills that took my breath away. The first is the kiss from the vantage point of Ok Jung (the one above), and it’s just so passionate with a hint of sorrow. I love it! Kim Tae Hee is even bringing it with her kissing in this drama. The second still that hurt my heart good was Prince Dongpyung staring at the kiss between his beloved nephew and the woman he loves. He looks so gutted, and with Sang Yeob’s adorable face, it’s like someone kicked a puppy. I know he’s not going to get the girl, and I don’t want him to if it means Lee Soon loses the one person he needs in his life, but good lord is it going to be crushing to watch him love in secret and from afar. Check out the pretty stills for your own collection, and re-watch kiss below as much as you want. Don’t worry, I’ve lost count.
Ending scene of episode 8: