It is Okay to Not Be Okay| KDrama | An Ambling Review

Drama Details

Hangul: 사이코지만 괜찮아

Revised Romanization:  Saikojiman Gwaenchana

Literal Translation:  Psycho, But It’s Okay

Genre: Dark Romantic-Comedy

Created by:  Studio Dragon

Written by:  Jo Yong

Directed by:  Park Shin-woo

Number of Episodes:  16 episodes

Original Release: June 20 – August 9, 2020

Original Network:   tvN

Main Cast

Kim Soo-hyun as Moon Gang-tae |Moon Woo-jin [ko] as young Moon Gang-tae

An orphaned caregiver working at OK Psychiatric Hospital.

Seo Yea-ji as Ko Moon-young | Kim Soo-in as young Ko Moon-young

A popular children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder.

Oh Jung-se as Moon Sang-tae |Lee Kyu-sung as young Moon Sang-tae

Moon Gang-tae’s older brother, who is autistic.

Park Gyu-young as Nam Ju-ri | Park Seo-kyung as young Nam Ju-ri

A nurse and Gang-tae’s co-worker at OK Psychiatric Hospital.

Supporting Cast

SangsangESang Publishing Company

Kim Joo-hun as Lee Sang-in

The CEO of SangsangESang Publishing Company, which publishes Moon-young’s children’s books.

Park Jin-joo as Yoo Seung-jae

The art director at SangsangESang Publishing Company who assists Sang-in.

OK Psychiatric Hospital Officials

Kim Chang-wan as Oh Ji-wang

The director of OK Psychiatric Hospital.

Kim Mi-kyung as Kang Soon-deok

A skilled chef at the hospital and Ju-ri’s mother.

Jang Young-nam as Park Haeng-ja

The head nurse of the hospital.

Further Info: Wikipedia

Netflix URL: It is Okay to Not Be Okay

My Rating: 9.4 of 10 Stars

My Review

The story in a Nutshell

This series has been a callout for a humanistic view towards people who hide their sorrow and put up a brave front for the world at large. They drink up their tears, in the hope that the bitter taste and the foul revulsion does not show on their face, as they interact with the society.

Hidden within us are our fears, shortcomings, doubts about ourselves, our broken relationship, or delusional relationship that we cling on when they have been long past over. The featured fairy tales are not just beautifully told stories; but actual human cry, much like the deer’s bark while it happily interrupted the lead pair’s passionate kiss.

The unexpressed sorrow, that eventually get expressed, becomes a sort of freedom, a sigh of relief, and a fresh air from the windows opened after many years of being closed. You can almost feel the suffocation felt by each character in the main roles.  

On the premises of the human suffocation, starting from held in emotions and bad experiences, they are led into reality of life in general while they are slowly drawn out from the shell of each character. Yes, the ending is a happy one! I kept routing for the main leads.

As a popular YouTuber Tanmay once said, Korean Dramas are like Bollywood movies but done better! I am paraphrasing what he had opinioned in his channel. I might not agree with all that Tanmay Bhat says but then, he refreshingly different.

Little Something About Roles

I loved the character of Moon Sang-tae played by Oh Jung-se. I also loved the Director of the hospital, played by Kim Chang-wan. Everyone plays their part with seer brilliance to make a successfully brought out series. But there are some favorites in the series for me, whom I loved because of the element of human emotional factors in them.

Moreover, the ‘Cursed Castle’ was a personality by itself. Among the various scene settings, I loved the scenes that were set in this castle. I tell you every Korean drama that I have watched, be it costume, or modern or historical, I have learned something from them.

This series had some of the best dialogues and they had such depth of human understanding without prejudice, while watching, I felt my life was also okay and made me want to say out loud – “나는 괜찮아 | naneun gwaenchanh-a” even though things around me are falling apart at the seams.

Actual Review

My Likes and Dislikes

I loved and liked all the fairytales in the series. They are such beautiful bouquet of wildflowers smiling brightly in the dark corners of my old soul. The flowers seem to be waiting for the young lovebirds to clamor up and to feel their shinny warmth close to their breast. I also sometimes felt, as if the bouquet of happiness is right round the corner of my tears wet pillow, I wondered then, that my tears were not wasted after all.

But then, it is equally true that you do not bring bouquets to your sick bed. Because for they are collecting tear to create mold of stinky cotton stuffing and are sure to leave behind stained pillowcases. But the silly mind of mine, would not give up on the need for believing that beyond the corners of suffering there is still a happy ending, waiting to happen! Someone being tested so far, wallowed in sorrow should get a lease for happiness at some point, right?!!  “그렇지?! | Geuleohji?!”

Ah, I really need to gain some backbone and start disliking few things; but no, I disliked nothing in this series. I was completely committed to the story and I felt there was something intrinsically right about each droplet that followed the rise, the fall, and the drip of each scene.  

My Opinion

In my humble opinion, I would say the series was beautiful and had much infotainment factor to it. I learned so many things from the dialogue between characters and wondered how come you do not have them in real-life.

I would say watch this series if you truly wish to empathize with the main characters and their emotion and psychological struggles. I am sure if you watch with an open-mindedness, then it is a sure way to connect with the storyline and the emotional plot.

It took me a while to stop the flow of tears, so that I could write a review of the series. It was an emotional experience for me. Given that in the end so many nice things happen to the long-suffering characters of the series. The series does not say that people became independent and lived their life by themselves. One of the biggest myths of the 21st Century would be the living alone by yourself without any support.

The Director of the Hospital explains it beautifully when he said that two persons who are weak live by leaning on to each other. One weak person leans on to the next weak person and when they become strong together will be hard to find out, since they were each other’s backup plan.

The writer of the series Jo Yong has written some of the best wisdom quotes throughout the plot while provoking thoughts to refurbish the old set pattern of thinking. I had a wonderful time watching the series even though I spent most of the time wiping the water-droplet round the corners of my eyes. There was a moment when I totally broke down when the credit rolled out at the end. It was hard to watch without shedding tears. I think I no longer qualify to watch emotional movies or dramas with other human being least I should shame myself; but then I decided to watch it quietly all by myself in the future.