While You Were Sleeping is a 2017 Korean drama taking the theme of romance-fantasy-thriller-legal at once. It received great response both from audience and critics.
Nam Hong Joo is a tomboy reporter with special ability to foresee the future (with no specific time pattern) in her dream. When she saw her unfortunate death through her dream, she decided to take a break from her job. She then meets Jung Jae Chan, an idealist rookie prosecutor, as her new neighbor but both dislike each other right away. However, one day Jae Chan has a vivid dream of Hong Joo. In that dream, Hong Joo caught into an accident and difficulties to the point that she decided to take her own life in front of Jae Chan. Intrigued by that seemingly realistic dream, Jae Chan follows Hong Joo and successfully prevent the accident to happen. After realizing that both Hong Joo and Jae Chan have the same ability, they work together to solve crime cases and protect Hong Joo from her fateful death. Along the way, they meet Han Woo Tak, local police whom Jae Chan unknowingly saved together while saving Hong Joo. Later, they find out that Woo Tak share the same ability with them.
- Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo
- Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
- Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
- Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Beom
Although we already seen many legal Korean drama, “While You Were Sleeping” actually feels rather refreshing for its fantasy theme, (not too shocking) plot twists, beautiful actors, beautiful cinematography (with those flower petals and pretty sunlight), awesome cameos (Kim So Hyun, Pyo Ye Jin, Jang So Yeon, Lee Sung Kyung, Yoon Kyun Sang, the list goes on) as well as the trio!
Suzy’s acting gets better in this drama and she acts even better with Lee Jong Suk as we could feel that they comfortable enough with each other. Lee Jong Suk is basically being his usual self, because unfortunately to tell the truth, Jung Jae Chan is not so different from many of his other drama characters; reckless, fast talker, dependable, cold on the outside but has this funny and cute side. What actually stand out more is Han Woo Tak character, as many would find it hard not to like him and we love him even more when he decided to play it cool after noticing Jae Chan-Hong Joo’s feelings.
Overall, despite its genre as legal drama, “While You Were Sleeping” has a relatively light crimes and story so we could enjoy the romance, teamwork, etc. It is definitely addicting to watch as every episode has its own intriguing charm that somehow sparks our curiosity.
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