Korean Pop and Dramas

K-Drama Review: Fight For My Way

The story and plot

About four childhood best friends (Choi Ae Ra, Ko Dong Man, Baek Seol Hee, and Kim Joo Man) who are dealing with adult problems. That simple. And that is the exact beauty of Fight For My Way.

When you set aside the main love story for a sec (which was “kilig” galore… hello, someone call an ambulance for the giggling mess that I was with this aspect of the drama) and consider the problems these different characters were going through, you’d be able to relate to them. ESPECIALLY if you’re in your 20s. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the early stages of it or nearing 30. Everything from struggling with your career and having to come to terms with becoming independent to realistic relationship dilemmas and realizing your own worth. They’ve got it.

The story may have circulated around normal lives, but that’s what made it so great. There weren’t any pompous chaebols or dramatic plot twists. Which is a breath of fresh air in dramaland. I’ve noticed that this type of theme is what’s trending too. A dash of reality, a pinch of optimism, and a whole lot of meaningful messages for you to hold on to.

Yes, some of us want an escape from the bitterness of real life. But sometimes, it’s nice to watch something that you can put yourself into and actually be provided with a sliver of hope. There’s also a mystery (kind of) you can look out for. It’s not the shock of the century, but it’s wonderfully heartwarming.

Though there were some happenings I wasn’t too sure about in the last couple of episodes, it’s not that damaging/annoying and was still very watchable.

 

The characters and their development

My favorite has got to be Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won). Hands down. She’s the epitome of a feminist character. Strong and badass yet emotional and caring. There wasn’t much development with her, but I didn’t mind, because she was already perfect in my eyes. It was just a matter of getting to know how her mind works and why she acts the way she does.

The best character development, on the other hand, definitely has to be given to Baek Seol Hee (Song Ha Yoon). From a delicate and naive girl, she blossomed into a better version of herself. She became less naive, but she was still kind and loving. She became less delicate, but she remained humble and hopeful. That was the most wonderful thing about her. Seol Hee was a character that you wanted to protect and scold at the same time. Only because you wanted the best for her.

The guys were great too, but I may be a bit biased towards the girls.

Ko Dong Man (Park Seo Joon) was an awesome main lead that complemented Ae Ra’s character well. His bromance with Coach Hwang Jang Ho (Kim Sung Oh) is one of my faves thus far. As an individual, he was also quite interesting, especially career and family-wise.

Kim Joo Man (Ahn Jae Hong) was despicable, to say in the least. I don’t know whether it was the actor itself or the way his character was written, but there was a certain authenticity and humanity in Joo Man. He certainly was the most problematic (or maybe the only one) out of the four friends. Not that I’m concluding he was an all-around horrible person. He just had his flaws and made mistakes. Which may or may not have been a good balance for the show. We’ll never know. You be the judge of that when you decide to watch it.

 

The acting

Above average. Everyone was great and delivered the life and emotions their character needed. Kim Ji Won though, was the one that stood out the most to me.

 

The cinematography

Lovely and meaningful. If a certain shot or scene wasn’t pretty (for aesthetic purposes of course), it was expressive towards the emotion that the current moment was supposed to be having. I screenshot the heck out of this show. Either because I loved how a certain scene appeared or just the general sense of empowerment or “kilig” factor it had.

 

The soundtrack

Oh so wonderful and fluffy. You should definitely go ahead and download the soundtrack after watching it. But if you’re impatient and can’t wait ’til after 16 episodes, settle for Kassy’s Good Morning. It’s such a feel-good, on repeat type of song.

 

Overall rating: 9/10

Would I recommend it or not? YES!!! All the yeses in the world can’t even begin to express how much I would recommend this drama.

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