It's Alright, This is Love: A delicate portrayal of a profoundly human and tender story

It's Alright This is Love

Jang Jae Yeol is a mysterious writer and radio DJ grappling with untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder, leading to significant challenges in his life that he evades. Chi Haixiu, in her first year of psychiatry at the University Hospital, opted for this field to avoid surgery but is wrestling with her own anxiety. The encounter with Jang Jae-lie sparks a profound transformation in her life.


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Numerous sources assert that this drama is the first to address mental illness, though we recall other K-dramas where certain characters grappled with similar situations. Nevertheless, it seems that this drama provides a more comprehensive exploration of the topic. Jang Jae-yeol neglects to manage his condition, resulting in a manifestation of schizophrenia and hallucinations that propel him to the hospital, forcing him to confront the reality he wishes to avoid.

This leads us to the most poignant and uplifting aspect of the plot, where understanding and empathy become integral to the healing process for the three characters dealing with mental health challenges. Beyond the protagonist, we also encounter Park Soo-wang, who struggles with Tourette Syndrome.

But don't be fooled by the plot, this k-drama is the perfect mix of comedy, drama and romance, with typical elements and totally human and lovable characters, plus one of the best OSTs I can remember and one of the best One of the long OSTs!

Jang Jae Yeol, brilliantly portrayed by Jo In Sung, possesses a captivating allure that can enchant anyone with just a single glance. His irresistible charm becomes undeniable, and Ji Hae-soo finds herself drawn into a relationship with him, entering his world and scrutinizing his behavior as a psychiatric intern.

The development of their romance is delightful and entertaining, and there are three other unique romances with their own characteristics. As Jang Jae-yeol's schizophrenia worsens, we delve into his profound pain, with some scenes being truly overwhelming. Particularly poignant are moments when he has to navigate his hallucinations and work towards family reconciliation. Simultaneously, Ji Hae-soo pursues her personal dreams, forging her path to healing.

Another good thing about this story is that, aside from her anxiety disorder, Ji Hae Soo is a modern, strong-willed, independent woman, which was very rare in Korean dramas at the time. Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung are a good couple and their romantic scenes are very cute and funny.

It emphasizes moral values such as unity, love, responsibility, and respect for family, underscoring their significance. Director Kim Kyu-tae, known for his works like "Iris" (2009), "Padam, Padam" (2011-2012), "That Winter The Wind Blows" (2013), "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" (2014), and "Live" (TVN, 2018), collaborates with scriptwriter Noh Hee-kyung. Noh Hee-kyung, a seasoned playwright with a humanistic approach, has previously worked with PD Kim on "Padam, Padam," "That Winter The Wind Blows," and "Live - tVN." Her other notable works include "Dear My Friends" (2016) and "The Most Beautiful Goodbye" (2017).


  • 2014 7th Korea Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor (Lee Kwang Soo)
  • APAN Drama Star Awards 2014: Rookie Actor Award (D.O., EXO)
  • 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014: Best Young Actor (D.O)
  • 2015 3rd Drama Fever Awards: Best Actor for It's OK, It's Love (Jo In Sung)
  • 2015 3rd Drama Fever Awards: Best Kiss Statue of Liberty (Jo In Sung)
  • 2015 3rd Drama Fever Awards: Best Choice Award (Jo In Sung)
  • 2014 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple (Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung)
  • 2014 SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars (Jo In Sung)
  • 2014 7th Syle Icon Awards: Top 10 Leading Korean Culture of the Year (Jo In Sung)
  • 2014 APAN Star Awards: Daesang Awards (Jo In Sung)

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