It's Okay To Not Be Okay
Romance, Drama, Medical-ish
Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) lives with his autistic older brother Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se). Each spring they move to a new city out of fear of butterflies, ever since Sang-tae witnessed their mother's murder. Gang-Tae takes up jobs as a caretaker in a psychiatric ward at every place they settle in. While working in a hospital, he meets a famous children's book writer Ko Moon-young (Seo Ye-ji), who some people suggest has antisocial personality disorder. Gang-tae begins working at the OK Psychiatric Hospital in Seongjin City, the same city where they all lived when young. Meanwhile, Ko Moon-young forms a romantic obsession for Moon Gang-tae after finding out their pasts overlapped. She follows him to Seongjin, where the trio slowly begins to heal each other's emotional wounds. As the story progresses, more is revealed of their intertwining pasts, which have been haunting them.
This is one of those dramas that stay with you long after you've seen it. A brilliance in the story telling and characters, this drama makes me curious about the hidden plots and leave me wanting more! Yes, it's a little crazy but the ride is worth it :D
I have laughed, cried tears of sorrow and joy and felt my heart squeeze with affection for these beautiful characters. And there are so many I loved! The Ahjumma, the brother, the best friend and of course our Ko Mun Yung. (Yes the male lead is missing - explanation follows soon below)
To be honest, I was a little hesitant to start this drama, I thought it would be filled with psychiatric stuff but it actually doesn't have that feel at all. I was really impressed with how they have portrayed everything so aesthetically.
This drama tells the story of 2 brothers who've been on the run from their past. And how their path is interwoven with a girl (Ko Mun Yung).
Moon Gang-Tae and Moon Sang-Tae are brothers with a terrible past. They lost thier mother to a murder which Sang-Tae witnessed. Sang-Tae is autistic. All he remembers from that day is a butterfly broach worn by the murderer which has made him averse to everything butterfly. On the run from the killer (not as thrilling as it sounds, don't worry), Gang-Tae happens upon a girl from his past, his childhood crush and the one who saved his life - Ko Mun Yung. They don't seem to recognise each other at first, but more to be revealed when you watch the show ;)
I think I need to delve a bit deeper into character introductions because this show revolves around such profound character development and growth that it blows my mind!
Moon Sang-Tae - I'm starting here because he is probably the easiest character to talk about XD
He is autistic and terrified of butterflies. Being autistic he needs more care and understanding which his brother gives him. It will melt hearts to watch this bromance!
Moon Gang-Tae - I think the drama name was titled after him. He's the most ‘not-okay’ character in the whole drama. He's lived a life void of his mother's love and attention and craves to be free from the burdens of life. He's basically tired of being the 'big brother', always taking care, never putting himself first and generally leading a difficult life. I probably am not painting him as the most appealing character because I felt a lot of hate-love for him. There were times when I absolutely melted and wanted to hug him and then there were times I wanted to hit him with a hammer.
Ko Mun Yung - The most badass female lead I’ve seen till date. And the most fashionable (second to maybe only IU from Hotel Del Luna). She’s gutsy and frank. She cares too deeply and feels too much contrary to popular belief. Her hard and prickly exterior hides the most vulnerable center. She has anti-social personality disorder. She’s one character I always loved and connected with throughout the series. I mean, in every drama there is at least one point where we didn't agree with the character’s choices or didn't love them, but I never felt that way with Ko Mun Yung. Her character growth is also pretty legendary.
I would recommend you to watch it if you’re looking for a drama that is emotional with a brilliant plotline, jaw-dropping reveals, laugh out loud moments and some amazing bromance. A drama about healing from old wounds together and falling in love!
Meet the cast
Seo Ye-ji as Ko Moon-young
Park Kyu-young as Nam Ju-ri
Kim Chang-wan as Oh Ji-wang
Kim Soo-hyun as Moon Gang-tae
Kim Mi-kyung as Kang Soon-deok
Oh Jung-se as Moon Sang-tae
Kim Joo-hun as Lee Sang-in