Jung Woo Sung’s first drama in over a decade, “Tell Me That You Love Me,” is finally here! Let us talk about the drama!
Note: this article is a first-impression review, it doesn’t mean this is the writer’s final thoughts on the drama. This is a spoiler review.
Its been a while since we’ve seen Jung Woo Sung on TV, he usually does movies and that’s how I am usually used to seeing him, but he chose this as his comeback drama for the 1st time in a long time. Which got me, and I bet a lot others too, wondering, why this one?
So far, I can tell why, its such a sweet drama that gives you all the warm feels. Having said this, I don’t think this is for everyone.
This is a slow-paced melodrama. I know many people who will struggle with how slow this is and write it off, some prefer to see heavier kdramas or even rom-coms or comedy. Slow-paced kdramas usually divide fans.
There is a certain level of intention to the script you must adhere to in order for it not to become an excuse for a drama without much substance.
I might seem like I don’t like slow-paced kdramas, but I do. The good ones. The well-written ones. you have to put even more effort into your scripts because the pace is slower, meaning words have to hold much more feeling and intention behind them so they carry weight. An action-packed drama might get away with very cliché or over-the-top sentences or conversations but it could compensate for it with action and suspense. Melo dramas don’t have that edge.
An example of a good screenwriter who knows how to navigate such genre is the screenwriter behind “My Mister” and “My Liberation Notes.” She is on another level.
“Tell Me That You Love Me” is written by Kim Min-Jung who wrote many hit dramas such as “Love in the Moonlight.” She’s known among kdrama fans.
Thus, I have hope. Hope that this one will be so sweet and a standout among the scripts we got this year.
“Tell Me That You Love Me” is a nice change of pace from whats currently on TV. This drama still holds weight and will address various issues deaf people deal with, but it’s a much calmer drama than anything that’s currently on. In a way, this gives it an edge. You don’t have to think much or react much watching it, but you end up falling for how sweet the interactions are.
This drama is based on a Japanese drama by the same name that was a massive hit. However, reading comments on SNS, I found out that actually, people REALLY disliked the ending, the last 3 episodes precisely. I still don’t know why, but it had me scared a bit. I want to know but also, I don’t want to know. I am curious but afraid it’ll shatter my hopes for this one.
This drama will be 16 episodes, unlike the original which had 12 episodes.
In most cases, I find slow-paced dramas better off being shorter in length. But since we have Kim Min-Jung, we have a chance for this to end up differently.
I loved the acting on everyone’s part. I think that Jung Woo Sung and Shin Hyun-Bin share good synergy and chemistry despite their obvious age gap.
Jung Woo Sung is such a titan. His eyes convey so much emotions, it just breaks my heart. I am already in love with his character, I like everybody’s character so far.
Like I said, I liked the premiere a lot. Its sweet and feels like a warm hug on a cold day, if that makes sense. I just found myself smiling and blushing watching it. And it didn’t feel cringy.
I have high expectations of this drama now.
So what did you guys think of “Tell Me That You Love Me” premiere?