Just Between Lovers/Rain or Shine (2017)
I watched it on Viki
number of episodes: 16
rating: 4/5 stars – really liked it!
The story of two individuals who lost their loved ones in an accident and try to carry on with their lives as if they are not in pain.
Lee Kang Doo (Lee Joon Ho) dreamed of becoming a soccer player, but an accident ended those dreams. His father died in the accident and he broke his leg. Lee Gang Doo spent 3 years in rehab. Now, he doesn’t have anything and just wastes his days. Lee Gang Doo then meets Ha Moon Soo (Won Jin Ah).
Ha Moon Soo makes architecture models. Ha Moon Soo also endured through the same accident that killed her younger sibling. She has suffered from guilt that she survived. She has lived her life earnestly, while suppressing her feelings. After meeting Lee Kang Doo, Ha Moon Soo begins to express her hidden feelings.
I should’ve written this months ago because I binge-watched this series in May and the details of it have escaped me by now. However, I do remember how it made me feel which is why I still wanted to devote a post to the series.
Let’s start with the things I loved about this series.
⭐️ emotional impact of this story. The lives of the main characters had been so sad up to this point, and it’s interesting to see how they both dealt with it. Moon Soo by making architecture models and ensuring buildings won’t collapse again, and Gang Doo by doing his best to simply survive and drowning in guilt. It’s an emotional story, and you’ll become so attached to the characters by the end of it. I wanted to hug everyone, and just wrap them up in a blanket and keep them safe.
⭐️ Lee Jun-ho. There, I said it. This man is not only incredibly handsome, he’s also a great actor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Won Jin Ah’s performance too! She portrays Moon Soo really well. But Jun-ho is just so… beautiful.
⭐️ not too much unnecessary drama. Mostly because the show only has 16 episodes. However, that’s one of the things I love most about it. There was a clear story to tell, and they didn’t prolong it to make more money. They stayed true to what was needed. There weren’t 5 additional episodes to up the romantic tension, and I thank them for it.
⭐️ showed how complicated family can be. Family can be complex. First of all, we have the family we were born into. Like it said in the description, both Moon Soo and Gang Doo have lost loved ones. It has created a sense of guilt within both. Why did they survive when so many people didn’t? What would happened if they had made one different choice? Losing loved ones changes family dynamics. You can’t help but blame yourself and others, and that creates a strain on your relationships. But there’s also a chosen family, which becomes clear in Gang Doo’s story line.
⭐️ romance. I’m a sucker for a wonderful romance, obviously, and this one was so cute. Maybe it’s because I adored Jun-ho as Gang Doo? I don’t know, and I don’t care. I loved it. He seems so kind and gentle.
Usually, I also go over the things I didn’t love in the series. I honestly can’t remember disliking anything about this show? Aside from the heart attack it nearly gave me by the end of it… So no dislikes for today! Maybe if I re-watch the show one day, I’ll have something to add here.
Please give this show a try! It’s emotional, beautiful and you’ll end up binge-watching it.