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Premiere Watch: Love in Sadness

Time slot: Saturday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Melodrama, romance
Episode count: 40 episodes

Reasons to watch: We’ve had a steady stream of rom-coms lately but now we finally have a melo-romance we can tune into. Ji Hyun-woo and Park Han-byul star in this story about two people who face a difficult path to love. Park Han-byul’s character married into wealth, and by all appearances, her life seems perfect. Unfortunately, her “doting” chaebol husband (played by Ryu Soo-young) is far from the perfect husband — he’s abusive and obsessive. When Park Han-byul can no longer stay in her abusive marriage, she seeks help from Ji Hyun-woo’s character, who just happens to be a kind plastic surgeon. He agrees to help her hide from her chaebol husband and the two fall in love. But an obsessive husband isn’t likely to give up just because his wife is on the run. Will Ji Hyun-woo and Park Han-byul’s love story end in happiness or sadness?

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Not to be confused with 2018's Let Me Introduce Her featuring an abused wife, the kind plastic surgeon who builds her a new face to escape (while falling in lurve with her) and the tyrannical, powerful husband who reclaims her when her post-surgery amnesia makes her forget why she got surgery in the first place.

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I'm sorry, that just made me laugh. Yeah, of course out loud. Thanks!

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I love everything about this.

So, we are suppose to ignore the fact that the doctor is pursuing a relationship with his patient. Like, just ignore that.

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My first reaction too: didn't I just see this, with Nam Sang-mi?

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OMG, this drama is purrrrfeeect 😹😹
Off to check if VIU has it

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Lmao, I read the description and said oh, I've seen this before and then read your comment. 🤣🤣

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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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This is INSANE, I can't deal! 🤣

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So apparently this drama is the one that is officially licensed with the Japanese original drama source. The one in SBS last year was caught in a controversy and was involved in a lawsuit, tho there was no continuation from what I read in google's article

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I've already watched Let Me Introduce Her soooo.....

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I am not a melo fan as I hate tragic or sad endings so be default generally skip all melos. Let Me Introduce her didn't interest me at all (sounded more makjang than melo at the time) but for some reason this one really does??? I do like the male leads but don't know anything about the female leads (before and after surgery).

My guilty pleasures are dramas like Secret and Mask but I skipped Time from Choi Ho Chul due to the terminal illness and expected bad ending (I'm Sorry I Love You and Uncontrollably Yours I watched for Kim Woo Bin's sake are plenty for me). I like melodramas that have happy endings because they show more passionate loves than romcoms and are usually quite exciting to watch. If anyone has any suggestions of these kinds of dramas with happy endings I would love to hear about them.

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You should try "Come here and hug me".

Also, Japanese drama Chugakusei Nikki (Meet me after School)

Melos with Happy endings!!

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I Have A Lover (2016) | 50 eps.
A scientist and lawyer fall in love as college students. They marry and raise a daughter while both working for the man's chaebol. Tragedy and unethical choices drive them to divorce. Husband and his girlfriend leave country for four years. Woman loses memory in an accident and is unwittingly given the identity of the twin sister she didn't know she had. She's taken in by her twin sister's first love and becomes a member of the family (Dad and a passel of foster kids). Four years pass and husband and girlfriend return with plans to marry although husband is already regretting his affair. At end of Ep. 10, he runs into his ex-wife who claims not to know him and goes all in to figure out who she is. Man and woman are irresistibly drawn to each other and spend the next 40 episodes re-discovering their love while battling corporate greed, jealous in-laws and ex-lovers.

Verdict: It's juicy. Ji Jin Hee does yearning like nobody's business and he makes a handsome partner to the gorgeous Kim Hyun Joo. They were adorable together in 2004's Miss Kim's Million Dollar Quest, a delightful fake marriage/co-habitation rom-com. The supporting cast is good and Kim Hyun Joo plays twin roles convincingly.

I skipped the first nine episodes and don't think I missed much. Probably not a bad idea to watch the first episode but don't feel compelled to watch the years that separated them. I just wanted to jump into the meat of the story, when they encounter each other for the first time since their divorce.

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Thanks for the recommendation. I did hear about it when it was airing but skipped because of my dislike of second chances of the same couple and the unhappy years separating them but I may give it a try!

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Interesting that you dislike the second chances genre. So many of the best American screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's involved a couple giving it another go in one form or another. I like the genre only when couple is good together.😉

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Yeah, I don't know why but reunited lovers is not a very appealing genre for me. One of the things I dislike about it is the unequal treatment of men and women. Men usually live their lives with others during the separation whereas for a reunion the women usually have to be waiting for the guy... Also I feel that the separated years are essentially wasted.

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I join the other Beanies in saying, yeah, I think we've already watched this one.

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I love melo, tragic or not, but this doesn't seem to be coming soon on Viki, which is my only source.

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:) what was that movie with Julia Roberts that started this trend of wife on run, married the male lead and ex (not so ex) violent,a busive, posessive, rich hubby makes an entry.. second half..will usually end in ex hubby dying at hands of his beloved wife

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OHHH this is the one that's actually based off of the old j-drama. I kind of liked that one, so I might try this out.

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HUH. Whatever happened to Park Ha-na? In the last article with a teaser Han-byul wasn't the one clutching her pearls. 🤷

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Just saw 1st 4 episodes.. got my interest.. will keep on my list. I like the set designer in this drama.. flowers..flowers.. artistic scenery..

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This drama is a remake from the Japanese drama Beauty produced in 1999. The music and stellar performance by Ji Hyun Woo and Ryu Soo young makes me watch every episode. Ji Hyun woo’s acting as the plastic surgeon is amazing.
It should be a happy ending if it follows closely to the Japanese production !

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