“Time is gold,” “There is not any higher time than proper now to be joyful,” and “Time is of the essence” — these are overused aphorisms we hear every day or learn in books which can be presupposed to encourage us to stay proper “now.” For many, these could be a bunch of clichés that everyone ought to cease utilizing already. But for some, these quotes by no means die as a result of it holds a basic reality: by no means take with no consideration your life right here on earth.
“About Time,” starring Lee Sung Kyung and Lee Sang Yoon, performs on this idea in a mixture of fantasy romance drama that asks, “What would you do should you knew the precise length of your lifespan?” So many issues occur within the first and second episode alone, however right here’s what you possibly can anticipate from the present’s first couple episodes!
Warning: minor spoilers beneath.
A gathering of polar opposites
Lee Sung Kyung makes an thrilling return as Choi Michaela, a lady who’s at all times working out of time —actually. From the very starting it’s clear that the whole lot for her is “about time.” She usually calculates the precise minutes it takes for her to reach at her vacation spot, not a second roughly. She is exact about each tick of the clock as she goals to attain her dream: to turn into a musical actress. But there’s a deeper, extra urgent purpose why she is at all times anxious about making every day depend. She has an uncanny potential to see clocks that point out how a lot time each particular person has left earlier than they die — proper all the way down to the final second. She says, “I can see the time folks have left to stay. The time I’ve left to stay is 167 days, three hours, and 14 minutes.”
As a lady with this sole unlucky energy, we have now but to seek out out why or how she was granted this, however Michaela has lengthy accepted her destiny. Instead of being afraid, she lets go of all her inhibitions by feeling the joy of life via excessive actions like automobile racing, scuba diving, and kissing a stranger to get a task in a musical.
Lee Do Ha
Then there’s Lee Do Ha, performed by actor Lee Sang Yoon, who we’ve principally seen enjoying brooding and severe characters. This time he tries his hand at enjoying an oddball chaebol character who has an anxiousness dysfunction, which prevents him from doing something outdoors the field. As chief director of a cultural basis, Do Ha performs the whole lot by the principles. He doesn’t like taking dangers except obligatory, and concern grips him every time he’s confronted with a state of affairs which may set off his anxiousness. For now, all we all know is that his sickness was led to by a traumatic expertise.
At first look, these two are polar opposites. When they first meet, Michaela is on her technique to her musical audition when Do Ha unintentionally hits her baggage as she is strolling behind his automobile, inflicting her to fall down. We see a stark distinction between their personalities, when Michaela asks Do Ha to drive her as an apology for the incident, however finally ends up driving his automobile at lightning velocity as a substitute, leaving Do Ha speechless and hanging on to his pricey life. It makes you need to proceed watching to see how they conflict and work together, as a result of Michaela is the whole lot Do Ha just isn’t: fearless, unpredictable, passionate, and typically a little bit loopy.
Seeing how time raises the stakes
By the primary two episodes, Do Ha is already furious and seemingly creeped out by Michaela’s unpredictable actions. The last item he desires to do was to see her once more, however alas, they meet once more in Hainan when Do Ha goes there for enterprise whereas Michaela will get a part-time job as a scuba diving teacher. It’s after they meet once more that an incident happens, main Michaela to a stunning discovery: Do Ha shares the identical life length as she does, and her clock abruptly stops.
Michaela takes this info as one other motivation to extend her life — so long as Do Ha is subsequent to her, each second her life deadline begins to decelerate and cease. From then on, she devises methods to get near him regardless of his apparent rejections. She even goes all the way in which to observe him wherever he goes and apply as his private driver, however his final query is, does she actually like him?
We can perceive why Michaela is so determined. She doesn’t know why, however this man stands out as the key to her survival. Michaela is aware of, in spite of everything, that she is about to die. Lee Sung Kyung is ready to stability touches of cuteness to her character with maturity. If this had been a typical K-drama, the author might have simply written Michaela’s character as merely the quirky and bubbly kind, however Lee Sung Kyung shifts from being a happy-go-lucky girl to somebody whose eyes convey deep disappointment. And that’s what makes her character so attention-grabbing.
On the flip facet, I really feel like Do Ha’s character is kind of typical. He’s a wealthy man with a dysfunction and a scorching mood. But what makes his character completely different from all the opposite chaebols in K-dramaland is Lee Sang Yoon’s interpretation of Do Ha. You can see what he’s feeling and pondering simply by his eyes every time he seems at Michaela. It’s going to be enjoyable to see how his partitions will likely be damaged down by her antics.
Potential for music and comedy
Lee Sung Kyung is unquestionably exhibiting her many abilities on this drama. She first revealed her candy singing voice in a collaboration with Eddy Kim, however now she’s combining that with performing in a drama the place she performs an aspiring musical actress. Talk about a number of roles! She is so breathtaking that the digicam simply loves her.
And everyone knows Lee Sang Yoon has a knack for comedy based mostly on his witty comebacks in “Master in the House,” and it will likely be thrilling to see how he brings enjoyable to his character. One hilarious instance that already hints at this potential is the scene the place Do Ha goes backwards and forwards between actuality and the imaginations that go on inside his head. Is he actually feeling the consequences of his anxiousness? Or is he simply love sick?
As for Lee Sang Yoon’s chemistry with Lee Sung Kyung, we’re positively seeing a whole lot of promise right here. Sometimes after they don’t have traces, all they do is talk via their eyes, and we are able to nearly really feel her desperation and him being captivated.
One factor’s for certain, Michaela has piqued his curiosity, and he simply can’t look away. But Do Ha has a girlfriend (Im Se Mi) and has even proposed to her, which can in all probability be one impediment they’ll have to beat afterward.
If you’re questioning whether or not “About Time” is definitely worth the shot, it positively is. It could appear like a fluffy rom-com at first look, nevertheless it asks substantial questions on life, loss of life and finally, what love can do to reconcile each. We’re already seeing the the push and pull between the 2 characters, plus a whole lot of humorous, candy moments, in order that’s additionally positively one thing to look ahead to.
So far, there have been numerous dramas that handled the idea of time. There’s time journey in “Nine,” “Tomorrow with You,” and “Go Back Couple.” But in these dramas, there is a component of “transport” that permits the characters to both return or ahead in time. “About Time” doesn’t even have that, and but it offers a fair better accountability to Michaela with the data of everybody else’s lifespans. How can one particular person take care of this non-power? I say non-power as a result of she is left with nothing else besides realizing since she will’t do something to vary different folks’s fates. But there’s one factor she will do — to take cost of her personal life. She can both take advantage of out of the time she has left or do the whole lot to outlive, which units this drama as much as be a curler coaster journey.
“About Time” really jogs my memory of Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried’s film, “In Time,” the place lifespans might be seen on everybody’s forearm, however the movie’s premise is that this time might be elevated or decreased just like the contents of a financial institution. In Michaela’s case, she will’t add or minus her lifespan, however oddly sufficient, her time stops each time he meets Do Ha. And that’s the place the joys begins.
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DP_Kim is an English journal and on-line author and former stylist based mostly in South Korea. Follow her Korean adventures at instagram.com/dianne_panda.
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