Making de viewers cry with the life history of characters with different pain, despair, resentment and sadness, Our Blues ends with a rating of 14.6%.
According to the ratings research company Nielsen Korea on June 13th, “Our Blues“, which aired at 9:10 PM the previous day, recorded 14.6% (non-terrestrial paid households). It is its own highest rating.
In the last episode, Kang Ok-dong (Kim Hye-ja), who is about to die from late-stage cancer, and Lee Dong-seok (Lee Byung-hun), who has accumulated resentment against his mother Kang Ok-dong all his life, were depicted.
After Kang Ok-dong passed away, residents of Pureung Village in Jeju enjoyed the sports day, brushing off their painful stories and smiling broadly.
Against the backdrop of Jeju Island, the omnibus drama “Our Blues” left a deep lingering impression by capturing the life history of those living here in 9 different stories.
It is the work of writer Noh Hee-kyung, who is well known for melting warm emotions into everyday life through “Worlds Within”, “It’s Okay, That’s Love” and “Dear My Friends”. It received great attention from the production stage as top stars such as Lee Byung-hun, Go Doo-shim, Kim Hye-ja, Lee Jung-eun, Han Ji-min, Cha Seung-won, Shin Min-ah, Kim Woo-bin and Uhm Jung-hwa appeared.
In the drama, there were various life stories: the goose father Han-soo (Cha Seung-won), who carried the weight of the head of the household; Eun-hee (Lee Jung-eun), a fish seller who has lived a tough life, Young-ok (Han Ji-min), a haenyeo who has an elder twin sister with Down syndrome, Chun-hee (Go Doo-shim), who almost lost her one remaining son, Ho-sik (Choi Young-joon), a father who heard that his high school daughter is pregnant, and Dong-seok (Lee Byung-hun), a trucker who has been resenting and missing his mother all his life.
Jung Eun-hye, an actress-writer with Down syndrome, played Young-hee, Young-ok’s elder twin sister who has Down syndrome, and delivered a heavy message by realistically portraying the society’s perspective on the disabled.
In the drama, the characters rely on and harmonize with each other in various relationships such as neighbors, friends, men and women, father and daughter, sisters and mother and son, conveying a warmth that is difficult to feel in modern society where single-person households are overflowing.
They were frustrated by sudden encounters, and their hearts ached from the wounds that they had been holding for a long time. However, they still supported and comforted each other, and they gathered up the courage to create hope.
Messages from the people of Purung Village, such as “This is how people live. Doing good and bad things”, “Everything will pass like a typhoon”, and “There is a different world if you turn your back”, are comforting and drawing sympathy from viewers who are going through a difficult time in their lives.
The cast’s strong acting skills also receive praise. They perfectly mastered the Jeju dialect after months of practicing and expressed realistic emotions through rough but heartfelt characters.
Meanwhile, MBC’s weekend drama “From Now On, Showtime!” led by Park Hae-jin, which was broadcast the day before, ended with a viewership rating of 4.2%.
In the final episode, Cha Cha-woong (Park Hae-jin), a magician who can see ghosts, is sent to punish the evil spirit Hae Cheon-mu and goes into the final showdown. Cha Cha-woong was possessed by Hae Cheon-mu and stabbed with a sword, but thanks to the love of Go Seul-hae (Jin Ki-joo), he could open his eyes again and have a happy ending.
“From Now On, Showtime!” is an investigative rom-com aimed at bringing viewers laughter. Magician Cha Cha-woong teams up with female police officer Go Seul-hae to solve cases such as gambling, and hit-and-run, with the help of three ghosts. The story surrounding evil spirits and previous lives especially raises the tension.
Park Hae-jin successfully made viewers laugh by showing off a different performance from his previous roles with a body gag such as hilariously catching fire in his butt, falling and rolling on the floor. Jin Ki-joo also left a good impression with her stable acting in a drama with an unrealistic plot.