Here is a review of Itaewon Class, Netflix’s new Korean Drama. Itaewon Class premiered on January 31, 2020 and is in its third week and once again going SUPER strong with very high ratings in the Friday and Saturday time slots. It’s 3rd and 4th episodes averaged nearly 10% on cable TV ratings. If you haven’t started watching, let me tempt you with its allure – stay tuned!
Check out our first impression article for Itaewon Class here!
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays
Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung, Kwon Nara
Where to watch: Netflix
I love motivational and encouraging dramas because it’s relatable. It gives me energy to do better in my own life. After I watch, I use the drama-energy to fuel myself to be more productive *results may vary*. Itaewon Class is about a high school dropout who ends up in prison for attempted murder but doesn’t give up his hope and dreams to achieve what he wants no matter the difficulty. He feels lost but finds his foothold, his mission which gives him motivation to keep on going.
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Right from the get-go our two female leads are butting heads. Oh Soo-A (Kwon Na-Ra) is Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s (Park Seo-Joon) first love though they never dated. Oh Soo-A wants Park Sae-Ro-Yi to herself but doesn’t want to date him. After many years, Oh Soo-A still holds a place in Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s heart but that place could be in danger. Jo Yi-Seo (Kim Da-Mi) is a free-spirited social media influencer who isn’t afraid of getting what she wants. Jo Yi-Seo is saved twice from harm by Park Sae-Ro-Yi and she starts having feelings for him. The first time Soo-A and Yi-Seo meet, they instinctively know that the other is a threat. Neither backs down as both want Park Sae-Ro-Yi for themselves.
Soulful and Uplifting OSTs
Every time I listen to Gaho’s “Start Over” OST (Link here), I feel so refreshed and feel like I can fly to the sky *listen to the song*. It’s never late to start over. This is what I listen to on repeat during work and commute.
Colorful Emotions and Cinematography
Each character is so unique. This show boasts many characters each with unique personalities. Through the colors of Itaewon, we get to understand what goes on in their heads, their stories and their dreams. The colors bring a sense of excitement, mystery of the unknown and love in the air for our main leads.
The Bad Boy Vibe
This show is addictive if you have a thing for the party scene and the bad boy run-in. Our male lead carries a melancholy past on his shoulder. Since he went to prison but the perpetrator got away scot-free, this makes him scarred and a bit rough on the edges. He lives everyday solely with the mission for revenge on those that wronged him but that only serves to attract the women around him.