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JTBC’s Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares


JTBC just dropped the first teaser for their upcoming romance melodrama Understanding of Love, giving off a slice-of-life meets second-chance yearning. We follow lives of four hardworking employees who work at KCU Bank. As they work day in day out to make a name for themselves, they’ll navigate the messy and complex maze of love in their own ways.

Yoo Yeon-seok (Narco-Saints) leads the pack of employees as chief branch manager Ha Sang-soo. He’s the rock of the branch, a dependable hard-working figure that’s been there for three years. Of course, his workplace life is also rife with unresolved romantic tension via his coworker senior bank teller Ahn Soo-young, played by Moon Ga-young (Link: Eat, Love, Kill).

Soo-young, having worked at the bank for four years, has seen it all, from the crazy customers to the unreasonable upper management. She’s been able to keep a pleasant demeanor and work through most problems, but she’s a complete cynic when it comes to love, especially with our branch manager Sang-soo.

Finally, our love square is only complete when we throw deputy manager Park Mi-kyung — played by Geum Sae-rok (Youth of May) — and security guard Jung Jong-hyun — played by Jung Ga-ram (Love Alarm 2) — into the mix. The bubbly Mi-kyung, while coming from a wealthy family, is out here trying to make a name for herself. Meanwhile, Jong-hyun is a cop wannabe studying for the police entrance exam. Both will fall in love with our leads, adding to the complicated web that is a workplace romance. But in dramaland, would we really want it any other way?

The teaser gives us very wistful “the one that got away” longing. We see a shot of happier times between Sang-soo and Soo-young, contrasted with their professionalism present day. In the voiceover, we also hear Soo-young tell Sang-soo, “You asked me once before if things would’ve been different had we started dating…” which is interrupted by shots of our central duo being asked out by their other coworkers: Sang-soo being asked out by Mi-kyung and Soo-young getting a rain-soaked confession from Jong-hyun. We then hear Soo-young finish her voiceover thought: “No, we would never have worked together.”

We get a couple of more wistful looks between all our characters and end on Sang-soo’s response in voiceover, “Is that really all you came to say?”

Based on the novel by Lee Hyuk-jin, adapted into screenplay by Lee Hyun-jung and Lee Seo-hyun, and directed by Jo Young-min (Do You Like Brahms?), Understanding of Love will air on December 21 on JTBC.

JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares
JTBC's Understanding of Love gives longing looks and love squares

Via iNews, MBN Star

 
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Oh, I like the look of this one. 21st of December feels a long way off but will be here in no time.

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I wished romance and it looks like it will be a romance, but a painful one.

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I ship Moon Ga-young with Jung Ga-ram for age-appropriateness, but that teaser looks depressing, and I don't know if I can deal with a melodrama.

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Yeah i wish MGY would get paired with leads in her age group more..

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This looks sad. Real time sad. A melancholic romance story isn't a bad idea.

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A love square at workplace? I will have to wait and see how they handle it. Of course I will be watching!!
I am in a mood for some melancholy to kick start the long dark cold nights and winter blues :)

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Here i am trying to find a love pair and these people have love squares? Oh my dramas..

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With the weather being cooler and going to be winter for me, I'd like for this drama to give me the healing, moving vibes in the same vein of When the Weather Is Fine. But alas, the love square factor is a worrying one. And that factor just made me think of Temperature of Love or even Do You Like Brahms?.

Moon Ga Young has a mature vibe yet I've seen her play a lot of fun, bright, sassy young characters. I'm excited to see her in a new light.

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Moon Ga-young can literally do no wrong in my eyes, but a love square? Oh boy…

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Yoo Yeon-seok is not my favorite but love that he picks many different roles and different genre for either drama or movie

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side note first: the character of a security guard in a bank has reminded me of Park Seo Jeon char in drama Warm Words (WW), i'm amazed that as a veteran kdrama fan I *only* ever watched 1 drama of PSJ, that is WW. yeah I wallop all NaPD variety show that has PSJ in them, and love him in them, but i have no motivation (or time) to watch him in anything after WW which I watched almost a decade ago.

anyway, about this new drama of YYS. A good friend of mine is a member of YYS fandom and already feeding me with info about this more often (and more detailed) than DB :D
I'm very likely to watch this live as a sign of loyalty to my friend. I made mental note though, this seems to be a standard verytropey premise of a show, so I'll set my expectation low, but i'll be happy to be proven wrong on this. c u in December, show!

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err..'wallop', what? hahaa,,that was supposed to be 'gallop', gosh, what did I write? sorry NaPD :DD

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I came here to comment that coincidentally as a veteran kdrama fan I have seen YYS in only one drama. Then I checked his filmography and saw that I have apparently watched 3 of his dramas? Oh well, I guess he is rather forgettable for me.

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I plan on watching this one.

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